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Friday, August 17, 2012

Proud to Serve Her by Heather Long

Proud to Serve Her by Heather Long
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (39 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Damon Sinclair is a simple Marine with simple needs and after five years of active duty in the sandbox, he’s ready to settle down and feed people’s souls. But when the rest of his Brothers sign up with the 1Night Stand dating service, the opening night of his new restaurant includes a date with Madame Evangeline’s hand picked choice.

Helena Blake has focused her entire life on her education and legal career. But, there must be more to life than legal briefs and the Styrofoam take-out palace decorating the interior of her refrigerator. And finally, a year after signing up for the 1Night Stand service, Eve has found her a date.

Wine is poured, incredible food is served, and sparks fly creating a total seduction of the senses as Damon prepares a birthday celebration that Helena will never forget.

1Night Stand does it again. Another blind date - another perfect match.

This time it's prodigy attorney Helena Blake, a woman who has spent nearly every waking moment working on her education and then her career. Desperate for some personal contact, the kind only a man could provide, she signed up for the 1Night Stand service. A year later, she was finally at the restaurant, waiting to meet her date.

Little did she know the restaurant was owned by that date, Damon Sinclair. Damon is a Marine - inactive, but once a Marine, always a Marine - who is juggling opening night of his restaurant with his date, but as soon as he sets eyes on Helena, his goals shift. She mistakes him for her waiter, and although he initially plays along, he ultimately confesses his identity, but not before slowly seducing her with the sights, smells and tastes of his incredible cuisine.

I loved this story, just as I have loved many others of the 1Night Stand series. The connection of the two individuals was perfect, the sex was smoking hot, and the promise of a future was clear. My only negative with this one was it was a little heavy on the cuisine aspect. Ms. Long definitely knows her stuff. She writes wonderfully, and I felt I was sitting at the table while Helena was being spoiled with the wonderful foods. I enjoyed it, but considering the short duration of the story, there was a little too much time spent on the food, and not enough on the ultimate coupling. Much of their life stories was told over the meal, and I enjoyed that, and I am amazed at the details included. There were just a few too many. It didn't take away from my ultimate enjoyment, however!

Overall I can't recommend this one enough. A hot Marine, a beautiful woman, and the promise of only one night. What an excellent premise for a story!

Bubble Bath Delight by Kasey Moone

Bubble Bath Delight by Kasey Moone
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Interrracial
Length: Short Story (35 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

When her new neighbor’s loud music continues to interrupt her bubble baths, Marissa Coldtrail decides enough is enough. It’s time to teach the metalhead a lesson. It’s time to put the infuriating man in his place once and for all. Then she sees him—and wonders just how to get the hunk in bed without losing her cool.

Brian Levine is amused by the dark beauty from next door. Her voluptuous body makes him want to turn the volume down, but he’s never been that much of the agreeing type. Still, there are other ways to resolve a friendly neighborly dispute.

Like finding a way to cool her vicious temper. Like showing her that bubble baths can’t please like metalheads can…

Marissa Coldtrail loved shedding the days stress by sinking into a nice hot bubble bath; there, all her troubles would disappear. With candles casting a soft light and the sweet sounds of Luther Vandross playing, Marissa would simply lay back, close her eyes and drift into a state of bliss. That was until her next door neighbor decided to blast heavy metal music disturbing her bliss by rattling the walls. When yelling and banging on the walls doesn't help, Marissa decides it's time to meet the person who ruined her relaxation.

Brian Levine, fresh from the Midwest, used heavy metal music to relax after a hard day’s work. He had no idea his choice of music was disturbing anyone until Marissa cornered him in the hallway and told him that his music was ‘loud, foul and obnoxious’. He thought it was amusing that she was upset because he had interrupted her bubble bath with his music, he was less amused when she started calling him Metalhead.

It was inevitable that Marissa and Brian were going to end up together despite their differences, which made for a very enjoyable read. It had this reader smiling throughout and it was fun to see how Marissa, who had never dated anyone who was not the Denzel Washington type, became so drawn to Brian.

Marissa and Brian were charming. I especially enjoyed watching Marissa when she tried to explain to Brian how important a bubble bath is to the well being of a person. Brian's confusion was pretty typical of a man when she proceeds to give him bubble bath facts; so is his solution to the dilemma.

The way these two characters were presented was so appealing that I wished this novella was more than 35 pages. This reader became engrossed in their love affair and was chuckling as Marissa tried to introduce Brian to soul music and he tried to get her to listen to Led Zeppelin. Bubble Bath Delight was a fun read which I’m sure will appeal too many, pick up a copy and see for yourself.

Learning to Submit by Erykah Wyck

Learning to Submit by Erykah Wyck
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (26 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Belinda has spent her life trying to find who she is sexually. When Madame Eve on the 1 Night Stand Dating Service suggests what she needs is a Dom to control her submissive side, Belinda isn’t convinced but can’t deny her guilty attraction to the idea.

David, is a Dominant in need of a sub. Having heard rave reviews about Madame Eve’s power of matching people to their sexual mate, he gives in and contacts her. He isn’t really looking for just one night with a woman playing games, though, he lives the lifestyle and he craves the submission of a woman ready to join him.

Will this be Madame Eve’s first failure or is Belinda really ready to learn to submit?

When Belinda uses Madame Eve and 1 Night Stand she almost balks at what Madame Eve tells her. Yet, after much consideration Belinda finds that Madame Eve may just be right and she takes the plunge and accepts her date and his rules for the night. David longs for a woman who he can be himself with and show his Dominant ways to. Once he sees Belinda he hopes she's the one, a woman who will be the sub to his Dom. Belinda's more than ready to try but is she ready for more than just the one nightstand?

Although I enjoyed this story, because it's so short I didn't connect with the characters on a personal level. It felt more like a scene in Belinda and David’s story. I did enjoy meeting these two and I would love to see where David and Belinda’s relationship goes from here.

This is a quick hot read about a woman who discovers just what she wants and enjoys in her love life. David is a strong Dom who wants only to find the sub of his dreams. He has a big heart and is ready to give it to Belinda. She's a woman who is ready to make a leap into the unknown and trusts David to take care of her. I enjoyed watching David introduce Belinda into his world. The two make a nice couple. The heat turns up as the two begin their night and turns into flames as they enjoy themselves. It was nice to see these two interact. They truly seemed to be made for each other.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Saffron by Taige Crenshaw and Aliyah Burke

Saffron by Taige Crenshaw and Aliyah Burke
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (71 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

Book four in the Kemet Uncovered Series

I am nature’s representative. I give my voice when the earth cannot. My work sent me on an intersecting course with a stubborn, arrogant, and hard-headed man named, Kenric Annson.

Although I don’t understand him I can’t help but be attracted to him. His smouldering looks and heated caresses have rattled me unlike any before him. The cosmos have an interesting sense of humour.

Me, who has lived longer than he could possibly imagine can be struck mute by something so simple as his touch. What’s a goddess to do when she wants the one man who has the means destroy her beloved earth? Kill him? Save him?


Kenric Annson and his crew are digging in the mines of Somalia for natural gas when the powers-that-be sent a civilian to help them find the natural gas pockets. Kenric was annoyed because he did not want to babysit ‘a rock doc’. Kenric felt he had his hands full protecting his men from the bands of Muslim extremists who attacked them constantly and he didn’t need to add someone else to his list. However, when Saffron Eshe arrived at the site Kenric was instantly struck by her beauty and his only thought was that he would love to ‘see her in a bikini or nothing at all’.

The owner of the mine, Kade Grimmel, Frank’s brother, sent Doctor Saffron Eshe, a geologist, to help Kenric and the miners find the natural gas. She's beautiful, arrogant, confident and immediately let Kenric know that this ‘rock doc’ could take care of herself. She's also completely attracted to Kenric and would like nothing more than to wrap herself around him. Which is what she does the first time he took her into the mine, she gave into the urge and kissed him.

Kenric couldn’t understand the overwhelming need to protect Saffron, especially since she irritated him so much, but what he didn’t know was that Saffron wasn’t what she appeared to be. Saffron Eshe was the Egyptian goddess Qetesh, protector of the earth, and her main purpose for being there was to protect what she loved. Saffron realized that they were blasting near the fault line and she could feel the earth’s unhappiness. She also felt something else, she felt desire for a human and she didn’t quite know what to make of that.

Taige Crenshaw and Aliyah Burke are two of my favorite writers, when they weave a tale the reader becomes so engrossed in the characters and the story that you feel like you are right there with them. Saffron, the fourth book in the Kemet Uncovered Series, did not disappoint this reader. The main characters as well as the supporting characters were woven expertly into the fabric of the story. Each character had a purpose and this reader cared about each one, and couldn’t wait for the villain of the tale to be handled. Although this novella was only 71 pages, the characters were well developed and the story did not leave me feeling like it had been rushed. Saffron mixed ancient Egyptian lore with a modern day setting which allowed this reader to sit back and enjoy an absolutely beautiful story.

I Wanna Sext U Up by Amber Skyze

I Wanna Sext U Up by Amber Skyze
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (86 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal play, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

Tool belt? Check. Rope? Check. Lube? Check. Violet wand? Check.

A simple text leads to a case of mistaken communication and before long Riley Anderson finds herself tied to her bed and being driven to distraction. Beckett Manning, host of Room Makeovers, knows how to tease and torture every inch of her skin. He also knows his way around an orgasm, which keeps Riley wanting more. And more. And more.

Beckett is ready to give Riley more than a remodeled kitchen. He’s about to bring her to the edge of ecstasy and back. Whether it’s hot sex in the bathtub or Riley hog-tied to the bed, he’s determined to show this brazen beauty how desirable she really is.

Out with the old and in with the new was Riley’s unspoken motto as she took fate into her hands and decided to make a change. Little did she know that fate had different ideas for her!

Riley is sick of having her ex keeping her from moving forward in life. So she decides to take matters into her own hands, literally. After demolishing her kitchen which was a project on the ‘plan to do but never going to do’ list with her ex, she heads to the local home improvement store. Riley found a whole lot more then just new cabinets and countertops!

Beckett is the host of a popular reality show where he finds unsuspecting homeowners and helps them with room remodels. As soon as his eyes zero in on the fiery head of Riley, its lust at first sight. He hopes to himself she’s in need of him, and not just his TV show. When they finally met, the sparks fly! After accepting Beckett’s help, they begin a path that not only fixes Riley’s kitchen, but her tattered pride as well.

I thought the plot was fun for this book, and overall its a sexy story. But there were some things that were just a little off. One was character development for Beckett, yes he’s a good guy and a hunky TV host. But other than learning he likes some kink with his sex, we don’t know anything else about him. And his friend/co-worker Patrick didn’t seem to fit with his constant nagging.

However, Riley was a refreshing take on a strong woman. Despite her misgivings about her previous sex life, she went full court press and was honest and open with Beckett. My favorite part of the book is the text messages, which I won’t ruin. The first one had me almost spitting my drink out. And Amber Skyze can really write some sex scenes, don’t worry there are plenty here!

I noted that this has BDSM, but I will say it’s very light but there are a couple scenes that put it over in that grey area so I thought it would be a safe bet to mention that. Overall its a sexy read, and one to read with a tall glass of ice water!

Cynful by Dana Marie Bell

Cynful by Dana Marie Bell
Halle Shifters Book 2
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: full Length (269 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

To save the woman he loves, he must push his gifts to the brink.

Halle Shifters, Book 2

Julian DuCharme, a rare Spirit Bear with legendary healing powers, is finally free from the threat of death, finally free to claim his mate—but she’s not having it. While his Bear screams it’s time to mate, the love of his life wants to date.

Holding his Bear in check while convincing her he’s not out to control her won’t be easy. She’s stubborn and a closeted geek—in other words, perfect for him.

Cynthia “Cyn” Reyes, owner of Living Art Tattoos, thinks Julian is the hottest thing on two legs. That doesn’t mean she’s going to roll over for his masculine charm. She watched her mother flounder when her father passed away, and she’s determined to never lose herself to someone else. Not even a man who would jump the moon for her, if she asked that of him.

When the women of Living Art are targeted by a killer, Julian doesn’t think twice about pouring out his last drop of power to keep Cyn safe. But it’s Cyn who’ll give up everything—her independence, even her humanity—to keep a terrifying vision from coming true.

Cynthia ‘Cyn’ Reyes hopes life settles down now that her friend has finally mated. And she knows that Julian DuCharme is more than likely just what he says, her mate and a rare Spirit Bear shifter. But sometimes, a girl just wants to be courted and wooed, not taken for granted. When folks just keep trying to kill her and destroy her Tattoo shop, she will do whatever it takes to protect those she cares for. Julian DuCharme, for all his strength and powers, is determined to give Cyn what she wants: a proper courtship with all the trimmings. At least that’s the plan, until Cyn and the others become targets. Then Julian is determined to claim his mate so she will be stronger and more able to survive if things get worse. The one question is, when Julian does finally turn Cyn, what will she be? Can Julian court Cyn to her satisfaction? Together, can they catch the ones targeting them?

Cynful is Dana Marie Bell’s second Halle Shifter book, and a fantastic follow up to Bear Necessities. I like that she's kept everyone from the first book together, and expands this world a bit more. She has also brought in some old friends, from the Halle Puma series, and I loved seeing them again as well. All of Ms. Bell’s characters are well defined, strong and charismatic. This world is one I love, and hope to visit often, filled with so many intriguing folks.

Cynthia ‘Cyn’ Reyes is a strong and independent woman. She's attracted to Julian, but hates the idea that her life depends on some fated mate. She wants to date and be courted, and I loved some of the things she put Julian through on their dates. She knows at some point he'll need to claim her and mate her, but she's determined to have it be on her terms, not Fate’s. She's smart enough to realize, when the attacks escalate, she needs the strength being Julian’s mate will provide. She'll be turned, but on her terms, when she's good and ready.

Julian DuCharme is hot, sexy and one of the rarest of shifters, a Spirit Bear. He has the power to heal, and he uses it in his role as a nurse at the local clinic. He knew Cyn was his mate the first time he saw her, and his frustration at the wait is driving him crazy. But he's willing to do things Cyn’s way, at least until the danger comes their way again. I love Julian’s determination, and his willingness to follow Cyn’s lead in this courtship. He won me over with his gentle nature when he works with the patients, and his fierce loyalty to friends and loved ones.

This is a fast paced and action packed story, with romance, danger and mystery around every corner. The secondary characters here are as strong as Julian and Cyn, and the addition of some of the Halle Pumas adds to the familiarity and fun. Of course, this has lots of Dana Marie Bell’s scorching hot sex, and the big surprise of what Cyn becomes is fantastic (and I’m not giving spoilers here on that). There's a happy ever after here, but it's hard won, and not without peril. This is for those who like humor with their romance, and a side of danger to spice it up.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My Boogie Woogie Bugle Guy by DL Jackson

My Boogie Woogie Bugle Guy by DL Jackson
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (36 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aster

When Grace Daniels goes to the cemetery to visit the grave of her twin brother, she meets a soldier, there for the same reason, or at least that’s what she believes until he tells her about the blind date her brother arranged before he was killed in combat.

It’s the date of her dreams. Big band, brass and sass, Madame Eve from 1NightStand has set her up for an unforgettable night, a WWII swing dance party. Unfortunately, she’s having trouble letting go of her past and is afraid to take the chance given to her.

Sergeant Frank Winters is an Army trumpet player who travels with the Color Guard, a great dancer, and six feet four inches of eye candy that could make her an addict. He’s also a soldier and soldiers can get killed. Grace doesn’t have the heart to lose someone again, but Frank knows a good thing when he sees it, and he’s determined to show her in one night, she’s got more to lose if she walks away.

It may only be 36 pages long, but My Boogie Woogie Bugle Guy packs the wallop of a full-length novel...and then some!

Grace Daniels is still heavily grieving over the loss of her twin brother, George, on the one year anniversary of the Special Forces Soldier's death. It's clear she never expected to find love while at the cemetery!

Frank Winters is an old Army buddy of Grace's brother, but he's not your average hot-shot soldier. Frank's in the Army Band. He's at the cemetery not only to grieve for his fallen friend, but to try to find George's unknown sister; a woman he'd been set up with before tragedy struck.

What a fantastic, short tale! The writing is phenomenal, the love scenes smoking hot, and the connection between the two characters was instant and natural. I loved the unique twist of making Frank a member of the military, but in a somewhat unexpected role. George has managed to fix up this wonderful couple from beyond the grave, and it was nothing but pure pleasure to read about their supposed one night stand that you knew had to become more!

I love the concept of the 1Night Stand series, and although I find myself wishing there was more, these stories provide quick, satisfying reads. In a few precious pages the characters are established, developed, and a relationship is born. If you have limited time and want something hot to read - this would be an awesome option!

The Male Stripper by Opal Carew

The Male Stripper by Opal Carew
Publisher: Smashwords
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (15 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Her ultimate sexual fantasy brought to life.

While Becca's friends fantasize about multiple men and erotic situations, Becca longs for something more down to earth-a sizzling night with the male stripper she hired for her friend's bachelorette party.

Despite her friends' good-natured insistence that she go for it, Becca just doesn't know how to tell this super sexy man she wants to jump his bones.

But when he shows up at her door later that night-and with a hunky friend in tow-she decides she just can't let this opportunity slip away.

This quickie had me longing for a long-term relationship with these characters. Becca had no idea when planning her friend’s bachelorette party it would lead to the most intense and naughty sex of her life, but I'm glad it did.

Don and Cal have all of the features of male strippers: gorgeous bodies, stunning personalities, and a full package. I could not blame Becca for wanting to take complete advantage. I envied her for getting to experience something that many woman dream of. On top of offering up some great sex these men seem to have personalities that just shined through the pages. I found myself wanting to know more about them, which is a strong feat for such a short story.

This story is about pure unadulterated lust with a side of kink, and I enjoyed every second of it. So much so that I immediately wanted to re-read the story and purchase the following story titled The Stranger. I would most certainly recommend this story to anyone who is looking for a truly erotic story.

His Forbidden Submissive by Brandi Evans

His Forbidden Submissive by Brandi Evans
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (134 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Moonflower

To find happiness, she must do something she swore she’d never do again.

Let a man control her.

After beating cancer, Vivian goes on a mission to cleanse her life. First on the list, kicking her cheating, controlling husband to the curb. Second, discovering the answer to a question that’s been haunting her. Is the love she harbors for Brock, her bad-boy brother-in-law, genuine or a chemotherapy-induced illusion?

Brock loves a woman he can’t have. His brother’s wife. To claim her would be a betrayal. He knows loving her is wrong but he can’t help it. So when circumstances bring them back together, he can no longer deny his forbidden attraction, and they unite in a fury of passion, lust—and bondage.

But Vivian isn’t prepared for Brock’s BDSM lifestyle, no matter how sexy he looks with his tats and leathers. After ten years with a controlling husband, submission is terrifying—but so is never being with Brock again. Submission or freedom? No matter which she chooses, her life will change forever.

What would you do if you had a second chance at life? That's what Vivian got the moment she beat cancer. A second chance to live again and she is going to do anything and everything to live it to the fullest.

Vivian has known for years that her husband was a cheating controlling jerk, but when he couldn’t be bothered to support her during her fight for life, it was the last straw. It also didn’t help that his brother Brock was there for her every step of the way. She has always had a special place in her heart for him, but can her attraction actually be more? One cancer victory, a steamy kiss and a divorce later and now Vivian is going to find out.

Brock must move on. He needs to stop pining over his older brother’s wife. His love life is suffering and so is his job. He isn’t even enjoying one of his favorite past times, being a Dom. This big strong tattooed man is going to go out on his Harley and change things up - until he opens his garage door and there stands Vivian looking better than ever.

Now they both have a chance to find love. But they are each bringing into the relationship painful pasts and secrets. They must be strong enough to work past the pain and trust each other to make it work. The question is…are they?

His Forbidden Submissive was a good story. I enjoyed seeing Vivian take charge of her life, but her knee jerk reactions were often and cumbersome. Brock also was an enigma. When you look at the cover you see this sexy gorgeous male back. The cover depicts Ms. Evans’ description of Brock very well. I also imagine him being an amazing Dom with a strength that is solid and undeterred. That was not the case. He comes across as too insecure and unsure, but his tenderness to Vivian was still sweet. Another mixed bag for me is the ex-husband. He's like the third corner of this love triangle, but I feel he was not utilized to his fullest. He was this big dark cloud hanging over them, but all he did was sprinkle on them. But in the same breath, I’m glad he did take a back seat. It showed how unimportant he was to their future.

This novel had more heart and emotions than it did BDSM. My problem is that after reading the blurb, I went into the book expecting more grrrr and less awww. If I mentally take out the strong undercurrent of BDSM in my mind, the story improves for me. Ms. Evans had a tough job in my opinion. How do you write a Dom that has an emotional connection with a woman that's forbidden? In that regards, she does a very nice job. Brock is more than likely representing a “real life” Dom and not the countless alphas that are in the literary world. I personally think Brock is written more realistically with emotions and insecurities. Well done Ms. Evans.

His Forbidden Submissive is a pleasant read that has elements of BDSM. Brock and Vivian are a relatively intense couple who have a bumpy ride to happiness. Their insecurities are real and so are most of their reactions to them. This is a satisfying story, but the plot is missing a teeny tiny something to push it over the top for me. I would recommend this book to someone that is looking for a book about second chances and the emotions of doing what's right for your heart. Expect elements of BDSM, but nothing hard-core.

His Forbidden Submissive is about the happy ending at the end of a long journey. I found myself cheering for this couple. I hope you will, too!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Breach of Promise by Victoria Vane

A Breach of Promise by Victoria Vane
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (102 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

On the night of her betrothal, Lydia Trent receives just a taste of what ecstasy will be at the hands of her fiancé…and then he leaves her wanting. After waiting six years, and tired of being neglected by her exceedingly reluctant husband-to-be, Lydia decides to break it off.

When Marcus, Lord Russell, receives Lydia’s letter requesting a release from their contract, he is stunned by her audacity. Confident he’ll have her eating out of his hand with his usual wit and charm, he’s determined to repair the damage. However, the headstrong woman she’s blossomed into is equally determined to thwart his every effort to win her back.

Marcus discovers, in spite of her conviction to end the union, Lydia is more responsive to his touch than he ever imagined. He just needs to get her alone to unleash the promised passion he sees within his wanton virgin. Marcus will use any tool in his arsenal to exploit her weakness—his kisses, his hands, his mouth…her own body. In short, he’ll just have to ruin her!

What is that old saying? 'If you play with fire, you’re bound to get burned.'

That is the lesson learned by our protagonist, Marcus. Reluctant to enter into a betrothal with Lydia, who is just turning seventeen, he does what is required by family obligation. His father and uncle, the Duke of Bedford, set up the match with no consultation from Marcus. He would prefer to focus on his own burgeoning political career, and still wants to sow his wild oats. Who wants to get married when you're young and having fun?

And what’s the best way to put off your betrothed? Well, showing up to the engagement slash birthday party drunk of course. The young couple leave the party for a moment and Marcus’ true feelings about their engagement are revealed, of course crushing poor Lydia’s heart and dreams. But between trying to prove that she is not a child and his drunkenness, things get a little hot and heavy in the garden.

What Marcus didn’t know was that evening he started a low burn within Lydia. A burn he let simmer for six years! Now as a woman of twenty three and still not married, Lydia has had enough and asks to be released from the engagement with Marcus. While he was off playing political diplomat, Lydia was a home waiting and wanting until she grew into a sharp, educated woman. She has plans and dreams, and Lydia has had enough of Marcus’ blantant brush off to getting married. Can’t say I blame her, who makes a woman wait six years during that time period?

Of course Marcus’ pride is wounded by Lydia’s request and thus begins a witty and emotional game of chess between the two. Deciding to bite the bullet and finally concede to marrying Lydia, Marcus is shocked when he finds a beautiful and not only well rounded, but quick witted woman. And Lydia is shocked when she realizes that even though her mind is totally off marrying Marcus, her body is all full steam ahead to the idea. And so begins the cat and mouse game of should they or shouldn't they get married.

I loved this book. So much so I have read it twice. Victoria Vane wrote a wickedly funny, sexy and witty tale about lust and love set in the Georgian Era as opposed to the typical Regency/Victorian you find in most historical romance. My favorite quote from the book is made by Marcus as he’s trying to convince Lydia that marrying him is in her best interest: “Our children.” He expounded in his most seductive tone. “The fruit of our loins that would be nothing less than heaven in the making.” My other favorite part of the story is the last few pages when Ms. Vane makes it clear that parents often do know "what's best".

I loved both characters immensely, both of their inner monologues had me giggling and yet the sex scene had me fanning myself. This is pretty raunchy for the time period, but in a good way and Ms. Vane does it in a very forward thinking way. Just overall an awesome read and top of my recommend list.

Aphrodite Calling by Jennifer Lynne

Aphrodite Calling by Jennifer Lynne
Gods of Love Book 2
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (33 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Voyeurism, Transgender
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Sometimes it takes the power of the gods to reveal the woman within...

A modern-day transsexual woman and an ancient god of desire is an unusual pairing, but the power of Aphrodite works in the most mysterious ways.

Gina Deveraux is forced to confront her painful past when she attends a high school reunion. Born with male genitalia, she spent her childhood and teen years living as a boy, and has only now returned in an effort to put the past behind her, so she can begin to live her life without the continuing fear of loneliness and rejection.

Himeros is one of the erotes, an aspect of Eros, and as such it is his duty to answer the call of sexual desire whenever a human needs him. But he has been living among mortals too long and his interest has waned. When he decides to accept one last call he finds a woman who is unique. A woman who encapsulates the whole human experience in her body, and her soul.

Has he finally found the one with whom even a god of desire could find fulfilment? Forever, after all, is such a long time to be alone.

Self discovery can be difficult at best, especially when you discover you are not who you thought you had to be.

I cannot pretend to imagine what Gina went through growing up knowing she was not the same person on the outside as on the inside. Gina’s history is what attracted me to this story to begin with. She had a lot to cope with in life and I was just happy that this story shed some light on what some may go through.

Himeros on the other hand has enough self confidence to fill a country. As a sex god I would think he is sitting on top of the world, but instead he’s longing for more. I could understand why he felt this way since while he may have a physical connection, he never achieves the emotional connection truly needed in life whether it be a mortal or immortal existence. One thing I absolutely adored about Himeros’ personality is that he’s able to accept Gina immediately including the woman trapped inside of all of the doubt and fear.

Absolutely anyone who enjoys a story of self discovery and larger than life personalities would love this story. Yes, it is an erotic novel with plenty of sex, but it is so much more than that. I was amazed at how much I truly enjoyed the story from start to finish. I know of many people who would enjoy reading this story, and I plan on recommending it to each and every one of them.