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Friday, August 10, 2012

Wild Horses by Asha King



Wild Horses by Asha King
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (138 pages)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Popular blogger Danyiah Jackson is known for finding the humor in anything--until some of her fan mail turns threatening and a stalker makes it clear he's been watching her. She grudgingly accepts the advice of a threat assessment expert and disappears from the online world, taking temporary refuge at a family friend's quarter horse ranch in the country.

Head horse wrangler Adam Cooper isn't thrilled about the smart-mouthed young woman suddenly living and working at the ranch--even if she's drop-dead gorgeous. But their verbal sparring sets his body ablaze and gets his heart racing, and he's drawn to her despite his misgivings.

However as Danyiah and Adam fight their attraction, her stalker draws near, putting not only their fledgling love, but their lives on the line.


A pampered city girl moves to a rough and tough country setting, complete with a rugged, handsome cowboy - who happens to be irritated by every move she makes. That's the beautiful set up to Wild Horses.

Danyiah Jackson is a typical city girl. She likes shopping, sipping latte and blogging. When a crazed stalker begins sending her messages, she's forced to set her blogging, and her many followers, aside and hide away on a remote horse ranch owned by an old friend. For security reasons, her true reason for staying at the ranch remains a secret and instead she's put to work as a ranch hand.

Adam Cooper, the lead horse wrangler, is immediately annoyed by Dani's presence. Her high heels, painted nails and request of a soy chai latte tells him all he needs to know about the type of help she would be. He begins by teaching her lessons on ranch life - the hard way. To his surprise, however, Dani is a quick learner, and within days she's not only keeping up, she actually becomes help in a crisis.

The progression of Dani and Adam's relationship was wonderful to read. The transition from antagonists to lovers was paced wonderfully and I sat at the edge of my seat wondering where the relationship would go next. These two were not star-crossed, their relationship was initially physical, but as they continued, the feelings each felt for the other started to develop and I was rooting for them to find a way to stay together.

The underlying mystery of Dani's stalker took a bit of a backseat and mostly served as a way to place her at the ranch, but it still helped the story along. I did have to remind myself of who the stalker was, once the identity was revealed, but the wonderful relationship between Dani and Adam made up for any weaker points the rest of the story may have had.

In the end, things were not exactly wrapped up, but the impression is left that Dani and Adam got their happily ever after. I would have liked to have seen how that worked - did Dani move to be closer to Adam? Did she fall in love with the life? Things may have been hinted, but we never really get a definitive answer.

With that aside, the story was a joy to read. I'll definitely put Ms. King on my list of authors to read in the future, and if you enjoy a good love/hate relationship, this is a great short story to pick up!





In the Wolf's Tower by Marie Medina



In The Wolf’s Tower by Marie Medina
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (67 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Anal Sex, Forced Seduction
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

Josette’s father needs gold to fight his war, so she goes from princess to prisoner in an instant when Lord Marrok offers the needed treasure in exchange for her. Once her father’s most honorable knight, Marrok is now shunned and feared. Why? Marrok is a werewolf. Josette goes to help her people, and soon discovers that Marrok blames her father for his curse. He claims he wasn’t looking for a bride, but his gaze screams seduction and she soon questions his reasons for demanding her in exchange for the gold. What sort of revenge does he have planned? And what will happen to her once he has her locked away in his castle?


I have always been a lover of fairy tales: Cinderella, Snow white and of course my favorite, Beauty and the Beast. So imagine my delight when I read the first page of In the Wolf’s Tower and discovered that it was actually a take on Beauty and the Beast. This book is part of the Naughty Fairy Tales series which in itself is intriguing.

Princess Josette has been sold to Lord Marrok by her father, the King, for a large amount of gold. Josette thinks she is to become Lord Marrok’s wife, but he quickly tells her he has no intention of marrying her. However, he's fascinated by her spirit and lack of fear since he's known as the Wolf, and has been known to scare anyone who dares to cross his path. Josette has resigned herself to her fate and Lord Marrok doesn't know quite what to make of her.

I really enjoyed this story, the banter between the two characters was refreshing and the author gave you enough background on these two that they soon felt like old friends. Lord Marrok was the Wolf, he's lived alone for some time after being cheated on by his first wife, then cursed to live his life as an actual wolf. This reader soon realized he had issues trusting and expected Josette to be a pampered princess he could torment. Josette knew his reputation but it did not scare her in the least. She was fascinated by him and the more she got to know him the more she wanted him. I also soon understood why he picked Josette and why her father, the King, thought nothing of selling her to him.

There was also another character in this tale that looked out for Josette, Rumpelstiltskin the cat. He would find gold coins and jewels and give them to her. Josette being a princess and untouched, was introduced to sex by Marrok gently and I liked that the author showed that side of the character. There was light bondage and spanking but it enhanced the story and helped me understand the characters even more. In the Wolf’s Tower was short but it did not lack or leave this reader wanting. It would have been nice to have a few more chapters but I found this short to be very satisfying and entertaining.





Diamonds of Ice by Lynne Connolly



Diamonds of Ice by Lynne Connolly
Department 57
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (265 pgs)
Other: M/F, Forced Seduction
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Sorcerer Fabrice Germain lost his Talent when he was raped, but he still has his job. Relocating to London seems like the answer, and then he meets Gemma, who works for his rival. She’s a vampire. That’s two reasons to avoid her, but Fabrice and Gemma still end up scorching the sheets one Saturday night.

Then the world goes to hell. Fabrice ends a weekend of passion and tragedy as a converted Talent - a vampire now, like Gemma. One who has sworn to avenge two murders, and is back as an agent with Department 57. After that, he’s happy to die.

Except there’s Gemma. Fabrice really wants Gemma.

Gemma doesn’t want Fabrice to surrender to the blood phobia that threatens to take his life. She wants him for longer than a night--in fact she thinks she might never get enough of him. When they’ve caught the murderers, what is there to stop him starving to death? Only her.
A sorcerer turned human, and a vampire meet in the most inconvenient manner, yet that still does not stop the sparks from flying.

Fabrice is trying to find his way through life now that he's lost his powers. One bonus is now that his virginity has been taken from him, he can enjoy all the sex he wants. I've been following this series for a while and I eagerly anticipated Fabrice’s story. Something about the guarded sorcerer made me think there was so much more to him than an icy exterior. Once the ice was chipped away I got to see a caring, lost man, who my heart just went out to. I enjoyed watching him try to understand and accept what he has become, as well as deal with the newly formed relationship between him and Gemma.

The romantic development between Gemma and Fabrice was spectacular. From beginning to end I got to watch these characters not only grow their relationship, but help to heal one another. While Fabrice’s scars were deeper than Gemma’s I could see how her character had also been bruised by her past. In the end, I truly believed that without one another neither character would have been happy, and isn’t that what "forever after" is all about?

There's one scene that needs mentioning, and is the reason I have labeled this a forced seduction. There is an F/F scene where a woman is making advances at Gemma. It's clear Gemma isn't interested in this female, but the woman continues to try and seduce Gemma. While no clothes are removed, the woman is aggressive in going after what she wants so I felt it warranted a forced seduction tag as well as mentioning. I will say that this scene does not take away from the plot or storyline in any way, but instead enhances the plot line.

Author Lynne Connolly has always been one of my favorites because of her ability to create dynamic plots with amazing conflicts. This story displayed her writing abilities perfectly. I could see how much she enjoyed writing this story all throughout the books. Scenes like the one I mentioned earlier with the female for example. As usual, I was at the edge of my seat hanging onto every word and anticipating what was going to happen next. The excellent writing ability and memorable characters proves this story deserves every one of its five stars.



Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Virgin Who Cried Wolf by Alexandra O’Hurley



The Virgin Who Cried Wolf by Alexandra O’Hurley
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Menage, Anal Play, Forced Seduction
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Thessa the Tomboy loves playing practical jokes. She and her friend, Bren, come up with the perfect plan to scare the villagers…a faux wolf attack.

Thessa doesn’t know that two werewolves are in attendance during her tall tales. They decide to pay her back for her prank. But, once they get a good look at her and the courage she shows defending herself, Caelan and Raynd decide they want to take her. Their instinct tells them there’s more to the tomboy than tall tales.

When Thessa cries wolf, no one comes to her aid, thinking it another of her pranks. The werewolves whisk her away to their mountaintop castle to show her a trick or two. Will she escape them or succumb to the wicked tricks they play on her body once they have her under their control?


We have all heard the story about the boy who cried wolf, but when Thessa cries wolf she isn't wary of a violent attack. No, they come up with a more devious plan to attack her emotionally and sexually until she willingly gives herself to the big bad wolfs.

Caelan and Raynd are two big bad wolves that you want to take a bite out of you. They seem to complement one another perfectly. It's clear they've been seducing women into their beds for years and when they focus their attention on Thessa she has no choice but succumb to their advances. The author really exhibited the mindset of the historical time period in these characters. I enjoyed how Caelan and Raynd appeared to be monsters that plague Thessa’s dreams, yet they are actually her knights in shining armor. This added depth to the storyline as well as their character.

The fact that the story really seem to stay true to the historical theme made the story creative. From the town tavern, to the mysterious castle on the hill the author created a great mental picture of the period. I also think the historical theme added a unique and intriguing aspect to the story that contemporary stories cannot offer. The authors ability to transfer me to a different place, in a different time, made the story that much more enjoyable. The story seemed to just flow and when I was forced to take a break from reading I found myself eager to get back to the story, and that's why I would recommend The Virgin Who Cried Wolf to others.





Last Request by Arlene Webb



Last Request by Arlene Webb
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (33 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Secrets:

Joan not only knows how to keep them, she hoards information. After all, blurting truths could prolong her life and that’s not something she’s willing to allow.

As a renowned journalist, exposing lies is Wesley’s job, but being honest extends to revealing his own agenda as well. He admits on the application he’s been asked to write a story kicking up any dirt he can on Madam Evangeline’s dating service.

Desires:

Joan has a reputation to uphold. Labeled a promiscuous monster, authorities shouldn’t be surprised her offer to finally tell them where the skeletons are comes at a price. One date, one night, one final fling.

Wesley doesn’t need one date, one night, a simple fling. Women eyeball him all the time. He knows some hookup service can’t find him his heart’s desire, a sweetheart to cherish for a long and committed lifespan, but he won’t make it a slam-dunk for them by saying otherwise.

Warning Notice:

If secrets stay buried and desire is feared instead of embraced, electricity will flow and not in a good way.


What would you ask for if you were being put to death tomorrow and had one last request? Joan Bennett decided to forgo the customary last meal and asked, instead, for an unprecedented conjugal visit.

I can say, without a doubt, this is the most unusual and unexpected story I've ever read. Set twenty years in the future, Joan is a convicted killer on the fast track to the electric chair. She emails the head of a dating service, asking for a hook up of one night before she's put to death. Unknown to her, Wesley Jenkins had been assigned to investigate that same dating service and had placed a similar request. Fireworks explode when the investigative reporter discovers his date is the convicted murderer he'd covered two years prior.

Ms. Webb has a very unusual and sophisticated writing style. I had to read a little slower than I usually do to catch all the details and piece together the story, but once I got used to it, I enjoyed the surprises and turns she took. This particular tale was perfect in the short story format, any longer and it would have lost some of its pizzazz.

I will say the happily ever after was a bit of a stretch, and may have been a little easier to accept in a longer story with more development, but in a fairy tale mindset, it was a satisfying end. If you're looking for a short, unusual love story, Last Request is a fun one to pick up.





Dancing with Danger by Laura Sheehan



Dancing with Danger by Laura Sheehan
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (238 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Lily Brookstone, the daughter of a workaholic United States Senator, defies her father's wishes by moving to Los Angeles in pursuit of a dancing career. But the tough town hasn't been easy on her, and after two years she finds herself disowned by her father, dropped by her agent, and recovering from a dance injury. Determined to live her life independently without relying on others, Lily refuses to give up her dream of making it as a dancer and instead works herself ragged at three different jobs to make ends meet. Serving coffee and teaching dance classes to pre-schoolers are ordinary enough day jobs, but Lily dons a disguise when she works the late shift as an exotic dancer at a topless strip club.

Raised to be fiercely independent and hesitant to trust, at first she keeps her ""night job"" a secret from her new beau, Marc Sloane, a tough L.A.P.D. Officer with an uncanny knack for reading people. But her cover is blown when Marc attends a bachelor party at Lily's strip club and recognizes her.

Realizing that she has a chance at true love and knowing that her life is in danger from the threat of her stalker, Lily must not only trust Marc to keep her exotic dancing job a secret, but she must also trust him to protect both her life and her heart.


The ability to remain positive and determined despite your world collapsing around you is a trait few possess, but it was the dominant trait of the heroine in Dancing with Danger that drew not only the hero to her, but me as well!

A person would be hard-pressed not to like Lily Brookstone. A passion for dancing has estranged her from her only family - her father and, although she had found some success in dance, an injury left her with few options. She worked three jobs to pay off her debts and make ends meet; one as an exotic dancer.

One fateful night, rookie cop Marcus Sloan and his partner pull over Lily's car and Marc is immediately taken with her. The next day, he happens into a local coffee shop and finds Lily working behind the counter. They hit it off and he asks her out. Before their scheduled date, however, Marc discovers her secret job when out with friends for a bachelor party. He chases her when she flees, and in the process of settling things, Marc discovers a suspicious vehicle hanging around. His fears of a stalker are confirmed when Lily's car is vandalized. While trying to help protect her, the two develop a wonderful connection and soon fall in love.

I loved the simplicity of Ms. Sheehan's story. It was a straight man/woman romance with the lingering mystery of the identity of Lily's stalker, and the writing allowed me to focus almost exclusively on the hero and heroine. Marc was an awesome hero; your typical Alpha-male who stopped at nothing to defend and protect his woman. Lily, while independent, learned to depend and lean on Marc as she opened her heart to him. It was an endearing combination and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them fall in love, despite it being on a rather hurried schedule. It felt right and natural, and I was rooting for them every step of the way.

Ms. Sheehan also used various points of view to tell her story. While she changed viewpoints often, and sometimes after short periods, I was never confused as to who was speaking and who was witnessing the action. It was a bit unconventional, but she did it very well and I think it adds to the story - particularly the viewpoint of the stalker.

My only negative was towards the end of the book. The final chapter seemed to focus on surrounding characters who, although mentioned earlier, and who had impact on the hero and heroine, weren't part of the larger story and I would have preferred to see more of Marc and Lily and how they were wrapped up. An epilogue set a year later would have been awesome - I still want to know how the two handled their relationship once the danger was passed and they had time to really get to know each other. There were also a few other loose ends (what happened with her new dance agent, etc) that I would have loved to find out as well.

Despite the very minor disappointment, which was really only disappointing because I loved these characters so much and wanted more, the story was a very enjoyable read. I'll definitely look for other titles by Ms. Sheehan and I'd even love to see more of Marc and Lily. If you love a good romance, mixed with the potential danger of an unknown stalker, this is a perfect title to pick up!





Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Whisper: Bronzed by Kate Hill



Whisper:Bronzed by Kate Hill
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (69 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

In 1652, Sara travels to Whisper where she meets the ruggedly handsome leader of the local werewolf pack. Nathaniel recognizes the curious young vampire as his mate and pursues her in a way only a werewolf can. After a brief but passionate courtship, she accepts his proposal, despite her family's dislike of his kind. Sara and Nathaniel's marriage is destroyed when her manipulative parents place them under a curse. Sara has no memory of Nathaniel, who has been turned into a statue in the town square. Every night he comes alive, but cannot leave the area in search of his love who has been taken back to England by her family.

Centuries later, after a life of intense study and travel, Sara is drawn back to the small New England town. Ignoring protests from her family, she returns to Whisper where she takes a job at the library. After hours, the statue in the lobby of a handsome man in colonial dress comes alive and claims that Sara belongs to him. In spite of her terror, she is aroused by the man and inexplicably drawn to him.

If Sara's love is true, she can break the curse. If it's not, Nathaniel will spend eternity imprisoned by magic, betrayed by the woman who stole his heart.


In 1652 young vampire Sara Chancellor and her parents travel to Whisper, Massachusetts, to try and convince her uncle Edmond to return England with them. Her uncle, along with other supernaturals, founded the colony of Whisper, where creatures like them can live among humans in relative peace. As vampires, Sara’s father Robert and her mother Emily think this is an abomination since humans are food, and you don’t play with your food. Also being vampires, all these other supernatural creatures were beneath them. Edmond tried to explain to his brother that this is the way of life he has chosen, and he wanted to show his brother first hand what it’s like.

At a dinner party thrown to introduce them to the other paranormal species, Sara meets her first werewolf, a barefoot Nathaniel Pritchard. She was mesmerized from the moment he walked in. There was a wildness about him that drew her in, and Nathaniel felt the same pull towards Sara.

Sara and Nathaniel’s love story is bittersweet because they found love in 1652 then were torn apart by her selfish, controlling parents. Sara lost all memory of him and Nathaniel was cursed to be a statue during the day and wolf at night. This reader understood the anguish Nathaniel was going through and knew that he would wait forever for her to come back to him.

Whisper: Bronzed brought out many emotions while reading it, when they were forced apart by her parents, this reader felt the sadness of love lost. When they found each other again you knew the happily ever after was at hand. This was a pleasant read, a bit slow in parts but it still kept me interested.





Marry Me by Karen Stivali



Marry Me by Karen Stivali
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Moderne
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (83 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating 5 stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

When British drummer Ben Davis lost his childhood sweetheart, he was certain he’d never love again. He focuses on music as his band rises to stardom. A never-ending stream of groupies satisfies his needs until he meets intriguing clothing designer Julia Jones.

Julia’s career rocketed from seamstress to up-and-coming designer for the A-list, but her personal life didn’t fare as well. Her last boyfriend crossed from controlling to violent and she vowed never to be in that position again.

Sparks fly the instant Ben and Julia meet, but she resists his intoxicating charms, certain a celebrity romance will bring only trouble. But before long the heat between them becomes undeniable and she allows him into her bed and her heart.

The more in love Ben falls, the more he fears losing her. When Julia’s life is endangered, Ben’s reaction terrifies her, forcing them both to confront their biggest fears if they want a chance at a future together.


I always enjoy reading stories about two people who have been hurt and then find another person to mend both their heart and soul. Marry Me is that type of book and I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Ms. Stavali created two characters who were perfect for one another. I loved the opening and how she delved into both their characters and some of their background in the first chapter. Who could not love Ben? He’s funny, handsome, and comes across as a perfect gentleman. Although you know why Julia is being guarded around Ben, you still want to give her a nudge and tell her this is the guy for you. And I felt myself cheering for both of them. The sex isn’t rushed which heightens the sexual tension in this story. The two slowly fall into bed and in love.

I especially liked the dialogue in this story. It was natural sounding and moved along this short story at the ideal pacing. By the time I got to the end of it I was surprised that it was only 83 pages. It seemed like it had been a full length novel. Not that it dragged at any part but the author did a wonderful job presenting a solid plot with these two well rounded characters.

If you’re still looking for a quick read while lounging on the deck or even taking with you on summer vacation, Marry Me is one I can recommend to you.





WTF Dragon: Once Upon a Dragon by Dawn Montgomery



WTF Dragon: Once Upon a Dragon by Dawn Montgomery
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (66 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

Five Princesses. Five Dragons. A coincidence? I don't think so.

In the fairytale kingdom of Werthing Ton Fallorian (or WTF for short), fairytale folk have gone insane. With the imps of lust and wickedness on a rampage, no one is safe.

The Quest: Save the world. With sex... and magic? Definitely.

The Complication: Sex is deadly. Magic is broken. And nothing is going right.

Captured by an evil queen, chained to a sexy he-man of incredible proportions, and forced on a quest that no sane person would take, Princess Penelope must travel the treacherous swampland of Andvari. A terrible place of twisted magic where sex and murder are forbidden.

Shane Masters, on the other hand, believes every curse has its loophole, and every rule has a bend.

When their passion ignites, nothing can stop them. Not even death.


Nothing like an evil stepmother to ruin your day. Or the last 4 years of your life.

After the disappearance of her mother, Penelope’s life becomes a nightmare. Diane swoops into her father’s life, all too eager to take her missing mother’s place. A corrupt water witch with a thirst for power, Diane quickly targets Penelope as her enemy. Distressed over his missing wife—presumably dead—her father sets out on a journey to find the truth, leaving Penelope to deal with Diane and her dark magic.

With her mother dead, her father absent, and a terrible curse hanging over her head, Penelope soon finds herself alone and on the run. Despite her adept skills as a huntsman and budding skills as a water witch, she eventually finds herself within Diane’s clutches. Lucky for her, an unusual and strikingly handsome cellmate keeps her safe from the carnivorous Penumbra lurking on the floor of their cage, all the while stoking a fire of longing she thought long dead inside.

Penelope’s sarcastic wit had me laughing at times. I quickly took a liking to her character as she struggled through some humanistic qualities that were easy to identify with. She couldn’t deny her attraction to Shane, or her unsatisfied desires, yet the curse hanging over her head causes her to struggle with an inner sense of restraint. She doesn’t want to be responsible for another man’s death.

Shane is likened to a gorgeous goliath with a one-track mind—sex. Of course, he has just cause. Five hundred years without would surely rev up the mating urges of any man. With his dark hair and mysterious blue eyes, he’s very easy to fall in lust with. He poses a dilemma poor Penelope could do without right now. But beneath the licentious exterior lies the loyal heart of a man desperate to love and be loved. As she starts to see this side of Shane, Penelope has no choice but to acknowledge her own growing affections for the dazzling Lothario.

WTF Dragon: Once Upon a Dragon is an enchanting little tale that opened with a nice hook. The author’s comical voice sparked my interest and kept me turning pages. I really liked how she put a little blurb at the beginning of each chapter. Some helped ground you on what was to come, others were more amusing, like The Rules of Questing.

If there were some things I could suggest for improving the story, it would be to work on the aspect of showing instead of telling. Limiting the use of the passive word was would help the reader feel more connected to the story and feel the action, rather than be reminded that they are outsiders to the plot unfolding before them. Additionally—while I enjoyed getting to know Penelope and Shane—I wished the author had indulged a bit more about their abilities. A water witch and a dragon are two fascinating creatures, each worthy of a story all their own. The limited length only allowed some basic information. As this is book two out of what I expect might be five, perhaps an allowance should made as with any series where the characters really develop over several stories instead of just one.

The end holds a pleasant surprise—I won’t spoil it for you. But Ms. Montgomery does a good job of tying off loose ends and answering a few lingering questions. Overall, I enjoyed reading her tale. It’s a fairly quick story that’s certainly worth the time.

An evil step-mother jealous of her fair-skinned step-daughter, a sex-starved dragon-shifter with thoughts of debauchery on his mind, and a fleeing water-witch desperate to survive make for an exciting, sexually-charged, and thrilling story that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. With it’s interesting characters and charming plot, WTF Dragon: Once Upon a Dragon by Dawn Montgomery is a must-read for any erotic fantasy lover.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tell Me, Touch Me, Feel Me by Kassanna



Tell Me, Touch Me, Feel Me by Kassanna
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure Contemporary
Length: Short Story (81 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

Luther Lexington has no clue why his brother John sent for him, but he doesn't question it. What he doesn't expect to find is a mocha beauty in the guise of security personnel. She throws her fists first and asks questions later.

Tanya Babineaux did what she was supposed to do as a Club Lexx security guard—make trespassers leave by any means necessary. How was she to know Luther was the owner's little brother.

As things heat up, Tanya tries to keep her distance. She harbors a secret, and if Luther doesn't stop chasing her…she could lose everything.


The new bouncer at Club Lexx isn't just hottness in black boots, she literally has Luther going head over heels at their first meeting. It's a case of mistaken identity with a kick!

Luther Lexington, retired Marine, has been asked by his brother, John, to meet him at Club Lexx. While he has no idea why he was summoned by his big brother, he does know that when John calls there has to be a good reason. He didn't expect to be greeted by the beautiful bouncer with a fierce dose of attitude. Luther's instantly attracted to the woman behind the voice and challenges her to make good on her threat to "...remove you from the premises by force". Tanya Babineaux is a no-nonsense, take no prisoners kind of girl, and she had no doubt in her mind that she could do what she said she could. Tanya was also attracted to Luther but romance was not part of her agenda, there were other more pressing personal things she had to do.

Tell Me, Touch Me, Feel Me is the third book in the Club Lexx series and it is very entertaining, the characters are well developed and the premise of this novella kept me interested. The author’s description of the characters gave me enough background so that I understood what drove them. This is a stand alone novella but by reading the first two books in this series, Whip Me Real Good and Keep Me Satisfied you would get a better understanding of the dynamics between each of the characters.

I loved Tanya’s spirit, she's a fighter in more ways than one. Her main goal was to make enough money to save her grandmother’s house. Luther is the kind of guy that dreams are made of, he would do anything to protect the woman he loved, even go against his idiot brothers Zachary and Donovan.

The author, Kassanna, is a good story teller, she drew me in and kept me glued until the last page. After reading her novellas, this reader looks forward to more of her work. Tell Me, Touch Me, Feel Me is a good read; pick up a copy. While I can’t guarantee you'll enjoy it as much as I did, I do think it was well worth the experience.



Dark Secrets by Desiree Holt



Dark Secrets by Desiree Holt
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (116 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Hawk Blackwater thought Freewill, Wyoming was the place to get his life back together. Riley Scott thought it the best place to hide, half a country away from those hunting her. For Hawk his focus was on finding the killer of the previous sheriff and discovering the cause of the mysterious lights in the Laramie Mountains. Neither realized they were on a collision course, or that the explosive chemistry between them would change both of their lives.


A handsome, rugged sheriff and an intelligent, beautiful woman trying to escape a dangerous past; Dark Secrets has all the makings of a real page turner. While I did enjoy many aspects of the book, as a whole, the story left me wanting more.

Desiree Holt is a very good writer. I have read some of her other titles and always enjoy the way she turns a phrase, and describes the events as they unfold. She creates characters we can root for, and her hero, Hawk Blackwater, and heroine, Riley Scott, were no exceptions. Hawk was intelligent and forthright, and is taken immediately by the nervous Riley. He knows she's hiding something, but is far too terrified to confide in him. When she finally does, the two make a connection which, while fast, is undeniable.

The environment of the small town was beautifully set, and I could imagine walking down the streets from one location to another. The mountains were also described wonderfully and added much to the quaint setting of the story.

In addition to the positives of the book, there were negatives. The pacing of the story as a whole felt rushed. The beginning gave a recap of backstory, as well as a rundown of the minor characters, including numerous deputies, and it felt a bit 'too much too soon.' It was hard to keep track of who was who, and in a suspense story, I like to keep track of characters in an attempt to figure out whodunit. I did realize shortly thereafter that this was unlike many other mysteries, in that this seemed to be intended as a shorter story, but that meant much of the tale was told by way of telling instead of showing. There were several conversations that were skipped over or told by way of recap, and I felt something was missing because of it.

Most of the loose ends were tied up by the end of the book, and despite the rapidness of it, I wasn't left with many questions. The relationship of Hawk and Riley was centerpoint, and they got their happily ever after the way most would want them to.

As a short tale, this one was fun to read. If you're looking for a quick paced tale, Dark Secrets may be a good choice.