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Friday, September 11, 2009

Location Location Location by Emma Hillman

Location Location Location by Emma Hillman
Publisher: eXcessica Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Rubenesque, Humor
Length: Short Story (99 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Mistletoe

Mia Adams keeps bumping into her fantasy. Literally. From crashing her car into his to ramming his shopping cart at their local supermarket, each encounter brings her closer to the man she’s always dreamed of: Kevin McIntyre, a former pro football player with an attitude and a propensity for swearing.

He seems perpetually angry but she has to admit the look suits him. She’s pretty sure experience makes perfect too because the man has some serious skills. Let’s just say she’s been screaming his name a lot lately. Although, sometimes, it’s to shout at his disappearing back. She shouldn’t care, however, that he doesn’t seem to remember her name or that he keeps leaving as soon as he gets what he wants. They’re just having some fun after all.

Then why is he inviting her to his house? Did he change the rules and forget to tell her about it? The sex must have gone to his head, there is just no other explanation.

Kevin McIntyre is a former pro football player with many fans, including Mia Adams. When the two meet the fun begins. Many adventures await Kevin and Mia.

This story was a very entertaining read. It was funny to see Mia continually bumping into Kevin in the literal sense. From their first meeting on the road to the supermarket and movie theater the two keep bumping into each other and having sex. It seems that Kevin cannot get enough of Mia. Even though she continues to make him angry and crazy at the same time he cannot seem to stop his feelings for her. Being one of Kevin's biggest fans Kevin is Mia's fantasy come true and she has many plans for him.

Mia is a great character. She is a woman full of spunk. It is hilarious to see her take control and continue to make Kevin angry and hot and bothered all at the same time, and on purpose. She cannot get over how hot he looks when he is angry and keeps him riled up every chance she gets. She is a hoot. In turn Kevin is a great guy who thinks he is always in control but looses it whenever Mia is around. He tries to deny his feelings for her but he always seems to fail. The building of their relationship is cute and the reader is glued to the pages wanting to see just what they will do next and where it will go.

Emma Hillman has written a great read with a good flow and lots of humor. I especially enjoyed the scene in the supermarket it was just too funny. This was a quick read with a good flow and great characters. Emma Hillman has done a good job of endearing both Mia and Kevin to the reader and has you cheering them on and encouraging Mia yourself. I found myself laughing out loud at some of her thoughts and actions. It was great to see Kevin trying to sort through his feelings to show them to Mia.

This book is not to be missed. I definitely would love to look for more stories from this author. If you enjoy spunky heroines getting the best of the Alpha males this is the book for you.

Sex, Lies and Wedding Bells by EM Lynley

Sex, Lies and Wedding Bells by EM Lynley
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (247 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Phlox

Kieran Quinn, a Texas native living in Manhattan, works as a columnist for a national magazine. He's famous for his snarky, sardonic columns, but deep down he's more interested in what makes people tick than his editor would like. He keeps his desire to find his own Mr. Right hidden under a sexy, carefree persona that favors champagne and underwear models of the male variety.

Jaxon Lang is the handsome, confident high school principal in a tiny Texas town, where he relocated from Dallas to pursue his relationship with a woman he thinks is his future bride, despite the fact that she has already left three other grooms at the altar.

When Kieran goes to Texas to cover the latest wedding of this real-life "runaway bride," he falls hard for the gorgeous-and straight-groom. But Kieran's charm and unique attitudes about sex and attraction soon challenge Jaxon's concept of what - and who - he wants. Will anything change when Kieran discovers the bride's shocking secret?

I loved the premise of this story, the overconfident writer of snarky magazine articles has to leave his comfort zone, physically and emotionally, to realize maybe his writing has done some harm. The reader almost wants something bad to happen to Kieran, not something on the level of plane-going-down dreadful, but something to wake him up out of his self-absorption. When he meets Jaxon, whom he has planned to deride in his next column, and has to pick his jaw up off the floor, we know in no uncertain terms that the wake-up call has arrived.

This is an engaging, entertaining story, full of characters with enough quirks and surprises to keep the reader glued to the page. While I would have liked to have given it a higher rating, the editing issues are simply too distracting, detracting from what should be a smooth and enjoyable read. There are enough errors in the text that one had the feeling of a story that might have been rushed through the line editing.

All that aside, I did enjoy Kieran as a character and his awakening as a person. Once he starts seeing Jaxon as a person and not an opportunity for ridicule, he does take a hard look at himself and what he has been doing for a living. His earnest desire to rescue Jaxon from a one-sided relationship with a manipulative woman is endearing, especially because he goes into his investigation believing he can never have Jax (to all appearances as straight as an arrow) for himself. Jaxon, though we don’t get to see through his eyes until fairly late in the story, is a real keeper, a man of integrity, intelligence, and honor who isn’t afraid to keep an open mind. One does question how he was so easily duped by Danetta and why he never had any inkling before that he might be attracted to males, but it’s forgivable since he seems to have spent most of his time wrapped up in his work.

Not your typical boy-meets-boy story, the characters will quickly grow on you and the ending is ultimately satisfying. Readers will have to discover all the details for themselves, though, and it’s well worth the read.

Far From Innocent by Arlene Knowell

Far From Innocent by Arlene Knowell
Publisher: Carnal Passions
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (92 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Menage
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Mistletoe

When Dex McKelvy breaks Rachel Kenyon’s heart, she thinks life is over. But the sexual appetite of another man soon makes her realize that the hot, lustful life she’d shared with Dex was little more than child’s play.

Far from Innocent was a good read about love and trust. After having her heart broken by her friend-turned-lover, Dex, Rachel starts a new life in Hopkinsville, KY. After loving Dex with all her heart only to have it broken, Rachel meets Blake, who puts her sex-life with Dex to shame. But Dex isn't done with her yet, and finds his way back to her.

Can Rachel choose just one of these two loves of her life? Will Dex win her heart back? Will Blake lose what is most precious to him?

Arlene Knowell writes a good story. With a twist or two that I did not see coming I was thoroughly entertained with this book. It has a good flow and kept me interested at all times. The characters had depth and personality as well. Rachel is a great heroine. Taking things under her own control and not letting the men rule her life. She may give all of her heart but she will not be walked all over. Blake is a wonderful Alpha male that knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to get it. The bond that grows between Blake and Rachel was a nice read. The flirting between the two when the first meet was very hot indeed and the scene in the storeroom was sizzling.

If you enjoy Alpha males with a soft spot for strong women than this is the book for you. It was great to see Rachel showing Blake just how much she was attracted to him and not be ashamed about it at all. Woman should take heed of her example and not be afraid to show their men just how much they enjoy them.

Sinful by Raina James

Sinful by Raina James
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (63 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Magnolia

Khariss Lloyd is attracted to Dylan Sanders the moment he walks into her dance studio for tango lessons. Something about Dylan's boy-next-door good looks and friendly smile make her want to get to know him better.

Dylan suspected he was being set up when his sister called on him for a favor, then left him standing alone and partnerless at a tango class, of all things. However, one look at the gorgeous, leggy instructor convinces him that for once he doesn't mind the matchmaking.

Khariss and Dylan are quickly swept away by a love every bit as scorching as the passion that flares between them — passion made all the hotter when Khariss introduces Dylan to unrepentant hedonist Marcus O'Grady.

In doing so, Khariss is taking the risk of her life — will she lose the love of a good man when Dylan finds out about her torrid past with O'Grady's exclusive nightspot? Or will Dylan get his own unfulfilled desires met with the help of the seductive owner of the city's most wicked sex club?

This story is a hot little read that takes on sweet romance, throws in sensual action at a sex club, and culminates with a little three-way action. It's is only sixty-three pages, but the author manages to combine all the elements of a budding romance with the hot, spicy sex we all want, even if we never get past reading about it. Dylan is sexy, manly, and even though he appears timid at first, he has no problem getting into the action after just a bit of coaxing. Khariss is hot and sexy. Her day job as a dance instructor keeps her fit and her partial ownership of the sex club lends us insight into her sexual sweet tooth. While at first glance Khariss seems a lot more worldly than Dylan, the author brings them together so they become a perfect fit both in bed and out.

Other than an awkward conversation between Khariss and Dylan when they have their first sexual encounter, I liked this story. The M/M sexual encounter seems a little too convenient, and though an actual set up is never mentioned, I kind of felt that Khariss and O’Grady, friend and co-owner of the club, arranged this little tête-à-tête. And although the story ends HEA, I have the feeling there is more to Dylan and Khariss’s story. And I can definitely hear O’Grady screaming out for more!

This is definitely a good bedtime read with your lover, or alone with your toys!

Her Dark Master by Jennifer August

Her Dark Master by Jennifer August
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (159 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 ½ Cherries
Review by: Fern

In Regency England, good girls like Victoria Ashford don’t pen wicked stories for underground sex papers and they certainly don’t don a mask and exchange places with a whore in a desperate bid to share one night of passion with the man she’s always desired. When Matthew Corwin, Earl of Sussex, discovers the identity of his remarkably responsive, submissive “whore”, he plots erotic payback for her treacherous deception, never intending to let his heart get involved. But protecting her from a blackmailer makes him realize maybe there’s more than just being her dark master…

Victoria Rose Ashford is in a tight spot. Her twenty-first birthday has come and gone and another year as a single lady will undoubtedly leave her a spinster. The trouble is she only has eyes for her brother’s longtime friend, the elusive Matthew Corwin, a consummate bachelor that has no desire to wed. Desperation drives Tori to devise a plan that will see her in the arms of the man of her dreams, but when he learns her identity, things do not go according to plan.

Her Dark Master combines intrigue and suspense with pulse-pounding erotica, ensuring a reader squirms in their seats while they remain on their toes. The material is tightly written, the plot well thought out, and the story fast paced. I enjoyed the mystery that drives the story, as well as the chemistry between the protagonists. The intimate scenes between Tori and Matthew will leave you breathless.

This is a wonderful story for those that enjoy mystery in their erotica, Her Dark Master is a most recommended read.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Illicit Hunger by Dee Carney

Illicit Hunger by Dee Carney
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (61 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Fern

Up until now, almost every part of her life has been dictated to her. When Lia Hampton, vampire prima lux, goes clubbing with her best friend, it's the last bit of rebellion against her arranged marriage she can muster. An attempt on her life was not part of that plan.

Jericho Taylor is placed in the enviable role of protecting the vampire community’s first daughter. In a world where the werewolf is considered tainted, interaction with them almost forbidden, Lia must do the unthinkable—feed from Jericho—to save her own life.

What happens when she bites him sparks a whirlwind of events which threaten to rip their lives, community, and a growing love, apart.
Illicit Hunger offers a new twist on a common paranormal theme: a vampire and werewolf fall in love against the odds. In this rendition, the most powerful vampire, The Luge, hires werewolves as his personal guard. In the week prior to his daughter Aurelia’s wedding, he procures the services of a new guard to watch over her. When Lia is harmed during an assassination attempt, and the guard, Jericho, offers the vampire “Prima Lux” his blood in order to save her life, something unexpected happens. They are transported into the throes of lust and pleasure, a moment so real they become captivated and enthralled with one another. But as vampires are forbidden to drink from werewolves, they have to lie about the circumstances that saved her life. And thus a taboo relationship begins.

While I enjoyed the concept of Illicit Hunger, I had a few issues with elements of the story. Namely the circumstances that led to werewolf blood being deemed “tainted” and the war it caused centuries before. So much of the story is invested in the singular truth that vampires cannot feed from werewolves, and I felt slighted with the rather brief explanation. Adding some tension by upping the ante would have been welcome. Another disappointment was the abrupt ending. I’m aware this was probably done to leave room for a sequel, but even then, it seemed a trifle rushed.

Aside from that, the material is well written, fast paced, and easy to read. The characters are memorable, the interaction between Lia and Jericho is combustive, and there is enough intrigue to keep you turning the pages to see what happens next.

Meant for those that enjoy paranormal with a slathering of steamy sex, if you’re in the market for some vampire/werewolf loving, you’ll enjoy Illicit Hunger.

Luck Be Delanie by Shelli Stevens

Luck Be Delanie by Shelli Stevens
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (82 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Holly

He’s lured her to paradise…and she’s about to discover the price.

A Chances Are

Long ago, Delanie made one gigantic mistake. Or committed one small felony, depending on how you look at it. Stealing a coin from a sexy stranger was just a prank to help a sorority sister get revenge. The sleeping with him part was totally unplanned. Yet she holds the memory of that one intense, passionate connection close to her heart—like the coin she still wears around her neck.

Six years later, she’s invited to a beautiful resort in the San Juan Islands to not only accept a donation for an abused women’s shelter, but to consider a job opportunity as well. Instead, she finds herself face-to-face with her past.

Grant has always suspected Delanie stole his rare, lucky coin. He just never knew why—or why she disappeared the morning after their hot night together. After spending years looking for her, he’s lured her right where he wants her. He’ll have his answers, come hell or high water.

And, if things go his way, he’ll have Delanie, too.

Warning: This book contains lost lovers reunited, male masturbation, “You could have died” sex, and overall hot lovin’.

Six years ago, the plan was simple. Meet the guy, go home with him and steal his “lucky” coin, and throw it in the lake. All this as a favor to a wronged sorority sister. Having one night of the most incredible sex ever with Grant was definitely not part of the plan. Six years later, Delanie still hasn’t met a man to hold a candle to the man. On a chance of a lifetime business opportunity, Delanie travels to the San Juan Island resort of Athena’s Oasis. The catch? The owner of the resort is the same Grant Thompson that Delanie stole the coin from six years before. Can these two overcome the past, and Grant’s streak of bad luck, and find a new beginning? Or will they make the wrong decisions once again?

Shelli Stevens has written a delightful romance of second chances. Delanie and Grant are real and wonderfully complex people, and I like that neither is perfect. Oh, they are both beautiful people, but they can’t seem to communicate with each other. Ms. Stevens made me laugh at the bad luck Grant believes is a result of losing the rare coin, and the stranded on the island in the storm scene was pure passion at its best. And I loved the way she stretched out the “will they or won’t they” for so long. You just knew that once they finally got together, there would be fireworks and shooting stars. I enjoyed this and the subtle twists were so entertaining. There is a happy ever after, but I wasn’t sure until the end that it would happen. Do they make all the right decisions? No, but they do make enough of them to make Luck Be Delanie a great reading experience.

Boys of Summer by Cooper Davis

Boys of Summer by Cooper Davis
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (60 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Oleander

I thought I knew what love was…

My name is Hunter Willis and I’ve found love. The problem? I’m not sure I’m ready for the rest of the world to know I’ve fallen for my best friend. Everyone knows Max is gay. Me? They think I’m straight as an arrow. So did I, until Max and I shared a kiss three months ago that blew that theory right out of the water.

Now, by the ocean in Florida, thousands of miles away from prying eyes, I’m finally ready to admit to myself that Max and I have something special. Max has been ready for a long time—and he’s been waiting for me. Really waiting. As in…he’s still a virgin.

There’s nothing I want more than to be Max’s first lover. But I know when Max gives away that part of himself, it won’t be just a summer fling. It’ll be for keeps. Max deserves the best. I’m just not sure, when it comes right down to it, that I won’t break his heart.

Did I mention I’m scared as hell?

Warning: This title features summer lovin’ between two hot men, a secret romance between best friends—one of whom doesn’t think he’s actually gay, and enough heat to set any beach vacation on fire. Be sure to keep the extinguisher handy!

Love, true love, a love you have no control over, just takes you and grabs you until your breath has all been taken away. That is the kind of love that Hunter Willis and his best friend Max Daniels have just found. Well, Hunter at least. Max has been in love with Hunter for years now, just waiting for his friend to realize that he was in love with Max as well. The problem is that Hunter is straight as an arrow, or so he thinks, until the kiss. The kiss that sparked the fire in Hunter, the kiss that helped Hunter realize that he may just be gay after all. To Hunter’s surprise loving Max comes easy, but accepting their relationship and coming out of the closet is a whole other story.

Max is a virgin, and has saved himself for one lover, Hunter, and he is playing for keeps. No one-night stand will do for him; he loves Hunter with every fiber of his being, and believes that Hunter loves him as well. The emotion and patience that Max extends to Hunter as he comes to terms with their relationship is so endearing that you can’t help but become emotionally attached to both of them. On a week's vacation in Florida and far away from any friends and family, the two men are able to explore their emotions, slowly for Hunter as his fear of anyone knowing they are a couple continually overcomes him. You are pulled towards him, through his struggles as he learns to be a lover to Max towards the end of their vacation as well as realize that he has so much pride in Max and their new-found love he is now ready to face the world. Not to mention their friends and Max’s family. Their lovemaking is steamy and sensual as the new lovers explore sex for the first time, Max being a virgin and Hunter with a man.

Home. Just the word freaks Hunter out completely as he is faced with coming out to all their friends. His fear all but consumes him, but with the constant love and reassurance from Max, Hunter is able to calm his nerves just enough to face everyone. Hunter’s fears are settled with accepting and understanding friends who embrace Max and Hunter for who they are and not what they are.

Hunter’s struggle with Max’s persistence and constant patience for the man of his dreams to accept their relationship was, at times, humorous and heartfelt. Cooper Davis delivers! With every word written I cheered Hunter on through this life changing time. I only wanted to see Max and Hunter get the Happily Ever After they deserved. A definite five cherry book.

A Day in April 1944 by Ursula Grey

A Day in April 1944 by Ursula Grey
Publisher: eXcessica Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (42 pgs)
Other: M/F, Light Spanking, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Tiger Lily

Numbed emotionally by the war, Lisette, a French woman working for the Resistance, shelters an American pilot during the Occupation of France. The visitor she harbors awakens her dormant sexuality and touches her in ways she couldn’t possibly have imagined…

She’s beat down by life and the war. When a soldier stumbles onto her dark existence, is he enough to give the light back to her life?

Read A Day in April 1944 to find out the rest of the story.

Ms. Grey writes a fascinating novella about war and redemption during a particularly dark time. Her characters, though not detailed, are deep enough to capture the reader’s attention. You want these two people to find some sort of solace in the devastation around them. Although I thought the opening scene was a bit rough for some audiences, it added to the realism of the story. You understood just how bleak Lisette’s life was.

I liked the idea that love and something overwhelming can happen in a short period of time. I liked that Jack didn’t force her, or con her to go along with his desires. They forged the path they chose together. As a hero, Jack had the soldier persona going for him, but the fact that he was tender and yet demanding as a lover made him heroic and handsome. You wanted to be in her place, melting for him. As a heroine, Lisette proved that even in the midst of human tragedy and squalor, there can be a bit of light. Never give up. As a reader, I identified with her struggle and ultimate small victory of the demons she couldn’t control.

If you want a sexy read that shows the determination of the human race and ends with a bang (yes, I loved the ending), then you need to read A Day in April 1944. I give this novella 4 ½ cherries.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dirty Diana by Lexie Davis

Dirty Diana by Lexie Davis
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Western
Length: Short Story (144 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

Porn star Diana Marco had a prominent reputation in the adult film industry, starring in numerous films under the name Dirty Diana. But after thirteen years, Diana feels a need for something more meaningful in her life and plans for retirement.

However, after filming her last movie, she's abducted and taken to the middle of nowhere. In a desperate need to save her life, Diana escapes her captors and hitches a ride to the sheriff's department in the next town. After explaining her situation, the sheriff takes her into his home and introduces her to his brothers. The three men offer her everything she's dreamed of for so long, it almost seems too good to be true. Can this city girl truly find her happily ever after with three sexy cowboys?

Diana Marco is the sex queen of Flick U Entertainment. She is also a real person who wants to be loved and raise a family. Diana decides to quit the business. Wouldn’t you know that she gets kidnapped at the end of her last day of work. Finding her way to Calen in Kenyon, South Dakota took guts and inner strength. I really cared what happened to Diana in the story and kept pulling for her to find her happiness.

I found the Kirby brothers to be fascinating reading. The characters of Calen and Cash were more fleshed out than A.J. but each held my interest. The scene with Cash and his film collection of Diana had me smiling from ear to ear. I loved the three hidden boxes. Calen, the sheriff, sets about solving who is after Diana while making sure he and his brothers are there to comfort her.

There are numerous minor characters that the story depended on to build the drama. Senator Raymond Brockway is a twit who cares only for his political image. His thought process makes me cringe. Thomas Crane aka Dick Flicks is Diana’s boss and tracks her down to Kenyon where trouble follows in his wake.

Trying to figure out who done it and why kept the story interesting, especially when Diana gets kidnapped a second time. The Kirby brothers come to the rescue and solve not only the mystery but the puzzle that is Diana’s heart.

Dirty Diana showed me a side of the industry that I never thought about, the stars and their personal lives. With the abundance of characters and family members in this story, I hope there will be a sequel so I can learn more about Diana’s fascinating life and family.

More Than a Warrior by CJ England

More Than a Warrior by CJ England
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (131 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Holly

While Prince Jhoral, the heir to the Farsaean throne, leader of the Skyhawlk Flyers, visits neighboring Kylia, he's invited to watch a special Empathic Melding Ceremony. He attends, as a courtesy, even though he doesn't believe in it. But his whole world is turned upside down when stubborn, stunning Lanai chooses him to be her receptor. Their minds meld together in exquisite tenderness and passion and centuries of tradition are shattered in an instant.

Lanai has waited her whole life for the one person to complete her. But, unlike other empaths, she has always wanted more than to be a vessel for her bondmate. Adventure, excitement...even love. However, her dreams couldn't have prepared her for the shock of mating with a dark warrior prince whose life is filled with so much violence, so much war.

Despite the obstacles, the two are determined to stay together. Will the melding of their minds bring their peoples to the brink of war, or will they together teach both countries and themselves, the power of true love?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable.

They come from two different cultures. He is a warrior, the Crown Prince Jhoral Farsae, leader of the Sky-flyers. She is Lanai, an empath of great strength and promise, from a Kylian family. Jhoral is a pragmatic man from a culture that believes only in what can be seen or proven, and calls empaths and their like tall tales. He arrives on a visit to Crown Prince Dyas Kyl on a day when there is to be a melding ceremony, a highlight of Kylian culture. No outsider has ever before witnessed this ceremony, and although Jhoral does not believe, he agrees to go as an act of diplomacy. During the ceremony the unheard of happens, and Lanai and Jhoral mind meld, the first time ever that it has happened with an outsider or a male.

More Than a Warrior is a story of love and overcoming obstacles. Jhoral and Lanai must fight for what they want, and there are palace intrigues trying to block their way at each step. Add to the mix that Lanai has never been around others, because by the very nature of an empath every thought, every touch and every feeling causes her to feel strongly, sometimes painfully. There is rebellion and threats to both families, as well as to Lanai, and the lengths that some of the Kylians go to in order to try and force Jhoral and Lanai apart are great.

CJ England has written a powerful story of passion and love, and the struggle to overcome all odds to be together. I got lost in the story along the way, because it story is filled with layer upon layer of emotion and humor and joy. There are several surprises and twists in this tale, and the happy ever after is many times in doubt. Ms. England has given us characters with many dimensions, and I loved the way she allowed the story to unfold at its own pace. This is definitely a world I will come back to again, and I recommend this to anyone who likes their action fast, their romance steamy and their happy ever after hard won.

Cinderella Unmasked by Bonnie Dee & Marie Treanor

Cinderella Unmasked by Bonnie Dee and Marie Treanor
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (129 pgs)
Other: M/F, Menage, M/F/M
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Holly

Three balls. Three sexual adventures. One true love.

In the years since her husband King Charming boarded a pirate ship to “find himself”, Queen Ella has ruled alone. Romantic love? It’s a girlish emotion. These days, her only confidant is her steward, Sebastian.

Five years is a long time to forego sexual pleasures. She’s the queen, after all..shouldn’t she be allowed a few indulgences? A masquerade is just the ticket to find fulfillment Charming never gave her. With Sebastian’s encouragement—and a little help from a fairy godmother—Ella prepares to make some magic.

The first masked stranger she dallies with gives her a taste of what she’s been craving. And it’s just not enough. A second ball follows. A third. Each one—and each anonymous man—sends her to new heights of sexual pleasure. And reawakens the notion that maybe, just maybe, love does not always lead to pain.

Her indiscretions have not gone unnoticed. As her stepfamily makes a move to take over the throne, Ella has nowhere to turn, no one to trust…except the men behind the masks…

Warning: This is the new “happily ever after”, strictly for grown-ups…

Once upon a time, there was a prince, a young woman, and a fairy godmother. In most fairy tales, that equals happily ever after. But is it, really? In Cinderella Unmasked, we see what comes after the happily ever after. And what a surprise it is.

This story of love gone cold, and new beginnings is a very hot and sexy story. When Queen Ella decides she needs to spice up her life after being alone for over five years, she decides to throw a masquerade ball for the whole kingdom. King Charming has abdicated, you see, and his life has taken a very different turn as of late; seems he is the “special friend” of a pirate captain. He has left Ella in charge, and the weight of the responsibility is awesome. Ella secretly wants to experience some hot and heavy action, and has been reading up in secret. With three different masquerade balls, Ella tries to fulfill all her fantasies, and she succeeds, maybe too well.

Bonnie Dee and Marie Treanor have put a whole new slant on the Cinderella story, complete with mysterious strangers, political backstabbing by the step family, and even one very steamy ménage. There are several surprises, and some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. There were a couple of times when I was afraid that the happily ever after was in serious danger, but these two wonderful authors pulled it off at the last. I was happy with how strong Queen Ella was, but also that she could surrender that strength in the name of true love. These ladies showed me that what might be true love at sixteen doesn’t necessarily last. People change, and the moral of this story, if there is one, is that sometimes all you can do is roll with the changes and hope for the best. But I loved the real lesson in this: what you really want is usually right in front of you, so pay attention.

The sense of humor these writers have is wonderful, and I would love to read their take on other classic tales. This one is a real treat, and I have bought copies for gifts to my best friends.

Good Guys Deserve Bad Girls by AP Miller

Good Guys Deserve Bad Girls by AP Miller
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (102 pgs)
Other: Light BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

You know what “they” say... There are girls you don't take home to mother. There are girls you don't date on a serious basis. There are girls that are fun to be around, but that you never, ever consider for marriage. They're not nice girls. They're bad girls... and you should never fall in love with a bad girl.

Or so they say.

But if all that’s true, then what is it about bad girls that make good guys want them so very . . . badly?

Andrew is definitely a nice guy. He’s a hard-working, decent Christian fellow. Good with his hands, honest, honorable, and does the right thing by his family and his church.

Pathrusim is definitely a bad girl. About as unchristian as you can get, what with her being a demoness, straight from the pits of hell itself. She wants to wrap Andrew around her little finger, and enslave him for all eternity.

But what is it about Andrew that draws her to him? If she's such a bad girl, why does she want so badly to have a... nice guy?"

Special Content Alert: Biblical scripture references, moral dilemma, good vs. evil

What do Bible verses, a guardian angel, a demon and Aunt Jemima have in common? I found out in this unique story about a succubus and a virgin.

Andrew is a single, upstanding citizen and a devoted churchgoer. He also tries to help where he is needed which leads to how he meets Patti. Andrew saves the demon in distress from two men who were attacking her. Unfortunately, the men were demon hunters and Andrew has saved a very bad girl. Andrew now makes it his mission, per his minister, to redeem Patti. There were things about him that made me laugh and made me like him more and more: I had tears running down my face as Andrew’s two heads kept a running conversation with each other throughout the story.

Pathrusium is a succubus who always tells the truth. I liked how she wanted to make Andrew happy, despite her demonic tendencies. Whether she is a Girl Scout, a French maid, the girl-next-door or even Aunt Jemima, Patti tries to make Andrew’s dreams come true.

The interactions between these two were often sweet, and made me fall more in love with them. When Andrew saved Patti’s other client and agreed to do anything to make her happy I adored him as much as she did. When Patti played video games with Andrew her sense of childlike joy was fun to watch. Through it all I could feel my own heart expanding with the love Patti felt for Andrew and vice versa.

The supporting cast of characters make this story even better. There were a few cute scenes with Dannah, a guardian angel; Aaron, the minister; and even Andrew’s parents. I also loved Malik and his endeavors to try to take Pathrusim away with him.

Don’t let the Bible quotes at the beginning of each chapter throw you. They are well researched and fitting to the storyline and chapter they precede. Goods Guys Deserve Bad Girls showed me that there really are good guys out there and I think you’ll agree that not all bad girls are really that bad.