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Friday, July 8, 2011

Begging For It by Delilah Devlin

Begging For It by Delilah Devlin
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (82 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Fetish, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe

She needs punishment…before she deserves pleasure.

Tragedy scarred TJ Lipton. Now the only way she can find pleasure is when it’s delivered with a heavy-handed dose of S&M. But finding a lover who can give her what she needs proves an elusive quest—until she finds the sex club Unfettered and a Dom named Cross McNally.

Cross understands all too well what drives TJ. He takes command of her body to give her everything she needs—restraint, the stinging kiss of a flogger, the thrill of a three-way—a sexual adventure that pulls her beyond her painful past and has her begging for more of his tender brand of domination.

Coming home from the war TJ Lipton is only a shell of the woman she used to be. An unexpected tragedy has taken its toll on TJ and she has no idea how to fix her life or even herself. When fate brings Cross back into her life she does not recognize him but he realizes who she is and wants to save her if she will only let him.

Hopefully the 1-800-DOM line can help them through it all. This book is an intense read. TJ is struggling with her past and her pain. She is a strong woman who needs to find her way back and Cross may be just the person who can help her find herself again. I loved Cross and his patience. He finds himself falling hard for TJ and no matter what happens between them he still wants to help her. Cross is a good man with a big heart. He understands what TJ needs and is more than willing to give it to her no matter the consequences. It was nice to see not only their relationship build but also the bond of trust and love that they share. I was truly able to feel Cross and TJ's emotions throughout the story.Watching this bond develop made for a great read.

This book took me on an emotional ride. The author does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life and making this not only a hot read but also a sweet romance. I will caution readers that this is a BDSM story and it does contain strong sexual scenes that may not be for everyone.

Wilde Nights by Chloe Lang

Wilde Nights by Chloe Lang
The Brothers of Wilde, Nevada 4
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (106 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M/M, BDSM, Spanking, Toys, Anal play/intercourse
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Jessie has discovered much about herself since arriving in Wilde, Nevada, and Denver Wilde teaches her even more. When Denver introduces her to a sexual path of dark pleasures, Jessie feels herself losing her heart to him as he opens her up in ways she’d never expected.

As Denver pushes Jessie past her resistance, he is amazed at her courage and control. Falling deeper and deeper for her, he’s past all his limits, and still she wants more. Will he be enough to win her for him and his brothers, or will the hidden evil in Wilde destroy their chance at love?

When your heart is both scared and thrilled at getting deeper and deeper into the BDSM scene there’s only one thing you can do…submit.

Jessie Green came to Wilde, Nevada to do a job not to find her forever in the arms of the delectable Wilde brothers. As is often the case, Jessie realizes what she thought she wanted wasn’t necessarily what she needed.

In the fourth installment of this fabulous series, readers are treated to getting better acquainted with older brother and BDSM Master Denver Wilde. I knew when I read the excerpt and realized that Jessie thought of him in terms “Sir” that this was going to be a terrifically intense story. I was not disappointed!!

These are not stand alone stories even though each story focuses on Jessie’s relationship with a different brother. I noticed by book three that Jessie was heading further and deeper into the BDSM lifestyle and it was leading up to the ultimate challenge that will come in book five: Making a connection with oldest brother Austin.

If you’ve been following the series you know that there is an underlying evil that has been sabotaging the mine. There is some resolution to that mystery but also a glimpse at how the threat is definitely not over. To be honest, the discovery of who was behind the trouble is almost too convenient. It makes me wonder if Ms. Lang has a twist in store for us in the next couple of books. I can’t wait to find out.

Ms. Lang has a wonderfully engaging writing style that will have the reader vested in the story from page one. The dialogue flows easily and the plot is well defined. I like how Ms. Lang has defined each brother as unique and necessary to the story.

Jessie has been a favorite heroine from the beginning because of her great personality and ability to separate her desire for the men from her need to complete the mission. There were a couple of surprises revealed to Jessie in this novella that brought a whole other dimension to her story. Very revealing!

If you enjoy a fun series with likeable characters and a plot that has you anxiously awaiting the next installment, the Wilde, Nevada books are not to be missed. These stories aren’t overly long so, it isn’t too late to start at the beginning. Austin’s story can’t get here quick enough for this reviewer. I hope you join me in Nevada…where the men are Wilde and the women like it that way!

Deliberation Plantation by Destiny Blaine

Deliberation Plantation by Destiny Blaine
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (154 pgs)
Other: lite BDSM, multiple partners, M/F, M/F/M, spanking, anal sex, menage
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Myrtle

Marcy Mahoney is opening the hottest BDSM club in the South. She places a want-ad for cowboys and soon her farm is swarming with bachelors, men certain to ease their way into a woman’s wet dream.

After the cowboys arrive, Marcy cuts some of them loose. Those remaining know what’s expected and their new careers allow them the opportunity to go deep undercover.

Four men are hiding in plain sight until trouble follows them from the city. To make matters worse, they’ve fallen for the employer they first intended to use.

Unbeknown to Marcy, the cowboys didn’t come to Deliberation Plantation for the benefits and personal perks. And while Marcy is unaware of any existing threat, she’s falling hopelessly in love— with men who have sworn to protect her from a dangerous present, a past they can’t escape and a future with the ability to destroy them all.

“Girls like me want kinky sex but when we say no, we want a man who can rein that thing in on a dime.” Boy! What a line to get the imagination going and making a person eager to read a book.

When I started reading Deliberation Plantation, I was a little confused and had to go back and read the blurb so I could understand what was going on in the first few chapters. Ones I realized that Marcy Mahoney was opening a hot BDSM club and was choosing men for the club I was able to make a connection and got in the groove of the story line.

Picking four men because of the physical connection Marcy may end up with more than she bargained for. Ones I got into the story, I was hooked and excited to see where this plot would lead and spent the night reading because I had to see how the book would end. Before I could figure out the mystery of why the guys were at Marcy’s ranch I realized that Cort Campbell had a thing for her which kept the entertainment going and caused a few chuckles. Marcy was a promiscuous woman and she used sex to get what she wanted. I could not help but fall in love with Marcy’s smart mouth and quick comebacks when dealing with the men. I also worried that she would be caught in the middle of the fight that the four men brought to her door.

The sex scenes were steamy, and made the air conditioner work over time. I had to do a little internet search to find out what a cold stone was because it was a new sex toy to me. The dom/sub relationship was light and not as controlling as I am use to reading but the plot was cute with a little mystery so by the time I got to the end I no longer had any nails left to bite.

Would I recommend this book? Yes but only if you like a little light BDSM and a lot of laughter! When you read this book be ready to learn that “what works for the bulls is acceptable for the heifers!” as Marcy informs the boys.

The Love of a Mate by Kim Dare

The Love of a Mate by Kim Dare
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (95 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

Alfred’s always been the pack’s trouble maker. He’s given up hope of ever being anything else. But, could that change when he suddenly receives the love of a mate?

Caden’s never had any trouble convincing other wolves to do what he wants. He might not have his brother’s status, size or grumpy personality, but that doesn’t matter. He’s always found smiles and flirtations to be far more effective than any of those things anyway.

When Caden sets his sights on Alfred, he knows he’ll need every trick he’s ever acquired if he’s to have any chance of reforming the pack trouble maker into a good wolf and a first-rate potential mate. However, that might not be the only obstacle they face—the rest of the pack might yet prove to be their biggest challenge of all.

Alfred is a gamma wolf who just can’t seem to find his place within his own pack. Trouble maker and slacker are how his pack mates would describe him. Bad luck just seems to follow this character around no matter what he’s doing. At first it seems it’s because he doesn’t care or is just being rebellious, but it stems from a deeper source.

Caden is also a gamma wolf who came to this pack with his brother. He's is known for his good looks and flirtatious personality. When Caden sets his sights on Alfred he has sets a plan in motion to help Alfred become the mate he needs. He also wants Alfred to find his place within the pack and gain the respect from the other wolves.

Half-truths and misunderstanding have this couple at odds. The lack of communication between them causes problems that could have been avoided had they just talked to one another. I also found it frustrating how the alphas of the pack and Caden’s brother just assumed they knew what was going on between this pair. Their assumptions created more doubt to come between these two men.

The Love of a Mate was a pleasant read. Though the story dragged on in spots and I would lose interest and would have to put the book away then come back later. This is the fourth book in this series and there were quite a few references made toward the early books. I felt lost at times on what was going on but I’m convinced had I read the other books I would have had a better understanding of what was going on with Alfred and why he is the way he is.

Overall it was a good read. I would recommend reading the three previous books in this series and in doing that it will make this tell much more entertaining.

Tangled Past by Leah Braemel

Tangled Past by Leah Braemel
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (134 pgs)
Other: M/M, M/F, F/M/M, Ménage, Voyeurism, Anal sex, bdsm
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Myrtle

Forced to marry a man she just met, Sarah McLeod clings to the hope that she'll finally find the love and acceptance she's always craved. Her tenuous dreams of a happy life on the frontier are in danger of being dashed by the one thing she can't change—her husband's love for another man.

Jackson Kellar's determined to do right by his bride, yet he's torn between his newfound love for Sarah and his still-burning desire for Nate.

Ranch owner Nate Campbell loves them both. He hates to see Jackson's loyalties so divided, and doesn't want Sarah hurt either. How can they fix the tangled mess they find themselves in? Nate suggests a possible solution—a permanent threesome.

With the open frontier closing in around them, is Nate's solution their path to happiness—or will others destroy what they've found together?

A shotgun wedding can leave a bad taste in a woman’s mouth but not for Sarah McLeod. After wielding a shovel and jamming her knee into a part of Nate Campbell’s “anatomy that no knee had a right being anywhere near”; and then being caught in the barn that night with Nate and a naked Jackson Kellar, Sarah soon finds herself standing in front of a preacher saying wedding vows.

Nate and Jackson are lovers during a time when their love for each other was considered taboo. Caught fooling around in the barn by Sarah then forced to marry her when her father shows up, life becomes complicated and Jackson finds himself saddled with a wife. Watching the three working out their feeling for each other was the highlight of the story, and it was very exciting to see their emotions surface and the bond between the three grow.

The tension and heat that the three threw off kept the excitement going to the end. From Jackson's slow, sweet and caring lovemaking to Sarah, to Nate dealing with listening to the two of them knocking boots at night and waking up to the same sounds in the morning. Even though the out come was predictable (this IS romance after all), the plot had enough twists and turns to keep me entertained. I like the personalities of the three main characters, and thought that Ms. Braemel did a beautiful job in making them come to life within the story line.

Even though the plot was not full of tension and mystery it had some pretty hot sex scenes full of love and tenderness which made up for the lack of nail biting anxiety. I would recommend Tangled Past to all my friends who enjoy the sweeter side of erotic romance. Definitely a story that will remain in my library to be read again.

Ra’s Hunger by Marisa Chenery

Ra’s Hunger by Marisa Chenery
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (70 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe

After watching all his warriors find their mates, Ra wants nothing more than to find his own. How hard can it be? He’s an Egyptian god, for crying out loud. Women should fall at his feet—and into his bed. When he discovers his destiny, he’s flabbergasted that she doesn’t accept him at the word go. He must wrap his head, and arms, around this mortal woman. Fast.

Shanda doesn’t want a man right now. No way, no how. But when the sexy stranger shows up at her museum, her sex-starved body doesn’t care. It wants him…posthaste. She might have a chance in hell of resisting him, if he’d only stop kissing her.

With the pressure of having to tell Shanda what he truly is, Ra bumbles the job left and right. Very un-godlike. And when she does everything she can to stay out of his bed and his life, Ra must win her over the only way he knows how. With seduction.

What does a god do after he has won the battle to keep mortals safe and seen all of his warriors find their mates? Go in search of a mate of his own. Ra has done more than keep mortals safe and now that everyone else he cares about has found love he has discovered that he longs for it as well. While out on his search Ra meets Shanda and quickly finds out that she is his mate. After many years of searching he is not ready to lose her now but his first attempts to win her over quickly fall short.

I enjoyed Ra from the previous books in this series but he really endeared himself to me in this book. We get to see more of his personality and what makes him unique. I loved seeing him try to win over Shanda only to be knocked down a peg or two. His reaction to her dismissal had me laughing out loud and had Shanda winning me over right than and there. She is going through her own problems and when Ra enters the picture he just adds to them. Even though Shanda has problems she is still standing on her own and trying to fix them, showing what a strong person that she is. The sparks are there from the start between these two and seeing the bond form between them was a great read.

There may not be as much of the intensity that was in the warrior’s books because Ra does not have to deal with the demons and such but this book is full of emotion. The depth of Ra as a person was a wonderful read.

This story was a nice ending to the series. After seeing all the Chosen get their mates it was nice to see Ra get his happy ever after. Although we get to see a few important characters from the series in this book it would have been nice to see all of the warriors and their mates reaction to Ra finding his mate. I loved watching Takan and Falon help Ra with his mate. They truly want to see Ra find happiness. I am happy and sad to have finished this book as well as the series of Ra’s Chosen. I loved every single book and found Ra’s Hunger to be a wonderful and sweet ending to the series.

Summer by Carol Lynne

Summer by Carol Lynne
Book 2 in the Seasons of Love Serial
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (90 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Amaryllis

As Spring gives way to the heat of Summer, Sidney Wilks and Grady Nash settle into their new lives in a Chicago suburb.

Trying to fit in to his new surroundings, Nash becomes friends with his co-workers at the garage. The only hitch is he has to go back into the closet he’d finally escaped. With Sidney working long hours, Nash doesn’t feel the need to expose his relationship to guys who wouldn’t understand. The dual-life leads to misunderstandings and hurt feelings, forcing Nash to make a life changing decisions.

With Nash battling to find a purpose away from the ranch he loved, Sidney’s busy enduring long hours in an office he hates. With his prize-winning building completed, Sidney’s creativity is put to use designing buildings that don’t inspire him. When an opportunity to design the building of his dreams presents itself, Sidney’s loyalties are put to the ultimate test. Will he reach for his dream and uproot Nash from a life he’s finally settling into, or will he sacrifice his personal goals for the good of the man he loves?

It’s easy to fall in love, not so easy to make love work under the constant pressures of real, daily life. Summer picks up the lives of Sidney and Nash when they are trying to fit into their lives in Chicago. Each is having their own trouble adjusting and also coping with being a gay man in society. Sidney has a particularly hard time dealing with anti-gay prejudice in his chosen profession.

Again, depth of characterization makes this story stand out. Nash is so easy to love, he is so caring and understanding of the younger and more temperamental Sidney. Yet Nash is still very masculine and clearly an alpha. He needs space of his own to decompress yet inwardly craves intimacy. Sidney can be difficult but he is so warm hearted and open in his way of dealing with life, he’s easy to sympathize with as a character.

The sex has complex emotional depth yet still has that aspect of uncertainty and a feeling of high stakes, just as one would expect of a relationship of this length. The sexual scenes are well tied into the overall conflict between the two heroes. There are some aspects of rough sex and this story might not be for the faint hearted. I like the more raw aspects of their love; it makes this seem believable as the story between two complex and willful men. It shows their struggle to negotiate often-differing needs in an ongoing, developing relationship. This is the side of love so often neglected in love stories and it is a very refreshing story because of it.

This is a not-to-be-missed series and I am eagerly awaiting the release of the next book.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Deliberate Deceptions by Leah Braemel

Deliberate Deceptions by Leah Braemel
Hauberk Protection Series Bk. 3
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (102 pages)
Other: M/F, bondage, toys
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Camellia

A little lying and misdirection in the name of love is never wrong. Right?

Hauberk Protection, Book 3

Chad Miller once had the perfect life—a beautiful baby daughter, a loving wife, a promising career with the FBI. Within a year, he’d lost everything. Making Hauberk Protection a success salvaged his career, but he’s never managed to get over the one fateful decision that spelled the end of his marriage. And the death of his child.

For eight years, grief and guilt have haunted Lauren Miller’s climb up the ranks of the Light Brigade, a secret international hostage rescue team. Now she’s the target of a vengeful ex-Brigade operative who’ll stop at nothing to take her down. Even if it means taking out everyone she cares about. Including Chad. Getting him to accept her as his bodyguard? It’ll take some fast talking—and faster hands.

Trapped in a remote safe house with Lauren is the last place Chad ever wanted to be. He may finally have the chance to get some answers about why she ran, but with his hard-won defenses crumbling, he’s having trouble remembering the questions. In the heat of their rekindled passion, Lauren struggles to keep her professional focus…and keep the secrets that could break his heart all over again.

Amid the secrets of black ops and high security protection organization, Lauren and Chad are thrown together after eight years of being apart. Less than open, honest dealings, even though meant to be in the best interest of both Lauren and Chad, lead to tense and dangerous moments.

Misinformation and guilt have made them both miserable for all these eight years while each grieved alone for their darling baby that died. The emotional stress and “what-ifs” have taken their toll on Lauren as she works in clandestine missions.

Both Lauren and Chad have been deliberately deceived by people who claim to care about them. Bit by piece the plot unfolds as Lauren and Chad slip back into the sexual activities they enjoyed back when they were married. These scenes are rather explicit, with bondage and sex toys, and not always “the usual”.

This short novel is the third book of a series. The reader will probably be more invested in the characters and empathize with them more if he or she has read the previous books so that the characters will be better known and seem more developed. One gets the feeling of having come in “after the movies has started” at times.

Deliberate Deceptions is a sure way to escape from the mundane for a while with its love scenes that make one wonder - REALLY? It gives the reader a satisfying happy-ever-after that Lauren and Chad so deserve after all the grief and manipulations they have endured.

Irresistible Sin by Lynn LaFleur

Irresistible Sin by Lynn LaFleur
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (123 pages)
Other: M/F, anal play, bdsm
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Carnation

Griff Coleman used to be the happiest man in the world, until a doped-up kid killed his wife in a bank robbery. Now he does his job during the day and spends the rest of the time alone.

Emma Keeton, a five-foot-three package of energy, comes barreling into his life. They’re thrown together when Griff is put in charge of building a restaurant where Emma will be chef. Emma oozes sex appeal, an appeal Griff finds irresistible.

Emma has never been interested in anything long-term with a man. Her feelings change as she and Griff spend so many hours together. Sex with him is the best she’s ever had, but soon only sex isn’t enough. Griff has to let go of the past and accept her as part of his future. Only then will he heal and love her as much as she loves him.

Irresistible Sin is a stand-alone story, the second in the Men With Tools series.

The people in this story are fun, outgoing, likable and enterprising. The is sex so hot I thought I heard sirens. There is sensitively told drama and truly realistic events in an unusual love story that couples patience with urgent passion, tenderness and compassion with scorching hot sexual need and does it with subtleness and accuracy.

The group of family and friends that populate Ms. LaFleur's youthful story are well-rounded, fully interacting, charming and convincing characters that I came quickly to know and care about. The plot and sub-plots are exciting and absorbing. I liked how the author made me feel as though I was living the story through the characters and the way she gave them genuine emotional value.

The love affair between Emma and Griff is a gradual revelation that comes from both eventual and sudden self awareness and healing. Emma's first thoughts of 'just sex' don't hold up for long with this sensitive, sweet and intense man. There is a trans-formative scene between Griff and his brothers which is witnessed by Emma and Griff's sister-in-law, that begins to bring his grief over the loss of his wife into the open where it must be faced. I was amazed how the author suddenly and deftly evoked powerful, intense emotions in me. I was moved to tears, and not for the last time during the story.

I appreciate the way Ms. LaFleur reveals through her characters, the way to experience and know things of true meaning and value. In the process, she took me on a sensual and passionate sexual journey filled with raging hot fantasy and suspenseful erotic fulfillment. In case it sounds like this was mainly an emotionally 'heavy' read, I have to say that there was a good balance of light-hearted fun to this romance, as well.

This story captured me completely. It has something to offer on so many different levels. I'm eager for the next installment in this series and highly recommend, Irresistible Sin to all lovers of quality romance stories.

SWAT Team 2 and Miss Robin Hood by Dixie Lynn Dwyer

SWAT Team 2 and Miss Robin Hood by Dixie Lynn Dwyer
The Men of Five-O #2
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (234 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/F/M/M/M/M, spanking, mild BDSM, anal play/intercourse
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

When tragedy strikes, Melissa is left responsible to care for a whole family. Desperate times call for desperate measures. As if working in a strip club isn’t dangerous enough, she decides to moonlight for the sake of the poor and needy in the community, including her family. Add in a persistent cop who wants her to snitch and a notorious drug dealer who wants to bed her and she’s in over her head.

Vince, Logan, Sunny, Frankie and Jake are wolves and SWAT team officers. While out at a club, they meet their mate, and she’s one sexy little dancer. She avoids them, but they remain determined. When they pick up her scent near a drug factory they raid, they assume that she’s a criminal in their current investigation. They locate, handcuff and arrest her, and then they bring her back to their place to initiate their version of interrogation. By the time they’re finished, she’ll be begging for their touch.

If you’re going to rob from the rich to feed the poor be sure the drug dealing wolf you’re stealing from is an animal in name only and not a true beast!

Melissa (Mel to her friends) has an amazing heart for those in need, to the point of endangering her own life to provide for her orphaned nieces and nephew, a sick aunt and a whole slew of friends and neighbors that just need a helping hand. She has spent the last several years taking care of others and never suspected there would be one much less five men who wanted to spend every waking hour taking care of and loving her. The chemistry between Melissa and the Valdamar brothers is instant and scorching hot.

One of the aspects of the ST2 story that kept me reading, besides the great characters and terrific plot, was that even though the men are Alpha to the max they don’t try to immediately force Melissa to bend to their way of life. They realize that she has a job and is even studying for a law degree. In many dominate male type stories the heroine is expected to give up the life she’s built to be with the man (or men). I liked that the Valdamar brothers were able to appreciate that Melissa was intelligent and encouraged her to pursue her dreams.

SWAT Team 2 is the second book in the Men of Five-0 series for Ms. Dwyer. Each book is full length story where the readers are introduced to a new group of wolf shifting men who find and win their mate. Ms. Dwyer does a superb job of building a solid plot, multi-facetted characters and emotionally charged romance between the men and their fated mate.

The Men of Five-0 series is part of Siren Publishing’s Love Xtreme line but is different from the other series in that each book is a stand- alone story. You’ll notice characters from the other books mentioned so it helps to have read the other books but not at all necessary. I think after you’ve read one in will be hard not to go back and read the others, though. Ms. Dwyer is a wonderful story teller and an automatic buy for this reviewer.

If you love a fast paced paranormal that will have you reaching for a fan while holding your breath…you won’t want to miss SWAT Team 2 and Miss Robin Hood. Ms. Dwyer gives us a tantalizing tease of two more SWAT Team books within the pages of ST2. That’s awesome news for fangirls like me. Pick up your copy of SWAT Team 2 today and see just how good the odds of five to one can be!

Prisoner of Love by Samantha Kane

Prisoner of Love by Samantha Kane
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (166 pgs)
Other: m/f, m/m, m/m/f, anal sex, menage
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Canterbury Bell

Veronica Thomas has been in love with two men since she was seventeen. One introduced her to passion. The other has shown her how to satisfy it. Now that she’s older, she still wants them both. Wolf Tarrant was more than willing to share Very with his best friend and lover, Lord Michael Kensington. But two years ago, Michael ran from the unconventional relationship growing between the three of them.

When Michael returns from America, things have changed drastically for all of them. Rushing headlong into a scorching, passionate reunion may be a bad idea. Michael’s secrets have the power to keep them apart forever, but Very and Wolf have secrets of their own. Held prisoner by their fears, the three struggle to overcome lies and mistrust to find the freedom to love one another as they have always desired.

Novels that are based on true history can sometimes go astray and at other times can be a lesson is history. In this book, Samantha Kane throws in actual events and creates amazing situations around them.

These Brothers in Arms series is based in Regency England and centers on a group of soldier from the Napoleonic wars, who have developed an alternative lifestyle for the times while clashing with the mores and norms of the period.

Veronica Thomas has grown up in the home of her Aunt Kate and her two husbands. From the age of seventeen, Very has found herself in love with Michael Kensington and his closest friend and lover, Wolf Tarrant. During one very passionate encounter, Very professes her love for both men but the ultimate results are not what a young girl wishes to hear. Although Wolf is very much for the relationship and ready to declare his undying love on possession of Very, Michael is afraid, afraid of her youth, afraid of the commitment and he disappears without a word to America.

Two years later Very and Wolf still flirt and pine for one another while they wait for Michael to return to England. Circumstances bring Very and her family to the protest for the male suffrage movement in Manchester England where Very’s world is turned upside down. Witnessing a murder of a dear friend culminates with the marriage of Very and Wolf and her plans of a life with two men are ended until Michael suddenly returns to circumstances he never imagined. His appearance is what the three have been waiting for but there is a slight problem, Michael has returned with a wife.

With so many secondary stories within the novel, Samantha Kane has brought along all her characters from the previous book to complete the life of Very, Wolf and Michael. Each book in the series is based on the relationship of two men who found the love and life they wish to share with one another but at the same time look for the one woman who can accept their life and join them to complete their life. They have created a community of friends who understand and accept each other but most importantly are loyal and supportive of each other.

As in all the books, the sex is aggressive, frequent and encompasses all possibilities of circumstances, combinations and throwing the dictated rules of the society out the window for all the hear.

I must admit, that even though this is an excellent story with the most amazing characters, it is not my favorite of the series. If you read the first seven books you will most definitely find your own favorites. Very’s character had been a source of amusement and entertainment since her arrival and continues to remain constant. Even if you haven't read the first books, this story stands by itself with great strength. Be open minded and enjoy a somewhat different journey in Regency England. I bet you won't regret it.

Shared Too by Lily Harlem

Shared Too by Lily Harlem
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (171 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/F/F, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Spanking, Voyeurism, Anal sex, Sex toys
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Myrtle

Ten years on I’m still convinced I’m the luckiest woman on earth. Two devastatingly gorgeous husbands committed to my satisfaction—phew!—life doesn’t get much better or much sexier.

But as though the mere concept of a perfect existence was created to be shattered, one day Quinn turned to me and said, “Shared too. I want to be shared too.” Add in the monster that haunted my nightmares and I was struggling to keep a grip on my sanity.

I soon realized the path Quinn wanted us to travel would stretch not only his experience of giving and taking, but also mine and Liam’s. In a whirlwind of desperate emotions, dark desires and erotic fantasy, we were all so distant but also so sublimely close. Sharing had never been as sweet as it was bitter, or as depraved as it was heavenly.

“Sharing had never been as sweet as it was bitter, or as depraved as it was heavenly. “ Ten years after answering an add in the paper listed as “Girl to share” Ariane soon realizes that the two men who posted the add wanted to share her as much as living space. Now married to both men with twin girls, she thinks everything is good in her world until she realizes that one of her husbands is lusting after a co-worker.

A sequel to Shared. Shared Too takes on a drastic turn from the first book where I was left with the feeling that Ariane, Quinn, and Liam would live happily ever after. I even formed an attraction to both Quinn and Liam and thought they were the perfect male specimens. However, my feeling for Quinn took a nosedive in this book and I did not know if I hated him or loved him for the first half of the story. Thank God for Quinn as he was pretty much the glue that kept everything from falling apart between the three even though he had a lot of stress and fear that he hid from the others.

This story is high on the emotional scale and kept me anxious and on the brink of tears a time or two with fear that their perfect world would come to an end from one calamity or another. Truly, this story has a new and enthralling plot with a number of unique twists that added a lot of sparks in the sex scenes and left me fanning my face a few times. I even got my first taste of F/F sex, which I found quite a delightful experience, and it definitely added a new level of excitement to the storyline.

One thing is certain, I will not forget this book any time soon and may even read it again in the future. I would recommend reading the first book, Shared, to get a better view of each of the characters personalities and how they met, however, it is not necessary in order to follow and enjoy Shared Too.

I will be keeping an eye out for more books by Ms. Harlem in the future.