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Friday, March 11, 2011

Hot Spanish Nights by Bianca Swan

Hot Spanish Nights by Bianca Swan
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (96 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Southern vixen Erica DeLongpre journeys to Spain to find the horse of her dreams, never expecting to find a man capable of stirring her sexual awareness. Damián Xérès, a renowned bullfighter is deliciously skilled on a horse—and in bed. But a woman from Damian's past rattles Erica's confidence and threatens the very essence of her trip. With Lucia waiting for the slightest chink in her armor, Erica can't help wonder what lies ahead in those Hot Spanish Nights.

Falling in love while riding and training with horses is a very interesting and unique angle that Ms. Swan explored to the max.

Erica is at a crossroads in her life. She loves her family and has committed to doing something that she really does not want to do all in the name of being a dutiful daughter. She loves horses and is quite proficient with them, enough to impress her instructor and yet it isn’t enough. She has so many decisions to make but for two weeks she’s taking a breather so she can get a handle on what to do. However, this story gets interesting when she realizes that her breather has just presented her with the potential for passionate panting. Her emotions and feelings get twisted up like a pretzel and a reader gets treated to a woman who won’t deny herself anything, including the truth and all its ramifications.

One of the ramifications is Damián, her instructor and an accomplished man in his own right. For all his success and all of his pedigree, he’s a man with worries, problems and a thorn in his side that he can’t seem to get rid of. Yet he wants so very much to escape from all of it and nothing inspires him more than his new student. A reader sees he finds hope and a brighter future whenever he thinks of Erica.

Alright, I admit that when Damián sees the heroine, the future is not the initial draw but her long legs. It gets hot, fevered and wild from there. For readers who crave that creative erotic edge, Ms. Swan delivers. There is no surface or room unexplored between the two and I believe their falling in love ends up happening more when they are skin to skin than mind to mind. I prefer more character development than what is presented in this story but I can’t deny the writing for the most part is vivid and well done. There were a couple of descriptive passages that inspired more giggles and snorts than awe and heat but overall, I liked what I read. I will point out that I really enjoyed the part while they were riding. Now that was fun!

The external conflict seemed shallow and undeveloped and didn’t give me enough to be worried about. I think the villain had great potential but the sudden appearance and easy brush off didn’t create dramatic suspense. I think the reaction of Damián was tame, despite him being a passionate Spaniard. I expected more fire and decisive action and even an icy veneer with tightly controlled rage at what was done and what was threatened to both woman and horse. It was too civilized and the last final confrontation did not seem final enough to remove the threat permanently. If I didn’t take him seriously, would the villain? Especially one as delusional as this one was? I did have a few issues with the fiancé problem as well and wished it was handled a bit more decisively.

I love the descriptions of the horses’ personalities and the author imbued her characters with a love for Spain and equine matters that were vibrant and a pleasure to read.

Hot Spanish Nights is hands down a very exciting and passionate erotic romance heavy on the loving between Damián and Erica. The adoration of those beautiful horses came through loud and clear which is why the author made a good choice in making them a part of the conflict. How dare anyone do anything other than smother those beauties with love and affection! Of anything that touched me during this story, that did.

I was entertained and this book kept my interest but I do have a secret wish that Ms. Swan writes a sequel to tie up what I view as loose ends. I think the hero and heroine deserve it and so do readers. It would be an auto-buy for me because I really did like the chemistry between the two and would like to see them again, this time, on Erica’s turf. That would be so cool.

All She Wants 4 Christmas by Jessica Lee

All She Wants 4 Christmas by Jessica Lee
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (28 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M/M, M/M, anal play, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

It's Christmas Eve, and all Monica Sims wants is for her fiancé, just once, to step outside his comfort zone. She loves him, and life is fine in their perfectly planned world. But Monica is ready for more. She takes a risk and shares with him her darkest fantasies: Domination. Submission. Surrendering to the will of more than one man. But her confession is more than her straitlaced boyfriend can handle—or so she thought.

Dane knows exactly what he wants in bed: just him and Monica, his fiancée—alone. Simple, easy, vanilla sex was all he ever needed. That was until the night he found his fiancée in her office, watching—enjoying—a very naughty movie on her laptop. Determined to be the one to unleash her control, Dane decides to surprise her on Christmas Eve with a trip to a private fetish club. But they won't be alone.

This is going to be the hottest Christmas ever!

I love a story about two people learning about each other when they think they know everything. Monica and Dane have been together for four years. Things are settled. Things are easy. In Monica’s opinion, things are to the point of good, but boring. She wants spice and she wants it now.

The idea behind this story intrigued me. As a person in a long-term relationship, things can certainly get stale on occasion. It’s natural. This made the story relatable. I’ve been in their position. Ms. Lee’s writing style is easy and quick. I couldn’t help but keep reading to see what would happen next.

My only complaint is both a plus and negative. I wanted the story longer and the crucial scene needed a bit more in depth. It felt at times like I was just on the outside looking in. I wanted to feel more enmeshed in the action. But the action is a plus as well. Too long and there could be more disconnect. Too short and it flies by in a snap. A conundrum, but with a little more detail added, this story could be dynamite.

Speaking of dynamite, there’s a lot of heat in this short little tale. I had to wipe my brow and grab a cold one to lower my temp.

If you want a hot story that’s a quickie, you’ll want All She Wants 4 Christmas. 3 cherries.

The Outlaw’s Woman by Beverly Sims

The Outlaw’s Woman by Beverly Sims
Publishing: Siren Publishing
Genre: Historical Western
Length: Full Length (290 Pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Physical Abuse, Menage, F/F, M/F/F
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Canterbury Bell

No one ever told Lucy Black Grant ‘no’ until the two outlaws who saved her life decided to keep her for themselves. Her seduction by the men turned out to be the seduction of the entire camp in their impenetrable stronghold by Lucy instead. Pierre and Rafe were as different as two men could possibly be but share the same desires for the spitfire they brought into the midst of some unforgiveable character: a drunken, filthy man of the cloth who was not a preacher, Mercedes who desired her in many ways, a huge woman called Stella, Bridge who picked the wrong woman, her brother Lucas, and Jed who loved Lucy and her mother both.

Lucy found the outlaw life both exciting and frightening, and her heritage taught her that killing was sometimes necessary and robbery can become a way of live. Her lovers protected her, even as she grew wilder and more savage with those whom she considered useless and expendable. But things changed when her brother became a hostage and her belly grew large with child. Homesickness for her father Black Eagle Grant and mother Lucretia Lucinda Grant. Now she must find a way to go home...if she can!

When a very handsome, sexy man rescues you from a raging river, brings you to his home and nurses you back to health you would be very grateful. Right? When his partner enters the picture and he is even more handsome, you should be very, very grateful. But then you find out that these two incredible men are thieves and you can never leave their home, "gratitude" may not be the right word for what you feel.

Lucy Black Grant finds herself in a very precarious situation as the captive of Rafe and Pierre, two very much wanted outlaws. Hidden in the hills at their cabin with other nefarious characters as neighbors, this wellbred, very spoiled daughter of a half Indian father and his white wife discovers things about herself that would turn her daddy’s hair gray!

Rafe and Pierre show Lucy the meaning of passion and desire. Lucy brings out in them their buried feeling of compassion, love and commitment and welcomes their tutorage in life’s pleasures. Not knowing the impact of her disappearance on the people she left behind, she has reconciled to the fact that she is not leaving her new home and indulges in all that her men can deliver.

The interesting and completely original aspect of this book is the narration is told through the eyes and observations of a tall tree that overlooks the plains of the Eagle Grant ranch, honoring the beliefs and heritage of the Native American people.This is Book 3 in the Witness Tree Saga by Beverly Sims. Having read the previous book, The Major's Wife, which is the story of Lucy’s mother and father, this was a welcome journey. Lucretia Lucinda Grant and Black Eagle Grant were very strong and compelling characters who went through horrendous trials and tribulations to come out on the other side in their own happily ever after. The story of their daughter continues their love story while introducing you to a whole new generation.

Catch Me If You Can by Stacey Espino

Catch Me If You Can by Stacey Espino
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (125 pages)
Other: m/f, m/f/m, menage
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed By Myrtle

Christina is an ordinary woman, working a dead-end job as a bank teller. When her late grandmother gives her the gift of a luxury vacation, she looks forward to the break from reality. But instead of an upscale resort, she arrives at a working ranch with three dead sexy cowboys. They may not offer to give her the spa treatment, but they're eager to please her in other ways.

Just when the relationship between Christina and her cowboys moves to the next level, she's forced to leave the ranch in order to protect the men she loves. She runs from them, knowing that if they catch her, she won't be able to stay away. But being together seems destined to failure. Can they overcome the obstacles facing their loving ménage?

Most of us know what it’s like to live from paycheck to paycheck and not be able to take a real vacation because life gets in the way. So when you read a book with a subject that we can all relate to in our everyday life it is not hard to be drawn into the plot.

Everyone needs a vacation to remember and Christina Wolfe may end up with the best vacation of her life. Christina comes to life between the pages of the first chapter creating a feeling of kinship with her and making her real in your minds eye. It is great to understand and share in her feelings on many things, such as not wanting to disappoint her dead grandmother who planned a vacation for her. Her rambling feeling on the trip to her vacation spot -- her dread to return home after the holiday is over to a job she hates and the every day stress of the big city life.

Straight-laced bank teller Christina is not prepared for the vacation that Gram’s had plans for her. When author Stacey Espino works her erotic magic by introducing the brothers Noah, Jake and James things really pick up and the plot thickens as they learn what the most important things are in life and learn to live life to the fullest.

Three brothers and two months of vacation makes for some very hot sex scenes and believe me Ms. Espino does not skimp on the details or cut corners in the telling of this story. I do have to add that the boys do not get along and have a lot of personal problems so you can be sure of some alpha male conflict between the three over Christina and their individual issues with her.

There are a few editing errors but nothing that takes away from the story itself and may have been corrected since I got my copy. Nevertheless, if you want a book that will jump-start your libido then Catch Me If You Can is the book for you. Good plot, yummy sex scenes, and characters that jump out at you and seem so real. I am glad I was able to add this one to my library and enjoyed reading it.

With Benefits by Jenny Urban

With Benefits by Jenny Urban
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (36 pgs)
Other: M/M, Ménage, M/M/M, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Ryan takes care of his friend Trevor’s house while he’s out of town, meeting Trevor’s friends and settling into his life. Then Trevor comes home to find Ryan and their friend Ethan in his bed. Ryan only has to watch Trevor and Ethan together to know they’ve been more than friends for a while. But will the three of them be willing to explore the possibilities of being friends with benefits together?

Three studs, lots of sex, oh, and a little domination. Sound interesting? It should. Plus, it’s hot. What is it? With Benefits by Jenny Urban.

This story's writing is tight and doggoned hot. I felt like I was right there with Trevor, Ryan, and Ethan. It was interesting to see the power exchange between the three men. And talk about heat! I needed a cold shower and I was just reading the story. Imagine being part of the action! Holy cow! As hot as it was, I could also feel the emotions between the three of them. They might like to push the limits, but they still respected each other.

But as much as I liked it, there were more than a couple issues that kept cropping up. I realize this is a short story and I know that there are a lot of details that can’t be threaded in. Still, I wanted to know more about each man. There were a couple times when I has to go back and reread to figure out which man was doing what. I completely was caught up in their lovemaking and that was great, but I still wanted more from them. More details, more individuality. I did enjoy the tender moment involving Trevor. That gave me the sizzly warm fuzzies.

This short little story packs a heat filled punch. If you want a story that will crackle around the edges and warm a chilly March night, then this is the book for you.

Flash Point by Shelli Stevens

Flash Point by Shelli Stevens
Holding Out For a Hero, #3
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (92 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by: Dahlia

One taste of her lips, and friendship is off the menu.

Holding Out for a Hero, Book 3

Kate has always been everybody’s friend and the de-facto little sister to the Wyatt brothers. But her feelings for Todd Wyatt, the town’s hottest firefighter, run far beyond the sibling variety. Not that he’s ever noticed.

After years of nursing her crush, Kate decides it’s time to take action. Except she has one awkward little secret: she’s still a virgin. She hopes she can seduce Todd without him realizing just how inexperienced she is.

In Todd’s mind, Kate’s the sweet girl he teases and hits up for free cupcakes. One surprise kiss over the summer, though, and suddenly she’s jumped from the platonic side of his brain to the want-her-in-my-bed side. Even though the last thing he wants is to lose her friendship, his resistance to her determined seduction is slipping. Fast.

When malicious attacks on her bakery escalate, it soon becomes clear that for all Kate’s friends, she’s made at least one big enemy. And if they don’t figure it out soon, things could take a deadly turn.

Todd is the walking talking version of every woman's wet dream in the town of Wyattsville. He's a firefighter and the youngest of the Wyatt brothers, but since the two oldest are now married this also means Todd is the most eligible bachelor. His womanizing ways haven’t gone unnoticed in the small town and women usually know the score when they decide to hop into bed with him, but lately his thoughts have become occupied with naughty images of the local bakery owner. Todd knows the score where Kate's concerned. She is completely off limits since the possibility of ruining their friendship is too great. What Todd didn't anticipate was the determination of a woman hell-bent on getting laid for the first time.

Kate works hard and loves what she does, but with the reality of her friends having recently been married, she's starting to see her life isn't as fulfilled as she liked to believe. After an incident at a drunken bachelorette party some months back, Kate can't keep her mind off Todd. Common sense says it would be bad for her to pursue a relationship with him and besides he hasn't shown her the slightest bit of interest in anything other than in her cupcakes, but Kate can't help but wonder. She solicits some help from a friend and sets out a plan to seduce Todd for a one-night stand. After all once she's had him that should be enough, right?

This story picks up months after the second book in the series with two people who think they don't deserve the other because of past experience or lack thereof. Since the relationship was already heavily based on friendship, it’s easy to see how it could become awkward for either character to make the first move. It was wonderful to see Kate come out of her shell and prove to everyone that she’s not someone to be ignored. Although the story seemed a bit short and could have benefited by expanding more on the bakery attacks plot, the focus was mostly put on the couple and how they do or don’t overcome their own relationship shortcomings.

Ms. Stevens' did a amazing job carrying through all of the necessary character emotions with plenty of scorching sex scenes. I would definitely recommend to any fan of contemporary romance.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Divine Grace by Heather Rainier

Divine Grace by Heather Rainier
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (521 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/F/M/M, Menage, anal play, spanking, toys
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

The men of the Divine Creek Ranch have found the woman they’ve dreamed of. Jack loves voluptuous Grace’s giving heart and blushing cheeks. Ethan loves her wild innocence and loyalty. Adam fell in love with her the moment he laid eyes on her.

With the help of these three handsome men, Grace frees herself from an abusive boyfriend. She loves them all and knows she could never choose between them—Jack for his teasing nature, Ethan for his intuition, and Adam for his gentle ways. When danger and calamity threaten, her men proved they will protect and defend her. Grace learns what it means to be desired, pursued, and protected by three gorgeous men, finding that they will do anything to please her along the way.

Can they prove to Grace they want forever and not just a fling? Can Grace heed the advice of her sister and seize the day?

To Carpe Diem or Carpe Nocturne? ... why not both? Grace knows the time has come to seize the day when she is swept off her feet by sexy Jack Warner and his roommates, Ethan and Adam. It will be their pleasure to show her the many ways to seize the night…times three!

In a very short time Grace Stuart’s life has taken a 180 degree turn for the better. Once the only bright spot in her day involved seeing her favorite customer, Jack, stop in at Stigall’s for some personal shopping service. When Grace attends the funeral for a friend, who happened to be Jack’s mother, she is overwhelmed by the heart stopping attraction she has for not only Jack but his friends, Ethan and Adam as well. Even more surprising to this beautiful plus size heroine is the fact that they all seem to return her feelings with interest.

To be perfectly honest I was actually a little concerned by how quickly Ms. Rainier had the main characters professing their undying love for one another, especially considering the length of this super novel. Yes, there are some obvious antagonists that offer plenty of opportunity for conflict but I just couldn’t imagine it lasting over 500 pages and keeping my attention. Ms. Rainier pleasantly surprised me by not just using the antagonist to round out the plot but Grace’s personal growth from a frightened self-conscious ostrich (as in she hides from confrontation) to a feisty spit fire that stands up for herself and the men she loves. My point is, the early love declaration works for this story. Ms. Rainer handles it well and you still get to enjoy the relationship growth between Grace and the men.

Speaking of the men, these guys are unbelievably head over heels in love with Grace. Almost too unbelievably. It’s not how they act toward her, that’s actually pretty heart warming and beautiful. Grace’s love life has not been easy and she deserves the added attention they literally shower on her. It’s the dialogue that was a little unreal. I don’t know any man that is quite as open and expressive about his feelings or intentions toward a woman as Jack, Ethan and Adam happen to be. Having said that, as Grace comes out of her shell she manages to keep the guys on their toes with her witty personality and vivacious attitude. Something else I appreciated was that I got a chance to really get to know the guys on a more individual basis as Grace spends one-on-one time with them. Jack is the silly charmer, Ethan is the attentative thinker, Adam is her dragon slayer. Together they are everything that Grace needs to begin a new life.

Divine Grace is the first in Ms. Rainier’s Divine Creek Ranch series and she has already written books two and three as of this review. As an up and coming author for Siren Publishing, Ms. Rainier is already making a name for herself and this reviewer is anxious to see how she has progressed as a writer from this first book to the newest release Heavenly Angel.

If you love a powerful ménage story that literally sweeps you along into the lives of the characters, you will love Divine Grace. There is so much more to this story than I was expecting when I began this saga and I’m glad I stuck with the storyline to watch the growth and development of the characters. If a soul searing love story is what you’re in the mood for, pick up a copy of Divine Grace. It’s time well spent.

Mating Moon by B. J. McCall

Mating Moon by B. J. McCall
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (27 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Leigh Kendale never wanted a tame wolf and Hudson Bast is anything but tame. He's strong, handsome and her brother's partner in the Paranormal Crime Unit.

Hudson Bast lives on the edge, working a dangerous job that requires life and death decisions. He wants Leigh, but he knows making love to her beneath the moon has life changing consequences. They came together beneath a moon of misfortune. Only true love can survive the forces that tear them apart.

This little book is a condensed story in fast forward about werewolves falling in love and fate throwing a huge monkey wrench to trip them up.

The author walked a very clever thin line in writing this tale. I saw a book that really deserved to be longer because of the wonderful potential she imbued her characters with that came through even with the limited of number of pages that restricted them.

Leigh and Hudson fell in love at first sight. If readers are fans of paranormal romances like I am then they’ve seen this tactic used before. I’m glad that Ms. McCall has put a more intelligent spin on it. It’s not that they don’t explore their passion because they do. And it’s as urgent and frantic as I would expect from two wolves under the moon’s influence. It was a hot and delicious bit of writing so erotic romance fans are going to get what they are looking for.

What I liked was the conflict that erupted when I least expected it. It made sense and it showcased Hudson as a man of honor and respect. He chose the long road instead of the short road to instant gratification because he knew the cost would be too high and unwarranted otherwise. He needed to be the alpha he was and that meant seeing the reason and logic behind the tumult. He’s more the focus of the story because it’s by his actions that the plot is propelled forward until its final conclusion. I found him to be the most fleshed out of the two.

But give Leigh her due. She is not a reticent or weak female lead. She is confident, wily and yet has a very strong loyalty and love for her family. That doesn’t stop her from pursuing what she wants but it backfires on her and I felt bad for her. I saw her honor the commitment she made even when she was angry and hurt and that spoke well for her character and her acceptability to being an alpha’s mate. I felt her pain but the shortness of the story prevented the sniffles that could have been dragged from me if the author had had a chance to explore her more deeply.

The conflict is pressed upon Hudson and Leigh externally but there are some internal facts Hudson has to face for their relationship to survive and be blessed by the family that Leigh loves so much. There’s a bit of light drama that would have worked awesome in a longer romantic suspense story but the author pared it down to the essentials to make the most of its impact. She did a fine job of it and it helped to lay the foundation for the HEA’s survival. If a couple can overcome the emotional siege that Hudson and Leigh had to go through, then there’s a good shot at their having a golden wedding anniversary some day.

Mating Moon is short but rich, vibrant, hot and entertaining. I liked Hudson and Leigh and although they thought they’d be good together, I’m glad to say Ms. McCall convinced me they would be too. I liked the emotional element of the story because it gave depth and made me care. I enjoyed this book and I think other paranormal fans will too. It has that definite spark that keeps a reader flipping the pages until that final satisfying paragraph.

Love Revisited: Nick and Tetsuji by Barbara Sheridan

Love Revisited: Nick and Tetsuji by Barbara Sheridan
Publisher: Noble Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (24 pgs)
Other: M/M, oral sex
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Tetsuji Nabeshima is every bit his father's son in terms of attractiveness and determination. Set to graduate at the top of his law school class, qualifying early for--and passing--the New York bar exam, the Japanese transplant's career star is on the rise.

Yet one thing holds him back, the mad crush he's developed for his mentor and boss, Nick Denison, his father's best friend.

What do you say to the man who has been like a father figure to you when you're crushing on him? Do you tell him you’re interested in more than a friendship? Do you tell him he's hot? Quite the conundrum, isn’t it? Then you’re living Tetsuji’s life in Barbara Sheridan’s Love Revisited: Nick and Tetsuji.

When I read the blurb for this story, I was intrigued. I like the MM genre, but wanted to see what Ms. Sheridan would do with the age gap between the characters. I needn’t have worried. Honestly, outside of Tetsuji mentioning it, I just about forgot it. The writing is smooth and I flew through the story in no time. Heck, I read it again and again, just because I couldn’t get enough.

I liked Tetsuji. He’s driven, he’s competent, and he knows exactly who he wants. Problem? How to get the "him" in question. It’s an often used idea, but Ms. Sheridan made it work well. I felt the same knots in my stomach as Tetsuji did as he tried to figure out what to do with his life and how to make what he wanted work. I also liked Nick, but I have to admit, I wanted to smack him upside the head more than once. He’s very much the lawyer —controlling, calculating....and then there’s this other side to him I wanted to see more of. The side that was a little damaged. The side that practically clawed to get a hold of Tetsuji. I wanted to see more of him like that, but hey, it can always be made into a sequel.

If you want a story that’s got a little tension, a little heat, and two interesting men, then you need to read Love Revisited: Nick and Tetsuji.

Cat Maiden by Myra Nour

Cat Maiden by Myra Nour
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (99 pgs)
Other: M/F, Forced Seduction
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Verbena

What happens when the gods play tricks on humans?

Madria leads a very satisfying life as a cat, until one night when she stumbles into two gods. They are arguing and the goddess points at Madria, changing her into a human. Stunned, confused, she manages to drag herself home and collapse on her master’s doorstep.

Antonius is astonished when he finds an unconscious, nude woman on his doorstep, and pleased to see her beauty surpasses the ideal he had pictured as a perfect mate.

Antonius is falling deeply in love with the woman, Madria, yet her strange behavior makes him wonder if she is a mystical being. Madria has always loved Antonius and finds her experiences as a human exciting, especially the passionate sex they share. But how long before the gods return to wreak more havoc or turn her back into a cat?

Can a leopard change its spots? Can an animal learn to be human? Or will her feral instincts win out?

That’s what Madria faces when two gods use her to settle a dispute. Antonius has long been her master and caregiver, but now she’s ready to give back. Aside from the wonderful sex she shares with him, her transition is a bit difficult. She remembers how things were as a cat, but now must adapt to being human. At least until the gods see fit to change her back. And yet, she soon starts to wonder if she wants to go back to her life before. The thought of losing the new relationship she shares with her master pains her.

To say Antonius is shocked when he finds a naked, unconscious woman on his porch would be an understatement. He’s intrigued and fascinated by the mysterious girl, despite her sometimes odd behaviors. Though she shares his beloved pet’s name, and some of her mannerisms as well, he doesn’t quite grasp that they are one and the same, not until the gods return and rip apart the happiness he’s found with his Madria.

Cat Maiden was an interesting story. It could have easily been developed into a lengthier tale. While the underlying plot certainly caught my attention, I had a difficult time reading between the frequent sex scenes to find it. I wish the characters had been developed a bit more; it would have made the story a lot more enjoyable. The physical attraction between Madria and Antonius was certainly hot, but it almost felt like the book’s plot was mainly about their having sex, and that their dilemma was merely a subplot. Ms. Nour has an excellent descriptive ability. Her idea behind the story is enticing, and makes for an interesting read.

Do you ever wonder what the gods do for entertainment? Check out Myra Nour’s Cat Maiden and you’ll find out just what happens when Venus and Jupiter want to settle a dispute. Just beware; the sex between Madria and Antonius is smoking hot with lots of juicy detail. You might need to keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

The Surrender of Lacy Morgan by Suzanne Ferrell

The Surrender of Lacy Morgan by Suzanne Ferrell
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (200 Pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M Menage, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

When two steely-eyed, lean-hipped strangers ride into town, Lacy Morgan knows her past has caught up with her. What she doesn’t know is that the U.S. marshals will do whatever’s necessary to capture her stepfather and his gang of murdering thieves, including bringing Lacy to her knees to serve their sexual needs.

Quinn and his blood brother Dakota are searching for the key to finding the band of outlaws who murdered their adoptive father. When they confront the sultry stepdaughter of the gang’s leader, they discover she’s unaware of her natural submissive tendencies.

As they journey to the gang’s lair, each day the men draw Lacy further and further into a sensuality she’s never known and a trust she’d sworn never to surrender to again. Using her lusty body for their combined pleasure, they find themselves ensnared in the same tender trap.

When the sins of her past finally catch up to her, Lacy Morgan has no choice but surrender her freedom to U.S. Marshall Quinn Halliday and Dakota O’Keefe, his blood brother and partner. Lacy never anticipates willingly giving up her heart along the way. Likewise, Quinn faces an internal turmoil when his ethical code demands he take Lacy in to face justice but his heart demands he keep her safe, by his side and in his bed.

Set in the Montana Territory, 1882, The Surrender of Lacy Morgan is a story of outlaws on the run, brothers seeking justice and an untraditional love story that had me saying "Ahhhh... " more than once. Ms. Ferrell has a very talented voice for writing gritty and vivid historical settings. She carries the reader right along with Quinn, Dakota and Lacy as they travel across country in search of the murdering thief Devil Morgan and his gang of marauders.

Lacy totally won me over as the heroine. She has spirit and determination that gave her the courage to break away from her step-father’s gang. Even though she’s scared to be taken back to Devil’s den she draws on the wisdom her mother gave her, her inner strength and the love she has for Quinn to face her demons. Lacy grew up hearing and seeing women who followed the band of outlaws treated with less respect than the animals, including her mother. She is initially and understandably distrustful of Quinn and his motives.

Even though Quinn doesn’t particularly like Lacy in the beginning he has a hard time fighting his attraction to the mixed heritage beauty. He recognizes the submissive in her pretty quick and uses that to gain her trust and help with finding Devil Morgan. Quinn and Dakota have a personal vendetta to settle regarding the heist that Lacy participated in. Ms. Ferrell’s description of how Quinn is dealing with the loss of his adopted father was simply beautiful and heart breaking. You feel his loss and his emotions as he retells the story of how he and his brothers came to live with Cap and his wife, Juanita.

I love a story that gives clues to an ongoing series. Ms. Ferrell teases the reader by giving Dakota visions of a dark haired woman that he knows he’s meant to find. At the same time we briefly meet more brothers: Nicco, Ian and Will. It’s apparent each brother has his own journey to happiness to make and this reviewer can’t wait to journey right along with them. Don’t miss the first in this amazing series and discover the beauty in Lacy’s surrender.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Christmas Nick for Everyone by Jaxx Steele

Christmas Nick for Everyone by Jaxx Steele
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (34 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

It was Christmas time again and Evan was celebrating the same ole way. Not hanging with the fellas or enjoying a secret Santa exchange at a party, but back at his sister's house.

This year, however, would be a little different for Evan. This year he would learn that being a Good Samaritan had tangible benefits as well.

“I’ll give you what you need the most.”

Does that line intrigue you? It did me. As soon as I read that line in Jaxx Steele’s Christmas Nick for Everyone, I was hooked. I love a story with a happy ending, sexy men, and plot twists I didn’t see coming. Now granted, this is a short story, so there is only so much that can be packed into it, but let me tell you, Jaxx Steele really packs a wallop. The writing is tight and kept me right in my seat wanting to know what would happen next.

Evan is a nice guy. He’s the kind of guy you’d be friends with. You know, the type you want to see happy. I loved him immediately. And then there’s Nikolai. I didn’t really get to know much about him, but based on the descriptions, I wanted to meet him. He’s doggone cute. There’s a lot of emotion in this book as well. Evan’s past isn’t all giggles. As I read, I wanted to see him catch a break. If I had any issues, it was I wanted the story to be a bit longer so I could really get to know then and see what happened next. Yeah, I really liked these two and the sex when they got together? Steamy!!!

If you want a book that’s a sizzling holiday treat, you need to read Christmas Nick for Everyone. 4 cherries.