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Friday, March 6, 2009

Dangerous Bet: Troy’s Revenge by Marie Rochelle

Dangerous Bet: Troy’s Revenge by Marie Rochelle
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (134 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Tiger Lily

Will Headley be able to allow Troy all the cards in the deck or does she have something up her sleeve?

Tycoon Troy Christian had only loved one woman his whole life Headley Rose…. but she left town at eighteen without sparing a second glance in his direction. Taking his heart with her and making him into the man he was today.

Now, ten years later she was back and wanted his help, but was she willingly to agree to his terms or would she lose everything her family had worked so hard to achieve. What made her leave ten years ago and what secrets is she holding?

He held all the cards in the palm of his hand. Revenge had never tasted so sweet or does it?

High finance dealmaker seeks down to earth farmer’s daughter for the role of a lifetime – his wife. Troy Christian knows his way around the boardroom and the bedroom, but he hasn’t quite figured out the woman of his dreams – Headley Rose.

Ms. Rochelle’s storyline worked. Both characters wanted the same thing: each other. Despite Troy’s initial snobbishness and Headley’s bullheadedness, the characters became likeable. The reader rooted them on in their quest to partner because we all know couples who are made for each other and need that extra push to get together. The white-hot sex scenes drove the plot. Nothing is ever perfect, especially with love and relationships. When Headley decided she wanted Troy, she made sure nothing stood in her way.

Ms. Rochelle shines as she writes circumstances that mirror everyday life, but the typos and poor editing in spots took away from the interest and reduced my overall rating of the story. With a better editing, this novel would reflect the captivating nature of the storyline.

If you want an interracial love story, thick with realism, everyday problems, and a sexy hero, then check out Dangerous Bet: Troy’s Revenge. I give the story 3 1/2 cherries.

Twice Born by L. E. Bryce

Twice Born by L. E. Bryce
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (223 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Phlox

The long-awaited sequel to Dead to the World! Eight years have passed since Erred, servant of the Lady of the Waters, was reunited with Tharril, his lost lover. Now living together in the sanctuary of the Blue House of Sirilon, ghosts of the past continue to haunt their relationship. When Erred, driven by frightening and inexplicable visions sent to him by the Lady, returns to Tajhaan, Tharril embarks with him on a journey fraught with peril, passion, and vengeance.

I have read a mountain of books and have rarely come across such a compelling opening sentence, one guaranteed to make the reader do a literary double-take: Tharril did not remember what it felt like to be dead.

With hook firmly embedded, Bryce thrusts the reader into a fantasy world full of enticing hints and mysterious entities. Tharrl lives with his lover Erred in the House of the Blue Water, holy consorts of the water goddess, living a life of security and privilege. His greatest conflict revolves around Erred’s refusal to commit wholly to him and marry him. That is, until Erred begins to suffer horrifying and exhausting dreams which compel him to leave the safety of their home for Tajhaan where both he and Tharril once lived as slaves.

An introspective tale rather than a hack and slash fantasy, intrigue and jealousy tangle around each other throughout the story in lush, rhythmic language often reminiscent of old fairy tales. Erred’s surety that he must face his trials alone, his brooding silences and his long-held secrets all frustrate Tharril to distraction while Tharrl’s jealousy, impulsive behavior and hot-blooded temper keep Erred in constant fear of a major diplomatic incident. Throw in an old lover, who just happens to be the Prince of Tajhaan and happens to have once owned Erred, and the ingredients are well in place for disaster. The pacing is not always at a quickstep, often with more reflection and internal agonizing than action, but the characters are compelling enough and the world brightly painted enough to keep the reader fascinated. In places the writing could have been tighter and the editing more zealous (a missing or misplaced word in a fantasy novel can lead to confusion or a terrible jolt back to reality) but not to the point where it truly detracted from the flow of the story.

Ultimately, though, this is a novel about transformation, both physical and spiritual, beautifully and intelligently examined through the eyes of these three very different men. Cultural and religious divides, pleasure and passion, the nature of divinity and free will are all explored in this lush, fully-formed world. This book is a must for L.E. Bryce readers who have waited for the sequel to Dead to the World and a lovely gem for any fantasy reader with or without previous Bryce experience.

Acacia II: Blindsided by L. Shannon

Acacia II: Blindsided by L. Shannon
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (40 pgs)
Other: M/M, Forced Seduction
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Poppy

Within the refuge of the moon Acacia, vampires have established peace and built a thriving empire based on control and logic. But emotion rules their hearts and lust defies logic through the long cool nights.

Dr. Blake, a high ranking member of Acacia’s Medical Division, is shocked to find blood donations to the vampire moon colony have been contaminated with an antigen that could wipe out their entire race. Who would contaminate the blood, with what and why? The answer may cost him his life -- and his one chance at true happiness.

Clearly part of a series, but more than capable of standing alone, Blindsided was a fabulous, well-written and exciting story.

From the moment it begins it is both action-packed an emotional. I appreciated this story more for the fact that it wasn’t just about sex. There was a significant plot, well-rounded secondary characters and more than enough suspense to keep me turning pages almost faster than I could read!

Take a vampire doctor full of angst over his unwise desire for a slave, add a touch of undetectable poison, add a human slave with complete devotion to his master, throw in seasoning in the form of a three-dimensional supporting cast, and you have one fabulous read.

Yes, the sex was hot. And, even though I am not typically a fan of forced seduction, it worked for me in this instance. It was evident that the two main characters loved each other, and the one felt great sorrow for what he had done.

My one complaint was that the “suspense” portion of the story was not only not wrapped up, it was added to. So, I’m on the hunt for Acacia III. I have to know what happens next! Beware, if you start reading this series, you won’t want to stop. It’s addictive.

Reclaiming Nicola by Anika Hamilton

Reclaiming Nicola by Anika Hamilton
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Length: Short (8k words)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Buttercup

Nicola Bourdeaux is Victor's ultimate woman. She's smart, beautiful, and the sweetest person he's ever met. But when a rival firm gets a hold of confidential information and Victor loses a major lawsuit, he accuses Nicola of betraying him. His mistake leads to a major blow-up and break-up.

Victor Weise is Nicola's ultimate man. He's intelligent, handsome, and the most arrogant man she's ever met. But when Victor accuses her of betrayal, Nicola is determined to a make a fresh start. She accepts an offer for a teaching position out of state, convinced she needed to get as far away as quickly as possible.

But before she leaves, she gets a request to visit the Weise residence. Hoping to gain some closure, Nicola accepts. But Victor has some tricks up his sleeve.

Will one afternoon be enough for Victor to reclaim Nicola?

Nicola is invited to come to her ex-boyfriend’s family home after a horrible breakup two weeks prior. She is clueless as to what he could possibly want. She internally mulls over what is going on and why all family members act as if all is honky dory with the couple while she awaits him in the family’s den.

Meanwhile, Victor is desperately trying to work out a plan to recapture Nicola’s affections after he caused a great misunderstanding that effectively destroyed their once-thought forever relationship.

What kept me turning pages is why they broke up in the first place, but the desire these two held for each other had me cheering for reconciliation. The erotic toying with each other’s emotions is vexing to say the least, but I will tell you the make up is one hot erotic ride.

If you want a quick lusty read, this one is for you. I felt the beginning a tad bit slow but let’s just say the warm up is well worth it. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I will definitely look to read more from this author.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Love at First Bight by Tymber Dalton

Love at First Bight (Deep Space Mission Corps 1) by Tymber Dalton
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Futuristic
Length: Full (278 pgs)
Other: M/M/M/F, M/F, M/M, M/M/F, M/M/M, M/F/M/M, Menage, Voyuerism
Rating: Best Book
Review by Lilac

Dr. Emilia Hypatia is recently-graduated and looking for adventure. She's an Alpha-ranked healer, has a degree in psychology, and empath training. Fresh out of a bad relationship with a cheating ex, her five-year assignment to the Deep Space Mission Corps vessel, Tamora Bight, seems ideal. Especially when she meets the three handsome crewmen she'll spend her time caring for--in more ways than one.

First Officer Caphis Bates is playful and rowdy. Mate Ford Caliban is her intellectual and emotional partner. But it's Captain Aaron Lucio who is an enigma; passionate, with a deeply wounded and carefully guarded soul.

While sharing their communal bed is a scorchingly sensual experience, Emi soon learns the three men suffer a shared grief, their "crew story." She patiently works to unlock their secret past, but space exploration is cold--and cruel. Will time run out for all of them before she can heal their hearts?

Futuristic Menage a Quatre Romance, M/M/M/F with various combination of M/M, M/F, M/M/F, M/M/M, monogamous polyamory

Full of passion, wonder, and emotion, Love at First Bight is a fascinating story that took me on a journey that I never wanted to end.

This is an entertaining story about a group of people finding love and acceptance and most of all a family with one another in a very unconventional relationship. In this futuristic story, Dr. Emilia Hypatia, takes a job on board the Tamora Bight and finds more than she expected when she meets her crewmates, Caphis Bates, Ford Caliban and the Captain Aaron Lucio. The story exudes sensuality as the four come together in some very passionate scenes as they bond with and get to know Emi better. In addition to the passion, the group also bond outside of the bedroom as they learn more about each other and work together on board their ship.

Caphis, Ford, and Aaron already have a strong bond from being comrades and from their shared experiences over the years and the author demonstrates this through their concern and protectiveness of one another. Caphis and Ford are so close that they have been nicknamed “the twins” because they often say the same thing at the same time, which added some humor to this story. These men are very private individuals and are reluctant to share more with people who aren’t part of their crew. After several rejections, they find it hard to believe that Emi would accept their unusual lifestyle and it is evident in their words and demeanor. Aaron is especially protective of his crew as he doesn’t wish them to be hurt. This causes him to come across as rude and cold at first, but once his reasons are revealed his behavior is understandable.

While the four come together to form a whole thanks to their chemistry and obvious attraction to one another, each character also has a distinct personality and the author did a wonderful job of using Emi to point out these differences in the men. As Emi gets to know the men she sees that Ford is the caretaker and romantic of the group. He also stimulates Emi intellectually as well as physically and I enjoyed their moments together. Caphis is more emotionally fragile yet playful. He is the self-appointed protector of the group and the worrier. Meanwhile, Emi sees Aaron as serious and brooding. He is also protective, but he has been deeply wounded by past events that have affected him as well as his men a great deal. These events, once revealed, really pull at the heartstrings and make it easier to understand these three men and their touching relationship. It has helped to shape who they are making them fiercely loyal to whoever they let into their inner circle.

As for Emi, she completes the men in a way they never thought they’d experience again. And what I really enjoyed is that while she bonds with the group as a whole, the author also shows how she forms a deep relationship with each man individually. Having lost her parents at a young age, Emi has longed for a family and with the crew of the Tamora Bight, she finds it. However, there are times where she felt a bit left out and I could really sense and feel her anguish as she too feared rejection by these men. The story is told from Emi’s point of view and at first I was a bit confused as to why we only get to see her side of things, but as the story progresses and a huge twist is revealed, it all becomes apparent and I applaud the author’s choice.

As for this unexpected and interesting twist, I won’t spoil it, but it definitely surprised me as I never saw it coming. Yet as I thought about it, I realized that the author dropped subtle little hints throughout the story and I never realized what they were all leading up to. I thought the author did a beautiful job of doing this and it really made the story stand out to me as everything fell into place.

Overall the story is a very emotional one, more so than I initially thought it would be as I read the description. While it does have scorching hot and touching love scenes between all of the main characters, it also has heart as the four bond and form an unconventional relationship. The group becomes so close and emotionally linked that I ached for them toward the end during one of the most emotional and pivotal scenes of the story, however, I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling it. I will say that the author did a fabulous job of making me care about these characters and allowing me to experience and feel their pain and emotion with her words. I was drawn into this fascinating world and relationship and loved every minute of it.

Love at First Bight has more than earned a spot among my keepers and I look forward to reading more of what this talented author has to offer.

Wolf Unbound by Lauren Dane

Wolf Unbound by Lauren Dane
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (197 Pgs)
Other: BDSM * M/F * Spanking
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Xeranth

Werewolf Enforcer Tegan Warden has been alone since the death of her mate four years ago. Until she meets Ben Stoner at a local club and she feels something she thought died inside her. Things move very quickly and she finds herself mated to a human man who’s not altogether sure he wants a forever kind of love with a woman he’s just met.

Ben realizes in short order Tegan is not only worth forever love, but a woman who’ll stand at his side without tolerating anything other than a full partnership.

In the bedroom it’s another story, as Ben has finally found a sexual submissive with a spark, and Tegan a man worthy of her submission. Together they work toward building a permanent relationship even as the specter of danger from the Pellini Group grows in the world of wolves.

All around them, the rising violence threatens the Packs and the only thing they know for certain is one another.

Once again, Ms. Dane wowed me with a book that I simply could not put down until I’d experienced every gasp, every sigh, and every hot scene until I felt like a satisfied and melted ice cube.

Wolf Unbound takes readers back to the Cascadia wolf pack and there are big doings going on there. It’s the fourth book in the series but it stands alone just fine. The first thing that happened to me when starting this story was my urge to cry. My emotions were grabbed and twisted until I felt fully committed to Tegan getting her HEA. Right away the sense of romance-to-come is apparent and I was eager to delve into the world of werewolves and pack.

This book takes a reader on a Tegan’s journey where she heals from a four year span of numbness; she faces her fears of starting anew and has to take a stand for the good of her man and her pack. It’s also a sexual healing in that she learns to trust absolutely the man fate brings to her. My understanding is that following the BDSM lifestyle can be the ultimate in expression of love. It’s not just the physical sex -- it’s the mental connection and trust. Add in the metaphysical and readers are treated to some very hot, passionate and extremely romantic moments that highlight how intriguing that loving lifestyle can be – especially with werewolves. Ms. Dane sure knows how to write hot in a variety of ways that it keeps you enthralled.

Ben is the man of the hour. I absolutely adored how Ms. Dane described him. Ben’s a mature man and extremely hot, alpha, focused and a cop. Not only that but he’s been emotionally scarred and has a lot of trust baggage to fix as well. Unlike Tegan who lost someone through death, Ben was betrayed. That’s pretty heavy so the push-pull of wanting to trust, and not trusting himself or her is believable and humbling. He’s not a perfect character and yes he messes up but that made me like him all the more. When he finally makes his decision, Ben goes all out and that is inherently sexy. There was nothing about his character I didn’t like.

The conflict, personal ones notwithstanding, is a carryover thread from the previous books – Pellerini and his evil and twisted reality he intends to thrust on the human and Were community alike. He is a well depicted villain that spurs the right amount of anxiety, worry and anger from the main characters and the secondary supporting cast. His vileness touches the right buttons to make the resulting battle exciting, page-turning and suspenseful. Ms. Dane delivers intense passions in Wolf Unbound – true to her writing talents.

The first elements I enjoy about this book are the bed scenes. They are couched within some very fine writing of plot, conflict and supporting dialogue. Secondly are the voices and personalities of the various characters that interact with Tegan and Ben - they are well done, logical and bring depth and emotional connection. The pace is constant and forward moving with no unnecessary stalling, unless you count taking the time to explore some very hot relationship growth with all kinds of interesting options. As far as I’m concerned, it is always necessary because Ms. Dane is gifted in that department too.

Wolf Unbound has everything I look for in a romance; passion, emotional commitment, action, suspense, a hero to respect, a heroine to admire and a relationship to envy. You get to see love provide strength when all seems lost, family in all its frustration and support, and a world you want to visit again and again.

I recommend this book to any paranormal fan because it also has my favorite component – it’s a book with bite.

Battery Drain by Don Luis de la Cosa

Battery Drain by Don Luis de la Cosa
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Science-Fiction, Futuristic
Length: Short (38 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Alex's life is pretty simple: hack through the back doors of a few multinational companies' accounting sections, grab a million here, a million there, and feed his addictions. But a recent run in with a virtual security system forced him to reexamine his priorities. That's when Morgan reappeared in his life. Morgan - seductive, deadly, beautiful raven haired assassin that haunts men's dreams, walks out of a crowd and hands him the opportunity for a new kind of mission, one that includes her as a bonus prize. In return, Alex must become a cybernetically enhanced superwarrior, question his own humanity, and all along, Morgan fades in and out of his dreams, his personal experience, and continues to offer her influence and her sexual favors, in his life.

If you love your stories that are a cross between The Terminator and Dragnet, then Battery Drain is your cup of tea. Written from Alex’s point of view, every word reverberated with masculine energy.

“Never again sign up to be the mouse that a pack of felines is going to play with.” As Alex thought those words, my heart broke and I could not believe that he was going through everything that he was, all for a woman. Yes, Alex is a high tech petty thief. Steal a half penny here or there via computers and he ends up with millions daily but he’s safe from physical harm.

Morgan--a beautiful spy--manipulates Alex into making a difference while helping to save the world. Unfortunately, she comes across as very conniving, using sex to convince Alex to help her. She doesn't tell the whole truth when she takes him to the facility to have work done on him, and I didn't like that aspect of her character. The fact she has sex with him every time she sees him comes across as her throwing a dog a bone to insure its good behavior, not from actual desire for him as a person.

Alex suffered for many weeks and trained very hard. After seven weeks, he was deemed good to go. I loved when he was in the cafeteria and growled at the workers who tripped over the chairs to escape. Or when he stuck his head under the ice tea nozzle and drank from it. I felt it was Alex’s way of showing his superiority and displeasure with the facility as a whole.

Doc is the central secondary character who is running things. It’s his plans to infiltrate and destroy Ordenodrome to get back at the Pinche International Corp. Doc sent Morgan to recruit Alex and was the physician who made the changes to Alex that caused his pain. As you can tell, Doc is not my favorite person. The way the covert operation into Ordenodrome was carried out and what defeats them in the end was unusual.

I found Battery Drain to be an interesting story that had many very real scenarios. It had me thinking at times that things like this could really happen. If you are into science fiction, Battery Drain is worth a look see.

In Control: Dublin by Ava Rose Johnson

In Control: Dublin by Ava Rose Johnson
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (65 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Tiger Lily

Annabelle Lawson has it all: fame, fortune and a successful acting career to boot. But three years on from her break-up with the love of her life, she is still missing him. So in the middle of the night, she jumps on a plane and flies to the fair city of Dublin, determined to win him back.

Hotelier Liam O'Brien can't believe the woman who ripped his heart to shreds three years ago is staying in his hotel. What's worse is that old fires still rage between them, dredging up past hurt that Liam would rather forget. Deciding to take control, Liam gives Annabelle what she wants: sex. But there will be no strings and no emotions.

However, as Annabelle's body invades his senses, he finds himself falling backward in time. He knows he needs to hold onto control but a very persistent Annabelle won't let that happen. A power struggle soon erupts and one question arises: Can either of them win in this game of control? Or will they allow the past to consume the present, leaving them alone on the streets of Dublin City?

Self-absorbed actress seeks perfect costar in the role of life partner. Those only partially interested, need not apply. Annabelle Lawson stuns crowds on the red carpet and silver screen, but there’s one role she regrets not giving her all. Liam O’Brien simply wants to move on with his life--a life after Annabelle. Can they rekindle the passion that once consumed them?

Ms. Johnson’s plot is exciting and fresh. Her heroine realizes her shallow life doesn’t make her happy, so she sets out improve it. This reader identified with Annabelle’s determination and resolve. She progresses into the type of woman I could see as her close friend. Liam’s character comes across as a bit harsh, but that serves as his survival instinct and makes him more lovable. Many scenes in this book were HOT. I especially liked the tryst in the nightclub. I admired Annabelle’s adventurous nature; she didn’t care if she got caught as long as Liam found satisfaction.

Grab a copy of In Control: Dublin if you want steam, sex, and a handsome hero all in a compact package.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Win, Lose, or Tie by Billie Jaines

Win, Lose, or Tie by Billie Jaines
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (89 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Multiple Partners, Fetish: Latex/PVC
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Tiger Lily

In the local pub on a Friday night with her friends, Carol meets Kevin. He is the kind of guy she can easily fall for: wealthy, articulate, good humored, and attractive. They date for a while, but then the relationship cools off.

Suspicious that he's seeing someone else, she asks her brother, a police officer, to tail Kevin. Her brother discovers he's seeing a dominatrix.

Rather than give up, Carol decides to explore Kevin's sexual foibles. However, she is not alone. Three other equally determined women have their eye on him, and Carol realizes she must delve deeply into his wildest fantasies in order to gain his confidence.

Will she win him over, or lose to one of the other women? It cannot be a tie. Or can it?

Have latex and the need to sate your desire for a hot romp between rubber sheets? Then Kevin Donaughie is your man. He’s looking of the right woman who’s willing to explore his fetish. Carol Davidson wants to be that woman. Will she Win, Lose, or Tie?

Readers will find this work very relatable. Who doesn’t know someone who has a tiny secret? Who hasn’t tried to pick someone up at the bar? Although set in the U.K., Win, Lose, or Tie could take place anywhere. The plot is a bit complicated, but that merely serves to keep the reader on her toes. Kevin’s character comes across as rather bullish in the beginning, but his desire for honest love redeems him. Carol’s need to win over the man she loves and her resolve to find out who she really is easily garnered the reader’s respect. Many scenes in this short story were hot. My favorite included the romp in Carol’s bedroom in the early pages of the story because I felt every ounce of love he felt for her.

Win, Lose, or Tie isn’t for the faint of heart. If you want a sexy read with a twist ending, then this is the book for you. I give it 4 enthusiastic cherries.

Rapture by Iona Blair

Rapture by Iona Blair
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Genre: Contemporary; Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short (29 pgs)
Other: M/F, Multiple Partners
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Freesia

Phaedra's little sister is missing. Desperately worried, Phaedra travels to Vancouver to find her. Curtis is the detective assigned to the case. The attraction is instant and they can't keep their hands off each other. Guilt stalks Phaedra—she shouldn't be indulging in the most incredible sex ever, while her sister is God knows where. Adding to her despair, her long time lover believes she is still faithful to him. Phaedra's world has been turned upside down and is spiraling out of control.

Will she ever get back on an even keel?

Dr. Phaedra Wharton is worried about her missing sister. She must leave her hot, rancher lover Baxter behind to search for her sister in Vancouver. Phaedra’s search for her sister leads her to find the man of her fantasies, Detective Roth. While trying to solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance, she must also try to solve the mixture of emotions that the sexy Detective is stirring up inside of her.

The author does a fantastic job of weaving a mystery story into a short novella full of passionate and explicitly erotic sex. This book is definitely a scorcher and the reader will not grow impatient between sex scenes.

If you are looking for a story full of hot, spicy sex with not one but two leading men and an intriguing suspense story thrown into the mix, Rapture is the book for you!

Somebody’s Watching by Veronica Blaque

Somebody’s Watching by Veronica Blaque
Publisher: Wicked Women of Color Press, LLC
Genre: Contemporary/Multicultural
Length: Short
Type: F/F, Ménage
Rating: 3 Books
Review by Dandelion

Isabella and Tiana have danced around their attraction to one another for months. Once Tiana finally accepts Isabella's invitation to dinner, each finds that they have both participated in "peeping" at the other during their most intimate moments.

This short story is a wild ride of female loving, as neighbors Bella and Tiana discover that they only thing they enjoy more than watching the other with a partner is finally enjoying some alone time – together. It’s a straight-forward tale: both main characters are in unhappy, unfulfilling relationships until Tiana takes the bold step of inviting herself over for dinner. Then, they finally find that true loving has been right across the courtyard of their apartment complex the whole time.

The sex scenes are many and detailed, and if you like female-female loving, then you’ll be pleased with “Somebody’s Watching.” There’s even a ménage scene to add to the spice. On the flip side, though, this author sacrifices plot for erotic content. There’s little character development and a couple of gaping plot holes that allow these two women to end up together. I also wasn’t crazy about the step-by-step details of every position and orgasm.

However, this is a very brief, very hot story, and in all honesty, it doesn’t need a lot of plot development to entertain. If you enjoy stories about lesbian loving, “Somebody’s Watching” won’t disappoint.

Sugar Shack by Paisley Scott

Sugar Shack by Paisley Scott
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (78 Pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Wisteria

Ten years ago, Catherine Bennett said good-bye to her fiancé, Luke MacKenzie, and his maple farm in Vermont. She wanted to be somebody. She wanted to break out of a small town existence and live the city life. But the higher she flew, the less satisfied she was, in love and life. She had left her heart behind. And she'd never forgotten the sizzling sex with blond-haired, muscular Luke.

Now, when her job takes her back home to Vermont, old feelings flame to life. But is Luke still interested? Is he married? And can he ever forgive her for leaving him so long ago? Only one thing's for sure; there's still an attraction. And their reconciliation will burn hotter than the fireworks that light up the New Years Eve sky!

Cat and Luke have a history, a history steeped in hot steamy sex and unbridled passion. But when Cat leaves to spread her wings after college, Luke is left behind feeling shattered and alone.

A truly hot, burn up the sheets story that explores the possibilities of the coveted “second chance” most of us never get. Author, Ms. Scott knows how to write a smoking hot love scene that will leave you breathless and writhing in your seat. This story comes complete with tender moments and explorations of a past love long gone, and is full of wonderful characters and vivid descriptions.

I can’t wait to see what Ms. Scott has coming out next. I am sure it will be a humdinger! I would definitely recommend her work to anyone looking for a hot happily ever after (again)!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Perfect Rhythm by Letty James

Perfect Rhythm by Letty James
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (61 Pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Wisteria

At the Johnny Dorado concert, LeeAnn Mukuski realizes she can get more than another autograph from the sexy New Jersey Italian singer. After all, ten glorious, fantasy-filled years of watching him on stage should amount to something. At least a kiss.

One little kiss leads to a whole lot more when Johnny "hijacks" LeeAnn and her car after his concert and takes her back to her house. LeeAnn discovers there's a real man behind the star façade. A man willing to follow his dreams and help LeeAnn achieve hers.

And what a man. With heated passion and a desire to play LeeAnn's body like a fine-tuned instrument, Johnny makes it clear they share a perfect rhythm.

LeeAnn has been a huge fan of sexy Johnny Dorado for years. Johnny isn’t quite the wild man people think he is. Fate and a few margaritas bring these two together for a night they won’t soon forget.

A "hold on to your seat" story from the very beginning, Ms. James delivers a powerful punch with sexy characters and a fantasy come true for any fan. Sexy, steamy and hot, hot, hot. A definite read that will make you wiggle and squirm.

Without a doubt one of my new favorite stories. I look forward to reading more from Ms. James in the future.

Stroke of Midnight by Ana Aragon

Stroke of Midnight by Ana Aragon
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (77 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Wisteria

When newly appointed U.S. Attorney Ro Garcia agreed to waitress for her sister's big catering job, she had no idea she would run into the biggest mistake of her life—Jake Anderson.

The musician from her past is hot, hunky and oh-so-handy, and the current of sexual tension between them hasn't dissipated one megawatt. Newly divorced, she's finally ready to work him out of her system with a weekend of no-holds-barred sex and picks romantic Santa Fe, New Mexico as the perfect, out of the way location for their passionate rendezvous.

Though ready, willing, and able to burn up the sheets with Ro, Jake has every intention of convincing her he's after more than her luscious body and the hot, passionate sex she's offering. But secrets have a way of getting out, and lies surface that threaten to tear them apart. Is Jake destined to lose the love of his life once again? Or can he convince Ro things are seldom as they seem?

Rosie has come home recovering from a failed marriage. Jake has spent years longing for the girl who got away. Sparks fly when they bump into each other at a catering job she is helping her sister with.

Stimulating and brisk, the story delivers a healthy dose of WOW in just a few pages. Captivating characters with heartfelt emotions make this story a hot and wild ride until the very end. Along with the vivid descriptions of the awe-inspiring New Mexico landscape, steamy love scenes will set your screen on fire and leave you breathless. Ms Aragon has done a wonderful job of showing what second chances are all about.

I would happily read this story again and anything else this author puts out. Fabulous job, Ms. Aragon. My hat's off to you.

Taming Samantha by Jenny Penn

Taming Samantha (Sea Island Wolves 2) by Jenny Penn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (276 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Lilac

Samantha Hark is running from one werewolf when she ends up in the arms of two. Can she overcome her fears and insecurities to trust in the love they offer her or will her time run out as her past closes in with deadly intent?

JD and Caleb McBane aren't about to let anything or anyone stop them from claiming their mate, even if that person is Samantha herself. The mating musk may render their feisty mate pliant to their commands, but when it wears off, Samantha is back in fighting mode.

Can JD and Caleb tame Samantha before her enemies strike the killing blow?

Taming Samantha is a scorching story full of passion and fascinating characters.

Twin Alpha werewolves, JD and Caleb McBane are destined to share a mate and when JD McBane lays eyes on Samantha Hark, he knows that he has found her. However, Sam is on the run from a werewolf when she meets the twins and has no intention of getting involved with another, yet alone two. Soon the three find themselves in a battle of wills as JD and Caleb struggle to convince Sam that her resistance is futile.

JD and Caleb are interesting characters each with their own way of handling things. JD is a take-charge kind of guy while Caleb’s approach is a bit softer. Both provide an interesting contrast and complement one another quite well as they work together to convince and claim their mate. I really enjoyed their strength and their protectiveness of Sam. It is obvious that they care for her despite only knowing her a few days and when her life is threatened their protective instincts kick into overdrive as they will do anything to keep her safe.

As for Sam, she comes across as a headstrong individual who struggles with trusting men after some past incidences involving a substantial inheritance she received. She wonders if they truly want her or her money. She is definitely not the meek mate JD and Caleb were expecting and it was fun to watch them banter and butt heads throughout the story.

There is obvious chemistry between the Sam and the twins and things heat up rather quickly as the three come together. Their relationship is full of passion and heat as JD and Caleb battle with Sam and struggle to convince her to trust them. They are not above using sex and their special abilities to win her over in some scenes that will leave you speechless. The whole concept of the twins being destined to share a mate was interesting and I loved how it played out.

I really enjoyed this story and its characters. The epilogue of the story hints at the possibility of more stories to come and I can’t wait to read more from this author and series. If you like your paranormal romances extremely hot with strong characters, then you might want to read this one.