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Friday, October 10, 2008

Acacia 1: Abducting Aeron

Acacia 1: Abducting Aeron by L. Shannon
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Futuristic, Action/Adventure
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Dandelion

Aeron, a vampire spy, has been assigned to one of Rahla’s blood donation centers to seek intelligence about the disappearance of Acacian agents from the resistance. When his cover is blown and he finds himself facing certain death at the hands of the Rahla Peace Officers -- known as the Reapers. His only salvation may be his human, planet side contact, Helia. Despite her sister’s dire warnings, Helia is drawn to Aeron. She offers him her support, her blood and her body. She finds Aeron addictive, but if she follows him back to Acacian moon colony, she fears she’ll become no more than his human blood slave. How much will she willingly sacrifice to stay by his side?

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Sparks fly from the moment Aeron and Helia meet, though they live in different worlds – literally. Still, the fact that Aeron’s come from his native colony to the planet Rahla, all to help find Helia’s father, makes their connection that much more meaningful. Though Aeron and Helia waste no time enjoying each other, emotionally as well as physically, it’s only a matter of time before Aeron is kidnapped by the Reapers (translation: enemy of vampire spies). From that moment on, these two are outrunning the enemy at every turn.

Aeron and Helia’s connection is definitely believable, and both characters are pretty well developed. Because of the short story length, though, the author doesn’t have a lot of time to fully develop scenes or conflicts. Any bumps that Aeron and Helia experience resolve quickly, and I never really doubted that they’d end up safe and together.

The world building is solid here, though it takes a little while to get settled at the beginning. By the second chapter, though, we’re fully engaged in the world of Rahla. Fans of paranormal/fantasy will find a good, quick erotic read in “Abducting Aeron.”

Tartan Surprise

Tartan Surprise by Selena Illyria
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short story
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Iain just wanted someone to help take the edge off before the full moon rose in a few days. When he met Katherine in the pub he felt he had found the perfect person to help him with his problem. Katherine could not resist the kilted stranger who caught her eye at the bar. When he offered her a night of hot sex she couldn't say no. But what happens when she finds out that the stranger is her boss's son?

“Tartan Surprise” was just that. A very pleasant surprise. Being a short story, I was surprised at how involved I became with the characters. I was so involved with the characters that I found myself laughing out loud as they bantered with one another in the alley regarding Iain's name and shivering when Iain growls out commands to Katherine. Iain and Katherine's conversations were very well written. I have even used some of those lines myself. Ms. Illyria's book is so well written, I felt everything that Iain did to Katherine and could place myself in each scene.

We learn a little about the pack, Artair O'Keefe and his sons, Conall and Iain and the pack Agatha(Conall's wife) is from but due to the story length, it is sketchy. This story left me wanting to read more about Iain and Katherine, their future life together and that of the packs. I know I'll be on the look out to hear more about them.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Heat Stroke: Night Heat

Heat Stroke: Night Heat by Kassie Burns
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Futuristic
Length: Short Story
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Dandelion

Who wants to live forever? Not Jalie. Weary of the unbearable loneliness of her immortal life, she has come to Earth in search of the one being she believes can end her existence -- a legendary vampire.

The ancient vampire Rone has walked the coast of Europe each Midsummer’s Eve for centuries, killing any human female he encounters by first making passionate love to her and then draining her body dry. But never before has a beautiful woman sought him out to offer him her body and her blood.

When immortal and vampire meet, who will live forever?

This very short story is a powerful, captivating snapshot of what happens when two powerful, lusting creatures meet -- and surprise each other with the result. For a brief erotic tale, this story does the trick. The single sex scene, set on a moonlit beach, is hot and well-written, mingling pleasure with pain as only vampire loving can. Jalie and Rone are believable characters, each harboring their own longings. I do wish the story was a bit longer, allowing for a fuller plot development and more conclusion at the end. However, “Heat Stroke: Night Heat” is perfect for the reader who’s looking for a spicy, satisfying quickie!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hunting Evil

Hunting Evil by B.J. McCall
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Poppy

The Interplanetary Ministry has hired Maxim Sange to capture Tarrand, an elusive criminal. Others have tried to capture the evil shape-shifter and all have died trying. Maxim is Vazan Shield’s best hunter and if he delivers Tarrand the bounty is huge.

Only one person knows the shape-shifter well enough to find him, Tarrand’s beautiful ex-lover, Zoe Storm. Although he doesn’t trust her, Maxim needs her. Although he shouldn’t desire her, his body doesn’t always obey.

Zoe is willing to do anything to get out of prison and destroy, even deceive a sexy vampire.

Two hunters join forces, but once they capture evil all the rules have changed.

This hot, well-written and engaging story had me hooked from the first word!

Zoe has been in prison, in solitary, for far too long and with no hope of release ... until she's called before the parole board and offered a chance of a pardon. There's a catch -- she has to help find her ex-lover, Tarrand, the shifter who is responsible for her incarceration. No one who has pursued Tarrand has survived, but Zoe decides that death is preferable to life in prison.

Zoe is sensual and sexual from the first. Immediately upon release from her cell, she cleans up, changes clothes and jumps the bones of her vampire keeper, Agent Maxim Sange, thus ending her sexual drought. Sange is well up to the challenge, and enjoys every last minute, despite the full knowledge that he shouldn't get involved with Zoe, either physically or emotionally.

Packed with action, written with great skill, full of hot, hot sex that moves the plot along, BJ McCall has penned a winner. My one complaint is that Tarrand's capture seemed a bit too ... easy, considering that he'd been eluding the law for so very long. Still, it wasn't entirely unbelievable, and the end of the story contained one great twist that I absolutely wasn't expecting.

Throw in a "hopefully ever after" ending, and you have a book to engage you over and over again. I hope to find more stories with Agent Sange and Zoe. Their relationship promises much excitement (thanks to two very strong willed characters) and lots of growing room.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Law Of Averages

Law of Averages by Wylie Kinson
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Megan Frost, an up-and-coming restaurateur, knows everything there is to know about the culinary arts, but when it comes to pop culture, she's been living under a rock. During a vacation to the sunny island of Bermuda, the yummiest dish she's ever laid eyes on rolls that rock
right off her.

British musician Gabriel Law, the famous Dark Angel of Rock, regrets putting his songwriting on the back burner. Tired and creatively simmered out, he retreats to the peace and solitude of Bermuda in order to cook up some original sounds for his new album. But when he finds a naked girl in his holiday cottage, he happily exchanges solitude for a sizzling duet.

The ingredients for a sexy, scorching relationship are in place, but the mix isn't complete without a romantic legend, a mysterious taxi driver and a surprise symbol of destiny from the aquamarine sea…

I loved this book and could not put it down until I finished it. Ms. Kinson must have some exposure to the rock world, know someone who is in it or have done extensive research into it. Every reference was spot on and I believed that Gabriel was a star. If you do not like the f word, don't read this book. Gabriel's speech is littered with it which lent to my belief in his character. This story would not be the same if his language was cleaned up. I really liked him as a person and loved how he treated Megan.

Megan is a trip. I could totally pictured her walking the way she did after she got sun burnt. I know I've done exactly the same thing myself. And the plant conspiracy had me rolling on the floor with laughter. Megan is a totally believable character. I loved the many facets of her warped mind. When her mind carried on it's own conversations when things were happening between Gabriel and her, it was hilarious. Especially her mental dialog at the ice cream shop scene.

There are a few minor characters, one of which is Stella Maris. Her story of the mermaid added to the storyline being played out in the book. The otherworldly nature of Stella lends to the feeling of everything being fated to happen.

This is a very well written book. The sex is frequent and hot. The humor just flows throughout the entire story. With the true to life portrayals of each character, their speech and mannerisms, I felt that I was in the book the entire time. Law Of Averages is anything but an average read. I highly recommend this humorous romance.

Zara's Bois 2: Ingenue's Choice

Zara's Bois 2: Ingénue's Choice by Gracie C. McKeever
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Novella
Other: M/M, BDSM
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Amaranth

An admirer of fine art but without artistic ability himself, Patryk Andrews works by day in a high finance position that his well-to-do father had more than a little hand in getting him. Gay and liberal, Patryk knows he's a big disappointment to his parents, but thrives in a job that leaves him more spiritually and emotionally empty than his last abusive and dysfunctional relationship.
A gifted painter from an affectionate, supportive clan of parents and three younger brothers whom he predictably ruled, Keir Monroe is an artist who has lost his way after the death of his lover three years previous. A chance encounter with Patryk sparks Keir's creative spirit, however, and more than a little lust.

But what starts off as a whirlwind physical obsession soon turns into more than either Keir or Patryk ever bargained for when both are faced with demons from their pasts...

Ingenue's Choice is the second book in the Zara’s Bois series. After Zara’s nearly fatal mistake, she must take on a new assignment as redemption for that mistake. Her newest assignment involves playing matchmaker between Keir, a poor black artist and bartender; and Patryk, a rich boy working in finance.

Zara is there and has a hand in making sure that Keir and Patryk meet and sparks fly automatically. Within a couple days, Zara thinks her assignment is over, because Keir and Patryk have heated things up in the bedroom. She could not have been more wrong. Keir has a dark secret and Patryk has issues from a past abusive relationship. Now Zara must make sure that these two stay together, if she wants her full redemption.

Zara is a very fun character, as she brings her own brand of humor and wit to this book. Keir is a hot, dark and mysterious character that just screams dominant. Patryk is such a sweet submissive; I could not help but love him. Combining these three wonderful characters, along with a great story of healing the pain from the past, made for an enjoyable read. If you enjoy M/M erotic romance, with a touch of BDSM, then this book is for you.