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Friday, September 3, 2010

Shepherd’s Watch: Serviced by J. Hali Steele

Shepherd’s Watch: Serviced by J. Hali Steele
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (50 pgs)
Other: M/F, fetish (food play)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Ren Alsatian is no one's guide dog, but when forced to care for a blind woman, the last thing Ren expects is the straight-laced librarian who reads him like a book. She fills his dreams nightly with page after page of raw sex between the dusty aisles. He wants to show her how to smell, touch and taste again.

Marguerite Pinkston knows it isn't going to be easy living with the service animal assigned to her. She dislikes dogs and this one comes with a handler whose husky voice and wild, sexy scent enflame her with visions of entwined bodies. If only she could see...

Rescue comes in all shapes and sizes and breeds.

Few books capture my attention within the first few pages, but this one did. J. Hali Steele captured mine right off the bat. Her characters came alive for me, even when they didn’t behave as I’d suspected. I felt like I was right there with them, going through the motions and learning to love without condition.

As soon as I met Ren, I wasn’t sure I’d like him. He came across as a bit brash and selfish, but as the story grew, so did he. It wasn’t like I got a clear picture of him at first and thank goodness. His devotion and need to be what Margy wanted was refreshing. It was an added bonus that he happened to shift into the very dog I love the most. Think of all the police officers who’d be just divine as shepherd shifters.

Margy was interesting in her own right. She’s blind but not helpless. She wants to do things on her own. Wants to see as she had before, but things happen. Doesn’t hurt that a darned handsome man happens to be her protector while she goes through the physical therapy. I liked how she and Ren had a connection prior to the story, albeit non-consummated. The pairing is simply sexy and I wanted to see them get the happy-ever-after they deserved.

Although the bit of miscommunication was awkward, I liked it because it was human. We all go through spots where we goof up our lives thinking we’ve done something good and it wasn’t or vice versa. That made the story more realistic and a better read.

If you want a story that’s got lots of heart and heat, then you need to read Shepherd’s Watch: Serviced. And yes, I do hope Ms. Steele writes more for the rest of the clan. I give this story 4 cherries.

Boyfriend in a Bottle by Shona Husk

Boyfriend in a Bottle by Shona Husk
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (53 pgs)
Other: very mild BDSM, M/F, Voyeurism, Masturbation
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Be careful what you wish for. It might come with an expiration date…

Josie’s well-meaning friends just don’t get it. It’s not that she’s overjoyed to be thirty-two and celibate since her boyfriend dumped her. She’d love to settle down, but she refuses to settle for just any man. After all, better single than a sucker. Nevertheless, she humors her friends and follows the instructions attached to the gift they’ve given her—a beautiful bottle from a new-age shop. Lick, and the perfect man will appear.

It works. The naked man she finds tied to her bed is everything she’s ever wished for. Except Mr. Perfect comes with a time limit.

Kede is tired of living life by the hourglass. Once, fulfilling the desires of the women who freed him was enough, but now it’s just another job. Josie is different, though. She sees him as a real man—a man she wants for all time.

Kede wants more than a moment. He wants a chance at life outside the bottle, and he wants a life with Josie. But he belongs to the goddess Inanna, and his time is running out…

Created to please, unable to say no, and ready at your command. Sounds hot, doesn’t it? In a lot of ways, it is, in others.... it’s bittersweet.

But you need to read Boyfriend in a Bottle to find out the whole story.

This is my first Shona Husk story, but it won’t be the last. In just a few pages, I felt like I was right there with Josie and Kede as they fumbled through their issues. I liked the tension in this book. From the beginning, the relationship has its constraints and it was interesting to see how they dealt with it.

This is a shorter story, but it does pack a punch, both emotionally and temperature-wise. Phew. I needed a fan when I finished the story. Now don’t get me wrong. For a hot story, this one lacked the gratuitous aspects found in many erotic stories and it worked well. Sure, Josie needed - no, wanted - to open up and try something new. Heck, twelve months without nookie makes anyone a little twitchy. I liked how Kede, even though he was there as a pleasure object, became more to her. His job, though seemingly easy and no-strings, was actually really hard because of one major issue. But it worked.

My only complaint, and really it wasn’t much of one, was the pacing. Things happened really fast in this story and it was a bit hard to believe that love or a relationship can form in the matter of a couple days. I’m not saying it’s impossible. I love a good fall-in-love-overnight story, just like this one. It’s just quick. I wanted to see things develop longer, but there is the pesky issue of the lamp and the sand. So really, the issue isn’t one because things happen in the story for a reason.

Overall this was a great read I want to go back and visit again and again. I give Boyfriend in a Bottle 3.5 cherries.

Minding Mistress by Cooper McKenzie

Minding Mistress (Club Esoteria 3) by Cooper McKenzie
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (76 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Fetish, toys
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Jenna Carter opened Club Esoteria, never dreaming it would become the hottest sex club in the state. When her slave/mate Antony receives orders for an extended overseas tour of duty with the Coast Guard, he decides to bring a new member into their little family.

Gentry Michaels had never had good luck with women because he wanted the same thing they did: a stronger, more dominant partner to tell him what to do. When Antony invites him to test drive life as a submissive, Gentry finds he can’t say no.

During an intense weekend of BDSM fun and games, Gentry and Jenna decide that Antony had the right idea in bringing the three of them together. But when the weekend is over and real life intrudes, will Gentry be able to give up his vanilla life for one of Minding Mistress?

This quick read is full of depth and emotion. When Antony invites his best friend home and into his and Jenna’s little family the sparks fly. Seeing the submissive side in Gentry assures Antony that he is the one that he is looking for, the one to help Jenna while he is serving his tour of duty overseas.

Jenna is a strong and fair Domme and the love of her life, Antony, may be her submissive but he can stand on his own two feet as well. Gentry is a loving but confused man. He loves to make women happy and to serve them but all his life he has been told to be the strong one, the one in control. As Jenna and Antony share not only their love, but also their understanding with Gentry, he begins to finally feel acceptance and belonging. The three fall into an easy routine the weekend that Gentry comes to stay - but can he find the love that he longs for with Jenna and Antony, or will he run away scared?

Once again Cooper McKenzie gives the reader a wonderful story. I have read, and enjoyed, all of the stories in this series. As hot as this story is, the love that these three share shines right off of the pages. It was also a nice touch seeing glimpses of the other characters from the series. Well written and full of depth, this is a book that should not be missed. Although this is part of a series you can read it alone - but beware: reading this book will send you in search of the others in the series. I know this reader is eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series.

Wild Nevada Ride by Sandy Sullivan

Wild Nevada Ride (Wilder Series 3) by Sandy Sullivan
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (161 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Katrina Jamieson didn't have time for a man in her life, much less a cowboy. She's not about to give up her career as a fighter pilot for anything. Zipping amongst the clouds at 40,000 feet is her dream and being the best pilot the Force has ever seen, encompasses her days.

Justin Wilder, cattle rancher and all around gorgeous hunk, doesn't need the feisty Katrina in the middle of his world. He does just fine, thank you very much, taking care of his cows and building his ranch, but he can't seem to forget her after she slams her brand new, Mustang GT 500 KR into the side of his truck.

When their worlds collide, sparks fly and these two are so hot, skin sizzles when they touch. Can their attraction stand the test of time or will it burn out faster than the afterburners of her jet?

Justin Wilder is driving in Las Vegas when another car, driven by Katrina (Kat) Jamieson slams into him. She blames him for running a red light but he insists it was green. They go their separate ways and we learn that Justin is a cattleman whose family has ranched for years in Wyoming. He thought the winters too cold and decided to start a ranch in Nevada. Mark is his business advisor and early in the story sets up a meeting for Justin with a Japanese businessman. It's there that Mark introduces his cousin, who just happens to be Katrina. They dance together and both are attracted to one another, however, Kat is cool towards him. While Kat is heading home, a man mistakes her for a prostitute and Justin comes to her aid, takes her home and they make love. The next morning, Kat has regrets and quickly leaves the ranch. However, Mark invites Justin along to a family birthday party Kat is attending. Kat is a fighter jet pilot and puts her career first and tries her best not to fall in love with Justin. I won't give the rest of the plot away but will just say there is a plot turn and lots of story in these 161 pages.

My one criticism of Wild Nevada Ride is that some things seemed contrived. For example, the coincidence of Kat being Mark's cousin, her going along to the meeting and it just so happens she's the same woman that got into the fender bender with Justin. Then their next meeting is at a family birthday party where Kat is in attendance and Mark just happens to invite Justin. This is a good story, but had the author allowed these two to meet up again by pure chance or have them meet because of something to do with their accident, I think it would have made for a stronger story.

All the characters are likeable and believable. Justin is very sexy and you're drawn to him on the first page. I especially liked the dialogue. It’s very snappy with one-liners flying back and forth between Justin and Kat, which I felt took the sexual tension up a notch or two. In addition, the secondary characters were well developed and moved the story forward. There was just the right amount of sex scenes for the length of the book. I also enjoyed the setting—most ranch-type stories are set in Texas or Wyoming, so Nevada gave it a nice twist with the opening taking place in downtown Las Vegas.

Lilly’s Turn for a Rose by Courtney Breazile

Lilly’s Turn for a Rose by Courtney Breazile
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (35 pgs)
Other: F/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Agapanthus

Lilly wants the life she was promised and a love she deserves. When Myra shows up and magically fixes everything that is wrong with Lilly's life, Lilly is willing to suspend belief for a chance at passion. But will the price to keep it be too high?

Lilly’s Turn for a Rose is an enchanting lesbian romp with a delightful paranormal twist.

Lilly is a former trust fund baby who has taken on a job as a cocktail waitress to pay the bills. She is lonely and depressed and starting to feel thet there is no one out there for her. Then things get strange.

Myra is half demon and half fairy. She is also totally smitten with Lilly from the moment she sees her. Of course by human standards her courting methods are odd but she certainly makes her intentions well known.

Come along with Lilly as she meets and is swept off her feet by the lovely and dangerous Myra.

Courtney Breazile has once again created an erotic and exciting world for her readers. This short story is highly erotic, super steamy and all in all a fun read. As always, Ms. Breazile has created a great story that is a super addition to any erotic library.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Lady of the Snow by Lizzie Lynn Lee

Lady of the Snow by Lizzie Lynn Lee
Publisher: Changeling Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Fantasy
Length: Short Story (83 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Agapanthus

It’s hard to kill your enemies when you fall in love with them…
In her previous life, Shizuka-no-kami was a bride-to-be when she was murdered in cold blood by her betrothed to gain her dowry. Because she perished in the snow, the Snow Goddess fosters her spirit, turning her into a yuki-onna, a snow maiden.

When the Snow Goddess’ sacred domain is threatened with never-ending battles, Shizuka is sent to entice and kill the aggressor’s overlords; only, she isn’t prepared for what awaits her. Lord Hiraoka Ichizo and his second-in-command, Tenshin Satoru, decide to introduce her to carnal pleasure and share her between them. As Shizuka is torn from the overlords’ seduction, other trouble is brewing on the horizon.

This time, if Shizuka does not heed how dangerous lust for power really is, the tightly woven treachery might kill her for good.

As a Snow Maiden, Shizuka has one job; to kill the southern lords and end the fighting with the Minokichi. What she finds instead is a dilemma between duty and love.

I really enjoyed Lady of the Snow. The characters are all well developed, with a depth that is not often found in a short story. My favorite character of the story has to be Shizuka. She is a strong and determined woman who is willing to do whatever is necessary to fulfill her duty to her Mistress. But she is soon torn between her duty to her Mistress and her love for the two Southern Lords Tensin and Ichizo.

Lord Tensin is a stubborn and strong warrior who is determined to finish the battle he started and punish the Minokichi for their wrongdoings. What he does not expect is to find himself falling in love with the strange snow pale woman who his second in command captures and brings back to camp.

Lady of the Snow is an endearing story about love, loss, revenge, and magic that will tug on your heartstrings while at the same time sending you looking for a cold shower. Filled with enchanting characters and super hot erotic scenes, this novella by Lizzie Lynn Lee is a definite must read.

Badcock by Debra Glass

Badcock by Debra Glass
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (154 pgs)
Other: M/F, light BDSM, Spanking, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

When her fiancé trades her for an heirloom ring to a dashing highwayman who holds up their coach on a desolate country road, Sophia Astley is hurt and shocked. However, it soon becomes strikingly apparent to Sophia that she is the true gem Bad Jack sought. Intrigued, she willingly submits to every tantalizing taboo he metes out to her.

Dressed as a masked highwayman, Jack Badcock, Earl of Stafford, thinks he is acting out the fantasies of a woman he knows only through lurid letters. As Jack tames her with blindfolds, sensual spankings and an array of torrid toys, she plays her role as the abducted, submissive virgin convincingly—too convincingly. By the time Jack uncovers his fantasy lover’s true identity, it’s far, far too late.

Trapped in a loveless arranged engagement to a man who values his family jewels more than the woman who wears them, Sophia Astley is about to be literally swept off her feet by a highwayman that is so good at what he does, they call him “Bad Jack”.

Prepare to be swept back to a time of Lords and Ladies, balls, clandestine meetings and romance a la Regency England. Ms. Glass has written an exciting and sexually charged novella that had me at “Stand and deliver”.

I couldn’t help but imagine the opening scene through the eyes of the heroine, Sophia Astley. A gently bred English miss who is raised knowing that she had a duty to fulfill. With no foreseeable options she was resigned to marry an odious man she could barely stand to be near. Until she met Jack! I became so caught up in Sophia’s plight and the breath stealing abduction by Bad Jack I did a little mental happy dance for them as they rode away.

There were so many great elements to this book but not surprising coming from such a talented writer as Ms. Glass. If I was asked to break down the main subplots for Badcock into single words I would begin with Greed, Abduction, Seduction, Discovery, Heart-ache, Betrayal, Danger and last and most importantly Love.

I’ve read a lot of Regency era romance and tend to unconsciously look for specific wording in the dialogue and in the characterization that breathes reality into the story for the time period. Ms. Glass does a beautiful job with both.

Have you ever heard the term “breaking bad”? It’s not new but it’s seen a revival recently in mainstream talk. It’s a southern colloquialism that refers to someone who has strayed off of the straight and narrow path and embraced a life changing alternative. Badcock is a must read for anyone who, like Sophia, has the guts to break away and break bad!

Billionaire's Row by Sullivan Wheeler

Billionaire's Row by Sullivan Wheeler
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemp, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (360 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Detective Michael Weiss has enough to deal with. Between being part of a dysfunctional police department and having a vain and demanding lover who Michael suspects is only using him for personal gain, it's all Michael can do to keep himself sane. When the body of Craig Davies, a wealthy defense lawyer, is found on former television star Sam Christiansen's front lawn, Michael knows that everyone—his bosses, his partner at the police department, and Brian, his lover—will be looking to him for answers.

Despite a quick solution that results in a dead suspect, the case turns out to be much more complex than it first appears. Michael uncovers a twisted web of relationships, a web that inexorably draws him into a passionate tangle of love and greed where more and more people are turning up dead. It's critical that Michael find justice for Sam as their attraction grows... but it will take a back seat to keeping them both alive.

A dead body in Billionaire’s Row is exactly what Detective and near alcoholic Michael Weiss doesn’t need. But his partner is determined to bask in the spotlight of the high profile case while his bosses want a quick resolution and an easy target. Michael just can’t let the case go that easily and he starts to pick into the lives of the various and sundry rich characters that surround Billionaire’s Row. From ex-wives to gardeners, slutty lawyers, and even an iconic TV star, Michael’s just not sure what is the truth and what’s a lie – even in his own life.

Billionaire’s Row is a hard hitting detective novel. The mystery of the dead rich guy is the main focus and thus likely to appeal to those fans of police procedurals. The whodunit is pretty well cast and clever. I didn’t guess who the villain was until it was revealed towards the end so the story does a great job in keeping you wondering. There are a lot of possible suspects and Michael is caught between facts and his intuition, not sure if he should trust either. The mystery has many details of the step by step police case as Michael tries to solve the murder. Thankfully having been accepted among the rich set puts Michael drinking among all the potential suspects and giving a nice alternative view instead of just dry police actions.

The characters are three dimensional and Michael is definitely the star. He’s also hard to like as an alcoholic that starts the book throwing up in the victim’s toilet and then drinks his way through the nights with hungover days trying to solve the mystery. There is a romance with possible suspect and TV actor Sam, although this is definitely not the strength of the story. Here the "romance" is based mostly on sex and there’s very little reason why Sam would bother with Michael. In fact Michael seems more connected to his ex-boyfriend Brian, the TV anchor always trying to use Michael for an inside tip or story.

However, since the story never really tries to be a romance, the mystery is where the focus is. This is interesting, engaging, and keeps the pages turning to figure out the ending. The final resolution is a little too easy but leaves no hanging threads. Fans of classic police procedural stories are likely to really enjoy this one.

Decent Exposure by Lacy Danes

Decent Exposure by Lacy Danes
Publisher: Harlequin Spice Briefs
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (23 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism, Fetish, anal sex, toys
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

For years Stella struggled to find out exactly who she is and what she craves. Now she knows what she wants--to add some serious spice to her sex life. After lots of sizzling instant message chats and naughty web cam sessions, she is finally meeting her online lover in person. With his help, Stella's ready to fulfill her fantasies, test her limits and try anything--for all the world to see....

Some women need to be dominated. Some men need to dominate. What happens when the two meet and have a hot time on the hood of a car?

There is a lot of heat in this little bitty story. Whew. I had to check my screen for singes. The plot takes turns I didn’t see coming and it makes it a nice little read.

I’ve read my share of BDSM stories and love many of them. What makes this one a bit different is that I didn’t really get to learn of the relationship between Stella and Sir before the meeting in the parking lot. How did they build the rapport? Was the relationship made of an emotional connection or just for the sake of shock value? I wanted to get to know both Sir and Stella more to better understand the Dom/sub relationship. The little glimpses are nice, but I wanted more.

Still, I felt like I was right there in the parking lot with Stella as she performed for Sir. The tension, Ms. Danes, is palpable. Stella wants to please him and her self-discovery combined with her spurred desire make it interesting.

My wish? The story were a bit longer, but hey, a sequel is always a nice possibility as well.

If you want a story that’s hot and prickly at times — but in a delicious way — then you need to read Decent Exposure. I give this story 3.5 cherries.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hailey's Game by Jenny Penn

Hailey’s Game – Cattleman’s Club 2 by Jenny Penn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (423 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Menage, Anal Play, Spanking, Toys
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Cole Jackson and Kyle Harding haven’t got any doubts that Hailey Mathews is up to something, but they ain’t worried. They have their own wicked intentions and the full confidence that one little woman doesn’t stand a chance against two Cattlemen.

Hailey has had enough. Enough of Kyle and his smooth charm. Enough of Cole and his provocations. Not about to trust that either Cattleman has any interest in her other than playing a game, Hailey decides it’s time to show them how it’s done.

However, if things don’t go the way Hailey plans, the consequences might be more than she can pay.

Take two arrogant, self assured, sexy cowboys and throw in one independent spitfire of a woman and its GAME ON!

Have you ever read a book that had you so drawn in on page 1 that you were reading page 401 before you even realized it? If that’s your idea of great story you are going to love Jenny Penn’s second installment in the Cattlemen’s Club series, Hailey’s Game.

I’m not sure what they grow in South Alabama but whatever they’re feeding the men of Pittsview makes them ALPHA male to the max! Take for instance Kyle Harding and Cole Jackson. Kyle is, and has been, in love with Hailey Matthews since high school. He’s patient, considerate and determined in his pursuit of her. Unfortunately for Kyle, his main competition and biggest threat just happens to be his “wing-man” and best friend Cole.

Cole is charm magnified by 10! He also tends to speak before he thinks. Even though he wears arrogance like a mantle, I was drawn to Cole because it was obvious that his attitude was an attempt to mask some deep seated hurt. I won’t say more than that…you’ll have to read the book to hear Cole’s story and see how Hailey goes from being his nemesis to his life savior!

Both men have their work cut out for them when they set their sites on taming Hailey. I have to tell you, Hailey is so neurotic she made me laugh and want to shoot her with a tranquilizer dart all at the same time. Bless her heart, but you know that says something for a story when the reader becomes emotionally invested in the story.

Ms. Penn knows how to create characters that are so different and engaging from one story to the next you aren’t left with that dreaded “I’ve read this story” or “I’ve met these people” somewhere else feeling. I can only imagine the difficulty an author has in creating fresh hero and heroines especially in a series set in the same town. Ms. Penn does it well and consistently.

I didn’t write my review of Hailey’s Game immediately after reading it like a good little reviewer probably should. There is so much to this book that I actually re-read it before writing. Yep, all 423 pages as well as picking up copies of Patton’s Way and Rachel’s Seduction just to get a better feel for what all was going on in Pittsview – at the same time! That was a fun discovery, realizing that all three stories coincide to make for one very exciting summer in South Alabama.

Pick up a copy of Hailey’s Game and prepare yourself to be drawn into the powerfully wicked world of the Cattlemen’s Club. Where the men are men and the women play to win!

Vampire Delights on Polar Nights by Jude Stephens

Vampire Delights on Polar Nights by Jude Stephens
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (122 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis

On a small frozen island in the Antarctica, stands a structure committed to ensuring a future for the earth’s population, a place for countries to store seeds in case of world disaster. Far below the precious seeds lies another place, one where a clandestine organization holds eight captured vampires.

Nicholas Patroclus is a twelve hundred year old vampire and responsible for saving seven other vampires being held in a region that is every vampire’s worse nightmare. Soon the two and a half month long polar nights will descend upon them and he and the other vampires will perish. Breaking vampire code, Nicholas tells his captors what they need to survive. Sexual release.

Karen Walls is a Commander with a global agency that is dedicated to saving the world and has never questioned an assignment. Not even when it requires her to oversee eight of her colleagues who’ve volunteered to sexually service eight possibly dangerous vampires.

Eight vampires, eight women come together with dangerous secrets and explosive desires. During the long, sensuous polar nights their beliefs and values will be forever shattered when they give in to passionate delights.

Karen is a commander with the United Global Agency and is sent to work on the Global Seed Project where vampires are also being housed. Polar nights are deadly for the vampires and the only way for them to survive is to have sexual release so women are brought in to satisfy them.

This story had a great premise and the setting that was very unique even for a paranormal story. I liked Karen and also the head vampire, Nicholas. At opening of the story they were well described and I anticipated getting to know them better. However, what made the story significantly less enjoyable for me was all the vampires were paired with various women and each of their stories and sexual adventures were described one after the other. Although each couple's story was well described and we're given insight into the characters, there were just too many of them in this short read for me to identify with or become invested in.

I did like the ending. The dialogue for all the characters was natural sounding and the author did a good job with creating the atmosphere. She painted a realistic picture of what it's like to be in a cold atmosphere and locked in with no way out. It's a short easy read, but if you're looking for more romance with your paranormal fix, I don't think this one's for you as it's more sex than emotion.

Even so, if you like hot erotic paranormal stories with plenty of sex, this one could be a good pick for you. I give it 3.5 cherries.

Fae Me Not by Riley Ashford

Fae Me Not by Riley Ashford
Publisher: Changling Press LLC
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (21 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Snowdrop

Once upon a time...

A fairy prince lost his true love due to his own selfish mistake. Now, they're cursed to live apart... him in the world of humans and her in the fae realm. He remembers everything. She remembers nothing. One day every year they both must relive the most painful day of their lives. He's doomed to break her heart.

Only this time around, he's determined to write a new ending... one that will free them both.

If you were cursed to break your love's heart over and over would you? Could you live with the knowledge that they wouldn't remember you after you broke their trust?

The curse - “A day of love, a night of pain, and a year of waiting to do it all over again.”

It is an interesting trek through the thought process of a greedy man who sees that he has lost everything he ever wanted with one moment of bad judgment. We see Donovan aka Prince Selfish go through self-awareness and emotions he never knew existed, while trying to break the spell that keeps his true love from remembering him and the love they once shared. As he tries so many different ways to break the spell – hiding her somewhere secret, taking her to the human world – he keeps failing each time. It takes the comment of an outsider to spark an idea that he had not thought of. Following someone through the changes that Donovan goes through is an amazing experience – you see someone who realizes they need to put others first and follow the truth.

Fae Princess Neella is really more of secondary character as the novella is mostly about the hero and his struggle to make things right. We don't really find out all the much about her other than she is a faery princess, she is gorgeous and she is more understanding than her family. She was a good supporting character as she complimented Donovan's character well – in that he is about doing things for himself and she is about caring and loving others for who they are. Maybe she can teach him a thing or two in the end.

An interesting aspect of the story is, in the human world, where Donovan had been banished to, he became an author and he writes The Curse of the Fairy Princess. It's almost like Donovan believes that getting his story out there might help him redeem himself. I think this is a cute touch from the author, to make him a writer and to get input from his readers. I think the novella could have easily been made into a full length novel that I would love to read.

Riley Ashford has created a steamy, quick read that has a sweet breakup and makeup storyline where emotions run high and the pulse quickens.

Edge of Heaven by PG Forte

Edge of Heaven by PG Forte
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (130 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Welcome to the afterlife, where men are men and the angels are fallen.

It was a reckless act of passion that ended Edge’s life and left him in Limbo -- literally. Now, he’s stuck here. While most of the other angels-in-training move quickly up the celestial ladder, Edge knows it can never be that simple for him. He’s dealing with issues that are a lot more complicated than a simple lack of closure.

While Edge doesn’t know for sure what it will take to get him into Heaven, there is one thing he’s certain won’t help -- his latest assignment guiding angel-baby Matteo Matinucci while the newbie find his wings.

But twenty-something Mattie -- sexy, beautiful, recently departed, and openly gay -- could turn out to be the answer to all of Edge’s prayers, as well as the fulfillment of all his fantasies, even the hot, sweaty, secret ones he’s never confided to anyone. And by helping to send Mattie to Heaven, Edge just might end up saving both their souls.

Two angels-in-training on a mission to get to heaven with a few detours for hot sex and a happy ending. Edge has been in Limbo for a long time and he’s working a crappy assignment breaking in newcomers. Since Limbo is just a wait station before heaven, Edge helps them overcome their issues, resolve any outstanding problems, and move on to everlasting happiness. It’s not a job Edge likes and he’s even more irritated when his latest angel in training is sexy Mattie, a young man who won’t keep his hands to himself. And Edge realizes he doesn’t want him to. But Mattie isn’t the only one with unresolved issues and between the two of them, they just may find a way to heaven together.

Edge of Heaven is a cute, funny story. There is Edge who won’t even admit to liking men and has some serious issues regarding his suicide death. He’s paired with Mattie, the do-gooder doctor-to-be that dies in a senseless accident. Mattie’s not only sexy but he’s attracted to Edge and their chemistry from the start is pretty nice. The story didn’t immediately click for me and seemed somewhat disjointed at the beginning, but the twist at the end explains why this is. Once I got past the initial choppy beginning, the story settles in and has some really funny scenes and hot sex.

The story is written in first person, present tense, which is not always a favorite for readers. It initially comes across as awkward and the characters act in ways that don’t make much sense at first. Later on when the twist is revealed, the entire story has an “ah ha” moment when everything fits, so be sure to stick with it. The easy, light writing keeps the story quick and interesting for the most part. The characters are interesting and have their own very clear personalities.

There’s supposedly a sequel coming and no doubt there’ll be more hot sex, quips, and witty banter as these two figure out their happy ever after. This is the perfect story for anyone looking for something light, easy, and funny and works great as a beach read.