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Friday, December 17, 2010

Bond With Me by Anne Marsh

Bond With Me by Anne Marsh
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing, Inc
Genre: Futuristic, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (305 pgs)
Other: M/F, anal play
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle


They rule Moscow’s seedy underworld, promising untold pleasure to the females who dare to mate them. That promise—and Brends Duranov’s own raw sexual power—has hopefuls mobbing the velvet rope outside his elite club G2’s.

But Mischka Baran has no intention of hooking up with one of the Fallen. Not even after Brends gives her an unforgettable taste of the sin and seduction he can deliver with those wicked lips. She’s after information, not a stint as some Goblin’s toy of the month. What she doesn’t know is that with a sadistic killer carving up his brethren, Brends is playing for keeps, hunting the one woman whose bloodline can end the mayhem, whose bond can restore his lost wings.

What price would you pay to save someone you love? Would it be too much to ask for your soul? This is the dilemma Mischka Baran finds herself in when her cousin, Pelinor, goes missing. Before she can find Pell, Brends Duranov, resident club owner and fallen angel, convinces her she must accept his mate bond to ensure her safety from a rogue angel.

My first thought when I read the blurb for Bond With Me was “Wow, this sounds darkly seductive”. Let me tell you, I was right on the money! Dark and seductive only begin to describe this powerful and creative journey into the Russian underworld. Ms. Marsh had me riveted from the very beginning. Her characters exude strength in personality as well as spirit. I felt like the setting of an inhospitable war torn city and neglected countryside in the year 2090 is representative of the fallen angels or Dominions. After they were accused of heinous crimes, they were judged and sentenced to be separated from their families in Heaven, forced to suffer a lifetime on Earth until one among them finds his bond mate, and feed their internal beast that craves human souls. The differences in Brends attitude from the beginning of the story to the conclusion is like walking out of darkness into a brightly lit room.

Brends character is filled with a soul consuming combination of self denial of his inner Beast, anger at the one he holds at fault for the lives of the fallen and a longing to return to Heaven. His one chance at redemption shows up his club needing help. Mischka is the consummate caretaker in her family. She feels it’s her duty to always “do the right thing” when secretly she wants to be more carefree like her cousin, Pelinor. Brends brings out the bad girl in Mischka and she in turn reminds him that doing good has its own rewards.

While Pell and Dathan are secondary characters in this novel their story is beautiful, poignant and pivotal to the plot. There is a rogue Fallen that does the dirty work and then there is the evil “puppet master” that manipulates the Fallen as well as circumstances to put himself into a position of power. This is a very typical bad guy plan that isn’t quite completed by the end of this story. That was just fine by me because that means that hopefully Ms. Marsh is planning a follow-up book that will allow us to revisit Brend, Mischka, Pell, Dathan and the rest of the Fallen to see if they find the redemption they were promised.

An Earlier Heaven by D. W. Marchwell

An Earlier Heaven by D. W. Marchwell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (232 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Rosemary

It's been almost a year since William lost his parents and left the only life he knew for a new home in Canada. But now there's nothing William loves more than being with his two new dads. His uncle Jerry McKenzie adopted him and then married David Loewenberger, and William is learning what it means to be part of a family.

But despite all the love and care the two men lavish on him, William is still lonely. It isn't until he meets Cory, a high school student who is helping coach his soccer team, that William begins to think about what it would be like to have a brother. Little does he know that he might just get his wish, but first William will learn some very important lessons about love and loss.

Two men deeply in love, one precocious boy, and a troubled teenager are the perfect combination in this sexy and heartwarming novel by D. W. Marchwell. An Earlier Heaven is the captivating sequel to Good to Know, and it is absolutely fabulous!

Jerry McKenzie and David Loewenberger are now married and settled into life on the ranch with Jerry’s orphaned nephew and newly adopted son William. David is still teaching school, and Jerry is preparing for an upcoming art exhibit. William is a sixth grader, and he is quite happy with the new life he now has with his two dads. Will William’s newfound friendship with Cory bring heartache or joy to this loving and close knit family?

An Earlier Heaven is realistic and engrossing, and Mr. Marchwell brings the characters vividly to life. David and Jerry are still in the honeymoon phase of their relationship, and it is a sheer joy to watch their day to day interactions with one another. Their lovemaking is intensely passionate and highly sensual. David and Jerry’s concern and love for William is touching, and their patience with him is almost endless. The introduction of Cory into their lives is not without some risk given his abusive past, but David and Jerry are helpless to resist when it becomes apparent that Cory is in desperate need of their assistance.

While the overall tone of An Earlier Heaven is upbeat and positive, Mr. Marchwell keeps the novel firmly grounded in reality with some of life’s harsher moments. William has to learn to deal with the inevitable deaths that are a fact of life. Cory’s unfortunate home life is yet another sad truth that occurs in today’s world more often than we would like. David and Jerry are still contending with the bigotry that sometimes faces those in same sex marriages and relationships.

D. W. Marchwell achieves an ideal blend of the good and bad times that come with life. There are a few moments that will bring tears and while the most of the tears are happy ones, there will be a few sad ones mixed in there as well. An Earlier Heaven is a beautiful reminder to count your blessings no matter how big or small, and it will linger in your heart and mind long after the last page is turned.

Scattered: Her Laird, Her Lover by Sable Grey

Scattered: Her Laird, Her Lover by Sable Grey
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (49 pgs)
Other: M/F, Masturbation, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Scottish border lord Robert Shelley doesn't believe that the blind woman has the gift of knowing, and quickly learns that his suspicions are correct, but what he doesn't expect is the searing lust she ignites inside him.

Katie Stewart has been swept back into medieval time and has adjusted the best way she knows how—by conning her way into enough coins to survive. She's content with her life until a big Scotsman walks into her cottage and seizes her heart, making her want more than just his gifts and the occasional romp. Katie wants him—forever.

She’s got a fiery streak few men understand, much less are able to tame.

He’s...well, he’s a Laird. Enough said. What happens when this woman of the future tangles with the honorable and a little demanding Scot? Lots and lots of heat.

I’ve not read many books by Sable Grey, so I was happy to get my hands on this book. I wasn’t let down. The writing is tight and the plot interesting. I couldn’t put it down. I felt like I was back in their time. Although I wasn’t totally sure what precise period the book was set—not that it mattered; the story held its own so really I didn’t need to know.

Robert and Katie are certainly a pair. Wow, did the pages melt when they touched. Ms. Grey writes hot love scenes. Even if they aren’t as descriptive as some erotica, the heat is truly conveyed. I rather liked it. There were moments though, when I had a hard time liking Katie and Robert. Katie is a hard headed, somewhat jaded woman. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to take it—on her terms. I can’t fault her for being her own person. It was refreshing to read a heroine who has guts. Sometimes she was a bit over the top in her grittiness, but it worked. Robert, too, had his moments when I wanted to clunk him on the head. I understood his feelings in the situations and could relate to his judgments (even when he was being masculine and impossible). I liked their pluck. He took what he wanted and she made him ask for it. Very nice.

If you want a story with a good balance of heat and heart and a secondary cast full of characters, then this is the book for you. I give Scattered: Her Laird, Her Lover 3.5 cherries.

Pack Discipline: The Strength of a Gamma by Kim Dare

Pack Discipline: The Strength of a Gamma by Kim Dare
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (117 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Gamma wolf Steffan may have been in love with his best friend for years, but he knows that’s not enough. Francis deserves a more dominant mate, and Steffan intends to make sure he gets one.

Steffan has been best friends with Francis ever since the younger wolf joined the pack after his own parents died. He’s been in love with him for just as long. But when a new beta joins their pack, he knows it’s time to step aside and let Francis form a bond with a more dominant wolf.

Francis has no idea why Steffan’s been acting so strangely since the new wolves joined their pack. When he discovers the truth, he starts to question things he’d never thought to doubt before. What if he has no interest in a dominant mate? What if he could find the perfect partner far closer to home?

Everything is about to change for Francis and Steffan. The only question is: are the gammas strong enough to cope?

The cub decided to pursue the bear... or should I say wolf. I have heard of the phrase bears and cubs within the gay community but I never knew this term carried over to the werewolf community.

Steffan was the stand out character in this story. We all know at least one person in our lives who is a gentle giant like Steffan. You look at them and never think that they can be insecure especially when it comes to their size, but that is exactly the case with him. He was a sweetheart who I just wanted to see be happy in the end and if Francis made him happy than I wanted him to get his man.

Francis is no slouch, either as a character. He has the inner strength of a true wolf. He may not be the largest of men but he is man enough to know that Steffan is the best thing that will ever happen to him and he will do anything to help Steffan realize it. Even if he needs to tie Steffan up and demand that he realize they belong together. While Steffan is tied up there may be a few other things they can do also.

The conflict in this story left me a little baffled. I understood why Gunnar felt as if Steffan was a threat but the tension between the two was very wishy washy. One moment Gunnar seemed to want to beat Steffan up then the next he wanted to help Steffan and Francis work their problems out. The conflict also felt incomplete. This is part of a series so it may be carried over to the next story but I did not get a feeling that it was something that was purposefully left open-ended.

Regardless, it was the relationship development within this story that kept me turning pages. It flowed so seamlessly I continued to read until I was suddenly at the end. It is clear from the beginning that these two only have eyes for each other. The journey they take to reach a point of knowing they are true mates is one that will mesmerize anyone who picks up this story.

This story would also make a nice introduction to BDSM. Because the characters are just getting introduced to the BDSM games the reader gets to learn along with them.

For a story with strong, loving characters and plenty of heat, I recommend Pack Discipline: The Strength of a Gamma.

Wrapped Around Your Finger by Fallon Blake

Wrapped Around Your Finger by Fallon Blake
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (96 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Violet

Plus-sized fetish model and aspiring chef Indigo Hartley has plenty of tattoos and a fiery attitude to match. When she’s offered a job as a sushi model for one of Miami’s trendiest restaurants, she jumps at the chance. Little does this country-mouse-turned-city-vixen know that what starts out as a modeling job will end up the answer to all of her kinkiest fantasies. Three days serving as a sub to this hot chef is too tempting an offer to refuse.

Banner Faust has worked his ass off and sacrificed his love life to become a rock star in the culinary world. On what should be the biggest night of his career, he realizes something is missing from his life—the submissive woman he’s always craved. The curvy new model with the blue-streaked hair and innate submissive nature just might be the one he’s been waiting for. And when he gets her home—and in his bed—he soon realizes three days will never be enough.

When I think of Wrapped Around Your Finger there are two things I’ll think about: a hand carved ginger root anal plug and yummy sex!

Indigo “Indie” Hartley meets Banner Faust when she’s hired last minute as a replacement sushi model for his restaurant. Banner knows from the moment he meets Indie that she’s a submissive. They are both instantly turned on. Their chemistry is incredibly stimulating. Totally enthralled, Banner asks Indigo to be his submissive for three days. Deciding nothing in life comes without risks, Indie says yes.

Banner Faust is an interesting hero. The day he reaches the apex of his career is the day he meets Indie. He finds the accomplishment hollow because he is alone. Serendipitously he senses the submissive he’s been looking for in Indie. Not wanting scare her off, he tells Indie he only wants her to be his submissive for three days, even though he wants much more. Banner is a strong and charismatic man. But it is his care for and protection of Indie that melted my heart.

Indie is one of those refreshingly unconventional heroines that you can’t help but love. She moved to Miami to reinvent herself. She rebuilt herself from a painful childhood with blue streaks in her hair, tattoos, and a starlet façade. She used her new image to become a fetish model while working her way through cooking school. The process of Banner getting Indie to reveal her true self is utterly beautiful.

I bonded with Banner and Indie immediately. They both had me wrapped around their fingers from the first page. I would describe this book as light BDSM. Indie is a BDSM virgin and Banner is not a rigid dominant. In fact, Indie only calls Banner Sir because it feels right to her. The sex was fun, creative, and scrumptiously detailed. It left me hot and bothered with a smile on my face. In addition, I’d never seen ginger so creatively used as a sexual stimulant. (I did some research and ginger is used in the “life” and has been used like this in literature since the Victorian era).

The book’s chef and fetish model premise is fresh and fun. Ms. Blake’s writing style is captivating and really draws you into the story. This book had a strong sense of fun mixed with spunkiness that is really enjoyable. Ms. Blake also did a brilliant job of describing Miami. As a native I was pleased to see a representation of Miami I totally agreed with. Both Banner and Indie are well-developed, believable characters who are looking for something more in their lives. This is one book I wished were longer.

If you’re looking for an erotic romance with captivating characters, a wonderful story, and scrumptious sex Wrapped Around Your Finger is for you. This is the first book I’ve read by Fallon Blake, and I will be looking forward to her next.

Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas: Manlove Edition by J.P. Barnaby, K.C. Beaumont, Troy Storm

‘Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas: Manlove Edition by J.P. Barnaby, K.C. Beaumont, Troy Storm
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex, Multiple Partners, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Where stockings are hung with condoms and lubrication, Christmas is the season for manly fornication. Santa is wishing for a gift of his own, while his devious little Elves eagerly bump and groan. Ribbons and bells are hung with care, in the hope that orgasmic cheers fill the air.

‘Tis Christmas for all and to all, goodnight, may you be granted the gift of sexual delight.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, but it wasn’t silent or sleepy. This night rocked.

Let me start off by saying I needed a cold shower after reading this anthology. It’s that Christmas red hot. I like M/M stories and this book didn’t disappoint on the heat meter. Each author has an individual delivery and a unique voice, so someone looking for a new author would love this anthology.

His Heart’s Desire by J.P. Barnaby was my favorite. Hands down. The writing was nice and tight, keeping me right in my seat throughout. I loved the characters from first meeting. Matthew has a unique job—he’s playing Santa for real. I loved the twist J.P. Barnaby put on the idea of Santa. Luca is a fun hero as well. He’s not sure of who he is, but he’s darned sure he wants Matthew. How sweet! I felt all warm and gooey inside when I got to the end because it wasn’t what I expected and it was perfect. A story not to be missed.

Santa’s Helper by K.C. Beaumont piqued my interest. It’s a different way of looking at Santa and his elves in that it’s not fanciful or sugar coated. I have to admit, on first reading, I wasn’t sure I liked Simon. He seemed like a glutton for punishment, But as the story flowed and I got to know him, I understood him and wanted to see him happy. It was like watching a good friend flounder for a bit before learning to be themselves. This story isn’t for the faint of heart though. There are moments of great strife and times I wanted to bop more than one character over the head. Then again, that’s a big reason why I came to enjoy this story—I got emotionally involved. By the time I closed this part of the book, I had a big grin. This story, even with its foibles, is still a solid story.

To round out the collection is Tricksy the Christmas Elf. This story was really hard for me to get into. I don’t mind first person. It’s rather nice to know precisely how a character is feeling. What made it a bit jarring was I wasn’t sure why Tricksy felt the way he did at times. The interplay between Tricksy and Santa was cute and the double entendres funny. I found myself a little confused when I finally got to Santa’s point of view. I liked knowing how he felt and feeling his confusion as well, but it was a bit of a jar. There were also times when another party was added to the mix. It made the story hotter, indeed, but again, I had to reread more than once to make sure I knew what was going on. If a reader is looking for a kinky Christmas story, this one should fit the bill nicely.

Despite the small hiccups this book, the collection is full of Christmas cheer. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I opened this book, but it was worth the read. In fact, I think I’ll go back read it again. If you want a book that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face, then you need to grab a copy of ‘Twas A Dark and Delicious Christmas: Manlove Edition. I give this collection 3 cherries.

Jaynell’s Wolf by Amber Kell

Jaynell’s Wolf (A Wizard’s Touch Series) by Amber Kell
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (119 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Violence
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tuberose

At his dead father's bequest, Jaynell Marley attends an esteemed wizard school hoping to finish up his education. What he finds it that the real education he's lacking is about life. When shape shifter Thomas Sparks claims Jaynell as his mate the pair start a whole new understanding between werekin and wizards.

Jaynell Marley is a wizard and has been homeschooled all his life because of a bit of difficulty with authority figures. When he becomes a freshman at a Wizard Academy, he quickly finds out that he is one of the most powerful wizards at the school. On a trip out with his dorm mates for pizza, Jay meets a werewolf, Thomas Sparks, and their attraction is immediate. When Thomas announces that Jay is his mate to those with him, Jay is less than thrilled at first, having just been released from his father’s bond. He wants to stretch a bit before being bound to another so soon. But Jay heads back to the pack house with Thomas, with the promise that Jay will make it back to the school the next day for his tests. Once at the pack house, Jay and the Pack Alpha, who also happens to be Thomas’ brother, do not get along at all.

This is a fast paced but well developed story of the relationship between Jay and Thomas. Thomas is also the typical alpha in the relationship and very jealous of any man that gets anywhere near Jay. If you expect lots of hot sex, you will not find it here. But if you like magic and romance and a bit of evil from the past, this may be your style. It was very interesting for me to see the different magic going on at the school since this is something new to me.

Wizards, werewolves, gnomes, dragons, avatars and triplets – you will find them all in this fast-moving story by Amber Kell. There is also some evil with Jay’s former professor, Michael Dragonspawn.

I really enjoyed this story. My only problem with it was the sudden ending. I absolutely loved the character of Jay and would love to see more of him and Thomas together. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Kell has in store for us in the next book in the series.

Chemical Lust by Ashlynn Monroe

Chemical Lust by Ashlynn Monroe
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (29 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

A potion to stimulate love. Sounds tricky, but fun to test it out. What happens when the object of your affection is the one working on the potion with you?

I nabbed this story because it looked like a fun read. It turned out I was right. Ms. Monroe’s writing is quick paced and kept me right in my seat. The plot worked because it had plenty of twists I didn’t see coming and yes, I wanted to know how the book ended. The ending was the best part.

Keep in mind, this is a short story. There are parts where it’s a little thin on detail. For the most part, it works. I really didn’t need a bunch of scientific discussion and simply liked the potion was called ‘potion number nine’. I wanted to see what the potion would do. I liked the scene in the elevator. Talk about hot! I steamed up my screen. But despite its hotness, it felt a little too quick. I realize there were some circumstances behind the scene and it does work well, I just wanted more from it. I also thought the ending came a bit too abruptly. I liked the characters and wanted to know what would happen from there.

Ms. Monroe does write sexy heroes. Jericho is one for the books (pardon the pun). He’s got an original name that stuck with me after the book closed and I could picture him in my mind from the author’s descriptions. This story is mainly told from the heroine’s point of view, so if I had a qualm about Jericho, it was that I wanted to know what he was thinking more often.

Leah, the heroine, was a perfect addition to the story. I knew precisely what she thought throughout the book and loved her tentative attitude with Jericho—she didn’t want to ruin a good, solid working relationship (even if it was more or less in silence). The interplay between them made me smile.

If you want a book that’s got a balance of heart and heat, then you need to read Chemical Love. I give this book 3 cherries.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lillian’s Rogues by Kris Cook

Lillian’s Rogues by Kris Cook
An Eternally Three Novella
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (93 pgs)
Other: M/F, Ménage, M/F/M, BDSM, Spanking, Anal Sex/Play
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Though Lillian Devereaux would enjoy being back in her jeans drinking coffee at the corner café, she must do her job. Naked under the ancient robe, she walks to the cell where the Conclave’s two immortal prisoners are kept.

Reno’s new immortal life sucks. Day one, he’s captured by cult followers. When he sees Lillian entering his cell, everything about her, much more than his chains, holds him hostage.

Titus has been imprisoned by the cult for centuries. The moment he spots Lillian, primal hunger rises up inside him. Still, his ancient hate won’t go down without a fight, despite his growing desire for the new high priestess.

Lillian performs the seduction ceremony on Titus and Reno, and cravings take hold of all of them. Will the threesome let hate pull them apart or despite the evil pursuing them, will they hold on to their new love for each other?

Lillian Devereaux would like nothing more than to be a normal young woman. But she knows that those things that most mortals believe are just fictional characters-demons, jinns, angels and other immortal beings-are all too real.

Trained since childhood to take her place as a High Priestess in the Conclave of the Bloodline, she is a bloodliner, a human with the ability to draw power from these immortals and use it to empower others of her kind. But she discovers that the Conclave is just another kind of evil, and when she meets the shade, Reno, and the phantom, Titus, who will take her virginity and empower her, she discovers something she has been searching for-a reason to break free of the Conclave and all that it stands for.

What they become, together, is a Perfect Triad, and more powerful than she believed possible. She also discovers a side to herself she never knew existed, and one she longs to explore with Reno and Titus. Can these three find a way to escape the Conclave and its evil high priest? Will they find happiness, and love together? Or will they be always on the run, hiding from the Conclave?

This is a short but hot story, set in the world of the Eternally Three universe, but just outside the main stories of angels and jinns. I always enjoy my forays into this world that Kris Cook has created, and this one is just as interesting as the rest. And it does tie up some loose ends from the books, like how Eric got the book of Timu that is quoted often.
Although it is short, there is plenty of hot and delicious action here.

I liked watching Lillian grow a backbone. She started out as a subservient, timid girl, doing as everyone told her. But she grew to realize that the Conclave was wrong for her and chose to do something about it. I loved watching her find love with her two ‘victims’ and foiling the plans of the Conclave high priest by engineering their escape.

Reno and Titus are both unique characters. I’m used to the angels and jinns of this world, but with Titus, a centuries old phantom, and Reno, a newly born shade, we are introduced to more of the immortal denizens of this unique world. Titus is the dominant male, and he plays the role quite well, pushing all the right buttons for optimum response from Lillian. Reno is new to the game, but willing to do whatever it takes to keep Lillian interested.

This actually is a prequel to the events in the other books in this world, and it answers some questions that were of concern in the two books I had already read. This is an excellent addition to the series, and I enjoyed it. This is a must have addition.

Luke by Jan Irving

Luke by Jan Irving
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (100 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex, masturbation
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Wandering cowboy Luke Walker is at the end of his rope after his girlfriend abandons their newborn daughter. A terrified new father, he’s grateful to meet Dr. Morgan Gallagher. Morgan recognizes that he and Luke could help each other: Luke can rebuild Morgan’s property and land so Morgan can have the horses he wants, and Morgan can provide the younger man with a safe place to raise his daughter. In theory, it should work out perfectly, except that Morgan is instantly attracted to Luke—a straight man—and sharing the same cabin and caring for the baby is a more intimate arrangement than he’d imagined.

I want you to want me, but I’m scared to drive you away.

Morgan’s smitten with Luke from the moment he sees him, but darn it if he’ll offer his heart only to have it stomped on. But then there’s the baby...

This is my first Jan Irving story, but I guarantee it won’t be the last. The characters drew me in immediately and I didn’t want the tale to end. The writing flowed so well, I felt I was right there at the ranch with them, learning to deal with an infant and falling in love. The tension was thick and as palpable as the desire flowing between Luke and Morgan. The plot moves well, rife with emotion and plot twists. I couldn’t put it down.

Luke may come across as impulsive, but he’s got a heart of gold. I loved him the moment he stepped onto the page. He’s not at all sure of Morgan because he’s not at all sure of his own sexuality. He’s a one night only type of guy and though he appreciates the male form—to sleep with one? It’s his confusion and blossoming reality that really endeared me to him. Plus, he’s a single dad. Honestly, the fact that he took in the two month old and is trying his best to take care of her really got to me.

Morgan is a piece of work. He’s so attracted to Luke, it’s not funny. It’s actually pretty sexy. But he’s a tad fearful, and who wouldn’t be? No one wants to be rejected, especially by the object of your affection. Morgan is relatable because he’s not perfect. I loved how he softened once he held baby Jessica and how she wrapped him around her little finger, right next to her daddy.

If you want a story that’s got heat and heart, then this is the book for you. Luke hits all the right notes and will leave you with a smile. I give it 4.5 cherries.

Carnal Connections by Berengaria Brown

Carnal Connections by Berengaria Brown
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (18 pgs)
Other: M/M/M, M/M, anal sex, spanking, menage
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Ithiel meets Jason and Toby at a wedding, and a night of hot passion follows. But what will happen the next morning?

Jason is darkly handsome and delicious. Toby is quicksilver lightness and fun—and Ithiel wants them both. But can three men form an ongoing relationship, or is one night all they will ever have?

Weddings can be a bore—unless you meet not one, but two people who pique your interest. Then, the reception can become so much more.

Berengaria Brown writes hot romance, no doubt about it. This is a shorter work, but it doesn’t lack in heat. The pages sizzle. I really felt like I was there at the reception, slogging through the boring speeches and waiting patiently for the dinner course. I definitely felt a part of the story.

While this story is indeed hot, I felt it lacked a little. It’s short, which is nice for a quick, steamy read, but I wanted to know more about the characters. Yes, there are snippets about Ithiel, Jason, and Toby, but it wasn’t very much and it was like there was a bit missing—who were they in their normal lives before the reception. Still, with these little hiccups, I enjoyed the interplay between them as they talked, but it felt rushed. I understand the driving need the three men felt to get together for more than just coffee and I loved the heat crackling between them.

I have to mention the bedroom time. Yes, things move with crazy fast speed, but I felt the desperate desire they felt once they got to the hotel room. I’m still fanning myself from the heat.

If you want a story that’s got three sexy men learning the dips and valleys of each other’s bodies, then you need to read Carnal Connections. I give this book 3 cherries.

Indigo Knights: Squire by Jet Mykles

Indigo Knights: Squire by Jet Mykles
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (165 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Buttercup

Rabin Squire is on top of the world. At long last, everything is going his way. He’s about to go into the studio with none other than Brent Rose to put together a new album for his band, the Indigo Knights. Okay, so there’re currently only two members of the band, but with Brent’s help, that’ll soon change. Things are looking up.

Then there’s Izzy, Brent’s cousin. Rabin’s never been interested in a guy before but he can sure tell when one is gorgeous, and Izzy is that. He’s also funny, and sweet as hell.

Since he’s not gay, Rabin never expected to have a fling with Izzy. But Izzy says their having sex doesn’t make him gay. Rabin’s not so sure about that but if Izzy’s good with it, what harm can come of it? Izzy agrees; no one else needs to know.

Then an even bigger opportunity means that Rabin has to move away. So if the thing with Izzy was no big deal, why does it hurt when it comes to an end?

Love is love, regardless of who it is that falls in love, and Jet Mykles knows love, or at least how to write about it. Indigo Knights: Squire is the first book in Jet Mykles fantastic new series. While Brent and Hell from the Heaven Sent series, are a part of this new series, you do not have to have read the Heaven Sent series to understand or appreciate Indigo Knights.

Squire follows Rabin Squire as he tries to get his band together, and make the most of this great and probably last opportunity to make music for a living. That's hard enough to do without the distraction of a surprising and male love interest, Brent's cousin Izzy.

I love that Izzy is going to be a chef and that Rabin is a musician. Music and food is such a great and natural pairing. Izzy and Rabin are pursuing their passions and are excited to expand their horizons. I think that's something most readers will relate to.

I love Jet Mykles's use of clubs and dancing as a point of awakening or self-enlightenment for her characters. Music and dancing is such an expression of ones self. Ms. Mykles will take her characters who are confused, or a bit lost, maybe searching for something that they are not even aware of, and send them clubbing. It's in the clubs, these very public places where they get their private, personal revelations, or at least get started on the path to finding their epiphany.

Rabin is not gay, so when he goes out for a night on the town to pick up a girl, any girl, and ends up back home and in bed with Izzy, he's a bit confused. This leads to the first of many all important "are you gay or do you just sleep with men" conversations. As Izzy so succinctly put's it "Sex doesn't make you gay. Gay is a way of life, an acceptance of who you are and what you like. What we just did was fabulous—amazing, stupendous—but it was just sex."

Izzy is enthusiastic about everything, for the most part he just exudes happiness. Izzy is a happy guy, but some of his flair is his way of masking his vulnerability, he doesn't want to let Rabin know how attached he is to him. His usually exuberant attitude makes his attempts at being cavalier and worldly all the more endearing. Izzy tries so hard to maintain this air of confidence with Rabin, so I think it's great when it's revealed that there are things that he's never done, and is nervous about trying. Of course when Rabin tells Izzy that he is moving to L.A. for his band, Izzy tries to be strong and stoic, but fails miserably, and you really just want to reach into the computer and give him a hug.

It isn't until Rabin gets back together with his old band, Zane, Marcus, and Sam, that he truly realizes how far he has come and how much he had changed. Zane and Rabin have been friends and band mates since college, but Rabin never truly liked Marcus or Sam and time apart has not improved their relationship. Marcus is so arrogant and conceited, convinced that he is the savior of the band. While I don't recommend picking a fight with the very homophobic jerk in your band as a means of coming out publicly, I do applaud Rabin for finally standing up to him.

Rabin's time in L.A. might not have been great but it wasn't a complete waste, he met Danny there. The amount of time you have known someone doesn't always matter when it comes to friendship. Sometimes people just click, Danny and Rabin are a perfect example of this. Within hours of meeting Rabin is baring his soul to Danny, telling him things that he can't bring himself to tell Zane, at least not yet. The reason that Rabin can do this is that he doesn't have a history with Danny, there are no expectations or preconceived notions, Rabin can just be himself, and Danny understands. If Rabin's friendship with Zane is indicative of his past, then Danny is definitely representative of Rabin's future. Although I do hope that Zane comes around.

Hot sex, Hot boys, Hot music. Indigo Knights: Squire, has great characters and a story you can get lost in. I'm very eagerly and only slightly impatiently waiting for the next in this great new series.

Strapless by Honoria Ravena

Strapless by Honoria Ravena
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (14 pgs)
Other: F/F, toys
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Suffering from heartache over her broken engagement, Nadia has sworn off men. Elisheba, who has been a confidant throughout the break up, has always stood by Nadia—but Elisheba has more on her mind than friendship.

Getting dumped never seemed to hot!

Nadia and her fiancée have decided to go their separate ways. She’s not looking for anything sexy or raw. And then came Elisheba. So much for good intentions.

This is a fun little story by Honoria Ravena. The women don’t back down and say exactly what’s on their minds. This might be short, but it hooked me right away. I felt like I was right there with Nadia and Elisheba, smelling the smoke from the bar and tasting the tang of salt on skin.

Keep in mind, this is a short story, so there isn’t as many details and back story as I might have liked. I did indeed feel like I was there, but I wanted to know more about both girls. But short on details doesn’t mean it’s short on heat. Wow. There were times when I had to defog my screen. I’ve never thought a woman in a strapless dress was sexy (it just never crossed my mind to think about it), but the description of Nadia in her dress was sweltering. The scene in the elevator had me squirming. I’ve read my fair share of elevator love, but the feelings between Elisheba and Nadia are palpable. I wanted to know more about them and what happened after the story. And talk about the inventive use of toys. I read and reread because I couldn’t get enough.

If you want a story that’s sure to deliver a bit of escapism on a long afternoon, or to heat up a chilly evening, then you need to read Strapless. I give it 3 cherries.