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Friday, September 21, 2012

Minute Maid by Natalie Dae

Minute Maid by Natalie Dae
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (48 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Aster

What’s a woman to do when she’s caught by a sexy man while spying on her boss having sexual relations then is offered more pleasure than she’s ever had before if she’ll only follow a simple rule—to act the part of their boss, a prostitute, while he plays her customer?

Lizzie Gould is a maid for a well-to-do woman and enjoys spying on her boss, who thinks nothing of bringing a different man home every night—unaware that her household staff know exactly what she’s up to. Lizzie has been watching for years, longing to act out some of the antics she’s learned…

Johnny Francis is a butler in the same household and has observed Lizzie watching their boss for months. He’s hankered after her since the first day he started working there and longs to give her pleasure instead of Lizzie using her own hand.

One day, Johnny can resist no longer and lets Lizzie know he’s in on her little secret. He offers to be the man of her dreams so she can replicate the wild acts she’s seen. Lizzie agrees, playing the part of a prostitute to his customer, and finds she enjoys being in charge… But Johnny isn’t who he seems. He’s only a butler there because he saw Lizzie and fell in love with her. Will she accept him once she finds out who he really is?

Working for the local prostitute in post-war London would raise even the strongest person's libido, but for Lizzie Gould, watching her boss had become her favorite pastime.

Emmaline Childs has a new male visitor just about every night, and while her boss entertains, Lizzie takes pleasure watching through the keyhole; often pleasuring herself. Much to her embarrassment, however, she learns she's not been alone during those times. Johnny Francis, the new butler in the household, has been secretly watching Lizzie and joining in the fun in his own way. After a short discussion, wrought with sexual tension, Johnny, who isn't exactly what he seems, convinces Lizzie to act on her wildest fantasy. She puts herself in her boss' shoes and becomes a lady of the evening; Johnny dutifully acting as her customer.

This was an entertaining short story. The writing was vibrant, and helped keep me in post-World War II England. Lizzie had a good heart, but was lonely and stuck in her position in life with little hope of escape. She was sassy, but smart, and seemed to know the appropriate times to speak and keep quiet.

Johnny was a little harder to peg. He was definitely love-struck, and a genuine man at heart, but other than his intense feelings for Lizzie, we didn't get to see much of the rest of his personality. He was likable, but I would have liked to have gotten to know a little more about him.

As the book ended, I was happy for the couple and believed their feelings for each other. The beginning, however, it felt a little awkward. This may be because the first quarter of the story focused heavily on Emmaline and her "customer" for the evening, instead of the background of the relationship between Johnny and Lizzie. There was mention of how they interacted a little, and the reader knows the two are attracted to the other, but neither has told the other. To jump into a sexual act so quickly was physically hot, but I initially didn't feel the connection between the two. After further conversations and time, however, the love they felt for each other began to emerge and they go their happily ever after.

I give credit to any author attempting to write in a foreign time or place, and Ms. Dae does it very well. If you're looking for a fun, historical escape mixed with a love story, Minute Maid fits the bill.

Unbridled and Unclaimed by Elle Saint James

Unbridled and Unclaimed by Elle Saint James
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (180 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Anal play, Menage
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

Valentina Petrova leaves Russia after much personal tragedy to begin a new life after an old college friend in Colorado offers to help her. Already an American citizen, Valentina just needs help navigating the landscape and a financial boost to get started.

Wyatt Smith, an FBI agent, and Dillon Jones, an ER doctor, are tasked with telling Valentina that the man she counted on to help her is now dead. They offer her sanctuary and help her acclimate to American life. They also give her a peek into their unbridled lifestyle.

When she tries to collect the unclaimed money from her college bank account, she finds out it's been flagged and the FBI detains her. Will Wyatt be able to save her? And when her past catches up in the form of a Russian ex-fiancé that her father wanted her to marry, will Wyatt and Dillon lose her forever?

What could be better then having not one but two sexy saviors when you are at your lowest?

In my estimation, not much. Valentina has had a rough decade, and just wants to start over. Her mother dies when she is young, her dad has some very bad connections then tries to control her life using said connections. To top it off, she has more personal tragedy over the course of the years leaving her utterly alone in the world. Well, except for that college friend in Colorado who reaches out and offers her a home, security and above all friendship. Having no better options, Valentina is bound for America.

Of course, once she gets to her destination everything falls apart. Dillion and his best friend Wyatt meet the women that they have to deliver bad news too. Once they tell her that the man who was set to be her saving grace is dead, she faints. Good thing Dr. Dillion is there to save the day. After things settle, Dillion and Wyatt fight off their instant attraction to the Russian bombshell. But it’s not just her beauty that pulls them in. She’s spunky, mouthy and prideful, all characteristics that scream ‘difficult’.

And so the journey begins with men offering Valentina a place to stay until she can get on her feet, help finding work, and even access to an old bank account she had during her college years in America. Pride and past experiences force Valentina to be wary of their offer, but between her attraction for the gorgeous men and sheer desperation has her accepting their help. Deciding to follow her aunt’s mantra and ‘live for today, because tomorrow might bring trouble” Valentine decides to give into her own feelings toward the men and takes seduction into her own hands.

The things I liked about this book was how strong of a character Valentina was and that stayed true throughout the entire book. Its easy for a person to lose their morals in a world gone bad, but she held tight to her beliefs and her pride. But what I loved most was that despite her troubles, she was still a woman and went after what she wanted. And really, let’s be honest: a hunky doctor and a studly law man? Who wouldn’t want that?

My biggest problem with this book was that the men didn’t have their own voices for me. Obviously they were separate characters but their thought process and actions felt as if they were the same. And for me that pulled me out of the story. The men didn’t feel as fleshed out as characters to keep pace with Valentina. However, Clay who was a secondary character felt like he would have been a nice fit for her. No pun intended, really.

I had not read the previous five books in this series, yet didn’t feel left out of anything. There were a few mentions of previous couples but nothing that was confusing. After reading this book however, I will be adding the rest of the Double Rider Men’s Club series to my TBR pile. It was fun and sexy read overall, especially the ending and a place called “The Stadium”.

Finding Eden by Scarlet Blackwell

Finding Eden by Scarlet Blackwell
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (115 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Anal Sex, Rape (in backstory), Light BDSM
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Amaryllis

Eden and Sean are together, but the situation is volatile. Eden is working through his trauma, and Sean is trying to be supportive, but he feels guilty and is walking on eggshells. The slightest thing could tear them apart permanently…

Eden Gray is traumatised from his rape eighteen years earlier and the part Sean Keller played in it isn't easy to forget. Eden goes from happy to desperate within minutes, never sure how long a good mood will last. But he knows that he loves Sean with all his heart and wants to lay his ghosts to rest permanently.

Sean feels the same way. He treads on eggshells around Eden, afraid for his mental health and mindful of his suicide attempts. He has a hard time dealing with his guilt, and hates that it overshadows his love for Eden more often than not.

Something needs to happen to let them connect and bond permanently and bring them into the light…

Finding Eden is dark, edgy romance. It is another strong brave story about real men sharing real love from Ms. Blackwell. This is a risky topic and I do think Ms. Blackwell pulled it off beautifully. Two men with a painful past, a shared secret drenched in shame and the only way out is through learning how to properly love and respect each other.

Eden is a complex character, neurotically focused on oral hygiene, tormented by a past he can not forget or come to terms with. He craves Sean’s affection and sexual attention but at the same time, he feels anger towards his lover.

Sean is tormented by the memory of his part in the traumatic experience that broke Eden. He longs to heal Eden with his love, to help put the pieces back together. Yet Sean worries that the scars are too deep. But love has its own way and Eden and Sean begin to come together. However just at that moment, the past intrudes upon them with a vengeance and threatens to tear them apart forever.

The main villain in this story is well crafted. There are a few secondary villains as well and they are chillingly true to life. The moments of danger in this story had me on the edge of my seat.

The sex between Sean and Eden was explosive and powerful, somewhat brutal at times. I loved it. Ms. Blackwell always writes men as they are. They are not always admirable or a pretty sight when they are going through their changes and conflicts but they are always real. That’s a good part of what I love about her writing. I highly recommend Finding Eden to all who enjoy angst and difficult love stories. Finding Eden gives one hope that love will heal if courage can prevail.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cherry Red by Jack Greene

Cherry Red by Jack Greene
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (22 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Tom works as a bouncer in a gay club, but he's not gay.

Or so he claims, until gorgeous male model Andre needs his protection.

Tom tries to hold back but he can't deny his desire for Andre.

A whole lot of hunks in one room. I'm telling you, the place sizzles.

I'm a sucker for Jack Greene's work. I am. Greene doesn't pull punches and gets right to the heat of the story while tossing in a fine dose of heart. The writing flows well and I don't want to put the story down. Cherry Red is no different.

Tom isn't your average bouncer. He works very hard at being the muscle in the gay bar. The story opens with him not even sure he's gay. I liked seeing the struggle in his head. There's man meat all over the place, but he's not affected. It's awkward and sexy at the same time. Then there's Andre. This guy oozes sex. He's a model and knows what he wants. Well, he thinks he does. Like Tom, there's a hint of confusion in him. Strong emotions are all over the place and it was nice to see an erotic story where there's more build up to the sex. Sounds strange? Not really. Its a short story and in many short stories, the characters jump right into bed. The tension and build up in this one makes it a refreshing change.

Now on to that sex. WOW. Hot. Holy cow. Andre is nicely sexy and pouty. Tom is clumsy and Greene writes this with a tenderness that made me feel for Tom. I liked seeing things through Tom's perspective. He comes across less stiff and more human. Both characters are the kinds I could identify with, but Tom more so than Andre because of Tom's hesitation. I finished this story with a smile on my face and ready to read it again and again.

If you like a white hot story with human elements, then this might be the story for you.

Her Eternal Warrior by Marisa Chenery

Her Eternal Warrior by Marisa Chenery
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Twilight
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (89 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

Protecting mortals from the evil preying upon them is Tor’s number-one job. His dying pledge to serve the Egyptian god Anubis gave him immortality and a life of solitude as a jackal shifter—for thousands of years. But all that changes when he saves a young woman from being attacked. The moment he sees her face, his blood stirs—as does his cock. For the first time ever, Tor’s reluctant to wipe himself from a victim’s mind. She becomes the center of his existence, and nothing but total possession will do.

Kenna can’t believe her luck when the sexy-as-hell stranger approaches the hotel reception desk and asks her out. There’s something familiar about him, but she just can’t place it. She falls hard and fast, and scorching sex is the icing on the cake. Tor’s guarded secret could change everything, however. Sure, she was open to settling down, but life with Tor would put a whole new meaning on the word “forever”.

I walk alone…

Such has been Tor’s motto ever since he became a warrior of Anubis thousands of years ago. He didn’t mind the solitary life as a jackal shifter, for he knew his purpose far outweighed the cost. In fact, he preferred working alone. It kept him from having to constantly save someone else’s tail when he had his hands full watching out for his own. Protecting humanity from the many faces of evil was a busy job. An occasional fling now and then served his physicial needs. Plus, he was a damned good cook. What more could he want?

Save the human, wipe her memory, and move on to the next evildoer. Those were the rules. He always followed the rules. No second thoughts. So what was it about Kenna that made him want to disobey Anubis this time? One kiss, one touch, and then he’d move on. Or so he thought. The woman quickly managed to get under his skin. Like the mark of Anubis upon his chest, she became a part of him, and he quickly realized there would be no letting go.

Kenna had a thing for big, tall, and handsome. When Tor walked through the front door of the hotel lobby, larger than life, a dark-skinned, muscle-bound, mountain of a man, she felt her heart—as well as a few other more private places of her body—flutter in response. She had no idea where this Egyptian god had come from, but she sure as hell wasn’t letting him get away without at least a sample of what his good looks and rock-hard body promised to give. While she never expected more than a few dates and maybe a tumble in the sheets, she quickly found herself falling head-over-heels. Despite some questionable mystery surrounding his profession and background, Kenna threw caution to the wind—an action quite unlike her.

While not my favorite story by Ms. Chenery, I still found myself drawn into her captivating tale of Tor, the mighty warrior of Anubis. Ms. Chenery has capitalized on a wonderfully creative idea and has brought forth another entertaining work of art. I fell in love with her warrior tales in other stories, so I quickly jumped on the chance to see what she’d come up with this time. With her colorful characters, engaging plotline, and steamy sex, she’s produced another fine story that’s certainly worth taking a look at.

In reading other books by Ms. Chenery and knowing her ability to create heroes and heroines that stick with you, I have to confess a few complaints. It seemed as though she kept repeating major plot points from different points of view. For example, Tor might introduce a facet of his existence, then Anubis might reiterate it during a conversation, then Kenna might bring it up again in her thoughts or even say it aloud to herself. Rather than being major bits of information meant to keep you enthralled, the points begin to feel like fillers to the story.

Secondly, the dialog felt wordy and unnatural at times. Natural flowing dialog is a difficult skill to master. Whether you have a good plotline or not, dialog can make or break a book. Despite my enjoyment of the story itself, I found myself stumbling over some of the characters’ verbal interaction, thinking to myself, “would they really say that?”.

That being said, I would not go so far as to suggest the story is not worth reading. It is. If you’ve read other Marisa Chenery stories and loved her writing style, then you’ll likely enjoy Her Eternal Warrior as well. I will certainly keep Ms. Chenery on my list of favorite authors and I plan to snatch up any future stories of hers that I can get my hands on.

If you love the bad-ass guy who can kill demons, seduce women in distress, and cook dinner all in one day, then be sure to grab a copy of Her Eternal Warrior by Marisa Chenery. It just might leave you pining for a warrior of Anubis for your own.

Eternal Lovers by Zenobia Renquist

Eternal Lovers by Zenobia Renquist
Caveat Emptor 7
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (68 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

Darius and Medusa, Lamon and Sicily, Theron and Ryver -- these three couples have struggled to make love work in the middle of the vampire-mage war, but now talk of peace is testing the strength of their relationships. One simple meeting could mean the end of it all or the start of a new and brighter future together.

Darius, the Mage King, is tired of the Mage-Vampire war and just wants to be able to publicly display his love for his wife Medusa, a vampire. So Darius decides to call an end to the war but he needs the support and help of the vampire lord, Theron. Darius sends a message to Theron asking him to meet so that they could discuss matters. Lamon, Theron’s right hand man thinks it’s a trap and does not want Theron to go alone, but he cannot leave his wife Sicily who is a newly turned vampire. Even though the mage king has powers, Theron is not without his own, so he decides to go alone leaving his wife Ryver behind in a deep sleep that he induced. All Theron wants to do is bring Medusa back and rid themselves of the Mage King.

Imagine Theron’s surprise when he walks in and finds not only Medusa but his wife Ryver in the room with the Mage King. He is ready to do battle until Darius assures him that no harm will come to them and that they really do want peace. He can also see the love and affection Medusa and Darius shares which allows him to take a closer look at Darius.

This was a quick read and an enjoyable one, and it’s always a plus when the women in the story are not simpering females but strong intelligent women. Caveat Emptor 7: Eternal Lovers is the final book in the series, and can be read as a stand alone, but I believe you would get a much better understanding of the story if the entire series were read. That way each of the characters mentioned in this book would be more familiar and you would know the background story for each. So if you decide to read this story I would suggest that you start with book one Caveat Emptor: Charmed Lover that way you will get a better feel of the series and characters.

The Fires of Beltane by Ayla Ruse

The Fires of Beltane by Ayla Ruse
Publisher: Total E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (49 pages)
Other: M/F, F/F, M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Aster

What was supposed to be a celebration of life turns into a festival of fear...

Natalie Devonshire is nervous about attending the invitation only, annual Beltane feast. She’s heard it can be wild and naughty and though intrigued, she plans only to observe. That is, until she meets handsome William Zapata, who convinces her that trying something new can be as fun as it is daring.

William’s been coming to this festival for several years, for one reason only—to spend time with his sometime lover. When he meets Natalie outside the gates, his interest is immediate. He’s drawn to her, and as backward as this celebration makes their introductions, his intention is to keep seeing her long after the festival ends.

Not all is a bed of roses, however. Some attendees see the festival as a way to meet needs of a darker nature. Beltane not only has a history rich in fertility and life, but also has historical ties with the occult. This includes human sacrifice and all the necessary preparations are in order. When people begin to disappear and death explodes around the celebrants, panic ensues.

Trapped and confused, can Natalie and William find out who is behind the destruction of this celebration and stop the spiralling events before they become part of the sacrifice themselves? And when all is said and done, will the attraction between them be strong enough to last, or will they discover their interest was fleeting and best left burning with the fires?

Every once in a while it is fun to read a tale that takes you to a place you will never experience in real life. The Fires of Beltane is that type of story.

Natalie Devonshire, against her better judgment, has agreed to attend the festival of Beltane, but only because her dear friend has been named the May Queen. She's heard whispers and rumors of what happens during this mysterious ritual, but she still has no idea what she will encounter once she passes the fiery gates. Just as she's thinking of leaving, a deep, sexy voice convinces her to stay.

That voice belongs to William Zapata. This is not his first time at the festival; he's attended several times in order to connect with his occasional lover. He takes an immediate liking to Natalie, and calms her enough to convince her to let go and have fun during the evening. They spend the evening enjoying each other, as well as several other people, before the night ends in utter disaster.

There are good and bad elements to this book. On the good side, there is a little bit of everything included, so no matter what type of erotica you like to read, you'll find something that speaks to you in the course of the story. There are elements of male/female, female/female, male/male, menage, voyeurism and multiple partners. There are also elements of paranormal and fantasy, with scatters of some mystery and a bit of action. Chances are you will find something that you like in this short tale.

On the bad side, however, it didn't seem as if there was enough time spent on the characters. The sex was hot, depending on which scene you liked, but the ultimate connection between William and Natalie wasn't as developed as it could have been, even in the short number of pages. I also didn't get much of a feel for why this ritual was different at this point in time, and what the purpose of it was. I can make some assumptions, but I'm not sure if another reader might assume other things. Perhaps this was by design, but I usually like to have all the questions answered by the end of the story.

We're left with a feeling of happily ever after, though I'm not sure it's believable after the events of the evening, but it does wrap things up cleanly. I'd possibly be interested in reading other titles from this author, depending on the genre, because other than only a couple editing mistakes, the writing was clean and easily understood.

If you're looking for a quick fantasy filled with erotic sensuality of all kinds, mixed with a bit of mystery and intrigue, perhaps this is a title to check out!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Goalie Interference by Emily Cale and Angela S. Stone

Goalie Interference by Emily Cale and Angela S. Stone
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (34 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Aster

Hockey goalie Tarah 'TJ' Elliot is too busy stopping pucks to go looking for love. When her friend Natalie sets her up through Madame Eve's 1 Night Stand service, she grudgingly agrees to go. Her ultimate fantasy comes true when Scott Alarid, one of the top scorers in the league, shows up at her hotel room. Hockey player TJ can't possibly spend a night with him, but Tarah certainly can.

Scott's tired of dealing with women who only like him for his all-star status. After his teammates arrange a date for him using the 1NS website, he's delighted to find a woman who doesn't know a thing about the sport. But, will the truth force them to put their relationship on ice?

Who knew hockey could be so sensual?

Tarah "TJ" Elliot lives her life surrounded by men, yet can't seem to meet one. As a professional hockey player, she is unfortunately seen as one of the guys, so finding a romantic connection is difficult. That's when TJ's good friend sets her up with Madame Eve's 1Night Stand service.

Scott Alarid is a big named hockey star and captain of his team. Despite professional success, what he's really looking for is a woman who wants him for him, and not because he's a sports figure. His last relationship ended badly, so he's not actively looking to get into another. When his buddies set him up with a date, however, he reluctantly agrees to go, if for no other reason than to avoid hurting an innocent woman who'd otherwise be stood up.

There were many things I liked about this short tale, not the least of which was the sexual connection the two shared. They were instantly compatible and each had a mutual attraction and enjoyment of the other.

The writing was clear and easy to read, both points of view represented and the dialogue was well attributed.

The one main negative I'd have is perhaps the order of things. The couple was together for only a few minutes before their physical relationship began, but there wasn't much of a reason for that in Scott's eyes. Tarah admired Scott, having followed him closely as an athlete, and was obviously physically attracted to him, but Scott knew nothing of Tarah. Before dinner had even arrived (less than 40 minutes according to the story) the two had sex and he was convinced Tarah was the woman for him. It seemed the only criteria for his feeling was her sexual ability and the fact that she didn't know he was a hockey player. Later on, the two were able to talk and get to know each other better, and at that point the hope for a future made more sense, but the speed at which Scott determined Tarah was an ideal mate seemed a little quick.

That negative aside, the rest of the story was very enjoyable. Not knowing anything about hockey myself, I was able to follow the necessary details about the game that contributed to the book and could appreciate the relationship the two shared in the sport on top of their personal relationship. If you're looking for a tale about finding that right person at the right time, Goalie Interference, and the 1Night Stand Series are great options!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Love the Sinner by Avril Ashton

Love the Sinner by Avril Ashton
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (174 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Clover

Detective Gabriel Ashby has never looked twice at another man, yet the criminal across from him, the man he’s interrogating, isn’t like any other. Gabe can’t deal with the sudden, intense need he has for one of NYPD’s Most Wanted. Everyone close to Angelo Pagan ends up dead, with the smug gang leader standing amid the rubble. Gabe would love nothing more than to bust Angelo’s ass and lock him up. So why is he seeing the bastard in his dreams at night?

Angelo Pagan knows attraction to Gabe is suicide. He’s resolute to ignore the chemistry…until a police raid goes wrong. He critically injures Gabe, changing the trajectory of both their lives. Now the two can’t get close enough. They settle into a forbidden affair threatened by lies and betrayal, living on different sides of the law with no way of breaching the gap between them. With the authorities looking to make an example of Angelo, Gabe has to decide if it’s really worth it to hate the sin but love the sinner.

They say opposites attract; in this case opposites attract, connect and then explode!

When Gabe, a good guy, meets Angelo, a real hard ass bad guy, the last thing either of them expect is to fall in love. But that’s what happens, and from that moment on their lives are turned not just upside down but inside out and twisted all over the place.

Love the Sinner is one of those books where you really do have to suspend your disbelief. Gabe, a high flying cop, dedicated to his career, justice and keeping the streets safe suddenly finds himself, for the first time ever in his life, massively attracted to a man. That man is Angelo, one of the city's most notorious gang leaders and, although gay, he’s never been with a man and keeps his sexuality securely under wraps. However, once you accept this part of the plot, and the fact that both men are willing to risk everything to be with one another, this story becomes a real page-turner.

The sex is hot to the point of melting your e-reader, the characters are three dimensional and, Angelo, despite being the sort of man I normally wouldn’t be rooting for in a novel, secures his status in the book as one of the heroes. I really sunk my teeth into the plot and was pleased that I couldn’t always second guess what was going to happen next. Also, for me, the end was perfect and the author managed to leave me with a lovely warm, gooey feeling inside.

If you enjoy steamy m/m, a read that takes you on a journey to both sides of the track and a great happy ever after, then make sure you pick up a copy of Love the Sinner.

Uncollared by Nona Raines

Uncollared by Nona Raines
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (149 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Thistledown

Submissive Mia Manetti is devastated when her first Master uncollars her just as she was hoping for a permanent relationship with him. Trying to move on, she agrees to sub for a powerful and sexy new Dom.

Chess Ryan has wanted Mia from the first moment he saw her at Club Restraint, but it was always "hands off" because she belonged to his friend Philip. Now, thanks to that friend's maneuvers, Mia is finally his. But only for a little while.

Mia finds it increasingly difficult to keep her feelings in check as she experiences erotic delights with Master Chess, sensual and sexual fantasies that she's never known before. But she fears she setting herself up for another heartache. Guilt, secrets and misplaced pride all keep Chess and Mia from being completely honest with each other. As they connect sexually and emotionally, they realize their relationship has grown too serious to be called "play".

How far are they willing to go as Master and slave?

This book had me reading it from cover to cover and hooked me right from the first word. I love it when the heroine and hero are both real people with problems just like everyone else. With characters that practically breathe, a plot that will surprise you with its twists and turns and the edgy rise into a new relationship, this book will keep you reading into the night and have you grabbing your e-reader over your coffee and corn flakes in the morning.

What would you do if your husband or boyfriend suddenly decided one day that he was ready to move on and didn’t really tell you why? This is the heart wrenching situation that we find our heroine, Mia, in Uncollared. Her Master doesn’t want her anymore and she is devastated. He was her world. For most of us, the man in our lives can and does become part of our orbit and when the planets become misaligned, bad things happen. We don’t eat. We don’t take care of ourselves. Author Nora Raines does a great job of illustrating Mia’s hurt and confused feelings. Frankly, I clutched my e-reader in hand most days, eager to read the next chapter or two.

The other intriguing point in the way Nora Raines wrote Uncollared was how she handled the hero, Chess. He's a Dom who is about to lose his business. Chess is a real guy that is struggling to hold on to something that is slipping away from him a little every day. Mia, as his new sub, gives him hope, and in turn, they bump and grind through the carnage of Mia’s old relationship and the tentative beginnings of a new one. This really worked for me. The way Chess was able to introduce himself into Mia’s life was masterful and as their relationship progressed, I found the story drawing me in because of the fragile nature of it and the strength that it gave to both characters.

When you are looking at conflict in this book, there are several that keep you reading. First and foremost, you have Mia and her anger toward Phillip, the Master who left her. You also have Mia’s body image that gives an oh-so in your face reality moment for most of us. It drew me in. Honestly, what woman doesn’t have issues with something on her body? Then you have Chess trying to force his way into Mia’s life. She resents it, but needs to feel the mastery that comes from a BDSM relationship. Talk about hot! Wow. Finally you have the real life situations that both Mia and Chess have to deal with out of the bedroom, with her work as a social worker and his as a business owner in the grips of losing everything his family has worked for.

Nona Raines has done a wonderful job mixing real images of people and the intricacies of a BDSM relationship. People with hearts that are broken from the events in their lives come together to fill a need and in doing so, create a plot with fire. The dialogue felt real, the emotions spot on and my finger hurt from flicking my e-reader to find out what happened. The sex was steamy and each scene was well thought out and not repetitive in any way.

Uncollared is a book that will be staying on my e-reader library shelf for a long time. If you love an evocatively written book with real people that enjoy a BDSM relationship, then this one is for you.

Dragon Down Under: Two Plus One Angela Castle

Dragon Down Under: Two Plus One Angela Castle
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Torrid Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (21 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Dar and Jax are two Dragon Shifters, exiled from the Dragon Realm for Jax’s misbehavior with the king’s daughter. They’re forced to make a home deep in the Australian desert and far away from humans.

Their fortunes change when they find a curvy woman, near death, on their doorstep. The moment the brothers touch her, their inner dragons roar to life. She is a true mate, not just to one of them, but both.

They must share her!

Dar and Jax move quickly to heal their new treasure, claiming her for their own. Then they seek revenge on her ex-fiancée, who tried to kill their woman by leaving her to die in the desert.

Who knew that being left for dead in the desert would be the best thing that ever happen to Sky? Had her trashy ex-fiancé not left her to die, she would have never discovered her two dragons Dar and Jax.

While Dar and Jax are bothers it is quickly clear that they are compete opposites. Jax seems to enjoy himself in everything he does and his reckless amusement has led him and his brother into more than a few problems. Dar is the voice of reason that Jax needs so desperately, yet Dar also needs Jax’s antics to remind him what fun is really like. Since these brothers personalities are almost dependent on one another it is only logical that they both claim the same female who can truly complete them.

Sky isn’t new to relationships, but Dar and Jax certainly do offer her something she has never had before. The relationship development is explosive between these characters. The attraction is immediate, and I knew that things would only go up from there. The author even gave them a deeper connection than just a physical relationship. I think it was only proper that the once mistreated Sky find not one but two big strapping, sexy dragon’s to care for her. There is really nothing bad I can say about this story, it was a fun quick read that I would see myself reading again in the future.