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Friday, July 29, 2011

Old School by Eve Cassidy

Old School by Eve Cassidy
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (70 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Mazus

She’ll do anything to save her bar… Famous last words.

When the latest brawl at Old School lands Erin and her bar in hot water with the Corps, she gets desperate to keep things afloat. Thanks to her family connections, she’s given one last chance to clean things up in three days and impress the two officers assigned to her case. Easy peasy. Until the two men who broke her teenage heart walk in with their list of oh so naughty demands.

Jack and Levi returned to Quantico with one thing on their minds—break through Erin’s resistance. Years ago they tried to make her choose, with disastrous results. Now they want a second chance with a better plan. The fate of her future rests in their hands, and they’re not above using that fact to get everything they want.

Old School will singe your fingers it’s so hot!

Erin needs to save her bar and has come up with lots of different ways to do so. Then a fight breaks out in the bar and the Corps bans Marines from frequenting the it. Erin makes a few phone calls to get her establishment another chance and, to her surprise, her old flames / best friends are directed to help her. They have thee days to comply with the Corps' recommendations.

Jack and Levi are planning to help Erin but they are there on a more important mission, to steal her heart. They plan to let nothing stand in the way of claiming her.

I loved this book because it was incredibly scorching from beginning to end. The love scenes well written and creative. Erin is a hard as nails gal who knows her business and has conviction. I really liked that about her. Jack and Levi are sexy Alphas and great guys that are in love with the same woman. I like these guys a lot, they are so hot and sweet.

This is a great read if you're looking for something sizzling to brighten up your day; a happily ever after menage.

Taste Of Honey by Jane Bonander

Taste Of Honey by Jane Bonander
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (173 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Mazus

British born Honey DeHaviland wanted one night of passion before she saved her widowed father, a Greek scholar, from financial ruin by entering into a loveless marriage. Who would have thought that the stranger who gave her that passion would be the very man who was to ferry her to Crete to marry another? The journey proved fateful, for Honey fell in love. But she couldn’t afford to marry a penniless man, and from what she could see, her dream man was truly penniless. When she accidentally learned that he was, indeed, wealthy and he proposed marriage, how could she accept without appearing shallow and mercenary? Her refusal is the finest performance she has ever given.

Nick Stamos, born in Greece but educated in Boston, used his boat to transport goods from island to island, mostly as a favor to the locals. Although he rarely spoke of his true wealth, he owned a vast vineyard on Santorini and was a prosperous man. But when a soft-spoken professor asked him to bring his daughter to Crete to marry a wealthy Greek, Nick found himself face to face with the very woman he had “saved” from two drunken sailors the night before. Their night of passion was one he would never forget. And when he learns the reason for her arranged marriage, he wants to make her his own. Her refusal makes him question many things. Could he have been so wrong about her feelings for him?

Through hot, sultry days and warm, Mediterranean nights, the lovers ignore their ill-fated destinies and revel in the sizzling, sultry depths of their passion.

Widowed and in need of gratification, Honey gives in to her lust for a sea captain who rescues her from two thugs late one night. Nick Stamos is a love ‘em and leave 'em kind of man but he becomes quickly intrigued by the woman he had in his arms for one night. Waking up the next morning to find her gone he decides to visit her home, telling her father that he just wanted to make sure Honey was alright. Honey certainly was not pleased.

Honey has agreed to marry a man she has never met name Apollo, who is rich and can pay her father's debts. There’s nothing she wants more than to see her father well established and comfortable in life. After meeting Nick Stamos, Honey’s father books the passage to Crete with him.

The trip turns into an exciting experience for both Honey and Nick as they explore each other and learn new ways to pleasure each other. It becomes a love story through and through with a few bumps to overcome.

This was quite a lovely but hot read. The characters are fun and understandable. Honey is a very lustful and inquisitive woman and Nick is a very willing teacher. I enjoyed how they would used words against each to titillate and the love scenes were scorching.

I’d recommend this read to anyone! Especially those who love to read long love scenes that get the blood flowing.

Hot Head by Damon Suede

Hot Head by Damon Suede
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (316 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire...

Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish.

Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution:, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty. And Dante wants them to appear there—together. Griff may have to guard his heart and live out his darkest fantasies on camera. Can he rescue the man he loves without wrecking their careers, their families, or their friendship?

Talk about steamy hot men and lots of emotion! You've got it and more in Hot Head.

This story revolves a great deal around 9-11 and I've got to say it really adds to the story. The work is written in an exuberant, fast-paced manner. I couldn't put it down once I picked it up. Damon Suede writes a great mix of comedy and heart. I felt like I was right there, practically inside Griff's skin as he dealt with his life and feelings.

I'm a fan of the friends-to-lovers sub genre of romance. I love seeing the development and Damon Suede doesn't disappoint. What could be overdone and over the top comes off as realistic. Who hasn't struggled with telling the love of one's life just how one feels? It's palpable in this story.

I have to add there is a lot of Griff's side of the story in this book. He's got a lot to deal with--his past, his treatment by coworkers...his feelings for Dante. I really got to know this character. Now, I will say I wanted to know more about Dante, from his point of view. His portion of the story, not seen through Griff's eyes, was a little quick, but it didn't take away from the overall tale. I mean, this is Griff's struggle to deal with.

And sex? Oh my...I had to find a fan and a cool drink... It was so worth it. Damon Suede's writing really shines when Griff and Dante get horizontal.

If you want a heartwarming story, filled with lots of heat in all sorts of ways, grab a copy of Hot Head

Sarah’s Lion by Lizzie Lynn Lee

Sarah’s Lion by Lizzie Lynn Lee
Publisher: Summerhouse Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (42 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Myrtle

Wildlife photographer Sarah Whitaker has an obsession with lions. When she hears there’s a dangerous, elusive, majestic, man-eating pride living in the heart of the Serengeti, she wastes no time in tracking them down. Funny thing, when she finally finds them, one particular lion seems to love posing for her camera.

Keto Rarh is amused when he finds out he has a stalker. Usually, he loves toying with humans, chasing and scaring the hell out of them. But this generously-curved black beauty makes him ache in all the bad places. She has a pretty smile, too. Exotic face. And ample flesh he can’t wait to get his hands on to. Maybe it was time for him to settle down with a mate.

Sarah’s too busy paparazzing the noble creature to realize the rules of the game have suddenly changed and that the stalker has become the stalked...

“You have a fan” is the opening statement to a delightful albeit short story. I'd read the excerpt and wanted it. Because I am so crazy about reading series in order I had to purchase book one before I started this one. I'm glad I did. Though this book might work as a stand alone, it is much richer after having read the other.

Sarah Whitaker is one woman who will leave the reader laughing and admiring her guts in times of danger. I loved it when she said to Keto: “I could really use something stiff right now.” and then ... “a drink that is. Pervert.” after a near death experience Keto Rarh and the lion pride saved her from nearly dying. Keto is a cat to keep an eye on throughout the story. He is like a hurricane when he steps into Sarah’s cabin after seeing her taking pictures of him in his lion form on the Serengeti. Talk about a man that can sweep a girl off her feet! Keto is all male and purring cat, albeit a big cat.

I spent so much time laughing at the characters and their antics. However, I need to add that if I came face to face with a lion I would not cream my panties as Sarah did. Wet them, maybe! But that is one of the exciting things about reading paranormal romance right?

I would recommend this book to anyone that loves a short but good shifter book with a cute and entertaining plot. I will never look at a big cat on the internet without remembering a few of the details from this book.

Vet Found by Joyee Flynn

Vet Found by Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (104 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

When Dr. Cameron Dalton agrees to treat an entire pack of shifters dying from a form of parvo, he has no idea that he'll be getting more than he bargained for. He definitely doesn't expect to be peed on by an adorable golden retriever puppy upon arrival. A bit stunned, Cameron can't believe the sexy little man is his mate.

Quaid Sedgwick is excited to see that his best friend, Toby, has returned. But when he catches the most delicious smell and follows it to an equally delicious-looking man, instinct kicks in, and Quaid pees on the man, claiming him as his mate.

Cameron comes to learn Quaid is hiding something from him, and he suspects the worst. But is he jumping to conclusions, or is Quaid just not the mate Cameron was led to believe?

As soon as I finished reading this story, I just wanted to turn back to page one and start all over again. While the story may have been over, I was not ready to leave these mesmerizing characters.

Reading Quaid’s background almost brought me to tears. Not only was his story tragic but the author had me so emotionally attached to his character I felt as if he was a real friend of mind instead of just a character in a story. Then when Cameron failed to recognize what Quaid needed I was as infuriated as the secondary characters within this story. Luckily for Cameron he and Quaid were able to work out their problems and have their happily ever after, because if not I was jumping in the story and smacking him on the back of his head.

This does not mean that I did not like Cameron’s character. I had to learn why he reacted the way he did to situations, which really explained a lot. I was happy the author gave me the information needed to enjoy his character as much as Quaid's. No relationship is perfect, no man or woman is perfect, and we get to see this in Cameron. It made is character more believable and drew me even deeper within the story.

I did not have the privilege of reading the first installment of this series, but after getting introduced to the characters of the first story I immediately added it to my must read list. While I felt the biggest connection to the main characters, the supporting characters were just as entertaining. Little things like Toby slapping Carmeron made me get to know the supporting characters and anticipate their involvement within the storyline.

The relationship development within this story was consistent and entertaining. I was drawn into the relationship from page one and never felt detached. The antagonistic conflict within this story also added an extra bonus. I would have liked to see a little more of a dramatic climax in the antagonistic conflict. It seemed to have been solved a little too easily for me. This antagonistic conflict is also, why I labeled this a forced seduction. While the sexual act was not completed the antagonists did try to force themselves on one of the main characters, and it is mentioned that they have done so in the characters past. Even so, I still thoroughly enjoyed this story and would read it again, and recommend it to everyone I know who reads erotica.

Were Love Conquers All by Dixie Lynn Dwyer

Were Love Conquers All by Dixie Lynn Dwyer
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (239 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M/M, Menage, spanking, anal play/intercourse, light BDSM
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Princess Charity Mossano of Milan is the Chosen One. She is forced to remain in hiding as a magical rogue wolf named Devlon continues to hunt her. He wants to mate her to gain her powers, destroy the circle of elders, and rule the world. She establishes Caliber, a security firm, to protect the last Royal were family, the Venificus triplets. Maximus, Luther, and Dante are individually powerful and dominant males. They get what they want and are superior in battle, in wealth, and in charm.

Fate leads Charity to the Royal Venificus estate. She realizes that the three handsome, powerful royal Alphas are her mates. While there, someone Devlon is working with attempts to kill Dante. She reveals herself and the battle of all times begins. With the help of her spirit sisters, Lexi and Antoinette, along with their Alpha mates, Charity must fight the evil villains and save the world.

The final conflict in the ultimate paranormal battle royal is about to begin. It will bring together weres, Fae knights, vampires, a goddess, the last remaining royal were family, the Venificus triplets and at long last The Chosen One.

Were Love Conquers All is the third in the Were Trilogy series. The stories began with Lexi discovering her own inner strength with the help of her mates Paul, Sabre and Andre in Were Love Found Her. Book two, Were She Belongs, joined Antoinette together with Luke, Brad, Jacob and Troy. Without giving away too much in case you haven’t read the first two books, Lexi and Antoinette discover they have a connection that will only be complete when The Chosen One is revealed.

Ms. Dwyer knows how to build suspense and anticipation! She teases just enough in the first two books to have readers impatiently waiting for the final installment. It did not disappoint.

Princess Charity Massano has been in hiding since the fateful night her parents were viciously murdered. She has always known that she would one day have to face the evil that has tried to capture her and steal her powers. As with Lexi and Antoinette, Charity wasn’t meant to do battle alone. With the help of her fated mates, the very powerful Venificus triplets Maximus, Luther and Dante, Charity learns that there is strength in numbers, help is only a thought away and when the battle seems lost love is more powerful than evil!

Each book in the Were Trilogy is focused on the relationship of the heroine and her fated mates. They could be read as stand-alone stories because the plots are so detailed and engaging but I don’t suggest it. The underlying evil makes a steady progression from book one right up to the end of book three.

After having read all three in the series, the direction Ms. Dwyer chose to take the stories makes all the more sense. Lexi’s story had to be first and then the introduction of Antoinette and finally the revealing of Charity to the were world. One of the hallmarks of Ms. Dwyer’s writing is the strong female lead. They may be broken a bit but they refuse to be doormats. It’s easy to understand why the men are completely devoted to their care and happiness.

Charity’s character was slightly different than Lexi or Antoinette. After meeting the Venificus men I understand why she had to be different. These men are the Alpha’s Alpha and their mate had to be just as strong in spirit as they were. Charity has talents and skills that match her men but do not overshadow them. That ability to lead and be led is central to their relationship. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Dante is pursuing Charity while giving her a tour of their house. The word that comes to mind is SENSUAL! I was every bit as breathless as Charity by the end of that scene!!

I don’t know if Ms. Dwyer plans to continue the series but there are some wonderful secondary characters that I would like to follow as well as some blessed events that give hope to the future of the were society.

If you haven’t read the prior two books in the trilogy then this is the perfect time to start at the beginning and read all three straight through. The stories are fast paced and the characters are wonderfully developed. If you like lots of exciting action as well as steamy romance check out Ms. Dwyer’s Were Trilogy today.

The Covenant by Evangeline Anderson

The Covenant by Evangeline Anderson
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (185 pgs)
Other: M/F, Fetish, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Anemone

Kaitlyn Richards is a witch with powers beyond the norm. Her unique abilities make her one of the few people in the state of Florida qualified to be an S.E., or Supernatural Enforcer. As part of her duties she uses her home as a magical holding cell for creatures too strong to be contained in normal human jails.

Holden Sumner is a three-hundred-year-old vampire on a mission—he’s been stalking a serial-killing demon for centuries and he needs Kaitlyn’s help to kill it. The problem is, she won’t give him the time of night. But Sumner is determined to get under her skin.

Though Kaitlyn is reluctant to get involved with a vampire, she agrees to help Sumner search for the killer. But in order to drive the demon back to hell and stop the slaughter of innocents, she will have to bind herself more tightly than she ever thought possible to a man she doesn’t want to love.

She and Sumner must form a blood covenant…or die trying.

When reading this book, keep a fire extinguisher nearby! Kaitlyn and Holden may set your computer on fire in this deliciously sexy novel. Kaitlyn is a S. E. (supernatural enforcer) and she has to bring in bad-boy Holden, a 300 year-old vampire. She ready to turn him over to magical magistrate, until she finds out she needs him in more ways than just one.

Ms. Anderson has crafted a sexy tale and just when I thought the action was over and true love would save the day, she dialed it up a notch and threw in a wrench on the machine. The chemistry between Kaitlyn and Holden is white hot and stays that way, and Holden is a super, sexy Alpha hero that is intent on having the powerful witch. But Kaitlyn isn’t sure the vampire has her best interests at heart and tries her hardest to steer clear, even though Holden isn’t a man you can say no to easily.

The characters in the book were well crafted and leapt off the page. Kaitlyn wasn’t perfect but she was a strong heroine and relatable. Holden ended up being more than just your two dimensional hero. While the sex was hot, it was a little tamer than her other books but still hot.

This book was highly enjoyable, especially with the sexy Alpha vampire. If you are looking for an erotic romance with a strong plot and super-hot sexual tension, Ms. Anderson has created a winner with this book and I can’t wait for her next story.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Saving the Bodyguard by Serena Yates

Saving the Bodyguard by Serena Yates
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (45 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Leo needs anger management to learn how to control his temper, but will that be enough when his favourite enemy strikes again?

Leo Taber is an ex-bodyguard who now runs a security company with a good friend. Business does not go as well as expected, and he soon faces anger management issues. He is very sceptical about the ten-day course his friend recommends, but feels he has no choice but to go. Once at the retreat, he meets Felix, who works as a waiter there, and all his issues seem forgotten when the sparks start flying. Giving in to his feelings has never been so easy.

But is this temporary peace going to last – even when the real world starts intruding into their temporary idyll?

What do you do when the love of your life has issues?

Okay, that's actually not a fair question. We all have issues. It's what we do about those issues that's the thing, and it's the thing Serena Yates writes about in Saving the Bodyguard. I give the author a lot of credit. A hero with anger issues could turn off a lot of people. He initially turned me off. I mean, the guy was downright mean. But, Ms. Yates has penned him with such fluidity and realism, page by page I fell for him. I couldn't put the book down and was sad to see it end.

I liked that the characters were both flawed, perhaps to varying degrees, but flawed nonetheless. Felix is just trying to survive. He's been through hell and getting past it. I liked the fragile strength he showed. I rooted for him immediately. There's oodles of back story here, but it's written in such a fashion that the reader doesn't feel pounded over the head with it.

Ms. Yates drew me in with the sweet and sexiness of her characters and her verbiage. I didn't think these two men were even suitable to be in the same room together and yet, Ms. Yates made it work and work well.

And don't let me forget to mention the love scenes! Be prepared and grab a cool drink, a stiff breeze and a fan for your reader or computer. You'll need it.

If you want a story with great character development, lots of heart and more heat than should be legal, you need to read Saving the Bodyguard.

Scandal and Sin by Lynn LaFleur

Scandal and Sin by Lynn LaFleur
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (134 pages)
Other: M/F, anal sex
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Carnation

Rye Coleman falls in lust with Alaina May the first time she walks into the office of his construction firm. During the tour of the old house that she wants to refurbish, that lust takes over when Alaina falls on a broken step, right into his arms. Sex is hard and fast, and he imagines a lot more of it with Alaina—until she tells him she’s the sister of the woman who had humiliated him in front of the entire town three years ago.

Rye accepts the remodeling job, but refuses to have anything personal to do with Alaina. Still a little broken from his relationship with her sister, he can’t be sure Alaina won’t humiliate him too. But Alaina is determined to convince Rye she’s nothing like her sister. A picnic meant to thank him for his hard work turns into the first of many nights of lovemaking.

A murder from seventy-five years ago, a ghost in the old house and a modern-day man determined to stop the remodeling threaten the blossoming love between Rye and Alaina. They have to admit their feelings and join together, or the outside forces will tear them apart.

A chilling ghost story figures prominently in the plot of this engrossing romantic mystery. Alaina is experiencing sightings and confusing messages from a dead woman from the past. She has also fallen for the sweet and sexy hunk, Rye Coleman. Rye, along with his two brothers are doing the construction and design work on the house that she has just purchased to renovate. She is afraid to tell him at first, but the evidence of the paranormal events becomes too important to their shared venture and to their relationship to continue to hide it.

There is, as the title suggests, plenty of scandal on several layers of this intriguing tale. The central scandal begins in the late 1930's history of the Stewart house that Alaina plans to turn into a bed and breakfast hotel in the small town where she grew up. That is when Rye's great grandfather was convicted and hanged for the murder of a townswoman named Laura, who's ghost now haunts the house.

Rye is unaware that Alaina has had a crush on him since she was thirteen. A scandal involving Alaina's sister and Rye several years earlier gets in the way of his feelings for Alaina when Rye makes the mistake of assuming that she is as cold, calculating and promiscuous as her sister, who broke his heart. The proud and sensitive man has not been able to trust a woman ever since. He gradually sees the real woman that lovely, open-hearted Alaina is, and the fireworks between them are explosively consuming and powerful.

There is so much going on for a book of this length, that it almost gets bogged down in sub-plots, which threaten to distract from the beautiful love story between the main characters. That story and the supporting plots are fascinating, and enough in themselves to carry the tale. But aside from being a little more complicated than necessary, this was a great read about a realistically evolved romance that pulled at my heartstrings often and captivated my interest throughout.

As usual, Ms. LaFleur's writing is fresh and eloquent; the characterization, superb. I love how she creates heroes who are passionate, generous, and creative lovers that any woman would fall for. The blazing-hot sex between this couple nearly creates flames! The emotional interaction between the two and the expertly realistic dialogue make the lovers irresistibly personal to the reader.

All of the main cast in this delightful story are interesting, fully fleshed out characters that are unique, believable individuals. It is so easy to like the young, enthusiastic people who are central in this series. I was left wanting more. Scandal and Sin is, in fact the first in Ms. LaFleur's series, Men With Tools. This story has something to offer everyone and I recommend it enthusiastically.

Tangled Truth by Delphine Dryden

Tangled Truth by Delphine Dryden
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (95 pgs)
Other: M/F, voyeurism, fetish, bdsm
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Drew likes Eva. But he also likes to tie girls up for fun.

Eva likes Drew. But she keeps insisting ropes aren’t her thing.

When a friend’s fluke accident lands them in a bondage-themed photo shoot, however, Drew soon discovers why the lady doth protest too much. And Eva overcomes personal demons to discover a whole new world of freedom within the loving constraint of a well-tied rope.

Imagine what you can do with a little rope, a little ingenuity, and a lot of time...

This is my first book by Delphine Dryden, but it won't be my last. The writing flowed well and drew me in from page one. I wanted to get to know these characters and to really understand them. My understanding of rope play isn't as wide as it could be, but this book really opened my eyes--in a good way. There's an honesty and a trust in rope play--trust that the person won't go farther than the sub can stand and honesty in that in most cases the only barrier is the rope. I liked reading about it and seeing Eva's journey.

I have to admit, I thought the plot, based on the blurb, would be a lot more simple. I was pleasantly surprised and eager to finish the book. Drew is very much a dominant man. He's got to be in control, but when it comes to Eva, he's controlled AND totally aware of what she needs. Their connection really sizzled. Then there's Eva. She's a lot more complex than I'd figured and it worked well for the story. The twists at the end and the way she carried herself was great to read about.

Oh and the sex? Well, make sure you've got a fireproof screen. You'll be glad you did.

If you have a hankering for a hot read with a little rope for fun and satisfaction, read Tangled Truth. Four cherries, indeed.

Please Remember Me by Wendi Zwaduk

Please Remember Me by Wendi Zwaduk
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Others: M/F, anal sex
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Canterbury Bell

Sometimes the hardest role in life is being true to yourself.

Jade Weir did the social scene. She played the ditzy Hollywood socialite and ran with the requisite fast crowds. Until one night and a shooting changed everything. Now she’s ready to go toe to toe with the handsome Sheriff’s deputy, Marlon Cross. Toe to toe or kiss for kiss, whichever comes first. The real Jade isn’t the celebutante from television, and she’s ready to do whatever it takes to prove it.

But is he ready for her?

Marlon liked his quiet and simple existence. No ties means no one gets hurt. And then came Jade. She’s a hurricane in high heels and totally trouble for him. She has the power to raise the ghosts in his past, but his heart won’t let him walk away.

Can they find a way to make the lust simmering between them work or will they simply part as the closest of friends?

Reader Advisory: This book contains anal play, sex on the dining room table and a hero bound and determined to get his way.

Reality can be an eye opening experience especially when your reality is altered by the glamour and deception of an exaggerated lifestyle.

A successful, famous, wealthy Hollywood actress, Jade Weir has chosen to resume her original identity as Jaden Marie Haydenweir and is looking for her one true love. Gone are the Hollywood trappings, but hanging over her head is a very dominating and greedy father who will stop at nothing, including using his daughter’s fame to guarantee the monthly sales of his trash magazine. He never fails to put Jade’s private disasters on the front cover.

Marlon Cross is the easy laid-back type of guy just trying to make his way through life and put the death of his wife behind him. That is until he receives a call from Jaden telling him she is coming back to Ohio and wants to see him again. Marlon doesn’t know whether to give the new Jaden a chance or to believe the never ending gossip.

Jaden and Marlon are both very complicated and intense characters. The situations they find themselves in test their faith and trust in each other and everyone around them. They are surrounded by some very unsavory characters and some angels in housecoats.

While their private time is explosive and revealing, the author puts the reader in the position of not knowing what the truth is and what should come next. When you think you have it figured out, here comes another curve ball. Their relationship centers on reconciliation and a future together but many outside forces threaten them on a regular basis.

Will they end up together or will they just give up? The emotions, the heat and the conflict are almost tangible and suck you in like a vacuum. The meaning behind the title is divulged and is a great surprise that relates to a secondary story throughout the book.

If you have never been exposed to Wendi Zwaduk’s work before Please Remember Me is an excellent place to start.

Molten by Kira Stone

Molten by Kira Stone
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (65 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Convicted of fraud and condemned to serve as an indentured miner on a backwater way station, intergalactic translator Dolan knows more about Molten, the liquid metal that fuels the Parkeet station, than most. So when he's ordered to mate with a being that on first contact looks like a pool of the stuff he's been mining, he's less than enthusiastic. But his alternative is death.

Xzavia'n has been searching the universe for Molten embryos that were lost when their solar system underwent a catastrophic event. His hunt leads him to Parkeet Station, where he plans to negotiate -- or just plain steal -- his babies back.

From Xzavia'n, Dolan learns more about Molten with each passing moment. Dolan's first priority is to keep his newfound information from the station researchers. The second is to help Xzavia'n get his embryos off the station and back to the new Molten homeworld. But once Xzavia'n's escape is secured, Dolan must choose -- return to the only life he's ever known, or follow his heart -- and Xzavia'n...

This book blew me away with its novel and intriguing look at relationships between humanoid and alien. The concept is really cool and very erotic. Ms. Stone sure has a vivid imagination!

The main hero is Dolan Exeter. He’s on this prison planet working his life away without hope or opportunity to escape. One day he is taken to meet this alien thing and told to ‘procreate’. That’s a tall order for a man and a … giant blob of something. And that’s the start of a beautiful, convoluted and amazing relationship. What a marvelous plot and conflict this book has. Dolan is not human, but he’s humanoid. He is adventurous, pragmatic and not afraid to do what has to be done to survive. What he never expected was to have feelings for something he didn’t fully understand. That growth of emotion and the tender sentiments he feels made this story stand out. When he admits to himself how much Zian means to him is when the action picks up, both in activity and feelings.

Zian isn’t anything like I’ve experienced before. I am astounded at the unique qualities Ms. Stone has imbued her alien with. Zian is smart, cunning and loyal – good qualities for a hero. He’s also on a mission to save his race. What a noble and worthwhile conflict. As for calling him yummy, I can’t. I’m not even sure if I can describe what he is. The closest thing I can think of is that liquid silver bad guy in the Terminator movies. Zian is very flexible which makes for interesting reading.

The best part about this whole book is Dolan teaching Zian the difference between sex and love. Zian doesn’t understand the concept of love initially but that all changes by the end of the tale. The things that stood out for me were the various ways Ms. Stone had Zian and Dolan making love. The descriptions were unique, well thought out and well written. It was extremely erotic and sensual and the idea that between the two, they could possibly have little moltens was enchanting. The idea of Dolan being a daddy was adorable.

The conflict was rather solid but the bad guys were sort of...mysterious. That’s one thing I noticed – Ms. Stone really didn’t give the rat faced guy much of a well-rounded badness. Perhaps that was on purpose because she chose to focus on the romance and I certainly can’t fault that. But I’m used to seeing a bit more substance to the villain in most books. I didn’t fear him as much as be disgusted and annoyed by him.

I also noticed how the author started off the story with a tone of despair, of resignation and acceptance to a substandard way of life. As the plot moved forward, hope and anticipation filtered through culminating in determination, hope, and joy. It was a wonderful journey and I had a ball watching Zian and Dolan fall in love.

Molten is not your every day hum-drum romance. This tale has imagination and kept me fascinated throughout the whole book. I loved Ms. Stone’s mind – it’s so creative and fresh. The editing was terrific, the dialogue was entertaining and interesting and the world building effective. Science Fiction romance readers are in for a real treat when they get their hands on Molten. It’s a breath of fresh air.

Her Dragon Lords by Cynthia Sax

Her Dragon Lords by Cynthia Sax
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (40 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peony

Lady Guinevere dreams of frolicking naked with twin warriors. She knows these dreams cannot come true, and she must choose only one warrior to wed. She selects the stoic elder brother, bidding a regret-filled farewell to her other laughing lord.

Except her wedding night isn't the end of their relationship, but a new beginning. The brothers share everything, and Guinevere is about to live out her deepest, darkest fantasies. Will she be woman enough to tame her two wild dragon lords?

Cynthia Sax has another winner on her hands with Her Dragon Lords. I’m a fan and was expecting her usual wit, short sharp prose, and gift for world building that effortlessly takes me out of my present and into her fantasy. She didn’t disappoint me.

The only problem is that Her Dragon Lords is too dang short. It’s a good story but it would have been great if there had been more time to explore the male leads and their back-story. These are truly unique fellows and I wanted more of their world.

There’s also some head-hopping but it was easy to figure out what was what in this intriguing world. Did I use the word imaginative already? Ms. Sax has created a fascinating world and I loved every minute I spent in it. The book starts with an inventive and hot dream sequence that grabbed my attention, and never let go. The sense of belonging and contentment the heroine eventually experiences was sigh-inducing and terrific.

Despite the book’s short length, the villian wasn’t one-dimensional and was redeemable. Mindless evil’s easy to write. Evil with layers isn’t, and I tip my hat to Ms. Sax.

Mirror, Mirror: Gladiator by Alice Gaines

Mirror, Mirror: Gladiator by Alice Gaines
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (22 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Salome Jones has been sent on a forced vacation by her overworked staff. Canticus has been exiled because he won't play nice with the women administrators who oversee the games on his planet. When the two of them end up stuck in the same hotel suite, sparks fly. So do clothes and limbs. Can the two arrive at a solution that will allow them to continue their sexual explorations?

This tale makes no apologies for its exploration of man versus woman and the sheer sexual fun and gleeful exuberance found within.

And what is it with a caveman approach that turns otherwise sophisticated women into frenzied cats in heat? Granted, Ms. Gaines description of Canticus is positively drool-worthy. I mean, a woman has to be half asleep not to appreciate the visual the author paints with her words. And I have no idea why I get the giggles with heroes who used grunted one word possessive speech while at the same time, shiver with great anticipation. The hero did all that to me and more.

Salome is a woman in charge. She’s so over the top that her employees mutinied. There’s no one to rein her in, to make her stop and smell the roses or enjoy the very basics that life has to offer. She’s so driven; I think she forgot how to be a woman. Canticus is going to change all that with style and sexy precision. Erotic readers are going to get a kick out his taming her.

In fact that is what this reminds me of: a sexier version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Except I don’t think Mr. Shakespeare ever thought of doing it the way Canticus did. Well, maybe he did, but he certainly couldn’t write about it. I’m so glad I live in the times that I do because I’d be missing out on a lot of fun.

Some readers might be put off by how fast Salome lets Canticus do his manly thing but keep in mind, this is a short story and things have to move fast. This is a great little tale for readers who need a quick fix of passion and unbridled satisfaction without a lot of emotional angst and baggage to drag it down.

So that it’s not too fluffy a read, the author does have both Canticus and Salome both learning a lesson and finding what they need from and in the other. The hero and heroine both get their ways in a mutual and satisfactory arrangement.

Mirror, Mirror: Gladiator is so cute and magical. It’s lighthearted, positive and exactly what I was in the mood for. Sometimes, all I want to do is kick back and just read just for the sake of entertainment and pleasure. This book delivered exactly what I wanted, like a pinch of sugar mixed with chili peppers – sweet and hot all at the same time.