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Friday, April 27, 2012

Closing the Deal by Marie Harte

Closing the Deal by Marie Harte
Publisher: Samhain Publishing.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (127 pgs)
Other: M/F, anal sex, toys
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Lotus

When stubborn meets sexy, love is up for grabs…but one of them is playing for keeps.

Derrick Warren has lusted after Sydney Fields ever since he first spotted her, and after months of intense phone conversations, he’s finally got the delectable redhead all to himself.

All he has to do is let the old Warren magic do its thing…until an ex with an axe to grind shows up. Before he knows it, the perfect date ends with Sydney’s wine in his lap. Now she’s not taking his calls. To his utter shock, he realizes he’s going to have to work to win her over.

Thanks to her mother’s bad example, Sydney is determined to never need a man. Just when she’s moved Derrick to her “loser” column, though, she’s tricked into giving him another chance. To her surprise, he not only satisfies her deepest sexual fantasies, she finds herself actually craving his company.

But when she realizes they’re making love, not just having sex, her old instincts kick in. Because she’s starting to like the man, not just his body.

And that, more than anything else, scares the hell out of her...

Sexy architect meets sexy real estate agent with sparks flying every which way! Problems? Not in the bedroom or anywhere else they can creatively take care of their attraction to each other.

Derrick Warren is an architect who works with his younger brother at their construction company. Derrick has been looking forward to going out with Sydney Fields for a while. However, on their very first date, disaster strikes in the form of a jealous ex-girlfriend.

Sydney's a real estate agent who met Derrick through her best friend. She has enjoyed many deep phone conversations with Derrick and thought a date with him would be great. Little did she know that Derrick wouldn’t stand up for her against his ex-girlfriend.

Can Derrick redeem himself? He tries hard to come up with ways to convince Sydney to forgive him. Sydney's revealed to have relationship issues due to her mother’s personal problems but that's a side story. Derrick needs to help Sydney overcome her reluctance to commit to a relationship with him. Being helpful are Derrick’s mother and twin brother who both happen to be psychiatrists.

It sounds like a fine book, so why the mid-level rating? Honestly, it is a good book but I had an issue with the way Derrick and Sydney sometimes came across in their dialogue. For professionals, they didn't always sound like it. Derrick especially sometimes sounds like a whiny teenager. However, their other attractive traits and the chemistry made up for this shortcoming.

Overall, this was an entertaining story with some very hot love scenes. It was definitely worth reading. Even though this story follows Enjoying the Show (which is about another Warren brother), it can be read as a stand alone story.

Blame It On The Night by Shara Lanel

Blame It On The Night by Shara Lanel
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (185 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, F/F, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Human/werewolf relations were forbidden. Guy’s father made that clear years ago, but Guy had come very close to disobeying with naïve, teenage Olivia. He’d barely kept his body under control, as he’d held her during her first shocking orgasm. Years later, on edge with anger, grief, and the pull of the moon, Guy knows she’s the last person he needs near him.

Olivia is overcome with humiliation at the mere thought of seeing Guy again, since he’s starred in all of her fantasies over the past several years. She refuses to leave his doorstep, however, until he answers her questions about her missing sister and the dead body found on his property. Problem is, he’s ordering her to leave while blocking the door, telling her to get lost while pinning her between his hard body and the table, saying he doesn’t know what he’s doing while his every touch takes Olivia closer to heaven.

Sometimes forbidden love is worth the risk, but sometimes it leads to revenge and murder.

While human life means little in Guy's pack, he still finds himself fascinated by Olivia. Olivia on the other hand has less time to worry about the object of her elementary crush. Her sister is missing and Olivia is determined to save her before the sheriff calls her to claim the body.

Olivia’s strength and endurance through the entire story shows how much this author must really enjoy writing strong female roles. No matter if Olivia is confronting a murderer or Guy, she faces them with her chin held high and sass on her lips. Being a strong female myself, I found the story line easy to relate to and entertaining. Many times I even wondered if I would buckle under such pressure myself, but not Olivia. The fact that I can see myself in the character so strongly really speaks volumes about the author’s ability to make me feel as if I were a part of the story.

Guy may be a big bad wolf, but he acts like a puppy dog when it concerns Olivia. Guy does not show his strength with rash stupidity as some people do. His strength is more logical and subtle. Plus his drive to protect those he cares for, even from each other, really showed how much of a strong provider he really was. Guy seemed to be the rock that held the story together. He's not the typical hero but he has an open invitation to invade my dreams anytime.

The plot in this story was nothing less than amazing. The author really had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. As soon as I thought I might have figured out where the story was going the author added more depth and details that made me question myself. This is one of the reasons I have always preferred longer stories to short stories. I'm a sucker for an excellent plot line with twists and turns that leave me on an emotional roller coaster and I got more than my fill in this story.

I was not sure if this story was part of a series, but while reading I continuously thought to myself how I hoped a few of the secondary characters would get their own stories. Whether it be about Amy, Olivia’s sister, or Will, the sheriff, or even Nootau, Guy's cousin, they all have a story to tell. It made me research more to see if there would be more stories to come. I discovered there's a previous story and I most certainly want to read it. Finding that other book also made me think there's hope for subsequent stories. With the author's intriguing characters and extraordinary plot line, I will definitely be looking for more.

Betting the Moon by Beverly Rae

Betting the Moon by Beverly Rae
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (165 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

When magic takes hold, there's no bluffing the heart.

Cannon Pack, Book 4

Mari Thornton, professional gambler, prides herself on playing high-stakes poker the old-fashioned way: with skill, charm and luck, and without using her magic. She’s determined to win the Las Vegas Poker Extravaganza’s gold bracelet and million-dollar prize, but Tucker Manning’s raw, sexual appeal is throwing her concentration off. Way off.

An up-and-coming poker whiz, Tucker plans to enjoy every second of this tournament, especially when he feels Mari’s magic brush up against his werewolf power. With luck, he’ll win and win big, taking both the tournament and the green-eyed beauty whose magic oozes out of her hot body like honey. Proving that last year’s winner is a cheat will make the victory all that much sweeter.

When she senses Bryson Bascomb’s dark, supernatural influence over his opponents, Mari agrees to Tucker’s proposal to help expose the vampire’s trickery. But Bascomb isn’t going down without a fight. And the fallout leaves Mari wondering if she can trust Tucker with her life. Or if in the end, he’ll throw in his hand…and throw her under the bus.

Take one Las Vegas Poker Extravaganza, add in one sexy werewolf player, a witch who plans to win the old fashioned way, using skill, talent and brains not magic, and you have the makings of a great rivalry.

When Bryson Bascomb joins the game, he brings a dark edge, and a winning streak to the table. Bascomb isn't just another player here, he's a vampire, and he's been using his powers to win his way to the top. Tucker and Mari uncover his cheating, and decide it's time for Bascomb to lose, not just the tournament, but his hold over the poker world and everyone in it. Can the sexy wolf and the crafty witch join forces to stop Bascomb from his goal? 

Beverly Rae has written a delightful and sexy romp through the poker world of Las Vegas. The characters are well defined and likable, the dialog is witty and sarcastic, and the passion between the hero and heroine is hot and steamy. This is Ms. Rae’s fourth visit with the Cannon Pack, and it's every bit as much fun and entrancing as the others. The combination of reality and fantasy here is a joy to read, and I loved every minute I spent there.

Mari Thornton is a witch, and an expert poker player. She's determined to win the tournament using only her skills as a player: no magic, just observation and talent. I like Mari for her sense of honesty and fair play, and her determination to stop the cheating vampire. She's honest, smart and ready to meet any challenge. When she meets Tucker, the attraction is strong and hot, but she's determined not to let him sidetrack her aim to win. When she realizes Bascomb is up to no good, she turns to Tucker for help in bringing the cheater down.

Tucker Manning is the hot newcomer on the poker circuit, talented and smart, and so what if he is a werewolf. It doesn’t affect his playing ability. Handsome and sexy, he's drawn to the beguiling witch at the table, but not at the cost of the game and his goal of winning it all. I like Tucker’s sense of honor, and his willingness to admit his feelings for Mari. When Bascomb starts cheating, Tucker is more than ready to teach the vampire a lesson.

This is a wild ride through the casinos of Las Vegas, with lots of adventure, danger, and of course Ms. Rae’s brand of hot and steamy action. The story is fast paced and filled with surprises, and twists around every corner. I like this world of the Cannon Pack, and its ever expanding family. I'd recommend this for those who like laughter, intrigue and passion all rolled together.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Craving Silence by Morgan Fox

Craving Silence by Morgan Fox
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (150 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Menage
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Dogwood

Sheriff Silence Foster had everything under control in the quaint town of Silent Falls, until a group of rogue lycans begins raining terror down upon the people she’s sworn to protect.

Billionaire cowboy and land developer Walker Helmsley has plans for Silent Falls, but returning to his hometown could prove dangerous as family secrets begin to unfold, marking him for certain death.

Cattle rancher Lance Hickman is attacked by lycans, and a supernatural force begins an immediate transition. Once conscious, he catches the scent of his mate.

Primal passions erupt, leaving these virile men craving Silence and fighting for their lives. Together, they must uncover the mysteries of Silent Falls before it kills them all.

This is the first book in Ms. Fox's new series “Cowboys and Werewolves”, and I must say, she has gotten off to a sizzling start! Morgan Fox is fast approaching supremacy in the world of erotic romance. The chemical explosions in her fictional romantic world are hot enough to burn down the house! The heated fantasies exposed in this tale never looked so sexually yummy.

Craving Silence centers around our heroine Sheriff Silence Foster. Silence loves watching over her small town of Silent Falls, but Silence is no ordinary female sheriff. Silence is a wolf-shapeshifter. Recently her town has been threatened by rogue lycans. Silence is reacquainted with a long lost school-age crush when billionaire developer Walker Helmsley comes back to town to claim Silence as his own. But as all good stories go there is yet another conflict. Cattle rancher Lance Hickman a victim of the rogue lycan's attacks, wants Silence as his mate and will stop at nothing to accomplish this. Oh, what's a gal to do? After-all Silence and her wolf are attracted deeply to BOTH men!

While this love-triangle heats up, town secrets come to light that may just put an end to Silence and her romantic twist for good.

Morgan Fox has added a freshness to shape-shifting romance with this unique take of menage romance. We discover in Craving Silence the merging of more than one supernatural entity fused together into becoming a hero like no other. There are a number of plot twist in this story adding intrigue to the storyline.

The main characters were passionate and sensual. I also found that all of her characters were very interesting and individual. The secondary characters were lively and expressive. I'm looking forward to their stories in future volumes. The story had a good flow to it that made this reader read the book in one sitting.

I really like I could see the humbleness and insecurities of all three main characters in their quirks and their banters making them seem more touchable and real. I felt an instant connect with the characters and anticipated turning the next page.

Readers, are you “hankering” for a wild cowboy/shape-shifter ride, that's packing plenty of three-way heat? Well “shucks ma'am” pull up your stetson and settle down with Craving Silence!

If you follow my advice and check this story out, be prepared to find yourself rooting for these characters' “happily ever-after” and falling in love right along with them.

Worth by Adrienne Wilder

Worth by Adrienne Wilder
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (182 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Violence
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Give us your poor, your unwanted, your criminals... that’s the unofficial motto of Atlanta’s Gray Zone, the no man’s land between the city and the Dens of the Kin—the dragons. Between Liam, the two brothers he’s cared for most of his life, and their abusive stepfather, they account for all three categories.

Liam was fifteen when he made the arrangement: as long as he let his stepfather sell his body, his brothers would be safe. Scarred inside and out from years of horrific abuse, Liam is stunned when Jericho, a Lesser-Bred—a dragon’s mixed-blood offspring—makes a pass at him, and he is helpless to resist.

Then Liam’s stepfather welshes on their deal and sells Liam’s brother into the trade, and once again Liam resolves to do anything to save him, even get involved in a million-dollar kidnapping scheme that could get him killed. But that’s not his plan. Now that he has Jericho, Liam knows his life is worth fighting for.

Kin and Lesser-bred have no desire to be human, but they have no problem sleeping with them.

The entire concept of Lesser-Bred and Kin grabbed me. I wanted to learn more about these unique creatures and their way of living.

Liam had few good memories in his life, yet he still managed to find the strength to survive. This determination for survival was mostly due to his two younger brothers, Chris and Kevin. Liam’s drive to protect his brothers no matter the cost to himself was inspirational and touching. He was a character I immediately sympathized with because of all of the abuse he received throughout his life. His story is one of triumph over ones situation no matter the abuse and obstacles faced. Liam's inner strength and protective nature toward those he cared about immediately drew me to his story and captivated me from beginning to end.

Jericho’s mysterious nature made me want to learn more about him, as well. I would have liked to have read more about Jericho’s kind. While the mystery of Jericho initially interested me I was disappointed how even in the end I didn’t know much about him. His counterpart, Liam was an open book to me so I really connected with him right away. With Jericho there was a bit of a disconnect. I was able to get to know him on the surface but I would have preferred a deeper connection.

This story, while captivating, had some parts that may be a bit difficult for some readers to handle. There's a pretty rough forced sex scene that isn't for the faint at heart. There are also references to pedophilia, sex trade, as well as numerous violent acts towards the main characters as well as a few secondary characters. I will say these acts, while sometimes difficult to read, helped me to understand the hurdles Liam and Jericho overcome. Their perseverance made me cheer that much more for their happily-ever-after. Also the characters were never anything but loving and affectionate towards one another.

The author makes it clear at the very beginning these are not humans and they do not wish to be human. Because I was so interested in the concept, more information about them would have been helpful. In addition, I thought because these are dragons and half breeds (dragon and human mix) I would see a bit more dragons or dragon shifters in dragon form.

In the end, I would love to see sequels to this series involving not only the main characters but also the secondary characters within the series, especially the two younger brothers. I think the author definitely has a winner in this series.

The Hourglass by Anne Weller

The Hourglass by Anne Weller
Publisher: Bradley Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/F, menage, spanking
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

Prim research librarian Mary Chase travels to Italy in search of an antique manuscript rumored to belong to international financier Emilio Vittorini. She soon discovers the rumors are right -- but that gaining access to the manuscript hinges on her willingness to submit to a series of dark and carnal games with Vittorini himself.

When she submits, she makes the most astonishing discover of all – that the rituals of Vittorini’s calculated discipline have the power to awaken a level of passionate response in her that she never knew she possessed. But at what price? And what will become of her when their ‘negotiations’ come to an end?

First person narration always draws me into a story and this one not only drew me in but kept me entertained for the entire story. It’s told through the heroine’s eyes and begins with a little intrigue and then turns into a very sexy read. The Hourglass is not only the title of this book but the instrument used to count down how long the hero will ‘punish’ the heroine for breaking into his library. Punish really isn’t a good word for what he does to her. Let’s just say I wish I was the one being punished because Ms. Weller did a wonderful job teasing me and putting me on the edge of my seat wondering what he was going to do next and whether the hourglass run out before he got a chance to do it.

The scene in the library is just the beginning of this entertaining read. It’s short on dialogue but I think it made it all the more unique. Ms. Weller gave the heroine a wonderful voice that could have only been told through first person narration. If you’re looking for an erotic romance this might or might not be for you. However, if you like erotica with a touch of romance, this will is a must read.

I highly recommend this one and I’ll be looking for more stories by this author.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cowboys Down by Barbara Elsborg

Cowboys Down by Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (340 Pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Moonflower

Stockbroker meets stock breaker. But who’s taming whom?

London stockbroker Jasper Randolph flies to Jackson Hole with hopes as high as the Grand Tetons. Hope that the getaway will force him to let loose, get dirty, and overcome a deep-seated phobia about horseback riding.

He hadn’t counted on an attraction to the dude ranch owner’s son, a man with sun-tousled hair, eyes bluer than Wyoming skies…and a father who’d rather eat tofu than accept his only son’s sexuality.

The moment Calum lays eyes on the uptight, buttoned-down Brit, he’s lost. But with his own saddlebags full of emotional baggage, he knows he should be looking at anything but Jasper’s spotless riding boots and tight-fitting jodhpurs. Trouble is, Jasper makes his heart buck like a wild horse trying to break free.

Despite the differences that set them oceans apart, they fall hard and fast. Trouble isn’t far behind, and they’re in for a rocky romantic ride. Especially since there’s growing evidence that someone is willing to do anything—no matter how dangerous—to poison their love.

When I think of an author who can wring every single emotion out of me, only one name stands out in my mind: Barbara Elsborg. She's the Queen of Angst, hands down supreme ruler of the realm.

For years, Jasper Randolph has lived a half life. Horseback riding had always been something he enjoyed until a terrible accident changed everything. He's ready to get over his fear and has decided to take his life back. He travels from England to Wyoming just for the chance to climb back into the saddle. One look at a delicious cowboy and Jasper is done for. Now he has other needs he wants fulfilled, starting with the tall, gorgeous, hunky kind.

Calum is intrigued by the buttoned up Brit from the moment he sees him in the baggage claim area. He knows his curiosity is better left alone and does his best it ignore it. There's something about Jasper that opens Calum’s heart though. Their attraction is sizzling and obvious. Attraction this strong is hard to ignore and it's been noticed by the wrong people.

Moments together are scarce and secret, but powerful. Now there are odd occurrences happening at the ranch. A seemingly relaxing vacation has taken many scary turns and danger is everywhere. Though their attraction is explosive, it doesn’t look like they will have a future when everything and everyone is standing in their way.

The old saying that love can make you do stupid things is a good saying for Cowboys Down. I could see from the very beginning things were not going to be easy for these two men. Jasper is a man who dresses to the nines and acts the proper gentleman in the heart of cowboy country, where they get down and dirty. He could not be more out of his environment. Also, life has been hard on Calum because he is gay. He lives in a world where his sexual preference is not openly allowed or welcome.

If this was my vacation that I paid good money for, I would not have put up with a smidgen of what Jasper put up with. I’m not sure if he was foolish and stupid or strong and resolved. I've read several of Ms. Elsborg’s books and this one by far has made me the angriest. My frustration ran high and at times, I actually thought that this might be my first DNF book. Ms. Elsborg had me agitated, angry, confused and frustrated probably through half of this book. She wrote scenes so well I felt as if I was right there ready to sock the next person who spouted mean hateful things. She truly captured the ugliness of hatred, bigotry and ignorance.

She drew me in and held on really tight. I had to put down the book several times to get my composure. I was on emotional overload. Cowboys Down is not for the weak and timid. It's an emotional roller coaster. I'm very happy I was able to muster through and finish the book. It's an eye opening experience into the lives of two amazing men and the trial and tribulations they had to weather to find their happily ever after.

Love is sometimes hard and dirty, but in the end if you can make it through the rough times, you very well may find happiness. Cowboys Down proves that, over and over again.

The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (216 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia

A marriage in name only…

To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend’s older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he’s offers Alexa a bold proposition.

A marriage in name only with certain rules: Avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right?

Life is messy and Nicholas Ryan just reunited with the one woman who has disaster written all over her.

Alexa is a believer. She believes in family, rooting for the underdog, and living life with a purpose. She appreciates the challenges in life like her bookstore business and providing shelter for animals that have nowhere else to go. However, her latest challenge is in helping her family keep their own shelter and after a night of seeking guidance from the Earth Mother, Alexa's call for help is answered. The money she needs is tied to a man who just so happens to be her childhood tormentor and Alexa isn't about to let him bully her anymore. This time they're playing by her rules, but surprisingly she finds herself wanting more.

Nick is a believer too. He believes in the things he can control like his career and independence. Life has too many messes he would prefer to avoid like family and emotional involvement. Relationships always end badly and children are usually the casualties, which is why he prefers women who treat sex as more of a business transaction. As soon as they mention wanting more, Nick retreats. In his jaded existence, the only thing that’s brought him any joy is his career in architecture. When the expansion of that happiness becomes threatened, Nick finds himself in a predicament that has the potential to get extremely messy. His career depends on him finding the perfect woman who’s desperate for his money and not him.

The author very descriptively establishes two characters who couldn’t possibly be more opposite, but exactly what the other needs to break through personal barriers. Their journey takes them through many aspects of life’s messiness like choosing to be happy, not living in the shadow of others mistakes, forgiveness, and unconditional love. In meeting Alexa and then Nick and getting a feel for their characters’ description, the visual is clear and concise with their personalities. It's as the story progresses when not only more opposing traits are revealed, but also how alike their personalities are when it comes to independence and determination. The author also does an incredible job with the dialogue ranging it from light banter to aggressive and provoking.

The storyline is that of a modern day arranged marriage with all the quirks of human emotion and vulnerabilities. It's an engaging and slightly challenging read for which I was grateful that there was no instant love between the characters and lust wasn't easily given in to. This author is definitely one to watch and readers of contemporary romance should absolutely read this story.

Crossfire of Love by Ella Jade

Crossfire of Love by Ella Jade
Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (123 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia

Can an arranged marriage lead to love?

Recent college graduate Gabriella has finally married the man of her dreams, the older, charismatic attorney Lorenzo Martinez. She's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember and always imagined they'd one day find their happily ever after. Unfortunately, they enter into a union arranged by their fathers.

Lorenzo is charming, protective, and loyal to his crime lord father Carlo. When Carlo asks Lorenzo to marry Gabriella he jumps at the opportunity. He's been drawn to her for many years and knows by marrying her he's helping to protect her father.

Gabby is resentful and won't be Lorenzo's charity case. But sparks fly and the couple soon gives into their desire, realizing they were meant to be together.

What happens when Carlo's enemies threaten their future? Will someone get caught in the crossfire?

Ever wondered what it would be like to get in bed with the mob? If so, be prepared to stay up reading this one!

After a rough start in life, Gabriella is finally making her own way in the world as an adult. Graduating from college and heading to New York, she was going to pursue her dreams in the fashion industry. However, one visit from her father changes all of that and suddenly Gabby finds herself married to a man she’s always been attracted to, but doesn’t know if she can love.

As a Martinez, Lorenzo is used to getting what he wants. His father’s ruthlessness in business is legendary, but Lorenzo is making his own way as a legitimate attorney. However, when his father offers him the chance to marry the one that got away, Lorenzo won’t say no, no matter how unconventional their relationship is.

As Gabby struggles through the awkwardness of their marriage and Lorenzo struggles with making Gabby happy, they both begin to realize how truly compatible they are. Unfortunately, doubts begin to settle and enemies threaten their chance to be more than just an arranged marriage.

The author executes a great storyline of an arranged marriage in a contemporary setting. Each scene and every character held my undivided attention in this dramatic erotic romance. The writing was smooth and transitioned nicely between character point-of-views. Gabby and Lorenzo’s chemistry was exciting and the growth of their relationship believable. Although the climax wasn’t as intense as expected, the rest overshadows that detail. It was surprising when the end came so quickly, but I will absolutely be back for more of this author’s work.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Strong Desire by Chloe Lang

Strong Desire by Chloe Lang
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (92 pgs)
Other: mild BDSM, M/F, M/F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Charly Wynn has taken the detour to Wilde, Nevada, and the six hot cowboys she's found there have turned her life upside down. With little money and her car in the shop, she agrees to Heath Strong's offer to transport her to Malibu.
Heath Strong is thrilled to spend time alone with the gorgeous city girl. During the trip, an unquenchable hunger for her ignites inside him. He is determined to possess her for himself, Nate, and Tobias, despite the intentions of his other brothers—Drake, Dax, and Seth.
Though Charly's plan has always been to land a job that will provide what she needs to help her mother, Heath's dominance is reaching her heart and shaking her resolve. While Charly discovers the pleasures provided by him and his brothers, a murderer plots his revenge. Will she choose the path that leads to love or the one that leads…to death?

Charly may be certain that her future lies in Malibu but two of the six Strong brothers already have her in their sights. Too bad they’re determined to make her choose between the three older vs. the three younger siblings.

I’ve often said the word “choose” is an ugly six letter word. After experiencing the fantastic journey of Jessie Green and her Wilde men in Ms. Lang’s first series I was surprised to see that their cousins (6 brothers from a blended family) were split into two sets of three. I mistakenly assumed Ms. Lang was going to present each set with their own woman. Silly me, after all this is Wilde, Nevada. As we learned in the Brothers of Wilde series, the practice of plural marriages goes back several generations. The only “choosing” involved is when a group of men choose a single woman to make the center of their world.

Big city girl, Charlene Wynn hasn’t ever experienced anything like the men of Wilde. If fact, if she has anything to say about it, she’ll be talking some sense into her cousin Jessica before she makes the mistake of marrying the five men who won her heart. There’s no way this independent, self-sufficient woman of the 21st century is going to let one man, much less five or six, tell her what to do. Yeah, right! Welcome to Wilde, Charly. You're outnumbered and don’t stand a chance against six charisma-oozing alphas.

Ms. Lang has built a terrific world of plural marriages around this sleepy little mining town in Northern Nevada. I enjoyed every minute I spent there in her first series. If books one and two of the Strong series are any indication, this trip will be just as exciting. As with the first series, there’s an element of mystery to the Strong novellas. While I wasn’t sure who the mystery man was or who he was looking for from book one, I did get clarification in book two. I’ll be very interested in seeing if he’s a threat or if he has other motivation for coming to Wilde.

Book two centers around Charly and Heath. It’s clear the Strong brothers have no problem with creating opportunity to suit their needs. Heath made the decision to pursue Charly in spite of his younger brother’s obvious feelings. In his internal monologue I got hints about the reason the six brothers are split into two teams. I’m looking forward to learning more details about the mysterious Gabby who managed to tear the brothers apart. I think if they can convince Charly to stay, she might just be the glue to bring this feuding family back together.

You won’t have to have read the first series to enjoy the Strong brothers tale but you will need to read book one in this second series. Each book picks up immediately where the last left off and focuses on Charly getting to know one of the brothers more intimately. Extremely intimate! Scorch your e-reader intimate, even!

Spend some time with Charly and her Strong men of Wilde. They’re in for an emotional and bumpy ride but the HEA they find at the end will be more than worth it!