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Friday, October 9, 2009

Pleasure House by Michelle Hasker

Pleasure House by Michelle Hasker
Publisher: Changeling Press LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (53 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Fern

Kyra loves her husband Miach more than anything, but she's tired of sweet, gentle sex in the dark. She needs more, and watching the Dom at a private club makes her realize exactly what's been missing from her love life. Now, if only she can convince Miach to give it a try, maybe she really can have the perfect marriage.

The premise of Michelle Hasker’s The Pleasure House, is something most married people can relate to. It’s common for sexual fantasies to shift as we grow and mature, but how do you relay your needs to a spouse that fails to respond to all of the tactics used to bring out the kink in the relationship? And more importantly, what do you do when you realize you might not be able to – ever? Love is many a splendid thing, but sexual fulfillment is equally important. You can’t have one without the other. Not if you want a marriage to survive.

I loved this story. Kyra loves her husband, Miach, so very much. But she isn’t getting what she needs in the bedroom. When she tried to spice things up and is turned away by a husband that is purely vanilla, I wanted to cry with her. Truth is, it’s a common occurrence, and is a huge contributing factor to the divorce rate in our society. But don’t lose hope for Kyra, not just yet. There is an unexpected twist that I will not reveal that brings everything together. You won’t see it coming, folks.

The material is written so wonderfully I finished without once looking at the clock or taking a break. A must read for BDSM fans, definitely give The Pleasure House a read.

Soul Fire by R. F. Long

Soul Fire by R.F. Long
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (164 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Tulip

Iron born and iron bred. Trust not iron, it will see you dead.

Rowan Blake could really use a magic wand to keep her struggling art gallery afloat. But the faerie key she stumbles across is far from a lucky charm. It’s a magnet for danger, and by touching it she’s unwittingly put herself in the middle of a war between the forces of light and dark. And in the arms of its rightful owner, Prince Daire.

While searching for his brother, Daire finds himself trapped in the Iron World with a mere mortal woman who ignites his passion like no other. Each stolen kiss deepens their attraction and sends him spiraling closer and closer to the edge of his inherent dark desires.

Desires that act as a homing beacon for the Dark Sidhe, who are intent on forcing him to fight on their side.

The longer he lingers in her arms—and in her bed—the closer his enemies get to her door. And the greater the risk that the gateway to the Faerie Realm will shift, destroying not only his power to protect her, but his very life.

Warning: Contains enchantments, danger, some very scary monsters, a trip to the dark side and hot, soul-transforming sex with an immortal prince.

Let me start by saying “wow!” this story was amazing. I just loved it. It was such a complex plot with so many elements. But it was easy to understand and to keep up with what was going on. In fact you felt like you were part of the story.

R.F. Long has the amazing ability to drag her readers into the story and carry them along for the ride. The characters were unique and out of this world, yet they seemed like someone you could get along with and have fun with. Oh, and the sex was super hot. Smoke is still coming out from my computer and the kisses themselves are orgasmic. This story will make your toes curl, your heart race, weaken your knees and make your palms sweat. It’s just that good.

If you want to read something mind-blowing and incredible then I would recommend you read this story.

Teacher’s Guide to Wildlife by Kaye Sykes

Teacher’s Guide to Wildlife by Kaye Sykes
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (141 pgs)
Other: M/F, Menage
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Holly

One scorching lesson in seduction…

Finally free of her stalker ex-husband, Faith Cahill has a lot to celebrate. It doesn’t take much prodding from her best friend to throw caution to the wind and kiss a perfect stranger. And Dean is perfect, indeed: darkly handsome, tattooed, wicked smile, talented with his hands—and he cooks!

The last thing she needs is to get involved again, especially with a guy who’s hiding something. Despite her vow to avoid him, though, her resolve is shredded every time he crosses her path.

One night with Faith leaves Dean hungry for more, and he senses the feeling is mutual. His instincts tell him Faith won’t be satisfied until she’s unearthed all his secrets. He’d like nothing more than to reveal every last part of himself to her. The question isn’t whether she can handle it. The question is, once she knows everything, will she back away and return to a normal existence.

Or join him in a fight against the evil that threatens their small New England town—and their newfound passion.

Warning: This book contains searing sex, violence, an ex who gets what’s coming to him, chick fights, inappropriate gifting of dog biscuits, and a ménage a trois.

Faith Cahill is ready to start over after divorcing her abusive husband. But as a teacher in a small New England town, there’s only so much she can do to break out of her shell and live, and love, again.

She and her best friend, science teacher Sadie, spend many nights at a bar outside of town called Mardi Gras, where every night is a party, and the cook is a dreamy hunk who has the hots for Faith, although she doesn’t know that yet. Both Faith’s friend Sadie and the hunk, Dean are hiding something from Faith, and she is determined to discover just what that is. Will her world be changed when she finds out the truth that Dean and Sadie are hiding? Can she accept them for what they are, once she discovers their secret, or will she choose the safe path and turn her back on the love possible with Dean? And can the three of them stop the evil that is trying to invade their lovely little town?

Teacher’s Guide to Wildlife is a great romance, filled with angst and love and lust and scorching hot sex. The character development by Kaye Sykes is wonderful, and very believable.

When Faith realizes that Dean was once one of her students, she expresses her misgivings, but doesn’t let that overrule her heart when it counts. I love that the women are strong characters, with minds and opinions of their own, and that they are not afraid to express themselves accordingly. And the little ways that Faith rebels against the digs that her ex-husband drops on her are wonderful. I loved the scene where she “castrated” his necktie-I laughed out loud at that.

Do they overcome the obstacles and go on to a happy ever after? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

So Wrong, So Right by Starla Kaye

So Wrong, So Right by Starla Kaye
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Cherokee Rose

Yee haa! Watch out Cowboy as Callie has come to play!

Callie recently moved to Carsonville, Kansas as the small town’s new librarian. All her life she has followed her Mid-Western upbringing and is the quintessential librarian: conservative, reserved, maybe a little too prim and proper.

Until she meets and briefly dates the area’s bad boy rancher. When he stops calling on her, she decides to make a change in her life. She decides to shift some to the wild side, free her inner wanton, and shake up the cowboy right down to his sexy toes.

Will the bad boy Rancher be up to what Callie has in store for him? Or will he ride off into the night alone?
What do you do after a failed attempt in passion? Set out to do it all over again and get it right! Callie Anderson moved to a small town and became a new librarian. She is the quintessential librarian: conservative, reserved, maybe a little too prim and proper.

That all changes when she gets involved briefly with the town’s bad boy rancher, Dirk Handley. After a failed attempt at lovemaking, Dirk goes out of his way to avoid her. He doesn’t feel he is what she needs and wants to save her—and him the heartache.

Yet, Callie has her mind made up and she knows what she wants. She decides to order a few self-help books and get acquainted with her wild side, free her inner wanton, and shake up the cowboy right down to his sexy toes.

Ms. Kaye steamrolls us through an erotic tale of what happens when two people can’t fight their attraction to each other even when it may be for the best—according to the characters. I like the way Ms. Kaye delves into Dirk’s past to give the reader an understanding of why he is so resistant to giving into Callie. The explanation only makes him even more irresistible.

This was a fast-paced read and was sweet but steamy from beginning to end. I loved that Callie was so persistent and wouldn’t stop until she got Dirk. So Wrong, So Right was a great book and one I will suggest to fellow readers.

Shutter by Trista Ann Michaels

Shutter by Trista Ann Michaels
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (204 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Sex
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Holly

Magazine photographer Bethany thought the nightmare of her past was over, that she could finally move on without fear. She thought wrong. Thank goodness she won’t have to face it alone. She has Nathan and Derrick to help her. But Bethany wants a little more than just their help.

Derrick and Nathan are used to sharing women, but never a woman they both have feelings for. While they struggle to get past the jealousy and tension of their joint seduction, they have a bigger, more important battle—against the monster determined to claim her for himself.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, ménage (m/f/m), violence.
Bethany Marx was able to stand up to her abusive stepfather. When she was just sixteen, she testified to the abuse and cruelty she suffered at his hands, and emerged victorious. Two years later, magazine publisher Jacob Mathews spots her working as an exotic dancer, and sees through to her strong inner core. Jacob adopts “strays”; girls society has turned away from. He helps them to become strong, independent women, able to stand on their own. He sees promise in Beth, and is proved correct. Beth becomes one of his “girls” and eventually fulfills her dream of becoming a professional photographer in Jacob’s magazine.

While Jacob is like a father to her, the feelings she has for his son Derrick and his best friend Nathan, are decidedly not brotherly. Derrick and Nathan are used to sharing-cars, meals, and women. But both have feelings for Beth. Can Beth choose between them; does she even want to? Can she have them both? Can they overcome their jealousy and be happy together? And most important, can they protect Beth from the threat looming over them all?

Shutter is one fantastic suspense story. It’s also one very hot romance, with two hot hunks and one very strong and determined woman. The slow awakening of desire in Beth is well written and intense. Her confusion at how she can feel such attraction to both men makes her worry that the terrible things her stepfather called her might be true. The realization that she is stronger than that gives her the courage to go for it all, and I love how she finally just jumps in with her eyes wide open.

When her stepfather gets early release, that just ramps up the tension even more. Trista Ann Michaels has put several twists in this one that I didn’t see coming, and I love that in a book. The heat level is better than a sauna. There are several extremely hot ménage scenes, and I couldn’t put this one down once I started.

If you like suspense mixed with steamy hot ménage action, Shutter is the book for you.

Sagittarius: Open Heart Open Mind by Sephera Giron

Sagittarius: Open Heart Open Mind by Sephera Giron
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (171 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/F, Ménage, Multiple Partners
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Cholla

Meet the fascinating people of the mysterious town of Hermana...

Maggie can't seem to let go of her past, emotionally or physically, yet she is a tarot reader who helps others do just that. A friendly and outgoing Sagittarius, she romps through a string of one-night stands, all the while wondering if she'll ever find true love.

One of her clients, Steve, believes there's a secret tied to his dead mother's locket and comes to Maggie for a reading. Their fingers touch and sparks fly between the welder and the tarot reader-but can it last?

As Maggie helps Steve unravel his past, she learns that opposites can attract if she keeps an open mind and open heart. With the help of her friends and the mystical vibes of her hometown, can Maggie tame her restless Sagittarius libido and be happy with one man?

Welcome to Hermana, a magical and mystical New England hamlet where anything can – and does – happen. Just ask Maggie, your friendly neighborhood tarot reader. Because just when she least expects – or wants – it, she finds the true love she’s needed.

Maggie is scarred from her last relationship, thanks to her jerk of an ex-boyfriend. He’s left her hesitant and on a downward spiral of self-defeating one night stands. However, she’s not about to let it stop the rest of her life, even if she shies away from anything too serious. Steven has a problem. He needs Maggie’s help, and just wants a bit of her company. He’s willing to wait out her insecurities because of his more pressing need to know about his past.

Together, they make sparks fly. Despite being complete opposites in many ways, their differences fit together well and make for an exciting, spicy, and workable relationship. They are a real-to-life couple that have their issues but also have their ways of working things out. I liked them a lot. There was just something irresistible between the two that made you want to root all the harder for them.

Having read one of Ms. Giron’s horror novels, I was intrigued to discover she wrote in this genre as well. I was very pleasantly surprised. Sagittarius: Open Heart, Open Mind has a touch of the darkness of her horror novels along with some extremely intense and hot sex, all wrapped up in a mystical bow. Believer in astrology or not, this is one hot and spicy read that I highly recommend.

Carnival of Souls Circus Diabolique 3

Carnival of Souls Circus Diabolique 3 by Crymsyn Hart
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short (89 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Snowdrop

Ever since they were children, the Rosin twins have known their father worshiped a demon. Once they had a taste of the power the demon offered, they wanted in. In order to gain that power, the demon demanded three things. Each thing the twins delivered, and thus gained immortality and power beyond their wildest dreams.

The demon demands souls to feed his hunger, so the twins build a traveling carnival to trap souls. As the years go by, their sexual appetites become more depraved from the demon's hold. But within the carnival, each brother finds the one thing he thought he could never possess. True love. However, their master wants a piece of the action as well.

What will happen to the twins? Will they hold onto their soul mates? Or will the demon finally have his way?

Warning: Contains excessive violence

Carnival of Souls drew me in and kept me reading. This tale is the third book in a series, but could be read as a stand alone.

I found this story intriguing, yet twisted in a way. The daemon is everything a protagonist should be. Sadistic, evil, and has the Rosin brothers under his thumb. Alexander is driven by power, at first, while his brother Donavan is driven by his love for his twin.

These characters are believable and change, in ways, over the course of the story. What I found truly interesting is the complete one eighty the twins make where the daemons concerned.

Ms. Hart writes a enthralling and imaginative book. I look forward to reading more works from this talented author.

Screen Shots: Slinky by Willa Okati

Screen Shots: Slinky by Willa Okati
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (65 pages)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by: Cactus

Ross, the All-American "boy next door," is a long-established star of He's settled into his comfort zone. Maybe too much so. He needs shaking up and waking up.

Maddox thinks he's the perfect man for the job. Unfortunately for him, Ross doesn't. Ross can't see anything happening between himself and a crazy punk, but he's wrong. Ross and Maddox have the kind of on-screen and off-screen chemistry no one can deny. It doesn't hurt that Maddox is amazingly flexible and can do things in bed that'd blow a monk's mind.

When vanilla meets Rocky Road, it's a taste sensation and exactly what Ross discovers he's been craving. But can he find it in himself to take what he and Maddox have to the next level?

Newcomer Maddox is determined to dirty up the boy next door image of Ross and he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goal. This particular offering focuses on the incredibly flexible newcomer, Maddox, that has entered the group at with his eyes on All-American Boy Ross. Maddox is determined to have Ross, both on camera and off, and before Ross really knows what hit him – he’s too wrapped up in the tattooed, crazy hair, utterly insane Maddox to stop.

In this story, Ross and Maddox are the focus to the point that unlike other stories, neither Ross nor Maddox have sex with anyone else within the pages of the book. Other stories in the series are always careful to show that while relationships may happen, the men still engage in casual sex on camera as their jobs. The point is always hammered home that these men are somehow able to separate sex as their job with close friends versus sex at home with someone you love. Here, that is less the focus and the story instead caters to Ross’ initial confusion and wary attraction to the off the wall antics of Maddox. Maddox slowly draws Ross out of his shell and into more adventurous areas but always with the security that Maddox knows what it means to Ross to take those chances and to be with someone outside of a scene.

This does create a relationship between the two, independent of their work. Also the final scene shows the sheer love of men to be voyeurs, well this group of men anyway. None of them really want to give up their jobs of casual sex – they’re not only good at it but they love what they do. There is no attempt to justify their actions in this story, instead hot sex and a lot of it with some fascinating characters carries the narrative. There are of course scenes with other men from the company that slide in out with quick dialogue and teasing, always reminding the reader of previous matchups and potential ones in the future. These may be harmless, fluff pieces of fun but they are incredibly entertaining and exactly that – fun.

Although the series doesn’t really satisfy my curiosity in establishing how the men differentiate between work and relationships (they’re all friends with benefits), by now I can ignore that qualm and just enjoy the various couplings as they emerge. Fans of the series definitely won’t be disappointed with a return to the lighter, easier tone of this book and will devour the many erotica scenes included. There are several small editing mistakes, misspellings and wrong words, but these are minor and shouldn’t impact the enjoyment of the story. I easily recommend the new book in the series. You’ll definitely want to read about the human slinky, especially the soccer scene.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Uncovering Egypt by Ann Cory

Uncovering Egypt by Ann Cory
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short (45 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Xeranthemum

Desire hot enough to reach through the ages and melt the sands of time.

Jasmine Devi is eager to start digging up artifacts on a field expedition to Giza. But finding a hidden chamber and an ancient bracelet could change this Egyptologist’s life forever.

King Okpara is called through time to stop what he believes is someone stealing his former queen’s sacred jewel. When he finds the bracelet firmly attached to the wrist of a woman of impeccable beauty, his plans change. Believing Jasmine is destined to be his new queen, Okpara needs to use all of his skill to convince her to step back in time with him.

In the face of Okpara’s campaign to gain her trust and cater to her innermost desires, how can Jasmine refuse?

Warning: Explicit sex, hot Egyptian men, and a unique body chamber.

Uncovering Egypt explores with sensual results the wish of going back in time when men were men and kings knew how to get what they wanted.

Jasmine is a workaholic who lives for her job. I loved the reference to The Mummy as it is one of my favorite movies too. This story captures the fun, the adventure and the romance but delivers a lot more heat. Jasmine is not a shy miss, nor is she easy. She says what she needs to say and means it. Yet she’s not about to let a chance of ultimate happiness pass her by – if it’s real. Can a dream become a reality and lose nothing of its charm?

Okpara has loads of charm. He’s always gotten his way before so meeting Jasmine sure is a switch.

I think his speech is too modern but since this is a fantasy, I didn’t get all bent out of shape about it. I liked not having to deal with and get bogged down by that kind of detail. The hero has all the sexy qualities that make women sit up and take notice. He’s well described and his internal dialogue is a good indication that Jasmine doesn’t stand a chance against him.

The conflict comes from this guy, Mason. I really enjoyed Ms. Cory’s description of him. He seemed so innocuous. And in fact, I thought the story was going to go in a totally different direction than it did. I liked what happened and how the story progressed. The part when the action kicked up a notch had me flipping those pages in a flurry. The tension and suspense, as short as it was, was tight, riveting and fun to read.

The happily ever after is depicted as saucy, energetic and holds much promise. By that I mean I hope we can go back and visit someday and see if there are any new developments in their relationship. The chemistry was so delightful, I am not ready to see the end of Jasmine and Okpara. Uncovering Egypt is a story that delivers a very hot fantasy and I’m glad I read it.

Warrior’s Cross by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux

Warrior’s Cross by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (310 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Cactus

Cameron Jacobs is an open book. He considers himself a common waiter with normal friends, boring hobbies, harmless dogs, and nothing even resembling a secret... except a crush on a tall, dark, devastatingly handsome man who dines alone at his restaurant on Tuesday nights. All it takes is one passionate night with Julian Cross to turn Cameron’s world on its head.

Julian's love and devotion are all Cameron could have hoped for and more. But when his ordinary life meets and clashes with Julian's extraordinary lifestyle, Cameron discovers that trust and fear can go hand in hand, and love is just a step away from danger.
Cameron is content as a waiter but his life is about to change with a few words from a long time customer. Julian Cross has been visiting Tuesdays restaurant for months but almost never speaks. When he finally talks to Cameron, it’s to show an interest in the man and Cameron is shocked, yet definitely interested in the handsome man. Unfortunately Cameron soon finds out that Julian has a lot of secrets and an apparently very dangerous life. When that danger starts to slip into their relationship, Cameron must decide if he can live with the secrets or not.

This is a longer story in page count (300 pages) yet moves swiftly and keeps your attention throughout. The strong characters and narrative carry the story and the enjoyable action plot make this a fun, entertaining read with a good romance. The actions scenes are interesting and engaging with good writing and a dash of wit and humor thrown in to keep the story from being too dark and tense. The various supporting characters from Blake to Preston and even Mimi all have a purpose and keeps the interaction between all the characters moving quickly. The jumps in the time line of the story do muddle the details and blend together somewhat making the time passed indiscriminate. However, this is a small detail and won’t impact your enjoyment of the story at all.

The character of Julian is an assassin and he’s good at his job, thus he’s surprised as anyone when he falls in love with Cameron. Yet Julian is willing to try to make it work with Cameron, only Cameron is scared of all the secrets and unknown details. Their romance starts quickly but slows down towards the end of the book. The relationship is more emotional and the connection is often seen through longing looks, cuddling, snuggling, than through the few brief sex scenes. This doesn’t hurt the story at all and in fact creates a deep connection between the characters but those looking for numerous hot erotica scenes may be disappointed. The only problem I had with Cameron’s character is that he’s rather emotional and weak, preferring to cry and run away than think things through intelligently and with strength of will and character.

Overall this is a great story and very enjoyable to read with a lot of strong characters. The writing is good with very few, if any, editing mistakes so nothing should jar you out of your reading experience. The narrative is engaging and definitely moves fast so don’t be daunted by the page count. I can easily recommend this book and it’s one that I’ll read again. The writing duo has delivered another solid book and fans will want to pick this up.

Starstruck Hunter by Michelle Lauren

Starstruck Hunter by Michelle Lauren
Publisher: Liquid Silver Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (49 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Fern

When twenty-four year old celestial star Miranda Snow crash lands on Earth, a place where humans hunt and kill her kind for their life-prolonging energy, she doesn’t know who to trust. Danger is everywhere. Her only hope for survival lies in the unlikely arms of ex-star hunter Noah Benson. Tall, dark and jaded, his touch sparks her passion and melts her defenses.

Ten years ago, Noah lost everything in one night: his freedom, his friends and all hopes of a future in his chosen career. Now he is driven by revenge against the man responsible, a ruthless killer determined to claim Miranda – something Noah refuses to let happen. But when faced with an impossible choice, will he be able to protect Miranda or will he lose her for good?
If you’re searching for an erotic story that is unique, captivating, and thoroughly enjoyable, please consider picking up a copy of Starstruck Hunter. Michelle Lauren has created a world that doesn’t stop at the earth’s atmosphere, extending far beyond the paranormal. There is an entire universe watching and waiting, and those twinkling lights you see in the distance are more than shiny decorations.

In literature, there are many creatures that have had the misfortune of being hunted for the light that radiates from within, such as unicorns, fairies, and sprites. But the concept of fallen stars has always been one I've been drawn to. There is something so mysterious and alluring about celestial creatures that glow, exuding a power that thrives totally on happiness. But it is the purity within that condemns them, because at its center, is the light of life – literally. It’s good for evil, light for dark, and maintaining that precarious balance. For that reason alone, Starstruck Hunter is exceptional.

Though the plot is fairly simple–hero falls in love with the woman he’s doomed to betray, while she falls in love with a man that isn’t what he seems–it flows at a nice brisk pace. There is just enough detail to keep your interest, and there are tons of steamy pages along the way to satisfy erotica cravings. You’ll enjoy exploring this new and beautiful world, and more importantly, you’ll love the protagonists that guide you through it.

Fantasy fans will love Starstruck Hunter.

Seducing Destiny by Anne Kane

Seducing Destiny by Anne Kane
Publisher: Changeling Press LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (62 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Fern

Jack, the alpha of the Northern Rockies pack, knows Destiny needs some time to come to grips with her werewolf heritage before he springs the whole mated for life thing on her.

Destiny has no intention of buying into the whole pack mentality, howl at the full moon thing. Sure, she practically drools at the sight of red meat, but that's no reason to give up her comfortable life. Besides, she already has a boyfriend, a slick up-and-coming lawyer.

But when a band of rogue werewolves move into the area, Jack can't afford to have his attention divided. He needs to convince Destiny that she belongs both in his pack and in his bed so he can concentrate on the new threat.
Destiny is a werewolf that resents her animalistic side. She wants a normal life and that means a normal boyfriend and eventual husband. Jake, the pack Alpha, has other plans in mind. He’s known Destiny is his mate for a long while now, and plans to use the mating heat that has come upon her to force the issue. A night of passion leaves her in the family way, but a happily ever after isn’t assured. First Destiny has to accept that she wants more than sex from Jake, and he has to prove to her that he’s all the man she’ll ever need.

Sex and Chocolate: Seducing Destiny is a hot werewolf tale that will get your blood pumping and your taste buds thumping. And though this is my first foray into the series, I had no issue with following along or enjoying the characters as the story is written as if this were the first. You’ll love the werewolves and the world Anne Kane has created. The sex is hot, the plot offers unexpected twists and turns, and you’ll be entertained from beginning to end.

If you’re looking for a fast and gratifying read that involves furry critters that howl at the moon, you’ll love Sex and Chocolate: Seducing Destiny.

Watch Me Hide by Eliza Gayle

Watch Me Hide by Eliza Gayle
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (33 pgs)
Other: BDSM, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Mistletoe

Part Two of Purgatory!

For too long Emerson tried to gain the attention of one man, with no luck. Until she discovers his secret—in a sex club. With a mask and a plan she goes after him and ends up unearthing her own secret desires.

Rio wants what he can’t have but isn’t about to ruin his life over it. Now a new woman has caught his eye and he longs to discover why she hides.

As they get closer to the truth, the tension escalates and the forbidden becomes irresistible.

Many of us had a teenage crush on someone older. Emerson’s teenage crush has grown into real love. Rio has always known Emerson had a crush on him, but she is off limits as the sister of his best friend. Rio has always felt protective and now he has begun to love Emerson as well. Emerson isn't willing to let Rio turn away from her and immersed herself in a BDSM club that Rio is a member of. Enjoying herself, she has made a plan to reveal her identity to Rio hoping that he will accept her and not turn her away.

Eliza Gayle brings the reader in and you lose yourself in the wonderful story and great characters. I just loved Emerson and her strong determination to get what she wants. The scene at the club after Emerson’s big reveal was truly a hot one and the beautiful love scene between Rio and Emerson after that was a great read. The protective tenderness that Rio feels and shows towards Emerson was very nice. I truly enjoyed the interaction and love between these two people.

If you want a fun, but quick read, then you need to read Watch Me Hide. It’s a bit difficult to get a feel for the characters in this novella because of the quick pace, but well worth the time. Although this is a brief read, I found the story enjoyable. I look forward to more works by this new-to-me author.

Silk Bonds by Kate Hill

Silk Bonds by Kate Hill
Publisher: Changeling Press LLC
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi Fantasy
Length: Short Story (100 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Mistletoe

Recovering from an accident that almost killed her, Lourdes realizes she must reevaluate her life. She takes a job categorizing books in the vast private library of Alexi Marius, a wealthy, reclusive and sinfully gorgeous man.

Lourdes is soon seduced by her brooding employer. As she and Marius explore their sexual desires, she discovers he’s hiding a secret more dangerous and unbelievable than she ever imagined.

Magic, warfare and love. All different yet they are all entwined. Love can be the cause or the end of war. It can even be what you fight for or to protect. Some say love is magic. For certain there is magic in love. Combine all these elements and you will have a great story to tell.

Alexi Marius comes from another time and place. He vows to live on and guard Earth for the rest of his life. He has led a desolate life for many years. That all ends the day Lourdes shows up on his doorstep answering his ad for someone to work with his books. He cannot deny the instant attraction he feels for her.

Lourdes' life has just been sent into a whole different direction. An accident that nearly killed her has left her with a limp and a cane. Lourdes can no longer do what she loves and must find something different. She decides to take a chance and go into something she has never done before and answers an ad in a newspaper to categorize a recluse's books. Alexi is certainly not what Lourdes expected. As soon as she lays eyes on him she feels an instant attraction much too hard to deny.

Both Alexi and Lourdes decide to throw caution to the wind after a short attempt to try and fight the attraction they feel towards each other. All too soon Lourdes realizes that Alexi is hiding something. Alexi must still defend Earth as he and Lourdes enjoy each other. Hiding the truth from her hurts him as it has never done before. Alexi is conflicted and must decide just what he wants.

Is Lourdes' love enough to help Alexi? Will he finally open up to her and trust her enough to tell her the truth of what he is and why he is here? Can they find their happy ever after before all breaks loose?

Alexi Marius is a great character. Definitely an alpha male, he exudes danger and sex. As much as he is the ultimate warrior he still has a heart even if he does not think so. The care he shows with Lourdes and the child that they see injured proves this. Lourdes is a feisty woman who finds love and is more than willing to fight for it. Once she finds out the truth she will stand by her man's side no matter what.

Kate Hill writes a wonderful story. She brings the reader into her world and you become lost in the wonderful imagery and dialogue. She creates wonderful characters that are full of depth and emotion. This book keeps you interested until the end. It is a very hot read full of sexual tension and many love scenes. I just loved the scene in the field what a great description of Alexi as he stretched out on the grass. Talk about delicious. If you enjoy brooding males and kick-butt heroines, take a chance on this story and enjoy.