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Friday, July 27, 2012

A Wild Night’s Bride by Victoria Vane

A Wild Night’s Bride by Victoria Vane
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (110 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review by: Honeysuckle

With the devil in charge, there will surely be hell to pay...

What happens when a struggling actress and a grieving widower come together in a night of unbridled debauchery orchestrated by a bored and machinating rake?


She's a lonely lady down on her luck.

Phoebe Scott, alias Kitty Willis, is a struggling Covent Garden actress with a bruised heart and a closely guarded secret.

He's steadfast and eminently respectable.

Sir Edward Chambers, Ned to his intimates, is guilt-ridden over his beloved wife's death and has avowed to live out a rustic and mundane life...of celibacy.

With the devil in charge, there will surely be hell to pay.

Devil-in-disguise Viscount Ludovic DeVere is determined to return his best friend, Ned, to the land of the living. His meddling machinations result in a night of mind-blowing passion after which "Dull Dog Ned" awakes to find himself in the King of England's bed!

“A little drink goes a long way” would be an understatement where Sir Edward “Ned” Chambers is concerned. On the plus side he met and became VERY acquainted with the lovely and adventurous Kitty Willis, who he later learns is actually named Phoebe. On the down side he woke up in the King’s bed at St. James Place with only a fuzzy memory of how he came to be there – The Hangover meets 18th century England and it’s a wild ride.

Author Victoria Vane has penned a humorous tale involving three people with three very different agendas.

Ned is a widower who comes to town to set up a house so his daughter can make her debut on society, at least that’s his story. He’s said it often enough, he even believes it. As the story progresses it becomes clear that Ned needs more than a house, he needs to heal. Ned is pretty straight laced so it was amusing to watch him come to terms with falling in love, or at least lust, with the precocious Phoebe. I couldn’t wait to see how his family, old Georgian aristocracy, would react to him falling for an actress. Ms. Vane didn’t disappoint!

Phoebe, or Kitty as she’s known for a good part of the story, took to the stage out of necessity but she’s actually pretty good at what she does. Her talent comes in handy when she, along with Ned and Viscount DeVere, break into the King’s residence on a dare. She’s there to secure her future but it doesn’t turn out the way she planed. Clever disguises, quickly constructed lies and pulse racing excitement had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion.

The third piece of this dynamic trio is Lord DeVere. He’s the friend we all want but only a few would actually claim. Don’t worry over hurting his feelings, even he knows he’s mostly worthless. But, he is rich and as of very recently, he’s become bored with life in general. He wants some excitement, something dangerous to get his blood pumping, something he’ll either always remember or die trying. I felt pity for DeVere but I think Ms. Vain has something or rather someone in store for him. He’s liable to get more excitement than he bargained for. I look forward to finding out.

Ms. Vain does an excellent job of keeping the story in the Georgian time period with both costume and dialogue. I never once felt the story slipped out of place or time. The characters were well built and easy to like. I wanted Ned and Phoebe to have their happily ever after and was curious to see how the daughter would be brought into the picture. There is also a family friend that obviously had aspirations to be the next lady in Ned’s life. I thought she might cause some problems for Ned and Phoebe but she obviously has enough issues of her own with Ned’s daughter making her debut.

All in all, this was a truly enjoyable story. Ms. Vane is an author I’ll continue to follow, especially to see how she tames the wickedly sensual Lord DeVere.

Breaking Brodix by Anne Rainey

Breaking Brodix by Anne Rainey
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (120 Pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Moonflower

She wants to get all up in his business? She’ll have to get real personal.

Blackwater, Book 3

Brodix Jennings has a head for business, but his skills are put to the test when his brothers call on him to bring the family restaurant back into the black. With the grand reopening only days away, it’ll damn near take a miracle to keep the doors from closing for good.

Reporter Sarah Greer knows exactly what Brodix needs—free publicity on the front page of the town’s only newspaper. All she wants in exchange is the Jennings brothers’ rags-to-riches story. Except none of them are talking. And Brodix, who cuts a blazing path through her body with just a smile, is the most tight-lipped of the lot.

Brodix wouldn’t think twice about seducing prissy, buttoned-up Sarah into his bed, if her lousy profession didn’t leave him cold to the bone. A second look at the bar’s books, though, makes him think twice about saying no. But if he’s going to open the floodgates, it’ll be on his terms.

When Brodix asks her out, Sarah agrees, confident she can keep personal at arm’s length from professional. Until physical attraction melts their emotional barriers…and Sarah gets way more than she bargained for.

Breaking Brodix is another winner in the ongoing Blackwater series. These men work hard, but love even harder.

Five brothers come to the rescue of their adopted mom and try to save the family’s restaurant. Each have their own battles, each will find love, but only together can they find success.

This is the third Jennings man to find his way. Brodix is the money man of the brothers. He has a very successful career, but his heart is with his family and he works long and hard to stretch every dollar to make the remodel of the Blackwater Bar and Grill a success. Days from opening, they are tapped out and they still need to advertise. The only option open to them is a problematic reporter who wants to write their life stories. Past wounds may get opened, but to save the business Brodix is willing to take the risk.

Sarah needs to salvage her career. In her past, she trusted the wrong person and it put a big black mark on her resume. Now she is stuck writing filler stories and fluff pieces. She knows if she can tell the Jennings’ story it will help them with publicity and her career will get a needed boost. There is one problem, there is a skeleton in their past that is in her way. Another problem is from the moment she sets her eyes on the stubborn but handsome Brodix, she also wants his body, right along with his story.

They both need each other and they both know there is more going on between them. Will this interview mean the success of the Blackwater Bar and Grill? But more importantly, will this piece make or break Brodix and Sarah's future?

Wow, these two are combustible! When a Jennings’ man falls, he falls fast and hard. I enjoyed this whirlwind romance, and my kindle couldn’t be happier. Brodix is sexy, smart and all man. Sarah is beautiful, savvy and independent. I enjoyed that they were both single-minded in their pursuit of each other, yet cautious. But once they touched, they knew exactly where they were going and they were going to do it together.

I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning. Ms. Rainey writes short stories extremely well. I am drawn in completely, yet satisfied at the end. That is probably one of the hardest things to accomplish when you have such a small window to do it in. There is no doubt in my mind that Ms. Rainey could have written longer pieces for all these men. She has some wonderful heroes between these pages. She does a fantastic job in her allotted time and I couldn’t be more pleased.

I also think when you read a collection of short stories that make up a series; the books really need to be read in order. While Breaking Brodix is definitely a standalone book, this series is best enjoyed in the order it has been written. Each of these strong wonderful men deserves their moment. After reading one of these stories, Ms. Rainey always has me rushing to my computer to find out when the next in the series will be released and then I’m depressed that I have to wait. Rest assured though, she is writing this series quickly and she doing it with style and quality.

Breaking Brodix is a fantastic addition to this sizzling series. If you like men with a strong sense of family and devotion and women who know what they want and how to get it, then you are going to enjoy Breaking Brodix and the Blackwater series.

Colors of Love by Jess Dee

Colors of Love by Jess Dee
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (162 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

Seth Pace, guitarist of the rock band Speed, is a born dreamer, and nothing stands in his way of making those dreams a reality. Except when it comes to band manager Luke Struthers. He’s everything Seth wants in a partner, but even after five years of perfectly explosive sex, Luke refuses to commit.

After a childhood ravaged by abuse, Luke knows he’s a potential danger to anyone foolish enough to love him. Seth is safer without him, but Luke has no idea how to cut him loose painlessly. Until he spots Seth’s kind of woman—pretty, smart, friendly. The plan: seduce her into a sexy threesome, then leave the two alone to fall in love. Problem solved.

A night of excitement with the two hottest men on the planet? Yeah, baby! Yet Kaz’s inborn ability to read auras tells her something isn’t right. It’s obvious Seth and Luke are madly in love, but subtle clues in Luke’s aura signal he’s up to something. She’s not sure what, but if she doesn’t do something quick, the two men she’s quickly come to adore will wind up without the happily ever after they both deserve.

Not even the best laid plans can withstand the force of love. Abused as a child, Luke Struthers is determined not to let his love for Seth Pace keep him from doing the right thing. In Luke’s mind, the right thing is to walk out of Seth’s life before he hurts him, not thinking how that will affect Seth. Singer and songwriter Seth Pace a.k.a. Jordan Speed is trying to convince Luke they are meant to be together, but sometimes it feels like he's fighting a losing battle. When Luke brings Kaz backstage after a concert, she's stunned but excited to meet Jordan Speed in the flesh. Before long, she's seeing a lot of both men, but Kaz has a secret: she can see auras, and what she sees around Jordan and Luke is love. She also sees that Luke is struggling with something, and makes it her mission to bring these two men together. Can Kaz and Seth convince Luke he deserves the love Seth offers so freely? Can Luke open up about the past and finally let it go? Will these two find their way to a life together, or will Luke’s fears win out?

Colors of Love is the second book in Jess Dee’s Speed series, and it's a well written and engaging look at the lives behind the scenes of a music star. I enjoyed Ms. Dee’s take on the world of music, and the passions that run beneath the surface of these people. The locations used for this were well thought out, and chosen with care by Ms. Dee to provide familiarity as well as providing a new venue for the band to conquer. The characters are well defined and attractive, and I was drawn to them quickly.

Luke Struthers is strong, handsome, and tortured by his past. Abused as a child by his father, he eventually fought back, but believes he's a danger to those around him. His love for Seth/Jordan tears him apart, wanting him yet fearing he will destroy the very person he loves most. I found Luke to be the most compassionate man, deserving of so much more than he expected. Watching him become the man he was meant to be was a delight.

Karen ‘Kaz’ Flaherty is smart, sassy and ready for the change she sees coming. She has just made major changes in her personal life by quitting her boring job, and getting out of a dead end relationship. Her instant attraction to Luke, and then later to Seth as well, shows her a new side to herself, a side ready to experience more from life than she ever has. I like Kaz, with her adventurous spirit and her strange ability to see colors and auras around her. I appreciated that she goes into the situation knowing that this is just a temporary thing for her, and that she is looking for a way to help Luke find happiness and love with Seth, while she decides her own future. I like Kaz’s sense of adventure and romanticism, and her well grounded practicality in spite of her abilities.

Seth ‘Jordan Speed’ Pace is the guitar genius and lyricist behind the bands success, and he is determined, talented and smart. He knows what he wants, and refuses to be sidetracked from his pursuit of Luke. I liked seeing Seth and Kaz work together to help Luke see that his love will not ever hurt Seth, and I was caught up in the dynamics between the three main characters of this relationship.

Jess Dee has a way of bringing the reader into the story, and I experienced this from each perspective. The secondary characters, Kaz’s friends and the brothers, are as well defined as the main trio, and would be an asset to any story. I look forward to more from this world, and recommend this to those who like a hard won happy ever after for all concerned.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sexy Little Surprises by J. C. Daniels

Sexy Little Surprises by J. C. Daniels
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

After ten years in, Alexis Marshall thinks her marriage is over. Maybe it doesn’t matter that she still loves her husband, still dreams of him, still aches for him…maybe it doesn’t matter that her entire body longs for him…

But before she walks away, she’s going to try one more time to see if there is anything left. She’s pulling out all the stops. Sexy surprises, sweet seductions, provocative promises. Anything to remind him—and herself—of what they had together before an unexpected heartbreak tore them apart.

She’s not ready to let go of her marriage. And she’s out to seduce her husband and make him realize that some things are worth fighting for.

Sexy Little Surprises is a short story about two people who've lost their way, and how they manage to find a way back to one another. It starts off with these two characters at odds, he doesn't want to lose her, but she see no other alternative. It was going to be a sweet and heart wrenching journey.

The novella opens with Alexis Marshall sitting in the restaurant waiting for her husband Garrett to come, it’s their tenth anniversary and apparently he's forgotten. Alexis is saddened by this and decides to leave, but going home is not an option. Alexis knows deep in her heart that her marriage to Garrett has hit a wall; they just can’t seem to connect anymore. They no longer talk and he always seem preoccupied which leaves her feeling empty and numb.

Garrett Marshall just wrapped up the case that had kept him working day and night, being a cop meant that sometimes the case you were involved in controlled your life. He thought about the distance that seemed to have developed between him and Alexis, and now that the case was over he could concentrate on her, but is it too late?

The voice of reason comes from her friend Melissa who tells her that she should hold on even if she thinks there's nothing to hold on to. Alexis decided to fight for her marriage, and the things she did to make Garrett remember their love was sweet.

This reader got to see the vulnerable side of Garrett, and the determination of Alexis, a woman who loved her husband and wanted her marriage. I became involved in their love story which made me care about them, knowing that somehow they would find their way back to each other. Sexy Little Surprises was an enjoyable story and even though the story was short, it was well written and the characters fully developed.

Blind Heat by Nara Malone

Blind Heat by Nara Malone
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (207 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Toys
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Iris

Allie is determined to build an ordinary life. To survive, she needs to be the sort of woman no one notices. She has a generic job, lives in a generic apartment, and thinks maybe one day she’ll find an ordinary Joe who wants an average Jane sort of woman.

Marcus is anything but an ordinary Joe. Even if humans don’t know he’s a shifter and millennial being, he’s the sort of man women notice. A night of passion spent with Marcus is a night any female, human or Pantherian, won’t forget.

But Allie does forget. She repeatedly fails to recognize him even after an intense sexual encounter. Marcus discovers the source of her problem—face blindness, a genetic disorder with no cure. And he decides to use erotic rituals to teach her to see with more than her eyes. What he doesn’t count on is Allie seeing past the man—and recognizing the beast within.

Wow. Hot, complicated, detailed . . . and, oh yeah, did I say hot?

This is an intricate plot woven with plenty of details. The history of the Pantherian race is explained as well as a small back story to place our hero, Marcus, within the presence of our heroine, Allie. Admittedly, it gets a little convoluted at times, especially when other Pantherians call Marcus by his title, Magnus. Their shifting and ability to transport also make following the plot difficult to follow from time to time. However, reading the history provided before the story helps a whole lot.

The science involved in the plot made me uncomfortable at times. As I am not an expert in merging human DNA with animal DNA, anything described could be plausible. But uncomfortable is not necessarily bad. It also gives Marcus a purpose as well as an ethical dilema with which to struggle.

Allie’s “face-blindness” also is an area where I have limited knowledge. This, however, is explained fairly well within the plot (due to Marcus’ diligent research, of course). It's quite interesting to see the different techniques she uses and is taught to use throughout the story so that she can function within society and not have others know of her “disability”.

And the sex. . . oh yeah, there is plenty of it. It is hot, and it is detailed. But it also happens to be the basis of Allie and Marcus’ relationship. Marcus is definitely dominant in their relationship and exerts his power from the beginning. Their encounter in his garden involves a contraption I’m STILL not sure I have figured out!

While there were no menage scenes or multiple partners involved in this particular story, the Pantherian race requires two males and one female in order to concieve. It is plainly stated and hinted this may be the direction Allie and Marcus need to head. In addition, while not detailed, there's a brief description of a sex game several wolf-changer Pantherians engage in during which they “hunt” a human female for the purpose of sharing her sexually amongst all the males participating. Relationships are integral to the plot of this story. Allie’s father adds a “dangerous” twist to the plot, and her friends provide a loyal and protective barrier around her. Marcus’ friends and family do the same for him.

A beautifully written plot, a hot and growing relationship as well as interesting secondary characters make this a must-read for me. Pick this one up at your next chance . . . then set aside several hours because you won’t want to put this down once you start!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Her Cowboy Stud by Randi Alexander

Her Cowboy Stud by Randi Alexander
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (94 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Spanking, BDSM, Toys
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Trace McGonagall's quiet life on his Houston stud ranch is shaken up when gorgeous Macy Veralta arrives to claim an inheritance left to her in his uncle's will. Trace sees her as just another gold digger, but he also can't resist her curvy body. When she hints at being the perfect submissive to his Dom, he has to have her.

Macy wouldn't have been three months late to claim her inheritance if she'd known Trace was sin in jeans. The cowboy's dominant bearing and the smoldering glint in his eyes send shivers to her toes and stirs images of being bound in his bed and disciplined at his hand. But could Trace's perfect seduction be part of his plan to reclaim her inheritance?

Sometimes, Uncle knows best!

Lust at first sight, a Texas drawl, and a good sense of humor, I think I’m in love!

Her Cowboy Stud is a story that’s been done but Ms. Alexander throws in just enough twists and a healthy dose of BDSM play to make it fresh and fun.

Macy Veralta may be submissive in the bedroom, but Trace McGonagall manages to push the right buttons to turn sweet and blushing into angry and boiling in a matter of minutes. Lack of trust and enough conclusion jumping to make a an Olympic pole vaulter jealous go a long way to changing Macy’s preconceived perception of Trace.

This cowboy stud (actually, I liked Macy’s name for him but can’t repeat it here) is going to have a whole lot of quick talking and groveling to do to get Macy back to blushing and all sweetness. I was pretty sure he could handle it and was looking forward to watching this dominant male squirm just a little. Ms. Alexander didn’t disappoint and she also didn’t draw it out. Quick apologies and candid conversation kept this hot train on track and back to the steamy action.

The dialogue is really fun. I had to smile when Trace tells Macy, “Wait until you get a taste of my lovin, sweetheart. You’ll be hooked”. I know I was and I was only reading the smokin’ bedroom action.

Ms. Alexander launches the reader straight into the first meeting between Macy and Trace. That works just fine for this short story so that I had more time to watch the sparks turn into an all-out Fourth of July show worthy of Times Square!

I never felt cheated from character background or development. Bits and pieces of both Macy and Trace’s backgrounds are sprinkled throughout this novella.

This was my first book by Ms. Alexander but it certainly won’t be the last. Her story moves quickly and flows smoothly from start to finish with almost no lag time. It kept me reading to see how Macy and Trace would come to the same conclusion his thoughtful Uncle Silas knew all along. They were perfect for one another.

If quick, hot and sweet is what you’re in the mood for, check out Her Cowboy Stud. I’m glad I did.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sex Oughta Be Luscious by Kassanna

Sex Oughta Be Luscious by Kassanna
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Interracial
Length: Short Story (33 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

Mike has watched Lynda for months. He wants her. He’s asked her out several times only to be told “no.” Her reasoning baffles him; he sees no problem with her being eighteen years his senior. He doesn’t believe it’s anybody’s business that they work together. If she would simply give him a chance, he could show her exactly how much fun they could have.

Lynda has done everything within her power to discourage Mike’s attraction to her. He’s idealistic. However she resides in the real world, and at forty, she has certainly learned a few things. To top it off, she’s his boss, and she can’t keep avoiding him. Her only option is to nip his growing infatuation in the bud. She simply has to figure out how to do that when she wants him as much as he desires her. All things considered, she has her work cut out for her.

Sex Oughta Be Luscious was one of those tales that had you smiling from beginning to end.

Mike works as a stock boy for the Just A Buck store. He, along with his co-worker James, have a serious crush on their supervisor Lynda Chambers. Too bad there's a No Fraternization rule between staff and management that Lynda likes to repeatedly bring up. There's also the small matter of their age difference. Lynda was forty and Mike only twenty-two. How could he get her to see him as a potential lover?

Lynda Chambers knew that Mike had a serious crush on her, but he was just too young for her. She has a son older than him, for goodness sake. Lynda was flattered by Mike’s attention and it didn’t hurt that he was gorgeous, but dare she take that step and go against what she knew was right?

I knew that somehow these two would get together, and it was fun to see the events that took place that changed Lynda’s mind. The banter between the characters was light and humorous which made me wish Sex Oughta Be Luscious was longer. Lynda and Mike had nothing in common, but the chemistry between them was evident. This reader couldn’t wait to see the fireworks that I knew would happen when these two got together. Sex Oughta Be Luscious was a fun read that I would enjoy seeing put into a longer version to really give Lynda and Mike a chance to develop their relationship. If you're in need of a hot quick read, check it out.

Krewe Daddy by Margie Church

Krewe Daddy by Margie Church
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (216 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Luis is the Daddy, a sought-after lover, with an ego to match the mammoth-sized Mardi Gras floats he designs. His lifestyle and reputation are wearing him out, but Luis can't find a satisfying way to break the cycle and be happy, too.

Drew's insecurities pushed him to have a foolish affair six years ago. It destroyed his relationship with Luis, and he's never been able to commit to anyone since. Now, he's taken control of his life and changed his submissive personality by becoming a model for Kevin Marks, and a wildlife enforcement agent in New Orleans.

These men haven't forgotten each other, or settled their differences. When they accidentally meet in a French Quarter gay bar, the years of regret, anger, and pent-up emotions erupt. Their passion is as hot as ever, their mistrust just as potent. When Drew's future is in Luis' hands, will he choose his lifestyle or love?

A little intimidation and attempted murder sure goes a long way towards getting priorities straight in one’s life but the payoff of a finally resolved romance is enough of an impetus to see it through until the end game. If he survives.

Ms. Church set up the plot elements in the first two chapters, giving readers a bit of background that ties the two heroes together. It was done with a natural easy flow by getting into each of the heads of Drew and Luis. I learned that there are unresolved issues between the men but that they’ve gone on with their lives. Both men have changed to some degree; Drew most of all. The challenge is going to be to reconcile their past differences and learn about each other all over again. Some things have remained the same, like the incendiary passion that erupts between them, and others have changed, like Drew’s confidence, enhanced by doing a job that matters. Life has shaped Drew into a sharper, smarter man and it’s Luis that needs to come to terms with it.

The plot thread of criminal activity and the threat to Drew’s safety is woven throughout the book giving a sharp edged tone to its telling, especially with the pressure of the ticking clock. Drew’s current job put him in harm’s way and it’s coming to get him. First he has to testify and someone doesn’t want him to. The hero has to survive long enough to tell his story to a jury. The scenes of the violent confrontation were hard to read. Ms. Church did a very nice job of getting the horror and viciousness across to a reader.

When Luis and Drew reconnect there are a lot of great sex scenes but the drama and intensity that peppers the story makes the sex more meaningful and powerful. There’s a certain level of communication that goes on during those romps and it’s Luis and Drew’s hearts doing the talking. What comes out of their mouths, and the mixed-up insecurities that plague their brains, mess up what their bodies are trying to tell them. It’s not over, it’s a new beginning and this is their second and last chance.

Of course, the path of love isn’t easy or smooth and once they reconnect, Luis has to make some hard choices. Drew needs to learn and accept that this time, Luis is for real. Nothing tests that fragile new resolve like having a partner who was vibrant and independent suddenly lose that independence and then having to deal with the emotional fallout. Luis and Drew’s new beginning is forged in fire. If they can make it through these worst of times, then there is hope. Ms. Church effectively took me through Drew’s painful healing process, both emotional and physical with writing that captured the darkness he felt.

I wasn’t too crazy about the character of Kyle. In the beginning he seemed okay, like a wonderful support system for Drew, with benefits. He came across as sane, well adjusted and a solid peer. Once Luis came on the scene, Kyle changed, like he’d become possessed by a sniveling, resentful and immature alien and he did and said things that didn’t jive with how he was initially portrayed. I’m not sure exactly why his character didn’t work for me but he annoyed me immensely. Maybe it was his true self, and the author wanted that swift change to be shocking; in that, she succeeded. I had a hard time accepting it though.

What I did enjoy was seeing Teak and Kevin again in well placed cameos. There was a lot of great emotion from Drew’s friends and the scene in the hospital really got to me. Ms. Church grabbed my attention and put my feelings through the wringer when she described the hero’s frustration, worry and fears. What kind of productive life can he have if he never recovers? That was pretty heavy stuff and the author handled it well.

There’s no doubt that the sex between Drew and Luis was hot. Ms. Church knows how to make a reader sweat and the writing was well done.

One character that was a gem was Sapphire. What a hoot and a very nice addition to the story. I don’t think Sapphire was meant as comic relief but certainly he brought a much needed fun element to whatever scene he was in.

Krewe Daddy has a lot going for it. Drama and suspense spices it up while passion ignites the pages as Drew and Luis reconnect and fall in love all over again. I had to refrain from saying more about this book. Ms. Church managed to put a ton of interesting and fascinating twists and turns between the main protagonists and her secondary characters that I had a hard time choosing what to focus my review on. I enjoyed Drew and Luis, I liked the dialogue and was wide-eyed from the criminal element. The author really paid attention to the emotions of her characters and that attention to detail made them vivid and real. This was a gripping and entertaining read but what I really liked was how Ms. Church wrapped up the happily ever after. It was so romantic and complete. Now that’s the way to do it.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Love Machine by Electra Shepherd

Love Machine by Electra Shepherd
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (111 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

Good-time girl Cally Morgenstern has never paid much attention to the robots her father built. That is, until one night when her vibrator runs out of batteries. And hey, if you’ve got a six-foot hunky robot offering to relieve your sexual frustration, you’re not going to say no, right? Even if he is sort of…well, definitely…blue.

Cally quickly realizes Blue isn’t the average robot. He’s rapidly acquiring a personality, for one thing. And an avid interest in human sexuality, particularly when it comes to Cally. She’s eager to teach Blue all she knows about sexual pleasure, even if they have to build him a few necessary parts in the process. And even if Blue’s explorations of human feelings touch her own, very human, heart.

Cally Morgenstern lived in a her childhood home with her sister IIsa, brother Jonathan and three robots, Blue, Red and Green. Cally’s dad Vincent created the robots as servants for them and when he died he left them in the care of his three children. Cally could care less about the robots and invested none of her time getting to know what made them tick. Her sister IIsa knew everything about the robots and created programs which she downloaded into them. All Cally worried about was her job and sex; she especially loved her vibrator and, of course, tormenting her siblings.

One day, Blue walked into Cally’s room as she threw her vibrator across the room. The batteries were dead and so was her entertainment for the night. When Blue makes Cally an offer she can't refuse I knew this story was about to get very interesting.

This was an unusual story in that the object of her affection was a big blue robot that developed feelings for the main character. When he turned his fingers into a supersonic vibrator which almost made Cally pass out, this reader wished there was a big blue robot at her beck and call.

As I said, Love Machine was an unusual tale, it was sexy, unique, and a love story. It was interesting to watch Cally realize her fears and to come to grips with her love for Blue and Blue’s love for her. This was a quick read but an enjoyable one.

Ravish Me by Cindy Jacks

Ravish Me by Cindy Jacks
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (74 pages)
Other: M/F, Forced Seduction
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Clover

Jane’s boyfriend Matthew is perfect in all ways but one—in the bedroom. Sure, their sex life is sweet and romantic, but therein lies the problem. Jane harbors secret desires that she’s afraid will turn off her vanilla lover. But finally she confides in him, introducing him to the world of non-con role play.

Matthew has always believed that no means no, but in ravishment fantasy no means yes, yes, yes. He’s reticent to open the door to the darker side of his sexuality, but with Jane’s patient guidance he finds he enjoys the role of aggressor. Perhaps more than he’s comfortable with. The role play stirs up a host of memories he’d rather forget, leaving him to wonder which is his true self—the sweet, romantic lover or the ravisher.

If you thought fantasies were a shallow bit of fun, be prepared to think again.

Jane is not a vanilla girl, she likes it rough, hot and hard. Trouble is boyfriend Matthew is just too damn nice; not just nice, he’s romantic, sweet, gentle and considerate. Tough luck it seems he might be the one, because while he’s everything she wants out of the bedroom, he’s just not hitting the spot – literally – when they get between the sheets. So there's only one thing for Jane to do and that's to bare open her soul and confess her dark, sordid desires. The expression “can of worms” springs to mind, for after a ropey start things spiral to dizzyingly ecstatic heights but then rocket higher and scarier than either of them could ever have imagined.

There were many layers to this story and I adored the fact that I couldn’t predict it as it romped along at a steamy pace. Both characters were portrayed really well, their inner thoughts, hopes, dreams and passion all there for the reader to devour. I felt like I knew them both. Jane was great, she was a woman who loved with every inch of her being and she wanted to express that. Matthew, who I have to admit was one of the roughest and most sensitive heroes I have come across in a long time, was great. His inner-monologue both wild and heart wrenching. I wanted to be on the receiving end of his attentions at times, and others I was glad it was Jane coping with him! Needless to say it made for a great read and luckily Jane, the feisty minx, lapped up everything Matthew had to offer, just.

Ravish Me is one hot read if you enjoy rough play, forced seduction and passion let loose. The hero and heroine really were made for one another and traveling on their journey of fantasy role-play that proved to be so much more than a bit of fun made me feel quite voyeuristic. It was beautifully written, the subject matter which could have been a major turn off in an erotic romance was handled sensitively and maturely and ended with a positive spin. Grab yourself a copy of Ravish Me if you want a page-turner that will leave you breathless. It may even be one of those books that plays on your mind after the last page, I know it will mine.