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Friday, May 22, 2009

Theirs to Capture by Shelli Stevens

Theirs to Capture by Shellie Stevens
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (94 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Lilac

When there’s a tiger—and a lion—on your tail, there’s no escape…

Delilah is strong, independent—and a princess on the run. Her father, King of the Falcon kingdom, wants to unite her with Pierce, Prince of the Tiger kingdom, and Jason, Prince of the Lions. Never can she imagine giving herself to one man if there is no love—let alone two! So she flees her home in hopes of avoiding the union.

Delilah may be dead-set against the plan, but Jason and Pierce have no doubts. She is the one they want to complete their triad, to be their mate. She alone has the power to form the bond that will, in turn, join all their kingdoms in peace.

They’re prepared to use every means of pleasure to convince her they are all destined to be together. But first they have to catch her…

Warning: This book is hot! Hot! Hot! Threesomes, m/m, and capture fantasies, oh my!

Theirs to Capture is a highly enjoyable and sensual read about three shapeshifters who come together in a passion-filled union.

Delilah, a shapeshifter princess is not too thrilled to learn that her father, King of the Falcon kingdom, seeking to form alliances has promised her to both Pierce, Prince of the Tiger kingdom, and Jason, Prince of the Lion kingdom. In fact, she is so upset over the upcoming union to the two men that she decides to shift into her bird-form and flee. Determined to make her theirs and unite their kingdoms, Pierce and Jason give chase and must win over their intended mate.

Each of these characters fascinated me and brought something different to the relationship. Delilah longs for love and doesn’t believe that either of her intended mates could provide it, yet she still finds herself attracted to and caring for the men who must prove themselves to her. Pierce is a bit rough and at first I found him hard to like, as he is very blunt and dominating. But he quickly won me over as we got to know him a bit more. Jason, Delilah’s childhood friend, has been lovers with Pierce for a while and also cares quite a bit about Delilah. While powerful, he is not quite as dominating as Pierce yet he still is quite an interesting character. The three come together in some highly sensual scenes as they discover they were meant for one another and work to overcome the doubts and insecurities in their way.

I was fascinated by the whole shifter and royalty concepts and wish there had been even more of this interesting aspect, perhaps with looks at other shifters, their abilities, the kingdoms, or the enemy that is mentioned. However, despite this, overall, this was a great story that I would definitely recommend to those looking for something both sensual and different.

Her Master’s Voice by Jacqueline George

Her Master’s Voice by Jacqueline George
Publisher: Siren BookStrand
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (240 pgs)
Other: Multiple partners, M/F, BDSM, F/F, F/F/F, Spanking
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Wild Plum

Sherry is a lonely wife in Singapore, filling her days studying yoga under an Indian guru who loves women. The guru and her friend Ranji are helping her become the woman she secretly wanted to be, but there is a price to be paid for her new femininity.

How will she admit to her husband what she and Ranji have been doing? But he finds out and she is trapped on a tropical island, alone with the man she has wronged.

He has other worries; he has been targeted by Islamic terrorists. Soon Sherry and her friends from Singapore and Indonesia are fighting for his life with all determination and feminine charm they can manage.

This title was previously published.

Tim and Sherry are a married couple from England who have lost that spark in their love lives. Sherry insists on double beds between the two. Tim spends his time away on oilrigs while Sherry stays behind. Then Sherry meets a Yoga Guru who has his own idea of what a woman should look like and how she should act. When Tim returns home and realizes that Sherry has been spending her time with other men, he kidnaps her and holds her as his prisoner on an island. There he will begin to teach her how his wife will be.

Jacqueline George has a great way of writing a novel which under different circumstances would be considered too busy. There are many characters and places included in this book. All of which she delivers with great ease. It’s like being lost in a movie, you can actually feel yourself in the jungle, on the beach, in England, in Asia, George is great at detail. I recommend you have a vivid imagination and you don’t blush too easily to read this story. It’s one written to not only turn the characters on, but the readers as well. The love scenes have such detail and passion behind every word. I was impressed with this book and I’m sure you will be too. If you are a Jacqueline George fan you will really love this book, if not then it’s a perfect book to start with!

Snowfire: Foxy Lady by Marteeka Karland

Snowfire: Foxy Lady by Marteeka Karland
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (14 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Wisteria

It's mating season in the Magical Forest, and the Faery Prince is on the hunt for a special Snow Fox. If all goes well, he'll capture the heart of his chosen mate.

Dalla won't make it easy for him. Gualin will have to be master of the hunt if he hopes to catch his Foxy Lady.

Dalla is a Snow Fox who has always lusted after the handsome faery prince, Gualin. When she wakes one snowy winter morning to find him just out side her den, she sneaks out to get a closer look at him. When she realizes he knows she is there and he tells her he is looking for a mate, could it be her dreams come true?

A whimsical, fantasy story with a highly erotic spin which includes a wonderful description of both characters and the surrounding woods. The erotic side of the story was well written and colored a vivid picture complete with touch, sound and smell. A sensory delight.

As long as you don’t mind a heroine who retains fox like characteristics while engaging in sex (fur and tail), which felt a little bestial, you will find the story as interesting as I did. I thoroughly enjoy reading a story where the author really pushes the envelope with fiction and fantasy. I have to say that Ms Karland certainly has done that very well with this story.

Coyote Non Grata by Lena Austin

Coyote Non Grata by Lena Austin
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (30 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Lilac

The Creator laughs at human plans...

Dr. Jeff Gleason rejected his Comanche heritage and became a volcanologist studying the giant magma chamber beneath the National Park. Until his modern job and his Medicine heritage crossed paths.

Rody, wounded and rejected from his coyote shifter pack, seeks refuge and medical help from the human in the ranger shack, then joins his new friend on a sexual romp that will lead to a new mating of coyote and man that hasn't happened since the white man came to the park.

...because the Creator has plans of his own.

This quick read finds a Native American volcanologist meeting and forming a bond with a wounded coyote shifter.

Banished over a misunderstanding by his pack leader, a wounded Rody finds his way to the cabin of volcanologist Dr. Jeff Gleason. Jeff, a Comanche descended from Medicine men, has some knowledge of shifters thanks to his heritage, but he is surprised to learn that they do in fact still exist and also surprised by the attraction between him and Rody. In Jeff, Rody soon discovers a mate and sexual partner, yet his angry former pack leader could ruin things between the two men.

Rody and Jeff are very interesting characters who are almost the complete opposite of one another and who come from very different worlds, yet they seem perfect together. Having lived his life mostly as a coyote thanks to his pack leader’s prejudice against humans, Rody is not very familiar with the human world and his point of view and dialogue provides an interesting take on things as he seeks to understand Jeff and the world he comes from. He is definitely an eager young shifter. Jeff also has a lot to learn about Rody and the shifters, a group he didn’t realize still existed. He has to earn Rody’s trust, but soon both discover a mutual attraction and are quick to act on it.

This was an interesting short story…to be honest, it was almost too short as the very unexpected ending left me with quite a few unanswered questions about what would happen next. But despite this, the author is quite talented and created a world with people I became involved in. I still enjoyed the characters and their relationship with one another as I thought it was an interesting story of two very different worlds coming together.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Her Big Bad Wolf by McKenna Chase & Jana Mercy

Her Big Bad Wolf by McKenna Chase & Jana Mercy
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Length: Short Story (66 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Sex
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Wisteria

No beast shall seduce a Fairy Tail maiden.

The Big Bad Wolf has spent years seducing the maidens of Fairy Tail Forest with his sexual prowess. Wolf fears not that he’s breaking the king’s law—he seeks only to feed his insatiable sexual hunger. Then Red comes into his life and Wolf is enamored with the sexy maiden. He does something he has done for no other—he shape-shifts into human form and introduces the virgin Red to pure, uninhibited pleasure.

After a taste of heaven under the skilled shape-shifter's fingers, Red will do anything to be with the lusty, handsome Wolf again. But when Granny discovers that Wolf thinks Red is good enough to eat—literally—she has Wolf captured by the king's guards. Now the only way for Red to have her happily-ever-after with Her Big Bad Wolf is to rescue him from the dungeon.

Is Red’s love for Wolf deep enough to risk death?

What would you do if the man of your dreams was the big bad wolf? His rugged charm, and cunning, and when those combine with the fact that he is the most notorious lover in all of Fairy Tail Forest, what’s a girl to do? Submit and hang on for a wild, sexy ride.

A fantastic spin on the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood, but in this story it’s not just the wolfs ears, eyes and teeth that are big enough to draw attention. "All the better to ravish you with my dear!" HOLY HOT DOGS HANNAH! I have never been so….well….enthralled by a classic fairy tale! No doubt this writing team compliments each other perfectly! A wonderfully erotic tale filled with clear detailed descriptions and captivating characters. Not only did the tale serve as a titillating version of the classic tale, it also delivered a very nice twist and the open option to create a series about Fairy Tail Forest, Dark Forest and Storybook Castle. Hey, a girl can hope right?

There is no doubt in my mind that anyone who enjoyed this tale as a child will love the “adult” version much, much more. I only hope this team decides to add the fairy tale stories and give us more to read. If that happens, you can rest assured, this reviewer will be first in line to snap up my copy.

Reaper’s Revenge by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

Reaper’s Revenge by Charlotte Boyett-Compo
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (164 pgs)
Other: M/F , Multiple Partners
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Tiger Lily

There's unfinished business in Haines City…

Cynyr Cree and his wife Aingeal have returned to the western town to protect its citizens from two men the Reaper thought he'd killed. With Cree are the other six Reapers of his team, sent there by the Shadowlords to help stamp out an impending threat to all mankind lurking in the mountains of the high desert.

Otaktay, the Jakotai brave who once owned Aingeal, has sworn to take her back from Cree and to slay the Reaper before her eyes. Teaming up a rogue Reaper, Otaktay will let nothing stand in his way of retrieving the woman he believes belongs to him.

From the blackness of space, the Triune Goddess Morrigunia keeps a close eye on Her beloved Reapers. When She senses death and danger stalking one of Her own, She returns to Terra with vengeance in Her eye and annihilation in Her black heart.

Note: While this can be read as a stand-alone story, we recommend reading WyndRiver Sinner before Reaper's Revenge.

They are both infected with a parasite that requires feeding and maintenance. He fights off poisonous snakes and she gets kidnapped, all because of their race. Can their love survive the distance? Read Reaper’s Revenge and find out.

Aingeal Cree suffered violence at the hand of her first husband and that abuse made her strong. With her second husband, she determined to survive and prosper. When her husband Cynyr is bitten, trying to keep them safe, their love is tested.

I like that Ms. Boyett-Compo writes with force and determination. You can feel the strife and valor of each character. I also liked her vivid scenes with sweeping descriptions of the landscape and inner desires of the individuals. The subplots kept the story rolling and the end left me breathless.

Ms. Boyett-Compo’s love scenes are striking. You feel the passion between the lovers in every instance, including where the sex is not explicit. Sometimes the implicit reads sexier than the explicit. Very well done.

If you like fantasy mixed with a western flair, then Reaper’s Revenge is the novella for you.

Ruff & Tumble: Foxhounds by Lia Connor

Ruff & Tumble: Foxhounds by Lia Connor
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Other: M/F/M/M, Menage
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Azalea

Foxy Lady…

Reyna’s a skilled thief and the lightest-fingered pickpocket around. Several professionals would love to have her on their side, if only to be able to keep an eye on her. What they don’t know is that Reyna’s nickname isn’t just fantasy -- she’s a shapeshifting fox and as clever and wily as they come. No one can catch her if she doesn’t want to be caught, and so far no one’s come close to winning her over.

Not, that is, until the hounds pick up her trail. Jonas, Si and Boone, lovers as well as skilled tricksters, have the Fox’s scent and they intend to woo her, outsmart her and win her to their team. As hounds in name as well as in shapeshifting nature, they know they’re just as good at getting the job done as Reyna is. All they have to do is catch this thief and get her not only on their side, but in their shared bed.

And they won’t give up until they get the job done.

What does it take to catch a fox? Apparently three horny hounds who are bound and determined to trap her in their lair with thoughts of thievery and debauchery.

If you like stories about shape shifters with a lot of hot, steamy multiple partner sexcapades then this is the book for you. Reyna is the ultimate thief whom nobody has been able to capture…that is until Jonas, Boone and Si track her down.

The story begins with the premise of thievery – stealing from others – but in no time turns to some wicked hot sex between the fox and the hounds. Reyna “The Fox” is purportedly the best thief on the west coast. Not for the faint hearted or people offended by same sex encounters and ménage amours. This was interesting and entertaining.

I liked that the main character, Reyna, was a full, well-rounded, chocolate-hued woman with curves that the three hounds appreciated. No skinny little girl, she. Reyna is larger than life and more than capable of dealing with these three hounds.

The story took a little surprise curve at the end regarding the master plan to pull off a heist. Boone, Si and Jonas are likable characters, or shape shifters as it were, and Reyna holds her own. After all she is one sly fox.

After Hours 1: Tequila Sunset by Moira Rogers

After Hours 1: Tequila Sunset by Moira Rogers
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (35 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Lilac

Detective and werewolf Zack Elliott visits Last Call to satisfy his need to dominate, but it doesn’t satisfy his unrequited love for a woman he can’t have. Still, he’s managed to keep his desire for her under control… until a chance encounter in their apartment building sends him back to the bar for relief.

Iris has spent the last two decades living a strict life of self-denial as New York City’s only demon social worker. She lives in fear of the power inside her, and the dark needs that tempted her down a dangerous road before. But love and need are leading her down that path again, and her only hope is to give in to the man she loves and trust that he’s strong enough to keep her safe from the darkness inside.

In Tequila Sunset, a demon meets her match in a hot werewolf detective who has longed to make her his.

Fearing the power that resides inside her, Iris has struggled over the last several decades to suppress her needs, but lately it has been more difficult for her to suppress those urges. It is up to Zack Elliot, a werewolf who has loved and longed for Iris for a long time, to prove to her that he possesses the strength to keep them both safe and to control her dominating demon in bed and out.

Having read and met Zack in Moira Rogers's Tequila Sunrise, I was really looking forward to this story and I have to say that I really enjoyed watching Zack finally get his happy ending. He and Iris seem like a perfect match as both help make the other’s fantasies come true in some very steamy love scenes. The scenes between the two are highly erotic, yet despite the passionate, and sometimes rough, sex there is a tenderness to their coming together as they both give in to the longing they have felt for one another, but have tried unsuccessfully to fight off. They each have dominating personalities and tendencies, yet Zack is able to help Iris control hers and overcome her fears of hurting either him or herself.

I do wish we had gotten a glimpse of their relationship and interactions prior to and after their erotic encounter, but despite that I found Tequila Sunset to be a fast-paced and enjoyable short story.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Strangely Familiar by Cari Z.

Strangely Familiar by Cari Z.
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (45 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Lilac

Cecily Mason is the youngest in a long line of powerful witches, and the time has come for her to summon her familiar, an animal companion to strengthen her abilities and share her life. Only instead of summoning a simple animal she summons a werejaguar, and the man inside the beast isn't happy to be under her control. Like it or not, they're stuck with each other, and in order to save both their lives they'll have to learn to live with each other, and eventually to love each other as well.

In this quick and interesting read, a young witch finds herself unexpectedly saddled with a shapeshifter as her reluctant familiar.

This great story finds Cecily Mason, a young witch, summoning her familiar, an animal companion that will strengthen her abilities and share her life. However, things don’t quite go as expected when she summons a werejaguar named Mauricio Oliveira instead. Now Cecily must find a way to make it work or lose her abilities forever. However, Mauricio is not too thrilled at being under her control and is quite angry over the turn of events that find him in unfamiliar surroundings. But unable to be separated the two are stuck with one another and must find a way to live with one another.

This was truly an entertaining story and I especially enjoyed the relationship between Cecily and Mauricio as they complement one another quite well. A loner, Mauricio is upset over the events that have bound him to Cecily and fears giving up complete control. Stuck in an unfamiliar city, he misses his home and the familiar surroundings of the jungle. Cecily is also a bit upset and worries about what Mauricio will do as she knows that separation will mean the end of her life as a witch as well as severe pain for her. As the youngest in her family, she has worked hard to prove herself and to earn her independence from her meddling sisters and mother.

Cecily and Mauricio need one another, but almost realize this too late. But as time passes and they begin to share some very vivid and erotic dreams, the pair grows closer and realize that perhaps it wasn’t a mistake that they got paired together after all. Their budding relationship is quite touching and Mauricio is definitely a charmer when he wants to be.

The whole witch/familiar concept was quite interesting and I enjoyed learning about Cecily’s duties as a witch as she worked to protect the city. I also really enjoyed watching the progression from almost bitter enemies to caring lovers and thought the whole story was quite unique and enjoyable.

Fantasy Mountain by Piper Denna

Fantasy Mountain by Piper Denna
Publisher: Sinful Moments Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (294 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Begonia

Fantasy Mountain - the resort where no want is too wacky, no urge too unusual, no passion too peculiar.

Meet the owners:

On her remote ranch, Victoria has built a world-renowned business with her ability to create any sexual scenario requested. She has it all; power, money, independence. The only other thing she wants is the one she knows she’ll never have, and he works just down the hall.

Brett has all but given up hope of breaching the wall around Victoria’s heart. In fact, he’s engaged to be married back in London in only two months. But he knows Victoria has desires; he’s seen them firsthand. When one night of passion rekindles old feelings, can he finally fulfill the ultimate fantasy of the woman who’s made it her mission to satisfy everyone’s desires but her own?

Whatever the erotic dream, it can come true at Fantasy Mountain.

From the first few lines, my interest was piqued. It’s hard not to be when the first few lines snag you with opening a webpage about sexual fantasies.

Ms. Piper pulls you right into Victoria’s world and her problem from the first few pages. You immediately feel her vulnerability and her fear. Her world came crashing down around her ears and she’s not going to let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Unfortunately for her, Brett has already done that even if she won’t admit it.

You also feel for Brett. It’s obvious that he cares for Victoria and more than just a friend, but she won’t let him near her except as a boss. Ms. Piper has you rooting for him from the beginning. His love for Victoria is felt with every line even if he’s given up for a short time.

My favorite part of this novel is when the lost little boy helps break the shell Victoria has put around her heart. Joey turns her orderly world upside down and inside out, giving Brett the chance to melt the ice she’s encased herself in, making her feel again.

This is a hot, steamy romance with many scenes that make you wanting more. I would recommend it if you like a good conflict between the main characters, detailed settings that pull you right in and the slow realization that they love one another, even if they started out as friends.

Snowfire: Three by Riley Ashford

Snowfire: Three by Riley Ashford
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (15 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Menage
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Wisteria

When banned werewolf Jaron Dunmore has a chance encounter with gorgeous vampire Kirk Raynard and his human lover, Leann, he eagerly agrees to their sensual proposition. But their night of passion will give the lonely wolf a very unexpected gift…

Jaron is surprised when he notices a woman in the local coffee shop. He is more surprised when his body has a sexual reaction to her. But when the beauty approaches him and asks him to join her and her Vampire lover for a session in the bedroom, Jaron finds the idea very tempting and agrees.

A hot, spicy, titillating tale about the lengths a couple will go to for something they want. Filled with vivid description and masterful sex scenes I found my self blushing and reaching for something to fan myself and fast as I was turning the pages. Definitely a satisfying short read designed to arouse and fulfill. The graphic frankness of Ms Ashfords writing leaves nothing out and keeps you involved to the very end.

I have no doubt we will be seeing many more wonderful tales from this author. I am sure they will all be as good as this short read was.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Outcast by Cheryl Brooks

The Cat Star Chronicles: Outcast by Cheryl Brooks
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy,
Length: Full (344 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Xeranthemum

This fourth installment in The Cat Star Chronicles series maintains the qualities of excitement, world-building, sizzling romance, and great imagination that made Slave such a resounding success.

Sold into slavery when his planet was destroyed, Lynx was enslaved in a harem. He is a favorite due to his feline gene, which gives him remarkable sexual powers, but after ten years, Lynx is exhausted.

Thrown out without a penny, Lynx is bitter and anti-female. He emigrates to a new planet but can only find a job with a female rancher.

Bonnie's boyfriend has left with all their money and she needs help with the ranch. Lynx is cynical, but honest, and though he has made it clear that he wants no part of a romantic relationship, Bonnie can't resist him. She finds out about his impotence and becomes determined not to let such a beautiful and sensual young man go to waste...

Outcast is a book that turns a male fantasy into a Twilight Zone moment. You’ve heard the phrase, ‘be careful what you wish for’? Ms. Brooks takes that to a new level and it takes a woman with a courageous heart to undo the damage.

In this latest Cat Star Chronicle, Ms. Brooks switched gears and did not create a totally new world with new aliens; but like a master weaver is picking up threads from her previous world building adventures and interweaving them. In doing this, she has enriched the stage on which her characters perform.

Lynx is the latest Zetithian to be discovered and he’s got a lot of ground to recover. Like many of his brethren, Lynx was sold into slavery. Unlike the others, it was not a violent life, yet the chains and scars are emotional and just as damaging. Lynx is a different kind of tortured hero, one that I’ve never seen before and I give credit to the author for her originality. His slow healing, with him kicking and bucking most of the way, is very much an internal conflict worth a reader’s attention. You initially laugh, thinking it’s no big deal but as you read, you understand so much more because the author really gets into his heart, his despair and his pain. Lynx eventually does what Zetithian men do best and it’s worth the journey. Love that snard!

Bonnie has her own internal conflict going on. She’s a woman who is left to fend for herself. She reminds me of the pioneer women of old - those whose rancher or gold rush fever induced husbands go off and die leaving the women to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world. Bonnie has that spirit, that drive to survive. Unfortunately, it seems to have beaten out the feminine element that wants a hero to come and save her. She’s given up all her yearnings for a man she can actually count on, that is until she hires that ornery Lynx.

There are a lot of interesting secondary characters that Ms. Brooks introduced me to and I really enjoyed them all. They certainly played important roles in various movements of the plot and helped to show case Bonnie’s character. That being said, I have to say that my review of this book will not be as high as the previous books due to character head hopping. I believe all of the scenes were relevant but they were a bit choppy and that is unlike Ms. Brooks’ usual style. I also found the ending to be fulfilling, akin to the foam from a quickly poured glass of root beer. There was so much, it kind of overflowed. It was still sweet and appreciated and quenched the thirst for a very happy ever after which is a big plus for me.

All in all I would definitely recommend reading Outcast to anyone who is into this series. Due to some character references that were specific in nature, I believe new readers to the Cat Star Chronicles would benefit from reading at least two of the previous books before this one. How else can you get the inside jokes? How else can you get the full effect of the joy of meeting other Zetithians and get a feel for why it is so important? Where else can you experience a man who purrs with such orgasmic results? It’s a rich world and Ms. Brooks is making it better and better with each installment. I look forward to more.

Destiny Forged by Jack Thomas

Destiny Forged by Jack Thomas
Publisher: Mystic Moon Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (22 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating:4 Cherries
Review by: Wisteria

Selena Parker had all but given up on her fairy tale ending.

Waiting on Destiny's new vet, she sat alone crying, as she so often did these days. Fed up and disgusted with how her life has turned out, Selena silently wishes between sobs for something or someone to whisk her up and take her away. Away from being constantly broke and worried. Away from an abusive, alcoholic man at home who simply doesn't respect her (or himself) the way he should, the way he once did.

If only Prince Charming really did exist.

Enter Jay Walker: Veterinarian. Adonis.

Destiny Forged is an intense sexual journey rich with emotion, passion, and desire. Intoxicating romance blends masterfully with decadent fervor producing white-hot erotica encased in an enchanting tale of fate and self-worth.

Selena has finally had enough of her drunk, abusive boyfriend, and her revelation comes not a moment too soon. Stuck waiting at the barn for the vet she decides her life needs to take a new turn. And what a turn it takes. Sexy vet Jay is the picture of a studly, virile man. An impromptu romp in the rain shows Selena there are still white knights who rescue damsels in distress.

Oh how many times I wished I had a vet like Jay to service my horses…..among other things...*G*. Without a doubt, this was a very sexy, powerful read that touches on the real life issues of what some women go through in their quest to find Mr Right. Sexy and powerful, filled with love that will leave you looking for your own Dr. Stud-muffin, I give this story two thumbs up.

Rock on with your bad self, Jack Thomas. You weave a tale both titillating and emotional. The perfect combination I like to find in an erotic short story.

Tarotica by Amber Austin

Tarotica by Amber Austin
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Full (197 pgs)
Other: M/F, Multiple Partners
Rating: 3 cherries
Review by: Amaranth

When you buy Tarotica, you get a FREE mini tarot reading by the author!

Miranda Malone is about to embark on the greatest adventure of her life. While she's on vacation in San Francisco, a masked man kidnaps her at gunpoint. As she tries desperately to think of a way to escape, Miranda notices a tattoo of the Earth on the man's palm and remembers her beloved father's deathbed prophecy: "Your future husband will hold the world in the palm of his hand."

Her abductor turns out to be a gorgeous Napa Valley winemaker who's running for his life. Eli Hart has uncovered a plot to destroy the vineyard where he works and suspects a French competitor of the crime. He's being chased by two Frenchmen bent on eliminating him before he can reveal what he knows.

Miranda and Eli set off on an erotic, magical, and sometimes perilous journey that leads from coast to coast. As they strive to elude their pursuers and bring the criminals to justice, they meet a colorful cast of characters, each of whom represents a card in the Major Arcana of the tarot. Their journey is a tarot deck come to life, full of mystery, romance, and passion.

Tarotica starts out with a fast bang. Miranda is walking the streets of San Francisco, enjoying a parade traveling down Market Street. Although she has just put purple streaks in her hair, she still feels normal amongst the weird people. Then she is approached by a man dressed as a jester and is terrified when he sticks a gun in her side and kidnaps her. The situation quickly turns humorous and then almost scary, as Miranda first realizes that the gun is plastic, quickly followed by the realization that this man has a tattoo of the Earth in his palm. Her father’s deathbed prophecy was that her future husband would hold the world in the palm of his hand.

At that point, though, the story quickly turns unrealistic, as Miranda learns that her kidnapper is Eli and that he has kidnapped her in an effort to escape someone who is trying to kill him. Miranda decides to trust him and take him to his friend, simply because of his tattoo, her dad’s prophecy, and her need of an adventure. Just a few hours later, Miranda finds herself sharing a room with Eli at Sybil’s home, where they enjoy a quick tumble in the sheets. I have to say that their tumble was too quick, because there was very little detail and the scene just didn’t flow well for me. Miranda decides to continue on her planned adventure, leaving Eli behind, with a promise that they would be together soon.

Each short “chapter” is a different card from the tarot deck. With each card, Miranda or Eli meet someone new or have an odd erotic experience, usually with the new person they have met. Considering that Miranda believed Eli was her future husband, I admit to finding this a bit odd. In the end, however, Miranda and Eli meet back up, each having learned much about themselves and their lives.

Although most of this book was actually quite strange, it does have a lesson to be learned. At times, the dialogue was a bit unrealistic and the erotic sex wasn’t as erotically described as I usually find and enjoy. The story spans three months, therefore there is a lot of jumping forward in time in order to cover each new realization or adventure of Miranda or Eli.

Overall, I would imagine that this book would be much better for someone who knows more about tarot. Still, all things considered, this was a fun read. Ms. Austin was unique and imaginative in her creation of this adventure and plot, with characters and circumstances representing each of the tarot cards.

Tartan Twins by Selena Illyria

Tartan Twins by Selena Illyria
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (64 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Biting
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Part werewolf, part incubi and determined to get their mate, Robin, Lochlan and Rorick Montgomery have finally found the woman they want to be with. Now all they have to do is convince her she's the one for them.

After a night of hot sex, Robin is trying to run from the two men who she loves and can break her heart. She tries to hide with Iain and Katherine, but she can't ignore her feelings and desires for the twins.

Robin, Lochlan and Rorick are on a collision course with passionate results.

Werewolves, incubi and twins to boot. What a wonderful combination. This third story in the Tartan Werewolf Series had me panting for Rorick and Lochlan Montgomery from the first sentence. Each story can stand alone but to learn more about the characters mentioned in this third story, I highly recommend reading the other in this fascinating series.

Rorick and Lochlan Montgomery are werewolves without a pack. Due to their mixed blood, the twins are considered mongrels and their pack has virtually died out. They are taken in by Altair and the O’Keefe Clan and are now part of their family. The twins find their mate in Robin, an assistant that they hired from America. I love how the boys try to slowly break in Robin to their sexual appetites by being with many women and leaving Robin to console the broken hearted lasses. The heat really turns up after Rorick decides to bind Robin to them.

Robin runs from the twins but I can’t see what she is running away from. I know I would love to have two tall blond hunks in kilts wanting to cater to my every sexual desire. Robin seeks refuge with Ian and Katherine O’Keefe. This causes a sticky situation as the twins don’t want to offend their only family. I could see how Robin wanted to make sure that Rorick and Lochlan’s feelings were real but I knew she really loved them when she gave in her dreams and then sought them out when she awoke.

The not so subtle manipulations of Rorick and Lochlan and hints of future plotlines had me hungering for more of the Tartan Werewolves. I can’t wait to see what is next in Ms. Illyria’s wonderful werewolf series.

Animal Instincts by Brenna Lyons

Animal Instincts by Brenna Lyons
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short (55 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by: Wisteria

Mattayas is the eldest son of the alpha pair, the buck destined to lead his Wul pack when his father dies. Anha is a proud young Lyx fem, a strong hunter and fighter for her nest. Their mating instincts drive this unlikely pair together, sending Mattayas into a murderous rage that leaves them with horrific choices to make. Can their instincts overcome the problems inherent in such a match?

Anha is Lyx, Mattayas is Wul. Their mating is forbidden, but something draws them together. Afraid for the lives of her babies, Anha flees her nest in search of a safer place to rear them. When Mattayas follows her, she realizes the felling she harbors for him aren’t going away. Perhaps two different beings can love each other anyway.

Let me start by saying WOW! I am a lover of paranormals anyway, but the creativity in this story just added fuel to the fire for me. It reaffirmed the why’s of my love for paranormal stories, and when an author can craft a tale such as this that truly tantalizes the senses and pulls you in, making you care about the characters, the story is all that much better. A great read about love that defies the rules. Sort of a “were” Romeo and Juliet. Touching and alive with emotions.

Thank you for the awesome tale. I can’t wait to see what your next work is. You can rest assured I will be looking for it.