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Friday, November 5, 2010

Wicked Bad by R.G. Alexander

Wicked Bad by R.G. Alexander
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (66 pgs)
Other: M/M/F, Menage, M/M, Anal play
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Review by: Honeysuckle

It’s a bumpy ride to dirtily ever after…

Wicked, Book 2

Harrison Jennera Abbot was born with a silver broomstick in her hand. Heiress to a Magian dynasty. Good witch extraordinaire. She’s sick of it. She longs to be human, normal like her friend Callie. Or, uh, as normal as Callie ever gets.

She thought running away would be an adventure, but three months playing human has given her a new point of view. Just as she’s ready to return home, though, the real adventure begins. In short order, she’s attacked, saved, kidnapped…and seduced.

Jacob and Ric are convinced that Harrison is the destined third of their triad—if they can convince her they won’t use her as a sexual chew toy, or a social stepping stone. Before they can make her beg for the match, though, she needs to know the truth about who tried to kill her. And why her brother keeps sending her cryptic psychic messages.

Hard as it might be on their Magian male pride, they might have to let her go…trusting that in the end, she’ll choose them.

What’s a powerful Magian to do when she finally meets her mates only to realize they don’t want her? Blow them up or run away? Personally, I would have lit them up but thankfully our heroine, Harrison Abbott, makes the smarter choice to run away. Lucky for her, and us readers, Jacob and Ric love a good chase. The fun really begins when they catch her!

I’m always just a little leery when picking up a novella. I’m worried that I’m going to be shorted on character development, plot and/or important details. That fear was almost totally unfounded with Wicked Bad. In just sixty-six exciting pages you learn who the Abbotts’ are, where Jacob’s family came from and how Ric came to be a part of his life. And, oh, the sexual tension!! Holy cow!! By the time the three finally come together I was needing a cool shower…I wouldn’t mind if it were enchanted either (you’ll have to read the story to understand why). Yeah, it was that good but no less than what I’ve come to expect from Ms. Alexander.

Jacob, a siren, is clearly the Alpha male but Ric enjoys causing him to beg almost as much as he enjoys do the begging. Harrison’s magic and chemistry compliment the men to make for one very powerful triune.

I’ve often heard authors say that while they love receiving high marks on reviews they’re always curious as to why a reviewer assigns a 4.5 as opposed to a 5. What didn’t work in the story to lose that half point. For me, in Wicked Bad, it was the scene with Jacob’s family. While I was given enough story as to why they left Massachusetts for Argentina there is so much room to develop how this prominent Magian family fell from grace. It’s possible Ms. Alexander felt that exploring deeper into the Gryffin family would detract from the main plot but she gave just enough of an introduction to whet my appetite. Oh, well, maybe we’ll see them again in the next installment.

Wicked Bad picks up just as Wicked Sexy ends but you don’t have to read the later to enjoy this story. It works very well as a stand alone. I think you’ll agree it wouldn’t be a hardship to read more of these exciting Mgian triune stories. Ms. Alexander leaves a perfect opening for the third in this series with Lorie and Conway’s story. This reviewer will be keeping an eye out for just that event.

Found by Mychael Black

Found by Mychael Black
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (23 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

AJ remembers nothing about life before he began working for the sadistic vampire Dalton Gray. When Dalton's plans go awry, AJ is sure he's as good as dead. Then a mystery hero shows up and offers AJ something he never expected: a past.

Sometimes what you see isn’t what you get.

I salivate waiting for the next Mychael Black story to come out. I know I’m always in for a good time and a great read. This book is no different. The characters are exciting and flawed in their own ways, which makes them relatable. Although the story is short, I felt like I was right there with them figuring out what had happened and how it would end.

On that note, this is a short story. Things move quick. It’s got great pacing, but there were moments when I wanted more. AJ and Geoff move quickly into the affair, and though it’s good, I wanted to feel more of a connection between them. Don’t get me wrong; it’s hot and I know they are interested. I had to chill my screen, this story scorches so much. While I liked Geoff’s alpha hero status, I wanted to see more development of the relationship. AJ has some serious issues and skeletons in his closet to deal with. This is alluded to, but I, being a detail oriented person, wanted more details.

Still, I devoured the story in one sitting and came back for another reading right away. I’ll happily recommend this book to friends because Mychael Black’s werewolves are darned hot to read about. Where can I find one of my own?

If you want a story that’s got a lot of heat and heart, then you need to read Found. I give it 4 cherries.

Sheet Music by Tibby Armstrong

Sheet Music by Tibby Armstrong
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (163 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Anemone

Music journalist Kyra Martin faces the toughest assignment of her career—to write a cover story about enigmatic heartthrob David Tallis. Deadline looming, Kyra plans to go undercover. When she ends up under the covers with the sexy superstar instead, can both her career and their budding relationship survive?

With a closet full of skeletons to hide, and a paparazzi-fueled divorce behind him, David Tallis despises the press. When Kyra Martin bribes her way into his life, her sexy assets have him composing a duplicitous seduction. Ensnared in a media maelstrom of his own making, can David face the music? Or will he lose Kyra, along with another piece of himself?

Where can I buy David Tallis's next album? What do you mean he's not real? Tibby Armstrong's debut novel creates characters that are so lifelike, I can hear the music and feel the passion of a reporter following the story of a lifetime.

Kyra is a reporter who wants to dig deeper into David's background, like the rest of the world and the reader as well. David is a rock star that values his privacy and shuns the media. Knowing this is the story that could make her career, Kyra shows a vivacious tenacity in pursuing David professionally using any means necessary.

The chemistry between Kyra and David is white hot and only continues to get hotter throughout the book with every explosive sex scene. Even after they have sex, the tension builds between the characters as David loses his footing in the plot to foil Kyra's attempt to dig into his buried past. Truthfully, I found his actual past to be a bit unbelievable but by that time, I was so ensnared in their story, I really didn't care.

David and Kyra's budding romance was like watching a Hollywood movie, where the hero and heroine ride off into the sunset holding hands but their world is shattered by a misunderstanding. I was smiling through tears in the end and wishing I could peek into their future. I didn't want to let go of this couple. I wanted it to keep going and never stop.

If you ever wanted to date a rock star, Ms. Armstrong has created the most realistic experience I have ever read. She blended reality in with the beauty of a budding romance and I lost myself in their romance. I highly recommend this book to keep you warm on the long winter nights ahead.

With a Little Help from My Friends by J.P. Bowie

With a Little Help from My Friends by J.P. Bowie
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (56 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Rosemary

Drew’s friend Wendy means well, but her attempts to set him up with a new man is driving him crazy—then he meets Cameron—who drives him crazy in a very different way.

When Drew Weston’s six year relationship falls apart, his best friend Wendy is determined to find him a new love. It looks like she’s not going to succeed, until she introduces him to Cameron Murdoch, who is everything Drew admires in a man—both in looks and personality. There’s just one problem. Cameron has never been with a man before.

Drew is only too eager to ‘show him the ropes’ but in doing so finds himself falling in love with the handsome, charming man. The realisation saddens him, convinced that now Cameron is ‘out’ he will be a magnet for every red blooded gay male in the vicinity, and Drew will merely be the first in a long line of lovers.

Or will he?

Deliciously handsome Cameron Murdoch is absolutely perfect for Drew Weston except for one teeny tiny thing. Cameron has never been with a man. Drew is definitely up to the task of introducing Cameron to the joys of manlove, but he is not so sure he is ready to risk his heart.

Drew’s circle of friends rallies around him following his break up with his longtime lover by setting him up on one disastrous blind date after another. He is ready to throw in the dating towel when good friend Wendy introduces him to Cameron. Cameron has recently admitted that he is gay, and he is ready to embark on his first romance. Drew and Cameron eagerly indulge their smoldering passion, but Drew fears Cameron is not ready for a long term commitment. Will their fragile withstand the pressures of family disapproval and Drew’s insecurities?

A strong circle of friends, family conflict, and Drew’s self deprecating humor provide a wonderful touch of realism to With a Little Help from My Friends. Strong character development and all too human flaws bring Drew and Cameron vividly to life. The sexual tension between their characters is undeniable, and Drew’s determination to make Cameron’s first time with a man memorable is not only touching, but incredibly erotic.

With a strong plot, superb dialogue and witty banter, With a Little Help from My Friends by J.P. Bowie is an irresistibly charming and entertaining story.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Infected: Prey by Andrea Speed

Infected: Prey by Andrea Speed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (370 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.

Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them.

The first book included in Infected: Prey hooked me from the first chapter with its gritty and fascinating voice coupled with a unique and well developed world building style that was staggering in its completeness.

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started reading this book but I ended up being totally and completely engrossed in the story. This is not a sex romp; this is a real honest to goodness who-done-it story with missing people, a race against time, bad cops, murder and a couple of heroes with serious personality quirks. Ms. Speed has written an awesome, well written and vividly detailed story that impressed me with its scope and the humanness of its characters despite the fact that they are more than human. I liked the originality of how they came to be shifters and how society views them and I appreciated how the author included snippets of current technology to give readers a connection to the world building that goes on during the tale. Ms. Speed didn’t miss a trick in this story and the suspense and mystery kept me on the edge of my seat. I think I might have even bitten off a nail at one point, it was so intense. This is my kind of book and I’m ever so happy I read it.

Roan is a strong character in so many ways. That is why it is humbling to see him have all this insecurity. I think for some reason, he doesn’t see himself as deserving of love and yet he seeks it. He’s afraid of it, afraid of admitting his love for Paris but he is more afraid of living without him. The author did a wonderful job of expressing just how deep and profound Roan’s love is for Paris not so much in words but by his actions. He is worthy of being called a hero because of how he acts, what he does and the reasons for it. And yet, he never sees himself as anything other than flawed. I have great empathy for him.

Paris is the unspoken love of Roan’s life. He understands Roan as best he can even with Roan being as tight lipped as he is. I love the fact that the author wrote Paris’ character as the one everyone underestimates. He’s a great counterbalance to Roan and I enjoyed his short bursts of POV although the book is mostly told in Roan’s point of view. When it’s Paris’ turn, it packs a powerful punch because it’s at critical times during the story.

I liked both men and I really hope they get their complete happily ever after. As it is, I’d call it a happily for now because there are still issues to work out between the men but the love is there, the case gets solved and it was a thrill ride from beginning to finish. I am really wowed by this story and it gets a major recommend from me.

The Second Book of Infected: Prey had Roan and Paris on another case. There were characters from the previous story in this one and they played a role in setting up the plot and making it work. The drama, intense environment, descriptive wording and dialogue were just as gritty and powerful as in the first book. And yes, there were fights, shoot outs and blood spilled in this tale as well.

I got to know Roan a bit more and was pretty impressed with how the author handled Roan’s virus morphing into what the experts say is impossible. Paris got to show more of what he’s made of and it was great to see his character expand and be more of an equal partner to Roan in the investigative business. Roan finally reveals how he got one of his major scars and I felt like Paris did after the revelation. It was emotionally tugging that’s for sure. As in the first book this story also ends with a happily for now but it’s bittersweet because Paris reveals something during the course of this story that makes me gnash my teeth in frustration. The author simply cannot end the series here. I need to find out what happens next. I really like Paris and Roan and I understand the reality of the situation based upon the world building that Ms. Speed has set up, but I don’t have to like it nor do I want to accept it. The author has created two well fleshed out and sympathetic characters that I really connected with and I want to visit with again. I like them both too much to let them go. I think other readers will feel the same.

What happens next, Ms. Speed? I crave their happy for now turning into a happily ever after. The next book is an auto-buy for me without a doubt because I simply have to know.

Falling, Freestyle by Vivian Arend

Falling, Freestyle by Vivian Arend
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (117 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Sex, Light BDSM, Spanking
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Never venture out of bounds without a buddy—preferably two.

Dara’s past four incredible years have been lived to the fullest. Along with her best friends, Kane and Jack, she’s left no local wilderness unexplored, no ski slope unchallenged. Yet lately she wonders why they’ve never seen her as more than a buddy with breasts. When—or if—either man will cross that unspoken line.

It’s a line Kane eyes harder every day. Since high school, he and Jack have shared everything. A condo, vacations—and their best girl. Kane’s ready to get serious about his wilderness school and outfitter business, and that includes putting down roots. Preferably with Dara.

Wary of the men who’ve recently been sniffing around Dara, Jack has a growing sense that he or Kane better make a move soon, or they’re going to lose out on their perfect match. Question is, who does she prefer…and who’s going to bring their easygoing trio to an end?

Overhearing the boys arguing over her, Dara’s floored—and torn. Choose between them? No way. Drastic measures are called for, a plan for their annual holiday getaway that will clarify her feelings once and for all—or lose everything in a sexual storm of whiteout proportions.

Living life full tilt is the only way Dara knows. Whether it is wilderness adventures or extreme skiing with her best friends, Jake and Kane, she gives it her all. For four years, they have been the Three Musketeers, all for one and all for adventure. Dara wants to settle down, and enjoy life with a future filled with love, but how does a girl choose between the two most perfect men she knows? When, on the eve of their big ski trip, she accidentally overhears the guys discussing how they both feel about her, she plans a little surprise of her own for them. By the end of the trip, if it all goes according to plan, Dara will know which man is her perfect mate. Can Dara choose between her best friends, without ruining their friendship? Or will what she wants ruin what they have between them now and in the future?

Vivian Arend has a flair for stories on the edge, and this one is no exception. I love the character development in this one, and the sly wit that peeks in from time to time. The world building is realistic and the story is filled with laughter, emotion and scorching hot sex. The subtle touches by the characters, and their interactions and reactions are perfectly depicted.

I like Dara. She is smart and sassy, and determined to have her way with both of her hunky buddies. She is tired of being “just friends” with Jack and Kane, so instead of waiting for them to decide, she takes it all out of their hands, with some very sneaky planning of her own. I enjoyed her courage and determination to have it all.

I loved both of the guys, even though they were really quite different. Jack is the serious, thoughtful and logical man, while Kane is the devil may care risk taker. Both are delicious, and I understand why Dara wants both of them. I was happy to see, although they worried about the consequences, they were determined to remain friends no matter who Dara chose.

There really were no other characters in this story, other than some incidental folks that are in and out, but in this story, it really works best. I liked how the two men didn’t suspect what Dara did, and there were a couple of really deliciously naughty escapades to heat this one up quickly. This one is releasing just in time to warm up a cold winter evening.

Red Riding Hood by Deanna Wadsworth

Red Riding Hood by Deanna Wadsworth
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (57 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Spanking, Voyeurism, multiple partners
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

You never know what might happen on the way to Grandmother's house!

Red was a simple girl until Grandmother gave her a red riding cloak. She felt especially pretty in her new cloak, but the temptation to feel all that luxurious velvet pressed to her naked flesh was just too great. Now, something has awakened inside Red. A persistent ache that she doesn't know quite how to relieve. Red decides to use her Tuesday walks to dear old Grandmother's as an opportunity to sample all of the delights the local men have to offer, in a journey to find the one man that can satisfy her.

But Red is not aware that two magical creatures have taken a special interest in her naughty escapades or that true pleasure just might be found at the hand of a master in wolf's clothing!

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? I know one person who isn’t -- Red. This story was all about Red and her naughty ways. Once she discovered what a man’s pleasure stick could bring her she made it her mission to find the ultimate pleasure she knew must exist with some man. The problem Red had was having to kiss a few frogs to find her prince. As a reader, it was interesting to see Reds transformation from a naughty little girl to a sensual obedient slave.

Sex, sex and more sex is exactly what you will find in this story. Red’s sexual encounters are the basis of this story and they do not stop. So if you enjoy your erotica with toe curling sexual encounters this will definitely meet your requirements. I must mention that one of the encounters is a forced seduction scene. While Red is enjoying herself in the beginning when she says no, her partner does not stop.

This story has a whimsical feeling to it just like the fairy tale. It just made the story a nice light-hearted read. If you are looking for something realistic this is probably not the story for you. I think the author did a great job playing off of the fairytale and stuck with the theme from beginning to end. With an erotic story such as this it can sometimes be difficult to incorporate enough plot but that was not the case here. The author stayed true to the Little Red Riding hood fable we were all told as children. So are you afraid of the big bad wolf?

How Not to Date an Alien by Stephanie Burke

How Not to Date an Alien by Stephanie Burke
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Buttercup

Kilana knows what her eyes are telling her can't be true.

There's a naked man in her bed and he's glowing. And then there are the solid black eyes, the floating several feet above the bed, and the most damning of all... he has antennas.

The newly divorced Kilana thinks she's seeing things, but when he opens his mouth and tells her he's hunting humans and his intentions are to devour her, Kilana knows she has an alien problem.

But who will help her get away from the admittedly sexy creature that wants her pleasured and fattened until her flavor is perfect? Maybe her hair-brained friends Se and Lena can help her avoid the big suppertime cut...

Or maybe she's on her own with the drooling, leering, orgasm-delivering fiend. And maybe dating an alien won't turn out to be as big a problem as she thinks.

The aliens have landed and the hunt is on. Stephanie Burke's How Not to Date an Alien is a comedic gem, not to be missed. A delightful how-to guide detailing the pitfalls of dating an alien, and how best to overcome them. Stephanie Burke has found the perfect balance of comedy and intrigue, and uses both deftly to not only tell an enthralling story, but also to impart such wisdom as: the correct way to count to ten and the simultaneously reassuring and disturbing fact that it is only the Greens who use anal probes.

After a night on the town with her friends Lena and Se, celebrating Kilana's divorce, the last thing Kilana expected to find when she awoke was a strange man in her bed. Or to be more accurate, a strange man with antenna floating above her bed. After her initial disbelief and some hung-over witticisms Kilana reconciles herself to the fact that there is an alien named Valan in her bed that wants to fatter her up and eat her. This starts Kilana on her own Alice like journey, but rather than going down the rabbit hole she enters her own life seeing things as for the first time.

Kilana's journey teaches her some universal truths, like true friends don't care if you're dating an alien, they are just happy your having sex. But do make sure none of the cell phone pictures they take end up on the internet. While it is a bit cliched, it is nonetheless very true, that men are universally the same. Valan might be an alien who pilots a ship with an antimatter rocket and more functions and gadgets than we could possibly imagine, but put him behind the wheel of a car and he is every sixteen year old boy who just got his first car. However, her most important lesson is that communication is key, particularly when dating another species. Sex is all well and good and we should all be so lucky as to find a man that has a vibrating, well everything, but it is really important to know what the other person is talking about especially in such a delicate situation.

Stephanie Burke takes you on a fascinating ride combining the strange and everyday in a unique blend that is all her own. If you have never read her before or if you are a long time fan, pick up a copy of How Not to Date an Alien, you will not be disappointed. After reading this book everyone will be lining up to be hunted by their very own alien.

Pricks and Pragmatism by J.L. Merrow

Pricks and Pragmatism by J.L. Merrow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (60 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Rosemary

Easy come, easy go…until the heart gets involved.

English student and aspiring journalist Luke Corbin should be studying. Instead he’s facing homelessness, thanks to the lover who’s just kicking him out of their posh digs. It’s not his first rejection—his father tossed him out at age sixteen—but Luke has no problem trading his favors for a home and security. Especially with rich, powerful, handsome men.

Except now, with finals bearing down, there’s no time to be choosy. He needs a roof over his head and he needs it now. Even if it means settling temporarily for a geeky, less-than-well-off chemical engineer called Russell.

Luke’s fully prepared to put out for the guy—because after all, in this world no one gets something for nothing. But Russell isn’t just a nerd; he’s an honourable nerd who wants to save himself for someone special.

At first Luke is annoyed, but the more time he spends with Russell, the closer he comes to a devastating realization. He wants to be that someone special. Except he’s fallen for the one man he can’t seem to charm…

When Russell Winchester does not immediately fall for the irresistibly charming Luke Corbin, Luke learns the valuable lesson that all good things come to those who wait.

With his current relationship over and nowhere to go, Luke calls up ex-lover Tom hoping they can hook up again. Tom is now engaged to Nigel, but they introduce him to their friend, Russell. Russell is not the usual suave, sophisticated man Luke usually lives with, but with no other options on the horizon, he and Russell become platonic roommates. When he begins to see the kind and caring man beneath the beard, glasses and slightly geeky exterior, Luke discovers he wants to be the special someone that Russell has been searching for. But is Luke ready to risk opening his heart? And is Russell prepared to accept what Luke has to offer?

Pricks and Pragmatism is a delightfully charming novella. Russell and Luke are not perfect characters but that is what makes them so realistic and likable. Told from Luke’s point of view, J.L. Merrow does a spectacular job of developing both characters through their caring actions for one another, in depth conversations and witty banter. Luke’s current actions are a direct reflection of his troubled past, and he is brutally honest with himself and Russell when he needs to be.

A well developed plot, compelling characters, and excellent writing prove to be a winning combination. Pricks and Pragmatism by J.L. Merrow is a refreshing story about love and redemption. The ending will tug at the heartstrings, but it will also leave a smile on the reader’s face.

Bloodsong by Eden Bradley

Bloodsong by Eden Bradley
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (73 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, M/M/F, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Sweet Pea

An ancient vampire, an ancient grief…a love that makes his blood sing…

Midnight Playground, Book 2

London, 2069

Aleron is ancient, powerful, immortal…a vampire who idles away his time playing at his favorite haunt, Midnight Playground. His favorite toys: beautiful young men. His game: BDSM, experiencing through the minds of his partners the sensations he can no longer quite feel himself.

The one thing he has vowed to avoid at all costs is love, especially for a woman. In a hundred years he has never been tempted to break that vow—until a lovely mortal woman enters his dungeon to watch him play. And his blood hums the ancient song of long-forgotten desire.

Raised in the Indian slums of London, exotic dancer Meeraj enters Midnight Playground a woman with nothing left to lose, numb to all but the most extreme forms of stimulation. As she watches Aleron’s blood play, she knows only his razor-sharp skills will satisfy. And she catches an odd mental glimpse of the grief that shadows his heart.

From their first touch, they are caught up in a whirlwind of exquisite agony that releases their emotions from the weight of the past. Exposing them to risks they’ve both fought to avoid. Love…and loss.

Is there anything more sexy then an alpha vampire? Aleron has been spending most of the last three hundred years never letting anyone close. Oh he had companions, but only male because he could not see himself ever falling for another female after Emeline. Until Meerja came into his dungeon and never let him go.

Meerja has had a very hard life. Fearing nothing, she ventures into Midnight Playgrounds in hopes of catching the attention of a vampire. Little does she know not only is she going to snag the vampire she was seeking, but that he was to become hers forever. The bloodsong sings strong between them both, and neither can or wants to deny it.

I fell in love with Aleron in the first book and even more so in this one. I enjoyed how Ms. Bradley put them together at the hands of Hex and Nissa. It was a great way to pay Aleron back for bringing the two loves together in the previous book. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. It was filled with some of the hottest, steamiest scenes -- both M/M AND M/M/F I have read in a really long time. I don’t know if there will be future books, but I am hoping that Ever gets his own story at least, but would be thrilled to see many more characters to come, because I do not want to see an ending to this series. It is well worth the read now and over and over again.   A keeper.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Triage by Cherie De Sues

Triage by Cherie De Sues
Publisher: Noble Romance
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (75 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Violet

Colonel Jake McCrea's mission is to get Dr. Jessie Stevens and her bioterrorism team in the air. The clock is ticking down to a thermal meltdown at the DEEP lab in Mexico. A terrorist group has attacked the facility and only Jessie knows the combination to the GP2 virus and vaccine.

Jessie wanted the deadly level four virus to burn in the lab until she learned that GP2 may have been secretly cultivated in Florida. As tension flares into attraction with Jake, Jessie won't fall for another man in uniform, even if Jake is the bravest man she's ever met. Still, she's having a tough time concentrating on a killer virus, instead of Jake's killer smile.

Jake doesn't want to take Jessie into a firefight, but she's the only survivor of the DEEP lab scientists with an immunity to GP2. He knows Jessie is stubborn and tough as nails, but can she pull the pin on a thermal device to destroy the virus? With his feelings getting in the way of his mission, could he allow Jessie to put her life in danger?

Adrenaline, non-stop action, deadly virus stolen, great romance, and lusciously detailed sex! Thankfully the heroine has energy bars!

Dr. Jessie Stevens is happy with her new life as an Emergency Room doctor. She’s putting down roots and furnishing her new home -- until Colonel Jake McCrea literally yanks her back to her old life in the Bioterrorism Epidemiology Services (BEP). The DEEP lab she worked in was attacked by terrorists and they must retrieve a vital vaccine.

Jessie is a strong and gutsy woman. She left BEP when the military took it over, she doesn’t trust them. Yet she can’t help her attraction to handsome Jake McCrea especially when he takes a bullet to save her life.

Jake McCrea is an accomplished military intelligence officer. He knows he’s dragging Jessie into a very dangerous situation, but he has no choice. Even though he’s gone through a string of girls in the past, Jessie is different. As Jake tells her when she doubts herself, "You were almost shot by a terrorist, burned alive in the DEEP lab, lied to a Marine commander and punched out a woman with a handgun."

Jake and Jessie make a great couple. At the beginning when they’re in a life and death situation they’re all business. But in the first lull from the action, trust has been built and you can see the sparks flare. When they consummate their relationship, the sex is utterly hot. Ms. De Sues uses exquisite details during lovemaking that heighten enjoyment. When they were having sex I felt hot and gushy. In fact, when they were having their lighter moments during the story, I felt gushy and had a smile on my face.

When the action was blazing, I was on the edge of my seat. Sometimes I felt a little disoriented, just like Jessie did. Ms. De Sues occasionally used sharp cuts during the action to demonstrate how dire the situation was, and how fast it was moving. Her style made me feel felt like Jessie did, being dragged into a danger and having her guts yanked like she was on a roller coaster. It was quite effective.

This book is a non-stop thrill ride that will jerk and compel you just like Jake did to Jessie. But just as much as it is an adventure, it’s also a hot love story. If you’re looking for an action-packed romance, I recommend Triage.

Needing Harte by Marilu Mann

Needing Harte by Marilu Mann
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Romantica
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (74 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Violence
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Harte Donovan has a problem. A murder leads to him wanting a sexy stripper bound and naked in front of him. He can’t let his secret desires ruin his career as a detective. But when he’s given a mysterious business card, Harte discovers a side of himself he intends to fully embrace.

Ramey Nichols strips for a living and he’s not willing to pretend to be something he’s not. When this sexy submissive meets the closeted cop and unwitting Dom, something has got to give. That something might just be Ramey. Ramey knows what he wants, and more than that, finds himself Needing Harte.

Harte knew he enjoyed a little spanking but he hadn’t realized he had a dormant Dom hidden deep inside until he saw Ramey on the stage. Suddenly doors he hadn’t realized were there, came flying open and could never be closed again.

Ramey is the perfect sub that any Dom would be more than happy to punish. Especially because he has such a big heart and would do almost anything to keep his Master happy. Except, no matter how happy he tries to make them they all seem to eventually claim someone else, leaving him lost and alone. So when his heart flutters at the sight of the gorgeous cop in the club he worries that his heart can once again lead him straight to rejection.

I think that, while both main characters showed personal growth, Harte’s was the most evident. He has some major decisions to make in his life which will require him to truly look at himself and what he wants. It comes down to either his job or Ramey. This would not be an easy decision for anyone and I did not envy Harte. I don’t think I would be able to decide between the two things that bring me happiness.

While the BDSM play in this story is definitely exciting I could tell that real emotional development was involved in Harte and Ramey’s relationship. I've read some stories where lines were blurred on whether the characters really cared for one another outside of the scene. Seeing both aspects of the relationship develop simultaneously keep me interested throughout the story.

One small detail I would like to have seen was a conclusion to the murder investigation. Since this was an underlining reason Harte and Ramey meet and was intertwined in the plot, not knowing how it ended left me feeling just a wee bit empty. The main plot was wrapped up nicely so it would have been pleasant to seen the sub-plot wrapped up as well.

Harte knows how to get down and nasty. By nasty I mean sweaty hard sex with just the right amount of pain. He was able to make Ramey’s knees shake with desire. Had I not been sitting down I may have been forced to my knees as well! Harte makes a spanking sound like something all of us would enjoy.

Not only is the relationship evident in the main characters but also in the secondary characters. You can tell that Ramey’s friend and boss Jason wants the best for him. You can also see how close Harte and his partner Jeff are. This story allows you to see love on various different levels by showcasing these other relationships. In the end love and friendship is what won everyone over and that is what a romance/erotic story is all about.