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Friday, January 20, 2012

White Hot Christmas: Wrapped Around by Megan Slayer

White Hot Christmas: Wrapped Around by Megan Slayer
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (25 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

Luc loves his role fronting the band Glow. He loves the adoration of the fans, the energy in the crowd, but it's Christmas. No one likes a Christmas alone.

Taygan's free spirit resists taming -- except when it comes to Luc. Luc's one hundred percent human. Taygan is all air elemental. He needs his space and freedom, but he'll do whatever it takes to make Luc happy, including giving up his space and freedom to make Luc's holiday one he'll never forget -- complete with the real Santa, peppermint candy, and lots of hot sex.

Megan Slayer has brought back the band Glow, this time focusing on Luc and his lover Taygan, an air elemental.

It’s Christmas, and all Luc wants is to be with the man he loves. But Taygan has been gone for a while, and Luc plans to head home and be by himself this Christmas Eve.

When his sister and Zac drag him to the after concert Christmas party, they insist he sit on Santa’s lap and tell him just what he really wants for Christmas. Luc feels like a fool, but does it anyway, just so he can get away and go home to be alone.

Taygan is an air elemental, and needs to be free to follow his element. Too bad he also loves Luc, and doesn’t feel complete without him. That is why he set up the whole Santa thing, so he could surprise Luc, and try to work out their differences. He’s even brought rope and a peppermint stick to use for some, shall we say creative play? Can a full human and an elemental find middle ground to be together? Is Luc the counterpart to Taygan, his true mate? Can these two settle their difficulties and find happiness together?

I love the unique mix of fantasy and reality Ms Slayer brings to her stories, and this one is no different. I enjoy seeing where each of her characters is going, and the openness of their feelings and relationships. I like that she sets her stories in a real location, Ohio, and not some mythical land of fantasy and magic.

Luc is fully human, and the talented front man for Glow, the local and successful band. He writes the songs, and does the pyrotechnics for the band, but has no magic in him. He loves Taygan, but realizes he can’t hold him when his element needs to be free to move like the currents of air around them. I love Luc’s mix of sensitivity and domination, his kinky side so compatible with his humanity.

Taygan is an air elemental; needing to be on the move, to follow his element. But he loves Luc, and wants to find a way for them to be more than just occasional lovers. He needs the control that Luc brings to the relationship, and yet, he needs to let his element be free. I enjoyed the way he was able to surprise Luc, using Santa to bring them back together. And I loved the candy cane creativity, the unique way Luc and Taygan put it to use.

This is a love story, one of lovers reuniting for the holiday, and finding what they want for Christmas. The characters are well defined, and both men are hot and sexy. I enjoyed seeing Atria and Zac again, and look forward to more in this unique world that Ms. Slayer has built around Ohio, and the band, Glow. This is a great short read and something to warm up a cold winter night.

Siren in Waiting by Sophie Oak

Siren in Waiting by Sophie Oak
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (301 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Bethany “Mouse” Hobbes spent her entire life waiting, especially for the love of Bo O’Malley. But for the first time in her life, she is ready to start living, with or without him. She has found her dream, restoring a rustic farmhouse on the outskirts of town.

Trev McNamara left Deer Run a high school hero and has returned, his pro football career in ruins. When Trev meets Mouse, he discovers a passion strong enough to overcome his past. But can she accept his dominant desires?

Bo O’Malley has lived his whole life in the shadow of his brother, never committing to anything or anyone. When the woman he secretly loved all his life begins an affair with the man who betrayed his trust, Bo will do anything to claim her as his own.

Transformed by their love, will Mouse be enough woman for both of them?

When is a woman no longer a Mouse? When she’s taught to be the natural confident submissive that has been simmering in wait for the perfect Dom.

I think I’ve said this about every Texas Siren book but this truly may be my favorite…so far! Bethany “Mouse” Hobbes is such a loveable and honest character she won me over immediately. She has always been the soft spoken, often overlooked, comfortable fixture in the town of Deer Run and rightfully earned the nickname “Mouse”. Having said that, when Ms. Oak first introduces us to Mouse she had just taken the first steps, on her own I might add, in securing a future for herself. In my mind, after reading the book, this was a very important piece of the story because it meant that she was ready for change when it presented itself. She simply needed the guiding and strong hand of a Dom to give her the confidence to pursue her dream.

Speaking of the Dom, Trev McNamara, broken ex-football star and recovering drug and alcohol addict, couldn’t have been more perfect for both Beth and Bo. In true Sophie Oak fashion, Trev’s story begins with a tie-in from one of Ms. Oak’s first books. Anyone who has read either the Texas Siren or Bliss stories is used to crossovers between these two fantastic series. Without giving too much away, I have to say I did not expect to see the familiar face that sets Trev on his path to true love and one incredible HEA. Trev isn’t looking for one sub, much less two, when arrives in Deer Run but he can’t deny the chemistry he immediately feels for Beth or his desire to take Bo in hand.

It’s not uncommon for a hero or heroine to have personal growth as a story progresses. Really, it’s pretty much expected when it’s romance. The challenge, in my opinion, is for the author to make that growth both believable as well as tangible to the reader. Ms. Oak certainly succeeded with Beth, Trev and Bo. Each character has emotional challenges and/or personal demons to fight. At the same time what they individually bring to the D/s relationship is vital and necessary for the success of all involved. One example of the well developed and gradual change is how Beth begins the story as Mouse but is anything but a mouse by the conclusion. And it only required the “threat” of a good figging, LOL.

One of the stories I’ve been anticipating, very impatiently I might add, is Leo Meyer’s tale. Ms. Oak knows how to keep her fangirls happy by nicely setting the stage for Leo, Shelley and Wolf to fight for their HEA somewhere in the near future. I CAN’T WAIT!!!

Even if you are new to the Texas Siren’s books you can enjoy Trev, Beth and Bo’s story. There are quite a few names and faces that pop into the story and it certainly makes more sense if you’ve read the other books but it isn’t at all necessary for enjoying Siren in Waiting. Ms Oak is an amazing story teller and will have you coming back again and again.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Riot Boy by Katey Hawthorne

Riot Boy by Katey Hawthorne
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (130 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

Etienne never thought getting his pocket picked could lead to a first date. He knows the second he catches punk boy Brady's eye that the guy is pure trouble, but Et can't resist his wicked sense of humor, pretty face, cold hands -- and the "piss off" swagger when Brady's on stage with his band doesn't hurt, either.

From Rimbaud to Buzzcocks to Malbec to handcuffs, they introduce each other to their favorite pleasures, and the chemistry is unstoppable. But Brady disappears in the night, won't give Etienne a phone number, doesn't talk about his past; Etienne's never known someone so hungry for affection but with so many trust issues. Et would give all he has, but he has the feeling Brady needs saving from something before he can take what Et offers.

Then, the "something" shows up: Brady's dangerous family, all of them more than human -- including Brady, who has the ability to supercool matter with the slightest touch. Throw in the family talent for criminal activity, and it's an explosion waiting to happen.

Et wants to help him escape his past, but if Brady keeps disappearing, he may not get the chance.

Etienne may be shy and quiet but he’s got just the right amount of heat to thaw bad boy Brady. Punk Rocker Brady has a secret - he can control elements to chill the air into ice. He also has a shady family that keeps trying to get him to do illegal jobs. Bookseller Et doesn’t know any of this but he does know his chemistry with Brady is off the charts. Despite the hard-core exterior Et sees something vulnerable and worthwhile in Brady if only their pasts don’t screw it up.

Riot Boy is a fast paced, fun filled ride filled with sex and a bit of the paranormal. Brady is a perfect goth punk boy with his attitude, shady past, and great punk references. Et is a perfect foil as a more staid and down to earth bookseller with a broken heart. Together they play off each other well and create some dynamic tension. Their chemistry is what really drives the story and there is a lot of sex in this novella. Almost too much as most of the action and character development happens during sex. This isn’t bad as the writing and sex scenes are entertaining and smoking hot, but it does leave any significant plot development to happen off page. The reader is simply told about it later.

This is perhaps where the story has a few weaknesses. Although it’s great fun to read and the characters are delightful, the actual plot and world building is pretty sparse. The paranormal element, in which Brady can control and manipulate the air to turn it colder, is almost non-existent. The story doesn’t try to explain or really delve into this aspect at all and if anything, it comes across as distracting and unnecessary. Likewise all important plot developments happen off page. Most of the story builds up to Brady’s showdown with his family but all the story does is recap what happened while Et (and presumably the reader) were asleep. It’s unfortunate since the writing has a real knack to it that such important plot detail is omitted.

Despite this issue I’d still recommend Riot Boy. It’s very enjoyable to read and filled with sex so anyone wanting something very erotic will be satisfied. It has a fun flair that lets you sink into the story and enjoy regardless of any other problems. While it’s not perfect, this is still an entertaining and worthwhile read.

Hammer Down by Moira Rogers

Hammer Down by Moira Rogers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (333 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Foxglove

When hell reigns on earth, love is a luxury they can't afford.

Children of the Undying, Book 2

While the tattered remains of humanity huddle underground, hiding in their virtual world, Devi prefers living topside, making dangerous hauls through the demon-infested wasteland earth has become. The wealth that comes from smuggling supplies to those shunned as summoner-born or demon-touched doesn’t hurt, either.

The man she meets to arrange one of those under-the-table hauls is complicated…and handsome as hell. Literally. A glimpse of the predator beneath his silver gaze and she’s tempted to break her cardinal rule: never mix business with pleasure.

Zel’s first look at the wild-haired hauler threatens to distract him from his mission—and reminds him just how long it’s been since he got laid. As the leader of an outcast settlement, he can’t afford to trust too easily. Devi’s got a reputation for running a tight, disciplined crew, but her very willingness to deal with him means she has something to hide.

Not to mention a hot, tempting package like her could be the cleverest trap his enemies have ever set.

Moira Rogers has built a futuristic, post apocalyptic world filled with humans, demons and those who are somewhere in between the two. The futuristic technology is fantastic, and the characters are all well crafted and complex. I love this world, and the people who live here - the good, the bad and those who straddle the fence between the two.

The demon Armageddon created chaos in the world. Fifty years later, life is lived in virtual reality, and in underground cities. Summoners and half bloods live apart from humans, surviving the best they can manage. There’s money to be had if you are brave enough, or foolhardy enough, to provide services to both sides.

Devi and her crew are truckers, bringing much needed supplies to the humans in their underground cities; and to the outcasts, she offers valuable commodities as well. When the humans jeopardize her crew and her livelihood by planting a spy in her transport to the Rochester settlement, Devi has to make a decision: leave the area or join with the outcasts at the settlement, at least temporarily, to regroup and clear her reputation.

Once she meets Zel, the half blood leader of Rochester settlement, she feels something that hasn’t happened to her before: desire, strong and not easily ignored. When it becomes obvious Zel feels the attraction as well, Devi decides to stay a while and explore this new thing happening between them.

Devi is independent, strong and courageous, leading her small band of truckers through the wasted landscape that used to be Minnesota. She has a strong sense of loyalty to her friends, the people she trusts. She only has one rule: don’t mix business with pleasure. But Zel tempts her more than anyone ever has. When things start to heat up, Devi decides some rules just aren’t worth preserving. I love Devi, with her strong sense of loyalty to those she calls friend. I also love her open mind, willing to give folks a chance, regardless of their heritage.

Zel is strong, handsome, and all male. His father was a demon, but Zel never knew him. The man who raised him and cared for him was fully human, and Zel honors his memory by leading the settlement the way he believes he would have wanted. He has a strong sense of loyalty, and will fight to protect what is his, whether it is friends or the settlement itself. When Devi gets under his skin and things start to get crazy, Zel has to keep her safe from both sides. I love Zel, and his wicked sense of honor and loyalty. I love his possessiveness once he decides that Devi is his, and the lengths he will go to ensure the safety of everyone under his watch, including Devi and her crew.

Hammer Down is part of a new series from Moira Rogers, and I love the atmosphere of this new world. The action in this kept me on the edge of my seat as I read, and the scenes between Devi and Zel are hot beyond volcanic. The secondary characters are all strong and I hope to see more of them as the series grows. There are several sub plots here: what are the humans after? What is Tanner? Are all of Devi’s crew really fully human?

I found the demon code of honor as followed by Zel’s true father to be interesting, and hope that he finds a way back at some point in time too. Hammer Down is a hot look at life after the demon apocalypse, and filled with action, passion and danger. If you like your romance with a hard edge and a thread of danger, this is definitely for you.

Claws On Silk by Summer Devon & Linda Gayle

Claws On Silk by Summer Devon & Linda Gayle
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length; Full Length (164 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Blackmailed into acting as her family’s assassin, Anna corners O’Riley, her prey, but is shocked to realize the farmer standing over him is another of her kind: a rare Varelse, a tigerlike creature bred to kill. Anna’s drawn to Isak, who hasn’t shifted for years but who sees Anna struggle with her dual nature. Sometimes cultured lady, sometimes bloodthirsty beast, Anna begs for help. Isak agrees -- if she’ll spare O’Riley’s life. In their sensual lessons, he awakens his own dark animal -- and unleashes her feral passion.

But there’s a hitch -- Patrick O’Riley, the charming blackguard she hunts, desires her too. What’s more, he also wants Isak. And to Isak’s surprise, the farmer finds he’s curious about the three of them together.

Yet over their heads hangs the specter of Anna’s blackmailer -- her uncle, who wants Patrick dead. Knowing they must confront him and learn the truth, Anna, Isak, and Patrick embark on a journey that takes them over land and sea and pushes the boundaries of their turbulent relationship. With their lives on the line, the three surrender to the lure of claws on silk and the savage lust that entwines them with danger and desire.

The authors created a unique plot with this story.

Anna was born for the sole purpose of the power her aberration brings, yet the same aberration made her family members fear her. This created a cold calculated individual who was raised with little to no affection. Anna seemed almost robotic due to her strict upbringing. This quality, while helpful when you are raised to be a killer, sometimes left me feeling disconnected from her character. I wanted just a little bit more emotion from her instead of everything being decided in a logical fashion.

Even though Anna had been raised to follow the orders of family members, I enjoyed it when she began to question the validity of their decisions. It was interesting to watch her grow as she not only questioned authority but started making decisions on her own, mixing logic with understanding. I think that the internal conflict with Anna as well as the external conflict between her and her family added a certain depth to the story that increased my enjoyment.

Anna knew that her aberration was unique, which is why she was so shocked when she found Isak Arnesen standing over the man she was sent to kill, Mex O’Riley. While Anna knew little about who and what she was, Isak seemed to have a full understanding of who he was and what he wanted out of life. Isak’s personality, while a little stronger than Anna’s, also lacked emotions. I do not know if this was due to his solitary lifestyle or the Varelse blood that coursed through his veins.

Of all the characters in this book, I enjoyed O’Riley the most. He seemed to have that spark that would attract people to him whether good or bad. He reminded me of that one friend we all have that we usually don’t even like but for some reason we keep them around because they add a certain excitement or pizzazz. He also seemed to have the unique ability to defuse a situation no matter what the cause. Whether it be playing dead or sassing a killer, O’Riley was truly entertaining.

The relationship development in this story was consistent and smooth. While the validity of the feelings were sometimes questionable due to Anna and Isak’s lack of emotional response, there was never a question that these three complemented one another. The authors did a great job in demonstrating the attraction between all the main characters even when O’Riley and Anna seemed to be enemies. Additionally, the sexual encounters between these characters really left me on the edge of my seat. While Isak and O’Riley never had intercourse with each other they did demonstrate an interest for one another and sneaked a few kisses here and there.

While this story had its ups and downs, I think that the unique paranormal element of the Varelse, antagonistic conflict, and sexual tension made this story amusing and fascinating. Anyone who likes an unusual twist on paranormal erotic novels will find this story entertaining.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

To Command and Collar by Cherise Sinclair

To Command and Collar by Cherise Sinclair
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (237 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Determined to find the human traffickers preying on Shadowlands’ submissives, Master Raoul gets himself invited to a small slave auction. Once informed, the FBI orders him to reject the limited choices so the slavers will invite him to the big auction. To Raoul’s shock, one of the slaves is the kidnapped friend of a Shadowlands sub. She has a scarred body...and an unbroken spirit. He can’t leave her behind. Ruining the FBI’s carefully laid plans, he buys her.

Kimberly’s freedom has come at a devastating price: the other women are still slaves. An FBI raid is their only hope for rescue. Desperate to help the Feds locate the big auction, she agrees to pose as Master Raoul’s slave. Wearing a collar again is terrifying, but under the powerful dominant’s care, Kim starts to heal and then to blossom. This is what she’s been drawn to—and fled from—her entire life.

She escaped the slavers who captured her body—can she escape the master who’s captured her heart?

There are authors that just get it. They leave you wanting more even after they have satisfied you with their latest book. There are not many that can do that and when you find one, hold on and do not let go. I have found such a one with this author. Every time I read a Master of the Shadowlands book, I know that it will not only be a hot read but it will also take me on an emotional roller coaster ride. To Command and Collar does not disappoint. Once again I fell in love with the characters and kept hoping that they would find their happy ever after.

Just like Kim, I fell head over heels for Raoul. He is such a wonderful man and a great Dom. He understands what Kim needs and will only push her so far. Seeing such a big man show his heart was a great read. I adored Kim as well. She is such a strong woman and overcomes so much. Watching their relationship build and grow was a great experience. The trust and love that develops between Raoul and Kim was a beautiful thing to see. I loved watching each of them not only deal with their fears but also fight for the love that they share. As the two struggle to find ways to expose the men behind the illegal slave trade, they find themselves dealing with their own battle with their hearts.

I really enjoyed the interaction between not only the main characters but the secondary ones as well. I was able to visit with old friends and see just what they have been up to as well as getting a glimpse at some new beginnings. I loved the two FBI agents, Kouros and Vance, and cannot wait to see what will happen with them. The love and friendship that I saw throughout this book is great. Not only did I get the romance between Kim and Raoul, but I also got to see the depth of the friendships between everyone.

Just as I knew I would, I loved To Command and Collar and getting to visit the world of the Masters once again was awesome. I cannot wait for the next one.

Defensive Guard by Anitra Lynn McLeod

Defensive Guard by Anitra Lynn McLeod
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (88 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Coreopsis

How would he begin the erotic torment of his virgin lover?

In high school, Tyler thought Evan was too young, and reluctantly he let him go, but Tyler never forgot their brief but passionate encounter.

Given a second chance, Tyler claims Evan by turning Evan’s need for orgasm control into an erotic torment that bonds their souls.

Tyler was more than worth the wait, but Evan worries when Tyler learns he sacrificed his eyesight to possess him, Tyler will be furious. But there is another who wishes to indulge his lusts upon Evan. By claiming Evan and turning him into a pain-craving submissive, the madman hopes to gain entry into the Gridiron Gods.

To thwart the villain’s plans, Evan must confess what he’s done to alter the course of Tyler’s destiny. Will Tyler forgive him, or will Evan have to pay for his crime by sacrificing Tyler’s life?

When the hands of fate are involved, anything is possible and this is true for Tyler and Evan. Defensive Guard is an enchanting love story between two young men who lost their way from one another but come together again to seal their fate with the Gridiron Gods.

I absolutely enjoyed this installment of the Gridiron Gods. Evan is blind but it doesn’t keep him down. He’s smart and funny and goes after what he wants. I loved when Tyler and Evan first met. It’s both funny and sweetly sensual.

Tyler has a bit of that bad boy male slut persona going on. He relies a lot on his good looks and his ability to get any man he wants. When he meets Evan his world comes to a screeching halt. It was entertaining reading how this sexually confidant man gets be humbled by a younger Evan.

The story moves really quick. Tyler has come to Evan for help in tutoring him in his studies. But all he wants to learn is what makes Evan tick. Within minutes of meeting they are engaging in some very erotic love acts. Ms. McLeod is fantastic at writing descriptive sexual encounters between her characters and Defensive Guard is no different.

The is a sweet story yet it has a bit of sadness as well. What Evan thinks he gave up to have Tyler is tragic but I couldn’t fault either man because ultimately they came together no matter the reasons. They both are willing to make sacrifices to be with the other.

The conflict added some suspense to this tale. I learned more of the Gridiron Gods' past and an evil villain is exposed. Definitely a page turner.

As the book drew to a close I had a smile on my face. Defensive Guard is a love story where the characters have obstacles to overcome but in the end discover what is truly important.

Defensive Guard is an excellent addition to the series. With every new book the Gridiron Gods gets better and better. The stories get more in-depth and grip you to the very end. I would recommend reading the entire series in order so as to not be confused but it is a series that you will love being sucked into.

Bound in Lingerie by Gina Gordon

Bound in Lingerie by Gina Gordon
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story(79 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Being bound together was never part of the plan.

Amie Woods is living the life she wants, but her search for a man who can keep up with her sexual demands has tested her faith in Happily Ever After. Milton Campbell bears the weight of the world on his shoulders, but when he has the opportunity to re-ignite old friendships, it reminds him of a time in his life when he knew how to have fun.

When the two meet, sparks fly--and not the good kind. Their dislike for one another is second only to the sexual attraction simmering between them. A twist of circumstance lands them in the same bed, and Milton jumps at the opportunity to put his pleasure in Amie's hands. A two-week fling might be exactly what he needs to bring back his love of life, and Amie can't throw away the opportunity to be herself--both in and out of the bedroom.

At first, they seemed all wrong for each other. But when 'casual' builds into something more, Amie and Milton must decide if they're willing to risk being bound together by love.

I can definitely relate with the feeling of not knowing what you want but hoping that you’ll know when it comes to you. That’s Amie, the main character of Bound in Lingerie and that very human feeling was what caught me into the story’s web.

Amie is a holistic practitioner; an outgoing, fun, independent woman that loves lingerie. She’s a free spirit, a lioness, as her friend puts it.

Milton, her male playmate is good looking, smart, and perfect in almost every way, except for the one flaw that made me adore him: he’s socially awkward.

Together Amie and Milton make an explosive couple in bed (that wonderfully naughty striptease) and an intellectually and physically challenging one out of it (I loved their banter).

However, I have to admit that I was expecting Amie to be much more sexually extroverted. The story takes places in the 21st century and women taking control in bed is not something that extraordinaire. Besides, though Amie starts taking control, most of the time, she and Milton end up finding a balance.

The story develops fairly quickly but the characters don’t remain static. Instead, they grow and change; putting themselves out there for one another as their feelings evolve.

The secondary characters, Martina and Rob, Carrie and Aleks, or Milton’s sister were also a substantial part of the plot and an entertaining addition (more, I’ve become really interested in finding out how some of them hooked up, and I’ll definitely be looking for the rest of the series).

Funny moments (the accidental bounding, the brother-sister fight…) mingled with well depicted sex scenes (their first intimate encounter or the outdoor sex) made Bound in Lingerie both a hot and fun read.

Bound in Lingerie was a quick fun read that kept a smile on my face long after I’d closed my E-Reader.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Under and Over It by Megan Slayer

Under and Over It by Megan Slayer
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (52 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Exhibitionism, Fetish, Spanking
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

Regan Finley's photography makes the local music scene shine. He's four months from his final exhibition and graduation. But instead of preparing for the party, he's fretting about his exhibition theme -- bondage and passion. There's one person he wants to make his exhibition come to life, if he can convince his housemate to participate.

Camryn Tate plays the music that makes the young girls scream. He likes being a local rock hero. When he finds out what Regan wants for the exhibition, Cam has to make a decision. He can let Regan have his commanding way and get the pictures he needs for the exhibition, or he can walk away from the best roommate and friend he's ever known... all because of a little ball of nylon rope.

Megan Slayer has a way of bringing passion to life in her stories, and making each book a joy to read. With Under and Over It, she explores the sensual fetish of Shibari, the rope tying practice of bondage.

Regan Finley has specific ideas for his final for photography class, and those ideas include his best friend and roommate, Camryn Tate, and a ball of rope. Regan wants to explore things with Camryn, and not just for his project. He has wanted Cam since the first time he laid eyes on him, but is afraid that Cam isn’t into guys or the things Regan wants to do to and with him. Regan has never been dominant before, but Cam brings out something in him that he would love to explore. But asking Cam to be his model, and maybe more, has Regan terrified he will lose the best friend he has.

Camryn is a hot rocker in their Middle America home of Cleveland, and what Regan wants to do for this project scares him a little, but he trusts Regan to keep him safe. He’s never been into bondage or rope play, but he trusts Regan to explain every step as they go along. And besides, anything that gets Cam naked with Regan can’t be bad, right?

I enjoyed watching Regan and Cam discover what each liked, and their desire to be together. I was happy that she made sure Regan didn’t just push Cam into something without explaining and preparing him for it all. It made the story all the more touching to see to what lengths each would go to show their feelings.

Regan Finley is smart and talented, and just a bit of a nerd. But he is a fantastic photographer, and has a bright future ahead of him. He wants to finish his degree with an exhibition showing how people become bound to their lives and wants his roommate Camryn as his model. I love that Regan is not the macho all gung-ho guy, but has a lot of insecurity where Cam is concerned. I really liked the little things Regan does to convince Cam to pose, and to be with him.

Camryn Tate is magic when he is holding his guitar. A talented musician and songwriter, Cam has secrets and insecurities of his own. He doesn’t believe his luck that Regan feels the same about him as he does about Regan, and wonders why it took them so long to get together. I loved that although apprehensive, he trusts Regan to take care of him and not hurt him. I cried when he finally opened up and was honest with Regan about his past, and the reasons for his doubts.

This is an exploration of passion by two people learning to please each other, and learning what their limits are, in life and in love. It is a compliment to Ms Slayer that, once I started reading, gender ceased to matter, and the love story came to the forefront here. These are two people, learning to love and please each other and planning a future together, and nothing is more special than that to me. If you aren’t comfortable with man-to-man touching, and more, this is not the book for you, but I enjoyed this, and look forward to more from Ms. Slayer in the future.

Detention by Stephanie Williams

Detention by Stephanie Williams
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (137 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Toys
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Moonflower

Hot for the High School principal?

You bet! What’s a woman to do when her former student comes back and reveals to her that he wants to keep her for detention?

Mia Bradford is the principal of Fremont High. She’s uncompromising and believes in tough love for her students. In fact, she’s helped many of them reach their full potential. She’s always happy to reconnect with them years later and see what they have accomplished in life. But one student in particular is making her more than a little nervous.

Brett Wyndam has seen and done a lot in his life, a lot of it rewarding and some of it tragic. But the one dream he hasn’t realized in his life is the one thing he’s always wanted: Mia Bradford. When he attended Fremont, he’d served detention under her, time after time. Now that he’s back in town, eight years later, it’s time to turn the tables and fulfill a promise to himself.

Can Brett get Mia to be honest with herself and explore the desires she’s harboring? Or will the past get in the way and ruin what could be a loving, but admittedly unconventional, relationship?

This high school principal didn’t know what she was missing until her sizzling former student returns. Now he is ready to fulfill her every desire. Can she break from societies expectations and finally be truly happy?

Mia Bradford has worked hard to make it as the principle of a prestigious private school. Being a female is hard enough in an uptight society of privilege, but being a black woman makes it even harder. With all this hard work and perseverance, she has sacrificed a lot in her life. She knows something is missing, but is too afraid to ask for what she needs. The demand and pressure of her job constantly takes its toll on her and all she wants is to find sweet release and freedom in her sex life. The problem is she can’t find fulfillment. One failed marriage later, Mia is ready to just settle for a quiet existence. Too bad, Brett Wyndam is done waiting and is returning to town to conquer what he left behind.

Brett is smart, wealthy and a Dom. He always knew what he wanted and during his senior year of high school he wanted Vice Principle, Ms. Bradford. Though she tortured him, by hiding her luscious body behind matronly outfits and made him be her slave laborer during detention, he always knew he wanted to own her, claim her and possess her. He has waited long enough. It’s been eight long years and with a little planning he plans have her, all of her.

Detention is a very light BDSM story, so don’t let the thought of a D/s relationship scare you off from reading it. It is more about the release of inhabitations and the blossoming of passion. It shows that being true to yourself and allowing someone to love you can be the greatest gift of all. That age is just a number and the color of our skin should never stop you from following your heart. True love comes from the inside and the outside packaging is just an added bonus.

Detention also has a wonderful back story. It wasn’t just about two people finding happiness, but also the plight of Ghana. I was shown a sad reality of the poverty and heartache of the country, but I also felt the hope of hard working loving people. It was touching to read about selfless people giving their lives and livelihood to the less fortunate. Ms. Williams did a fabulous job introducing me to Ghana and didn’t let the sadness overshadow the joy. Her rendering of Ghana was informative without being preachy. Thank you for making Detention feel deeper than just the normal romance novel.

Detention is a steamy read that is enlightening yet sexy. It is a sizzling book and an enjoyable story. If you like a tender May-December story, you’ll enjoy Detention. If you like interracial romance, you’ll like Detention. But most of all, if you want an amazing story of two people finding love no matter what people think and discover that together they are unstoppable, then it's another reason to pick up this book. You won’t be disappointed!

Being Improper by Alexandra O’Hurley

Being Improper by Alexandra O’Hurley
Publisher: Evernight Publisher
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (70 pages)
Other: M/F,
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Born into world as mere chattel, Carrie Scott rebels against the oppression women are dealt in 1897 Philadelphia the only way she knows how—by hiding under layers of black mourning clothes worn for a fiancé she respected but did not love. Freedom from the marriage auction block allowed her the quiet she needed, but the lonely life eventually made her body yearn for more.

Dr. Matthew Gibson was floored to see his best friend’s little sister standing in his office, now the full fledged beauty he had always expected her to become. But the fact she was asking to be treated for “Female Hysteria” made his fingers itch to touch her and claim her as his own.

Neither knew that the one afternoon in his office would change their lives forever.

Delightfully improper. That’s what came to mind as I became engrossed in Alexandra O’ Hurley’s novel, Being Improper.

The story begins with a number one major no-no for society: a forbidden doctor-patient relationship. Carrie is a sweet young girl, too smart and too outgoing for her time period, who thinks she has female hysteria. When she goes to visit handsome Dr. Mathew, sparks ensue. The building of anticipation between them and what would happen was craftfully written; I was on the edge of my seat as the doctor drew out his remedy for Carrie.

Carrie and Mathew are sweet characters, especially Carrie. She really tugged at my heartstrings. She’s sort of naive but with a curious and kinky streak that made her endearing. I specially loved her curiosity for the male anatomy (the scene in which she performed a hand job was fun, erotic and very visual).

Mathew is a kind, good man, who’s terribly in love and doesn’t know how to show it. He didn’t come off as your usual dominant, aggressive male alpha. He staked his claim on Carrie but in a more desperate, love sick, intellectual way. He was a man willing to do anything to make the woman he loved happy.

Though she was a secondary character, Carrie’s best friend, Etta and her prying, knowing ways made me laugh more than once. She was a great addition to the story!

Though it was part of the plot and Carrie’s emotional baggage, I didn’t like the family drama. It was a nuisance to have that big secret revealed almost at the end of the story, when the characters could have lived happily ever after. However, the description of the family feud was well crafted and Ms. O’ Hurley did succeed in making me hate Carrie’s brother and father.

Being Improper is a quick hot read with a sweet ending that will leave you with a smile.

Little Nothings by Aurora Rose Lynn

Little Nothings by Aurora Rose Lynn
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (130 pgs)
Other: M/F, bondage
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Dianthus

A strange, and very male, request in a lingerie shop can lead to trouble . . .

When a woman works in a lingerie shop, she can expect a few strange requests. But when Kitty McAllister is asked to model a little nothing for a complete stranger, refusal doesn't seem an option with such a handsome man facing her.

Can she make love to Colby Hewett although trouble from the past is looming above her?

Thanks to an attentive stranger, Kitty will go from "knows practically nothing" to "I want to try it all"!

Kitty works at “Intimates by Erica” and tends to stick out like a sore thumb while at work. She is quite reserved and extremely naïve about men and love in general. But her secret admirer, the man watching her from the food court every day, seems to see something in her. His stare makes her blood boil with desire. Kitty begins to consider if his eyes alone can turn her on than surely the man would be dangerous to her sanity up close and personal. Still, Kitty can’t seem to resist Colby and in the end giving in to the desires he raises is the best decision she has ever made.

Colby is healing after a hard divorce, being hung out to dry and scarred to his core. He isn’t looking for anything serious and is determined to focus on work until his heart starts to heal. After getting a glimpse of Kitty at work one day Colby is smitten and soon finds himself outside her work every day at lunch time eating horrible food court lunches just so he can watch her. But Colby has learned that most women only want him for his money. He doesn’t want Kitty to see him as only a meal ticket. Unfortunately, the only way for that to happen is to begin their relationship on a lie.

Can Colby really show his true self to Kitty without getting burned again, or does he need to live a lie to make her fall in love with him? As often happens, once they begin to get close Colby’s real world comes busting in making him decide what he wants more, Kitty or what might have been?

This was a good story with mostly believable characters that were easy to read about. While the plot of the book was able to keep me interested I found that at times the actions of the main characters were not that believable. Kitty is a quiet, reserved character in the beginning but out of nowhere this “sex goddess” comes out -- stripping in public and demanding sex with no boundaries, and then she goes back to being the sweet innocent type in the next paragraph. I wanted to like Kitty’s personality but the mood swings, for lack of a better term, just made her difficult to relate to. Colby was much easier to like and follow in the story and I found that in the end I was rooting for him to get the girl.

Sometimes I think plot was sacrificed for word count, as I found myself rereading several pages more than once to make sure I was keeping everything and everyone straight. But even so, I enjoyed the book. There is some pretty funny dialogue between Colby and Erica. They had me laughing out loud at points and in the end rooting for Kitty and Colby to get together. The chemistry was there even in the beginning before Colby and Kitty actually met, enough so that even random passerby characters seemed to notice, it was palpable. This is a book I would not have a problem recommending to someone looking to dip their toes into the romance genre. The sex was hot but not overt and the characters seemed to be in a good place for the majority of the book.

Aurora Rose Lynn is a new to me author but not for long. This novella had great potential even with a couple of stumbling blocks. Ms. Lynn is a clever writer and one that I'll be looking for in the future.