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Friday, August 14, 2009

Bound to Him by Ava March

Bound to Him by Ava March
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (103 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Spanking, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Phlox

Lord Vincent Prescot’s life couldn’t be better. Thriving investments, well-respected by his peers, and mind blowing sex with a man who submits to his every desire -- what more could he want?

Lord Oliver Marsden should be more than happy with his life. He’s been in love with Vincent for over a decade and six months ago the impossible happened and they became lovers. But since then, nothing has changed. More specifically, Vincent hasn’t changed. Oliver has tried to be patient -- it took a lot for Vincent to accept the fact he preferred men. But what felt like a tiny distance between them six months ago now feels like an ever-widening chasm. Why can’t Vincent stay the night? Is it too much to ask for Vincent to call him Oliver and not Marsden? He knows Vincent cares for him, but does Vincent love him?

Then Vincent’s father asks him for a favor -- one that involves marriage. If Vincent agrees, he’ll have the respect he’s craved from his father his entire life but he could lose Oliver. Nor does Oliver make the decision easy. To keep Oliver, he’ll have to do more than deny his father. He’ll have to give Oliver his heart.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, Domination/submission, male/male sexual practices.

Once in awhile an erotic romance comes along that is thoroughly enjoyable for its erotic tension alone- this is one of those stories. Vincent and Oliver’s relationship, rather than a complex plot, is the driver here. Oliver struggles with being a closet lover, Vincent’s dirty little secret, a situation he can no longer settle for, and Vincent struggles with family and social obligations while trying to sort through his ever-growing need for Oliver.

Ms. March’s writing shines during their sexual encounters. The level of heat between these two had me hoping fervently that my desk would not erupt in flames. Vincent is the Alpha Oliver so desperately needs, knowing how far to push him and when to be tender, while Oliver’s willing submission exudes such naked eroticism one begins to wonder at times who’s truly in control.

The simple plot, Vincent’s father tries to force him into a marriage he does not want, Oliver misunderstands the whole situation, is perhaps a bit on the thin side and too easily resolved, but in this case, the lack of complexity did not detract from the story for me, a rare find indeed. I adored the main characters far too much-their interactions and conversations rang true, their own complex natures and inner torments kept my attention. Seized it, actually. I couldn’t stop reading this one.

During a time when homosexuality was illegal and punishable with prison time or worse, when poor Oscar Wilde had to explain himself in court, the hurdles society set up in front of gay couples almost guaranteed to drive them apart. Oliver and Vincent are at times stubborn, hard-headed and twitchy but it is their courage and their love for each other that shines through. This is a book that will stay with me for some time.

The Sarran Plague by A.C. Katt

The Sarran Plague by A.C. Katt
Publisher: Eternal Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (180 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Anal Sex, Menage
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Xeranthemum

“Even now in your flush of victory, we have sown the seeds of your defeat.” - Hanitz, Commander Zyptz Warrior Birds –Message to Brightstar

The Sarran Warriors came home from victory to genocide. The enemy had unleashed a virus fatal to all fertile fems on the Home Planet. The Sarrans mated in Triad, without fems, civilization ended. For two cycles they searched the Galaxy for a genetically compatible vessel. They found Earth. The WarriorPairs left Sarran with heavy hearts. They were told the Earthen fems were an inferior species, unable to establish the psychic bond that was essential to the triad bond.

Yet from as far out as the asteroid belt, fem voices called to the mates. They were in pain, they were dying, they had met the enemy. Admirals Jonal and Tonas were determined to obtain their fem at almost any cost; because they had already mated in her mind.

The Sarran Plague tells an interesting tale of what happens when aliens do find Earth and the surprising fact that not only aren’t we alone, we have mates amongst the stars.

The story follows various points of view as there are many characters that populate the ship that arrives to save the women of Earth.

The main romance involves Tonas and Jonal and their search for their Triad Bondmate. Inasmuch as the book focuses on a relationship with two men and a woman, this story is more about the love and romance between the two main men who captain the ship. There is even a threat to their happiness which has followed them for years and comes to a head during the suspenseful part of the book. The female, Anya, is developed only to the point where her character serves the purpose of being the one they seek. The time spent away from Anya belied the importance of her role to them and I felt that was an injustice to her character’s worth.

The secondary main character is Mark, a doctor whom Anya worked with. His role experiences a fast transition from Earthbound MD, to a key player in the drama that unfolds in space. I was a bit disconcerted as to how quickly and completely he accepted, understood and seemed to master his new role. After saying that, I still felt that his character was much more vibrant and interesting than Anya’s. And I also preferred his storyline because it contained more concrete and well written drama which kept my interest.

I enjoyed the science fiction aspect of this story but I could have done with less of the officious declarations made every time someone wanted to enter a room or change access protocol to the computer. Perhaps it was included to give an authentic feel for the military aspect and the alien environment with which Anya and the reader find themselves. That’s all right, but there is such a thing as overkill.

The imagination that went into the attacking aliens and the final weapon used to incapacitate them as well as their identification was truly genius. I enjoyed the cats and loved their role. I also felt the ending was too short and cryptic. I actually wanted more and its quick wrap up startled me. Perhaps that was the intent of the author because certainly it added more questions which need answers. If Ms. Katt writes another book about the Sarrans, specifically about TeZarron, then I’ll be in line waiting because I sensed an introduction to a tortured hero who needs saving.

The Sarran Plague is a book which will appeal to readers who enjoy stories about a love between two men that survive the odds even when their happiness is under attack from rivals, enemies and betrayals from those they should have been able to trust. Good conflict, exciting resolution and a satisfactory HEA.

Summoned By Lust by Amanda Sidhe

Summoned By Lust by Amanda Sidhe
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (64 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Fern

Karma thought she had it made. As a highly paid Summon — a human servant to a vampire clan — all she had to do was use her telepathy to anticipate the needs of the vampires she was sent to serve, while avoiding becoming lunch or undead herself. It had been a lucrative and easy gig until Razor showed up with his deadly good looks, bad boy attitude and a dose of telepathy that dwarfed hers. And this powerful vampire Kinsman has only one job for her to do — telepathically replace his overpowering blood lust with sexual hunger…for her!

Karma is a human Summon; a servant used by a vampire clan. She is valued due to the telepathy that allows her to perceive the wishes of the Kinsmen she serves, anticipating requests and sensing intentions. The gift has come in handy over the years, ensuring she keeps her blood where she wants it most – inside her body. She has two simple but important rules: stay alive and stay human.

Razor is a Kinsman known for his madness. He has experienced no relief from the intense bloodlust that consumes him, killing everyone he comes into close contact with. When Karma arrives to escort Razor from the airport for her clan, they soon discover the norms and rules don’t apply. Razor’s telepathy is far stronger that Karma’s, but that doesn’t mean she can’t manipulate the violent images in his mind into something more consensual that doesn’t involve loss of life or limb.

Summoned By Lust is a vampire tale of a different sort. That first taste of blood isn’t enticing or erotic, it’s deadly. Amanda Sidhe has managed to provide a unique take on the genre, offering something fresh. Razor isn’t dangerous in a sexy kind of way. He can and will kill Karma if provided the opportunity. Her telepathic ability is the only thing that keeps his unquenchable blood lust - instigated by the manner of his change - at bay. Meaning sex will be an erotic but deadly game of cat and mouse. But as time passes and their abilities merge, she becomes his touchstone; the very thing that keeps him balanced and the beast within caged.

While I enjoyed Summoned By Lust, there are several instances in which awkward word choice and telling versus showing slowed things down. I was also slightly disappointed that Razor’s voice is notably absent as his past and emotions are conveyed by dreams or mental sharing through Karma. With that said – the sex is steamy, the concept original, and the plot intriguing. A worthy read if you’re looking to add to your vampire collection.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Kiss and Kin by Kinsey W. Holley

Kiss and Kin by Kinsey W. Holley
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (74 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Cherry Blossom

On the surface, court reporter Lark Manning looks like the luckiest girl in the world, blessed with great friends and a wonderful family. Underneath, she harbors a hopelessly unrequited love for the sexy werewolf everyone thinks of as her cousin. Taran rarely notices her except to condescend or lecture. He’s treated her the same way since she was eight years old, and there’s no reason to think he’ll ever change.

Taran Lloyd, a detective in the Houston Police Department’s Shifters Investigations Unit (SHIU), lives for those rare moments he gets to spend around Lark, torturing himself with what he can’t have. Kin only by marriage, she thinks of him as her big brother. He couldn’t bear her pity—or her disgust—if she learned he wants her for his mate.

When weres from a rival pack attack her, Lark screams out the first name that comes to mind—Taran. Only this sexy alpha can keep her safe until they find out who wants her dead, and why. But keeping her safe means keeping her close. And the closer they get, the harder it gets for these not-really-cousins to honor their commitment to keep their paws off.

Warning: Contains a heroine with the world’s worst poker face, a hero with more honor than sense, and explicit shifter sex that makes you wish werewolves really were part of the gene pool.

In Kiss and Kin, Kinsey Holley brings the reader into a world where werewolves live openly beside humans. There is even a special police unit composed of werewolves, and humans know just how to approach a shapeshifter.

Enter Taran Lloyd, werewolf detective investigating the abduction of several women. When his cousin Lark Manning almost becomes a victim of the criminal gang, Taran's protective instincts shift into overdrive.

Kinsey Holley keeps fantasy, suspense, and romance in perfect balance throughout Kiss and Kin and makes it a heart-pounding read. There is enough action in and out of the bedroom to satisfy a finicky reader who likes a good action story driven by rich characters, supported and enhanced by fiery and complex romantic entanglements, and a smooth, vivid, and very pleasurable writing style. The mix would be enough if Kiss and Kin was a straightforward tale of romantic suspense, but the added supernatural elements are kept at the forefront and woven into the plot. The paranormal in Kiss and Kin drives the plot as much as every other aspect of the story, and the reader ends up reacting to the non-human characters in the same manner as the fully human ones: as if we had actually met them, knew their inherent weaknesses, and understood the inevitability of the situation.

This reviewer will be keeping an eye out for more stories by Kinsey Holly.

Three For Me? by R.G. Alexander

Three For Me? by R.G. Alexander
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (59 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M/M, BDSM, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Spanking, Role Playing
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Holly

Three men, a tomboy…and one erotic game that could change everything.

Simon, Eric, Rafael, Lee…and Charli. It’s never mattered that Charli is the only girl in the crowd. She’s always been a tomboy, anyway. Just one of the guys.

Between work and Couch Potato Thursdays, life is pretty full. Sure, no man alive can get through the friend gauntlet, but thanks to her boys and her toys, she’s got plenty of fantasy material. It’s a win-win situation. Until Lee has a destination wedding in Cozumel—and Charli’s “best man” duties take a kinky turn.

Through what looks to be foul play by Lee’s new brides, Charli finds herself on a decidedly decadent shore excursion, playing “The Race Erotic”. With each sexy challenge, it becomes clearer that down deep, she desires not one, not two, but all three of her remaining single buddies.

They’re the only family she’s ever known. She can’t imagine living without them. Will she have to choose? Or will the final score be three to one?

Warning: Naughty costumes, kinky toys, a boy, a girl…two more boys, all doing unspeakably dirty things to each other.

Can a tomboy find true love and happiness and keep her three best friends too?
Charli has been just one of the guys most of her life. It has always been the five of them, Lee, Simon, Eric, Rafael and Charli, since back in sixth grade. When Lee meets the women of his dreams, the wedding is the start of a grand adventure.

This group is unconventional to the extreme, as evidenced by the fact that Lee marries Connie Lynn and Lori in a ceremony on the beach with Charli as “best man”. The whole wedding party departs for Cozumel, where the newlyweds plan to honeymoon, while the rest are to compete in an “Amazing Race” style competition called The Race Fantastique. What Charli doesn’t know is that, behind her back, she and the guys have been entered in a different competition, a one night only, no holds barred sexual romp called The Race Erotic. The groups have to face three challenges, and one of the other couples challenges Charli and the guys with a bet, one Charli is determined to win. What Charli finds out along the way, is just how much she feels for all three of her men, and just how far she will go to keep their relationships on firm footing.

R. G. Alexander has written a scorchingly funny tale of hot desires, hidden longings and downright hilarious fun. The sex is hot, hot, hot, and the interaction between Charli and her men is a delight. There are a few great twists during the challenges, and the surprise near the end, when Charli finds out who was behind the whole set up is terrific.

This may have been my first R. G. Alexander book, but it will certainly not be my last. If you are looking for hot hunks, great sex in strange and wonderful places, and multiple partners having multiple orgasms, this quick read is for you. And the answer to the question: read Three For Me? to find out.

Public Displays of Affection by Leannan Mac Llyr

Public Displays of Affection by Leannan Mac Llyr
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (40 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Xeranthemum

Lacey and Andy have been more than friends for quite a while, even if they have been keeping their relationship under wraps. Well, Andy has been keeping it under wraps. Lacey wants to shout to the world that she's in love. After months of secret rendezvous, Lacey figures that her sexy Andy plans to keep her his dirty little secret forever. Even when he gives her an opal ring, passed down through his family, she still doubts he will ever publicly acknowledge her. The opal ring has a history of deviousness and its magic has Lacey's desire for Andy to publicly demonstrate his affection coming true. Big time!

Public Displays of Affection will knock your socks off with its fun and quirky story which concludes with a shockingly romantic revelation.

Lacey and Andy are an adorable couple whose attraction for each other is apparent from the beginning. The drawback of their relationship seems to be that one of them is tired of the ‘friends with benefits’ situation and craves something more, something deeper.

How does a person approach such a sensitive subject? How much risk is one prepared to take when the worst case scenario is that you lose the gamble and you end up alone? Would you do it or keep the status quo? Those are some of the questions that get answered in this story and I found the tactics employed to accomplish the HEA very interesting indeed.

Another thing I enjoyed was the differences between a man’s thinking versus a woman’s. The dialogue moved the story right along and kept my interest. The ‘Aha!’ moment was quite an amusing scene to read and brought the story to a wonderfully romantic pivotal moment. If you are in the mood for a quick story brimming with passion and romance, with an eyebrow raising conclusion, then Public Displays of Affection is an ideal recommendation.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Demon Dreamer by Vivi Anna

Demon Dreamer by Vivi Anna
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (54 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Cherry Blossom

Born a seer, Kiara Brodie has always been feared for her power to see others’ fantasies. She’s fine with that—it keeps the men of her Irish Gypsy caravan at bay. She wants more than this transient life. A letter from her estranged father, summoning her to Louisiana, could be her long-awaited chance to put down roots.

She finds two half-sisters she never knew she had, and an old mansion haunted by a darkly sexy demon who inhabits her dreams. At night he whispers to her of carnal delight, enticing her on a journey of extreme pleasure—and pain.

Malvo knows just what to do with the curious woman who wandered into his lair behind the library bookcase—lock the door behind her and make her a lustful proposition she can’t refuse. He seeks to temporarily ease his lonely torment, but Kiara’s willing and wanton response opens his eyes to the possibility that she is his path to his own salvation.

If only she is willing to remain captive to his every sinful desire—forever…

Dark mansion, mysterious forces, creatures living not so much in the walls as between walls and reality. Males in need of deliverance and women in need of seduction: Demon Dreamer has all the ingredients of a suspenseful, erotic Gothic tale.

Vivi Anna does manage to portray a masterful alpha male in the not-so-evil demon Malvo, and a strong-willed, interesting female counterpart in Kiara Brodie. Their interaction and their mutual need both to be together and to claim their independence drives the plot of Demon Dreamer. Without a doubt, should the reader happen to inherit an old house and encounter a mystical creature, we should all wish for Kiara's fate.

However, Demon Dreamer only merits 3 ½ Cherries for the lack of editing that kept pulling this reviewer out of the story—awkward phrasing and frequent repetitions, and a sense that given more time, the plot could have been tightened and deepened. The link between Kiara and her sisters, presented so prominently, is barely explored, and Kiara's true paternity is hinted at, but maddeningly, the answer to the mystery is completely avoided.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed Demon Dreamer. The interactions between Kara and her demon were interesting and the original plot certainly deserves kudos. If you like a scorchingly hot paranormal, you may like this one too.

Pack Alpha by Crissy Smith

Pack Alpha by Crissy Smith
Publisher: Total–E–Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Mistletoe

Book one in the Were Chronicles Series

Marissa Boyd finds herself drawn into a world she can never be a part of, complete with an Alpha wolf who takes whatever he wants. And he wants her.

Marissa Boyd knows, as a non-shifter, she doesn't belong in Pack territory. She braves a visit to attend her sister's mating ceremony and meets the shifter who will change her entire life and beliefs.

Gage Wolf knows Marissa is hiding a pained past. As Alpha, he must do whatever it takes to protect his pack, and he considers Marissa a part of that group. Making her his is just an added benefit.

When Marissa's old lover tries to claim her for his own, Gage knows he will never let her go and sets out to prove that to everyone else. Now he just has to make her understand that she belongs with the pack and to the Pack Alpha.

Reader Advisory: This book is part of a series and best read in sequence.

Marissa finds her life turned upside down when she goes back into the pack's territory while visiting her sister Elizabeth and her new mate Greg for their mating ceremony. She has vowed never to go back into any pack's territory and she hasn’t for years. She wouldn’t be there now except for her sister's mating ceremony, for Elizabeth she would bare it and what may come from it. Little did she know it would change her life forever. Pack Alpha was a great story of love, trust and acceptance.

Fending for herself for years after being thrown out of her pack for not being able to shift, Marissa finds herself entering another pack's territory. Feeling an instant attraction to the pack Alpha male, Gage, she tries to deny herself but Gage feels the same strong instant attraction to Marissa. They cannot help themselves and when she tries to leave thinking that she is protecting him. Gage stops her from going and will not take no for an answer. He tries to reassure Marissa that she is safe with his pack and that they accept her and that his pack is different from her old pack. Marissa is still afraid and will not commit to staying with him.

Gage must prove to Marissa how safe and loved she is with him and his pack. Will she finally listen to her heart and let Gage be her Alpha male? Can Marissa let the past go and have her happy ending?

Crissy Smith takes the reader on a great ride with this story. Alpha Male is a good story with a great flow and lots of character depth. It brings you in and has the reader wanting to get to know all the players. This book is defiantly a good hot read. Readers may want to be aware that this book does have some dominant sex and play in it.

If you enjoy fiery heroines and hot alpha males who will fight for what is theirs than this book is for you. I for one will be looking for more from this author. Hopefully we can hear more from the rest of the pack.

Masters of the Shadowlands 2: Dark Citadel by Cherise Sinclair

Masters of the Shadowlands 2: Dark Citadel by Cherise Sinclair
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (134 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism, Anal Sex
Rating: Best Book
Review by Fern

After Kari breaks up with her date during Beginner's Night at Club Shadowlands, she's given the option to continue with an experienced dominant. Despite her steamy fantasies about BDSM, the inexperienced schoolteacher plans to simply observe. Yet under the unyielding hands of Master Dan, she not only participates, but gives him everything he asks for. There is nothing she can hide from him. Not her passion…or her love.

Still mourning the death of his wife, Master Dan avoids getting involved with women and he never takes a sub twice. But this modest little beginner is such a sweetie, one night is far from enough. As he plumbs her responses, taking her ever deeper into the world of BDSM, the gentle submissive begins to show him how barren his life has become and what a dark citadel he's made of his heart.

During their three nights together, the teacher will learn to submit...can she teach the master to love?

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and content (including/not limited to bondage, caning, restraint, spanking, tethering) exhibitionism, voyeurism.

Welcome to Club Shadowlands. Please leave your inhibitions at the door.

Kari Wagner visits the private establishment, Club Shadowlands, to discover what it is about the BDSM community that excites – and ignites- her submissive side. Unfortunately, the date in her accompaniment isn’t the Dom for the job. Eager to leave after an altercation with her surly escort, she’s intercepted by the owner of Club Shadowlands, Master Z, who introduces her to Master Dan. When Master Z offers Dan’s services as her Dom for the evening she reluctantly accepts, as intrigued as she is unnerved by the large and powerful man that sees right through her.

Officer Dan Sawyer is an experienced Dom that lost his wife three years ago in a traffic accident. He continues to shoulder the burden of guilt over her death, thinking himself responsible as he was called into work the night she died. He assists and instructs new subs in the lifestyle, but he has a stringent rule – he will only train a sub for one night. After that, they have to find another Dom. He’s not looking for anything more until his friend and fellow Dom, Z, places a doe eyed submissive with lush curves, a soft body, and a suppressed eagerness to please into his keeping.

Dark Citadel takes the reader on one hell of a ride. It’s not always an easy read, but that’s to be expected. Cherise Sinclair has constructed a comfort zone rollercoaster that excels at pushing those limits, creating pages that are searing hot and wickedly intense. But at its center, Dark Citadel is a romance. The protagonists are vastly different. He’s a police officer and she’s a high school teacher. He’s a Dom and she’s a sub. He’s a man that wants nothing to do with love or commitment and she’s a woman that yearns for just that. But when they come together, both are aware something exists between them that cannot be denied. It’s a matter of letting go, accepting the past, and moving into a new and exhilarating future together.

I personally love material that pushes boundaries, and Dark Citadel didn’t disappoint. This story is a must read if you enjoy the BDSM genre, especially if you’re attuned to works that are less about the sexual acts themselves and more about the tension that comes just before. Tightly written, beautifully crafted, and something meant to be read more than once. Cherise Sinclair has gained a fan for life with this one.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Good Will Ghost Hunting 2: Hells Bells by Lesli Richardson

Good Will Ghost Hunting 2: Hells Bells by Lesli Richardson
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (192 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Holly

When you fall in love with the Devil's henchman, 'personal demons' gains new meaning.

Kalyani Martin was a good Baptist minister's daughter, intent on saving herself for the right guy. In her new producing gig on a ghost hunting show run by Ryan Ausar, she might have just found him: Will Hellenboek, co-star on the show.

Will and Aidan, cousins and co-stars, are archdemons, working for Ryan. Their common past has been a long and sometimes bloody one, but the three men share an unbreakable bond.

The dark and crazy days of their past are returning to unleash vengeance upon them all. As Ryan struggles to keep things together behind the scenes, can he protect the fragile joy lighting his friends' lives, without revealing the soul-crushing truth and risking all they hold dear?

Warning, contains graphic M/M and M/F sex, anal sex/play, frequent snarkage, silly boxer shorts, hot archdemon lovin', and toe-curling soul mate deflowering.

Archdemons as guardians of humanity, protecting Earth from evil beings. Hades' son Ryan Ausar heading “The Firm” in the guise of CEO of a reality television show about ghost hunters, along with his two soul brothers, Will and Aidan. Oh yeah, and the best part: Hell is Atlanta. Good Will Ghost Hunting 2: Hells Bells is the second book in Lesli Richardson’s six book saga, and I have bought the first book to pick up the back story. This book can be read without the first one, but there is a lot missing in set up from the first book.

Hells Bells finds Kalyani, who was possessed by a wraith in book one, engaged to marry Will, soul brother of Ryan, and one of the Ghost Hunters on the TV show. Kal knows what Will, Aidan and Ryan are, and as Will’s soul mate, is gaining powers of her own. There are a lot of past lives intersecting throughout the book, but it is pretty clear who is who. There is a plot by a female named Bera to try and get pregnant by one of the three archdemons, and she is working off world with a bad guy with his own agenda of revenge against Ryan and the others.

I enjoyed this book a lot, even without the back story from the first book, which I have gone back and bought. I love the sense of history and myth that Lesli Richardson has woven into this series. The characters are fully developed, and I was able to feel the depth of feeling that the characters have for each other. The issues with Kal’s dad is handled with taste and love. Kal experiences all the ranges of emotion and it is handled realistically.

I am waiting for the next installment to see what the next ploy Bera comes up with will be, and what happens in each of the characters’ lives. There is also a wicked sense of humor to this book, although it is dark humor. After all, she did name an archdemon Will Hellenboeck (pronounced "hell-an'-back" I believe) and the guys are always asking “what the home is going on?” One warning for readers with this one: if you are a happily ever after person, this is not for you. Ms Richardson leaves us with a big cliff hanger in this one, and the last line is a killer.

The Trust She Yields by Jennifer Leeland

The Trust She Yields by Jennifer Leeland
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Scarlet Rose
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (81 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Mistletoe

Lee Sidle moved to another state for a good reason. To escape a BDSM relationship gone horribly wrong. But she's a submissive down to her bones, and when a sexy Dom offers her thirty days, her fear wars with her needs. She might accept, but she'll never surrender.

David Peters is used to healing the broken, and Lee needs his confident touch. He doesn't expect to learn any lessons himself, yet this submissive tests him in ways he never anticipated. When her past comes back to haunt her, his one desire is to ride to the rescue. Instead, David and Lee discover her survival lies in the trust she yields.

Running from an abusive relationship Lee Sidle does not need or want anything to do with David Peters or the likes of him. She can tell what he is and intends to stay far away from him. She will not make the same mistake again by trusting another Dominant.

Lee must leave the life of BDSM behind. She is not willing to be hurt again. David will not give up until he succeeds in winning her. The Trust She Yields was a great story about acceptance, trust and love.

After being abused and even hospitalized Lee has run to Humboldt County to start her life over. Once there she meets David and instantly feels an attraction. She knows he is a Dominant but she cannot keep herself from being drawn to him. Just as he can sense how submissive she is. David finds himself intrigued and attracted to Lee as well. The day that they finally act upon that attraction Lee reluctantly agrees to go to David’s house the next evening for a party. Once there Lee is introduced to a different kind of dominance than she is used to and in turn ends up agreeing to give David one month to try and show her just how wonderful it can be and that her past experiences were not how things were supposed to be done in their world. As a well trusted and admired mentor and teacher in his world David is appalled at what someone has done to Lee and he vows to make it right.

Jennifer Leeland has written a great story with genuine characters that have depth and complexity. Not only did this story have a good storyline it had characters that pulled you in and had you cheering for them. The reader should know that this book is set in the world of BDSM and contains graphic sex and play. I truly enjoyed the quality of this book as a whole. The lifestyle of BDSM was treated in a respectful and interesting manner. I will definitely be looking for more scorching reads from his author.

Butterfly Unpinned by Laura Bacchi & Bonnie Dee

Butterfly Unpinned by Laura Bacchi & Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (195 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Fern

Slavery was her refuge…now it’s time to fly free.

Navajo woodworker Bryan Lapahie can’t believe his luck. He’s been hired to create sculptures for a wealthy photographer’s wildly opulent mansion. Once inside, he finds his new boss is a man of many possessions—and an appetite for BDSM so extreme it makes Bryan’s own Dominant tendencies look tame.

Of the four submissives enslaved at the mansion, it is quiet Butterfly who captures his interest. Her vulnerable beauty stirs his fantasies…and awakens his protective instincts.

Butterfly wanted only two things: to feel protected, and to satisfy her craving for hardcore kink. She found both…with the wrong guy. She’d almost forgotten how to be a normal person until a man with flowing dark hair enters the mansion. Suddenly, her safe haven is looking more and more like a prison, and all she can think about is breaking free—with Bryan.

To rescue her, Bryan is more than willing to lay everything on the line. But simply walking away isn’t as easy as it seems…

Warning: Extreme masochistic tortures and degradation as well as joyful BDSM acts between loving partners.

A cocoon can be a refuge or a cage; the definition of which relies solely upon the butterfly within. That is the message of Butterfly Unpinned, a rousing and intricately woven story that paints a vivid portrait of the ways insecurities can tether, and in turn liberate, a person from a self-imposed imprisonment.

Authors Bonnie Dee and Laura Bacchi have written a wonderfully poignant story of the loss of one’s self and the journey to rediscovery. The material is well written and enhanced by beautiful landscapes, steamy sex, and a captivating romance. The story begins with “Butterfly”, a young girl that turned to a master/slave lifestyle in order to escape the world which overwhelmed her. Her life is safe, routine, and hinges on one singular truth – she lives for no other purpose than to serve and please her master. Though content, Butterfly has begun questioning her choice to remain with a Master that views her wholly as a possession without any concern for her feelings or needs.

Navajo woodworker Bryan Whitehorse Lapahie is a man eager to flee the life of poverty he left behind in Arizona, and a job offer from a wealthy client will see him well on his way. Remaining on the reservation of his childhood isn’t something he’s willing to consider. Scarred by the cruel words of a former lover, Bryan is spurred to become something other than a poor man living in obscurity.

Bryan sees something in Butterfly the first time they meet inside her Master’s enormous house, complete with three other willing and contracted slaves. He’s enchanted by her above all, captivated by this submissive creature that has given herself over in servitude to another. When his curiosity intrigues and kindles Butterfly’s own interest, she has to choose to stay caged in what has become a meaningless existence, or spread her wings and trust that Bryan will become the cocoon that envelops her in love and safety.

Saying more would be to spoil, and I think a reader should take the journey for themselves. A very stimulating and thought provoking read, I enjoyed Butterfly Unpinned immensely. I’m certain others will as well. A must read.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Werecats and Werelocks by Dakota Cassidy

Werecats and Werelocks by Dakota Cassidy
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Christmas, Halloween, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (222 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Holly

Four strong, sexy women, four kooky, supernatural dilemmas, four fantastically hot men. Four stories of the most unlikely, improbable way to find the love of your life. Join Felicity, Charlie, Frankie and Addison for a series of zany Dakota Cassidy adventures!

This collection contains the previously released novellas Catnipped, A Were-Cat Christmas, Werelock, and Confessions of a Wannabe Witch.

Four super hot hunks meet up with four magically wacky women to make this the funniest collection of tales I’ve read this summer. Dakota Cassidy brings out the giggles and more with these four delightfully lighthearted and sexy tales of magic gone slightly off.

Catnipped gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “wrong place at the wrong time”. Charlie Ledbetter makes a stop at the local pet supply store to pick up some chewy bones for her dog Pinky, and gets caught between two gorgeous guys fighting in the aisle. When the guys come to blows, Charlie is accidentally caught between them, and in the course of things, one of the men nips her ear hard enough to draw blood. No big deal, unless you’re Charlie and you are allergic to cats: extremely allergic. And the gorgeous hunk that bit her, well he is a tiger shifter, and now, Charlie is becoming one. And experiencing all of the reactions she has to her allergy, multiplied by about ten times. Just imagine, she is allergic to…herself! And her dog won’t come near her anymore, either, and she is starting to look at raw meat in a whole new way.

A Were-Cat Christmas is definitely not your everyday kind of holiday story. Frankie Lane is unhappy with her parents’ choice of mate for her. As a Were-Cat, she must mate before her thirtieth birthday, or remain in her Persian cat form forever. She is already stuck in that form, on the run, hungry and trapped in a dumpster behind a Chinese restaurant. Can things get any worse? Of course they can. Frankie is rescued by the pushy secretary of Sam Carsters who thinks Sam spends too much time at the office, alone. She decides to clean Frankie up and give her to Sam for Christmas. That’s how Frankie ends up in a cage on the desk in Sam’s office, with a big red bow around her neck.

Werelock is an All Hallows Eve tale. When Addison Ross takes her over-active niece and nephew pumpkin picking for Halloween, she picks up much more than a big orange piece of fruit. Under her pumpkin is a small statue, and she takes it home, not suspecting that it is an artifact of great significance. There is a demon that wants to destroy the world as we know it, and he needs the talisman to do it. Enter our handsome and virile hero, Caleb Marsden, he has come to Addy’s door determined to protect her from the danger.

Confessions of a Wannabe Witch brings us Felicity Speillman, a dyslexic witch who just can’t get her spells right. In a last ditch effort, her parents have shipped her off to Castoffsphere, the final training ground where Felicity will either succeed and earn her broom, or fail and be branded a failure forever. Felicity can’t work a spell to save her life, and those she tries end up badly. After a night of overindulgence at the local bar, commiserating with her equally challenged friends Felicity goes home and performs an ill-advised spell.

Dakota Cassidy has a very different sense of the absurd. These stories are a delight, and I found that once I started, I could not put them down. If you enjoyed her Accidental books, you will love these. If you have never read Dakota Cassidy, these are a great start to a new auto-buy author. You will giggle, chuckle and even laugh out loud at the antics of these four women and their adventures with the hot hunks they fall in with.