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Friday, March 4, 2011

Seducing Their Mate by Kiera West

Seducing Their Mate by Kiera West
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (83 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/F/M/M, Menage, anal play/sex, mild BDSM, spanking, toys
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Scientist and veterinarian Eve MacMillan loves wolves. She’s been studying them most her life. When she gets the opportunity to study on a private reserve in Alaska, she jumps at the chance. Four months into her year of research, she is as fascinated with the Dillon cousins as she is her wolves.

All six Dillon cousins know that she is their mate. And for four long months they have waited to take the final step. After their Alpha, Noah, seduces her, they tell her they want to share her. Overwhelmed by the passion they inspire, Eve lets her inhibitions dissolve.

Then an unknown enemy ramps up his attacks, and Eve discovers her lovers are more than just men when one of the pack is left fighting for his life.

When their mate isn’t aware that she’s captured the heart of not one but six (yes, that’s SIX) werewolf shifters, their only recourse is to seduce her. Sit back and crank up the air because the seduction of Eve by the Dillon pack is focused and intense, especially when they realize there is more danger than the totem shifters in the forest.

This is the first book in Kiera West’s Great Wolves of Passion, Alaska series for Siren’s new LoveXtreme line and this reviewer is hooked! Ms. West creates a fantastic setting in the far reaches of Alaska that just begs the characters to get active quick just to stay warm. Lucky for our heroine, Eve, there are six brothers/cousins that have every intention of keeping her warm, safe and satisfied beyond her wildest dreams. Eve comes on the scene already having a heart and interest for studying the wolves located on the land preserve owned by the Dillon family. She certainly never considered getting to know them so up close and personal. Not to say she didn’t think about it!

Writing a good ménage could not be an easy task. As a reader I’m picky. I want each individual to have a distinct personality and there has to be believable chemistry between each man with the woman. Ms. West does an outstanding job of not only building her characters but the plot outside the seduction totally drew me in. As any avid reader will tell you, lots of hot sex doesn’t make a book good. The dialogue has to flow naturally and the premise has to make sense, even with a paranormal aspect. Again, I have to applaud Ms. West for an outstanding job of smooth writing and a creative engaging story.

In this particular series there will be a total of eight books (YAY!) with the first bringing Eve to the men, revealing their little secret, and a then snagging the reader with a tease of the real plot. In this case, there is an underlying evil that is attacking the wolves, shifter and non-shifter alike. I was so into the story that I got to the last page and kept hitting the forward button on my e-reader not wanting to believe that there was no more to book one and I’d have to wait patiently for book two while dwelling on the thrilling cliff hanger.

If you love shifter/mate books you will want to read this first book in Ms. West’s series. This reviewer is waiting (rather impatiently) for book two. If it’s anywhere as explosive and exciting as book one it will be well worth the wait!

Devil In Texas by Calista Fox

Devil In Texas by Calista Fox
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (208 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Sunflower

New Yorker Liza is in desperate need of a fresh start—and libido CPR wouldn’t hurt either. Taking Fate into her own hands, she relocates to Wilder, Texas, on a whim. Her first night in town, she meets a devil in blue jeans named Jack. A sinner who willingly hands over a ticket for the most erotic ride of her life.

Jack doesn’t date Wilder women and he certainly doesn’t need another complication in his life. He’s running for City Council and trying to keep the morality crusaders in town from shutting down the last-standing public watering hole in Wilder. But when the sexy New Yorker sways her shapely hips through his door, Jack’s convictions instantly go up in flames, along with his body. Jack antes up and goes after everything he wants, including Liza. But is he the only one playing for keeps?

Liza is looking for a good time, and a fresh start. She finds both in a small town. She doesn't fit in, but the one person who doesn't care is Jack, the man she meets on her first night there and makes a fool of herself in front of.

Liza is intriguing. A rule breaker. I liked her immediately. She's the kind of person that doesn't care what people think of her. She stands out, especially in Wilder, Texas. Liza brings color and fun into the gray, dull town. It's definitely a major change from the city life that she's used to living. And she seems to stir up a bit of trouble and turn the heads of the people in the town. But some of the townsfolk don't seem to like the new girl. They frown upon her.

I love Jack; he definitely makes for a great hero. He's always calling people darlin' and I can just hear in my mind a Southern drawl that sends shivers down my spine. Sparks fly with Liza, and despite the protests of some people, he enjoys spending time in and out of bed with Liza.

The story could have used some more depth. While I enjoyed the light read, and the hot love scenes, I really didn't learn a lot of Jack or Liza's past, and what makes them the people they are today. There are bits and pieces trickled throughout the story about Liza, but not enough to satisfy my need of knowing the two better.

The secondary characters were fresh, engaging and humorous. The setting in Wilder was great. The feel of small town rumors and quirks is always amusing. Overall, I liked this book. If you enjoy a contemporary book with hot love scenes to warm you up on a cold winter day, then fall in love with Wilder, Texas and the characters that live there.

Angelic Surrender by Crista McHugh

Angelic Surrender by Crista McHugh
(The Kavanaugh Foundation, Book 2)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Other: M/F, Light Bondage
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Heaven doesn’t want him. Hell is afraid of him. She can see right through him…

The Kavanaugh Foundation, Book 2

If the abrupt appearance of Will Vassago on her couch is any indication, knowledge of Anjali’s rare ability to see past demons’ disguising glamours has spread far beyond the Foundation. One thing that hasn’t changed since she accidentally touched him two years ago—his unnerving affect on her hormones.

Officially, Vassago needs Anjali’s help to find an escaped Skinwalker demon. He’s also got some not-so-official plans for their down time, but if her sensitive gift reveals who he really is—a fallen angel—any chance to fan the embers of desire between them will be lost.

Anjali tries to get their assignment over with before she loses control entirely. With every encounter, the unquenchable fire in her body burns hotter. And Vassago is startled to realize when he almost loses her to the rifts of Hell he has already lost his heart.

Then they discover the Skinwalker is only the tip of the iceberg. If they can’t get a lid on the situation, Manhattan will suffer a fate worse than Sodom and Gomorrah, and not even Vassago’s celestial sword will protect Anjali from the Angel of Death.

Some things in life are not black and white. Will Vassago falls into one of those gray areas. Anjali really doesn’t know what side the fallen angels is on -- good or evil. He could be one of the good guys or he could be one of the bad guys Anjali has dedicating her life to vanquishing.

If being one of the fallen is wrong though, I don’t want Will to be right. There is something sexy about a fallen Angel like Will because he is suppose to be saintly, but instead he turned away from God. You know that he must have had a good side to him to have been an Angel, yet he has a bit of a naughty streak, which caused his fall. With this fallen the good definitely outweighs the bad, but that does not stop him from being a man in the ways that count, including arrogance, stubbornness, and drop dead gorgeousness. The author did such a great job creating my ideal hero that I found myself thinking about him for days.

Anjali is one strong female. The fact that she is the only demon hunter in a foundation full of vampire hunters speaks highly of her. Demons may knock her down but she refuses to stay down for long. Plus she has a secret weapon that no one else possesses. It is one of the reasons Will finds her so intriguing. She proves her strength by showing she has what it takes to tame Will heart, body, and immortal soul. Anjali is the type of woman we average mortals envy. Her OCD is also a quirk that I happen to love about her. It makes her less than perfect which is something I enjoy seeing in a heroine.

I can say that this story had an unfair advantage from the beginning because I am a sucker for an angel vs. demon story. Crista McHugh’s plot contained everything I love about the epic battle between good and evil. Part of this is the gray area. Lucifer and the other fallen angels may not necessarily be entirely evil as we expect them to be. Then again, they could be the ones out to destroy the world. This conundrum is what keeps readers entertained and makes them come back again and again.

This was the first story I have read by Crista McHugh but with work this skillful it will not be my last.

Room Number Twelve by Rebecca Leigh

Room Number Twelve by Rebecca Leigh
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (12 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Donovan and Rod are two vampires who like to role-play. Friday night is cowboy night, and the two meet as strangers at the Warehouse on Sixth Street. In familiar room number twelve, their erotic encounter includes the mutual exchange of blood and ends with a promise of more to come.

He wants a cowboy and he wants one now. As long as it't the right cowboy.

Whew! Talk about hot stories. This one really sizzles from page one. Rebecca Leigh has written a short story that’s guaranteed to scorch the screen. Rod and Donovan have a chemistry that leaps off the page. IN the short time it took me to read this story it felt like I was right there with them at the Warehouse. Ms. Leigh has a quick writing style that pulled me right in and I didn’t want to put this book down.

I have to admit, this story really flies by. There’s lots of passion and lust. There was more than enough testosterone to keep my attention. But what I really wanted was a little more. I wanted to know about the characters and their world. This story is a nice little nosh, but could easily be more. I felt the sparks between them and they were hot. At the same time, I felt like there were little details that could’ve been added for me to really know Donovan and Rod. My time with them flew by and I wanted to savor the experience a little longer.

Don’t get me wrong. If you want a hot book that’s guaranteed to fog the windows right before bed, this book hits the mark. It’s quick, fun, and sexy. Read Room Number Twelve. You’ll want to book your room there with the cowboy of your choice—I guarantee it.

From Pack to Pride by Amber Kell

From Pack to Pride by Amber Kell
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemp
Length: Short Story (59 Pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

When a wolf shifter joins a pride of lions, the fur flies.

When Adrian is sent to live with the lion pride for his own safety, little does he know that the pride alpha is already culling him from the pack. With one picture, Talan knew Adrian was his mate.

Now he has six months to persuade Adrian to stay in his pride forever and keep a psychotic wolf from killing him.

What’s a werewolf shifter to do when his alpha sends him to live with a pride of lion shifters? If he’s lucky he just might fall in love.

Adrian is a wolf shifter who gets the shock of his life when his brother informs him he’s going to go live with a pride of lion shifters. Adrian is dead set against this, he’s a wolf being sent to live with a bunch of cats, and to him this is completely unacceptable. His brother Kade, who also happens to be his pack alpha, tells him it’s for the best in order to keep him safe from another wolf that is out to get him.

Reluctantly Adrian goes to the lion pride. The only thing that is keeping him sane is the knowledge that this arrangement is only temporary. If he can’t find a suitable mate he can return home within six months. Upon arrival, he meets the sexist man he’s ever seen, Talan the pride alpha. Adrian starts to think living with a bunch of lions won’t be so bad.

This is a well written love story that goes beyond just two people falling in love. Both Adrian and Talan are strong willed men who struggle with giving what the other one needs. Adrian’s need to prove he’s not weak and helpless is always at the for front of what he wants. Talan’s need to love and protect his mate is always and underlying conflict with Adrian.

I thought this story was absolutely brilliant. I’m a big fan of paranormal romances and this story did not disappoint me at all. It’s a love story with just enough conflict between the characters to keep you on the edge of your seat wondering will they or won't they be together.

A Demon’s Kiss by Sable Grey

A Demon’s Kiss by Sable Grey
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (21 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by: Morning Glory

Patricia Weaver has always loved Jack Avery, but when she finds out he’s a soul-collecting demon, everything changes. Drawn to him despite the darkness that surrounds who and what he is, Patricia finds herself swept away by his sexual heat but in the end must decide if she can accept and love him...talons and all.

This story starts out with a bang: our heroine, Patrica is running and hiding in the storehouse. I just had to keep reading to find out what the heck was going on.

I like the historical take on this paranormal short; it was the first time I'd ever read a book like this. The characters were interesting, too. Jack is a demon who collects souls. He seemed lonely and looking for someone who would care for him, all of him -- both the demon inside and human outside. I would've liked to have learned more about Jack. Like how he became a demon? Patrica says she's known him a long time. So how old is he, and does he age? Perhaps I'm looking to much into this story, but these were some questions that floated around my brain as I read the story.

Patrica is a curious young woman, and her curiosity only increases as she learns more about Jack. I liked that despite her reservations she gave Jack a chance. Granted at first she is freaked out -- but who wouldn't be if the dude you were crushing on sprouted wings and talons.

I think author Sable Grey did a great job with this short romance. Her characters were entertaining and the story was enthralling, even though I had those nagging questions. I enjoyed how she combined these two genres and the sex was hot with a capital "H".

Thursday, March 3, 2011

American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane

American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (252 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Jake Brenner has too many wild oats to sow to fall in love—or so he claims. Besides, he's much too busy with his band, the Wayward Sons, to go looking for romance. His reticence has nothing to do with his embarrassing crush on Chris, the band's lead singer and Jake's erstwhile best friend. But that was before enigmatic wanderer Parker McAvoy signed on as the band's new lead guitarist.

He can only deny his attraction to sweet, dorky Parker for so long before the urge to do something about it becomes impossible to ignore. The trouble is, Parker knows all about Jake's philandering ways—and oh, yeah, he's not gay. Or so Jake thinks until a string of related events provides encouraging new insight. Can he convince Parker to overlook his colorful past and give him a chance? Or will this love song fade out before it even begins?

“My heart went boom when you crossed the room.”

That line sums up the spark between Parker and Jake and I was so glad I got to go along for the ride. Ashlyn Kane, you have a reader for life.

When I saw the blurb for American Love Songs, I was smitten. I love M/M stories, I love music, and I was one of those fans who really wanted to see what would happen if my favorite lead singer just so happened to be horizontal with a bandmate or two. This book is all that and more. It’s written in a fast-paced, contemporary style. It was as though I was in Jake’s head. At times, he’s completely goofy and other times, it’s a sweet place to be, seeing things from his perspective.

Jake thinks he knows everything and isn’t ready to settle down. He’s a guy’s guy. Wild oats and all. I loved it. He’s the wild horse who can’t be broken. Unless it happens to be Parker in charge. Did I mention Jake is a riot? The way he sees things is uniquely Jake and I laughed so many times while reading. He’s got the best (or worst depending on how you look at it) timing and I couldn’t help but fall in love with him.

Parker...where do I begin? He’s not one whit what Jake expects and he gives Jake a run for his money. It was really sweet and sad at times to see the progression through the years. Yeah, this isn’t one of those books where the heroes fall into bed right away, but the waiting was the best part. I rooted and rooted for these two to not only get together, but to make it as well, and the plot twists are totally worth it.

If you want a book that will make you laugh, cry, tug at your heart, and leave you with a smile, then this is the book for you. I’m not one for rating stories "best books", but this one certainly is. I thought about it after I went to sleep and more than once for the last week. I liked it that much.

Read American Love Songs. You won’t regret it. I didn’t.

Colters’ Daughter by Maya Banks

Colters’ Daughter by Maya Banks
Colters' Legacy, Book 3
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (163 pages)
Other: M/F, spanking, bdsm, anal sex
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed By Myrtle

Callie Colter once chased sunsets all over the world. Until Max. Together they were a perfect storm of desire, and she reveled in the beautiful power. Then he disappeared without a word, and the betrayal drove her home to lick her wounds.

Who knew he’d have the gall to show his face in her brother’s bar.

Max Wilder figures he deserves Callie’s right hook to the jaw, but it changes nothing. He had his reasons for pursuing her across Europe, for making her fall in love with him. But when she took everything he gave and offered more, she changed all the rules. He had no choice leaving her, but he’s back. This time for the right reasons.

Callie is angry and hurt, yet powerless against Max’s relentless onslaught. He’ll settle for nothing less than her complete surrender—and her love. Only when she’s back in his arms will he be truly happy. And the damning truth can stay safely tucked away.

Except the truth has a way of creeping to the surface, and Max may just be out of second chances.

You would think growing up with three fathers and three brothers wrapped around her little finger would help Callie Colter know how to handle a man.

I've been enthralled by the whole Colters’ series and it was exciting to read Colters’ Daughter to see the woman Callie had become. After all, when you are hooked on a series and fall in love with most of the characters it's hard to stop until you know how their lives turn out.
Callie Colter is the baby girl of a family with one mother, and a whole lot of testosterone, so when Max Wilder -- the man who ran out on her in Europe -- shows up in her home town, fists fly starting with Callie’s.

What bothered Callie the most was that Max had made her need him, and then he had walked away with her heart. Now he's back and hoping Callie will never learn the true reason for their meeting in Europe because it could destroy the one goal he has in mind and that is to claim Callie as his.

I'm not going to go into a lot of detail about the plot because I think the excerpt says it all. However, let me add this: when a girl has so many alpha males around to protect her it cannot bode well for the man who broke her heart. I will guarantee a lot of "he-man" action, hot sex, and laughter as you watch Callie’s story unfold.

Just a warning though: I'm betting that once you’ve started this book, you won't be able to set it down, so set aside a good block of time to read it when the lack of sleep will not kill you the next day.

If money were no object, I would buy all three books in the series for all my friends because they are worth reading. Even though this book is a stand-alone story, after completing it I wanted to pull out the first two and read them all over again.

Yes this story is most definitely worth keeping and one that I will read again in the future because the plot and characters are so riveting. It is not surprising that this book made it to the USA Today Bestseller list because it has a well-written scheme and loveable characters that will make you want to read more books by Maya Banks.

Soul Hunger by Marisa Chenery

Soul Hunger by Marisa Chenery
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Twilight
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (183 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Verbena

As one of Ra’s Chosen warriors, Mehen must protect mortals from the undead who hunt them. Gifted by the sun god Ra, Mehen has never struggled with the task—until he saves a woman from three undead, and finds himself in need of saving. Something about the woman stirs him, and he’s consumed by his need not only for her body, but also her blood.

Blythe may have been saved by the mysterious man, but her reaction to the feel of his arms around her and the way his eyes wander to her neck don’t make her feel much safer. When she’s taken to his headquarters against her will, she finds herself a prisoner. But when he unleashes passion unlike any she’s ever known, she realizes she’ll do anything to stay imprisoned.

But Blythe is not who she seems. And Mehen finds himself in the fight of his life to save the woman he loves from the evil that yearns to possess her.

Can love really conquer all between woman and man, even when mortality threatens to separate them in end? Or when the gods of good and evil blur the lines even more?

One of Ra’s chosen, Mehen, leads his fellow warriors in the fight against the undead and the protection of mortals. He’s lived hundreds of years knowing what his duty entails and has accepted the loneliness that comes with it. That is, until he saves a feisty young woman from three undead and suddenly his emotions, desire, and bloodlust kick in to overdrive. When he begins to crave more blood than he should, develops a sense of protectiveness for Blythe that borders on ridiculous, and when Ra refuses to answer his calls, he knows he in deep trouble.

Recently out of a bad marriage, Blythe trusts no man and is enjoying her sense of freedom, despite her financial hardship. When Mehen roars into her life on his sporty motorcycle all muscle, might, and pig-headedness, she’s not sure she’s ready to fall for his good looks and easy charm. It’ll take a whole lot of effort on his part to break through her barriers and win her heart.

I really enjoyed Soul Hunger. The characters were easy to fall for and the action grabs you right from the start. The secondary characters really give depth to the plot and open the door for future books. I couldn’t help but feel jealous of Blythe. Who wouldn’t want to be a lone female in the secure headquarters of six gorgeous warriors chosen by the sun god himself? Lucky girl. There were only a few editing mistakes (missing words) that caught my eye and some of the diaglogue seemed too wordy or mechanical at times. There were a few times when I wanted to throw something heavy at Mehen’s head, but other than that, I enjoyed every page from beginning to end.

If you’d like to see one lone woman take on half-a-dozen brawny warriors and have them practically eating out of her hand before she’s through, then pick up a copy of Soul Hunger. It’ll leave you hungry for the next story in Ms. Chenery’s creative and entertaining warrior series, Ra’s Chosen.

Liquid Crimson by Carol Lynne

Liquid Crimson by Carol Lynne
Neo’s Realm
Publisher: Total E-bound
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (110 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Forced Seduction
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Neo Manos, son of Zeus, was to become King of the Realm, governing the Blessed Creatures that roamed the earth. Everything changed when Neo was kidnapped and tortured for over four hundred years at the hands of a vampire. After being turned into one of the monsters he’d come to despise, Neo refused to take his rightful place as king. How could he fairly govern the Realm if he hated what he’d become?

In an attempt to make amends to his son, Zeus created a perfect mate for Neo. Michael was everything Neo had ever wanted and everything he knew he didn’t deserve. With blood designed only for Neo, Michael quickly becomes the target of Neo’s enemies.

Soon it will become a daily battle to keep his mate safe and deal with his increasing addiction to the blood flowing from Michael’s veins.

Four hundred years of torture would turn even the kindest heart cruel. The only thing that helped him survive was liquid crimson ... until Michael showed up.

From the beginning the author did a great job of showing Neo’s inner turmoil. He seemed like a compassionate man at heart, but could not or would not show that to those around him. I was happy to see that Michael helped bring out the man that I knew was inside. The character development was really remarkable all the way through the very end of the story. You could clearly see the growth directly and indirectly throughout which I appreciated. Neo is a vampires, vampire and I loved that about him as well as the vampire sub characters as well.

I think that Neo’s inner conflict really enhanced the relationship development between Michael and Neo. It pretty much explained everything that took place between them, even Michael's creation. Though Michael was created to be the perfect mate for Neo, even that can have draw backs. It also leads to a lot of secrecy and twists within the story that really left me guessing. Even after I got some of the answers I was still thinking and wondering if there wasn’t more, which evidenced great writing ability on the author's part.

This story also had a wide array of secondary characters. I especially liked Gunnar. I would love to see him get his own story, which I am sure he will since he is in a need of a great big hug (and maybe a little more). I do not want to say too much about him and ruin it, but I'm sure you'll fall in love with him and a few other characters.

Trust me when I say: do not waste any time in picking up this story.

A Changeling For All Seasons (Anthology)

A Changeling For All Seasons by Angela Knight, Sahara Kelly, Judy Mays, Marteeka Karland, Kate Douglas, Shelby Morgen, Willa Okati, Kate Hill, Lacey Savage
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Holiday, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (283 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Fetish, Toys, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5. cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Filled with the unexpected, A Changeling For All Seasons offers something to savor for every palate. From humorous to magical, from Christmas to St. Patrick's Day to the 4th of July, these stories are alight with unbridled lust, sensuous passion, and hot, hot sex, guaranteed to entangle your senses and leave you breathless.

With ten stories from various authors and genres I'm betting you'll find at least something you like in A Changeling For All Seasons, and may even discover a few things you didn’t realize you enjoyed until now. I know I did.

Angela Knight - A Vampire Christmas

Picture walking into your home feeling on top of the world knowing your sexy fiancé is waiting with open arms. Only you open the door and instead of the loving man you expected you get a bloodthirsty creature. This is exactly what happens to Amelia.

She had no idea what happened, she only knew was that life would never be normal again. I really did enjoy this story because you frequently read about falling in love with a supernatural, but it is rare to read about a character having someone they love changing and having to choose whether to leave them or accept them. One thing I did wish I got more of was David's POV. It was hard to follow the relationship development because I just didn’t know enough about his character to understand his actions. In the end though everything worked itself out and Amelia may not have ended up with the life she dreamed of, but she got one equally rewarding.

Sahara Kelly - A Christmas Pageant

Joey and Marty sitting in a tree... but they are doing way more that kissing. I really enjoyed this story. It played nicely off of a schoolboy fantasy, which most readers can appreciate. Marty desperately needed change to get past the rut in his life, and Joey definitely changed things for him. All he has to do is get her out of that skimpy outfit and into his bed.

Judy Mays - Jingle Balls

With a name like Jingle Balls this story has got to be good! Then I started reading it and thought to myself “Uh oh, this is some cheesy play off of Christmas”. Well I should have gone with my original thought because turns out it was good. By the time they made it to the club scene I was sold. The relationship development while a little slow to start but after a while really drew me in. Richard and Jessica definitely do complement each other well including both of their tempers. It seems both characters can go off at any given moment so I know their relationship will be one interesting ride. And yes I even enjoyed the cheesy play off of Christmas.

Marteeka Karland - Sealed With A Kiss

We have moved from Christmas to Valentine’s Day. I have to admit I have mix feeling about this story. The relationship develop for me was good, but the overall plot of the story just seemed as if it was missing something. I would have liked just a little more excitement or conflict. I prefer a more complex plot, but the relationship itself was good. I liked that it was almost a competition between Marie and Daxon on who could seduce who first. Plus in this relationship you can see the emotional development without being told about it, which I liked. All-in-all it was a story I enjoyed reading.

Kate Douglas - My Valentine

Ginny is my favorite character within this anthology so far. She suffered greatly in her life and deserved a shot at happiness. Her happiness is in the form of St. Valentine and, as appropriate to the holiday, he sweeps her off her feet and warms her heart and soul in an attempt to show her what life and living should be. This is a short story I can see myself reading over again and still getting that warm fuzzy feeling in my heart every time.

Shelby Morgen – Changeling

Now it's time for St. Patrick’s day and where better to celebrate than Ireland! This story was an interesting one since we start with Michael, a none believer in all things magical, but drunk enough to explore anyway. I liked the way the relationship between Arien and Michael unraveled especially the twist of them being together. One thing I was disappointed by was the end of the story. I would have liked to have seen a more definitive conclusion, but regardless, I consider this another lovely story.

Willa Okati - Elven Enchantment

I absolutely adored this story. Ciara had some crappy luck with men until she walks into a bar. Even though there was a band the real show was the two guys who couldn’t keep their hands off each other -- a far better show, and Ciara thought so, too. Even more fun was when Seanan and Ardal invite Ciara for a night of unimaginable pleasure. Who wouldn't jump at the change to join Blondie and Dark & Delicious? Everything about this story was perfect from beginning to end, and I would love to see more of these lovable characters.

Kate Hill - Jolene's Pooka

Another great story riveted with myth and lore. Larkin is really the stand out character in this story. Athough he came off a little too arrogant and dominant for me, knowing what he is really helps me understand why he acts that way. Apparently it is just what Jolene needs because she falls into his bed, and refuses to leave once she realized how much fun it was. I don't know if the legend of the pooka is true, but I'm sold and would love for one to show up at in front of my house. I wonder if they travel to the city?

Lacey Savage - Chemistry to Burn

While the beginning of this story confused me a bit I quickly figured out what was going on. Some men will go to any length to get a girl's attention. Griffin is no exception; he refused to play second fiddle to Angelina’s research so he came up with an infallible plan to fix that problem. But he soon realized he may have made a big mistake. I actually liked Griffin once I got to know him, he isn’t as bad of a guy that Angelina thought he was. Griffin, go get your girl and refuse to accept no for an answer!

Shelby Morgen - Troll Under The Bridge

This story was short enough the characters were able to be fairly anonymous, only going by Troll and Cop. I think this was a nice little encounter at the end of this anthology. The twist at the end made it interesting. This was the shortest story within the anthology so there really wasn’t room for error and the author made sure there were none.

All in all I would have to say this was good anthology. I think that it had a nice theme that it continued from beginning to end and while each story was different they complemented each other. As a paranormal erotica fan I was able to read about fairies, shifters, trolls, vampires and other creatures. I discovered some new authors that I would love to read more stories by, which is always a plus and one of the reasons I have always enjoyed anthologies. So I would say, go ahead and read this anthology -- you might be surprised by the creatures you bump into.

Nathaniel by Jan Irving

Nathaniel by Jan Irving
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (102 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

You and your son have the saddest eyes.

Young cowboy Happy Nathaniel is struck by a need to reach out when he first meets Aaron King and his son, Samuel, so he helps Aaron find a haven at the Rocking M, far away from their strict Mennonite community. Once Sam is settled in the country school, both men seek something to spur him to speak again. But most of all, Nate also sees Aaron’s loneliness, and a single kiss is the spark Nate has secretly craved. But he’ll put his attraction on hold as long as needed, knowing there is a time for all things and that, one day, Aaron will want to dance again.

Sad eyes and a warm heart can be a lethal combination. Now add a dusty ranch and a couple of hot guys. You’ve got both endless possibilities and Jan Irving’s Nathaniel.

This story is bittersweet and sweet. I say bittersweet because there are moments that will simply squeeze tight around your heart. Then there are moments that sizzle. I love a story that really picks me up and makes me think. This is one of those books.

Ms. Irving has a great writing style that flows and draw the reader in. I was snagged by Nathaniel and Aaron within a few paragraphs. The chemistry between them is unmistakable and Ms. Irving writes it so well, I thought I was right there watching it all unfold. Although this is a shorter story, but it’s not one to be missed. I loved it.

But don’t get me wrong, this book has moments of sadness. Samuel, Aaron’s son gets treated poorly by the kids in town. Both he and Aaron aren’t readily accepted. Where it could be seen as predictable that Nathaniel is the one man to be nice to them, it’s also a happy moment. I wanted to see Nathaniel and Aaron hit it off and glad with how the story rolled along.

I’ve loved Ms. Irving’s other books and this one is a great addition to my keeper shelf. If you want a book that’s guaranteed to stick with you long after the last page, then you need to read Nathaniel. I give this book 4.5 cherries.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Saddle Up ‘N Ride by Anthology by J.P. Bowie, Simone Anderson, Jambrea Jo Jones, Jaime Samms, Em Woods, and Jan Irving

Saddle Up ‘N Ride by Anthology by J.P. Bowie, Simone Anderson, Jambrea Jo Jones, Jaime Samms, Em Woods, and Jan Irving
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (338 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Rosemary

Ride 'em Hard Cowboy by J.P. Bowie

Sheriff Joel Harper is being sued, but when he meets young attorney Jason Sherwood, he wants him to handle much more than just the lawsuit!

When Sheriff Joel Harper, ex-wrangler, is falsely accused of assault and battery by a rich rancher’s son, he turns to Royce Chandler and Charles Fletcher for legal advice. What Joel doesn’t expect is to fall immediately in lust with young attorney Jason Sherwood, Royce’s new recruit to his recently opened law office.

Their budding romance is hampered by burglary, hate-filled graffiti, hostile neighbours and co-workers, and by Joel’s own sense of responsibility to his younger brother, Toby. Can their love survive all that’s thrown at them or will Jason decide the ride is just way to rough for him to endure?

Roping His Man by Simone Anderson

When a vacation yields an unexpected surprise, choices must be made and love hangs in the balance.

When Colton Greenleaf returns to his parents buffalo ranch after college, he doesn’t count on long-buried feelings resurfacing or the pull of the Wyoming mountains luring him home to stay. He tells himself its only for two weeks, that he can put up with anything for two weeks. But, when he comes face to face with the man of his dreams his first night home, he isn’t so sure. Now, he must figure out whether to take the chance on love or follow his life plan and face losing out on love all together.

Emmanuel Keegan, known only as Hawk, knows that he is ready to settle down. The only problem is that the man he wants is twelve years younger and the boss’ only son. Not only that, Colt doesn’t plan on sticking around any longer than he has to. Hawk knows following his heart’s desire could make him the happiest man on earth or it could shatter his heart for all time.

A Fistful of Emmett by Jambrea Jo Jones

Emmett Longley just lost his job and home. When he hears of a ranch needing a jack of all trades, he jumps at the chance. What Emmett didn’t expect was to find himself drooling over his new boss. And the man was giving off some weird vibes. Was Kit gay or not?

Christopher ‘Kit’ Younger only looks at men to see if they fit the bill to work his ranch. He doesn’t have time for relationships. He never has, and if he did, they would be with a woman. That was until Emmett Longley drove up to his ranch and applied for the job of foreman. Why was he getting hard over Emmett? There was nothing feminine about Emmett so why did Kit catch himself daydreaming about being in the big man’s arms?

Sing For Your Supper by Jaime Samms

Hunger can drive a man to do just about anything in order to satisfy it, but when it’s hunger of the heart, will past relationships keep three men wanting more?

Taylor has left home, chased out by his family because he’s gay, and pursued across the prairies by the man who violently assaulted him in his own home. Now he’s homeless, friendless and using his charm and skills learned on his knees before his father’s farm hands to pay for his meals.

Matt sees something more than a desperate whore in the young rancher who comes to his diner in hopes a quick blow job will buy him a meal. He sees past Taylor’s current circumstances to a man who just needs a clean break.

Matt sends Taylor off to his friend Jim’s ranch hoping the older man will see the same things in Taylor and give him the opportunity to start over. No one expects the visceral attraction between the rancher and his new hire.

When Taylor’s past catches up to him, and he realizes he’s put both men in jeopardy just for trying to help him, he thinks maybe he deserves to be branded the fool he is.

Jack's Way by Em Woods

When a down-on-his-luck architect meets a closeted cowboy with a cranky horse, can they find common ground or will ghosts from the past destroy their future?

Ben Morillo, a prominent architect, has a good life. He works for one of the leading firms in New Hampshire, owns his flat and stays out of the lime light. That is until his ex-lover shows up at his work months after their violent break-up, making a scene that gets Ben fired.

Jack Marr, ranch owner and closeted cowboy, can’t believe his bad luck when he has to pick up the handsome friend of his veterinarian. Convinced Ben won’t stick around, Jack struggles to protect his heart before the attraction between them leaves him broken.

Ben and Jack must feel their way through an amused veterinarian, a cranky horse and too many misunderstandings, but in the end, will Ben be able prove that Jack’s way is the only way for him?

Straight Cowboy by Jan Irving

Joshua Ryan did a stint for much-needed cash as the ‘straight cowboy’ in gay porn movies but he doesn’t think of himself as gay, so why does he want to do the things to Matt James he once did in front of a camera?

Cowboy Joshua Ryan can’t stop his erotic thoughts about Matt James, the hearing-impaired guest he’s taking into the foothills in search of wild horses. Matt James has dreamed all his life of coming out west. He’s at first taciturn with Josh, afraid he’s as close minded as some other hands they encounter on their excursion, but when Josh reaches for him unconsciously in his sleep, Matt has a tough time hiding his desire for a ‘straight’ man.

If you are a fan of male/male cowboy stories, the Saddle Up ‘N Ride anthology is definitely the book for you. This terrific novel showcases many talented authors, and the stories are varied and well written.

Ride ‘em Hard Cowboy by J. P. Bowie is an engaging story with a well rounded and appealing cast of characters. The romance between Sheriff Joel Harper and lawyer Joel Sherwood is intensely passionate, and the resulting sex is blazing hot. The investigation into who is vandalizing Joel’s property provides an added edge of tension in an otherwise conflict free story. Even though Mr. Bowie ties up all the loose ends just a little too perfectly, it does not detract from the overall enjoyment of this deliciously sexy read.

Roping His Man by Simone Anderson is a delightfully steamy story. The romance between Colt Greenleaf and Hawk Keegan has been a long time in the making, and their feelings for one another are obvious to everyone except the main protagonists. For the most part, the characters are well developed and likeable, but Colt is a little immature, and some of his reactions involving Hawk and their developing relationship are juvenile. The overall plot is sound, but there are a few events that were unrealistic. Strong family ties and solid friendships firmly ground this slightly uneven story and help bring Roping His Man to its heartwarming conclusion.

A Fistful of Emmett by Jambrea Jo Jones is a captivating read with engaging protagonists and a compelling storyline. Emmett Longley and Kit Younger are multidimensional characters whose new and surprising relationship unfolds at a leisurely pace. Emmett’s easygoing and laidback personality gives him the patience he needs as he waits for Kit to come to terms with his bewildering new attraction to another man. A Fistful of Emmett is well written and realistic, and Ms. Jones delivers the perfect ending for this endearing story.

Sing for Your Supper by Jaime Samms is a powerful story of redemption as Taylor Anderson unexpectedly finds love and acceptance from an unlikely pair of men. Betrayed by his family and on the run from an abusive and vindictive ex-lover, Taylor’s fortuitous stop in a small town diner literally changes his life overnight. Sing for Your Supper is an outstanding short story with vibrant characters that Ms. Samms brings vividly to life. A well executed and gripping plot quickly engages the reader in this unusual but highly appealing story. A realistic storyline, flawed yet loveable protagonists, and scorching hot sex prove to be a winning combination in this exceptional offering from talented author Jaime Samms.

Jack’s Way by Em Woods is, quite simply, a wonderful love story. Ben Morillo’s spur of the minute decision to visit his old college friend Matt Wilder brings about an unforeseen yet welcome new relationship with rancher Jack Marr. Ben and Jack possess strong personalities which brings an interesting dynamic to their relationship as both men struggle for dominance in and out of the bedroom. Jack’s habit of carefully guarding his heart and emotions adds conflict and depth to this finely wrought story. Ms. Woods keeps the sexual tension turned up, and the resulting lovemaking is highly erotic and deeply sensual. Ms. Woods provides her readers with a touching epilogue that neatly wraps up this marvelous story.

Straight Cowboy by Jan Irving is an unexpected treat. Josh Ryan and Matt James are superbly developed yet imperfect protagonists. The sexual tension between Josh and Matt continually simmers in the background as they explore the fiery passion that is burning between them. Despite Josh’s brief foray into the gay porn industry, he has no doubt that he is anything but heterosexual so his stubborn attraction to Matt is as unwelcome as it is surprising. Matt may be a city slicker, but he is world wise and experienced, and his patience with Josh is unending and touching. Although there is plenty of smokin’ hot sex, an underlying sense of innocence and naiveté adds to Straight Cowboy’s appeal and easily makes this a standout story.