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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Talk Dirty To Me

Talk Dirty To Me by Christine Daily
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Dandelion

“Phone actress” Amanda ‘Chloe’ Davenport has always done the dirty talking – until now. On the phone she’s brave, bold and sassy, able to make a man come with a single whisper. In reality, she’s shy and self-conscious, and she’s been unwilling to put her heart on the line with a man. Until she meets Robby. Now she finds herself in a tiny beach cottage, awaiting the scariest role of her life – as a woman yearning to be touched, fulfilled and worshiped by a man.

Computer nerd Robby Mitchell isn’t a take-control type of guy. But when he realizes how damaged and frail Chloe’s self-confidence is, he decides to take action and show her how a man should treat a woman. Will his plan of seduction teach her a thing or two about talking dirty?

“Talk Dirty to Me” is a short, sexy tale that’s bound to satisfy. Amanda, better known as Chloe to her phone sex clients, finds more than just a paying customer in Robby, a computer technician she discovers by accident when she dials a computer tech service hotline. After a year of talking on the phone, the two finally meet and have a night of mind-blowing sex and multiple orgasms. What makes the night special for them both, though, is that this time, Robby is in charge of the talking – and the pleasuring.

The characters here are both pretty well developed, and the final part of the story, which centers on the night they finally meet in person, is hot and explicitly described. What’s nice about their experience, also, is that it requires the shy Amanda to finally let herself feel vulnerable with a man. That was a nice character growth that rounded out the story.

I did feel that the pacing of “Talk Dirty to Me” was a little uneven: the first third of the story covers one five-minute phone call; the brief middle third covers an entire year; then the last third unfolds over the course of about twelve hours. I had a little trouble transitioning between these stages in their relationship. I also wasn’t convinced that a computer technician would jump into a personal – and then quite sexual – telephone conversation with a customer that calls for help with a printer.

However, these issues aside, I did enjoy “Talk Dirty to Me,” especially the final part, when Robby and Amanda meet in person and give themselves up to each other, in more ways than one. You’ll enjoy this hot tale with a side of sweetness as the hero and heroine find true love together.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Heat Stroke: Cat Got Your Tongue?

Heat Stroke: Cat Got Your Tongue? by Melinda Barron
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short
Other: M/M, M/F/M, BDSM, Ménage
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Dandelion

After a long, snowy winter in Colorado, all private detectives Parr Matley and Gaius Whitlock want is some time to soak in some sun. While on a Caribbean cruise, they plan to spend their nights living out fantasies and spicing up their sex life.

But when a Siamese cat watches them make love one night, and then changes into a beautiful woman right before running away, their curious natures get the best of them. They hunt her down, intent on learning her secrets, and playing with her body.

“Cat Got Your Tongue” is an intriguing short tale about two male lovers who are joined on a vacation cruise by a female cat-shifter – and the three quickly discover that a hot ménage is the perfect way to spend their journey.

I thought all three characters were fairly well-developed here, especially Kalyn, the woman who shifts back and forth from human to cat form until the night she finds Parr and Gaius and cannot keep from watching them. The sex, first between Parr and Gaius and then later, among all three characters, is hot and well-written. I did think some of the dialogue was a bit stilted in places, but other than that, “Cat Got Your Tongue” is a spicy, quick read that will leave you wanting more.

By the Moonlight

By the Moonlight by Jaxx Steele
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short
Other: M/F, M/M, Multiple Partners
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Dandelion

Happy with an eternity of seducing women for both pleasure and blood, vampire Jared Sinclair is surprised when his longtime friend Byron encourages him to sample the pleasures that might be found in a man. It's during a sensual encounter that Jared discovers the real reason Byron wants him to expand his palate … because he wants Jared to taste him.

“By the Moonlight” is an intense short tale of male loving that is hot from the opening pages and does a pretty good job of sustaining that heat all the way through to the end. Byron and Jared are vampire friends, and have been for centuries. But now Byron is introducing Jared to the possibilities of enjoying male lovers as well as female ones. The various settings here match the dark intensity of the story: strip clubs, shadowy homes, a forest at night. And Byron’s character is strong and certain, while Jared’s is less so – they match each other well. This story features several hot, well-written sex scenes, between both Jared and the women he brings home, later between Byron and his male lovers and then, finally, between Byron and Jared.

At times, I did feel that the character development of Jared was a little uneven – midway through the story, after he’s exploring the possibility of turning to men for physical pleasure, he still ends up with a woman, in a rather awkward and forced scene that didn’t make a lot of sense within the plot. And in a few spots, I felt the dialogue read formally and too stilted.

Aside from these issues, “By the Moonlight” is pretty successful in celebrating the glory and pleasure of male-male love – and now that these two have the next few centuries to spend together, you can be sure they’re going to take advantage of this intense, newfound attraction and love!