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Friday, July 1, 2011

Asylum by Cassidy Hunter

Asylum by Cassidy Hunter
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (196 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, F/F, M/M, F/M/M, M/F/M/M, M/F/M/M/M, M/F/F/M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

After defeating the bears in Sanctuary, Kimberlyn, Logan, Andrew, and Elijah discover new passions and have a few peaceful months exploring their deep love and hot passions.

The peace ends when Kimberlyn stumbles upon a vampire who begs Logan for asylum, and Logan has no choice but to grant it. The vampire has a hidden agenda, and once he has Kimberlyn addicted to him, the wolves must keep him alive at any cost. If he dies, Kimberlyn dies.

With the vampires comes the wolves’ fifth -- and a whole new set of problems when Kimberlyn refuses to share her men, can’t get enough of the vampire, and finds new desires with this unusual addition to the pack.

With so many bodies in the bed, how can a girl not get flustered? If I had to give this story a heat level, it would be "scorching" because you cannot help but fan yourself while reading this tasty treat.

One thing that did not change was Elijah who I thoroughly enjoyed in the previous story Sanctuary, and he did not disappoint in this one. His spitfire personality really keeps everyone on their toes, which with so many characters is not an easy feat. This fiery personality ensured his place as one of my favorite characters.

Two characters that did shock me were Andrew and Logan. They seemed like different characters. Logan is no longer the strong domineering alpha who seemed like a borderline bully. Instead, he became an understanding partner who loved and respected his partners. In the first story Andrew seemed to be as much as a leader as Logan, just not the same style. In this story he seemed too submissive and sometimes got lost amongst the stronger characters. These changes were not necessary bad changes, but they left me feeling a bit puzzled because the changes were so drastic.

Asylum also introduced two new main characters to the storyline: Malik and Kali. Malik is a strong character and purposefully vague. From beginning to end, you do not know if he is one of the good people or the bad. I'm still not sure how I feel about him and will have to continue reading the series to really say if I like him. Kali, on the other hand, I quickly fell in love with. Elijah’s wit entertained me and Kali’s just added even more excitement to the mix. In addition, her unique abilities as a Methuskein added an extra paranormal element, which I appreciated.

The sequel to Sanctuary may have some of the same characters, but took on a life of its own. Not only were some of the characters a bit disconnected from the storyline from Sanctuary, but so was some of the overall feel of the story. I got the feeling I was missing a story in between the two because so much changed. It made me wants to go back and reread the first story, just to make sure I wasn't forgetting things. It felt as if the author recognized the mistakes she originally made and corrected them in this story, but it left me a bit disconnected because of it.

The writing style of this story read very smoothly. With a story involving so many characters, I was worried I would get confused as a read. Instead, I was able to easy tell each character different personalities and keep up with the actions including in the bedroom. This is something I really commend the author on. She even incorporated small details like different nicknames from each of the main characters to make you understand which was speaking.

Still, the story was able to stand on its own and even added a little more than the first story, and for that, it was an enjoyable read.

Bound by Sophie Oak

Bound by Sophie Oak
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporay
Length: Full Length (306 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M Menage, spanking, anal play/intercourse, BDSM
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Megan Starke has never been special to anyone. With an unrewarding job and a failed marriage, no one would confuse her life with a fairy tale. So when she is kidnapped and taken to a magical world to be the grand prize in a fierce and bloody tournament, she isn’t sure if she is in a dream or a nightmare.

Beckett Finn was supposed to be Prince Charming. He and his brother, Cian, were to inherit the throne of the Seelie Fae and rule over a fantasy kingdom. But the thrust of a traitor’s blade stole that future. Now the brothers are fading, cursed by their royal blood unless they find a mate who can restore them. When Beck sees Meg, her body calls to him and he knows she is the key to their salvation.

Bound by passion and fate, it’s time for Meg to find her happily ever after.

Kidnapped by a demon, sold by a gnome and bought by the King of the Seelie Fae….and let’s not forget the consort seeking vampires and greedy goblins thrown in just for fun!

Megan Starke doesn’t believe in fairytales. She’s not model thin, she doesn’t have a great job, heck her parents don’t even seem to care when she goes missing. In short, Meg is alone. So it made sense when she questioned the new reality she woke up to upon being kidnapped. The Fae is real and so are a whole slew of other paranormals that had until this point occupied the pages of Irish folklore, urban fantasy and Hollywood movies.

Beckett Finn could have played the lead role in many of those Hollywood movies and all of Meg’s hottest dreams. He’s the dominant warrior half of a set of mythical symbiotic twins. His brother, Cian, is the playful intelligent half and is on the verge of fading because the brothers have failed to find their fated bondmate. With the help of faithful gnomes, Beck is brought in to meet the captured Meg. The chemistry is instantaneous and sizzling. Beck knows he’s met his mate and she’s packing some attitude! Beck has his ideas of how a bondmate should act and be treated. Meg is an independent woman from Texas. Stand back because the sparks will fly like the Fourth of July!

Ms. Oak’s story telling seems to know no limits. She isn’t afraid to step outside her comfort genre and test the paranormal waters. Bound is a superb example of what an author can accomplish when she lets her muse run free. I didn’t think I could love a series more than Ms. Oak’s Siren or Bliss stories but I’m thrilled to be proven wrong by Beck, Meg and Cian’s story.

Be sure you have plenty of time to read when you pick up Bound. If you love detailed and layered plots, alpha males, determined females, charming twins, twists and turns and open endings…Bound is the story for you. But you should know going in that this is a story that is hard to put down. Ms. Oak had me invested in Beck, Meg and Cian’s relationship even before ever meeting Ci.

For me, the title had a double meaning that lends a clue to the sexual kink that’s important to the underlying growth in Beck’s character as well as his budding relationship with Meg. Bound also describes how Meg is the glue that unites the twin’s souls and gives them incredible talents.

Ms. Oak throws in several secondary characters that add so much to this epic story. A cousin to the twins and a vampire, Dante, plays an intricate part of insuring that Meg has a chance to realize the love she has for Beck and Cian even as an evil hag tries to tear them apart. I can’t wait to read Dante’s story. Ms. Oak has already indicated that it’s in the works. The small sample of how she handles the vampire plane was but a teaser that has me impatiently waiting for the next installment.

Bound has all the best elements of an epic novel with a smoking hot love story. The characters have both strengths and weaknesses that make their fantastical story all the more believable. Pick up a copy of Bound today and for goodness sake NEVER ACCEPT A RIDE FROM A KELPIE!

Solo Play by Miranda Baker

Solo Play by Miranda Baker
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (96 pgs)
Other: M/F, F/F, Toys
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Mazus

It takes two to toy with love.

Come Again, Book 2

When librarian Alisa Mane’s boyfriend accuses her of being frigid, she sets out to prove him wrong the only way she knows how—with research.

A visit to the local sex shop uncovers the sizzling sensuality locked beneath her cool façade, and she eagerly accepts the opportunity to test sex toys for SoloPlay Enterprises. Under the code name “Sologirl”, she begins exploring her body on her own terms. After all, no one was ever rejected by a vibrator.

Mark Winters needs his new DoublePlay line of toys to hit big, and there’s only one tester for the job—Sologirl. She fires his imagination with playfully erotic reviews and never fails to pick a winner. There’s only one problem—Sologirl refuses to test the DoublePlay toys for couples. With his company’s success on the line, he decides to make his offer again, up close and in person.

One look at the icy hot Mark and Alisa realizes he’s her best chance to discover if any man can satisfy her. A red-hot month of experimentation more than answers that question, but now Alisa has another problem—DoublePlay is almost ready for production and her feelings for Mark have nothing to do with business. Is she brave enough to continue playing…with her heart?

A mild mannered librarian, Alisa Mane is dating a guy that just does not do it for her in the bedroom. The guy has the nerve to tell her she is frigid. Like any good librarian Alisa decides to do some research and she embarks on a sexual adventure of a lifetime. First learning a few things from another woman, then on her own. She knows her body and how to get maximum pleasure. Just as she is ready to test her new found sexual skills Mark Winters approaches her to test his new product "Double Play".

What could be better then testing new sex toys? Testing new sex toys with a drop dead gorgeous hunk of a man called Mark Winters. Alisa gives him an ultimatum, he either helps her test them or it's a no go. The story ensues.

This story is so hot! I couldn't get enough of this page turner. I loved this story because it was so explicit but yet remained to be sensual. Solo Play has everything you could ask for! Ups and downs, humor, conflict and romantic scenes that are hot enough to burn the pages it's written on.

This story is worth reading, it will get you to skip words to get to the next page. This is a must read if you enjoy the sensuality of two females in embrace, fun with toys and a Happily ever after between man and woman.

Trust, Love, Submit by Kim Dare

Trust, Love, Submit by Kim Dare
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (59 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Anemone

Dallen and Caroline understand each other’s needs perfectly. That’s the problem, they both need the same things—things another submissive has no chance of providing. They need a dominant in their lives.

Finding someone they want to submit to isn’t easy. Finding a good dominant who is equally interested in them both is even harder. After several disastrous encounters with different doms, the only thing that’s keeping them going is hope.

When Horton sees a beautiful young couple, playing in a local club, he knows he’s spotted his ideal pair of playmates, but he’s not looking for anything serious. He’s not looking to fall in love with anyone.

Can three people looking for very different things find real happiness in each other’s arms? Caroline, Dallen and Horton are about to find out.

Dallen and Caroline are madly in love. The only problem in their perfect relationship is… they are both submissive. While they both try to dominate each other in turn, the sacrifice is wearing on both of them. At the club one night, they are spotted by a dominant, Horton, who sees the perfect opportunity laid out in front of him. And he seizes the moment.

This is a tough story to tell in so few words. Ms. Dare does a good job of showing a couple that is not quite getting their needs met with each other and knows they need a third in their relationship to complete them. But the first meeting seemed rushed and without a huge amount of chemistry between the dom and the two subs.

The story quickly moves along into their first scene together. The sex scenes were sensual and hot but the story was lacking in character development. This story needed more time to develop the love we see at the end between the characters.

Still, this book was a very enjoyable read. The chemistry between the threesome sizzled and the dynamic between the characters, especially the two subs, was fascinating. The story was light and fun without getting too invested in the characters. If you like your BDSM light with a sexy ménage, this book is a definite must read for you.

Chase and Seduction by Randi Alexander

Chase and Seduction by Randi Alexander
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (184 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Sex, Spanking
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Rosemary

Country music superstar/actor Chase Tanner has yet to be denied anything—and he's never wanted anything or anyone more than gorgeous screenplay writer Reno Linden. So when the film they are working on is finally finished, Chase decides to turn up the volume on seducing Reno.

Reno Linden lived a quiet, rural life until she was thrust into the Hollywood scene when her book was adapted to film. Chase Tanner is larger than life, sinfully sexy and hell-bent on getting her into bed. Skittish after a failed engagement, Reno risks the plunge into Chase's arms, and is surprised that her good girl self can keep up with bad boy Chase.

Though Chase returns to his cowboy roots often, and Reno cherishes the time spent with him on his ranch, the two find their careers pulling them in different directions. Will their attraction survive the glitz and stress of fame?

In Chase and Seduction, Randi Alexander quickly seizes her readers’ attention with Chase and Reno’s sizzling sexual chemistry. Their resulting sex is extremely hot and erotic. But it is their romance that truly captures the heart.

Chase Tanner and Reno Linden are not your typical cookie cutter hero and heroine. Reno is carrying a few extra pounds and instead of lamenting being overweight, she unashamedly embraces her womanly curves. And that is just the beginning of Reno’s extraordinary and refreshing self-confidence.

What truly sets Chase and Seduction apart from other novels is Chase. While he oozes self-confidence and charm, he allows his underlying vulnerabilities to undermine their fragile new relationship. Ms. Alexander then takes their story in a new and unexpected direction that is sure to delight her readers.

Chase and Seduction is a compelling romance with a diverse and unpredictable storyline. Chase and Reno are three dimensional, vibrant characters who are flawed and imperfect, but that is what made them so engaging and likeable. The sex is plentiful and sizzling hot, and while not as BDSM oriented as other books in this series, it is adventuresome and a shade past vanilla. With a little more depth and a little less kink, Chase and Seduction is a wonderful addition to the Cowboy Kink line.

Doms of Dark Haven 2: Western Night by Sierra Cartwright, Cherise Sinclair, Belinda McBride

Doms of Dark Haven 2: Western Night by Sierra Cartwright, Cherise Sinclair, Belinda McBride
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (251 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Fetish, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Clematis

A Good sub Would... by Sierra Cartwright

Shelby, a wanna-be sub, hasn’t found a Dom strong enough to push past her need to be in control. Her experiences as a sub have been yawn-inducing. She’s fantasized plenty, though, about Trevor Lawton, one of Dark Haven’s legendary, mouthwateringly firm Doms.

As the stakes get higher at the charity poker match, Dom Trevor Lawton is fascinated by the woman kneeling across the table from him. Problem is, she’s not a good sub. Oh, she tries, and she’s lovely. But she’s not very good at following orders. The woman needs a firm, unyielding hand...his.

Hunting Holly by Belinda McBride

When Holly left the Truckee pack, she left her family, her safety, and the two men she loved. Now she's in San Francisco training as a Domme at Dark Haven. She thinks she's found herself, but tonight, Tex and Hunter have found her. And they are not happy with their little wolf. She's been keeping secrets from them. Tonight, someone's gonna beg.

Welcome to the Dark Side by Cherise Sinclair

Real Doms terrify her, so Summer plays with lightweights only. And only in the safety of her club, Dark Haven. But on Western Night, the tough cop who wins her in a sub-roping game is as powerful as they come.

Virgil's first taste of BDSM was disturbingly enticing. Hoping to burn out his interest, he visits an infamous San Francisco club, where he wins himself the prettiest little sub he’s ever seen. He’s in a quandary. A man shouldn’t render a woman helpless, let alone spank her ass. But the nervous little submissive clearly loves being in his ropes. Her need to be controlled is as powerful as his need to control. So he indulges himself, and her.

That one night could be the beginning, but instead it's the end. She won't play outside the club and he lives too far to come play. He'll just have to find a way to forget her...or get her in his ropes to stay.

A Good Sub Would…By Sierra Cartwright

A most masterful, drop-dead-gorgeous and experienced Dom from Dark Haven, who’s a little jaded and in need of someone special to ‘shake up his world’, is about to have his most ardent desires fulfilled…

When Master Trevor wins the delectable, disobedient and ‘badly in need’ of proper training sub, with a winning hand of poker, he makes it his personal mission to educate Shelby. He’ll totally immerse her and show her exactly how a good sub should behave, push all the boundaries that have, until now, deemed her as one who merely dabbles in the lifestyle. They’ve only got a week, but much can happen in that time and the effect will leave them both changed and hungry for more, yet ambivalent of future possibilities together. In the meantime, both Master and sub are in for titillating, sublime ride to ecstasy!

Sierra Cartwright literally grabs a reader by the short and curly’s, unapologetically plunging one gasping and trembling, into the exotic and erotic world of BDSM. She’s a Goddess of the written word. A practiced virtuoso, able to arouse and beguile the attentions with ease.

Her characters, certainly wormed their way into my affections, delighting my imagination and keeping me right there with them on the edge, as they plunged recklessly into their adventure.

A sensual feast of erotic delights, that kept me glued to the pages! Hoping for the HEA, that invariably Ms. Cartwright delivers so well.

Fabulous work Ms Cartwright, I for one, am eagerly anticipating the next heady adventure!

Hunting Holly By Belinda McBride

When a runaway mate is discovered topping subs and exploring her inner Domme at Dark Haven, her Truckee beaus, Tex and Hunter, who’ve spent the last year searching for her, decide fair turnabout is essential.

And these two wolf-men are no playful pups and are only too happy, ready and willing to see the job done right. For tonight is far more than just a scene, cause when they get their hands on their sweet runaway Holly, she’ll be the one begging… for more.

Three hearts become one, with an explosive sexual tension ratcheted up to a new level of high; in a potent mix of red hot desire, erotic exploration and a fervent consummation and fulfillment.

Don’t ever let it be said that Ms. McBride is afraid to ‘mix it up,’ because this lady doesn’t know the meaning of the word coward. Fearless and Fabulous!! She shakes up the erotic romance genre, easily and with kick-ass style, tearing loose all the restraints and delving head-long into her world, where the paranormal, BDSM, ménage, the fantasy and fantastical, with real life heroes and a heroines meet to make ones heart soar.

Belinda McBride is gifted. She tells a love story with characters guaranteed to inflame the imagination and have pulse rates quickening. And I love that there’s always so much going on in the background in her stories: Vampires, other shifters, a mysterious child that just happened to materialize at Dark Haven, and always the constant threat from Abraxas, the mystery of the gene splicing, danger and kidnapping, murder and mayhem… I’m whining at the end, wishing it wasn’t over!

Ms. McBride is simply brilliant. Love this story! Bring on the next one please...

Welcome To The Dark Side by Cherise Sinclair

I so badly want to play with Cherise’s Doms…

Acknowledging his need to dominate a willing woman into submission is the reason why Virgil is at Dark Haven on Western Night. And a more perfect sub he couldn’t have wished for, when he first laid eyes on the luscious, Summer. After calf roping his little sub in, binding her firmly and carrying her off to leisurely enjoy his prize, he’s ready to push some mutual boundaries. Especially when she responds so sweetly to him…

But Summer had a bad experience the year before and she has definite Hard limits. Dark fears, that sometimes overwhelm her to the point where she’ll top from the bottom if she has to, just to stay in control, and only at Dark Haven, with others around to keep her safe.

Virgil might be new to being a Dom, but he’s no slouch. With a cop's cool instincts, a sure touch and a keen eye, he' quick to note what quickens her pulse rate and what gets her temperature rising. He’s aware of more than sex going on between them. But can he give her what she needs to move past her fears, and can she eventually let them go and accept whole-heartedly, all that he has to offer?

Cherise Sinclair is the hands-down Queen of BDSM tales in my book! They're always filled with the hottest BDSM scenes I could possibly imagine, unbridled heart-stopping passion and love, hurdles to conquer and life to get living; I don't think anyone does it better.

Virgil and Summer are just gorgeous. Characters I could ‘sink my teeth into,’ they seem so real! I found myself drawn in to their love story and felt for them on every step of their journey, as they struggled to figure it out and the way to move forward together. And even knowing they’ll get their HEA, it was no less thrilling for the telling. Engrossing and completely captivating from start to finish.

This story wrung me out, pulling me 'every which way' through the full gamut of emotions. I was however, left sated and limp as a cooked wet noodle on the floor… Wow, such a terrific story!

All three of these fabulous authors are “Masters of their craft.”

If like me, you like your erotic romance, ‘spiced-up’ with a little BDSM, then the stories in this anthology are ‘bound’ to please. And to think I actually thought they couldn’t get any better than they did with, Dom’s of Dark Haven Vol.1!

Filled with love, laughter, sensuous bliss and discovery. The stories here, reflect the very of best erotic romance, with a twist, has to offer. Divinely risqué, with all the drama, passion, joy and excitement we could hope for and always a HEA to die for!

Last but not least, thanks for the cameos Ladies! Loved the ‘peeps’ of our heroes and heroines, you wove into your tales from each others stories.

My thanks ladies. Enviable work, simply splendid!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Silver Lining by Beth D. Carter

A Silver Lining by Beth D. Carter
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (117 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Stephantois

When Heather Hart was fifteen, her parents brought her to Wyoming to visit her grandfather’s ranch where she met cowboy Tristan Rogers when he helped patch her twisted ankle. Young, sweet, and impressionable, she promptly lost her heart to the young rodeo rider. Twenty years later Heather has been summoned by her dying grandfather to determine if she is worthy, being the last of the Harts, to inherit the ranch.

The man she’ll be competing against for the prize is none other than Tristan Rogers, the ranch's current foreman, who loves the land like no other. Heather has one month to learn five things about the ranch and Tristan is given the task of “showing her the ropes,” so to speak.

Heather recognizes her adversary and uses all the weapons in her arsenal to fight for Hart Ranch, namely sex appeal and attitude aplenty. But Tristan can’t help remembering the sweet young girl who'd had a crush before she became this hellcat on high heels. As Heather tries to transform into a woman worthy of her grandfather’s approval, Tristan works to learn what embittered her and tries to win her heart and trust.

Heather and Tristan first met when she was a teenager and sprained her ankle while visiting her grandfather’s ranch. Now she’s all grown up and returned there to compete with him for the right to take over the running of the family ranch once her ailing grandfather dies.

I really enjoyed the opening to this story. A step back in the past to see both main characters and how they first met. When we fast forward to the present we meet a completely different Heather. The author did a great job showing us the transformation of her character. She’s now someone you almost despise but somewhere in the back of your mind you sense something has happened to her to turn her into this rebellious and sometimes unlikeable young woman. Tristan is still his delightful and in many scenes I felt sorry that he had to endure Heather’s temper and attitude.

The secondary characters in this story are great and helped to round out this short read. The dialogue and pacing were both spot on. It’s a sexy story full of sexual tension as Heather and Tristan go about their business at the ranch and the author does a first class job with making you finally see Heather through Tristan’s eyes which eventually makes her more tolerable.

I won’t give away what Heather was hiding but when the author did finally reveal the dark secret, all became clear as to why she acted out during the first half of the story. I would have liked to have been told this earlier in the story so we could have spent more time with this couple while Tristan mends the hurt she’s been through.

This is definitely a story to pick up if you like a sexy cowboy and a quick read.

Cowboy Drifter by Winona Wilder

Cowboy Drifter by Winona Wilder
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (79 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

James doesn't know how he'll survive a road trip with Jet Cartwright. The cowboy drifter has been his wet dream for years, and keeping his true feelings hidden takes a herculean effort.

Jet travels the rodeo circuit and handles horse trading for busy ranchers. Settling down never crossed his mind—until he meets James, a mix of innocence and raw sex appeal. Jet quickly learns that he's willing to give up his ways for the young blond.

Will James be able to come clean with his feelings? Will Jet be able to show the younger man the many pleasures of the flesh, and will that be enough?

James is a young man with a secret, a secret he shouldn’t have to keep, but the fear of being shunned by his family has him keeping his lips tightly sealed. After seeing his father disown his brother for being gay, James doesn’t want to take the chance that his father will cast him aside for being in love with another man. This is a character who is torn between coming out of the closet or staying trapped in his own personal prison just to keep his family happy.

Jet Cartwright drifts between riding the rodeo circuit and helping rancher’s sell their purebred horses. He was hired by James’ father to teach him the ropes of trading horses, but what Jet teaches James has nothing to do with horses. He’s a man of many hats and is good at disguising his true nature. Jet has always admired James from afar but Jet knows his limits when it comes to relationships and he isn’t the settling down type. Still every protective instinct comes out in him when he's with James and has him thinking forever isn’t so bad.

I really liked the character of Jet; he doesn’t broadcast his sexual preference but he also doesn’t hide who he is. At times I found him to be frustrating, he is afraid of putting down roots and committing to one person for the rest of his life. But love outweighs any uncertainties he may have had; he just has to prove to his young and naïve cowboy that he’s in for the long haul.

This was a sweet loving story filled with plenty of misunderstandings between the two main characters. This author paired together a man still trying to figure out who he is with a man experience in life and in sex, so it’s a given these two men will butt heads often. The attraction is evident from the first touch they share. This is a couple that will keep me wondering what adventures they will share next long after the story ended. That's the true proof of a good book.

Dressed to Thrill by Kimberly Gardner

Dressed to Thrill by Kimberly Gardner
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (103 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Rosemary

Dumped. Right before spring break. What rotten timing! But since the trip to Key West is already paid for, Oliver decides that he'll go anyway. Who knows? Maybe he'll meet a hot guy to make him forget his woes. Little does he expect to be drawn to both a gorgeous local and a sultry drag queen that turn out to be one and the same.

Drew knows he has what it takes to be a star. If he has to wear a skirt and stilettos to make it happen, so be it. He looks good as a woman. But then he meets Oliver and has his doubts. He can't tell this terrific new guy what he does with his evenings. Not when they're having such a great time and not when Oliver will be gone in a week. Given the circumstances, where's the harm in a little white lie?

But plans and hearts have a way of changing. When both men’s secrets come to light, their hidden desires become their greatest thrills.

Dressed to Thrill by Kimberly Gardner is a quick read that is light-hearted, fun and super sexy.

While on Spring Break in Key West, Oliver meets Drew and his alter ego who just happens to be a glamorous and vampish drag queen named Faith. Attracted to both, he is unaware that Drew and Faith are one and the same person. And Oliver is just a little confused by how he, a gay man, can be lusting after a “woman”.

Drew is a talented singer who loves performing on stage. He runs the family business by day and in the evenings he transforms himself into the sexy and supremely confident Faith. When his emotions become involved, Drew finds it difficult to keep night job a secret from Oliver. But Oliver is keeping a few secrets of his own.

Dressed to Thrill is a fairly uncomplicated and cute story. Oliver and Drew’s relationship has an air of innocence which is due, in part, to Oliver’s wide-eyed wonder at his new experiences in Key West. Their romance is sweet and relatively conflict free. Their sex scenes are sizzling hot yet filled with emotion.

For a short vacation from everyday life, I highly recommend Dressed to Thrill by Kimberly Gardner. This feel good and humorous novella will transport you to Key West as you join Olivier and Drew on their romantic and passionate journey to happily ever after.

Lies and Consequences by Tatiana March

Lies and Consequences by Tatiana March
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (149 Pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Myrtle

Journalist Christina Miller is determined to scoop the first ever interview with Lucas Frost, a reclusive scientist who has invented a gadget worth millions. On the way to his isolated lakeside home, her car breaks down, forcing her to shelter the night in an ancient boat. In the morning, she finds herself hijacked by a surly fisherman who refuses to take her ashore.

Christina strikes a daring bargain: if he takes her back, she'll sleep with him. No names, no personal details, just two strangers sharing pleasure in the night.

She has missed the chance of an exclusive interview with Lucas Frost, but at least she can make the press conference at his research lab. When she arrives, she finds her surly fisherman sitting behind a podium, facing a bank of microphones - Lucas Frost.

And he has no intention of letting her forget.

Women are like fish: you have to give them some slack, and let them wear themselves out before you reel them in.

Christina Miller sets out to be the first reporter to do an interview with the reclusive Lucas Frost who lives in total seclusion from the real world. Little does she know that she may get more than she’d bargain for. I have never read one of Ms. March's books nor had I ever heard of her before I purchased this manuscript so I did not know what to expect. However, one of the joys of reading a new author is coming across a story that is not only enjoyable but soothing as well. Watching the scenes play out in this delightful unique story was not only entertaining but also a nice relaxing read.

It did not take me long to become enmeshed in the story line or the characters who won me over from the beginning when Christina took refuge on Lucas' boat during a storm -- only to wake up in the middle of the lake with no way to get back to shore. Watching her having to put up with a hardheaded man and fight seasickness made me laugh out loud a time or two. One thing for sure she could not run away unless she wanted to swim to the bank. I will add that the title of the book, Lies and Consequences, is a good description of the deception that goes on through out the story. One thing that kept popping into my head while reading was Murphy’s Law: “any thing that can go wrong will go wrong”. Believe me, both Christina and Lucas test that theory to the end.

This is one book that I am glad that I got my hands on and would recommend to my friends to read and one author whose book I am looking forward to purchasing.

The Billionaire Cowboy Takes a Wife by Paige Cameron

The Billionaire Cowboy Takes a Wife by Paige Cameron
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (132 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia

Samantha Riley's grandfather gives her an ultimatum: marry or lose her inheritance. Her solution? Propose to Jackson Stone, her neighbor and long-time friend. When she has second thoughts, Jackson won't let her cancel their agreement.

While in Houston to choose a ring, Samantha realizes she doesn't know this tantalizing Jackson, especially when a strong desire ignites between the two. In spite of the temptation, she is resolved their marriage will be a business union. Jackson doesn't agree. Strong willed and stubborn, she wants to be in control, but in him she's met her match.

Jackson makes quick arrangements for their wedding. Samantha is torn between her desire and her determination not to fall in love. When her closest friend helps Samantha realize her fears of commitment, Samantha faces the truth. She loves Jackson. But will their love be strong enough to keep them together when her fears return?

Samantha has only ever wanted to run, work, and live on her grandpa's ranch when he retired. She's a true country girl at heart and the ranch has been her safe haven since she was ten years old and her parents died. She never saw the day coming when her grandpa would give her the ultimate ultimatum. Marry or lose your inheritance. Samantha knew he was just stubborn enough to keep his word, so in her own haste to keep him from changing the will, she makes a sensible proposition to her best friend. A marriage of convenience (her working both ranches) without all of the “turmoil” (sex). It seemed like a good proposal at the time, but with the way Jackson's taken charge, now she's not so sure what she's gotten into.

Jackson knew the day would eventually come when he could return to his roots and start planing the rest of his semi-retired life. The person he wanted to spend that time with just happens to live on a neighboring ranch with as fierce a hunger for life on the range as his own. Imagine his surprise when Samantha storms into his office with the deal of a lifetime. It not only makes good business sense, but it helps that he's been in love with her for a long time. First he'll have take control of this situation and show her she made the right decision.

This story proves quite well how a person might think they know someone when really maybe they don't. Ten years later and Samantha is just realizing there is a whole different side to Jackson. He brings together the handsome ruggedness of a ranching cowboy and the sleek flare of an entrepreneur, but one completely eludes her. Samantha has a fierce stubborn streak and loves just as strongly, yet faces a personal demon she can't seem to shake.

Although the pacing of the story reads fast, the fluidity of the storyline felt lacking. The scene changes weren't always detailed and smoothly transitioned. However, it's still quite enjoyable with the character relationship development and the unfolding of a couple of underlying plotlines. It should also be noted how very attentive Jackson is as a lover and the erotic content is good quality. For readers who adore an erotic romance in a contemporary setting with a cowboy twist, I recommend reading this story.

Bodies of Light by Lisabet Sarai

Bodies of Light by Lisabet Sarai
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (53 pages)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Clematis

Love travels faster than light

Physicist Dr. Christine Monroe has devoted her lonely life to research on hyper-space travel. Her continued failure leads her to sign on to the Archimedes, a sub-light-speed mission aimed at establishing a colony in the Sirius B system.

Waking from suspended animation, she discovers that the ship is wildly off course and the rest of the crew are dead due to equipment failure. At first she thinks the two handsome strangers who show up on the ship are figments of her imagination - erotic hallucinations created by isolation and stress.

However, Alyn and Zed are solid, real, and ready to sacrifice their lives for the strong woman they’ve found stranded in deep space. As her ship begins to disintegrate, Christine must choose between the planet she was sent to save and the two alien beings she’s come to cherish.

What a wonderfully refreshing and original sci-fi erotic romance. My only complaint would be that I finished it -- I wanted to keep on reading! A nightmare of epic proportions awaits Dr. Christine Monroe, when she is forced awake from suspended animation, to alarms and chaos. Something has drastically gone wrong and then she makes the heart-stopping discovery that she is the lone survivor aboard the spaceship, Archimedes, lost in space and that it is slowly but surely, disintegrating around her.

Convinced she’s ‘losing the plot,’ fighting panic, stress, isolation and depression, Christine is barely surprised when two gorgeous alien males show up to make love to her. But Alyn and Zed are more than they appear and Christine soon comes to realize that with time running out and certain death if she remains on board, going with them may be her only option.

Bodies of Light, is original erotic sci-fi at it’s best. Superbly crafted and thrilling, short but satisfying, with all the T’s crossed and the I’s dotted. Her characters are wonderful. I found myself easily transported into the future, aboard the doomed Archimedes and as anxious as the good Doctor to find a way out. But it's her alien lovers, Alyn and Zed who hold the key now and if she's brave enough, a new beginning is possible.

New to Lisabet Sarai's work, I was pleasantly surprised and am full of nothing but praise, for Bodies of Light. Being a dedicated lover of sci-fi, my own one unshakeable, steadfast conviction of the genre is simply that it must be believable, and this one is. All kudos to you, Ms Sarai. Just great!

Do yourself a favor and be sure to pick this one up if sci-fi, and especially erotic sci-fi, is something you enjoy.

Dominance Program by Katherine Kingston

Dominance Program by Katherine Kingston
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (67 pgs)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Spanking,
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Amaryllis

Lieutenant Kevin McQuade isn’t looking for love when he visits a house of pleasure while on a break from his space travels. He just wants a chance to indulge his submissive sexual fantasies. But in Gilya he finds not just an exquisite dominatrix, but a woman he admires and connects with on many levels. Their lust is immediate, her connection with him intuitive.

When Kevin admits the dark secret that drives most people away from him, Gilya copes with it, because she has a secret too—one that might just push him away.

You can’t buy happiness, but in the future you can buy a perfect lover. Gilya is a sympathetic but strong heroine that I connected with right away. Her dilemma speaks to something universal in humans, how much is love a result of our biological programming and how much truly comes from the heart and soul?

Lieutenant Kevin McQuade is a strong man with a soft heart and a vulnerable side. He has suffered isolation and heartache in his life, he hungers for connection. This immediately engaged my compassion for him. I wanted to see him get a HEA. The sex was plentiful and hot. Gilya is the Domme and Kevin is the sub for the most part. Gilya is a warm and giving Domme, strong and yet able to be tender. Kevin is strong, a little rebellious but also giving and warm. It worked for me. The sex here is definately not for the faint of heart. This is a BDSM erotic romance and the punishments are graphic.

I liked the view into Gilya’s inner conflict over doing such intimate work at a pleasure house, the toll it takes on her but how she manages to hold it all together. I thought that added a realistic aspect to the story.

But the road is rocky for the lovers and their time together is marked by conflict both inner and outer. The story definitely kept me on the edge of my seat wondering how their story could ever work out. Kingston did a great job of delivering a believable solution.

Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts by Mitzi Szereto

Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts by Mitzi Szereto
Publisher: Cleis Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (265 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, F/F/F, M/M, ménage, multiple partners, toys, spanking, anal, BDSM, voyeurism
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

In Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, Mr. Darcy has never been more devilish and the seemingly chaste Elizabeth never more turned on. The entire cast of characters from Austen's classic is here, caught with their breeches unbuttoned and their skirts raised high in this re-imagined red-hot Regency romance. And of course, there's plenty of good old-fashioned bodice ripping that shows no pride or prejudice and reveals hot hidden lusts in every scandalous page-turning chapter.

Do the “classics” entertain you with their period language and beautiful imagery but leave you wanting the characters to break out of those molds and just get real? No, I’m not suggesting a Real World Regency England. But if you would like to know what happens when the BBC gets crossed with Cinemax look no further than Mitzi Szereto’s Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts. This is not your high school lit teacher's Jane Austen but she would have to have appreciated the unerring way Ms. Szereto keeps the story within the proper time period in both language and setting.

I have to admit something that I’m not terribly proud of: I’ve never read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. How silly is it that a lover of literature has never cracked the binding on one of the most well known and acclaimed pieces of written word in history? But it didn’t stop me from being completely intrigued at how well it might be rewritten. With a healthy dose of human sexuality that had me reaching for fan I couldn’t put this book down before reading its exciting conclusion. Ms. Szereto leaves nothing on the taboo table unexplored…okay, almost nothing…the animals are safe and I’m pretty sure everything else is mostly legal or at the very least consensual.

Even though I haven’t read the original manuscript I had a working knowledge of the story and its characters. Who wouldn’t with as many times as the story has been made and remade? I knew who Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy were and that there was a conflict that kept them from being together but admittedly I didn’t understand how the title of the book played into that conflict. Ms. Szereto does a beautiful job of keeping the underlying story true to form even with the sexy little side adventures that had this reviewer thoroughly entertained. I actually finished the story and have considered more than once that I should finally read Ms. Austen’s book so I can better compare the two versions.

Ms. Szereto has taken some artistic liberties with a number of well known fairytales and successfully brought them into adult mainstream reading venues. I believe she was taking a real risk by “tampering” with a classic but she did it with obvious respect for the original premise and a true talent for creative story telling. This is a “must read” for anyone who loves spicy and entertaining literature. You’ll be shocked, uncomfortably aroused and planning to re-read it over and over. Bravo Ms. Szereto for bringing us all a little more culture *VBG*.