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Friday, December 3, 2010

Visiting Paradise by Jess Dee

Visiting Paradise by Jess Dee
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (59 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Beth Brown needs a holiday. She’s burnt out, single, and madly in love with the man who pays her salary, Joe Bastion. Much as she’d like to act on her feelings, Beth’s learned the hard way not to sleep with men she works for. Far as she’s concerned, Joe is off limits.

Sometimes, to get what you want, you have to chase hard. And Joe wants Beth. He’s organized a trip of a lifetime for her. Beth’s about to set sail into paradise, and she has no idea that Joe’s the one who’ll be taking her there.

You shouldn’t mix business with pleasure. Beth Brown learned this lesson the hard way four years ago when she fell in love with her boss; her very married boss. She left her job, and discovered she was pregnant with her daughter Gemma.

Now, she has a job she loves, but she keeps her private life just that: private and very separate from her work life. Sure, she’s attracted to her boss, Joe Bastion, but she isn’t about to make that mistake again. Joe doesn’t know about Beth’s past, and he wants her for his own. When Beth “wins” a week long vacation on the company yacht, she has no idea it will be just she and Joe, alone for five days on the boat, it some beautiful tropical areas. Will Beth run from what Joe offers? Can she find happiness with a man who loves her? Or will her secret past stop what is happening between them forever?

Jess Dee has written a fun story, filled with romance, secrets and surprises. And lots of red-hot sex in exotic locations. By the descriptions of the various stops on the voyage, you can tell Ms. Dee is familiar with these places, or has done her research well. I also enjoyed the characters, as both were well developed and realistic.

Beth has been hurt, but she loves her daughter, no matter what the circumstances of her birth. She feels she has no right to love, but falls for her boss again. She is determined and smart, and refuses to let herself care. I enjoyed watching Beth open her heart and learn to love once again.

Joe is a wonderful character, strong, but sensitive and patient with Beth. He is willing to wait, and win her over once her realizes how he feels. I like his imagination and the way he helps Beth to open up to life.

There are a couple of surprises in this, and I love the interaction between the two characters. There are no secondary characters, unless you consider the beaches and islands as characters in this story. And I loved the marvelous happy ever after. I recommend this for those who love a good romance, and it is great to warm up with on a cold evening.

Captain's Price by Lyla Sinclair

Captain’s Price by Lyla Sinclair
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (86 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Captain’s Private Journal, May 30, 1790

My heart pounds hard in my chest as I think of her—the lass awaiting me, naked in my cabin as I commanded. She was discovered masquerading as one of my seamen, yet I am still appalled at myself for demanding such a lewd price for her passage. But when I looked into her eyes—wide, but somehow beckoning—I was filled with a need deeper than any I’d ever known.

For her. For Julianna.

Can I truly touch her and taste her and satisfy my lust on her without taking the maidenhead meant for another? I am a man of impeccable self-control—an asset that has redeemed my family and ensured I’ll not become my wayward father. Then what has taken hold of me? Each moment, the urge to go to her and steal away all that rightfully belongs to another man grows more irresistible. I must touch her. I must hold her. I must drive myself into her…

I must not.

“The last thing we need on this boat is a bloody virgin.”

Forced to out herself as a female in disguise rather than a young seaman, Julianna’s reckless attempt to reach America and her lost love has just gotten a little more exciting. Okay, a lot, actually! Publically debased, for her own good, and then imprisoned in the Captain’s quarters for the duration of the voyage, at the beck and pleasure of the Captain himself. Could it get any worse? Maybe, but I can promise you it definitely gets better! Much, much better!!

I just love a heroine that doesn’t fall apart even under pressure. Julianna is spunky, strong willed, clever and almost more than one man can handle. Captain Price has to draw upon every last ounce of his patience to not take what both he and Julianna desperately want.

Despite the “acts of fornication” Julianna witnesses on board the ship she truly is an innocent. Drew teaches her so much about how to pleasure herself as well as a man. Ms. Sinclair’s writing is so vivid it felt deliciously voyeuristic to be taken along for the lessons.

The point of view changes quite often throughout this short story moving back and forth between Captain Price and Julianna. Thankfully, it isn’t difficult to follow. Ms. Sinclair’s use of the Captain’s log to dictate Captain Price's thoughts and reveal his plans to the reader was brilliant.

Ms. Sinclair never fails to entertain with her unique characters, witty dialogue and well developed plots. Captain’s Price was no exception. I quickly soaked up this novella in one setting and can’t wait to see what Ms. Sinclair has waiting for us next.

Cold Steel by Morgan Lee

Cold Steel by Morgan Lee
Publisher: Demanding Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (15 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Buttercup

Undercover, under arrest and under a hot cop...

To DEA Agent Parker Tate, being cuffed and frisked during a drug bust is part of the job. But when fellow agent, Garret Lamont, does the frisking, his thoughts are more on blowing his partner than his cover.

Hot men and Cold Steel, when you break out the cuffs everyone wins. Parker Tate and Garret Lamont are great partners in the field, but can that translate into a relationship outside of work?

I'm really of two minds about Cold Steel. If you take it as is, it's a perfectly good story, but it could have been so much more. I was expecting a short story but at 15 pages it's more of a tease than an actual story. You're really only given a glimpse into the characters personalities and lives. I liked what I saw, but I really would have enjoyed more.

Many things are alluded to either in conversation or memory, but none of them are fully explored. Both Parker and Garret mention being attracted to each other when they first met, but them meeting is never shown. Later Parker admits that he didn't know Garret was gay at first. Parker didn't know if he was interpreting Garrets actions as proof of him being gay simply because Parker wanted Garret to be, and again Garrets actions are never shown not even in a memory.

Even in this day and age being gay can still carry a stigma, especial if you work in certain professions like the military or police. So it's understandable that as DEA agents Parker and Garret are leery about admitting their attraction to each other, but the actual conversation where Parker tells Garret how he feels is sort of glossed over. They make mention of the conversations and that Parker makes his confession right before heading out to an undercover assignment, but that's it. I want to know what was said, how they dealt with their emotions while doing a rather dangerous job. For that matter I want to know about the undercover assignment, who were the guys they took down, how Parker deals with the stress of being undercover.

For those that don't know or understand about the BDSM lifestyle, all they see is the leather and whips and cuffs. When in actuality it takes a great deal of trust to be that open and vulnerable to another person. Morgan Lee did a great job of showing this with Parker and Garret. Both of these men are very strong, alpha type males, who have never had a desire to submit or be dominated by another man before. While they are not going to be a true dom and sub, they will have fun trading off dominating each other, and exploring their boundaries in the future. What's really great is that it's the BDSM elements, that bring a real sense of emotion almost tenderness, to what otherwise would have just been a fast fuck up against the car. Both Parker and Garret realize that this is new territory for both of them, and acknowledge that some things should be taken slow.

If you are looking for a little something to excite or help get you in the mood, then Cold Steel is perfect for you. If you've always been curious about the BDSM lifestyle but didn't know where to start, I suggest Cold Steel. Cold Steel is a sexy short read, that leaves you wanting more.

Pumped Dry by R.J. Fury

Pumped Dry by R.J. Fury
Publisher: Noble Romance
Length: Short Story (18 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephantois

Grady Hobart is working the skeleton shift at the Traffic Town Truck Stop when three gorgeous spring breakers saunter in to use the restroom. A fourth, the raven-haired beauty known as Mona, lingers behind to flirt with Grady.

After the two strike up a flirtatious conversation, they are interrupted by the other three girls, tired and grumpy from a long day on the road and eager to check into their hotel across the street. Grady watches the four girls leave his life, prepared for another dull shift of reading skin mags and downing Red Bulls, when the cowbell over the door rings once more; it’s Mona, and she’s come back to tempt Grady with a proposition.

This is the first story in the Truck Stop Temptation Series and it’s a quick fun read. It’s told from the male POV, in the first person and in the present tense, so it might not be everyone’s pick. However, I felt that the use of first person and present tense really added to the story, the atmosphere, and also gave me a sense of being there.

Grady is a sexy, likeable character. Mona is a likeable too and their dialogue sounded natural. The author did a great job fitting in lots of story in these 18 pages and I think a lot had to do with spot on pacing.

It’s hot, sexy and won’t take you more than 15 minutes to read and perfect to squeeze in during the upcoming hectic holiday season.

Lycan Lover by S. K. Yule

Lycan Lover by S. K. Yule
Publisher: Amira Press, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (48 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Morning Glory

After her last boyfriend hid the fact he was married, Karen Samson decides to take a break from dating. Lately she’s burned out and bored with the daily humdrum routine of life. The only thing breathing spice into her ordinary existence is erotic dreams of a sexy green-eyed man.

After suffering years of loneliness, Anthony Wolfson finds his mate, Karen Samson. The problem; he’s werewolf, she’s human. His instincts scream to claim her. His need to protect urges him to woo her. Unbeknown to him, fate has another plan for them involving a young, cocky werewolf and a dark alley.

Karen and Anthony burn up the pages of this book. I thought my e-reader was going to spontaneously combust.

I really liked Ms Yules characterization. Even though this was a short story she made me care about the characters.

Anthony is your sexy alpha male type who, from the beginning is overly possessive and dominate, especially where Karen is concerned. Karen isn't really the type to just roll over and take what's thrown at her or so she says. Yet she's willing to accept Anthony and what he tells her, because of some weird connection she feels. This seemed strange, but if she wasn't the type of woman who usually accepts fate then why start now? It felt as if she was just going along for the ride, accepting her situation way too easily. I thought she should've held back on the sex for a minute and ask what the heck is going on and why me. I wished Ms. Yule had shown Karen learning more about what was happening to her.

This is definitely a hot, short story and there's a lot of sex. While it didn't detract from the plot, I found myself wondering if it was really necessary. Don't get me wrong I love the steamy scenes, but I really thought it was the stuff between the sex that actually pushed the story forward.

Still, Ms Yule wrote a good story with a well developed plot that pulled me in and made me want to read the book. She teases you along giving you drops of information here and there, and it really caused me to want to know more.

I liked Ms. Yule's writing style, and the way she developed her characters. She also writes smoking hot sex scenes, and I really did enjoy this book.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Blood Moon by M.J. O'Shea

Blood Moon by M. J. O’Shea
Publisher: Republica Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (173 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

There’s something different about Noah….

Zack Parker met his best friend Noah at his lake cabin when they were only five years old. He realized he felt more than friendship for him by the time they were in junior high school. One fateful night when they were eighteen Zack couldn’t take it anymore. Fueled by love and lust and need, he finally kissed Noah like he’d wanted to for years…and Noah kissed him back, returning every drop of Zack’s passion.

The next morning, Noah ended their friendship for what Zack believed was forever.

Now twenty-one, Zack resents being dragged by his guilt-tripping mother every summer back to the lake cabin where every leaf and rock and turn in the road reminds him of Noah and the love he felt for him three long years before. He hates being reminded of what he lost and more than anything he wants his best friend back.

But this year things are different.

Noah has returned, apologetic and more gorgeous than ever. Amazingly, he seems to want Zack as much as Zack wants him. He’s sweet and attentive, sexy enough to make Zack’s thighs quiver, but there’s something not quite right…

What secret is Noah hiding?

Zack wanted to hit Noah then kiss him senseless. After Noah broke his heart, Zack was beside himself and could never seem to get past his feelings because the day Noah turned his back on him he lost his first love and his best friend. So what does he do now that Noah is back?

The connection between these two characters was magical. Even after the three years apart and the way they left things, the connection was obvious. This is definitely one of those true love stories that you cannot wait to see a happy ending to. The problem is with all this drama surrounding them, the happy ending is questionable.

This story had a great secondary cast of characters. A strong supporting cast is one of those things that can make a story rise from an okay story to a great one. These characters definitely did that. I would love to see any of them in their own book. The connection between everyone is evident. You can see that this band of misfits stick together and care for each other as if they were blood related.

Not only did the antagonistic conflict work in this story it added a certain depth that really changed the characters and the plot. What could be worse than sacrificing your one true love to then have to face life without love from anyone? Noah had to deal with not only people from his former life wanting him dead but also those from his new life. The poor guy just can’t catch a break.

With the emotions running high between Noah and Zack the sex can be nothing than amazing. These are not any kinky just-seeking-pleasure encounters. Instead you get all of the emotion and longing these characters had suppressed for years. It is the kind of sex that we all want to experience with that special someone.

So if you are a romantic at heart like me you will truly enjoy this story.

Have Stake, Will Travel by Rebecca Leigh

Have Stake, Will Travel by Rebecca Leigh
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Contemp, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (165 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Morning Glory

Orion Masters is no ordinary slayer, she's a dhampir—half vampire—and she uses her superhuman abilities to her advantage.

After all, a girl's gotta make a living.

But her life takes a dramatic u-turn on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The balmy nights of paradise hold a forbidden temptation. Hot, steamy sex with Julian Hunter.

Like Orion, Julian is a slayer. Unlike Orion, Julian is a pure blood. Their paths cross on the hunt and Orion finds herself unable to control the allure of Julian's seductive powers. Yielding to her body's instinctive, passionate reaction to Julian, she discovers the erotic lure of heritage, shared blood, and destiny.

This book is like Buffy on steroids.

A unique look at the slayer, vampire dynamic. Orion is a vampire slayer and a dhampire or half vampire. Being a dhampire gives her special powers which she can use against the vampires. These powers give her a slight advantage in her line of work, letting her know who's a vampire and who isn't. I liked this take on vampires and dhampires. It was a fresh view on vampires and slayers. I enjoyed Orion, she's a tough no nonsense type gal who does her job and does it well. Julian is the sexy as sin, pure blood vampire who kills his own kind. These two have an instant connection, that lights up the pages.

I like that Orion was skeptical of Julian at first yet gave into her carnal needs anyway. What I didn't like was the sexual banter before and during every fight they took on together. Also, in the beginning Orion was this tough, indestructible woman and then when Julian entered the scene she became a vampire punching bag. I think Julian threw her off her game. Don't get me wrong, Julian did his part, but he also did a fair share of distracting Orion.

Ms. Leigh did a great job of keeping me interested in the story. I wanted to know how the whole thing was going to end. I have to say Ms. Leigh writes one mean sex scene and her fight scenes weren't half bad either. Her skill at writing really made me care what happened to Orion.

If you like a well put together hot vampire story check this book out.

Black Cat Fever by Desiree Holt

Black Cat Fever by Desiree Holt
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Paranormal, contemp, holiday
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia

It’s Halloween, and for two special black cats the night when they must find their mates—or else.

Panther shifter Dea Russo waits each year for Halloween, the only night to search for her mate. As the daughter of the late pack alpha she has the power to pass along to the male she chooses.

But each Halloween passes without success until the night she meets Kyle Donovan, a man who pleasures her senses in every way possible—until mixed breed outcast Dane Maguire tries to stake a claim.

Will Kyle arise from the bed of erotic pleasure to defend the woman who holds his future in her hands?

It's Halloween and it's the perfect time to find a mate or at least it better be...

Imagine there's a club that appears on Halloween and disappears as soon as the night is over. Now imagine that if you don't find your mate during that 24-hour time frame, you're basicly screwed since then you'd have to wait until next year. Dea has been going to this exclusive club every year for a while and is beginning to doubt that a mate for her exists. With a little extra push from a trusted member of the pack, she decides to join in the festivities again this year. Enter the mysteriously sexy Kyle who just so happens to already know Dea.

I found it interesting that although the couple seem fairly normal by shifter standards, the romance between the two felt just a little awkward. In the middle of all the foreplay and seduction that Kyle has started with Dea, he pauses because he forgot the wine. Huh? It just didn't feel like that part really fit Kyle's Alpha personality. I don't know maybe it's just me, but once I started getting all hot and bothered, I wouldn't be stopping for anything short of the apocalypse!

The sex is sensual with an undercurrent of restrained animalistic passion. The bathtub scene is very stimulating and sure to be a favored for all the bath loving readers out there and might just even a convert a few shower-lovers.

Ms. Holt writes imagery very well. I had no problems picturing every scene and all the necessary details without being overwhelmed by the descriptions. It is a short story and I would have loved to learn more about this unique pack of shifters, but it was an enjoyable read nonetheless. This was my first Desiree Holt read, but not my last.

Recommended reading for fans of the infamously superstitious black cat.

Sacred Spots by Selena Kitt

Sacred Spots by Selena Kitt
Publisher: eXcessica publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (27 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Ambrosia

On a bus trip to California to live with her sister, Lexi meets an intriguing man who is visiting "sacred spots" all across the U.S. The connection between them is undeniable, and when Lexi's painful past is revealed, William makes her an offer she finds hard to refuse. Together they embark on a journey that takes them to a place of connection, healing, and infinite mystery.

Miracles happen in Sacred Spots when two people seek refuge in each other’s arms on a mystical mound of earth. All you have to do is lay back and believe in the power of the possible to find this tale one that can lead you on your own journey to healing.

When a woman, faced with a lifetime of bitterness and hurt, meets a stranger on a bus and finds a connection with him, she learns that there is always more to the book than the cover. Scarred by her own hand in response to a lifetime of emotional pain from a loved one, she opens up to him, revealing secrets in her life she’d never told a soul.

William’s kind manner and compassionate nature draw her close. When, by a strange coincidence the bus breaks down, they have some unexpected time to share an experience that will lift all the scars she’s ever encountered from her heart. In a native sacred spot, they find a strange power that releases a beauty of spirit that might just make you tear up so bring some tissues.

This short tale is full of melancholy and healing. It’s like a shot of Buckley’s to the soul; startling and shocking, yet works like a charm. The universe is as endless as the beginning of time, if there was one. The characters show a true emotional bond that makes you think twice about possibilities becoming reality.

This story deserves 4.5 Cherries. I’d love to see more like it.

No Regrets by Jenna Byrnes

No Regrets by Jenna Byrnes
Publisher: Noble Romance
Length: Short Story (25 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephantois

Denise Crawford attends her twenty-year class reunion in hopes of rekindling old friendships but truthfully, has one thing in mind. Finding out if the most popular guy in school is still as hot -- and single, as she's been told. It's been a long, dry spell since her husband, Michael, came out of the closet and announced he was gay. With a job and two kids, Denise has little time to meet people, and is interested in touching base with someone she's already met.

Ignoring the chuckles and murmured whisperings about Michael, Denise wants to find the object of her desire and enjoy a steamy, one night stand. But will Jerrod Stone be the man she remembers? Will he remember her at all? And who else is sporting fond memories of those long-ago days?

Denise Crawford is attending her class reunion and is dealing with a broken marriage and life as a single mom. Will she meet up with her dream guy, Jerrod Stone?

This is a short, fun read. I always enjoy stories where past loves are revisited and hopefully rekindled and this one took me by surprise. I thought I knew what was going to happen and it didn’t which was very refreshing. The actual scene between Denise and Jerrod made me laugh and had me wondering if the heroine would be heading home all by herself.

I liked Denise. She came across as fun and had a spunky, make the most of a bad situation type attitude despite what had happened to her before the story starts. The dialogue is realistic sounding and moves at a fast pace. I won’t give away what happens to Denise but let’s just say, I was happy for her.

If you’re looking for a fun quick read while waiting to pick the kids up from school or music lessons, even waiting in the doctor’s office, this is the ideal way to pass the time.

Filigree and Fantasy by M.A. Ellis

Filigree and Fantasy by M.A. Ellis
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (101 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Whitney is ecstatic over her internship to Macedonia and the opportunity to hone her craft at the hands of a filigree master. She doesn’t know that the old man has an ulterior motive. He plans to use her talent to save the dwindling numbers of his family’s canine shapeshifters, the Sharplanjat.

Jovan isn’t a shifter, but his sense of duty rivals that of the Sharplanjat—until his unbridled attraction to the woman who might very well hold his family’s future in her hands forces him to throw caution aside. To hold her. Taste her. Drive her to the brink of exquisite passion and beyond.

Mesmerized by sexy, violet-eyed Jovan, Whitney is ready for a quick, steamy affair. But Jovan has more than a few days of scorchingly wild sex in mind. He just doesn’t know what Whitney will do when she learns his family secret. Will she run screaming in fear or embrace the fantasy that can be found in his protective arms?

Jewelry and dragons and hot kinky sex..oh my! If you like all those things, then this book is for you.

M.A. Ellis writes stories that are hot and engrossing. Filigree and Fantasy fits the bill nicely. When I got this book, I couldn’t wait to read it and devoured it in one sitting. There is a lot going on in this story, but Ms. Ellis’ writing style kept me turning pages, needing to see what happened next. And plot twists? This story has plenty.

The Sharplanjat is a distinguished but dying race. I loved the world Ms. Ellis created for these canine shifters. I couldn’t help but identify with their struggle to survive and thrive. They really aren’t hurting anyone. Jovan is part of the group, but not one of them. I liked that he’s an oddity in his own family because it made him more relatable. He wants to love Whitney but he’s afraid that if he can’t control the situation, he’ll lose her. Whitney and her friend Kevin are the key. They know the fine art of filigree. If they can harness the energy, they can help the Sharplanjat. I liked the complexity of the storyline and the connection between Jovan and Whitney.

And talk about hot scenes! Ms. Ellis writes scenes guaranteed to singe the fingers and I love them that way. Whitney’s desire for Jovan transcends mileage and her fear. Jovan wants no one other than her, but he’s very closed off—afraid to give his heart for fear it’ll be smashed. Both have issues the reader (and I) could totally relate to.

If you want a story with a little bit of everything, action, suspense, sex, and great characters, then this is the book for you. I give Filigree and Fantasy. I give this book 5 cherries!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dream Lover by Sarina Wilde

Dream Lover by Sarina Wilde
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Other: M/F, anal sex
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Blue Bonnet

Allie Franklin’s on a flight to interview for the job that could skyrocket her career. The last thing she expects is to meet the man of her dreams. Now he’s sitting in the seat next to her and she knows it’s an opportunity she can’t pass up.

Tom Armstrong’s focused on his career as a doctor and the interview at the hospital that will clinch his new job, but he’s more than willing to make Allie’s dreams come true.

Neither one expects more than one night of pleasure. But what if one night is not enough?

Pages are on fire! Turn a page and be assaulted with pure, raw heat that radiates from the world of a dreamer. On a chance encounter, Allie Franklin and Tom Armstrong throw all caution to the wind while exploring their sexual desires. In the friendly skies, and down below, nothing gets in the way of the urge to fulfill their daydreams…but to dream is safe, as long as it remains a dream.

“Life had a way of throwing curve balls when you least expected them.”

Allie and Tom were thrown for a tremendous loop that landed them into each other’s arms. Both beautiful, sexy, and career oriented…two characters who speak in volumes, not by words, but through the use of their other senses: taste and touch. Their lusting is just that; love, and falling in love for these two may not be high on the list.

The story brings in a familiarity of settings of planes, cabs, and bars, giving nuance and flavor. Ms. Wilde has penned a fast paced story that kept me eager to see what came next. Yes, it's short, but packed with enough passion and sexual play to keep me tuned in. Obviously, the plot can be figured out, but it's the interaction between both characters that will keep you glued to the book. I wish that the author could have written a couple more pages...but as they say, all good things must come to an end. Well worth the read.

Jesse by Jan Irving

Jesse by Jan Irving
Publisher: Loose ID LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (189 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Sweet Pea

When Jesse Coulter roars up on a Harley one dusty afternoon back into ranch foreman Kyle Jacob's life, Kyle is confronted with everything forbidden he has wanted for years. Jesse is twenty years old, with a ruff of dark hair and blue eyes that remind Kyle of the heart of a lit gasoline flame, yet Kyle can’t let himself touch Jesse because not only is he too young, he's the brother of Kyle's lost lover Mac.

That they also share an uncanny telepathic bond hasn’t made things any easier for an ordinary working cowboy; Kyle is drawn into Jesse’s dreams of him as the hot older man Jesse holds captive, pleasuring him every night with Jesse’s raw man-takes-man brand of lovemaking. But Kyle and Jesse face other problems to their unconventional romance. Jesse has custody of his vulnerable younger brother who aches for a stable home, and an enemy from Kyle’s past is threatening not only his beloved draft horses and carriage business but the new life and family he yearns for.

Love is love, no matter your age. It takes Kyle a little longer to learn this lesson then most men his age, but age is only a number. When it comes to Jesse, who is many years younger then him, he can’t help but be wary. But he soon learns, Jesse may be younger in age but he acts nothing like a shy kid.

Jesse has been lusting after Kyle for many years. Even though the other man was once the lover of his brother, he can’t stop the attraction, and hopes Kyle will finally confess the feelings he is holding back.

What a great book this was! I couldn’t take my eyes from the screen. Each character sucked me in and had me wanting more. I loved how loyal Jesse is to his younger brother and how well he takes care of Davy. And the love he shares with Kyle is just phenomenal.

I loved how all the family men had a special mental connection. The dream scenes were amongst some of the best fantasies I have ever read. Hot and steamy sex scenes balanced out a great plot line. I am secretly hoping she will write a story for David, because I don’t want see the end to this family.

Always You by Penn Halligan

Always You by Penn Halligan
Publisher: Noble Romance
Length: Short Story (18 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephantois

Annie and Scott are in lust. The sex is perfect. The orgasms, sublime.

Problem is, Scott’s idea of commitment is a diamond ring to hold on to his lover. Annie adores her man but she belongs to no one and if he hasn’t worked that out then maybe Scott’s not for her.

After months of separation the two lovers reunite. The sex is as hot as ever but has her man finally realized that no diamond is needed to bind lovers as one?

Annie and Scott are in the perfect relationship, well at least Annie thinks so but Scott wants more…a commitment with a ring.

This short story was unique in that most of the time it’s the hero’s failure to commit to a relationship that breaks them up. However, this time it was the heroine’s. She’s an independent woman and has everything she needs. You can understand her point of view but the hero is portrayed as such a sweet guy, you start rooting for him. The author does a great job making us think they’ve broken up for good and that there’s no way these two can meet middle ground.

The dialogue is snappy and sounds real. It’s not easy writing a solid story in just 18 pages but Halligan handled it well. The sex scenes are very hot and I really liked the ending.

If you like short, hot sexy reads Always You is a good pick.

Under Your Spell by Shiloh Walker

Under Your Spell by Shiloh Walker
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (87 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Nicholas Montgomery fell in love with a bewitching woman only months before his sworn obligation to marry another. His beloved’s fury cast a spell that lasted hundreds of years.

You will never love another like you love me. You will never know a moment’s peace for what you have done. Until you love me enough to forsake everything—your honor, your pride, your own soul—we cannot be together.

Reborn into the body of Sean Concannon, a powerful witch, he has finally found his beloved. Now he has a choice to make, and a sacrifice. One he may be unprepared to make.

How long would you wait for a second chance at true love? When Nicholas Montgomery chooses family honor over his true destined love, he is forever reborn looking for her. In each life, he has searched in vain for Aislinn, the woman who loved him, and cursed him with these words: You will never love another like you love me. You will never know a moment’s peace for what you have done. Until you love me enough to forsake everything—your honor, your pride, your own soul—we cannot be together.

Now, in his current incarnation as stage illusionist and magician Sean Concannon, he believes he has found her. But this woman has no magic, and no memory of who she had been. Rhiannon Welles is a modern woman, with no hint of who she had been. She deals with antiques, and a mysterious stranger sells her a special antique brooch-the very same brooch that Nicholas gave to Aislinn so long ago. Can Sean accept that she doesn’t remember their past, and try to make a future without her? Can he give up his magic for a life with the woman he has loved for over four hundred years?

Shiloh Walker has written a marvelous tale of love that endures long past one life. I loved the twist in this one: Nicholas wasn’t exactly immortal, but he retained his memories from one life to the next. Ms. Walker always creates memorable characters, and Nicholas/Sean and Aislinn/Rhiannon are a perfect example of this talent.

Aislinn is a powerful witch, one set on revenge for the rape and murder of her sister at the hands of bandits. She is strong, and determined, but feels deeply. When she realizes that honor means more to Nicholas than she does, she sacrifices herself, literally. I like the fact that she cursed him, letting him wander endlessly, rather than just accepting his words of love and fading away. I liked her modern counterpoint, Rhiannon as well. This woman is independent, smart and determined to keep what she sees as hers.

Nicholas is an interesting character. He shows his weakness when he chooses family over love, then realizes too late what he turned away from. His modern incarnation is a much wiser man, and I like that, when he finally finds his true love, he does everything in his power to have her.

There were times in this story when I wasn’t sure there would be a happy ever after, but after many surprising twists, it finally came around. This was an emotion filled story, and I admit there were places where I cried at the heart wrenching decisions made by them all. The involvement of Nicholas/Sean’s parents was a pleasant surprise, as was the lengths he would go to help Rhiannon overcome her fears. This is a wonderful story of love lost and found again, and it is well worth the reading.