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Friday, November 7, 2008

The Edge of Impropriety

The Edge of Impropriety by Pam Rosenthal
Publisher: Penguin Group, Signet Eclipse
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Other: M/F
Review by Viscaria

Marina Wyatt, popular novelist and beautiful Countess of Gorham, is irresistible fodder for gossip columns, in which her ribald private life is the stuff of public scandal. Of course, Marina's too sharp and resourceful not to realize that the publicity helps sell her romances. In fact, the release of her latest novel happens to coincide with the rebuff of her current lover, the handsome and frivolous gadabout Sir Anthony Hedges, opening the door to an unexpected and totally consuming new affair.

Anthony's uncle, the noted scholar and antiquarian Jasper James Hedges, has arrived in London to appraise the art of a wealthy collector. In Marina he sees a priceless work of art of another kind. And for all of Marina's passionate inventions, nothing can compare to what Jasper delivers - an erotic adventure of intrigue and betrayal... a dangerous voyage to the edge of impropriety and beyond.

This was my first chance to review a book by Ms. Rosenthal, and I’m glad I got this opportunity. She took me on a sensual journey that left me with a smile on my face.

Marina Wyatt is not what one would expect of a Regency heroine, and I was glad for that. No simpering maiden here. The beautiful widowed Countess of Gorham, she is a woman who knows what she wants… and isn’t afraid to use it to better her life. Her rather scandalous reputation has helped to further her career and I had to admire the absolute … guts she displayed in using her notoriety to boost her sales. A strong woman who has had to make do with circumstances, she instead rose above them. Although not altogether happy with where her life has taken her, Marina didn’t bemoan what she lacked, instead she moved on. I absolutely loved getting to know Marina.

As Marina was not what one would expect in a heroine, Jasper Hedges was not at all what I would have expected from a hero either. His forbearance in caring for his charges until they were able to care for themselves was quite admirable. His bumbling personality was a fun, if not altogether unpredictable foil for Marina’s sophistication. The fact that he had no idea as to his appeal made him even more charming in this humble reviewer’s opinion.

I was really quite pleased with the fact that Marina and Jasper were not in their first blush of youth but were instead mature adults without false expectations. That isn’t to say that they didn’t have any expectations, for what kind of love story would that be? They were instead much more interesting in that they had quite a bit more baggage to work through in order to make it to the love they both so richly deserved. Throw in a very entertaining cast of secondary characters, and a subplot of a much younger love that had a better chance of learning from other’s mistakes and you have a wonderfully erotic story with much to recommend it. With her beautiful imagery and sensual heat Pam Rosenthal is definitely an author to keep an eye on.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Roman Rhapsody

Roman Rhapsody by Rita Trevalyan
Publisher: Firedrake's Weyr
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short
Other: M/F, Multiple Partners
Review by Amaranth

Olivia, a wealthy matron living in a state of ennui, has dreams of another life during the time of Ancient Rome. Will she seek a present-day gladiator, or can she find new fulfillment in her marriage?

At forty-two, Olivia is still as sexy now as she was when she married Donald, twenty-two years ago. They have a marriage filled with love and happiness, topped off with the luxuries provided by wealth. Lately though, Olivia has become restless. Her days are all the same, since her children are grown and Donald is away on business more than he is at home.

Olivia begins having a recurring dream, of her and a Roman gladiator, and awakes every morning at 5:30 from the dream, often drenched in sweat from the passion of the dream. She always writes every detail of her dream in her journal. After seeing a past-life hypnotist, Olivia learns that she is reincarnated. In her past life, she was again married to man who traveled a lot.

At a charity function, Olivia meets her gladiator, who turns out to be a football player. Olivia and Donald also meet Caitlyn, a young waitress with huge problems. They decide to help her out and end up becominge friends. Olivia has a fling with the football player, Donald has a fling with Caitlyn; and Olivia’s past and present lives begin to collide.

Roman Rhapsody was a quick and entertaining read, with an interesting plot. Ms. Trevalyan did a wonderful job of describing Olivia’s dreams and dream world in fantastic detail. The book quickly switched back and forth between the dreams of the past and daily life of the present, but it was a smooth transition. The character development was somewhat lacking and there was a lot going on, too much for this short of a story. The dramas of this book came about unexpectedly, leaving me wondering how so much could happen in so little time. This book was a very good read, but could have been better if more time was spent on one adventure and if the character development had been stronger.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Winning Virgin Lust

Winning Virgin Lust by Destiny Blaine
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Spanking
Review by Hibiscus

It's the morning after a sexual romp and Constance Spenser wakes up with more than a headache. Since she doesn't seem to know who she is or where she belongs, Sebastian Sabbat buys into the old adage of finders keepers and that's just his first mistake.

The Sabbats and the Spensers aren't friends and when two of their own join for unconventional purposes, the families aren't exactly pleased they will soon join as one. Add in a little brotherly love and a threesome isn't going to help save them from the wrath of another brother, especially when the sibling in question is Darian Sabbat.

Darian holds all of the keys to the future of both families. He has a little insurance to ensure the Spensers and the vampire elders know it. He also plans to keep everyone, even his own brothers, completely in the dark.

The Winning Virgin Blood Series just keeps getting better and better. Twelve year-old Constance from Winning Virgin Love is now all grown up and ready to tackle the Sabbats. One does not have to read the previous books in the series to enjoy Winning Virgins Lust but I recommend doing so in order to understand all the intricate details of all the stories that are interwoven in this book.

I did get the feeling that Constance Spenser and Sebastian Sabbat were fated to be together. When Constance went to the BDSM club owned by the Sabbat's on her twenty-first birthday, it was with the intention of seeking out Sebastian. Constance is a likable vampire. I thought she played up being a brat. It was expected of the Spenser's little gem so she played along, especially with her brothers. I found her to be very stubborn. There are times when she wants her way and does not want to give in. When she wants to stay with Sebastian at his house, I found it hilarious when she changed clothes and knelt at his feet in front of Almonzo, refusing to acknowledge her brother in any way.

Sebastian is a sensitive, kind and loving vampire. Sebastian even took care of injured animals when growing up. I saw his love and kindness when he saved Constance from Milosh's advances in the club, rescued her and then took her home with him to care without taking advantage of her. I felt that Sebastian is loyal and true to those who deserve it. Samuel Spenser benefited from this when Sebastian gave him a phone, food and conversation. Sebastian loves Constance and does what he has to in order to insure that she is taken care of according to vampire laws in case something happens to him.

More characters are introduced in this third book. Gabriel Sabbat is Sebastian's older brother and plays a major role in the lives of Constance and Sebastian. Darian plays a small but very important part in this third book with regards to Samuel Spenser. I now wonder if he really is a bad as the previous books made him out to be.

I am very happy to say that there are loose ends still floating around this book so it gives me hope that a fourth one is in the works. I highly recommend reading not just this book but all of them in this incredibly hot and well-written series.

Urban Legend (Collection)

Urban Legend (Collection) by Fiona Jayde
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi, Paranormal
Length: Full
Other: M/F
Review by Cholla

The Council Of Vampyre refuses to believe one of their kind would willingly turn humans into monsters. Three men share the task of saving humanity.

Half sympath, full vampyre and certified assassin for the Alliance of Human Protection Services, Rayan Slade is called to train the new blood -- including the only woman he has ever loved.

When Nick Cain rescues vampyre Valentina Ash it’s hard to focus on the fact he is human, and the enemy. But the hunger that envelops them both may lead to ultimate destruction. Jakob Grey must apprehend a dangerously beautiful vampyre killer -- and his lover from a life long past. Her arousal teases his senses as their clash of swords turns into a battle of desire, but the hunt for ancient blood threatens to break the bond between the hunter and vampyre.

Over a century ago, Hanako -- a descendant of the Hunters -- fell in love with a vampyre. Over a century ago, Hanako -- too weak to kill the one she loved -- poisoned her lover’s blood. Over a century ago, Hanako -- tricked into mixing vampyre and Hunter blood -- had lost her burn, her strength, her courage. She lives today, fighting for duty she had sworn to uphold, killing vampyres who prey on human blood; her sword and burning poison as her only allies.

Amidst a fragile peace among the vampyres and humans, Jakob Grey must apprehend a vampyre killer. The woman he must stop is dangerously beautiful -- and his lover from a life long past. The cherry blossom scent of her arousal teases his senses as their clash of swords turns into a battle of desire. But as forgotten love blooms once again, a hunt for ancient blood threatens to break the bond between the Hunter and vampyre.

The age old battle between hunter and hunted comes alive in this first story in the Urban Series by Fiona Jayde. What happens when a vampyre loves a hunter? How does a hunter reconcile her feelings for a vampyre? This erotic urban fantasy keeps you on the edge of your seat with constant action and steamy love scenes. Hanako wars with her heart and her past, trying to defeat an evil that has haunted her. I love the unique way she hunts her vampyres – by poisoning them with her tainted blood. Jakob Grey – torn between keeping the peace and following his heart, is a truly conflicted vampyre. Should he kill the one he loves because it’s his duty or take her away and make love to her?


The Council Of Vampyre refuses to believe one of their kind would willingly turn humans into monsters. They will not update the vaccine that can prevent this turning, nor will they allow humans to access the raw components so they can modify the chemical bonds themselves.

Nick Cain has pushed his body to superhuman strength ever since he was attacked and nearly drained by an amorous female vampire. When he is tasked to physically hack into a lab in San Francisco, he doesn't expect to rescue the lushly built Vampyre keeper of the vaccine, nor does he except his sharp attraction to her while they race across the state.

Vampyre Valentina Ash has not been raised to trust a human. The man who rescues her floods her senses - and with her yearly need rising, it’s hard to focus that he is still human, that he cannot be trusted, that he's the enemy. And as he saves her from death and blood dust, the hunger that envelopes them both may lead them to the ultimate destruction.

Hunter and Hunted working together? Impossible! Not so for Ash and Valentina. Neither trusts the other, but are forced to co-operate in order to discover how and why someone is turning humans into vampiric monsters. Not counting on their strong attraction to one another, they attempt to deny the truth by covering it with harsh words and physical action. But once Ash puts his life on the line to save Valentina, will she learn to finally trust him? What will it take for him to acknowledge the obvious and cut her some slack? Another fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat novel from Fiona Jayde, Urban Legend is a great way to get your heart pounding. From the first action scene to the last steamy moment of sex, you will be devouring every word.


As peace between humans and vampyre crumbles, Taina Bates trains to become one of the Hunters. Her strength increases with each day, the scrapes and bruises like badges of courage. The drive to fight rages inside her.

Rayan Slade -- half sympath, full vampyre and certified assassin for the Alliance of Human Protection Services, is called to train the new blood -- SEALs, Green Berets and one lone female. Except the female is the only woman he has ever loved, the one he’d left years ago when the cravings became unbearable, when he feared draining her in his need for the energy that fed him.

As Tania strives to prove herself to her ex, Rayan, he strives to protect her now more than ever. She is hell bent on showing him what he’s lost and that she’s past needing his protection. His only desire is to get her back and make her understand his leaving wasn’t his choice. This very powerful and emotionally charged story draws you in and holds you as you watch the battle of wills, and desire, play out. Intense encounters between Tania and Rayan take you to the peak and the superb action scenes hold you on the edge. Everything about Urban Myth held me captive from beginning to end, my favorite of the three!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Cattleman's Club 1: Patton's Way

Cattleman's Club 1: Patton's Way by Jenny Penn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Other: M/F, F/M/M/M, ménage a quatre, multiple partners, BDSM
Review by Hibiscus

Patton Jones has been deceiving Chase, Slade, and Devin Davis, but she's tired of playing the sweet, innocent, sisterly figure. When the brothers confront her with her lies, she decides it's time for the Davis brothers to see her as the woman she really is.

Patton isn't the only one keeping secrets and the brothers fear that their own hidden lifestyle might be more than their little woman can handle. The brothers are unaware that Patton knows about their dark desires and is not the least bit intimidated.

Knowing and experiencing are two different things.

As Patton tastes small samples of the forbidden fruit, she becomes even more reckless in her enthusiasm to get the three brothers into her bed. Patton's wild schemes go too far and the brothers have to make a decision that will seal all their fates.

I liked Chase, Slade and Devin Davis. They are three extremely hot cowboys who run their ranch and a side business along with a private club. The men are responsible (Chase), level-headed (Slade) and easy going (Devin) for the most part. I loved that Chase took over the responsibility of raising not only his brothers but also Patton after his parents died. All the men love Patton and always show their love for her . They are the owners and top Masters of the Cattleman's Club along with trainers for Masters and slaves or pets. This assured them of income in order to provide Patton with everything they could give her and to pay for her schooling. The men do not want Patton in their lifestyle as they think she deserves better than them. I like that they always had a contingency plan.

Patton is harder to like. I felt that she came across at times as a spoiled brat. She lied about school, her business, her piercings and her motorcycle, just to name a few. I understood that Patton wanted to be with the Davis brothers as more than their sister -- I know that I would have also! -- but it took a while for me to warm up to her. I was glad that she finally tells them the truth about what she is doing in Atlanta. I got the feeling that Patton loved all of the brothers equally. Patton seemed to have a plethora of ideas and she is very ingenuous in her planning. Some of her attempts to make the brothers see that she is ready to be in their life were amazing. It's even better when the men retaliate.

Patton's Way had a lot of secondary characters. My favorites were Hailey and Cole . Hailey Matthews is Patton's best friend in Pittsview, Alabama, and is great with motor vehicles. Cole is a Master who is the auto mechanic in town and is interested in Hailey and her Studebaker. Cole played a key part in Patton's schemes to get the Davis brothers to open their minds to her way of thinking.

I really liked this story. There are so many things that go on, one minute I was laughing, the next I was shivering with anticipation. The only part of the story I did not like was that there was no resolution to the fire in this book. I hope the next book will be about Hailey and Cole and any loose ends from this book will be tied up in the next. Though there were several grammatical and editing errors in the book, I tried not to let them distract me from this very sexy read.

And be forewarned, I had the fire department standing by to make sure neither I nor my computer burst into flames while reading this scorching hot book.

The Way to Olympia

The Way to Olympia by Amanda Carrell
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Review by Cholla

Two wounded hearts, one ancient mystery, and a love that’s more powerful than tragedy.

After the tragic murders of her entire family, Olympia Abbott vows to continue their generations-long search for The Statue of Zeus. There are only two problems standing in her way—she’s run out of money, and she’s lost the willpower to deny her feelings for her long-term research partner, Lucas Cole.

Lucas Cole is no stranger to vows. When his best friend, Troy Abbott, was brutally murdered, he had to swear to keep his hands off Troy’s sister. There’s only one problem with that—he can’t seem to fight his feelings for her any longer. He’s wanted her for too long, has loved her even longer.

With the discovery of the Statue of Zeus drawing near, they’re both running out of time. Who will make the first move, and what will it cost?

The Way to Olympia caught my attention immediately with its unusual setting. Being a true lover of Greek mythology, finding a story set in an archeological dig in Greece was quite a happy surprise. Ms. Carrell follows through on her initial promise with a gripping story, two engaging characters and hot, steamy, intense sex between the two. The search for the Statue of Zeus is almost as impossible of a quest as bringing Lucas and Olympia together, it seems. However, in both quests, Olympia – and Lucas himself – aren’t even close to giving up quite yet.

Olympia and Lucas touch on the memory of her parents and brother having been murdered on that very dig site, causing added tension and stress to an already stressful situation. I wish there had been more exploration of this memory. It would have added more to an already engaging story, giving more credence to Lucas’ promise to Olympia’s brother.

After being immediately drawn to the subject and setting of The Way to Olympia, I dived right in and found a rich and enticing story. The combination of archeology, mythology, and romance is a potent one. A very enjoyable story that is well worth reading.

One For Love - Wicked Warlock Society 1

One For Love - Wicked Warlock Society 1 by Emma Wildes
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Review by Anthurium

Diabolical, deliberate seduction takes some planning...and maybe a little dark magic.

David Barrett, the Earl of Dunreith, has a reputation for being calm, cool and distant. He's the last man anyone would think would compromise a young woman, but he has his reasons--not to mention a very wicked secret he carefully hides from the world.

Victoria Caldwell isn't exactly sure how it happened, but all of a sudden her world is upside down. Apparently the man she's always viewed as a mild-mannered friend is instead a passionate lover, capable of luring her into wild, wanton behavior. Even more bewildering, she finds out nothing about David is as it seems and the enigma both intrigues and frightens her. Is he the intelligent, even-tempered man she's known for years, or something else entirely?

As the past starts to play havoc with the future, both David and Victoria find a single pivoting decision can summon up all forms of demons, if even if the choice is one made for love...

This book takes place in Regency England, and Victoria Caldwell is seeking a husband, and is being courted by a few gentlemen. Little does she expect that her best friend, David Barrett, the Earl of Dunreith, harbors secret feelings for her, which he has never expressed. During one of their rides, he surprises her by seducing her and then he stakes his claim and asks for her hand in marriage. But, David has a very wicked secret that he has hidden from the world, and he fears that if it becomes known he will be ruined.

Because David tapped into his powers in order to seduce Victoria, his evil mother is aware and comes looking for him, in order to blackmail him into doing her bidding. She goes as far as threatening Victoria’s life. David is a good man, though, and is determined to be honorable, and to protect the life of his wife. And thus begins a very interesting and enjoyable story that moves at a quick pace. Victoria shows herself to be a very passionate and loving wife who is willing to stand by her husband though the good times and the bad, a loyal spouse worthy of David’s love and devotion.

This book reveals many secrets, and the love scenes are very spicy and erotic. The paranormal aspects of David’s secret inherited powers and his ability to cope with the evil that seeks him out made this a very interesting read. I certainly am looking forward to more books involving these characters.

Love and Seduction in Las Vegas by Dee Dawning

Love and Seduction in Las Vegas by Dee Dawning
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F, M/F/F, F/F, Multiple Partners, Light Bondage
Review by Hibiscus

Thrust into her life one night by peculiar circumstances, Loretta Bishop, seventeen years Bobby's senior, has been tasked with taking the shy, modest pretty boy under her wing and turning him into a lady's man. Free spirited and sexually adventurous, Loretta is eminently qualified to teach him the elements of pursuit, seduction, and how to please women.

At first, being with Bobby seems like a dream, but clouds begin to gather from Loretta's spotty and sometime sordid past. Feeling guilt after Bobby asks to marry her, Loretta is no longer able to continue and runs away.

Now, it's up to Bobby to put the methods Loretta has taught him to practical use. Will he succeed and parlay his new talents into love, wealth, and power?

I was amazed at the depth of this story. It told the tale of four different people in explicate detail and sketched the stories of two more couples. All the characters in some way or another had their lives touched by Loretta Bishop. I feel obligated to point out that the story is told in the first person from three different people's points-of-view, and it is told in the present with continuous flashbacks to several different time periods in the past. However, I had no problem switching back and forth between characters and time periods.

I loved the character of Loretta Bishop. She was a young girl who found herself pregnant and thrown out of her home at seventeen years of age. She did what she had to in order to survive, and she had her child and gave him up for adoption. I saw Loretta's strength and determination in how she refused to take the “easy way” and prostitute herself for quick money in Las Vegas. I enjoyed how she worked hard through her life for what she got. Yes, she loved a few men, but she refused to take advantage of them when she felt it was wrong for them. You could see in all her relationships with her friends how much she loved them all and feel their love for her in return.

I liked the character of Bobby Kramer. He was a young man who was very vulnerable. I liked that he was able to gain his confidence back with Loretta. I found it a little difficult to believe that he did not realize Loretta had also been with other men but this could be due to what I thought was his delicate mental state at that time. I could see him going off on her like he did when he found out she had been intimate with Gary. I was glad that Bobby continued to have a special place for Loretta in his heart regardless of how much time may have passed.

There were many minor characters who all had some part in Loretta's life. Vinnie played a role from the time Loretta was nineteen till she was in her fifties. He was one of her on again off again lovers who helped her get her first job as a cocktail waitress. Gary also is with Loretta through the whole story. It's funny how he runs away at first when his heart is broken but he always loved Loretta and brings Bobby to her when Bobby's heart is crushed. Every character adds their own brush stroke to the canvas that is the life of Loretta.

I found Love and Seduction in Las Vegas not only to be a very hot story but also a very intricate. I thoroughly enjoyed this moving story of the life of Loretta Bishop, a strong-willed independent women eking out a living in Las Vegas and I highly recommend it.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Love You, Loveday

Love You, Loveday by G.A. Hauser
Publisher: Linden Bay Romance
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full
Other: M/M
Review by Dandelion

Angel Loveday thought he had put his life as a gay soft-porn star of the 1980’s behind him. For seventeen years he’s hidden his sexuality and sordid past from his teenage son. But when someone threatens Angel’s secret and Detective Billy Sharpe is assigned to his case, he finds himself having to once again face them both.

Since his youth Billy Sharpe has had erotic on-screen images of Angel Loveday emblazoned in his mind. Now Angel is there in the flesh, needing his protection and stirring up the passionate fantasies that Billy thought he’d long ago abandoned.

As the harassment continues and the danger grows, Billy and Angel become closer. What began as an instant attraction turns into an undeniable hunger that unlocks Angel’s heart. It’s a race against time as Billy tries to save the man of his dreams from a life without love and the maniacal stalker hell-bent on destroying him.

G.A. Hauser is an expert story-teller, and this story moves along at a blistering pace. From the first moment a jealous, evil stranger begins stalking Angel, to the final showdown between the stalker, Angel, and Billy, readers will find it tough to put this one down. Narrative and dialogue are well balanced with a few erotic male-male love scenes, but Hauser also takes the time to develop the characters and create complex relationships between them. Oliver and Angel have their own battle to work through, with a rebellious son not wanting to face the truth about his father’s past life. And when Angel meets and falls for the detective assigned to his case, Billy Sharpe, it’s an attraction that must be kept under wraps for a while. The minor characters are also vivid, realistic people, who add to the story from beginning to end.

This story moves to a good, intense climax, though I was pleasantly surprised by the twist at the end. It isn’t hard to predict who the stalker is from pretty early on in the story, but the cliffhanger in the final paragraph is a nice touch. One scene, about mid-way through the story, did stand out as somewhat far-fetched, when Angel is assaulted at a party in what appears to be a very violent, homophobic act not in keeping with the rest of the plot.

Other than that, Love You, Loveday is a solid gay erotic romance with characters you will cheer for, especially Angel Loveday himself. The internal and external conflicts here work well to create a multi-level story that is sure to keep your interest!