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Friday, February 25, 2011

The Spider Prince by Rebecca Goings

The Spider Prince by Rebecca Goings
Desert Princes of Jikkar book four
Publisher: Carnal Passions
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (161 pages)
Other: M/F, attempted rape
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed By Myrtle

Amani Bantish has been passed over five times for marriage. She fears she has no hope for a husband until finally, the Spider Prince accepts her as his bride. Not for love, but to bear him an heir.

Two years ago, Ziyad Bihar lost his first wife, Karis, and their unborn son under the hooves of a raider’s horse. No one else could possibly compare to the woman he’d once loved, therefore his new bride will not be his princess.

But Ziyad cannot deny that the more he gets to know Amani, the more he fantasizes about his minx of a wife. Yet his loyalty to Karis pulls him deeper into his despair. When Amani’s life is threatened by the very man responsible for Karis’s death, Ziyad realizes he must fight for the woman he loves, or risk losing it all again.

I have one word for this book: magical.

The beginning of this magical tale starts when a woman agrees to marry knowing that her new husband does not love her, and tells her she will never be the Spider Princess. What a cruel and heart breaking way to begin a marriage and it did something to my heart just thinking about how Amani must have felt. With a beginning like that, it made it impossible for me to put this book down ones I started reading. Before I could get far into the book I found tears in my eyes -- my heart bled for Amani Bantish Bihar.

However, if I had a broom I would have loved to use it on Ziyad Bihar, the Spider Prince. Talk about getting lost in a book! The Spider Pince is one that will pull you in and hold you until the end.

It was Ziyad Bihar who put a wall between Amani and himself in the beginning, but when he finds himself sleeping alone with the ghost of Karis, his dead wife, Spider princess and the woman he’d loved with every piece of his soul, he soon learns that a ghost is a cold bedfellow.

It was good to see how, after Amani is married she is not shy about pointing out that she is not his "Princess", only his wife -- as he stated before their marriage. As the story continued, I found myself so proud of her, because there is nothing like making a man eat his words. Tears and laughter will keep you reading long into the night.

Will Ziyad put Karis in the past and look to the future or will he destroy what he can have with Amani? This story kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. It has such an amazing plot and the characters come to life in the pages of this book.

Would I recommend this book? You bet I would and as well as tell you to have a few tissues ready as the story unfolds. I would, however, recommend starting with the first book in the series. Even though The Spider Prince is a stand alone book there are a few places in the story that will make more sense if you do.

In the Beast’s Lair by Marie Medina

In the Beast’s Lair by Marie Medina
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (150 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Verbena

Beauty Allister isn’t intimidated by money or power, but when eccentric millionaire Kyros Rayland offers her a job as his live-in personal assistant, she can’t help feeling overwhelmed. She knows little about him, even though Kyros and her mother have been friends for years. All she knows is he’s the sexiest, handsomest man she’s ever met. She doesn’t care about the odd rumors she’s heard all her life. No sane person would believe any man could turn into a panther at night.

The other rumors intrigue her more.

She hears about orgies and bondage and a wickedly delightful playroom no woman would ever want to escape. Should she believe any of these rumors? Will she be safe if she ventures into his lair and puts herself at his mercy? Will she be devoured by the appetite of the beast or consumed by the desires of the man?

What woman doesn’t dream of a fairy tale romance? One with a handsome prince charming who lives in a beautiful castle and offers his undying love? But what if prince charming has a dark secret, one that could threaten the very foundations of love? When does a fairy tale become a nightmare?

Unlike her adventurous sister, Beauty has never found the right guy to give her body to, not all-the-way, anyhow. The overly gorgeous, rich, and available bachelor in town seems way out of her reach, despite her sister’s goading and her mother’s interference. She’s looking for work, not love. But an unexpected job offer is about to change her world.

Kyros needs a wife and a baby; a boy, to be precise. But not just any woman will do, he’s wanted Beauty since the day she was born. In order to break his curse, she must love him despite his dark secret. Even when it requires hiding the truth, a feat not easily accomplished. Trust and honesty are the very foundations Beauty wants in a man, two things Kyros may not be able to deliver. And sometimes, a fairy tale is involves more than attraction, money, and love.

With In The Beast’s Lair, Ms. Medina offers a pleasant twist on Disney’s famed cartoon Beauty and the Beast. The first 100 pages moved along at an acceptable rate—building character depth and pertinent plot points—the last 50 pages, however, seemed a little rushed and contained multiple sex scenes that served more as fillers than to move the plot forward. With the build up of the main dilemma, I would have liked to see the resolution a little more played out. Even so, the author’s charming characters and interesting plot made it a fun story and an enjoyable read.

For an adult only version of a classic fairy tale, grab a copy of In The Beast’s Lair. Kyros is one beast I wouldn’t mind taming myself.

The Red Thread of Forever Love by Nicole Kimberling

The Red Thread of Forever Love by Nicole Kimberling
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (100 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Folklore researcher and PhD candidate Hank Caldwell has a problem. He’s come to Japan to get information for his book on supernatural creatures called yokai. Along the way he discovers that yokai are not only real, but one of them is determined to make Hank his forever lover.

Translator Daisuke Tachibana knows all about the shadowy figure in a business suit who keeps accosting Mr. Caldwell. He knows the creature must be stopped, but how? Their upcoming research trip to a remote, hot springs resort will be exactly the opening the yokai is looking for. Now if only Tachibana could stop thinking about Mr. Caldwell’s naked, freckled body submerged in steaming water long enough to formulate a plan to keep the amorous creature at bay.

The path to true love is never easy, but some helpful “Fingers” may do the trick. Canadian Hank Caldwell is in Japan to do folklore research. Hank’s writing a book about the customs and myths of Japan and is hoping to find more information about a spirit called yokai. Unfortunately Hank gets his very own yokai nicknamed Fingers. Fingers is all to happy to help Hank in any way he needs, after all Hank is Fingers’ soul mate! The energetic spirit might just drive Hank into the arms of his translator and guide Daisuke Tachibana.

The Red Thread of Forever Love is a thoroughly delightful novella. The romance between Hank and Daisuke takes place over a few days but it feels much longer. You really get the sense that these two are friends, companions, lovers, and will absolutely live happily ever after. The final resolution is very romantic and lovely, lending a satisfying ending to a story I didn’t want to end.

The characters are nicely developed and you get a real sense of their personalities, hopes, dreams, desires, and fears. Fingers is easily the best character, emerging as a romantic, lovelorn spirit who simply wants to be with someone. His bits of dialogue are truly some of the most hilarious I’ve read. The writing is very, very good and the dialogue is filled with quips, banter, and witty conversations that make the story fly by so fast you won’t put this down. The story is filled with charm, romance, humor, and a great eye catching setting.

The story takes place in Japan and offers a wealth of detail about the culture. From the misconceptions about Canadians to the holiday traditions, there is so much more to this story than just a romance. While the romance is lovely, the interesting background and culture really steal the show. From the quick mystery to karaoke to fortune telling and the yokai history, this novella manages to pack everything in while never overwhelming the reader or moving too fast. Instead this is simply delightful and entertaining to read from beginning to end. If anything I wanted more, but that always happens with a great book and isn’t a bad thing at all.

I can easily recommend this story to anyone looking for something different. Although set in Japan, this is still a contemporary romance with charm, humor, wit, courage, fears, hopes, and dreams. Although I expected this to be good, I was surprised at just how good this novella turned out to be and hope everyone else loves it just as much.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wild Nights by Rhea Regale

Wild Nights by Rhea Regale
Blood Moon Legacy series
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (168 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, ménage, anal play/intercourse, spanking
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Ayasha White knows she is different, even for a wolf. When a fire burns her house to the ground, killing her uncle, she flees to Wolf Creek and into the arms of Lenox Carter. Her body awakens with passion and her wolf spirit rises in the presence of her mate. But Lenox holds disturbing knowledge of her past and a cold truth about her other mate.

Riley Tormel, Lenox’s friend-turned-foe, leads the rebel pack hot on Ayasha’s tail. He won’t stop until she’s dead. When she unleashes a powerful surge of emotions within him, he’s left questioning his motives and unable to shake a foreign desire to protect her.

Time is running out. Ayasha’s life lies in Riley’s unpredictable hand. Can she and Lenox convince Riley his place is with them? Or will the untamed rebel wolf rejoin forces with his pack and hunt them to the death in the wild night?

In a matter of minutes Aya’s safe and protected world with her uncle is shattered and her life in danger. Little did she know, as a sacred white wolf, her life was forfeit from birth. Aya’s uncle sacrifices himself to ensure that Aya has a chance to reach Lenox Carter, one of her two destined mates. While Nox wants only to protect Aya and make her happy, her other mate, Riley, is sworn to eradicate the white wolves from the face of the earth. Can Aya forgive Riley’s role in the death of her beloved uncle? Will Riley be able to let go of his desire for revenge? When Aya confronts Riley the dialogue and tension is explosive!

In this second installment of Ms. Regale’s thrilling Blood Moon Legacy the fight to save the last descendants of the sacred white wolves continues with Aysha White and her mates Lenox Carter and Riley Tormel. Wild Nights is every bit as exciting and breath stealing as the first book, Wild Hearts. Ms. Regale has created a tantalizing world of werewolf shifters and the legacy of the Blood Moon Massacre. Rebel wolves continue in their quest to destroy the powerful and mystical white wolves. The sadistic she-wolf that tried unsuccessfully to destroy Shyla, Coal and Jacy in Wild Hearts has a sister, Eliza who uses her control over a rebel band of wolves to manipulate them into killing for her pleasure.

There are so many great elements to this story. The romance and sexual chemistry between Aya, Nox and Riley is hot. Their personal struggles that have to be overcome so that they can be a triad unit are compelling. The inherent evil of the devious Eliza is literally palpable. Ms. Regale has a very vivid writing style that makes the action appear to jump right off the page and carry the reader along for the adventure.

Eliza mentions having another sister that gives this reviewer hope that there will be at least one more installment to this series. While I would have liked to have had Shyla, Jacy and Cole brought into this story, even if it was for a cameo only, it didn’t detract from the book at all. My understanding of the story is that Aya and Shyla would be cousins so I was looking for a reunion of sorts, but that could happen in a third story.

The wolves out to decimate the white wolves seem to get more inventive and determined as the series progresses. Eliza was certainly more manipulative and sadistic than Laela. This reader will be keeping her eyes open with hopeful anticipation that Ms. Regale will honor us with one more installment!

Northern Exposure by Jayne Rylon & Mari Carr

Northern Exposure by Jayne Rylon & Mari Carr
Compass Brothers Book 1
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (112 pages)
Other: Menage, M/M/F, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed By Myrtle

Silas Compton always had his eye on Lucy, the veterinarian’s daughter. He was even content to wait for the girl of his dreams to grow up before getting anywhere near her with his family’s double-edged legacy.

Waiting around led to fooling around with his best friend—and an impulsive eruption of desire that Lucy’s innocent eyes weren’t meant to see. Figuring Compton Pass wasn’t big enough for either the three of them or the pain he’d caused, Silas let loose his tightly reined wanderlust and headed for Alaska.

Ten years later, when an oil rig accident sends him home, he braces himself for the reopening of old wounds. Instead he finds himself in the care—and welcoming arms—of Lucy and Colby, whose marriage has plenty of room for the man they both still love. And forgive with all their hearts.

As things start to unravel at Compass Ranch, Silas must dig deep for the strength to assume his rightful place in the Compton family…and lay the foundation for a future with his lovers. If he can forgive himself.

Sometimes, someone loves so deeply it cannot be obliterated by time or distance; it is a love that will last forever. When Young Silas leaves home so that he will not destroy the two people he loves most in the world, Lucy and Colby, he does not realize he is leaving a hole in their hearts that will not be mended until he returns to them. It is not until Silas almost dies and has to return home that he learns that the circle of love is not complete without him.

When I started reading Northern Exposure I was not sure what to expect, but it was not the heartwarming sensation I found in reading about all three of the characters finding their place together after ten years apart. It is not everyday that you fall in love with all the characters in a book, but each one left me with a warm and contented feeling through out the story.

Both Jayne Rylon and Mari Carr did an incredible job telling this wonderful story, and the plot just flowed like cool water on a hot summer day from beginning to end. Yes, there were some steamy love scenes between the three -- enough to make you squirm in your seat -- but it was definitely done with good taste and a lot of soul deep emotion.

Northern Exposure is truly a love story that will warm the heart and take the chill of the winter from your bones. Do not miss this one --it will be an absolutely delicious addition to your library. I cannot wait for the next book in the Compass Brothers series so I can see how Lucy, Colby and Silas are doing as well as see what Silas' other brothers are up to.

Delany’s Catch by Diana DeRicci

Delany’s Catch by Diana DeRicci
Publisher: Purple Sword Publications, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (75 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Can love overcome the destructive force of an unnatural secret?

Alone since his boyfriend left him for another man, Jake Holiday has been working his bookstore, treading water, and keeping to himself. It was simple and uncomplicated.

Delany Coltrane changed that.

Turning a corner looking for an address, Del wasn’t expecting to find the hot guy hidden under the stack of boxes, but couldn’t regret needing to ask for directions. Not when Jake was his wolf’s mate, and too damn sexy to ignore even if he weren’t.

But with money problems and safety at the bookstore an issue, can Del and Jake find a middle ground to let their attraction flourish? Because trust is essential to share Del’s largest secret with Jake. A secret that encompasses not just Delany, but his whole family.

It isn’t often that mates are equally matched. That is exactly how I see Jake Holiday and Delany (Del) Coltrane. Both are built similarly, both men love unconditionally, and both come with baggage. Jake is so worried about his problems and how they will affect his relationship with Del that he doesn’t even realize that Del may have just as many if not more issues that will be brought to the bedroom.

The writing style of this story was lovely. As soon as I read the first chapter I knew this would be a story I could finish within a few hours because the author wrote it in a way that was easy to read, and her creativity drew me into the story immediately. The only detail I would have liked to have seen elaborated was the lycanthrope aspect of the story. I like to see the second nature of a person/shifter to play a large role in their behavior and actions. The only time Del’s shifting abilities played a role were in the bedroom. If it would have been elaborated just a little more this would have been the prefect story for me.

The relationships develop within this story worked really well. I think that Del is the perfect pursuer and when he sets his mind to something he sticks with it. While this helps the relationship it proves to also hurt it in the long run. Both men are lovers each can be proud, whether it is meeting the folks or in the bedroom.

This was a beautiful love story between two deserving men and I was happy to share the experience with them.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fallen by Pia Veleno

Fallen by Pia Veleno
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemp., Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (110 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Man has free will, and guardian angels have an eternal place in the holy host.

When unexpected feelings interfere with Malchediel's guidance of a mortal being, he must decide if his love for one man is true, or the work of the devil. Charged with the soul of handsome but suicidal Bran Weller, Malchediel faces a new challenge: Bran's steadfast belief that homosexuality is not wrong despite the Church's view of his lifestyle.

In the course of his angelic duties, Mal is tempted to turn a blind eye to long-standing rules of guardianship as he falls in love with his charge. Torn between faith in God and belief that every man deserves love, Malchediel must find a way to balance heart and soul or risk a Fall to Hell.

Is a happy ending possible between a guardian angel and his charge? Mal is a guardian angel but he’s careful not to get too attached to his charges. Humans have free will and thus angels can only help guide and advise during the most trying times. When Mal suddenly develops feelings for Bran, the angel is faced with serious doubts. Mal wonders if his love is real and if so, what does that mean for his life and love for God?

Fallen takes a more intellectual approach to the common angel/human love story. Mal is a guardian angel sent to help Bran through a difficult time. Bran’s considering suicide, though the reasons aren’t given, and Mal tries to show Bran there is something worth living for. Bran offers a different philosophy than Mal has ever known and gives the angel a lot to think about. Much of the story is spent debating about whether homosexuality is a sin and whether God loves gay men. Bran takes the position that he can be spiritual and still be gay while Mal initially is shocked and appalled by this. Mal soon comes to realize he’s never thought about the question; just assumed that organized religion is speaking God’s word.

The religious debate takes up a good portion of the story and tries to offer the viewpoint that someone can be spiritual and still gay; that homosexuality is not a sin. The fact that a guardian angel, presumably with the most belief in God, never even thought about this question is a bit suspect. Mal feels too innocent, too naïve in a lot of the scenes. He’s new to the ways of humans and often blunders his way through things as well. He has a very formal way of speaking that makes for an awkward, somewhat difficult reading experience. This is meant to convey Mal’s thought process but tends to make for a disjointed story.

The romance between Bran and Mal is nice but I think the religious and intellectual debate overshadow the story. Combined with the writing style, this may not appeal to everyone. There are several sweet romantic elements and a definite happy ending – with miracles even – and the story does a really good job of offering a different, fresh take on the angel/human theme. I’m very curious to see what the author does next.

My Little Kitty by Joyee Flynn

My Little Kitty by Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemp, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (112 Pages)
Other: M/M, M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

While at a party to celebrate his brother's return home, Trey Donovan smells his mate in the crowd. Addison Cambell is a werewolf from the local pack. Still hanging on to his ex-boyfriend, Addison isn't ready to let go and accept Trey into his heart.

After realizing his new mate still holds a torch for his ex, Trey leaves with a broken heart and decides to move on and start a new life without Addison. But Trey gets more than he bargained for when furniture shopping for his new house. He meets his other mate, Jasper Knight. Still mending from Addison's rejection, he decides to take things slow.

Can Trey get over his past heartbreak and move on in the relationship with his new mate, or will Trey imitate Addison by allowing past hurt to dictate his new relationship with Jasper?

Trey Donovan is a good guy, loving, caring and protective of his family. To most people he is everything a person could want in a partner. So when he stumbles across one of his fated mates, it’s only natural for us as the reader to want only the best for him. Someone as sweet as Trey deserves only the best.

Addison at first appearance seems to be an attractive and confident man. We soon discover this isn’t the case. Addison has suffered a bad break up prior to meeting Trey that has left him with no self confidence at all. In the attempt to keep Trey happy Addison pushes his mate away due to some misguided advice from an outside source. I really wanted to hate Addison but I later find out the reasoning behind his actions and my heart went out to this character.

Reeling from heartbreak Trey moves on with his life the best he can when the unexpected happens. While out on a shopping trip he happens upon his second mate, Jasper Knight. Ms. Flynn wrote a very strong character with Jasper. Jasper is everything Addison wasn’t, loving, gentle and with the only goal to put Trey first above all else.

Just when I thought Trey was going to get his happy ending, several unexpected events occur. Some bad, some good, some that are just meant to be. Ms. Flynn wrote a tough love story with Here Little Kitty. She shows us just because something is fated to be doesn’t always mean it’s meant to be. In every relationship there are ups and downs but if, as a couple, you can work through your differences anything is possible.

The only thing I didn’t like about this story is like all good things it had to come to an end.

This was an excellent read. If you like paranormal, shifter stories with sexy men and steamy erotic love scenes this book is for you. Joyee Flynn did not disappoint with this second story in the Purrfect Mates series. I completely recommend this book and look forward to the next installment to this series.

Kiss Across Swords by Teal Ceagh

Kiss Across Swords by Teal Ceagh
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Time Travel, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (201 pages)
Other: M/F, M/M, M/M/F, M/F/M Menage, anal play/intercourse
Cherry Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Growing up, Taylor Yates never dreamed she would end up happily living with two drop-dead sexy vampires and time-hopping through their thousand years of personal history. Her life is complete—or is it?

When she finds herself at the siege of Jerusalem during the first crusade, Taylor discovers Veris doesn’t know her at all…and doesn’t want to. Worse, he and Brody are total strangers, and Taylor drives a wedge deep between them by trying to seduce Veris at their first meeting—not something a lady of the day does if she wants to keep her head.

Taylor and Brody must woo Veris using the customs of medieval England, win his heart and his full commitment before Jerusalem falls in four days’ time—or when they return to their own time, their lives as they know them will be gone.

How far would you go to find a man who doesn’t want to be found? If he is one of the two men you love more than life, would you go back in time? What if you didn’t have a choice? What if your actions could not only irreversibly change history but potentially impact your future? When a birthday request inadvertently causes a rift with her vampire lovers, Veris, Taylor and Brody are sent on a quest that could change all of their lives forever!

In the heart pounding follow-up to Teal Ceagh’s Kiss Across Time the reader is reintroduced to vampires Veris and Brody and their very human mate, Taylor Yates. In Kiss Across Time the trio experienced unexplainable time travel sending them back several hundreds of years. This allows Taylor to relive moments in the vampires' histories. They never know when a leap will happen but it most often happens when Taylor is being intimate with either one or both men. This book isn’t a comedy by a long shot but growing up with a father who loved Star Trek, I had to giggle each time the characters made a leap. You’ll have to understand the underlying joke about the ‘red-shirt officer' on Star Trek to get the joke but it essentially lets all parties involved know they are each cognizant of the time jump and safe.

Kiss Across Time was basically the introduction of Taylor to the vampires. Kiss Across Swords takes place four years into their ménage relationship. Everything seems to be progressing beautifully until Taylor makes a fateful request from Veris for her birthday. I don’t want to spoil the introduction so I’ll leave you simply knowing he refuses and then disappears without contact. You can feel the loneliness that both Taylor and Brody experience at his loss. Ms. Ceagh’s writing is beautifully vivid. When Brody and Taylor suddenly make a leap back in time to the first time Veris and Brody meet you can not only see the time period in your mind but you feel like you go on the journey with them.

Kiss Across Swords was a beautiful follow-up story but would work fine as a stand alone. Although, as a reader I can’t imagine not wanting to know how this trio came together. Kiss Across Time gives you background on both Taylor and vampires that Ms. Ceagh builds and expounds on in book two. If you like the paranormal and time travel genre’s you won’t want to miss this exciting story.

Morning Report by Sue Brown

Morning Report by Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (220 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex/Play, Spanking, Light BDSM
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Rosemary

A decade on from their first kiss, Luke Murray is more in love with Simon every day. Running the Lost Cow ranch for Luke’s parents, they keep their heads down and get along with the locals, even if Luke is known for being a hothead. Then one day they discover the local store owners refuse to serve them.

They’re bewildered until Luke’s mom tells them the new pastor has targeted the couple in his sermons. Suddenly Luke and Simon find themselves alienated from people they called friends, and their ranch comes under a series of attacks. As the town’s hatred and homophobia turns on them, Luke and Simon will face a critical choice: give in to the town’s demands and disappear, or stand and fight for themselves and their love.

Morning Report by Sue Brown is such an incredibly engrossing novel that the world around me faded away as I found myself completely immersed in Luke and Simon’s passionate and loving relationship and the troubles facing them.

Luke Murray and Simon Bryan have been in a solid and established relationship for ten years and they successfully run the Lost Cow ranch together. Surrounded by a loving family and loyal ranch hands who accept and respect their relationship, they live openly but inconspicuously as a gay couple near a small Texas town.

After a new pastor and his wife target the gay men, Luke and Simon find themselves ostracized by many longtime friends and business acquaintances. Adding to their troubles are the almost daily attacks on the Lost Cow by overzealous and deeply prejudiced townspeople. For the first time in ten years, Luke and Simon find their relationship tested in unforeseen ways. Will their relationship survive intact and relatively unscathed?

Luke and Simon are engaging, three dimensional protagonists, and Ms. Brown brings them vividly to life. Luke’s passionate and vibrant personality is displayed by his fierce devotion to his family and Simon and by his deep love for the family ranch. He fights for what he believes in, and he does not back down. Simon is an equally strong character but he is the more level headed and observant of the two men. As events unfold, the two men find themselves switching roles on occasion, and they discover they do not know each other quite as well as they thought they did.

The secondary cast of characters is equally well developed, and they add a great deal of depth to the novel. Luke’s parents, Pamela and Greg, may be retired from ranching, but they are still actively involved in the ranch’s business and Luke’s life. Their staunch and unwavering support of Luke and Simon is easily one of the most endearing aspects of the novel. The interactions between Luke and his siblings are intense and emotional with a few lighthearted and fun moments thrown in to relieve some of Morning Report’s heavier moments.

Morning Report by Sue Brown is a gripping and fast paced novel. Luke and Simon’s relationship is marked by deep love and respect. Their sexual attraction for one another sparks frequent hot and steamy sex whenever and wherever the mood strikes. Flawed characters that make their fair share of mistakes provide Morning Report with an undeniable air of authenticity as does the realistic yet emotionally satisfying ending.

Sons of Heaven: Beldon by Brenna Lyons

Sons of Heaven: Beldon by Brenna Lyons
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (68 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Review By: Myrtle

We've talked about them for millennia. The Sons of Heaven came to Earth and lay with the Daughters of Man, spawning the heroes of old (or the monsters of old, depending on your mythos). They have been called angels. They have been called demons, the fallen, the devil... Somewhere behind the myths, there were men, winged men who came from the stars and took simple human women as mate. It is time for one modern human woman to discover who and what the Sons of Heaven were, and that discovery will change her life forever.

When Jannie Reynolds goes down the line into the deeper caverns in search of more artifacts depicting the winged god-man, she doesn't know a team member with a thirst for fame intends to cut her ropes. She doesn't know her life will be saved by alien technology or that she will stumble upon a five-thousand-year old winged alien in a stasis tube who doesn¦t know his colony has been destroyed. And she certainly doesn¦t know she's an alien crossbreed, as well.

Have you ever had a cover and book title that just reaches out and grabs you? This book did exactly that with me. I have often wondered who the sons of Heaven were, where they came from, what they looked like and, more importantly, why did they come, and where did they go?

It was not hard to let my imagination run wild, and envision how they entice the daughters of man to sleep with them. However, I was not prepared and was completely amazed at how Brenna Lyons spun an astonishing tale and painted her own picture as to just what the sons of Heaven looked like and why they came to earth. This tale is completely believable if you let your mind roam free and think of the possibilities of other life forms, and worlds, or if you just like sci-fi/fantasy stories about angels, nephilim or winged men you will definitely be entertained with the plot in this one.

Ms. Lyons’ writing is so vivid I can easily imagine how the winged master known as Beldon would look. A strong warrior ready to take on the world to protect his Sakk race and the young seedlings who were bred on Earth. I can see how it would be pretty intimidating for a warrior such as he to awaken not knowing if he was stranded on this alien world alone after being locked in a bio tube for a millennia. Getting no useful information from his sensors, and not sure what had awakened him, he fears he may die locked inside the tube.

Injured from a fall, Jannie Reynolds comes across the bio tube and frees Beldon. She soon realizes that she is not dead and the blue-eyed angel with white wings is a flesh and blood myth that archeologists live all their lives in hopes of discovering. Now the plot is set and the scenes come together to form an amazing story.

UFO’s and aliens were hot topics in the news back in 1958 when I was small and nephilim where talked about during Sunday school so I grew up enthralled with it all. The cover, title, and blurb hooked me and Ms. Lyons reeled me in with the plot, characters, and the delicious twist on the myths of the Sons of Heaven and the Daughters of Man, one that will open up possibility and fantasies for your dreams if you are as enchanted by the subject as I am. This reviewer was thrilled to see that Ms. Lyons continued the story with “The Daughters of Man” which I hope to read in the near future. As for “Sons of Heaven” I would not hesitate to recommend it.

Two To Love by Sophie Oak

Two To Love by Sophie Oak
Nights In Bliss Colorado 2
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (234 Pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Menage, Anal play/sex, Toys
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Callie Sheppard went wild once in her life, sharing a perfect weekend with two men she could never forget but thought she would never see again. Nathan Wright and Zane Hollister were two DEA agents who needed a decadent weekend before going on a long, undercover assignment to take down an outlaw biker gang.

Six years later, Callie has to break in a new Sheriff after Rye Harper walked out on the job. But her heart skips a beat when Nate walks through the door in his new uniform. Nate and Zane have come to Bliss, Colorado, to heal. Their cover is blown, and while the Barbarians are almost put out of business, Zane pays a horrible price.

The boys are determined to win back Callie’s broken heart. But when the Barbarians return with revenge in mind, they’ll need to save her before they can claim her.

One weekend with the two sexy cowboys should have been all she needed but Callie realized, six years later, when Nate and Zane walked into her town, that only a lifetime with both men would ever be enough.

Welcome back to Bliss, Colorado, the wonderfully quirky town in the mountains of Colorado that is home to starving artists, conspiracy theorists, Vegan protestors, and of course a nudist colony. In Ms. Oaks first introduction to Bliss we met brothers Rye and Max Harper and Rachel, who is now their wife. While we get to visit with the Harpers a bit more in Two To Love the main focus in this story is Callie Sheppard and the two men who left an indelible mark on her life and her heart six years prior.

I gobbled up the first book in the Nights in Bliss series but I think I connected more with Two To Love. There is so much emotion in this novel. Nate and Zane have lived a lifetime in the six years since they left Callie in their hotel room after a weekend she’s never forgotten. As undercover DEA agents they had to give up their life outside the biker gang they were attempting to take down and that meant forgoing to chance of a lifetime with Callie. When fate brings them all together in Bliss, will Callie be able to forgive them for leaving with barely a note, will Nate be able to forgive himself for failing Zane and will Zane be able to move past the nightmares of the Barbarians? You won’t want to miss their story!!

Ms. Oak has an amazing voice for ménage relationships. I can only imagine the difficulty in writing the incredibly hot scenes when it only involves one man and woman much less throwing in a whole other body. With Ms. Oak’s writing you never feel that you lose the chemistry or the plot for the sake of the scene.

As I mentioned before, Two To Love is the follow-up to Three To Ride, but it is very much a stand alone book. Although, after you read one I can’t imagine not wanting to read the other. If you have enjoyed the first two books in the Nights In Bliss series like I have you’ll be happy to hear that there is one more book planned for Stephen and Jennifer called One To Keep! This reviewer will be on pins and needles waiting!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hotwired Heart by Jaime Samms

Hotwired Heart by Jaime Samms
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (50 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

A good car thief needs sixty seconds, but grand theft heart might take even less time than that.

Freedom and trust; opposite sides of the same coin that could give expert car thief, Marky, the win he's looking for. Little does he know escaping his gang ties will lead him through heartbreak and into cuffs he hadn't even thought to watch out for.

Now he can trust the powerful man who wants to help, or he can keep running. It all depends on how much he values his freedom, and whether or not Roland has managed the impossible; hijacking Marky's carefully guarded heart.

Leaving his gang for a BDSM club may not be the kind of escape Marky had in mind. Marky’s trying to go straight after time with a street gang. He and his best friend steal a car for their last hurrah but the heist ends bloody with Marky on the run. He hides in a local BDSM club, which may be more than this car thief can handle. The club owner takes an interest in Marky though, one Marky’s not sure if he likes or not.

Hotwired Heart is a quick, enjoyable short story. There’s not much to it but the author knows how to pack a punch. Marky is a young car thief, surviving in the brutal gang atmosphere. He wants out though and a better life, which he may have just have with club owner, Roll. The sexual tension and chemistry between the two offers a sexy and explosive finish. The two characters spark off each other and make a steamy relationship against the gritty backdrop of violence and crime.

The writing is very good and fast paced. The characters are interesting and three dimensional with a lot of possibilities for future titles. I’m excited to see where the stories go and with whom. There are numerous secondary characters that want attention so you don’t want to miss this first book in the series. Marky and Roland are romantic, sweet, sexy, hot, and just a little kinky. Not too much to scare any readers but just enough to add spice to the sex.

As the first book in a new series this quick, entertaining short story definitely satisfies. Fans of the author and those new to her writing should equally enjoy Hotwired Heart and it is easily worth the few bucks. Not to mention with the hottie on the cover, you can’t go wrong.