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Friday, June 10, 2011

Magical Sex by Beverly Rae

Magical Sex by Beverly Rae
Magical Sisters Book 1
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (116 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

He can give her satisfaction…if he can survive her kiss.

Magical Sisters, Book 1

Allie Tristan’s older sisters get to have sex. She’s not allowed—not until she learns to control the ravenous appetite of her emerging succubus powers. Till then, she’s resigned to her sisters watching her every move, poised to intervene before her kiss drains a man of his life force.

There’s something about local bar owner Tom Halloran, though, that tempts her to sneak away to have another taste of their deliciously electric connection.

Love and marriage are not in Tom’s plans. Occasional hot sex with a willing partner, when his busy life allows it? Definitely on the menu. Yet Allie nails him to the wall with her smokin’ hot body, innocent blue eyes…and drugging kisses that leave him more than just weak in the knees. For the first time in his life, he pictures a woman in his life long-term, not just for one night.

Along with hunger for raw sex, fear claws at Allie’s soul. Giving in to her raging need will kill him. Which leaves her only one choice: risk everything to keep their love alive—or die trying.

Magical Sex is the first book of Beverly Rae’s Magical Sisters series. I love the world she has created here, a mix of normal folk and magical beings.

Allie Tristan is frustrated. She has to watch as her older sisters have all the fun. As a fledgling succubus, she has no idea how to control her emerging powers, and the one person who could have helped with it, her mother, was killed in an accident. All Allie has are her two older sisters, and they watch her like a hawk.

When she meets local bar owner Tom Halloran, she is drawn to him like a magnet. Tom has no thoughts of any happy ever after, but Allie brings out something in him he never felt before. Still, Allie can’t be trusted alone with him, for fear that she will drain the life out of him with her kiss. Can her sisters help her learn to control her powerful urges, or is Allie destined to be alone forever? Is Tom willing to be with Allie, once he learns what the dangers are? Can they all find a way to make a happy ever after happen for Allie and Tom?

The characters in Magical Sex are well crafted and each is unique. The three sisters, Hillary, Meg and Allie, each carry a different sort of magic, and this book is about the youngest sister, Allie, a succubus like their mother. I enjoyed watching as they tried so many ways to help Allie while protecting the men in town from her powers.

Allie is just adorable. She knows what she is, and she wants what her sister has: a healthy sex life. She knows that can’t happen until she learns control, but she has no one to teach her what to do. I liked watching the ways Allie came up with to escape her sisters’ scrutiny, and the tricks she came up with to try and ease her tensions. I love the concept of a virgin succubus, and it is well done here.

Tom Halloran is strong, handsome and successful, and very much the bachelor. I liked his honesty and his determination, and his self-confidence. When Allie explodes into his life, he is lost and doesn’t understand what makes her different, but he does know he wants a life with her. The things he has to do to be with her are fun to watch, and there is a lot of humor in this story.

There are a couple of surprising twists in this story of magic and passion, and one was a big one, about the person who could hold the secret to helping Allie and Tom be together for their happy ever after.

This is a terrific introduction to these three magical sisters, and I look forward to reading Meg’s and Hillary’s stories in the future. Do Allie and Tom get past the problem and get their happy ever after? Read Magical Sex and learn the whole story.

Redemption by Stormy Glenn

Redemption by Stormy Glenn
True Blood Mate 4
Publisher: Stormy Glenn
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (129 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal play, forced seduction, Violence, light bdsm, toys
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Peppermint

Rogan Owens lives a life of secret misery. Three years ago, he lost his mate, who couldn't come out of the closet and acknowledge their bond. He's suffered in silence ever since, taking over as alpha of his mate's clan.

Rogan is overjoyed when he discovers Julian alive. He has so many questions. Where has Julian been? What are the long scars on his body? Most importantly, why is Julian running away from him?

Rogan finally comes to accept that his mate will never want him, only to have Julian decide it's time to come home.

But someone else doesn't want Julian and Rogan reunited, even if it means Julian's death for real this time. Between keeping each other safe and trying to solve the mystery of who wants Julian dead, they barely have time to learn to love each other. Will what they feel for each other make them stronger or be their downfall?

There is something truly special about a story that can have you so emotionally attached it brings you to tears. That is exactly what Redemption did for me; I could not stop the tears from falling, and once the flood gates of emotions opened they refused to be closed.

The main characters of this story are both victims of circumstances that they could not control. While these same circumstances are what kept them apart for years and nearly killed Julian, they are the same circumstances that join them together and create a bond man or woman can break. This plot is truly touching and relatable. Many of us are forced into positions we do not want to be in, but how we react to them is what really gives us either a tragedy or a happy-ever-after.

Rogan and Julian’s story is one that will leave you anguished one moment and enchanted the next. Author Stormy Glenn has a way of making her readers feel as if they are emotionally and physically experiencing the world she has woven along with the characters. It is truly a gift that should not be taken lightly and anyone who has read a Stormy Glenn story appreciates this ability and cherishes it.

Not only was the emotional attachment excellent but so was the physical. With so much pent-up emotions and frustration the sex between these two was nothing less than spectacular, which is was. The forced seduction scene even left me whimpering, wishing that I could experience at least a fraction of what the characters were. If only real life could be as grand as non-fiction there would definitely be more people smiling.

This story is the triathlon of writing. You have great writing technique, memorable characters, and a captivating plot. Only in this event, there is not just one winner. Any reader who has the pleasure of picking up this story wins, and they get much more than a trophy. They get a story and characters that will stay with them for years to come.

Red Roses & Shattered Glass Anthology

Red Roses and Shattered Glass Anthology by H.C. Brown, Indigo Skye, Justine Elyot, Mindy MacKay, Gianna Simone, J.S. Wayne
Publisher: Noble Romance
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (108 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, F/F, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe

A Fantasy to Remember by H.C. Brown

Mia is the typical quiet, responsible librarian. However, behind the scenes, she enjoys a rollicking hot sex life with her six-foot-five, delicious husband. They love to role-play in a variety of kinky and sometimes dangerous situations. On her way home one night, a masked stranger abducts her. Should she fear for her life, or is this her greatest fantasy?

My Demon Lover by Indigo Skye

When Caitlin moves to a new apartment, her downstairs neighbor Damian welcomes her to the neighborhood with a bang. After he disappears, leaving only a Tarot card behind, she discovers his true nature. Will they meet again for one, last, hot night together? Or will Caitlin find new love?

Consorting by Justine Elyot

The responsibilities of royalty weigh heavy, and the time has come for Queen Lucasta to choose a husband. Her three suitors seek to impress in and out of the bedroom, but what does she really want from a consort? Will she take the safe path and risk accepting the offer from a man who promises little more than mindless pleasure and sycophantic flattery? Or will Queen Lucasta hold out long enough to learn that giving up control will earn her delights beyond measure.

The Innocent by Mindy MacKay

Jason, underling of an endangered vampire coven, seeks refuge in a cross-country road trip with his human consort, Ashleigh. Before they reach their destination though, Jason receives news that could change the course of their trip and the course of Ashleigh's life--that is, unless she has anything to say about it.

Bound for Love by Gianna Simone

Two years after her master left her, Nina is ready to test the waters and find a new one. Deciding familiarity will help ease her back into the scene, she returns to the BDSM club where she first met Zane.

Zane has spent the last two years full of regret for walking out on Nina. When she appears in the club the same night he returns, he thinks his dreams may have come true. But how will he convince her he's ready to accept her on her terms? Will Nina be able to resist him and avoid having her heartbroken a second time?

Espiritu Sancti by J.S. Wayne

When Isabel Roquefale earns a scholarship to study in Romania, she's thrilled. As a lifelong devotee of vampire legend, the opportunity is a dream come true. While she's there, she encounters the beautiful Lilliana. Something about the woman calls to Isabel, stirring her blood and her desire in ways she's never known and compelling her to offer herself completely to Lilliana.

But Lilliana has a secret; one that Isabel pays a tragic price to learn. When Isabel awakens in Lilliana's ancestral mausoleum, at first, she believes it's a hideous practical joke. She quickly learns otherwise. And both women are about to learn that some desires survive even death.

This anthology is full of six great reads. Each author writes a story in their own style yet they each revolve around a common thread: strong characters who love with all their heart and give themselves to those they love. Not many of us have the chance or the trust to give ourselves to another yet each one of these people did just that.

In A Fantasy To Remember by H. C. Brown we meet a quiet librarian who is much more than what she seems. Mia and her husband share a special bond and enjoy a wonderful sex life. One night after work she is abducted and made to do the things of her fantasies. Mia must find out if the masked stranger is her husband or not, especially as she begins to enjoy what she's being made to do. I really enjoyed seeing the trust and love that Mia had in her husband. Their relationship was a strong one that not many ever find. Even though the sex is hot between the two we can see the love that shines off of the pages between these two.

Another story in the book was Bound for Love by Gianna Simone. In this story we meet Nina two long years after Zane has left her. She is a strong woman but she is still hurting. When Zane shows up at the BDSM club as well, Nina is ready to run. I really enjoyed watching Nina and Zane come to terms with their past and decide if they could move forward. The two are a wonderful couple who lost their way and find love again. These two seemed to have never lost their bond of trust and love making this a beautiful read. Both Nina and Zane are so full of sadness in the beginning of this story but in the end they are full of love, showing us all that true love never really dies.

My Demon Lover by Indigo Skye was a beautiful story about a woman who moves into a new apartment and finds her new neighbor,Damian, very intriguing. After spending time alone with him she finds herself falling for him. How far will Caitlin go when she finds out the truth about Damian? Watching Caitlin suffer and want for Damian made this story a very emotional read. I enjoyed seeing the love that grew between Caitlin and Damian. Both are so full of emotion and depth that it made me feel just as strongly as they did. The love that these two find makes us see that love has no boundaries.

In the story Consorting by Justine Elyot we meet a queen looking for a king. Who will she choose out of the three suitors? Each of them has a specialty to share with her and from there she must make a choice. I liked seeing Queen Lucasta find and enjoy herself. While she does enjoy all three men she finds her true consort gives her more pleasure than she could ever imagine. Lucasta is a strong woman who learns that even if a woman is not in control she is still a strong woman. It was nice to see that even though she is controlled in the bedroom, Nicomal will stand by her outside of it. I liked seeing a couple knowing when and willing to let their control go.

The Innocent by Mindy MacKay is a story about a vampire and his human consort. Jason and Ashleigh are on a road trip to find a safe haven. During their trip they find out many things about each other as well as whom they perceived as the enemy. I enjoyed seeing the two figure things out and what their feelings were for each other. With a few twists and turns this story was an engaging read. The bond that the two have was very strong and they were willing to believe in their love and never give up on each other no matter what.

In the story Espiritu Sancti by J.S. Wayne we meet a young woman who is studying in Romania and falls in love with a local woman. The love that develops between Isabel and Lilliana was a sweet read. Each woman is strong on her own but together they make an invincible couple. Each woman is willing to give their all to the other. Isabel finds her true self and explores her feelings. I enjoyed seeing a relationship build between the two. We see right from the start the emotional bond that the two have and seeing the love that they have for each other made for a nice read.

I really enjoyed this book. Each story was a quick and interesting read that kept me entertained all the way to the end. It was nice reading one of my favorite authors and being able to find some new ones.

Midsummer Dreams by Cindy Spencer Pape

Midsummer Dreams by Cindy Spencer Pape
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Holiday
Length: Short Story (78 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Matt Warren has always been the man of Summer’s dreams. He was her childhood imaginary playmate, her teen crush, and the wildly sexy fantasy lover of her adulthood. She’s always known he wasn’t real, but after experiencing his imaginative, passionate touch, no real man has ever measured up. However, alone on a beach shortly before her birthday, Summer discovers that the Holiday family magic hasn’t left her behind. Matt is real, standing on her beach, and he’s there to make Summer his in every way possible.

Matt has always known he has a gift as a dreamwalker, and that Summer was out there and would someday be his—if he didn’t get himself killed first. Now that his career as an Air Force pilot is over, he’s moved to Charleston to find Summer and teach her that their shared erotic dreams are even better in real life, and that their love can last a lifetime.

Cindy Spencer Pape has written a deliciously hot and romantic story, complete with a not so imaginary friend and lots of magic and passion. The characters are a delight; not the blushing young innocent, these are older, more settled adults. I like the idea that love can happen when you least expect it, and maybe before you realize it is there. I love the world in this, and I hope to read more in this one soon.

Can reality ever live up to your dreams? Summer Holiday has dreamed of Matt since they were children, has judged every man she’s ever met against her image of him, and all came up lacking. Summer believes she is the only one in her family to escape the family magic to send love her way.

Matt Warren has been in love with Summer since he was six years old. What she doesn’t know is that Matt is real, and he has been dream walking with her for all this time. When the time is right, Matt is able to finally meet Summer in the flesh for the first time. Can Summer accept the man that is Matt Warren? Can he convince her his feelings for her are real? Can she accept all that he offers her?

Summer Holiday is the middle child of five, and is the ‘sensible’ sibling, in charge of the family business. I loved her sense of humor, and her determination not to be taken for granted by her ‘dream lover’. I also loved the fact that she didn’t accept him immediately, but made him earn his way into her life and her heart.

Matt Warren is everything a dream lover should be; strong, handsome and passionate. But he forgets that although he has always known Summer was real, she has to come to terms with his existence after so many years of dreams. I love that he was willing to slow down, and give her a chance to adjust to this new reality, and accept that he could even lose her with one wrong move.

This is a terrific story, and I enjoyed watching as Summer decided she wasn’t going to just sit back and accept all that Matt had planned out for their future. This was a romance that was much more than either of the two ever expected, and there are lots of fun surprises in store for both Summer and Matt. And the bedroom scenes, both dream and reality, are scorching hot. This is for everyone who wants a little magic in their romance.

The Shifter and the Dreamer by Crissy Smith

The Shifter and the Dreamer by Crissy Smith
Book One in the Secret Series
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (83 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Stephantois

Sheriff Katy Rose has been running from her unique gift for most of her life- but one man won’t let her run from him.

When Katy left the F.B.I. and returned to her small hometown as Sheriff she thought she left her work partner/ lover and his questions behind. But a serial killer has made a stop in her little town and the lead detective in the case is the only man she ever really loved.

Federal Agent Cameron Morris let Katy go once. He’d known she wasn’t ready to be introduced to his kind, especially as she was hiding things from him. He always planned to find her again when the time was right.

The thought of Katy in danger brings back all of his protective instincts and reminds him that Katy was meant to be his.

If the two of them can trust one another to reveal their deepest darkest secrets they just might be able to stop an evil man from killing again. If not, they might not see the next full moon.

Sheriff Katy Rose has a unique gift that she’s been trying to suppress. Cameron Morris is the only man she’s ever loved but he let her go. Now they’re back together to help put an end to the reign of a small town serial killer.

Having read so many erotic romances it’s always refreshing to find one with a meaty plot. This one scored twice on that count because it has a mystery and also a strong paranormal element to it, a combination that really upped my enjoyment of this story.

I loved both of these characters from the early pages. They were well rounded, seemed to be people I would actually know…even though they had special gifts. Their interaction and dialogue were also very believable.

The love scenes were sexy and not overdone and the pacing moved nicely too. I really liked the way they put aside their past to work together. While you’re reading this story you know these two characters are perfect for one another and you find yourself cheering them on until they discover that too. I also liked the idea that both had a ‘gift’ that made them even more perfect as soul mates.

If you’re looking for something hot and fun to read and you're a fan of either mysteries or paranormals, this is one I recommend to you.

Bound for Christmas by S. Michael

Bound for Christmas by S. Michael
Publisher: Changling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (24 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Nightshade

Jenny adores her husband and Dom, Greg, and she's looking for just the right Christmas gift for him. Lucky for her, her friend Luke has been lusting over her and Greg for a while now and is more than willing to let Jenny wrap him up as the best Christmas present ever.

When Greg gets home, he finds Jenny all wrapped up in red silk, and Luke bound to the wall wearing little more than bells and ribbons. Luke promises to be the best Christmas gift they've ever shared, and Greg's sure it'll be the hottest holiday, too!

Scintillating is the only way to describe this short story. Bound for Christmas gives a whole new meaning to exchanging gifts for the holidays. The fun begins as the reader starts the first line and discovers that a young male is the perfect present for the heroine’s dominant husband. As the threesome explore the pure pleasure of BDSM, the reader is wrapped in the many possibilities this world creates. Playing on the pure fantasy of bondage the reader is teased and tantalized almost as much as the fictional characters leave you to ponder the new heights of pleasure that can be found.

The expertly woven story leaves the reader begging to find the same gift under his or her tree. Each touch and taunt is so well laid out that the imagination is sent into overdrive as the scene plays in your head. Nothing is left to chance as author S. Michael portrays the exceedingly pleasurable side of the dominate/submissive relationship. Perfectly timed this scene takes on a life of its own building to an explosive conclusion that doesn’t come a page to soon.

Gloriously naughty, Bound for Christmas showcases a sex scene the reader will be begging to recreate in the real world. One naughty act after another leaves the reader panting for more as the erotic torture of the two submissives continues. Never overdone, this story should be showcased as the perfect example of what a BDSM scene should be and what others should strive to meet. One of the best short stories I've read to date. I can’t wait to see what else this author will release.

Leather and Pleasure by Jennifer Labelle

Leather and Pleasure by Jennifer Labelle
Publisher: Romance Divine LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (31 pgs)
Other: BDSM, F/M/M, Ménage, Spanking, Voyeurism, toys, anal sex
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Myrtle

Rowan Avery Walker is planning to surprise her husband after ten years of marriage. On their anniversary she decides to enact one of his most desired fantasies, and there's no traditional night out on the town for this couple. She's no stranger to role play, and when it comes to bedroom pleasures she likes to walk on the wild side. Ryder has never loved his wife more, and has a feeling that it'll be a night to remember. Starting off with unique gifts that peak his curiosity, his suspicions are confirmed when they pull up to their favourite members-only club. Where desire lives, fantasies are enacted, and the words Leather and Pleasure take on a whole new meaning. Rowan makes it an anniversary he’ll never forget.

Leather and Pleasure was my second introduction into the female dominatrix theme, which I found to be so hot that the air conditioner had a hard time cooling me off. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy an alpha female type story because personally, I am more of an alpha male kind of girl in the BDSM scene.

I don't read many short stories but had to get this one because I think that Jennifer Labelle is a brilliant new writer and I fell head over heels in love with her first published book. As you can guess, I wanted to see if she had the same wild imagination and writing skills in this book. What I found between the pages was definitely arousing and hot enough to melt chocolate. The dialogue and smart-ass comments that I loved in her first book were definitely present in Leather and Pleasure. The unique plot was more of a cute play on BDSM and not hardcore. There was teasing and just down to earth sexual play for the three characters.

Over all, Ms. Labelle did an amazing job in writing a nice detailed story with several twists I didn't see coming. One of the author's strong points in creating an entertaining tale is her skill in dropping in a new twist or two in the plot that has a way of surprising you when they play out. I loved reading this book and came away with a huge smile on my face just thinking about Rowan, Ryder, and Nolan. Definitely a story I can recommend.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tell Me Now by Jambrea Jo Jones

Tell Me Now by Jambrea Jo Jones
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (35 Pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Can a shattered Marine find home in the past?

Abe Grissom is tired of being alone and not knowing what to do with his life. No longer in the military he heads for home in hope of some answers.

With a little push from his mom he runs into Cameron Norwood. And Cameron has grown into a man worth drooling over. Should he stay or should he go? His future might be decided by looking to the past.

Is he Marine enough for the challenge?

They say you can’t go home again, but sometimes that is exactly where you need to be.

When too much alcohol and a very bad choice leads to discovery of Abe Grissom’s secret life, his military ‘buddies’ show him what happens to gays in their platoon. The beating ends his military career, and he goes home to try and put his life back together and plan for the future. What he didn’t count on was running into someone who would rock his world, and knock him out of the closet and into his arms.

Cameron Norwood had a teen crush on Abe back in high school, and no longer resembles his youthful nickname of Chunky Monkey. Abe soon realizes his mother and Cam’s father are doing their best to fix the two up, but why? With no job and living in his small hometown, can Abe offer Cam anything more than sneaking and hidden passion? Can Cam convince Abe they can be together openly, and does he even want to?

This is a sweet but hot short from Jambrea Jo Jones, and I love the characters she has brought so vividly to life here. I would love to see this couple again, to see how their lives have progressed. She captured small town America perfectly, with all the trials and tribulations, as well as the joys of knowing everyone and their business.

Abe Grissom is a man who took one risk too many in his personal life, and it caused him to lose his military career. As he says in the beginning of the story, too much alcohol and his raging libido overcame caution and good sense, and he paid for it with physical pain and injury. Once he’s home, he has decisions to make, and most involve leaving town-until he lays eyes on Cameron. I like Abe for his big heart and his protective streak where Cam is involved.

Cameron Norwood is a hot hunk, just the kind Abe likes. He lets Abe know he’s interested, and available, but until he is threatened, Abe does nothing to act on the mutual attraction. I like Cam and his determination to go after what he wants, and what he wants is Abe.

I enjoyed watching the light come on when Abe suddenly realized that there was something more than friendship between his mother and Cam’s father. His realization that they were ‘fixing’ him and Cam up was such a delight. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Jambrea Jo Jones story without a bit of scorch the sheet sex, and it is well worth the wait to get to the happy ever after for Abe and Cam.

Impossible to Resist by Em Woods

Impossible to Resist by Em Woods
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (37 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

While Max’s biggest fear is being touched, his greatest dream is to be loved. Can he let Jeremiah close enough to heal, or will he turn away all that he wants for the safety of what he knows?

Max Eisner suffers from haptephobia, the fear of being touched. He refuses to let that stop him from living, though every second outside his house compounds his distress. Nor does it prevent him from yearning for that one man who will crash through those barriers and make Max his in every way.

Jerimiah Sandburg has watched the handsome man walk past his office door every morning for the past three months. Every day he has the same pained look on his face, flinching whenever someone brushes against him. Jerimiah isn’t sure if Max will trust him enough to work through whatever is bothering him, but he’s not willing to wait another day to claim the smaller man for his own.

Will Max listen to the call of his heart, or will he shut himself off once and for all?

Max suffered a traumatizing experience at the hands of an ex-boyfriend and has developed the fear of being touched. His past relationship left him with scars on the outside as well as the inside. Taking a job for a software company was suppose to be a new beginning for him but being around his attractive boss is just a reminder of what he will never have in his life again.

Miah has been plotting for months to find a way to get to know the recluse that works for him. He is unaware of Max’s past and thinks it’s simply that Max isn’t attracted to him. Miah is a good man who wants nothing more than to get to no Max and maybe spend some alone time together and see where things may lead.

Impossible to Resist is a sweet love story. Ms. Woods did an excellent job of telling a touching and realistic story in so few pages. This author has the ability to write about characters that leaves you wondering what will happen for them next. This was a very satisfying read that I would highly recommend adding to your collection.

Cowboy Love on Hold by Luxie Ryder

Cowboy Love on Hold by Luxie Ryder
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (97 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, M/M/F, Ménage, Anal sex
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Myrtle

When retired Special Op Brandon Reed comes back to Chelwood, he doesn't expect to find his high school buddy Wade Gardener still living in town with the woman Brandon used to date, Kimber Williams. It hurts him to see that they have taken back their love for him and given it to each other.

Kimber doesn't know why Brandon deserted her as a teenager, and although madly in love with Wade, she has never gotten over Brandon. But Wade has his own issues to deal with. He knows the real reason why Brandon left town so suddenly, but he's never confessed his true feelings for Brandon to the woman he adores, or even to himself.

Just as Brandon begins to fear there is no room in their hearts for him, the past comes back to haunt him, and he is thrown into a desperate struggle to save their lives.

Wow! Talk about a storyline that will keep you on edge and unsure in which direction the author is going with the plot. Would it be a Happy for Now type story or a Happy Ever After ending? With two alpha males who both want to run the show and a woman who loves them, the plot was full of conflict and unsure feeling on the part of all three characters. I had so many mixed emotions as I watched the tale unfold. It was definitely a nail-biting journey as I read the book.

Special Ops Brandon Reed returns home after twenty years and opens a can of worms when he learns that his best friend and his ex-girlfriend are lovers. Wade and Kimber never thought they would see Brandon again but when the three come together after all these years, mysteries and untold truths from the past come out that will either tear them apart or draw them closer together.

It is the heart-wrenching emotions that drew me to each of the characters and made the plot unique and enthralling to the end. As the secrets were revealed, I feared that this story would end up as a love affair only without a happy ending, which made it hard for me to take because I had fallen for all three in one way or another and wanted to see them all happy.

For a short story, Ms. Ryder did an amazing job of writing a yummy M/M/F story with a plot that will keep you engrossed until the last word. Can’t wait for my friends to read the hot male, male action found in the book and I may even let them borrow my fan so they will not overheat. With a strong plot, plenty of emotion and super hot sex scenes, I highly recommend this book and am on the hunt to find more books written by this talented author.

Competitive Nature by Justine Elyot

Competitive Nature by Justine Elyot
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (52 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, M/F, Menage
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephantois

They competed against each other at school, but now that they are all grown-up and free to express their feelings of attraction, can three old friends turn competition into co-operation?

Elyssa, Jay and Patrick spent their school years in friendly but fierce competition with each other before drifting apart as adults. A reunion brings them back into each other’s orbits, forcing them to acknowledge the old regrets and attractions they had thought long-buried.

Now the two men are in competition again—but this time it is for Elyssa’s heart, body and soul. Will the best man win? Or is there a third way that will suit them all?

Elyssa, Jay and Patrick were once competitive school buddies but drifted apart, now a reunion brings them back together and the competition is far from over.

I found this an interesting story because the characters had a history. As the title suggests, the rivalry once experienced by Jay and Patrick has never gone away and resurfaces as the story opens.

I enjoyed the way the author introduced us to these three characters. We are given background information without it being too much too soon which is commendable in this short of a read.

The dialogue sounded natural and the pacing spot on for this length of work. My favorite aspect was I assumed that the two guys would compete physically and emotionally for Elyssa which the author portrayed at first. However, there was a wonderful twist in the tale which I won’t give away and spoil for you. These are likable characters and this was a story that I enjoyed reading to the last page.

If you’re looking for a sexy, short menage story with a satisfying ending then this might be an ideal read for you too.

Gilded Cage by Lizzie Lynn Lee

Gilded Cage by Lizzie Lynn Lee
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (89 pgs)
Other: M/F, Toys
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Mazus

He wishes keeping his hands off her was as easy as keeping her safe, but she’s one delicious temptation no mortal man can resist…

As the sole heir of the richest man in the world, Lillian Blackwell lives her life as nothing but a pawn in a golden cage. Lonely in her tall tower, she yearns for that someday when her knight in shining armour will come and rescue her and set her free.

Battle-worn veteran, Brandon Shea lost everything after he came back from the war. He’s just starting over when he gets a job as Lillian's bodyguard. He certainly doesn't expect Lillian to beg him to free her when she’s forced to marry her father's colleague, Maxwell Stanford, a cunning billionaire who has a terrible temper and is also twice her age. Brandon swore he'd had enough of playing hero, but when he realises Lillian is just as lonely as he is, he can’t refuse her request.

Hiding Lillian from Stanford's men is an easy job, but things get out of hand when she wants Brandon for more than just her bodyguard. Suddenly, playing the knight for his modern-day Rapunzel becomes much more physical than he’d planned.

Lillian Blackwell is a rich man's daughter but without the great privileges that comes with it. She suffers from starvation and emotional neglect at the hands of her father. Brandon Shea a veteran soldier is hired to be Lillian’s bodyguard. One night Lillian begs Brandon to help her escape he father’s clutches but initially Brandon refuses. It doesn't take long for Brandon to realise what is happening to Lillian and he can not turn a blind eye to her cicumstances. He decides to help her to escape. On the journey to freedom they fall in love.

Do they make it to safety and can their love last when they are on the run? Read it and find out!

Gilded Cage is jam packed with adventure and some of the steamiest sex scenes I have ever read. I loved the fast paced plot and enjoyed the lull in the action when the love scenes occurred and, were they ever scorching! I had a hard time putting this book down because I had to know what would happen next.

Not once through the book was I disappointed. From beginning to end each word was worth reading. This book is a modern day Rapunzel. Guilded Cage is perfect if you're looking for a read that is action packed and has a romantic happily ever after!

Cave of Desire by Juliet Cardin

Cave of Desire by Juliet Cardin
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (12 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Nightshade

Thrown back in time to the Stone Age, a modern-day couple must learn to exist with only a cave to serve as their home. Will the struggle to survive tear them apart or will they find their desire for each other has become as primal as their new world?

Whitty and delicious, Cave of Desire plunges the reader into a world of danger and pure lust. In this short story, the reader follows a couple who allow their passion and carnal desires to take over while they live out their fantasies in the Stone Age. Forced to remain completely self-reliant they discover passion they never knew existed before. The blend of rustic simplicity with the realization of time travel adds a different type of seduction to the lives of this sultry couple.

The story is perfectly mouthwatering as you watch these two characters playfully tease and taunt each other until they explode. Not to be overshadowed, the idea behind this short story is genius. The reader is so focused on the characters and their current situation that when the twist comes it is a playfully pleasant surprise. This shows how well the author weaves her story. While this scene is expertly crafted, I would like to see the concept expanded into a full-length novel.

The blend of the Stone Age roughness with the very futuristic idea of time travel makes this one of the more interesting stories to date. The author’s imagination runs wild as the two main characters explore the advantages of a much simpler time. In doing so, Juliet Cardin allows us to see the hedonistic side of advancing technology. Allowing the reader to contemplate the fun uses for the technology in today’s world. Spicy and engaging, this is a story I am sure to enjoy many more times.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Amy’s Redemption by B.J. Wane

Amy’s Redemption by B.J. Wane
Publisher: Pink Flamingo Publications
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (99 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/F/M/F, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Sex, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Violet

On her way to a new job on a Wyoming ranch, Amy Rollins stops at a roadside bar to take a needed break. Deprived of sex for too many weeks, her first glimpse of a tall, rugged cowboy in the parking lot has her creaming her jeans and masturbating in her car. On the run from the law for over two years, Amy has avoided any personal entanglements. However, she’s so attracted to the handsome stranger that when she later loses a bet with him over a game of pool, she’s obliged to give him a night of sex. This seems easy enough. However, the sassy, smart-mouthed Amy gets a rude and enlightening surprise when, as soon as the two enter his hotel room, RJ pulls her across his lap for a sound spanking. The humiliation and pain-induced pleasure are more than her senses can resist, and she’s shocked to find herself climaxing with a man for the first time ever!

Though RJ’s dominating lovemaking has her yearning for more, she flees in fear in the middle of the night. Thankful to escape the man before she does something stupid, she arrives at Kincaid Ranch only to learn that her new boss is the very same RJ – Rand Kincaid. It's not long before she's over RJ's lap again. However, Even though the spanking has her writhing with pleasure once again, the cautious Amy refuses to sleep with him if he wants her to stay on.

Determined to win her over, RJ continues to touch her in intimate ways, and right out in the open! Frustration builds in them both, until a willful act of disobedience earns her a public spanking so hot that Amy finally gives in to the rough cowboy. With RJ in control, she eagerly explores her submissive sexuality; meanwhile the open lifestyle on the ranch leads to sexy threesomes, group sex and more public punishment. However, when strange accidents start happening at Kincaid Ranch, Amy’s alarmed. As the careful deception about her past threatens to unravel and expose her damming secret, she knows it’s time to flee again.

I absolutely loved this book. Imagine a dominant hot cowboy, a strong yet vulnerable heroine, throw in some fun spanking, orgasmic sex, and top it off with a fantastic love story.

Amy is one of my favorite heroines I’ve read about this year. She’s never known a family, has been abused, and is on the run, but she maintains an untouchable innocence. She’s sassy, stronger than she thinks, and has an innate grace I couldn’t help but fall in love with. She’s scared of being found, but realizes she doesn’t want to run away from what she’s discovered with RJ. She’s fiercely protective of those she loves.

RJ is a melt your heart hero. He fell for Amy the moment he saw her. He fell harder for Amy when he discovered how much she loved his spankings. Not to mention the drop your mouth, terrific sex they have. RJ is strong, dominant, and loving. Adorably, he turns to mush at the thought of something upsetting Amy. I love that he sees the vulnerability in Amy. Watching him fall in love with Amy was beautiful. Watching him do things he’d never normally do to make Amy happy was wonderful. I think of RJ and my heart just sighs.

The supporting characters are terrific. They become a family to Amy. It’s also fun watching their reactions to Amy and RJ having sex, whether it’s impatience or masturbating while watching.

Exhibitionism and voyeurism are commonplace in Amy’s Redemption. Sex is in the open at RJ’s ranch. This could seem creepy if handled poorly. However, the author did a remarkable job making this liberating, beautiful, and erotic. For RJ and Amy, spanking is fun foreplay they both enjoy. Again, with Amy’s abusive past, the spanking could come off poorly, but the author truly made it fun for RJ, Amy, and the reader. This makes it an incredibly erotic read. There are hot ménages and group sex that are erotic and fun. Despite the sharing, RJ and the other men have the utmost respect for Amy and any other woman. RJ is also possessive and protective of Amy. RJ is careful to gain Amy’s consent before including someone or pushing a boundary. It’s really beautiful to read.

The spanking and sex are very frequent in Amy’s Redemption. Yet it never feels like the book digresses into pure sex for sex’s sake. It’s always a love story. The author’s engaging style is pitch-perfect. This book is published by Pink Flamingo Publications. If you’re familiar with Pink Flamingo, you know most of their books are erotica. Technically they do class Amy’s Redemption as spanking erotica, but this is a romantic love story with spicy hot sex. To me the book is perfect. This book invaded my dreams and deserves a Best Book rating.

Amy’s Redemption is one of those multi-layered delights that leaves you breathless with a smile. This book has everything I love: a lively heroine who’s vulnerable, a strong hero who’s putty in the heroine’s hand, a great story with a mysterious twist, writing with an intoxicating cadence, a last line that made me laugh, and hot, spank-tastic sex. I give this book my highest recommendation.

Lust Dazed by Charlotte Stein

Lust Dazed by Charlotte Stein
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (54 pgs)
Other: M/M/F, menage, masturbation, voyeurism, m/f/m
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Stephantois

Ellie, Evan and Jimmy have always been best friends. They work together, play together, support each other and...accidentally eavesdrop on each other, doing some very dirty things.

When Ellie hears what Evan and Jimmy have been doing behind her back—watching smutty movies that feature women who look just like her—she doesn't know whether to be bemused or offended. Or maybe just hugely turned on.

And that's not even getting into the secret crush Jimmy seems to have on Evan...or the plans he has for the three of them, now that everything's out in the open...

Ellie, Evan and Jimmy are best friends but what Ellie didn’t know was that the two guys have been watching movies featuring women who look like her. And Jimmy also has a crush on Evan too…

The opening of this story features Ellie eavesdropping on her friends. Evan and Jimmy are watching a movie, thinking about Ellie and masturbating while they do so. This particular scene went on a bit long for my liking because I would have preferred the three of them to interact sooner. However, when Ellie does confront them with what she’s overhead them saying and doing, things do heat up.

I felt this long stretch of the three not being together and this being such a short story that it didn’t allow me to really connect with the characters like I’d hoped. I did like other aspects of this story however, like authentic dialogue, good pacing, and the description of the setting.

There’s also an added bonus to this story where the author reveals that Jimmy and Evan might get together too. I think this is a fun read if you’re looking for a different kind of ménage story.

Her Texas Billionaire Oil Men by Kayla Knight

Her Texas Billionaire Oil Men by Kayla Knight
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (146 pgs)
Other: Ménage, M/F/M, Voyeurism, anal sex, toys,
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Myrtle

Rugged Texas billionaire oilmen Jake McKenna and Brody Quinn head off into the mountains of Montana for a well-deserved month-long vacation. There’s plenty of good hunting and fishing around the isolated ranch house to keep them occupied.

Things heat up when they decide it’s far more exciting to hunt their beautiful personal assistant, Taylor Matthews, instead. Brody and Jake are Alpha males and very demanding.

Still hurting from a recent break up with a long-term boyfriend, Taylor has no intention of making it easy for the temptingly rich and very attractive oil barons. But what’s a girl to do? Just fantasize about the two gorgeous guys she works for? Or enjoy all they have to offer?

“A sex toy secretly hidden in her luggage by a friend as a joke does not make a woman a rampant nymphomaniac” or does it? I fell in love with this book from the start and had to laugh at myself when Ms. Knight started describing Jake and Brody I kept stopping and going back to check out the cover just to get a visual picture of the two men in all their hot sexy glory.

Jack McKenna has an air of confidence and self-assurance that was a potent aphrodisiac to Taylor, and had me stopping to fan my face a few times, too. Personally I would label that man “too hot to handle” in my little black book. Being a love 'em and leave 'em type of guy, it made me wonder if the storyline would have a fairy tale ending or whether it be one of those happy for now types.

Brody, Jack’s long time friend and partner, is the silent type and still morning the death of his wife. He's not looking for a threesome or so he thinks until he finds himself enchanted by Taylor. The more he gets to know her the more he finds that it is time to return to the land of the living. Ms. Knight does such a great job of creating real, three-dimensional characters.

There are some books that are so well written and the plot laid out in such away that it is as if you are right there, a part of the story and characters. This is one of those. You get the feeling that you actually know Jack, Brody, and Taylor and have a personal stake as a friend or family member in how things turn out for the three in the end. There are a few well-laid twists within the story and the road to Happy Ever After does not come easy.

This book will definitely set your computer on fire and leave you with some hot graphic details to fuel your dreams.