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Friday, February 3, 2012

Loved by a Werewolf by Marisa Chenery

Loved by a Werewolf by Marisa Chenery
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (62 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Dogwood

At her cousin’s wedding, Sierra is stuck on drunk-brother patrol. When he slips out of the reception with a married woman, Sierra must go in pursuit. But her efforts are in vain and she finds herself on a hiking trail along the edge of the property. She’s not alone, however. A wolf is staring her down as if she’ll be his next meal. Damning her brother to the pits of hell won’t get her out of this one.

Cale knew he’d found his mate the moment he caught Sierra’s scent while in wolf form. Things don’t start off well, however, when she throws a rock at him. Not to be deterred, Cale disappears into the forest, where he shifts to man. No rocks go flying when he approaches her this time, and soon the two of them can’t keep their hands off each other. But Cale has a furry secret. One Sierra must accept—because living nine hundred years without her has been enough for this werewolf.

Who doesn't want to be swept completely off their feet? Well this enchanting tale delivers sizzling romance in spades! One could only fantasize about finding their one true mate with the flare Marisa Chenery shows us in her adorable werewolf-romance series.

Book 5 in the “Big City Pack” series, Marisa Chenery demonstrates to the world yet again why she is an all-time favorite erotic romance author.

Sierra is so sick of her life. Ever since her father died, her brother does nothing but drink and screw up and her mother does nothing but criticize her and baby her brother. Sierra is the only responsible one in her family. Sure enough, at a wedding no less, her brother drinks way too much and does something really stupid like run off with a married woman who has a mean, jealous husband. Sierra finds herself off looking for her brother before he gets himself killed. Instead, off on a path far away from the house, she encounters a wolf. Instead of running, she throws a rock at the wolf and tells it to “shoo”! Immediately afterward the man of her dreams shows up and saves the day.

Cale cannot believe his good fortune. While running in the woods in his wolf form he finally stumbles into the path of his one true mate. He has live 900 years thus far waiting to meet his lifetime partner. Cale likes her right off the bat when she stands up to his wolf. Dashing behind the trees and returns as human. Soon the chemistry explodes and these two cannot get enough of each other...however, there is this one little problem; even if Sierra is ready to leave her family and follow Cale to his home, Cale has to reveal to her that werewolves really exist.

I absolutely loved this story! I fell completely in love with Cale and rooted for this couple from the very beginning. I like that the secondary characters such as Sierra's family had colorful personalities, even if I did want to reach through the pages and slap her mother and brother in the head. I was so smitten that I dashed through this tale quickly and found myself fantasizing about the romance and passion right along with Ms. Chenery's fictional creations.

This fable completely sizzled! Ms. Chenery found a true fan in me. I cannot wait to get the rest of the series and read them all. Fanning myself could hardly cool the temperature of this Hot novella!

Do you want to be loved by a werewolf? If so this story might be your ticket to an exciting paranormal romance.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

With Her Hunger by Lorie O'Claire

With Her Hunger by Lorie O'Clare
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (68 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Dogwood

Mariah has just lost her entire family. For years, lunewulf have lived peacefully in the Yukon Territory. But when humans burn the werewolves’ homes, Mariah and her pack run to a new home. Determined to embrace her new life and not be destroyed the way her pack was, Mariah refuses to be controlled by anyone. When she spots Luther with two other males, she’s not only interested but willing to take all three of them on. Only one of the males remains in her thoughts though. She will have Luther again.

Luther runs on the edge of the pack that leaves the Yukon Territory and heads to British Columbia. He is Cariboo lunewulf. The lunewulf think his kind are barbaric and run with less honor. Luther has no need for all of the lunewulf’s laws and traditions. He does have a need for Mariah though. It burns so hot through him he won’t let her out of his sight, or his bed, until she agrees to be with him forever.

Dripping with blistering sex-appeal, this paranormal fantasy puts the flame in HOT! Book 8 in the Lunewulf Series, Lorie O'Clre continues her werewolf series with this tale of explosive passion and desire.

Humans have discovered that Marah's family is werewolf. In a panic they burn down her family home killing off most of her family/pack members. The remaining members have decided to leave to go north to join up with a new pack who has agreed to accept them.

Marah is a spitfire who knows what she wants and refuses to even consider the werewolves in her pack as potential mates because they do not appeal to her at all. She has decided to save herself for “mister-wolf--right” but all of that changes when her wolf runs into three fierce looking and very attractive werewolves on the hunt. Marah finds herself attracted to one in particular, “Luther” a Cariboo Lunewulf who likes to live his life by his own rules. But when the two discover they are now mated...fireworks explode as the heat of their attraction melts the sheets as well as the pages.

Ms. O'Clare continues to outdo herself with every new tale she writes about the Lunewulfs. Though I admit I have not read all of the series yet, I am proof that one does not need to know all of the previous characters and back-story to enjoy her work. This was a good stand-alone fable that I will gladly add to my werewolf/romance collection.

With just a few editing mistakes, I found this to be a nice flowing novella that kept me completely entertained. Her characters were extremely interesting and her background was fun and informative. Ms.O'Clare made me want to travel up north to search out and find my own werewolf hunk to mate with.

As far as the sizzle factor, it was off the charts! This story was so hot I found myself glad it is winter to cool myself down.

Hungry for your own lunewolf romance? Well this one should satisfy your craving for a little wolf in your fantasies. No need to add extra spice and already heated to perfection. Just stir and serve!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pulled Long by Christine d’Abo

Pulled Long by Christine d’Abo
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (79 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Kennedia

For months, coffee shop owner Ian Long has fantasized about a customer he knows only as "Blue Eyes." Until he learns Blue Eyes is in the midst of a divorce—the last thing Ian wants is to be the rebound experiment of a straight guy. Giving in to lust, he invites the man into the café after hours and they indulge in a little exhibitionist play, but Ian is unwilling to get involved.

When he's forced to see Jeff again to return his briefcase, Ian finally agrees to go out on a date. Dinner quickly becomes an erotic encounter in a special room at the sex club Mavericks, and Ian realizes Jeff satisfies desires he didn't know he had. The more he gets to know Jeff as a person, the harder it is to resist falling for him.

Jeff makes it clear he's interested in more than just sex. He wants to go public with their relationship in more ways than one. But can Ian open his heart, when he fears it will be broken?

My fingers are still tingling from the erotic heat coming off this book. I was completely hooked after only a few pages and refused to stop reading until I had finished. This book had me captivated by its well written plot and titillating eroticism.

Pulled Long was my first book that was strictly an M/M erotic romance and I had mixed feelings going into it. I have read other stories with M/M scenes but it was never the focus of the story so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. This was the last book in the Long Shot series by Christine d’Abo, and I really enjoyed the first two, not to mention that Ms. d’Abo had been leading up to this story throughout this series and I really wanted Ian to have his happily ever after too. I couldn’t not read it because I was afraid to step outside my usual reading comfort zone, it just wouldn’t be fair. I can honestly say that I am now adding another genre of romance to my list of likes, this book was awesome and it opened my eyes to the fact that a love story can be beautiful and the sex just as hot, no matter what gender the characters are.

Ian Long is the co-owner of the Pulled Long coffee shop that he runs with his two sisters. Ian has been fantasizing about the handsome "Blue Eyes", who has been coming into the shop and flirting with and teasing him for the last eight months. Ian than makes the discovery "Blue Eyes" has an ex-wife which means he isn’t really gay, or is he? Ian is one of those characters tortured by their own inner demons and guilt. He is a character with so much love to give but fears that his love does nothing but hurt those he loves. I really loved Ian because he wanted so badly to be loved but he just didn’t think he was worthy of it, and I knew he was.

Jeff "Blue Eyes" Carson is Ian’s love interest in Pulled Long and he comes across as this sexy man who is honorable and aggressive. He has been showing his interest in Ian from the beginning of this series and it has ramped up the sexual tension between Ian and Jeff throughout. In Pulled Long, Jeff is finally revealed completely as an alpha male who knows exactly what he wants and he wants Ian with a single-mindedness that borders on obsession, and is extremely sexy. He wants to get to know Ian on all levels and explore the attraction between them; he just needs to convince Ian that it is a good idea.

Ms. d’Abo has written Pulled Long from Ian's point of view, and although I would have liked to have gotten into Jeff's head, I was mesmerized by Ian's thoughts and feelings and felt like I was there with him the entire time. Ms. D’Abo kept me on pins and needles with her descriptive prose and rich dialogue which kept the story moving at pace that was absolute perfection. The events leading to the climax of the story were believable and there was no rush to the end.

The heat in this story was volcanic; Ms. d’Abo built up the love scenes with foreplay and emotion that had me turning the pages to see what she would reveal next. I have a fascination with sex club scenarios and this one did not disappoint, it ramped up the anticipation and the action, making my heart pump faster and accelerated my breathing. Jeff likes to give a blow by blow account of the people that are watching and what he thinks they are feeling making it that much more exciting. The love scenes and sex in this story was explosive and exciting and I did not expect to feel that kind of emotion from a M/M story and I was proven wrong.

I am a rigid reader, who doesn’t add sub-genres to her TBR list very easily but after reading Pulled Long, I have added the M/M sub-genre to my list as well as Christine d’Abo as an author. I encourage readers to run and get this series and prepare to have your socks blown off.

Comes the Wolf by Crystal Kauffman

Comes the Wolf by Crystal Kauffman
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (170 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Moonflower

Heiress Madeline Randall Forsythe is on the run for her very life, hiding in a small Washington town as "Randie." Fleeing a deadly family secret, she plans to move on every couple of months to stay alive. But the night she’s due to leave Silver Creek, a blizzard, a crunched fender, and a rescue by a handsome stranger complicate her escape. While she knows relationships are impossible for a fugitive, she seizes her own destiny and lets Aidan rock her world, even as she knows the closer she gets to strangers, the more chance she has of getting caught.

Aidan Chase is a tracker who has never failed to find a target. He does his job and collects his paycheck, never getting personally involved...that is, until Randie Forsythe. There’s something off about her creepy old man, and something definitely on about sexy Randie. Looking at her, one would never believe she stole two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, especially when she’s in line to inherit millions from a sick father two paces ahead of the Grim Reaper. Against his better judgment, he puts the case aside to learn more about Randie, including discovering, quite by accident, she was a virgin before him.

This was probably the most “real” erotic romance I have ever read.

Even though this novel is paranormal in origin, I found the storyline believable and realistic. Circumstances, may have been larger-than-life, the rich girl running from her father and a werewolf tracking her, but it was their relationship that I found the most genuine.

Madeline has been on the run for six months. She knows her time is limited, but all she can do is try to stay one step ahead of her father. She wants to live and once her father catches up with her, she knows it will all end. Before she can move onto her next location she is stopped by a storm, a wolf and a stranger. With time running out she has to break free, but she is not sure if her heart can handle it.

Aidan is known as the perfect tracker. He always finds his mark, but something is off about Madeline’s case. His senses tell him her father is lying. From the moment he scents Madeline he can tell she is pure and an innocent, but there is more and he just can’t figure out what it is. Breaking one of his first rules, he gets involved. Now it’s not just her father he needs to protect her from, he needs to battle his own kind too.

Madeline and Aidan are two people with secrets that could destroy them. Madeline’s secret is heartbreakingly unbelievable and with Aidan’s secret he could lose his heart and soul. It is a race to find the truth behind the lies before their enemies take everything away from them.

There are two things that stood out for me in this book. While this is an extremely sensual novel, the love scenes were the most authentic I have ever read. Sometimes with explicit scenes, you think, “WOW, I wish I could find a lover like that”. With Ms. Kauffman’s scenes, you think, “WOW, I have experienced lovers like that”. She writes truthfully and real. She doesn’t embellish or exaggerate. Her love scenes could happen tonight in your own bedroom. It is a nice change of pace.

The next selling point for me with Comes the Wolf was the mating bond. In most paranormal novels, the mating bonds are feral and compelling. Aidan and Madeline’s bond is natural and not forced. It flows sensually and believably. There is no animalistic posturing, just a sense of belonging. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading about the grrrrrr of the mating ritual. This was just so well written that I fell in love with Aiden, not just in lust. He was a beautifully written Alpha male.

While Comes the Wolf is a mystery/suspense, I enjoyed the romance the most. I was shocked with the reason behind the lies her father told, but I was not surprised by the outcome or how it all came about. So the mystery was a bit weak for me, but the romance more than made up for it. Ms. Kauffman told a great story. I am not disappointed one bit! I can see this storyline continuing. My fingers are crossed that it happens.

If you are looking for a truly different paranormal romance, then pick up Comes the Wolf. The story is a well told and steamy read.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Somewhere I Belong by Wendi Zwaduk

Somewhere I Belong by Wendi Zwaduk
Publisher: Liquid Silver
Genre- Contemporary
Length: Short Story (60 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

Sullavan Tanner walked away from Jarvis, Ohio, afraid to give his heart to the woman he loved. He lived the rock and roll lifestyle, but never quite made it to the big time. Fifteen years later, he’s back and ready to claim what’s his—if she’ll accept his help.

Marley Lockwood’s done asking for help. The family farm is more than she can handle, but if she can survive a cancer scare, the loss of her parents, the abandonment by her first love, and a messy divorce, she can handle anything.

Until Sully shows up.

Although she’s not interested in rekindling the love affair, she’s not above accepting Sully’s hands on the farm. What’s the worst that could happen? They get the farm out of the red and into the black? That’s her plan. They actually fall in love? The past says it won’t work, so she’s not hedging her bets.

Too bad Sully’s not giving up this time.

One thing I loved about this story was it’s true to life feel with two characters who both have a less than rosy past trying to take the next step in their lives. And what better way to do that then to rediscover each other.

I loved the opening with Sully jumping in his car and heading out for a new beginning, contemplating the past but with high hopes for the future. Ms. Zwaduk did a wonderful job with describing the small town setting and the farm which Marley owns and where Sully finds work. Both these characters were well drawn and likeable. It’s always fun to see characters who have loved and lost, reconnect. Sully is sexy and I wanted to nudge Marley to give him, first the job, and secondly, another chance with her.

My one complaint, I didn’t want this story to end. I would liked to have seen this turned into a longer story so these two could interact some more. The pacing is fast so it’s a quick read. I was completely involved in their lives and wasn't ready to leave.

If you’re looking for a story set in small town America with characters you could easily meet in real life I’d recommend you read this one.

Layover Liaisons by Demi Alex

Layover Liaisons by Demi Alex
Publisher: Smashwords
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (31 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/F/M/F, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Exhibitionism
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

How have I, a powerful and rational businesswoman, been reduced to a sex junkie?

The Man in Terminal Two turns my body and soul inside out. He is all I could think of...his pleasure my greatest ambition...his touch my ultimate addiction. Yet, I do not want to know his name.

Shivers run up my spine and play at the base of my neck. He appears bearing lavish gifts and loving discipline. He is my every fantasy. He is my layover liaison.

In a hurry, but need a quick jolt of sensual excitement and seduction? Hop right into this very steamy tale because each command, every quivering sigh delivering a breathy ‘yes’, will jumpstart a reader’s pulse into overdrive. Once again Ms. Alex zeroes in on what a woman likes to read that seduces her mind and her senses.

The first thing I’m happy about in this story is that it’s not an overnight quickie. The protagonists have been building a relationship between stops at the airport as they travel on their jobs. Well, I’m assuming about the guy because the story is mostly told in the heroine’s first person point of view. The fascinating thing that the author did was to not only keep the man’s name a secret, but the woman’s as well. It’s quite effective. I’m as much in the dark as Mr. Terminal Two even though a reader get’s into ‘Beautiful’s’ head to understand her reservations, her worries and her dilemma. I understood that in life, this woman also referred to as “Bella”, is as independent, strong and stubborn as one could wish because she’s had to survive and thrive in a cut-throat business world. And the mysterious man with the Italian accent demands total control over her which she grants him, though not without a reader understanding just how hard some of his demands are for her. Then again, he’s also taking her passion and wishes very seriously and he grants them in grand style. It’s quite the turn on.

The Man from Terminal Two is as commanding a Dom as one would wish. Caring yet firm and giving generously to aid her pleasure, yet a reader will understand that this mystery man wants more from her. He’s intuitive however, and tells her what she needs to hear. I really believe he understands her more than she realizes. It made me wonder just how much he’s guessed about who she really is just from a few things the heroine said. One thing’s for sure, he has power, influence and commands respect from those he calls friends. Nothing illustrated that more effectively than the scene in the restaurant. Only really good friends, those a person could trust with their lives, would have helped out with such enthusiasm and support. One of the women was an acquaintance from his past and his current relationship with her speaks to a man very sure of himself and of a decent disposition. What must it be like to place yourself in such confident and capable hands utterly and completely? If it’s anything like what happens in this story, I think I’d faint from overstimulation.

I’m not kidding about the sex being stimulating. Yes, the scenes are written well and are quite effective but what is more impressive is that it aroused my mind, my imagination and took me where the author wanted me to go as The Man from Terminal Two worked his sensual magic. Having a glass of ice water nearby might be a good thing.

The editing was almost perfect. The only thing that wasn’t clear to me was the scene with the three women. I’m not too sure what was happening as far as how the heroine fit into the picture since it was happening behind her. I was a little confused. So, because she didn’t know, exactly, I didn’t, and that’s the challenge and frustration of writing first person point of view. But that didn’t ruin my enjoyment because I found out that this is a sensual cliffhanger. There is more to come, pun intended.

Layover Liaisons is just as it says; it takes place at one of the heroine’s layovers and it’s finite. When I realized that the next morning was it - the end, it just about made me come out of my chair. It can’t be the end! He’s getting those feelings of permanence, I just know it! She’s coming to a crossroads in her life where she is going to have to choose which is more important, the quality of her life or work reputation, and the book ended!

And that’s why I liked this book. I was so wrapped up in the hero seducing and wooing the heroine, the telling of the tale was so effective and convincing, that I needed to know more. I needed to follow them to their next layover and see what happens next. How will he convince her to let go of all her fears? To trust him with absolutely everything? If this story wasn’t so well done, none of those questions would haunt me. Since they do, that means this short little gem is a winner. I enjoyed watching the chemistry sizzle and pop between them and was satisfactorily entertained.

I enjoy Ms. Alex’s style of writing and her ability to focus on what makes a reader feel like they’re in the bedroom, or restaurant, with the leading characters. Hot stuff!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Move Me by Emma Holly

Move Me by Emma Holly
Publisher: Smashwords
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (116 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Belle's eccentric Uncle Lucky has left her his spooky house in the tiny village of Kingaken. Twenty years ago, her little brother disappeared here, never to be heard from again. Returning to the place for the first time in so long resurrects more ghosts than she cares to face. When it also summons a sexy faerie, with an agenda of his own, Belle had best pray her luck is better than her sibling’s.

How does a person deal with the loss of a little brother under mysterious circumstances when the adults that you trust and expect to turn to in times of stress and worry end up acting like morons? Their being callous and selfish left a little girl clueless and emotionally alone. When a reader meets the woman that the little girl grows into, it’s a terrific sentimental hook that truly ensnares and fascinates. Once again Ms. Holly delivers a story that is as touching as it is sexually super-charged with characters that come to life in thrilling detail.

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a ghost riddled by guilt and a hero on the run for his very life, along with matchmaking townspeople who know a secret or two. Move Me is rich with conflict, surprises and a quirky happy ending that made me feel like I’d found the prize in the Cracker Jack box. It was simply a ton of fun to read.

What more could the story have that kept me flipping the pages? A very inventive dream sequence, that wasn’t truly a dream, inspired by magic gone awry. The hero, who is masquerading as a hunky handy man named John, was quite imaginative with magical restraints and ties. That whole scene was very seductive and the heroine responded the way I wish I could – with wholehearted abandon, acceptance and enjoyment. The question is, what part is pure dream, and what is based on reality? I enjoyed the part when the heroine, Belle, had her eyes opened to the fantastical truth. But before that was the kitchen scene. Whoa, that was hot too, especially when Belle drove him crazy by doing this one innocuous thing that makes a ton of sense after a reader realizes that what Belle saw in the dream is in fact real. I wish men had places on their bodies like that in truth. How much fun that would be?

Another aspect I liked was how Belle didn’t act as “John” expected her to. It drove him nuts; it enthralled him and made him nervous. He’s never gotten nervous, ever – nor does he fumble and doubt himself. But what the hero doesn’t realize is that he’s falling in love. That’s another thing I enjoyed about this story. For as long as he’s been alive, and out of all the things he experienced, the hero had never fallen in love before. I felt pretty smug about his being disconcerted by Belle. A man like that needs a strong woman who isn’t afraid to face things, and who refuses to run away. She’s all that and more and it made me like her character. My liking the heroine ratcheted up a notch when she did what she did in the shed. Her reaction was perfect, as was the subsequent action by the hero. It was very Gone With the Wind to a certain degree and brought to mind a grand romance with their flamboyant gestures.

The suspense and personal conflict reached another critical level when their time ran out and the door bell rang. “John” had to face the music of who he really was as well as what Belle really meant to him. Like the romantic grand gesture, the hero made what should have been a happy time into a tragedy – choosing the greater good instead of instant gratification. His willingness to do what he did, for the reasons he did it, cemented his status as ‘hero’. It mustn’t have been easy to write this because it’s not what a reader would expect nor want to read but Ms. Holly always knows how to make the happily ever after worthy of the journey.

The author also captured the heartbreak, sadness and despondent feelings of the heroine. The personal journey Belle had to take was well written and described with words that captured the emotions. It was the darkness before the dawn and was effective.

The ‘dawn’ was a real treat. Although this isn’t a holiday story per se, it had that atmosphere of “Oh look! Santa’s was here! There are presents!” The final act takes place while Belle celebrated Christmas with the friends she’d ended up making in the tiny town that was now her home. That entire chapter and the epilogue that came after defined happiness and showed good things do happen to those who believe in the impossible -- you just have to be patient. The ending is also spiced with more energetic love play between Belle and Duvall a/k/a John and it captured the desperate celebration of two people finally grabbing their happily ever after and holding on to it with gusto.

Move Me delivers satisfaction and entertainment from beginning to end by combining a little mystery, emotional healing and paranormal hijinks with hot sexy loving that’s unique and just a bit naughty. The book has two wonderful characters that I enjoyed watching fall in love and Ms. Holly’s sense of humor comes through in terrific fashion. This story is a delight and can be considered another gem to add to my keeper shelf. I’m a happy reader.

A Cowboy for Christmas by Cat Johnson

A Cowboy for Christmas by Cat Johnson
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Length Full Length (162 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Dogwood

Sexy, independent, corporate executive Casey Harrington's life and career were shaped by a childhood Christmas wish left unfulfilled. Now, twenty years later on a Colorado cattle ranch, she finally gets everything she's always wanted-both a hot cowboy and a dream job.

But Bonner "Blue" Boyd is a rancher and Casey is a New Yorker, and even if the sex between them is hot enough to start a prairie fire, they both know that city and country might mix for a week, but it can't work for a lifetime. Or can it?

When a dramatic turn of events reunite Bonner and Casey, this time on her turf in her city, she has to prove to her displaced cowboy he belongs with her, no matter where they end up. Luckily Casey knows the quickest way to a man's heart is slightly lower than his stomach.

Cat Johnson can spin an erotic holiday tale as handily as Charles Dickens can write about Christmas ghost. This novel will definitely be on my holiday read list for years to come.

A Cowboy for Christmas sounds absolutely yummy to me! In fact, fantasy hot cowboys are definitely on top of my holiday wish-list, but I have yet to find anything as close to the sexy character named Bonner that Ms. Johnson has created.

Little Casey Harrington really wanted the cowboy doll in the toy store window for Christmas. In fact that is all she wanted. She wanted it so bad that when she went to see Santa at the mall, while her mother sneaked off to do some shopping in the toy store, she told him to please bring nothing else but the cowboy doll. Christmas morning came and to Casey's disappointment all she got was an easy-bake oven. She discovered the secret about Santa that day and swore to herself that she would never cook a meal.

True to her word, Casey grew up to be a corporate executive who ordered out for meals as she single-handedly made companies profitable.

One day, the western company she loves to order from made her a dream job offer, but to take the job she had to spend time on their actual ranch. Casey took the job and was surprised to discover her dream doll had come to life in a sexy “ex-rodeo star” cowboy named Bonner “Blue” Boyd.

Bonner is the ranch foreman and loves working on the land where he all but grew up. He has the task of showing Casey about ranch life, but his attraction to the city girl is so strong, soon they are learning all about each other instead, real up close and personal. Bonner and Casey know that they are from two different worlds and may never be able to make a relationship work long term, until tragedy strikes and secrets are revealed. Soon they both find their worlds are about to collide and they just might need each other to weather the storms.

I fell in love with this story and the characters written in it. It was a well choreographed love story that offered intrigue, romance and pulled at the heart-strings. I found myself completely involved in the world Ms. Johnson created, and I was so enthralled I could not put this book down once I started reading it. Two people, worlds apart, finding love in the chaos of life... what’s not to love? The secondary characters were charming and splendidly illustrated. This was the perfect book to snuggle up with while sitting by the fire. Of all the books I read over the holidays, this one stuck with me the most.

Is a Cowboy for Christmas on your wish-list? Well never fret! Even if Santa gets you an easy-bake oven this holiday season, you can still find a fantasy cowboy in this cute yet spicy tale.

Whispers by Suzanne Rock

Whispers by Suzanne Rock
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Historical, paranormal
Length: Short Story (89 pgs)
Other: anal sex, ménage, M/M, M/F, M/F/M
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

Rose is skeptical when Lady Denville hires her to take care of some ghosts in her townhouse. She expects to find a nest of rats or leaky water pipes. Instead she finds two sexy spirits intent on fulfilling her every sexual desire. They introduce her to a whole new world of pleasure -- and a curse that may destroy them all.

Lionel and Jonathan have been trapped in the townhouse for decades, waiting. When Rose walks in, they know that she is the one with the power to save them. The key to their freedom lies within reach, and both men must put aside their differences if they ever hope to break the curse that binds them to the townhouse. As the men set out to seduce Rose and gain their freedom, their sexual desire turns into something more. Now they must be honest with the woman they love, or stay imprisoned in the spirit world forever.

Write a good ghost story and then set it in the Regency era and you have my attention. I had high expectations for this story and it didn’t disappoint me. Ms. Rock did a wonderful job immediately setting the scene with Rose entering the house and being asked to free it of ghosts. It almost reminded me of an old gothic tale but instead of being Victorian this one was of an earlier time.

As she explores the house you get the feeling that there’s something creepy about it and the owner hasn’t been imagining things. There’s also an erotic edge to it, especially when Rose first sees the two men. In fact, the book had a wonderful balance of eerie story and erotic tale. I liked all three characters but especially Rose who seemed to be down on her luck. I cheered for her but at the same time wondered how the author would bring this to a happy ending for all three characters.

The dialogue is good and the pacing perfect for the tale which does, in fact, have a satisfying conclusion. I’ll definitely be looking out for more stories by Ms. Rock.

If you enjoy a historical short story packed with ghostly and erotic goings on in an old house, this is one you won’t want to miss.

White Hot Christmas: Holiday Paws by Selena Illyria

White Hot Christmas: Holiday Paws by Selena Illyria
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (27 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

After dealing with the flu and missing her flight to spend the holidays with her family, Nessa thought she'd be alone for Christmas. When her mate Ben shows up at her door with the intention of giving her a holiday she won't soon forget, she knows this Christmas will definitely be the best yet.

Are you in search of a great shifter read? You’ll be sure to find that in this fast paced read about a wonderful couple finding their way in their new relationship.

Nessa and Ben have been trying to work out the kinks in their relationship. They may be newly mated but it seems that between both of their jobs and Nessa being sick they have yet to become accustomed to anything , let alone being a couple.

I just adore Ben and how much he loves Nessa. He only wants to please her and show her how much he wants her. Nessa endeared herself to this reader as well. She takes a chance and shows Ben the love she has bottled up all this time. The fireworks are there right from the start and become much more intense as the two show the true intensity of their feelings. I loved that Nessa finally felt the need to let Ben in and took such a chance that she did. Nessa and Ben make a great couple. They’re so in love with each other and willing to fight for more than what they have, which makes this hot read a beautiful romance as well. The two may get their merry Christmas after all.

The author did a wonderful job of bringing out the emotions that these two feel. I enjoyed my short visit to Ben and Nessa’s world and would love to visit them again in the future.