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Friday, February 24, 2012

Defying the Odds by Kele Moon

Defying the Odds by Kele Moon
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (193 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia

When struggling waitress Melody Dylan gives a handsome, lonely stranger a simple gift she has no clue her life is about to take a drastic turn.

The stranger ends up being Clay Powers, a famous UFC heavyweight fighter. Clay’s large build and dangerous fists have always intimidated. People in his hometown keep their distance and Clay is fine with that. Everything changes when a new waitress at the local diner buys him a piece of pie on Thanksgiving. Touched by the gesture when it’s obvious she can barely afford to survive, her warm smile and lush body churn up powerful feelings that leave Clay wanting more from her than pie.

Melody is running from her past and the small, country town of Garnet is the perfect hiding place. With an ex-husband after her and scars from her abusive marriage etched deep, the last thing she expects is to fall for a man who makes a living with his fists, but she can’t resist Clay or the tender connection they share.

Finding love in the most unlikely of places, the passion is undeniable, but Clay and Melody know their haunted pasts and unpredictable futures leave the odds stacked against them.

Sometimes all it takes is a piece of pumpkin pie to change your life.

Melody Dylan feels broken. After escaping a life of spousal abuse, trouble now follows in her wake as she settles in to the small town of Garnet, Ohio. She’s had to stay on the run from an ex-husband who is obsessed with possessing her. She never thought she would find another man appealing again, but one look at the big and gruff Clay has her feeling things she’s never felt before. It’s getting harder to resist the attraction she feels but when the past once again rears its ugly head, taking a chance with Clay may no longer be an option.

Clay ‘Powerhouse’ Powers lives and breathes MMA fighting. He believes it to be an art and has trained relentlessly to hone his skills to become a professional cage fighter. Being with Melody makes the media circus surrounding the sport more bearable. Melody understands him in a way no one else can and doesn’t want anything from him in return.

Clay and Melody are similar in that both are fighters and survivors of personal battles. They understand each other. Melody exudes innocence from living a somewhat sheltered life and Clay hides a tender heart underneath the bulk of his physique. There were some truly charming moments between the pair. When she and Clay get together, Melody doesn’t allow her lack of experience keep her from exploring her own sexual desires without fear or force.

There were a few times when the dialogue seemed to lag or feel a little awkward. Specifically, when Melody reveals her abusive past so early in their developing relationship, it just didn’t seem to fit her reserved "I'm on the run from my ex" character. Clay and Melody share a good connection, so maybe she simply felt more comfortable with him then I perceived. Either way it wasn't a deal breaker for this terrific book. I had to know how they would overcome the major obstacle headed their way.

There is much more to explore with the characters of this charming town and I am excited to see that it will continue. Ms. Moon’s sweet and spicy contemporary is absolutely worth the read and will make a wonderful addition to any erotic romance reader’s collection.

Permanently Legless by J. L. Merrow

Permanently Legless by J. L. Merrow
Publisher: Amber Allure
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (28 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Coreopsis

The Taliban may have taken both of Chris's legs, but he came back from Afghanistan with his sense of humour and his lust for life firmly intact. The one thing that can shake his confidence, however, is meeting Josh, the one-night-stand from before his tour of duty he hasn't been able to forget.

It turns out Josh hasn't forgotten Chris, either. But with Chris such a changed man, can they still have a future?

It's The Ugly Duckling meets The One That Got Away. The title alone piqued my curiosity but it was the beautifully written characters that had me speed reading to the very end. This touching story gives a glimpse into the life of a man trying to put his life back together after losing both his legs in the war.

Chris is an inspiring character. He looks at his situation with a sense of humor. He doesn't feel sorry for himself because it will not change anything. His outlook on life is positive and he’s moving forward, not looking back. He jumps back out into the bar scene looking to get that sense of normalcy of being intimate with another human being back into his life. Never did he expect to run into the same sweet brown eyes that called to him the first time he met Josh.

This story is fast paced and moves right along. We get a peek into the life of Chris and his second meeting with Josh, who is one of those gorgeous men who lacks self confidence. He's a very sweet character. I loved his innocence; it complemented Chris’s jokester personality perfectly. Sparks didn’t fly instantly but the attraction was an underlying current pulling the two men together.

The dialogue between Chris and his friends was funny and lighthearted. It magnified how this man deals with the tragedies in his life. He doesn’t let anything get him down. The British slang also helped give Permanently Legless an authentic feel. It was written so brilliantly, as if I were just sitting down with the gentleman at the table eavesdropping on their conversation.

This is a feel good story about life and how it never goes as expected. My only wish was that this story was a bit longer. I would have loved to see where Josh and Chris ended up five years down the road. After all is said and done I would wholeheartedly recommend Permanently Legless.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Star Prince by Ashlynn Monroe

Star Prince by Ashlynn Monroe
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Forced Seduction
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Tasmin Robins has worked hard to earn her coveted diplomatic internship on the mysterious imperial world of Aurora. Driven and smart, though occasionally impulsive, Tas has a ten-year plan -- and it doesn't include love.

When Tasmin risks her life to save a stranger, she has no idea her sacrifice will leave her fate entwined with the most powerful man on Aurora -- DeMarcus Le'JeMur, Prince of the Stars and Ruler Of The Seven Kingdoms, ruler of the planets under Aurorian control.

When DeMarcus impulsively declares he owes Tasmin a life debt, she must convince the Imperial Council to grant them both their freedom. But after a night of erotic delights with the sexy alien, will she be able to let him go?

The saying ‘The eyes have it’ fits perfectly for this clever, entertaining and delightfully fun story. Falling in love with an alien has never been as sexy and steamy as when DeMarcus and Tasmin explore their strange courtship.

I was pleasantly surprised not only with how complete and well developed the novella was but how detailed and interesting the world was that the author created to showcase this unusual love story. Tasmin is a feisty and vocal heroine who acts first and thinks about it later. Her instinctual drive to protect and put herself in harm’s way put a spotlight on her protective instincts. That quality and strength of character got her to the planet Aurora and it also provided the reason for her life taking an unexpected turn into romance. She saves a guy who is more than a mere male. I thought that whole premise to be unique, thrilling and a great hook. The author didn’t disappoint me. Ms. Monroe provided me a wonderful book filled with some of the best elements in romance.

Of course, the hero being delicious, handsome, commanding and noble didn’t hurt. That he was proficient with a sword made the primitive female in me sigh and it certainly kept my interest. How could it not? DeMarcus was at turns the arrogant ruler, with an smug attitude that covered up the untouched heart of the man inside.

I actually like the plot technique of a man being dazzled by a woman who is unlike any other. It makes a lot of sense to me. Familiarity breeds contempt, or at least boredom. It’s the discovery of the unknown, the unpredictable that flames passion and nothing can be as different as a woman from another planet, especially if that planet is Earth. Even with all those differences, the things that remain the same are love, trust, fidelity and respect. The author had her characters touch base on all of them. Even in such a short space Ms. Monroe managed to imbue her characters with foibles and worries, weakness and doubt that eventually would be overcome by the true nature of the hero and heroine as they were tested in a mild but no less exciting clash with a villain.

I wasn’t sure if Tasmin’s sister was necessary as written. She seemed like a piece of glue – sticky and messy, good for some things in a pinch but not solid. She sort of annoyed me a bit but I can’t articulate anything specific. If there were to be a sequel about her, I wouldn’t care to read the book. Now, if DeMarcus had a brother, I might be interested. As for editing, there was only one glitch and that was a needed word missing in the beginning of a sentence. Other than that, it was perfect.

When the protagonists were sent to that room without a view, I was as curious as the heroine but not as nervous. I don’t think I could have survived that level of intensity, though it sure sounded like fun.

On the other hand, the scene where DeMarcus taught Tasmin to obey him was off the charts. That was incredibly written, thoroughly enjoyable and sexy with a capital “S”. And whenever he told her where to look and she did, the results were truly stellar. In fact the whole idea behind it was clever and a treat to read. And when she looked up and the hero told her what she was looking at, I had one of those “wow” moments. I love it when the unexpected happens. Very cool.

Star Prince by Ashlynn Monroe is a sexy out of this world experience that is a pleasure to read. Science fiction romance readers will find the locale exotic, the customs satisfactorily alien and a hero and heroine that truly are well matched. I had a fun time reading this tale and it was read in one sitting. I enjoyed the light drama, the way DeMarcus and Tasmin took turns seducing each other and the marriage ceremony. The happily ever after was not a long drawn out affair but it was enough to assure me they were going to be very good for each other and their adventure is just beginning. I’m so happy I discovered this book because it’s well worth spending time with. Grab a copy and see.

Imminent Conquest by Aurora Rose Lynn

Imminent Conquest by Aurora Rose Lynn
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (211 Pages)
Other: light BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Toys
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Moonflower

Released from prison, is Michael looking for sweet revenge, or forbidden love?

When she was in her late teens, Nicole Harris fell in love with her sexy boyfriend, James Carmichael, but when he was accused of murder, and she was forced to testify against him, the relationship ended seemingly forever.

Now, ten years later, he's been freed from prison, has reinvented himself, and now calls himself by a new first name. Has Michael returned to seek revenge?

Nicole is confused when she meets him, realising their past can never be regained. However, much to her chagrin, Michael pursues her and although her logical mind resents him, her treacherous body wants nothing else except to be near him. She relives the past where they used to play games of light bondage and suddenly, Michael is re-enacting those games and leaving her breathless and wanting more!

Once again, Michael is a huge part of her life, but not for the sake of love, but for revenge. Can she run far enough away from him or will she become embroiled in the intrigues of the past?

Nicole’s murdering ex-fiancé has returned. Does he want revenge or a second chance?

After ten long years, Nicole Harris has moved on from the love of her life. She's newly engaged and has a career she enjoys. The only thing missing is the passion filled days and nights prevalent in her past life. Nicole loves her fiancé and is determined to have a normal life. The one time she fell in love with an over-the-top man, it ruined her. She won’t ever let that happen again. She would rather have cool nights with a boring man then ecstasy with a murderer.

On one snowy night, Nicole’s life is turned upside down. In walks her ex-love, James Carmichael, or as he is now known, Michael Karlisi. She's terrified of what he will do to her and even more frightened at what he will do to her body. Her mind is telling her to run away, but her body is screaming to run to him. The more she's around him, the more confused she gets. She questions his past and current motives, never quite sure what to believe. Now time is closing in on her and the tables have turned. Can she trust the one man she betrayed?

Imminent Conquest has many BDSM elements but readers need to be clear on the subject of forced seduction. Both of these factors are well written in the story and very readable. The forced seduction is in conjunction with the BDSM. Michael is a dominant lover and in their initial relationship they dabbled quite a bit into bondage play. Nothing explicit; he liked to tie her up and go a bit “caveman” on her. So when he's trying to convince her to take him back he partakes in their old games and he essentially forces the subject on her, repeatedly and at times not very pleasantly. I don't consider the scenes as rape since Nicole ultimately agrees to intercourse but some find the scenes a bit harsh. There's no irreversible pain and suffering other than Nicole trying to come to terms with her feelings for Michael. The BDSM is light so there are no clubs, whips, chains or paddles involved in the making of this story. Just a wee bit of He-man loving! The only reason I even used the BDSM label is because, the was bondage and submission involved.

It was difficult to connect with the story initially. Plausibility is a must for me. Even though I love fantastical stories, the beginning of this tale didn't hold true for me. The believability of the events made this contemporary novel read as a fantasy. The story seemed to drift off course when the POV shifted to a secondary character. Finally, though, the story started gel towards the end. The fantastical started to make more sense and become plausible. Michael and Nichole's lives are bittersweet but their happiness and love is real and well earned. The inconceivable maze these two must maneuver to find their HEA is complicated at best but so unique and gripping I had to finish reading their story.

All in all, Imminent Conquest was an good story. I did find it enjoyable and I have no problems recommending it. Ms. Lynn did a wonderful job keeping the truth of the mystery a secret, even surprising me with her revelations. For that, I have to give her major kudos. Also, despite the POV change, her continuity is spot on. This is a complex but well developed story.

So the bottom line is, if you like mysteries that keep you guessing until the end and a hot love story that proves true love never dies, then be sure to pick up your own copy of Imminent Conquest.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lone Heart by Delilah Devlin

Lone Heart by Delilah Devlin
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (96 Pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

When temptation catches fire, saddle up and hang on for the ride.

A Red Hot Weekend story

Lone Wyatt is a long way from his Colorado home. After his brother married the woman they both loved, he figured it’d be best if he was out of the way. He’d like to have his own one-and-only, but he’s in no rush. Until he saunters into a small Oklahoma town and spots Charli Kudrow. One wary glance from her haunted eyes, and he knows there’s hidden fire inside her just waiting to erupt. And he’s ready to tear through every objection she can think up.

Charli intends to slip out of Shooters unnoticed as soon as she’s done pinning a help wanted notice to the bulletin board. But there’s a cowboy at the bar with a killer smile who seems hell-bent on seducing her. And she feels something she hasn’t felt in five long years of widowhood—a spark of attraction. Thinking she’ll never see him again, she succumbs to temptation, only to discover that little “spark” is more like a raging wildfire.

One weekend is all he asks. One weekend to prove there’s more between them than just blazing hot sex…

Sometimes you have to walk away from everything to find your heart’s desire.

Lone Wyatt left Colorado for the rodeo circuit, leaving his brother and the woman they both loved to build their lives together. Lone has seen what love can do, and he wants that for himself: one woman who can love him for himself, someone to grow old with and live life to the fullest. One chance visit to a small Oklahoma bar is all it takes to show Lone what he wants.

Charli Kudrow needed to hire someone to help on the ranch. She never dreamed that her hastily posted ad on the bulletin board at the bar would bring a cowboy like Lone into her life. Lone sees something in Charli, a spark of loneliness and a gentle beauty he wants to know better. Charli knows getting involved with the younger cowboy is not her wisest choice, but when hearts get involved, all bets are off. Can Charli accept all that Lone has to offer her? Lone knows he'll have to break down the walls to Charli’s heart and find a way in. These two deserve a happy-ever-after. Now they simply have to find their way.

Lone Heart is the delicious follow up to Delilah Devlin’s previous book about the Wyatt brothers, True Heart. The characters are well crafted and the world is a realistic depiction of country life found on ranches throughout the west. This is the story of one determined cowboy going after what he wants; a man who refuses to take no for an answer, and doesn’t plan on failing in his quest. I love where Ms Devlin took this story, away from the predictable course and into this world of fun and hot cowboy sex.

Charlene ‘Charli’ Kudrow is a woman who is merely coasting. Widowed after losing the love of her life, she has drifted into a rut, and has let life sort of pass her by. She's determined to keep her ranch, working hard, side by side with her late husband’s best friend as the only man in her life. She’s tired and lonely, yet, afraid to look for more out of life. I loved how Charli was willing to grab what Lone was offering, even when she thought it would be temporary. She's old enough to know better and therefore determined to make him work for it, every step of the way.

Lone Wyatt is a handsome devil, sure of himself and determined to make a life for himself away from Colorado. He's seen what love can do, and he wants to find someone for himself. Lone is a charmer. He knew right away that Charli was going to be important to him. He impressed me with his determination to have her get to know him. It would take a man like Lone to break through the wall Charli had built and help heal her heart.

Ms. Devlin has written a luscious love story, filled with new beginnings and passions reawakened. The conversations between Lone and Charli are delightful and show the simple joy these two find in each other’s company. I had to smile at Charli’s sass and that Lone was mature enough to see through it to Charli’s true feelings. Of course, this couldn’t be Delilah Devlin without some hot and sizzling cowboy sex. Lone Heart has plenty of that to warm even the coldest night. This book can be read as a stand alone, but reading True Heart adds so much to the enjoyment and background. I will warn you to keep the cold drinks close at hand. Appropriately named, Lone Heart has loads of heat and heart to spare.

Come, Go With Me by Belinda McBride

Come, Go With Me by Belinda McBride
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (64 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

One impossible night, two young men made love in a magical Caribbean bay, only to be separated by a violent storm. Decades later Dave Riley still remembers and grieves for a love long lost. Forever drawn to the ocean, he never stops looking for the boy named Kai.

Kai is the descendant of a powerful Polynesian deity. His nomadic life was disrupted when he became infatuated by a young human... one who slipped through his fingers and into the darkness of a tropical storm. He should have been able to move on, but Kai's heart is no longer free.

A good deed and some well-intentioned magic reunite the couple. After so many years apart, can an aging surfer and an immortal demi-god find anything other than heartbreak?

How can one memory last a man a life time? Dave has lived with the memories of his time with Kai for years now, and is unable to find happiness since that fateful night. Likewise, Kai has vainly searched for Dave all these years and never found his true love. Now fate stepped in and brought these two men together despite the interference of so many others. Their future now rests on Dave and his heart.

This book grabbed my attention right from the start. Dave is a wonderful man. He's a man who cares deeply for others , always seeing the good in people and helping them when he can. I found myself liking Kai just as much. He loves with all his heart, though he’s sometimes prone to do things without thinking out of love--and love Dave he does; more than life itself. The love the two share is immense and they both learn the depth of it and fight for it. Not only do we meet these two wonderful men in this story but we also get to visit with many other great characters. I loved seeing the tie in of Coco and her cousin. This was a nice way for Dave and Kai to find their happy ever after.

Seeing how everyone is willing to fight for love makes this a wonderful read. The emotions are strong and the sex is hot. All of these things kept me glued to my seat and turning those pages to see what would happen next. Ms. McBride does a wonderful job of bringing a fantastical world to life and has me anxiously waiting a chance to revisit.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Erected by Desiree Holt

Erected by Desiree Holt
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (80 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Moonflower

Who can resist a pint-sized female with luscious curves stranded in a parking lot? Not Josh McMann. It’s his pleasure to save Ness Bowen, especially given the instant sensual chemistry that explodes between them. When she wrecks her car on the way to meet him for dinner, he saves her once again. And dinner at home takes on a whole new meaning as the sexual pull becomes too strong for either to ignore. The more they see each other, the more intense and erotic the sex becomes.

But Ness sees Josh as a player, and she’s been dumped by men like him who were always looking for the next conquest. Josh has his own trust issues, having been burned by women interested only in his money and power.

When a breakfast date goes awry and Ness thinks she’s been dumped once again, it takes a lot of fancy maneuvering from Josh to make amends.

White knight to the rescue! This hero makes you want to park your car next to fire hydrants and in handicap parking spaces, just so he will come save you on his white steed. YUM!

Josh McMann is sex on a stick, tall, gorgeous, rich and fun. All those attributes are his downfall, too. He feels destined to never know what is truly in a woman’s heart, because he believes all they ever see is his pretty face and especially his thick wallet. He's forever the gentleman and ever one to help those in need. He keeps an emotional distance from the women he dates. Getting hurt once was enough for him.

Ness Bowen has had it with men. All they see is a corporate bigwig and they think her endgame is the same as theirs--hot, wild, no strings attached sex. After all, why would such a strong independent woman want more? Well she has just had it! No more arrogant self serving men for her. She would rather go without then deal with men like that anymore.

After a week pure craziness, Ness has become what she hates most; a whiney, whimpering bimbo who has to rely on a man. Oh, and not just any man, one that is the poster child for the type of man she must avoid at all costs, Josh McMann. These two damaged souls have just been thrown together and their mutual attraction is too hot to ignore. After weeks of half truths and holding back, can these two break down the walls of their pasts? The past is sometimes hard to overcome and the road is not always an easy one.

At times Ness’ attitude was a bit much, but considering her past it was understandable. I admired Josh’s ability to grab hold of what he wants, even though his fears run deep. While both of these people have been hurt, I commend him for trying the hardest in the relationship. I loved that he got past his fears. He was not afraid to take what he wanted and to follow his heart. He is a treasure among men.

I’m not sure how Desiree Holt does it but she has an adept ability to bring depth and dimensions to her characters. You read her books believing that yes, this could really happen. She captures the essence of emotions and feelings superbly. That is quite an accomplishment considering most of her stories are not full length novels. To be able to draw a reader into the story in such a small amount of time; making them vested in the outcome, is a talent that shouldn’t be missed. Ms. Holt consistently captures my attention and has never disappointed me.

Erected is a wonderful short story. It's not too deep or thought provoking. It's an entertaining read about two people on the road to recovery and love. There were moments of laughter and anguish, but all-in-all it's a story about finding love and holding on to it.

Imperial Haven by Anne Kane

Imperial Haven by Anne Kane
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (46 pages)
Other: M/F, Forced Seduction
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

Caitlin is a high-class data thief. She knows how to get in and out of a mark's house without detection, but this time something went wrong. Kyran not only caught her red-handed, tapping into his computer system, he also seems to think they have some kind of bond-mate thing going.

What's a girl to do when the bounty hunter you were stealing from turns out to be an Imperial Were-Panther with the hots for you?

Caitlin's caught with her hand in the cookie jar…so to speak. Her punishment, however, is not what she expects. In fact, Kyran is definitely not what she envisioned as a bounty hunter.

Caitlin has taken on a new contract that seems too good to be true. A sweet deal with a nice payoff, she’s eager to get aboard Kyran’s ship, steal the data, and be gone before he realizes what’s happened. Unfortunately for her, it’s a job gone wrong from the get go. One minute she’s connected to the ship’s data port, siphoning the information she needs, the next she’s bound and helpless by one pissed-off bounty hunter who intends on getting more than a simple explanation of what she’s doing on his craft. She quickly realizes he intends on putting the shackles on her wrists to good use. Nevertheless, when he starts spouting things about bond-mates, commitment and kids she begins to wonder if he isn’t just a bit insane as well. Words like obligation and love didn’t fit in her plans. A gorgeous were-panther who seems hell-bent on holding her captive, punishing her with mind-blowing sex until she consents isn’t about to change her mind. Or can he?

Kyran de Salazar made his livelihood on bounty contracts. He had no idea what Caitlin had done to piss off Diegala, but fifty-thousand pounds was too sweet of a deal to pass up. He would set a trap, lure her in and capture her, then hand her over and collect pay dirt. It all sounded like a good plan, until he stood face-to-face with the would-be data thief and realized she was his bond-mate. That certainly changed things.

While he would never give up his mate for any amount of money, the contract on her head would be tempting to any bounty hunter. His uncomplicated life just got a lot more complex. Even if he can persuade Diegala to release the contract on her head, how would he convince the sassy-mouthed vixen to succumb to his intentions without having to tie her to his bed?

Imperial Haven is a very fast-paced story. The initial contact between the main characters is purely predatory and sexual. Despite the short length, the characters quickly develop an attachment to each other. While Kyran has no problem accepting Caitlin as his mate, Caitlin isn’t so easily convinced. A brief glance into her history gives a minimal but reasonable explanation to her hesitance to accept Kyran’s claim.

The main driving force behind this story is sex, which makes up roughly a quarter of the story—with a decent plot carried along for the ride. While you don’t have much time or character development to really cultivate a lasting attachment to Kyran and Caitlin, the steamy love scenes and sexual tension between them makes it a gratifying enough read when you’re looking for a good quickie.

Caitlin’s sassiness and Kyran’s determination come together in humorous dialog sure to give you a few chuckles. Ms. Kane’s does a fine job with grammar, punctuation, and point-of-view changes with little to no noticeable editing errors. Overall, I found the book enjoyable and entertaining.

Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning

Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour by Olivia Cunning
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (375 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Anemone

Five stunning guys, one hot woman, and a feverish romance…

For him, life is all music and no play…

When Brian Sinclair, lead songwriter and guitarist of the hottest metal band on the scene, loses his creative spark, it will take nights of downright sinful passion to release his pent-up genius…

She’s the one to call the tune…

When sexy psychologist Myrna Evans goes on tour with the Sinners, every boy in the band tries to seduce her. But Brian is the only one she wants to get her hands on…

Then the two lovers’ wildly shocking behavior sparks the whole band to new heights of glory…and sin…

I wanna be a rock star. Brian Sinclair is the lead guitarist for the group Sinners. While on tour, he meets the beautiful Myrna Evans, sex research professor. Their sexual attraction explodes, drawing them closer together and pulls Myrna into their world.

Brian and Myrna have some of the best chemistry ever in this red-hot erotic romance. The sex is sizzling and even their interactions when they are out of bed are very sexy. From the beginning to the very last page, this was an enjoyable read. The tension never drops between the main characters, however the conflict at the end seemed thrown in at the last minute.

This first book in the series introduces us to the Sinners rock band and it also whets the appetite about what is to come. The men of the group may not be all that they seem at first glance, especially Trey, who has a very drool-worthy threesome with Brian and Myrna. Your book may catch fire while reading that scene.

Ms. Cunning has one hot novel here with her rock star romance. This book is recommended for readers who seek out flaming hot erotic romance, with a side of naughty kinky threesomes. Sex and Rock-n-Roll, it doesn't get much better than this.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Seduced by a Wolf by Zena Wynn

Seduced by a Wolf by Zena Wynn
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (119 Pages)
Other: M/F, Interracial
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Moonflower

Everyone has secrets...

Von Washington has a secret. She never stopped being pen pals with her fiancé Derrick's former army buddy, Sean, and now he's come to town to visit.

Master Sergeant Sean Jacobson has secrets. He's been in love with his former army buddy's girl, Von, for years and believes she feels the same. After this last disastrous mission, he's ready to do something about it. Then there's the other thing that happened...

But some secrets are deadlier than others.

Minister Derrick Wilkins also has a secret, and his might get one of them killed.

Passion, love, betrayal... Have you been Seduced?

Love, friendship and secrets make up their lives. Their worlds are about to change forever. Eight years of circumstances have brought them to one pivotal moment; a moment that will rock their very foundations.

Von has been with Derrick for over eight years. She was there for him during his stint in the military and now as he is completing his training to become a minister. She has been in training herself, to become the perfect minister’s wife. Molded and formed with the help of her future father-in-law, Pastor Wilkins. From the very beginning, the man has been controlling their lives. Pastor Wilkins is a force to be reckoned with and he has his own secrets.

Sean Jacobson met Derrick in the military eight years ago. The two of them formed a permanent bond and was it was further fortified by the addition of correspondence from Derrick’s girlfriend Von. For years, they have shared their life experiences with each other. Now Sean is at a crossroads. He just experienced a life altering event and he needs to decide which direction his life will lead. He has known for years that he has deep feelings for Von, but because of his friendship with Derrick, he is hesitant to follow his heart. It’s time to test the water. He needs to finally meet Von face to face, to see if what he is feeling for her is real. If it is, even his bond with Derrick won’t stop him from having her all to himself.

All three of them know something is brewing in their lives. Von is having doubts about the intense involvement of Pastor Wilkins in hers and Derrick’s life. Derrick is feeling the stress and pressure of his ministerial training, turning him into a man that is unrecognizable and Sean is still trying to come to grips with the new person he has become. From the moment all three of them finally meet, they are ticking time bomb. Events explode and lives are changed forever.

I didn’t see this story coming. I was surprised by the religious undertones, hidden pasts and the eventual downfall of these three characters. To say I was shocked is an understatement. While this story does have paranormal elements, they take a major backseat to the whole plot. Seduced by a Wolf is so full of secrets that I was constantly surprised. Ms. Wynn kept me wondering the whole time. She wove a fascinating tale with these three people that had me reluctant to put the book down.

Seduced by a Wolf is not a particularly long book, but Ms. Wynn does an exceptional job with the time that she is allotted. The back story was well placed and perfect in detail and duration. I will say I was absolutely dazed with the main event that changed everything. I was floored by its occurrence and it had me wiggling in my seat. I experienced moments of anger, elation, and even distress while reading this book. The story is unexpectedly action-packed and does have some detailed violent scenes. While this story is considered erotic, there are minimal love scenes. Ms. Wynn definitely went for quality not quantity.

If this book is any indication of Ms. Wynn’s writing ability, she will have a new fan. She mesmerized me with her ability to write an interracial love story without race being a factor. Truly an outstanding achievement since race should never be a factor when you love someone. Seduced by a Wolf is a sensual treat, with unbelievably shocking moments and tantalizing revelations. I enjoyed this page-turner from start to finish!

Hidden Fire by Jess Dee

Hidden Fire by Jess Dee
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (117 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed Foxglove

Dirty desires, dark secrets…deepest love

Fire, Book 2

Well, this is an unexpected twist. Jenna Brooks is all set to spend the weekend wallowing in misery, repairing the cracks in the façade she’s maintained for twelve years. Instead she’s…tied to a chair. Kidnapped by her own twin brother and her so-called best friend.

It’s for her own good, they say. She’ll thank them later, they say. But when they reveal her partner in captivity, she shores up her emotional barriers. It’s Garreth Halt. The one man for whom she let her guard down. What a fool she was.

For one electrifying moment, Garreth had Jenna naked in his arms, on the edge of losing her legendary control. Could have kept her there forever, too, if he hadn’t felt honor-bound to tell her the truth. Before she’d heard the whole truth, though, she’d retreated behind the fortress around her heart.

Now they’re knee to knee, with no escape. While he’s irritated he let his alleged best friend get the drop on him, a small part of him is thrilled. With one final chance to show her his love is real, Garreth methodically, wickedly, sets out to dismantle her defenses.

One dirty word at a time.

Sometimes, being tied down is the quickest way to become free.

When Jenna is kidnapped by her brother and her best friend, and tied blindfolded to a chair, she is furious at first. When she realizes she isn’t alone, she feels a bit better, until she learns just who is tied to the other chair.

Jenna starts to build her walls back around her heart. Garreth has waited too long for Jenna’s love to give up now. He's determined to make her understand what he's done for her, so they can overcome the past and have a life together. Can Jenna see beyond his actions in the past to the desire behind it? Garreth must convince Jenna of his love for her alone? Can seduction work, when both participants are so close, yet still so far apart?

Hidden Fire is Jess Dee’s follow up to last year’s hot and fantastic Winter Fire. The world building is terrific. Ms Dee’s characters likeable and fun to read about. In this one, the heat level has been raised, and the passion seemed to leap off the page. I enjoyed how the characters from Winter Fire weren’t satisfied with just having their happy ever after, but were determined to help Jenna and Garreth find theirs as well.

Jenna Brooks has been hurt in the past. She's smart and independent, but she has unrealistic standards for those around her. When her brother tells her he’s in love with her best friend, Jenna realizes she's now free to be with the one man she has loved for years. I liked watching Jenna as she was finally able to come to terms with the past and learn to take what she wants from life. And what she really wants is Garreth.

Garreth is everything a woman could want: handsome, sexy and dedicated to one woman with all his heart. I loved watching Garreth seduce Jenna with just words at first, as both were tied to chairs. His determination to win her, one word at a time was so hot, and as he slowly got beneath her defenses, the story heated up quite nicely.

Jess Dee has written a hot and delicious love story, with one very stubborn woman who is afraid to feel, and the man who loves her enough to do anything to win her love. There are no secondary characters though most of this book, just Garreth and Jenna and the electricity between them becomes a tangible presence as Garreth reveals his heart to her. I was brought to tears by the passion Garreth offered to Jenna, and enjoyed watching as he breached her defenses and offered her his love. This is one for those who love second chances at love, and new beginnings with lots of scorching heat.

Flights of Fantasy by Mina Carter

Flights of Fantasy by Mina Carter
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (43 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Anemone

Kyla doesn’t think she’s ready to date yet. But when she’s seated next to Hollywood heartthrob Alex Richards on a long flight, she figures a fantasy or two can’t hurt. When the proverbial shit hits the fan at thirty thousand feet, she ends up in his lap like some crazy fangirl and flees in embarrassment the second the plane lands, losing a shoe in her haste.

Then Alex turns up in the same hotel bar and invites her to his room to recover her wayward footwear. She doesn’t expect him to open the door half-naked—or have far more planned than just giving back her lost property.

One night, one heartthrob, insatiable lust and years of fantasies to fulfill. Who says a girl can’t have her cake and eat it too?

Alex Richards is the hot star of Kyla Anderson’s favorite action movies and her wildest fantasies. On a flight to Kyla’s book tour stop, she springs for a first class seat and gets a helping of Alex as well. While most of her attraction remains in her head during the flight, a lost shoe leads Alex her way for a midnight rendezvous.

This is a cute romance with a light Cinderella theme, except Kyla is a published author. Alex is certainly a prince of the silver screen and once he invites her back to his hotel room, the sparks fly. The sex is hot, the chemistry sizzles and the HEA is enough to leave you warm on those cold nights, especially after their smokin' sex scene on the veranda. One of the characters gets a particular enjoyment from the outdoor sex, and possibility of being caught in action. A little reverse voyerism kink, if you will.

The author’s easy to read style made this book very enjoyable. While Kyla is truly into Alex, she's overly obsessed with how her ex treated her before now. At almost every turn in the story, Kyla mentally compared Alex to Robert. It became redundant after a while and a bit contrived. The story is told from Kyla's POV so it makes sense that we know her doubts and fears more than Alex.

Ms. Carter has an adorably sweet romance here and I rooted for Kyla and Alex to stay together in the end. I highly recommend Flights of Fantasy for readers who like fairy tales in modern settings and Prince Charming movie stars.