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Friday, September 10, 2010

The Wallflower by Dana Marie Bell

The Wallflower by Dana Marie Bell
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (84 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Is Emma ready for a bite?

A Hunting Love story, Halle Puma Series Book 1.

Emma Carter has been in love with Max Cannon since high school, but he barely knew she existed. Now she runs her own unique curio shop, and she’s finally come out her shell and into her own.

When Max returns to his small home town to take up his duties as the Halle Pride’s Alpha, he finds that shy little Emma has grown up. That small spark of something he’d always felt around the teenager has blossomed into something more—his mate!

Taking her “out for a bite” ensures that the luscious Emma will be permanently his.

But Max’s ex has plans of her own. Plans that don’t include Emma being around to interfere. To keep her Alpha, Emma must prove to the Pride that she has what it takes to be Max’s mate.

If you enjoy paranormal romances with funny quips, sassy mates and well developed characters then The Wallflower will be a treat.

Emma is a hot ticket. Maybe she used to be a wallflower in high school but those days are long behind her. Well, they should be but there’s this one babe who is a thorn in her side. I found Emma’s response to the witch as one I could respect and very classy. She now gives as good as she gets and I enjoyed every minute of it. Some people are inherently nasty and never seem to grow up, so the secondary character that plagues Emma is a great personality to showcase the inner strength that Emma now has.

And the part where she was snarling at Max, the way that whole scene was written had me grinning ear to ear. I could visualize it in my head and I would adore seeing that on the big screen. Even at her most grouchy, it was still romantic.

Max is the alpha and a very interesting man. Ms. Bell’s choice of scene for Max’s introduction to Emma was classic and quite fun. It had a real presence to it, a fullness that resonated with me and hooked me.

He’s a classic kind of character, full of take charge genes that demand capitulation from those he is in charge of. When Emma stands up to him, the resulting reaction is everything I could wish in a man who becomes besotted with his future mate, and the hunt is on. What fun. I loved Max’s strength, and so did Emma.

One of the main things that hooked me about this story was the dialogue. When Emma called Max ‘Captain Caveman’, it gave me the giggles. She has all these cute references to kitty litter and jokes about shifters in general that it gave me a good feeling about Emma’s persona. She’s a character that I’d like to know for real. Max’s reaction to some of what she says is equally fun and enjoyable to read. He takes his role as alpha seriously but he knows how to have a good time as well, and his sense of humor compliments Emma. Ms. Bell must have a delightful sense of humor of her own, because this story is warm and loving even when the tension is high.

The sensual and sexual tension is wonderfully built up and delivered. I have said it before in my reviews of paranormal romances and I’ll say it again - I adore a good bite scene and this tale delivered splendidly. It was erotic, titillating and very satisfying. Another thing I appreciated was Ms. Bell’s handling of Emma’s reaction to the big revelation. This story was so well balanced, it made me feel good during and after my reading of it.

The secondary characters each play a vital role in helping a reader understand the main personalities in the tale, or they contributed to the plot movement. Everyone was there for a reason and it was believable. The story is told in both Max’s and Emma’s points of view with a perfect balance to keep me interested and involved. The conflict is mostly external but it tweaked a few internal issues as well. I think this book was written with a fine balance between an involved and fleshed out storyline and the amount of sexual escapades between the hero and heroine. It satisfied my mind and my libido.

The Wallflower is a book not to miss for readers who are looking for a hero and heroine who can make them smile, sigh and outright laugh. It’s a vibrant and rich world of likeable characters and an interesting courtship between a hunky eye doctor and an adorably sassy shop owner. I had so much fun reading this book that I simply have to find more by Ms. Bell. Her writing is becoming an addiction I can’t wait to indulge more in. I absolutely recommend reading this impish and delightfully saucy book.

Law and Ardor by Jack Greene

Law and Ardor by Jack Greene
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (22 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Nicholas is shaken up by a prowler in the middle of the night, so he calls 911. Help arrives in the form of big strong policeman James, and they can't deny their mutual attraction.

James is more than happy to take care of Nicholas . . . all night long.

Help me officer! I’ve been accosted by a large, handsome man and I don’t know what to do about it! Well, maybe I don’t, but James and Nicholas certainly do.

Want to know more? You sure do. Then read Law and Ardor, by Jack Greene.

There are more than a few words to describe this story, but the first that came to mind was tender. I’ve read other works by Jack Greene and this one demonstrated a level of tenderness that drew me to the book. Another word choice would be fast-paced. Once I opened the ebook, I was hooked and didn’t look up until the author notes.

Although this was short read, and I wanted to see more character development, I also couldn’t stop thinking about it once I was done reading. I wanted to know what they were up to and how the relationship evolved after the book.

James is one of the few just plain nice guy heroes out there. He’s a cop, yes, but he defies the stereotype that cops are jerks. Nicholas is pretty bold, but even then James goes with the flow. It’s quite sexy.

Nicholas defines a twink — he’s young, slender, good looking, and a bit flamboyant, but it works for him. Some can pull it off and others can’t. I thought it was cute how he wasn’t afraid to show his true fear about the prowler — some men would work hard to be the strong, silent, tough guy. Not Nicholas. He was who he was with no pretensions. More guys should be like that.

If you want a sinfully hot read that will make you think after the book closes, then you need to read Law and Ardor. You won’t regret this 4 cherry read.

Screw Superman by Rebecca Royce

Screw Superman by Rebecca Royce
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (127 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Wendy Warner is a bit of an oddball. Raised in an orphanage, she has found solace and friendship by watching the television show, Space Adventures, and participating in fan clubs related to the show. Every month, on the second and third Friday, Wendy comes to work dressed in a costume from the show that she wears to charity events. This has earned her the disdain of many of her coworkers but not from her boss, the president of the company, Draco Powers, who rather likes the way the uniform hugs all her curves in the just the right places.

Draco Powers is a real-life Superhero who told the world that, yes, Superheroes do exist, but, no, we won't work for free or without health insurance. Some people refer to him with derision as the "Capitalist Superman." Draco is being hunted by an organization called the Organization, whose motives are unclear and yet still cause death and destruction wherever they go.

The Organization has decided that Draco's biggest weakness is the way he cares about his employees and has picked Wendy out as their next target. To save her, Draco will have to come to terms with his real feelings for Wendy and why it is that he has so long resisted complicated relationships. But he's running out of time . . . .

A man who can fly and the woman who loves him battle an evil foe whose idea of living in peace is as virulent as any dictator’s.

Wendy is the heroine in the truest sense of the word. She saves the day, not in the world sense, but in her man’s. She is a capable and dedicated woman who takes pride in her work and has a type A personality. She is many things but one thing she is not is confident in her own appearance. Yet that doesn’t stop her from wearing a special outfit because she does it for the greater good. She’s got a lot of heart, compassion and determination and that holds her in good stead when she gets faced with the unthinkable. Wendy is also a geek, and a loveable one at that. She’s also pretty funny, even when she doesn’t intend to be. I loved it when she jumped to conclusions at one point. It made for some hysterical reactions from the person they were about. Total entertainment and it endeared her character to me.

Draco is sort of like Superman but with a 9 to 5 job just like everyone else. Okay, not like everyone else, because he’s got this gig where he fights crime all over and he flies to get there. His character certainly is unique, and I really enjoyed Ms. Royce’s depiction of a man who really is just a man but no one sees him as he wants to be seen. You know, like a regular guy? The thing is, I think for a time Draco bought into the whole thing and although he’s this hero with special powers he doesn’t believe in himself - that he doesn’t deserve what everyone else does because he has to carry the weight of the world. Sounds like a major chip on his shoulder doesn’t it? And unreasonable. That is why Wendy is so good for him - she doesn’t buy into his own media hype. There’s some good inner conflict and even some secrets that dog Draco. I also enjoyed finding out exactly how amazing a personality he actually ends up being. The author brought more depth to him than I expected.

Secondary characters are important in this story. Some are for comic relief and some are for truly dastardly machinations but all of them were written to perfection. There is nasty office politics, a sweet friend who wished he was more, Draco’s endearing and totally hot brother, Ace, and the really cool science fiction element that made this book so fun to read. It was like King Kong meets Mr. Roboto on an episode of Star Trek. What a great scene that was!

There were other cool elements I liked about this story; like how the witches at the office get theirs, that I had no idea who the bad guy was and I enjoyed being surprised, and I liked the humor and the brisk and witty dialogue. This ended up being a quick read because I couldn’t put it down and I laughed out loud many times throughout.

Screw Superman is a book as delightful as its clever title. I absolutely recommend this story to readers who like laugher with their adventure and sighs and heated cheeks during the steamy parts of the romance. I think this story isn’t written as hot as it might have been but that made it perfect for me. I adore a book that can make me giggle and snort in the middle of the night. Yes, I stayed up late reading this story until I finished it. I enjoyed myself that much and I expect other readers will too. Even the happily ever after wrapped up on a positive and upbeat note. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a story to uplift their mood and turn their frown upside round. Screw Superman is the most fun (funnest) romance I’ve read in a long while and I can’t wait to read more by the talented Ms. Royce.

Kingdom Cum by Zenina Masters

Kingdom Cum (Four Ever More Book Two) by Zenina Masters
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (94 pgs)
Other: M/F/M/M, Ménage
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Raleigh Avel has had moderate success with her jewellery shop, but when she is robbed, she has to face the new lawmen on Elsinor. She wouldn’t have bothered, but she had no way to dispose of the body.

Azeel, Raf and Hector weren’t too sure about taking a post on a world ruled by formality and concealing clothing, but they were drawn to it despite their misgivings. Investigating a dead body at a break-in is par for their course, finding the weapon that killed the robber is the problem.

It has violet eyes, long black hair, and…they begin to suspect…a wild rose tattoo.

I was anxious to read this second book in Zenina Masters’ Four Ever More series, to see if it was as good as the first. I am delighted to report that it was even better than the first book.

Imagine a future where cloning is seen as the best way to provide unbiased lawmen and peacekeepers for the many inhabited worlds. Seventeen races had donated their genetic materials to this project in the hopes that Dr. Argent Deveraux could succeed. But she wanted more than sterile males who would do only their duty, so she secretly created a fourth for each group of three men, that one being who would complete them, and would be able to procreate only with her mates.

Raleigh Avel is trying to pull her life together after the murder of her adopted parents by a band of robbers. Although she was the master craftsman in the family jewelry business, people believe it was her father, and Raleigh knows she will not have great success now that they are gone. Between unwelcome advances from the Prince, and closing up the shop, she is stressed out. When a robber breaks in to try and steal her life’s work, Raleigh stops him the only way possible-using her power of electricity, she shocks the man. Now she just has to figure out how to dispose of the body.

When the lawmen summoned by the prince to bring her to him arrive, they realize immediately that Raleigh is their fourth, that one woman created to complete their set. Azeel, Raf and Hector had given up on ever finding their fourth, now they have to find a way to keep the prince from taking their woman. Can these three convince Raleigh that they were meant to be together? Will they be able to protect her, and uncover the truth about the prince’s involvement in her parents’ death?

I loved Raleigh, a woman determined to stand on her own after the murder of her parents. I liked her independent spirit, and her determination to avoid the clutches of the evil prince. I found a bit more tension in this one, as the danger to Raleigh from the prince continues to escalate.

The three men are a delight. All three are tall, dark and extremely sexy, and when they realize who Raleigh is they show their delight quite honestly. I liked that in this book, because of the type of world Raleigh lives on, she goes to her mates as a virgin, having consistently thwarted the prince in his attempts to take her virtue.

If these two books are any indication, Ms. Masters has a hit on her hands, and I can’t wait to read more of this series, filled with humor, passion and screaming hot sex. If you are looking for some humor with your hot and heavy action, these are for you.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blue Lady by Shelley Munro

Blue Lady by Shelley Munro
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Other: M/F, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Middlemarch Mates, Book Ten

Saber and Emily are longtime mates. Happiness has been theirs, until the tragic loss of their unborn baby.

Saber is desperate. Emily has shut him out, wallowing in depression. They inhabit the same house but his loving mate has withdrawn, and he wants his happy, matchmaking woman back. It’s time to up the ante. Armed with a bag of sex toys from his wild twin brothers and a tropical island setting, Saber is determined to seduce his mate to his way of thinking, to drive the blues away, and he won’t take no for an answer.

When the bond of love is tested and battered, what does a man have to do to heal the rift slicing through them? Blue Lady explored the delicious and spicy cure.

Even if you’d never read any of the Middlemarch series, this short stands alone just fine based on the emotional power that zings between Emily and Saber.

The conflict is all internal in this book. Emily has to deal with a ghost from her past that torments her sense of self and confidence as well as what the loss of her baby has done to her relationship with Saber.

Her fears have compounded to the point that it’s turned her timid and she can’t seem to see a way out. Fear is a powerful enemy when it comes to the heart. The author did a great job in getting a reader to understand Emily’s pain and insecurity. I felt the loss of what she had and worried with her about how she could ever get it back – if it was even possible.

Saber’s character really packs a punch in this tale. He’s an alpha, a strong man whom everyone else relies upon. He never asks for help and he doesn’t show weakness. I came away with a healthy respect for Saber after this book, because he did what a real man needs to do. He asked for help. He opened himself up to the pain and let others in, and in doing so they provided him with options and hope. And he’s a man so in love with his wife, he’s willing to do anything. I couldn’t ask for a more romantic hero than that.

The book is told from both Emily’s and Saber’s point of view with a deft and masterful hand. Each shift was smooth and well thought out giving me what I needed from each character when I needed it. The dialogue, both inward and outward provided insight into each of their pain, their hope and the progression of their healing. I really enjoyed this story because it explored the reality that even a happily ever after needs work. Life can throw lemons and stinky gym socks at even the most strongest of loves and tests the mettle and dedication between lovers in sometimes awful ways. It was heartening to see it survive with a deliciously passionate campaign developed by Saber and his friends as well as the contribution from his sneaky and cheeky two brothers.

Blue Lady condenses love down to its foundation and provides a reader with a hero and heroine who truly illustrate what romance is all about. I loved the lengths Saber went to to get through to Emily and cheered for them both when things finally came to a head and they both revealed what was inside their hearts. The story is beautiful, passionate, well written and a delight to read. If a reader is looking for a sweet and hot romance, they’ll find it here.

Any Way West by Eliza March

Any Way West by Eliza March
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (83 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

The two gorgeous men on her doorstep look like the answer to Carly’s sexual frustration. She has a score to settle with one, and he’s brought a peace offering in the form of a hunky friend. Carly knows Jake’s darkest secrets and, at one time, desired him anyway. Now she won’t settle. She wants it all. Jake’s hard and furious, Trey’s slow and tender.

Ten years ago, Jake took everything Carly offered, any way he wanted, then abandoned her for the rodeo, danger and the open road. When he decides he still wants the one woman who accepted his rough sexual needs, he won’t settle for less. He’ll do what he must to convince her he’ll be enough. If she wants Trey, Jake will share her, but only for now.

Who says you can’t go home again?

How can a woman resist loving two men, especially when one used to be a bona fide cowboy? How can she chose only one and which one won’t break her heart?

The answers can be found in the very sensual and erotic romance of Any Way West.

The book basically jumps into a reunion of old lovers and the internal conflict is just enough to give good reasons for making what happens believable and interesting.

Carly is an artist who returns to the home she knew. A place filled with hot memories of a lover and sadness and hurt because of the same guy. I thought Carly to be a pretty courageous woman because it isn’t easy to go back and face the past. Especially when said past starts unloading your truck.

Jake is the man with some serious growing up to do. He was pretty stupid way back when. At least, that’s my take on it. I guess he was scared mostly, but being a typical guy, he didn’t handle his emotions well and didn’t make the best choice in dealing with them. Now he has to decide once and for all – what does he really want out of life and what is he willing to do to make it happen. It gets more complicated because it’s not just him this time around. He’s got serious competition.

Trey acts like a happy sexual facilitator. He is very interested in Carly, doesn’t mind sharing and has the sensitivity to realize what is really going on. His contribution to the story makes it sizzle and pop and he’s a really nice guy. It was a toss-up as to who I liked better for Carly.

Ms. March did an awesome job with the waterfall scene. I loved the buildup, the descriptions and the scorching love scenes. I also thought the author chose the most romantic and perfect place for what she chose to have happen there. Ms. March wove many opportunities for the threesome to explore their sexual cravings and no sensual stone was left unturned throughout the story. She has a way with words and if a reader is looking for well choreographed and steamy scenes then this book will satisfy.

I personally wished that there was a bit more development of the characters because I prefer more substance to the stories I read, but even saying that, I admit that the author wrote in a well balanced amount to do her story justice and for a reader to be happy with Carly’s eventual choice.

Any Way West is the book to read for a reader who is in the mood for a romance filled to the brim with hot and inventive ways that burn up the pages with a wild and passionate threesome. The buildup to Carly’s eventual choice was believable and enjoyable. The author had a good grasp of what makes a ménage work and has the descriptions and dialogue to prove it. It’s a quick read and quite entertaining; and I think it will appeal to readers who like deliciously naughty romances with a happily ever after totally in line with the personalities of the hero and heroine.

Treasuring Evie by Tessie Bradford

Treasuring Evie by Tessie Bradford
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

“So let’s recap. You screwed like bunnies in the yard and then went inside to make omelets and get to know each other?”

Evelyn Ashlyn is living a life she’s struggled hard to achieve. Her business is thriving, as is her career as an artist. Success, however, always comes with a price. For Evie, the price is her personal life—and sex life. She’s not had any for two years. Dalliances with the summer tourists are against her code of ethics and the few bachelors in her small town are single for a reason.

Matt Carstead, recently retired Detroit police officer, thought his dream come true was to move up north and spend his days woodworking, fishing and relaxing. That was until he met Evie, his fantasy woman come to life. Especially when he discovers his new neighbor swims in the nude—and has a mouth like heaven on earth.

Neither of them ever imagined what was about to happen.

Having a rule that she won't take a lover from the tourists in town makes a body healthy, wealthy, and lonely. Then again, a romp isn’t the answer either. So what’s a girl to do when she’s dying inside to find the love of her life? Give the man a chance to check her out.

I like stories where the hero and heroine aren’t twenty-two, slim, and vivacious. Don’t get me wrong, the characters in this story are great, they just aren’t run-of-the-mill. Evie and Matt have lives, they’ve been there, done that and are now having a chance to find out what they want out of what’s left. That sounds odd, but it’s true. People in the middle part of their lives fall in love and in the case of this book, it’s steamy hot.

Matt’s a retired cop. He’s controlled, but not controlling. He knows what he wants and when he wants it and he knows who he loves. I liked how he loomed large but quietly in her life.

Evie is an artist — she paints and runs a store. Her life is nicely compartmentalized — until he comes along. I liked how he inserted himself into her existence. The way she enticed him...well that was darned hot, too.

Although I thought the love affair was lightning quick, what confused me was how easily she succumbed to him and the character of Steve. I almost wanted to see more of him and what his issue was with Evie. His portion of the story was, again, quick, and truncated, like there was more going on. I’m nosy. I wanted to know what was going on.

I loved the D/s relationship between Evie and Matt. It was refreshing to see a new take on the dominant.

If you want a hot story with a little voyeurism and a lot of sex, then you need to read Treasuring Evie. I give it 3 cherries.

Can’t Hurry Love by M. Jules Aedin

Can’t Hurry Love by M. Jules Aedin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Other: M/M, Multiple Partners, Anal Play
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Wisteria

Vincent is one unlucky bunny. After an indiscreet rendezvous with a sexy satyr in the supply closet at work, he’s put on probation and temporarily reassigned from the Easter Bunny Department to the Cupid Department. As his penance he’s ordered to motivate one very sexy but surly cupid by the name of Charles Ross, who is effectively on strike.

Their first matchmaking assignment looks clear cut, an in-and-out (so to speak) task they can finish quickly so Vincent can prove he’s done his time and go back to stuffing Easter baskets. But when the plan goes wrong and Charlie ends up in a love coma, Vincent is put on trial for his slutty bunny ways! Now his only hope is for love to conquer all — including death — and come winging his way.

Vincent is such a great Easter bunny… great at seducing the other Mythical beings into doing naughty things. That is until he encounters a shy Cupid – Charlie - and all bets are off.

Vincent’s never been with a Cupid before, and he’s definitely up for the challenge with his cute tail and perky ears. Problem is - All of Vincent’s seduction efforts are being wasted on Charlie. Until, they are tasked to set up two humans that just can’t seem to get there on their own.

Charlie and Vincent have totally different ideas when it comes to setting up their charges. When scheming Vincent, although he means well, decides to ‘help’ their charges along, chaos and illegal activities ensue. Little does Vincent know his actions would lead to charges and big trouble for him!

The characters in this novel suffer from one major issue: lack of communication. Each of them are making assumptions about the other - sure Vincent has a bad rep for being the party Bunny, but Charlie has lost his knack (and love) of his job. The two of them seem to get their ‘mojo’ back through this pairing. Although both characters are written well, the story feels rushed through the back story and the relationship built between Vincent and Charlie.

The other downfall of this short story is it could’ve been made longer. The story begins like there is a previous novel that I hadn’t been privy to and there were many questions I had about the world these characters were living in. If it could’ve been a tad bit longer and gone a little more in depth, I would’ve enjoyed this story much more.

Can’t Hurry Love brings a new twist on every mythical creature I’ve grown up believing in. The interaction (and Vincent’s shameless flirting) is refreshing and downright comical in a story such as this one. I loved the dialogue and inner speak and the fact the love scenes were sweet, not tawdry.

Cum to Me by Zenina Masters

Cum to Me (Four Ever More Book 1) by Zenina Masters
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Other: M/F/M/M, Anal Sex/Play
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewer: Holly

Growing up on a frontier world is hard enough, but never being able to reach a climax without ending up halfway across the world is getting a little tiring. Pelly has been fighting a battle with her body for years and now even self stimulation sends her rocketing through folded space.

Tamer, Zel and Marn have spent their lives abroad fighting wars for people who would never let them settle down. Only their fourth, their match, can complete their circle and let them start a family. Finding one cloned woman in the entire solar system is an impossible task, but when a woman from across the world ends up in their Law Offices, stark naked, a glimmer of hope stirs in all three.

Zenina Masters is a new author for me, and with this first book in her Four Ever More series, she has hooked me.

Imagine a future where cloning is seen as the best way to provide unbiased lawmen and peacekeepers for the many inhabited worlds. Seventeen races had donated their genetic materials to this project in the hopes that Dr. Argent Deveraux could succeed. But she wanted more than sterile males who would do only their duty, so she secretly created a fourth for each group of three men, that one being who would complete them, and would be able to procreate only with her mates.

For four years, Pellisa Norman has experienced the strangest phenomena. Every time she orgasms, she teleports. When her latest “trip” lands her half a world away, she meets three lawmen, and instantly feels a sense of completeness, something she has never felt before. What is it about these three that tells her she is home? Tamer, Marn and Zel are closer than brothers; they are clones, with different DNA but from the same set. They are set Raven of the Rose class, and they bear the same wild rose tattoo on their chests as Pelly does, and they know immediately she is their fourth. Can these three men convince Pelly to stay with them, and start a new future together?

I love the unique concept of a group of cloned males, with one mate created only for them. The idea that they can only reproduce with one female, and the chance meeting that brings them together is fun.

I loved the explanation that Pelly only started teleporting when the men came to her world, and that each orgasmic trip brought her closer to them. I enjoyed the ways these three men found to keep her in one place and finally gave her the complete satisfaction she had been denied for so long. And these are three very sexy men, clones or not. All of the men are strong and handsome, and they do their best to make Pelly happy.

This is such a fun book to read, with lots of humor and love and of course lots of hot sex between these four. If you want some giggles with your romance, this one’s for you.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dante's Desire by Amber Skyze

Dante’s Desire by Amber Skyze
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (47 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism, Anal play, fetish, toys, masturbation
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Masturbating can be so much fun—especially when you have a one-man audience. Addison loves sex. More importantly, she loves her body and isn’t afraid to make it sing. Add a little voyeurism and it’s totally erotic.

Dante’s muse has stalled—until his sexy neighbor starts seducing him. Through her bedroom window, he watches as her hands caress her tantalizing skin. It’s like something out of a strip club, with his very own personal view. Thanks to this beauty, he’s drawing like wildfire. To thank Addison, Dante sends her an invitation for a single night together. That night may encourages them to draw a new future…together.

Attention! The muse has officially entered the building and is about to take off all her clothes. That is all.

Now that I truly have your attention, I can tell you about the book I just read, Dante’s Desire. Talk about a hot time in the ‘ole studio tonight. Whew! I needed a fan to get through this one. It opens with heat and doesn’t let up ‘til the last page.

Amber Skyze has created a story with characters I fell in love with immediately and a world I want to visit again and again. Dante is one yummy artist. Had I had guys like him around when I was in art school....let’s say I’d have loved for this to be me.

Yes, Dante is a hunk. He’s also got manners — not always prevalent in romance heroes. Yes, I love a mannered man, but too many times they come off as brooding and brutish. Dante is the opposite (even for an artist) and it’s refreshing. Even when he’s bad and coarse, it’s so good.

My one issue was Addison. No, not the masturbation. Heck, that was hot to read about. I loved her uninhibited personality. What took a while for me to like about her was her tendency to say one thing and do the opposite and then to fly off the handle. Now, don’t get me wrong. Both reactions are totally human and understandable. She put herself into a situation where it could get ugly quick. I commended her sense of self preservation, I just wish she’d approached it from a different angle. We all make mistakes and some are less intrusive than others. She’s human, which I loved, and she made mistakes, so I could identify with her. It made me think about her far after the book closed. So really, I got emotionally involved and that’s a mark of a good book.

Kudos to Ms. Skyze.

If you want a story that is white hot and quick, then you need to pick up a copy of Dante’s Desire. I give this book 4 cherries.

Prince of Dragons by Cathryn Cade

Prince of Dragons (Orion 3) by Cathryn Cade
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (147 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

His beast will have her beauty—but only on his terms.

Orion, Book 3

Sirena Blaze has left a string of smiling males across the galaxy—but she’s not smiling now. After two attempts to sabotage her ship, it’s time to call for backup. Her warriors deserve the best, and that means recruiting a member of the elite Serpentian guard as co-commander.

One look at Slyde Stone, and Sirena’s smile returns. She sets out to indulge in the sensual delights for which his people are legendary.

Slyde would like nothing more than to bed the famous beauty, but a secret binds the hands that burn to take her. He is a half-dragon shifter, a race thought to be nothing more than a myth. He’s real, and so is the code he must live by—he can mate only once.

Sirena’s fury at Slyde’s refusal knows no bounds—until saboteurs loose a pair of deadly serpents on board the Orion. And the infuriating man has the gall to make a wager. If she finds them first, she can have him. But if he wins, she must agree to be his alone—for life.

I love the characters that Cathryn Cade has created, as well as her marvelous galaxy of unique and unusual beings.

The Orion seems to be cursed. After episodes of sabotage on the first two voyages, steps are taken to ensure that the third trip goes without incident. Any trouble could ruin Lodestar, the line that owns and operates the premier ship in the galaxy.

After two sabotage attempts, Commander Sirena Blaze decides to call in back up, and that means recruiting a member of the elite Serpentian guard as co-commander. One look at her co-commander, Slyde Stone, and she decides that she is really going to enjoy serving with him, in more ways that on duty. What she doesn’t know is that Slyde is a member of a race thought to be only myth, a race whose males mate only once and for life.

Can the half-dragon shifter win the heart of his co-commander, or will he be destined to be alone for life? Can Sirena get over her fear of being left behind by someone she loves, and accept what Slyde offers? Can these two find a way to overcome their differences and be together, and save the ship and crew as well?

I loved Sirena, with her brash attitudes and take no prisoners love life. There is such a wonderful role reversal, with Sirena the voracious lover, and Slyde the untouched virgin. I enjoyed the battle of wills between these two strong characters, Sirena determined to bed Slyde, and him just as determined to be her final lover for life.

I also loved that in spite of the heat between them, they could set it aside enough to find the danger threatening the ship, and protect almost everyone from the insidious evil tracking them.

Do they solve the mystery of who is behind it all? More important, do Sirena and Slyde get the happy ever after they deserve? You will just have to read Prince of Dragons to find out.

Shenandoah by Ally Blue

Shenandoah (Mother Earth Series book 2) by Ally Blue
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (171 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Violence
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tuberose

The weakness he fears could be his lover’s only hope.

Mother Earth, Book 2

Bear has never regretted leaving his old life behind for his exotically beautiful lover, Dragon. Following his heart, though, has left them in need of a home. There’s only one place he can think of where they can be together and be happy. Shenandoah. A place of myth—until he encounters signs that it’s a real place that lies somewhere to the north.

Dragon doesn’t share his lover’s faith that it even exists, much less that it will live up to Bear’s high expectations. Yet they are Brothers now, bound by love and so much more. No hardship will keep Dragon from Bear’s side. Even if it means nothing but disappointment waits at the end of their journey.

Danger lurks in the wilderness, the ruined cities of the lost Old World, and especially within themselves. As Bear’s quest for a new home becomes a spirit journey of mystical power, Dragon doubts his own strength—an unbearable shame he tries to hide deep within. But when a chance encounter turns into a fight for survival, Bear’s life depends on Dragon’s ability to put his doubts aside…and dare to hope.

Will Bear and Dragon survive their journey to be together? Does Shenandoah really exist?

Bear is determined to make it to Shenandoah and Dragon does not believe it exists, but is willing to keep going because of his love for Bear. Bear and Dragon’s travels are full of action, intrigue, and, of course, sex. We see Bear having to deal with being hurt and also his dreams that pull him to Shenandoah. We see Dragon deal with having to step up and take care of Bear while Bear is hurt, while wondering if his healing skills are enough to save the man he loves. Once Bear and Dragon arrive at Shenandoah, will Bear be adamant on staying even if Dragon does not feel safe there? Or will Bear put his love for Dragon before his dream of living in Shenandoah?

Author Ally Blue does a wonderful job of picking up where she left off with Dragon’s Kiss, the first book in the Mother Earth Series. Ms. Blue creates compelling characters with Bear and Dragon and the world they live in. She pulls the reader into the emotions of Bear and Dragon. Even though this story has cannibalism, Ms. Blue covers it tastefully so that even this low tolerance reader can handle it with no problems.

I feel that even though Ms. Blue started this story picking up where Dragon’s Kiss left off, it can be read without reading Dragon’s Kiss and it will still be a great story, but why would you want to miss out on the how Bear and Dragon first got together? I really enjoyed this story of Bear and Dragon and will most definitely recommend it to others. Great job Ms. Blue!

Dire Wolves: Whiteout by Shelby Morgen

Dire Wolves: Whiteout by Shelby Morgen
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (48 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

As soon as she sees her newest patient, veterinarian Suzanne Grier knows he's no normal wolf. Zan and her colleagues at Alaska's Wolf Sanctuary have always believed the Dire Wolves exist -- and they believe just as strongly in keeping their existence a secret. Zan's never fought so hard to save a wolf -- or a man. The doctor can treat the wounded body, but only the woman can heal his wounded heart.

It's been years since John's felt the touch of a woman's hand. Zan gives him a reason to want to live as a man again. But wolves mate for life. Before he can make that kind of promise, he's got unfinished business to take care of. A wolf defends what's his.

Wolf's got a silver bullet to return to its owner.

Shelby Morgen has created a world of marvelous characters and magnificent locations. The Alaska Wolf Sanctuary is such a great place to have a Dire Wolf story, and this is one very well developed story.

For five years, he has been Wolf, running in the wilderness to escape the pain of his woman being killed. Now, the hunters have caught up to him, and he is running for his life, with a silver bullet in his side.

When veterinarian Suzanne Grier rescues him from the storm, she knows he is no normal wolf, and is determined to save his life. She is still shocked to find a naked man in the sanctuary when she goes to check on her patient.

Can Suzanne and John build a life in the Alaskan wilds? Can John eliminate the threat to their happiness and have a future with the woman who saved both of his natures?

Suzanne is a strong woman, compassionate and caring when it comes to her patients. She is determined to protect the wolves, and that includes the big wounded one she finds during the whiteout. Once she knows what he is, she is also determined to keep his existence, and the existence of his kind, a secret from those who would harm him.

John is such a great character, and I loved how Ms. Morgen didn’t let him go from wolf to civilized man instantly, but made it a slow process. After all, he had been Wolf for five years, so it made sense that his people skills would be a bit rusty from lack of use.

The heat that builds between Suzanne and John is delicious to watch and when they finally get together, sparks fly. I also loved the ironic twists in this one, but I will let you discover those for yourself when you read this one. But I do recommend that you read this one in front of the fan, as it gets hot and delightful.

My Immortal by Wendi Zwaduk

My Immortal by Wendi Zwaduk
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Length: Short Story (122 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary, paranormal
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

What’s a girl to do when she finds out the man of her dreams is a 340-year-old vampire? Run like hell or offer her heart.

Being a vampire hasn’t been easy for Storm Richardson. He’s not programmed to kill or harm, unless he needs to feed. When he meets Stephanie 'Stevie' Persing, he knows he’s found his mate. But if he crosses the line between work and play, he risks losing the only person who matters—her.

Stevie’s been in love with Storm since the moment she laid eyes on him. He’s brooding, intense, and her one weakness. But is her heart too steep a price to pay for his love, especially when she discovers his deepest secrets?

Reader Advisory: This book contains minimal scenes of rape in a flashback as well as smokin’ hot sex in a hot tub, a pickup truck, and the shower.

It’s difficult enough to be in love with your partner but finding out he’s a 340 year old vampire maybe more than Stevie can handle. Fortunately, handling Storm Richardson was on the top of her “to do” list.

Stephanie “Stevie” Persing and Storm Richardson are detectives for hire. Their specialty, following and exposing cheating spouses. Their most recent case brings them together in ways they had both only dreamed about. They certainly never imagined that dream would include vengeful vampires, self absorbed siblings or one determined ex named Ace.

Wendi Zwaduk has penned a thrilling little novel that is sure to grab your attention from the very start. My Immortal has all the right elements for an action packed short story. The plot is well developed and the characters' motivations are clear.

I think as readers we sometimes form opinions about what a specific character type should or shouldn’t do or say based on what we’ve read in other books. Take for instance vampires. In my literary mind vampires all have such a keen sense of smell that I felt Storm should have known immediately that Stevie was his mate rather than five years into their working relationship when they kiss for the first time. There were a couple of other “inconsistencies” that had me saying “Huh?” but you know that’s one of the great things about books…there is no “A-Typical Characters For Dummies” that I know of anyway. The fact that Ms. Zwaduk didn’t follow my preconceived notion of “vampire finds mate” type storyline simply made me as a reader and reviewer look deeper into this fresh perspective.

I honestly enjoyed My Immortal and plan to check out the other offerings by Ms. Zwaduk to see what else she has in store to keep us seasoned readers on our toes.