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Friday, June 17, 2011

Go Wild by Juniper Bell

Go Wild by Juniper Bell
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (89 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, M/F/M/M/M, BDSM, M/F
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Mazus

Lars loves Katia. Katia loves Lars. Lars wants to marry Katia. Can he convince his free-spirited lover that marriage will be as fun as her sexually adventurous single days?

Never before has Katia been tempted to give up her carefree ways. She’s deeply in love with Lars, but she doesn’t know if he can handle her wild side—or wilder needs. But Lars is a hard man to resist. The former Olympic champion won’t give up, not when he knows just how to please her.

The people of Wild, Alaska, know the best way to survive winter is to let off a little steam. When his buddies hit town for Wild Nights, a notorious winter festival with one rule—“anything goes, nothing counts”—Lars has the perfect opportunity to prove he’s the man for Katia.

Lucky for Katia, “proof” includes four rugged Alaska men and one wildly erotic night.

Sparks fly in the town of Wild, where Lars and Katia are celebrating the town’s annual “Wild Nights". Lars has asked Katia to marry him and she has not given him an answer yet. Katia doesn’t want to be held down by marriage; she’s scared to lose her freedom. Lars loves Katia with all his heart and will do anything to keep her with him. He has a plan and he hopes it will convince Katia that they are meant to be husband and wife.

Lars is a former Olympic champion who has come back to his hometown of Wild. He’s also the town hero. Lars is one of the most gorgeous and darling athletes I’ve ever read about. Lars is what made the story so wonderful with his wit and loving ways. Katia is quite complicated and her love for Lars is certainly something to envy.

I’m surprised this novella didn’t burst into flames as I flew through the pages. Each love scene was blistering and unique. The characters were conflicted about their future together and it made for a well rounded read.

I would recommend this book to someone looking for a scintillating novella. It will keep you reading long into the night.

Cherry Pie by Samantha Kane

Cherry Pie by Samantha Kane
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (145 pgs)
Other: m/m, anal play
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Canterbury Bell

John Ford packed up his life a year ago and moved from LA to small Mercury, North Carolina after the death of his long-term partner. He’s been living in a kind of suspended animation, fixing up the old house he bought there, reclusive and alone. Until the day Connor Meecham appears.

Conn Meecham has returned home, only to find it isn’t his anymore. Someone else owns his mother’s house now. But Conn needs that house to find the man he left behind more than eight years ago--before the drugs, before prison, before his life derailed. Lonely, desperate, lost, Conn finds in John a kindred soul.

Mercury is a dying town. But John sets out to change that when he learns what it means to Conn. Through home improvements, sex, old friends, sex, misunderstandings, sex, and homemade cherry pie, John and Conn may finally discover that where they are now can be heaven on earth if they want it to be.

Cherry pie is winter nights by the warm fire, summery Sunday afternoons on the front porch, late night snacks in the warmth of the family kitchen. It is home: the house you live in, the life you lead, and the people who love you. Cherry pie is comfort.

Wealthy, successful and single John Ford is a man trying to recoup from the sudden loss of his lover, a soldier killed in the war. Their ideal retirement was a home in the quiet and quaint town of Mercury, North Carolina. As John tries to move on, he must deal with the grief and acknowledge the infidelity of the man that he loved. So, on his own, John purchases a lovely Victorian home just looking for restoration and a new life.

Tall, handsome and very sexy, Connor Meecham is trying to recover his life. After several bad moves that landed him in prison he wants to start over. Where better than home? After turning up on John’s front porch one day, Conner is invited in to look around and ends up staying to help restore the home that he grew up in. John gives Connor the connection to his past and Connor presents John with the acquaintance of his home town as well as hope for the future. Together these two men find in each other the strength to move on and build the type of life they’ve always dreamed of.

Samantha Kane always develops such amazing characters in her stories. The men of Cherry Pie are emotionally devastated, spiritually lost and mentally struggling to move past the hurt and pain. Their coming together is a union of two lost souls who find the ultimate solace in each other’s arms. They are passionate, adventurous and generous in their loving and in their giving. Their discovery of each other will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.

Cherry Pie is heartwarming, soul searching comfort food for the eyes and the mind. Do not miss it!!

The Millionaire’s Fake Fiancée by Rita Sawyer

The Millionaire’s Fake Fiancée by Rita Sawyer
Publisher: Jupiter Gardens Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (124 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Myrtle

Harley Taizer wasn’t used to dealing with her greedy parents. They’d never wanted her and had made it perfectly clear by giving her to her grandfather the day she'd been born. It’s funny how things change when money is involved. Discovering her trust fund, her parents show up demanding she give them the money. Afraid of just how far his son and daughter in-law will go, her grandfather brings in a security specialist to help.

Kasper Drake hasn’t met a trust fund baby he liked, though he is one himself. Upon meeting his uncle’s newest client he’s willing to throw all his preconceived notions out the window. He’s trying to get Harley to admit to their fierce attraction when her father shows up demanding to know Kasper's identity. She tells him that he’s her fiancée. Kasper latches onto her lie hoping to make her see how good it could be.

“None For You and All For Me,” or “Watch Your Back or I’ll Walk All Over It” was how Harley Taizer saw her mother and father.

It's funny how relatives come out of the woodwork when they get wind of someone inheriting a large amount of money. The heroine lived with her grandfather and had very little contact with her parents, until they found out she had a trust fund. Harley’s grandfather knew how her parents were and he wanted to protect her.

From chapter one Harley grabbed my heartstrings and held on to them throughout the story. After being raised and loved by her grandfather, she had very little love for her parents and for good reasons.

Kasper Drake is asked by his uncle to set up security for Harley’s trust fund and falls in lust (or is it love?) at first sight. He is determined to protect both her and her grandfather from her parents' greed by staging a fake engagement. I found myself sighing as I watched Kasper work to shield both Harley and her grandfather. I wished for a man just like him. All the characters come across as real life people and wormed their way into my heart.

It took me a few days to gather my thoughts and run through my feelings on this book once I was finished with it. Not because it was a bad story but because there was so much passion and emotion throughout that I did not know where to begin. There are some books that just hit so close to home and the feeling of the characters are so real that I had to take a step back and saver all the details and events in the plot that made the tale an outstanding story.

The Millionaire’s Fake Fiancée is one book I will be adding to my bookshelf to read again in the future. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author and cannot wait to tell my mother about this one.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Notorious by Karen Erickson

Notorious by Karen Erickson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (97 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Toys, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Gladiolus

King of one-night stands, all-around man whore, that’s Eric. And you know what? He doesn’t give a rip. After being dumped by the two people who mattered most to him, numbing himself with alcohol and anonymous sex was the easiest thing to do. Men, women, they’re all the same to him. Feelings, caring, it all just gets in the way.

Then he meets Stacy. Sweet, beautiful, a delicate combination of shy and forceful, she’s unlike anyone he’s ever known. She sees right through his façade and makes him face his ugly truths, brutal reminders he doesn’t deserve her. He wants her like no one else—and it scares him out of his mind.

Stacy can’t help herself, she’s attracted to gorgeous, sexy, hurting Eric. There’s more to him than meets the eye—even though what’s meeting her eye right now is a complete mess. Broken hearts will do that to the strongest man—she should know. If she can get him to forgive—especially himself—maybe things could work out between them. But first, she can’t let him get away.

When I'm in the mood for a scorching romance, Karen Erickson is an author I'm sure will deliver. Her latest installment in the Playing Fire Series, Notorious, picks up where the third book left off: with Eric -- a man who has lost his lover to a woman they shared in a ménage -- who is now alone. To say Eric is in a bad place is an understatement. He doesn't trust, he doesn't share more than one night with a lover, and he doesn't love. Then he meets Stacy. She, too, is the victim of heartbreak. Soon they discover the chemistry between them will not be denied. Can Eric overcome his demons in order to find happiness? Or will his actions push Stacy away?

Notorious is a story that a reader will approach with high expectations. After reading the previous story, Scandalous, readers want Eric to have his happily ever after. Unfortunately, the connection between the characters never happened. What is meant as tension quickly becomes something else, making it difficult to care for either the hero or the heroine. Eric continually pushes Stacy away, to the point that it’s difficult to understand why she’d take him back. Likewise, due to her nature, Stacy becomes hard to like. She’s a sweet character who continues to allow Eric to mistreat her. Perhaps the length of the work is a part of the reason; however, the result is a lukewarm reception to what had the potential to be an amazing book.

On a more positive note, Ms. Erickson does deliver the heat. The sex scenes are so hot they burn. Despite the differences between them, Eric and Stacy steam up the pages as he assists her in exploring her sexual boundaries. He’s well versed in all things sexual, so suffice it to say he’s more than willing to explore naughty things with the woman he can’t seem to let go. Familiar locations are used, which allows the reader to settle in and remember what drew them into the series. Another bonus is the protagonists in the prior book, Brandon and Alexa, make appearances. It was interesting to see what had occurred in their relationship.

If you’re in the mood for an extremely hot erotic story, with scenes that will leave you breathless, be sure to check out Notorious.

Cherish by Shawn Bailey

Cherish by Shawn Bailey
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (136 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

The last thing pop star Trinity Warren expected to find sprawled in the middle of a dark highway was an injured motorcyclist who had dangerously into the path of a moving limousine. Trinity also never expected his body to react or his heart to race when the young man momentarily regained consciousness and stared up with beautiful dove gray eyes.

As Brennan Demarcus lay on the ground preparing to die a beautiful blond-haired angel appeared and looked down on him with concerned ice blue eyes. His body shuttered involuntarily as he closed his eyes. The last thing he remembered thinking was that maybe dying wouldn’t be so bad as long as he could fly around the heavens with someone as lovely as the angel that had appeared to take him to meet his maker.

Who would think you could find the love of your life when he crashes into your car? The unexpected happens when you least expect it and that is true for the main characters in this heartwarming story.

Trinity Warren is an international singing celebrity and Brennan Demarcus is a local motorcyclist celebrity. When everyone knows who you are, privacy is a thing of the past. These two men stumble through experimenting with their sexuality together. A bond is formed and love starts to bloom.

Trinity is a man who never really questioned his sexual preference, he always knew he was gay, just hadn’t found "the one" yet. Brennan on the other hand isn’t convinced he’s actually gay even after his encounters with Trinity.

Brennan is a complicated character. He is always feeling the need to do what others expect of him and not follow his heart. When he took the chance with Trinity, it was the first time he went after something he truly wanted. But when the fear of discovery rears its ugly head, he breaks it off with Trinity thinking he is doing the right thing for Trinity’s career.

This was a fabulous story filled with one conflict after another. So many things come to light in the last chapter that brings this tale together and wraps it up into a neat, fulfilling package. The author wrote very believable characters that I became invested in. I really liked how the story had a lot of dialogue between the characters; I really felt a part of their love story.

Cherish is a very entertaining book and I completely recommend giving this romance a read.

Roman by Selena Illyria

Roman by Selena Illyria
Publisher: Etopia Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (64 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Author Tristina Deveroux has been dreaming of a man—a tall, dark, sexy man whose nightly visits bring her to a fever pitch. But come morning, she always awakens agitated and unsatisfied—and alone. When her agent suggests a writer’s getaway in Scotland, Tristina can’t resist the chance to gain a little distance, hoping a change of scene will help her escape the dreams...

Even the fallen deserve love. That is why Roman needs Tristina as much as she needs him, if not more. Roman’s story is one that reaches home for many of us. He made a mistake, but that mistake has cost him the life that he once knew. Now he can either make the best out of the life he has been given or wallow in what could have been.

The relationship development within this story was consistent and captivating. The dream element to the relationship added an extra something to the story. I think that it made this book stand out from the crowd. That, paired with Roman’s past, really created an intriguing storyline. I could not wait to see what happened with Tris and Roman next, and I was not disappointed from beginning to end.

The descriptions within this tale were spot on at times, especially during the sex scenes. I felt as if I was right there with the characters, experiencing what they were. When describing the characters' surroundings the author was able paint a vivid picture, though it sometimes felt repetitive. For instance, I could clearly picture Roman’s mansion.

I absolutely adored the supporting cast within this story. Chelley and Aidan really added a certain comical element to the book. I have a feeling I will be seeing more of them in the future and I cannot wait. While this may have been the first story I've read in the Fallen Lovers series, I have a pretty good feeling it will not be my last.

The Scientist and the Supermodel by Tara Lain

The Scientist and the Supermodel by Tara Lain
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (132 pgs)
Other: M/F, F/M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal sex
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Myrtle

Geneticist Jake Martin has brilliant scientific vision, but he’s blind to his own nature. Despite his flagging interest in women and his past experience with a man, he’s convinced himself he’d be happy if he could just have his older boss, Emmaline Silvay, as his lover. Living in his closeted dream world, he’s unprepared for the powerful attraction he experiences to supermodel Roan Black, “the most beautiful man in the world.”

Jake can’t resist the gorgeous, androgynous creature. Who could? he thinks. But Roan refuses to accept him until Jake admits that it’s a man he wants and this man in particular. Jake tells himself it’s just sex, but his refusal to understand what he really needs threatens the best chance at happiness he’s ever had. Is there a future for a PhD scientist who refuses to see and a high school dropout supermodel who understands all too clearly?

“He’d managed to get hard earlier, but only after she’d sucked him like a Hoover and he’d done some seriously heavy fantasizing.” This is one line that will stick in my mind for a long, long time. One of the things I love about reading books by Tara Lain is the way her imagination comes out in the written word. It's all the cute lines and the vivid details that leave you smiling and going back to re-read them again. I fell in love with both of the heroes in the first book, Genetic Attraction, so I was eager to get my hands on this one. This story was more of a step back in time and told how the two hot men, Roan Black and Jake Martin, got together.

It's funny how, when you read a book that is so good, the characters not only hold your attention but your heart as well. In this story I got to see the lust and love of both Roan and Jake grow and bloom into something everlasting. As I watched the tale unfold, I could not help but wish them both the best and hoped they'd come away with everything they wanted. Not only does the book have an in-depth plot that broke my heart, it also had a beautiful air of tenderness that left me breathless.

Roan's need for a family and to be loved, even though he is a supermodel, was a story line that made my heart ache for him. It was hard watching and waiting for Jake to make up his mind and decide what he wanted out of life. There is so much emotion between the pages of this book that I found it hard to put down. This is one of the best M/M stories I have read and one I will be reading again. The story of Jake and Roan is so exquisite I walked away from this tale loving them both.

Shelton in Love by Barbara Hartsock

Shelton in Love by Barbara Hartsock
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (33 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Shelton is falling hard for his best friend and roommate, finding Nevil's dark good looks and moments of gentleness almost impossible to resist. But Nevil is more interested in affairs of the body than the heart. As Shelton's desire for the man grows, he wonders if he can change Nevil's mind. But does he even want to? Nevil might not stay, once he learns Shelton's secret, and then his loneliness would be complete.

What socks are you wearing today?

Sounds like an innocuous question, right? For Nevil and Shelton, it's very important. Nevil tabs his lovers by a sock color. He's got lots of socks in LOTS of colors. Now before I make him sound devilish, Nevil's a good guy, he just likes to sow his oats. Shelton, his trusty roommate, wants to be the recipient of those oats, but he doesn't want to screw up a good thing.

Ms. Hartsock writes a quick paced tale. She's got a way with words that drew me in right away. I felt like I knew Nevil and Shelton and got emotionally involved in the story. I wanted to know what would happen next.

As much as I liked the quickness, I wanted it to slow down a tick. I wanted to really get into Shelton's head to see why he did some of the things he did. I wanted a little more background on Nevil, too. I realize this is a short story and things have to fit within certain parameters, but I'd love to have known at least a little about their lives before and after.

My favorite part of the story was no doubt the one scene I can't talk about much. I can't give a spoiler. But, there is a tenderness, a true heartstring tugging moment that made me want to hug the both of them nice and tight. Yeah, I sighed, too.

If you want a book that's got lots of heat and heart, you need to read Shelton in Love. Four cherries, indeed.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Inflamed by Amber Kallyn

Inflamed by Amber Kallyn
Publisher: Changeling Press LLC
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (75 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Spanking, Fetish (Pain play)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

Pete is the youngest of the Dragos Clan, but when the woman of his dreams begs for help, he's not about to let anyone else save her.

Isabella, a sex demon, has been a prisoner of the black mage for centuries. But in her dreams, she finds the one man who can love her without the cost of losing his soul.

Can the two find each other, and defeat the evil mage that's been hounding the Dragos clan, once and for all?

Not only does the story feature demons and dragons, but they can actually mate with one another. This concept is what immediately interested me, and made me pick up this story. I was delighted to read a story that fully embraced the paranormal element the way Inflamed has.

Isabella is a demon that I would like to have on my side of a battle. She has a strong will that really makes her standout as a heroine. While she may be a damsel in distress that does not mean she cannot protect people she cares for. The notion that a demon can care for someone in itself made her character intriguing. In true subbuccus fashion once she has a tantalizing sexual encounter her powers are amazing. I would consider the total package of what I look for in a heroine.

While the story was thoroughly entertaining I did feel a little disconnected from the storyline at moments since I had not read the earlier stories in this series. It is obvious from the very beginning that I would be missing something since I was coming into the series in story 4, especially with Pete’s siblings. I think I also was a little disconnected from Pete because of it as well. I could tell that previous information was given about his personality, by dialogue within the story, but I just could not make as good of a connection with him as I would have liked because of this missing information. Therefore, while you will enjoy the story if you have not previously read the stories, I would suggest that you read the previous stories to fully appreciate the authors talent.

The conflict within this story was one that again featured a wonderful paranormal element. Demon and dragons working together to defeat a Dark mage. What gets more paranormal than that? The Dark mage is one impressive foe and seems to be undefeatable. The element of an unobtainable victory always makes a conflict even more entertaining, and the twist at the end was just the icing on the cake. I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for this series next.

Punk Rox Warrior by Rachel Cron

Punk Rox Warrior by Rachel Cron
Publisher: Siren Publishing Classic
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (160 pages)
Other: M/F, anal play
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Carnation

Life is about to get interesting for Rainne.

Rainne Stanton is a young woman who lives by her own rules. She has her band, she has her little business, and now she has a stalker. Her world is turned upside down when her mother gets involved.

James Decker is competent, lethal and Rainne's new shadow. Hired by her mother to find and eliminate Rainne’s stalker, he never anticipated what was waiting for him.

Their passion was something neither one expected or welcomed.

Together, can they clear the haze of deception surrounding Rainne? As James begins to unravel the mystery that is Rainne herself, what he finds will forever change him in ways he never could have anticipated.

I had only turned one page and was already laughing.

First Lieutenant James Decker, Special Forces: about 6' 5”, deep blue the 'babysitter' Rainne's mother has sent to keep an eye on her and protect her from a stalker. He takes charge immediately, informing the 'girlie-girl', along with a snarl of disdain, that she won't be going to work for the next few days.

Punk Rock artist, Rainne, grunge in attitude and garb, never has gotten along with her mother and resents her intrusion into her life. But 'G.I. Joe' leaves her with no choice and the next thing she knows, he is residing on her couch, shadowing her every move. He finds her cell phone bugged, does a sweep of her apartment and outfits her car with GPS. After finding extensive evidence of a very thorough and ongoing surveillance on Rainne by the stalker, his four militant-looking associates move in, too.

Rainne is the opposite of everything that James is. So why is he so turned on by the belligerent, wild child with black lipstick and shaded eyes? When she cleans off all the makeup and puts on a normal outfit, he is struck by her vulnerable, soft look. But the bruises James sees all over her body have him in a secret rage. Soon, James find his attraction to her an imposition on his personal philosophy of living: to keep it simple and stay single. In his mind he finds himself making an exception to that bachelor 'rule'. He is drawn to Rainne more with every new peek into her true identity and personality.

Despite herself, Rainne cannot resist her overwhelming and confusing attraction to the large, sexy bodyguard. Their affair begins with an explosive blaze of hunger and desire. Rainne has had only one sexual partner in her life and that was her abusive ex-boyfriend. That affair ended over a year ago. When James moves into her bedroom, she finds that the sexually magnetic and powerfully masculine man has taken over her heart.

I liked that there were several important sub-plots and realistic plot twists in this story. It becomes an 'edge of your seat' crime adventure, while at the same time a believable and touching love story plays out. One of the things I found the most interesting was the transformative journey throughout the adventure that played on past wounds and the healing interaction of the lovers. I especially appreciated how this is woven throughout the story and evolves seamlessly, along with the natural way the characters' personalities are cleverly and gradually fully revealed. All is not what it first seems.

The eloquent and sensitively done expressions of James' love for Rainne were also a big plus for me in this book. Rarely is this done so beautifully. I started the story with chuckles, and ended this very vivid and realistic story with teary feelings and compassion for the two lovers. I found it easy to care about them and enjoyed the intense, passionate love scenes between them as well. The heat between Rainne and James is scorching! I recommend this book to everyone, and eagerly look forward to more of Rachel Cron's work.

A Fool for You by Cat Grant

A Fool for You by Cat Grant
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (125 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

Sexy Chase Aubrey plays blues guitar like nobody’s business. One look at him performing at a New York nightclub, and twenty-year-old keyboard player Brian Barclay’s smitten.

However, Brian remains true to his boyfriend Kit—until Kit cheats on him and steals all the songs they’ve written together. With nowhere else to go, Brian turns to his estranged father, Trevor, and Trevor’s partner, Cameron. But even Cameron can’t smooth over the tension between father and son.

Brian’s in need of a friend, and Chase fills the role nicely—and quickly heats up the sheets with him as well. The passion between them is mind-blowing, until Brian discovers Chase’s secret past. A past he’s run from for years. And when the past threatens the present, Brian can’t help wondering if the love of his life has played him for a fool.

Brian is realizing life doesn’t always turn out as you planned and the people you care for most in the world aren’t always looking out for your best interest. He’s traveled all the way from Canada to New York with his boyfriend and their other band mate in hopes of making it big. Once there, Brian comes to find out some hard truths where his boyfriend of the past five years is concerned. Left feeling betrayed and all alone, Brian turns to the father he feels abandoned him five years ago. While dealing with his daddy issues, he turns to the one person he has come to respect and enjoy being around.

Chase is a fellow musician that has become smitten with Brian, but Brian hasn't a clue. Chase has a past of his own he would rather forget. After helping Brian collect his belongings from his old apartment, they share a kiss. From there sparks fly and a relationships starts to grow. Brian’s life seems to be perfect, he’s getting along with his father and his father’s partner, and he’s falling in love.

The bottom falls out of Brian’s happy life when he discovers Chase has secrets he’s been keeping from him. After being lied and cheated on by his ex, now Brian doesn’t know if he can trust Chase with his heart.

Brian is a very likeable character that most people can relate to. He’s still harboring resentment towards his father and his father’s partner, for leaving him and his mother. Plus he’s dealing with his mother’s current marriage falling apart. Brian’s been through a lot in his young life and all he wants is his own little piece of happiness. Chase is also seeking that same happiness but he’s so ashamed of his past he fears Brian will leave him if he knows the truth. My heart went out to Chase because he has dealt with things that no one should have to suffer through.

Brian and Chase are a couple you want to be together. They have both suffered hardships in the past but together they can heal those wounds if they can accept that their only human and as humans we make mistakes. With love and forgiveness anything is possible.

A Fool for You is the third book in this series. After reading this story I will definitely be reading the two previous (and I didn't have a problem reading this as a standalone). This a sweet love story that will touch you heart. I highly recommend giving it a read.

Waiting So Long by Kaenar Langford

Waiting So Long by Kaenar Langford
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (111 pgs)
Other: M/M, fetish, anal sex, masturbation, voyeurism, toys, bdsm
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Growing up, Vayle’s best friend’s younger brother Daniel was a pain in the ass. When Daniel shows up on Vayle’s doorstep, expecting to stay with him for a few days, Vayle discovers the last twelve years have transformed Daniel from a gangly, awkward pain in the ass into a confident, smoking-hot stud.

Daniel’s only too happy to see Vayle again, but the prospect of being roommates with his first love has his stomach in knots…and his cock throbbing. This time around, Daniel’s determined to win Vayle over—even if it means getting down on his knees to beg properly.

Lights, camera,...seduction!

This is my first book by Kaenar Langford and after seeing so many great reviews for her work, I couldn't wait to dive into this book. I'm glad I did. The characters stayed with me after the end of the book, keeping me up later that night thinking "I wonder what happened next". The book is written in a fast pace, but slowed in just the right places so I could savor certain scenes. It was like I was right there watching the action unfold and certainly needing a cool drink.

Although I liked the book, there were a few...quirks. This is the first instance in a m/m book where a part of the anatomy was referred to as an 'aperture'. This may not bother most people, but once I got the image of a camera winking...well, it was hard to erase it. Another thing I'd have liked was to have more conflict. Sure, there's lots of emotional conflict. I raced to the end of the book, needing to know what would happen. And yet, things seemed almost too tidy in spots. I know this is romance and I know the outcome I expect, but I just wanted to see more conflict and 'will they or won't they' moments to really up the tension.

That being said, the scenes between Vayle and Daniel are well told. No detail was left out. I especially liked the scene with the camera. Not traditional, but I think that's what was so great about it. I didn't see it coming and loved it.

If you want a book that will make you shiver with delight, then you need to read Waiting So Long. I give it four hearty cherries.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Compromised Cowgirl by Reece Butler

Compromised Cowgirl by Reece Butler
Bride Train 3
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Historical, Western
Length: Full Length (285 Pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M/M, Ménage, Spanking, anal play
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Myrtle

Having completed two years at a Virginia ladies’ college, required to gain her inheritance, Jessamine Elliott returns to Tanner’s Ford. Raised on a ranch with six wild brothers, she’s determined to keep her independence by becoming a partner on her brothers’ Bitterroot Ranch. But Ranger insists she prove herself by spending three weeks working for the Double Diamond, owned by a trio of greenhorn English aristocrats, posing as a boy.

At Ranger’s urging, Kenrick ‘Ace’ Langford reluctantly takes Jessie on, thinking she’s a bratty boy but needing the skills. His partners see through Jessie’s disguise but go along with the ruse, hoping they will marry. Ace feels strangely drawn to Jessie so stays far away. Three weeks later he thinks he’s finally free of the brat when he finds Jessie floating in his hot spring. When the uppity brat rolls over, showing lush breasts, Ace decides it’s payback time.

“No one would dare touch a virgin with six brothers and three male cousins living in the same valley”, or would they? Jessamine Bonham Elliott is determined to become a partner of the Bitterroot Ranch with her brothers. She agrees to work for three greenhorns to show her brother, Range, that she can hold her own in running a ranch.

Disguised as a boy, the strong and independent Jessie is no push over. She can outride, outshoot, and out-rope the three greenhorns that she agrees to work for, and she loves aggravating them during her three weeks of employment. I laughed at her ability to rattle Kenrick “Ace” Langford, Charles Statham “Sin” and Henry Bennett. And I admired her for wanting to be loved for herself and not her inheritance. Spending time with these men, curiosity gets the best of her and she even finds herself wondering if English men are different from Western men in the stud department.

Sin is the first to see through Jessie’s disguise and sets the wheels in motion to ensure that Ace claims Jessie for all three of them. However, there is another man that wants her as well, so the road to happy ever after is a dangerous one. It's a good thing that the three men are ready and willing to stand up and keep their woman safe. There is mention of rape and murder, which was a common thing in the old west, and it only added to the suspense and mystery of the plot.

Frontier justice was necessary back then where only the strong survived, so there is plenty of action as well as some very hot sex scenes that made me glad I got to review this book. Having read all three of the books in the Bride Train series, I am eager to see if another one will be coming out soon.

If you love tales of the old west and romance, kick off your shoes, sit back, and enjoy this great story. Ms. Butler will keep you entertained from start to finish, and make you laugh as you watch the courting dance between three English men and a wild cat.

Falling Hard and Fast by Rita Sawyer

Falling Hard and Fast by Rita Sawyer
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (30 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Nightshade

Suzie Ricker has been fighting her attraction to Tim Elknit for months. He’s constantly popping into the office where she works and watching her with those dreamy brown eyes of his, but she’s been able to resist his charms…so far. Then she runs into him in the market, knocking them both to the floor in a tangle of arms and legs. Embarrassed Suzie runs out of the store.

When Tim shows up at her house with her groceries, he’s determined to explore their mutual attraction. After all, he couldn’t mistake the way her body had reacted to his when they’d literally fallen for each other.

Suzie knows she’s falling hard and fast for Tim, but he’s the one worried about being left alone on this Valentine’s Day.

Who would have thought running into your boss’s best friend in the supermarket could be so hot? Tim and Suzie show you just how steamy it can be in the novella Falling Hard and Fast. Stopping at the grocery store on her way home from work, Suzie ends up literally colliding with Tim, her boss’s sexy and single friend. After their rather sticky meeting at the store, things really heat up as they explore the best ways to “apologize” for their clumsiness.

Sensual and tantalizing, this little tease is just enough to get the blood pumping. Playing on the fantasy of the hot customer/boss’s friend, this little number shows you that this little taboo can be fun. There were a few hiccups in the editing, but nothing to take away from the overall story. This sweet little story catches the attention so thoroughly because it seems relatively real. This is a very believable situation, which adds just a little more spice. Add to that well rounded characters and it gives this novella that extra something that puts it over the top.

While not as hot as I think a book in this genre needs to be, it is a sweet and sensual tease. I loved the light touches of humor and wit; it adds a comfort level to the story that is usually missing in erotica. The characters come to life with a realism that almost makes you feel like a naughty little voyeur. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing more works from this author.