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Friday, September 7, 2012

Warrior’s Surrender by Marisa Chenery

Warrior’s Surrender by Marisa Chenery
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (85 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Jaxon never wanted to tie himself to a single woman, not even when he was mortal. When a sexy temptress collides with him on the street, dumping her coffee all over his chest, he sees the opportunity for another installment of his modus operandi—seduce, bed then leave. But this fiery woman sees through his attempts and refuses to be just another notch on his bedpost.

Chyna is prepared to walk away when it becomes clear Jaxon plans to hit it and leave. She has a plan of her own and knows seduction is a two-way street. Once she gets him in bed, he won’t want to leave. But she gets more than she bargained for when her lover shows his furry side and reveals his true nature—as a shifter and warrior to an ancient Egyptian god. She must then decide if she’s brave enough to stay…or if she will be the one to walk away.

All these years of fighting evil and enjoying the single lifestyle, Jaxon has had his share of fun, never wanting more from a woman than one night. Yet when Jaxon meets Chyna, all his past fears and feelings seem to melt away. One chance meeting and theirs lives are changed forever. Jaxon finds himself wanting so much more, but when a demon enters the picture all may be lost before Jaxon even has a chance to try.

I enjoyed this latest visit to the world of Anubis’s warrior’s. Once again the author brings her warriors and their world vividly to life. I enjoy seeing each new warrior and their mate defeat their demon in this series and Jaxon and Chyna do not disappoint. They must find a way to defeat the demon before his revenge can be exacted. The two make a wonderful couple. Chyna is one strong woman who knows just what she wants and will not take any crap. Jaxon is a good man with a big heart. Jaxon finds so much more than fun with Chyna and when he's faced with loosing her he fights with all his might to keep her.

Watching Jaxon find himself and come to terms with his feelings made for a good read. The bond and the love that builds between the two was a wonderful thing to see. Fast paced and filled with emotions this book is a great installment in this series and has me eagerly waiting to meet the new warrior and his mate.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

His Little Tart by Sindra Van Yssel

His Little Tart by Sindra Van Yssel
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (173 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Constance knows her pastries are the best. Hard work and talent ought to mean business success, but somehow she's barely scraping by. So she takes a job making snacks for the kinky folk at Bondage Ranch. She's fascinated by what's going on around her, but she doesn't have time for play--she's got a business to run.

All work and no play is no way to live, and Aidan knows that. He's in Bondage Ranch for a little R&R between business trips that take him all over the world. So when he sees Constance sneaking peeks at BDSM scenes, he decides to find out what she's like under that chef's uniform and show her the joys of sex and submission.

Once again readers are taken back to Bondage Ranch to visit old friends while making new ones. Constance has agreed to bring her delicious desserts to one of the many parties at the ranch. While she's at the party she becomes decidedly curious of some of the activities. Aidan takes notice of Constance and becomes entranced himself, by her. Although Constance is interested in the lifestyle she's wary and claims not to be "that interested". Will she accept Aidan’s invitation or will she forever wonder what could have been?

This is another great book in this ongoing series. I found myself immersed in Constance and Aidan’s story right from the start. I loved meeting these two and watching their relationship takes shape. Constance is a strong woman who is finding herself and trying to understand her wants and needs. I loved seeing her grow with the help of Aidan. Likewise, he's a great man who may not be looking for love but I think it has found him anyway. Their romance is full of ups and downs making for an emotional read. Aidan and Constance and their world are brought vividly to life making this book a wonderful story. I enjoyed seeing both Aidan and Constance struggle with their own feelings. Both are strong individuals but together they make a beautiful couple. Not only do they show us how hot and sexy their relationship is but we also get a fun and romantic read with their story.

I love returning to Bondage Ranch and meeting the new people. Every time I open a new book in this series it's like visiting old friends. I cannot wait to see whom we meet next at the ranch.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Therian Priestess by Cyndi Friberg

Therian Priestess by Cyndi Friberg
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Twilight
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (71 pgs)
Other: M/F, Multiple Partners
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Verbena

In the time before recorded history, Jatara is a faithful priestess of the Mother Creator, Bellin. Like all Therian women, she is empowered to absorb the animal nature of the male who defines her. But her father has ordered her to mate with a rival clan’s leader, which will destroy her connection to Bellin. Angry and frightened, she rebels, determined to live on her own terms.

Jatara’s bravery impresses Bellin, who promises her a new destiny. She will become the Omni Prime, a specially gifted Therian who will work to free all her kind’s women from oppression. To claim her power, she must surrender herself to the mighty god Khonish. Jatara yearns for the joining with the sexy and intriguing god. Until she meets another whose touch inflames her senses…

What makes a woman stronger than a man?

Like many women, Jatara feels the call of duty and heeds her feminine drive to care and nurture others in need. This includes devoting her life to the Mother Creator, Bellin. Years ago, Bellin and her brother bestowed specific powers to the males and females of Jatara’s world. What the gods didn’t anticipate is the abuse of women that soon ensued. Men hungry for status raped and claimed who they wanted without regard to emotion or respect.

After seeing the exploitation of her “daughters”, Bellin grows angry. She must confront her brother, Khonish, and demand a change in terms from their previous truce. For this, Jatara will have to fulfill a bigger role and sacrifice more than she ever imagined. As difficult as the terms of Bellin’s and Khonish’s new arrangement are, falling in love is the absolute last thing she anticipates. But before she can follow her heart, she must submit to Khonish’s demands. And he’s asking a pretty hefty price for a shift in the tides, so to speak.

Jatara is both frightened and proud to accept the gift Khonish promises, including the level of responsibility that comes with it. She and Bellin have a one moon cycle to accomplish his demands—a very short time given the magnitude of their quest. While she doesn’t particularly care for the deeds she must commit, Jatara knows it is for the betterment of all womankind.

Poor Aylon, all he wanted was a refreshing dip in the sea. Catching a beautiful young woman trying to steal his clothes turned into a pleasant surprise—or so he first thought. Tiny and terrified, he had the overwhelming urge to wrap her in his arms and protect her from all things bad. That is, until she suddenly attacked him, leaving his stunned and bleeding. Despite the turn of events, this girl heated his blood in more ways than one. He could only hope to see her once again and claim her as his heart and body so desired. But he didn’t intend to leave fate to the gods. Aylon had a few tricks up his sleeve to make this mystery girl his.

Therian Priestess proved to be a wonderfully entertaining story. I loved the author’s plot line and can see this leading to more books to come. I’m a little old school when it comes to love and romance but things that would normally be a “no-no” for me worked well in this book, and served their purpose. Clean editing, excellent grammar, and consistent point-of-view made this a thoroughly enjoyable tale. I hope to see more about the Therian world in Ms. Friberg’s upcoming releases.

Bold gods who take what they want, a pure-hearted woman willing to sacrifice all for her fellow “sisters”, and a fierce warrior determined to claim his mate make for a fantastic story of power, lust, fortitude and loyalty. Therian Priestess is a story well-worth your time.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sinfully Wicked by Tina Donahue

Sinfully Wicked by Tina Donahue
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (143 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 stars
Review by Clover

Two brothers—one woman—unforgettable passion. Years before, Nikki fell in love with Mitch and Connor, only to ultimately betray them both. Now she’s back and in need of their help.

Powerful and commanding, Mitch has never stopped craving Nikki. Connor hungers for her just as badly, but isn’t ready to forgive. If she needs some fast cash by working at their gentlemen’s club, she’ll have to audition—by stripping for them.

Aroused by their shameless scrutiny, Nikki’s willing to do whatever it takes to be near them again…even if that means being punished in the BDSM room or starring in one of Connor’s erotic films. Mitch won’t have it, however, unless he and Connor are the ones enjoying her body.

On a sultry weekend, Nikki surrenders to their lust, reawakening a timeless bond and the beginnings of forgiveness.

Did you ever regret something so much there is nothing you wouldn’t do to make amends?

This is what happened to Nikki. Years ago she fell in love with brothers, Mitch and Conner, but after a few fumbling, teenage kisses she turned against them in an effort to fit into the ‘popular crowd’. Needless to say she has always regretted this mistake, even through a disasterous marriage and a riot of wild sex parties as she sought human touch and attention. But now everything has changed. She not only needs their help, she also needs their forgiveness and their love.

Sinfully Wicked is one seriously hot sex story. There is nothing bashful about it, the bountiful erotic scenes are laid bare and there for you to lap up – if that is your thing! I really enjoyed the initial build up in the office, with Nikki turning up out of the blue and being asked to strip by Conner and Mitch as she applied for a job in their gentlemen’s club. The anxiety she feels and the sexual tension between them literally rose from the page. Great reading.

From there on in the action reaches scorching levels, with Nikki not only working the club but then being whisked away to appear in one of Conner’s steamy porn films. There is plenty of BDSM, voyuerism and m/f connection and finally hot-brothers-and-one-lucky-lady action! Ms Donahue writes with a lovely flowing style, the adjectives are rich and sensual, no detail left out. There were a couple of lines I had to re-read to check which character’s point of view I was in, but this didn’t detract from the story, in fact it’s no hardship to re-read any of this page-turning book and I am pretty sure I will go back to it at some point in the future.

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, particuarly one who enjoys a sexy menage read with well rounded characters, a plot that just oozes sex and doesn’t mind their e-reader melting a little bit around the edges. Great book and certainly lives up to it’s sinfully wicked name.

The Color of Hunger by Chrissie Lee

The Color of Hunger by Chrissie Lee
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (37 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Aleyin Hartwick hasn’t had it easy. Not just because he’s gay. Or that his family is flamboyantly and openly Wiccan. He’s an empath. Aleyin can sense people’s emotions and even see the strong ones as colorful auras. Makes fitting in all but impossible, and all he wants to do is escape.

Finally breaking free from his new age family, Aleyin encounters a man at a local night club that pulses with a mixture of colors and emotions that leave him breathless, confused, and extremely aroused, effectively turning his quest for a normal life upside down.

Will the approaching spring equinox bring the new beginning Aleyin’s been searching for? Or question everything he’s ever believed instead?

There's nothing more tempting than a stranger who stands out in a crowd, especially when that stranger’s emotional colors are different from everyone else.

Aleyin always knew he was different. His new age parents made sure of that when they decided to name him Aleyin after the Phoenician god. I imagine we've all felt as if our family members were the oddest in the bunch at some point, which brought me closer to understanding Al. When he began to see peoples emotions, he knew he could never be normal. This gave Al the sense of being lonely even in a crowded room. I could easily sympathies with him to a certain degree. I wanted to know more.

While Aleyin was easy to read, Dagan was dark and mysterious with a hint of danger. Just the kind of man you dream about meeting in a back alley to take advantage of you, but fear the reality of it actually happening. The author did a great job creating enough mystery about him to make me want to know more, and fear him all at the same time. In the end I found that the harsh yet sexy exterior hid a beautiful gem underneath.

This story definitely pulled me in from the beginning, which created a quick read. Though I'm not familiar with Phoenician gods but it felt as if it were real. Ms. Lee's writing was simply that good. The fact that the author made me believe in their world was inspiring and captivating. I felt connected to the world, and the characters which made this a excellent read.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Riding Her Tiger: Club Ink Story by Doris O’Connor

Riding Her Tiger: Club Ink Story by Doris O’Connor
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (52 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Can one night change your life forever?

Estelle has been lusting after her kinky boss Nathan for ages, but how do you snare a much older Dom? You enlist the help of the internet.

Matched to exploration facilitator Ink, Estelle explores her submissive fantasies to the full. When online sex turns into a real life ménage, will a case of mistaken identity ruin her chances with Nathan?

Or will the shifter claim his mate?

I hadn’t even finished reading this story and I was already excited about reading it again! The plot twists and mysterious, dominant men make the pages sing. This explosive short had me on the edge of my seat with everything that was going on. I was amazed at how the author was able to get so much into a short story. I feared I had suffered whiplash from all of it, but would happily wear a neck brace just to read more.

The paranormal element within this story was the only aspect that was less than spectacular. I think the BDSM element coupled with the awesome plot and characters didn’t really need the paranormal element. It didn’t seem to play a big role in an otherwise explosive story. Had the author left it out I would have still been equally happy.

The characterization throughout the story was just as enchanting as the plotlines. Ink has a harsh edge to him that really excites me when reading BSDM stories. While Nathan seems to be a bit softer, and caring. I was curious to see how things would work out. Then you add in Grisha, another Dom who just screams cruel sweet torment. While Estelle was the main female character, I really think the men are what entertained me the most. Part of that may have been that I secretly wished it was me in Estelle’s shoes.

I will not only be re-reading this story, but actively looking for any other stories in the Ink Series. I would highly recommend picking up this story, that is, if you think you can handle the heat.

I Am Fallen by Scarlet Blackwell

I Am Fallen by Scarlet Blackwell
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (192 pages)
Other: M/M
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Amaryllis

Children's book writer Jacob Bailey has retreated to Scotland to die in solitude, tormented by the loss of the love of his life, and wishing for an end to his suffering. In his remote house on the cliff he is visited by an angel, with history and pain of his own, a being who brings far more to Jacob's final days than he could ever hope for.

A surrealistic story that highlights the beauty of love. Warning, this is a bittersweet tale. It is not something for the faint of heart. It explores tough, painful issues and may well raise questions within the reader that are not always comfortable. I loved that aspect of it. There’s a touch of the epic within this story, for it portrays something epic, how a bright star slowly dims and comes to acceptance.

Jacob is the central focus of I Am Fallen and he is a very immediate character. I felt myself immediately connected to him and sympathetic to him without feeling pity. He’s so unflinchingly honest in his appraisal of himself and his regrets in his life. There is no part of this story that came across as soapbox sentimental. It was unique and refreshing, raw and honest.

If love angst mixed with moments of joy, you might very well enjoy this story and be taken into another place and time. Ms. Blackwell captures the experience of being chronically ill so much that what the body is capable of focusing on and perceiving becomes numbed out. Yet still being human and having yearning and feelings that render one feeling powerless, weak, beyond vulnerable. There’s a sharpness given to the moments of joy and greater awareness that Jacob experiences. He gives freely of his newfound wisdom to those around him.

This is a love story above all else. Jacob and Lucifer share a love that transcends the physical realm. They take strength from each other, they learn from each other. They grow. Lucifer’s character was well done. He contains all the passion and contradictions one would expect a fallen angel to have. I Am Fallen has a breathtaking happy ending but it is not the typical one. I loved it.

I Am Fallen really shows the versatility and depth that Ms. Blackwell possesses as an author. She tackled the tricky issues of sickness, death, regret and religion and wove them into a masterpiece of transcendence and love.