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Friday, October 12, 2012

Once Upon A Stormy Night by Zee Monodee

Once Upon A Stormy Night by Zee Monodee
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

British billionaire Lars Rutherford came to the tiny island of Mauritius to take over directorship of his best friend’s shipping company. He’s not here for anything but the job, or—to the chagrin of the many matchmaking society mamas in the country—to find the ‘right woman’ for him.

Corporate legal affairs specialist Simmi Moyer is rich, beautiful, successful, and climbing the executive ladder with tremendous speed. She’s got it all—or does she? Mauritian society shuns her for being single and childless, and nothing she accomplishes will ever be enough.

Lars isn’t looking for a woman; Simmi isn’t looking for a man. Both just want one night to forget their precarious position in this traditional, culture-driven society.

The tempest, brewed by uncalled-for yearning in their hearts and the desire for something more substantial than one night of pleasure, builds between them, while outside, a real-life cyclone storms the island and ensconces them in a world where only the two of them exist.

Before the night is over, both Lars and Simmi will have to decide whether each will walk out the next morning alone, or if they can put themselves on the line to step out together.

Lars Rutherford found himself on the island of Mauritius for the last seven and a half months setting up a new shipping division for his friend and partner, Stellen Elrikson who had taken over his father’s business. The three of them Lars, Stellen and Magnus had been friends since birth, their mothers calling them the Three Musketeers. Magnus knew that Lars was all work and no play so he decided to get in touch with Madam Eve and arrange a one night stand for him. After all, in Magnus’ mind all Lars needed to get his blood going was good shag.

As vice president of Legal Affairs Simmi Moyer was a force to be reckoned with. The men that she knew were intimidated by her, women were jealous of her success, and the older women let her know that her biological clock was ticking away as she reached for success. Simmi also called to setup a one night stand hoping that she could get her needs met then walk away without any residual effects. What she didn’t count on was the Nordic god she encountered in the form of Lars Rutherford.

This was an enjoyable read, the story was well written and the characters were engaging. Lars recognized Simmi even though she did not tell him her name because she did not want to personalize their encounter. She did know that after their first encounter he would be hard to forget. This story moved smoothly and though it was only 41 pages long you got a good tale, one that had you smiling and rooting for the couple. Even the supporting characters like Stellen and Magnus were fun especially in the beginning of the story with their interaction with Lars. This reader would recommend this but don’t take my word for it, grab a copy and see for yourself, you will be glad you did.

Hot and Haunted by Megan Hart, Lauren Hawkeye, Saranna DeWylde

Hot and Haunted by Megan Hart, Lauren Hawkeye, Saranna DeWylde
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (166 pages)
Other: M/F, Forced Seduction
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Thistledown

True Halloween pleasures don't come from sweets . . .

Indulge yourself with some tasty tricks and treats from three popular erotica authors as they serve up tales of chilling, thrilling passion.

Megan Hart's Nothing Else Matters

After surviving the zombie apocalypse, Lira wants nothing more than the sense of life that only lust can bring. Suddenly torn between two irresistible lovers, Lira must choose: the one who brings her carnal fantasies to life? Or the one who sets her ablaze again and again?

Lauren Hawkeye's Pick Me Up

Sure, hitchhiking is dangerous, but Holly just had to get away. Now soaking wet and stuck in a downpour with her roadside savior, she's ready for a little window-steaming and some role-play. It's all fun and games until Holly realizes she's met her match . . .

Saranna DeWylde's Little Red's Big Bad

Hunting werewolves and being snowbound in a remote cabin with a sexy FBI agent are all in a day's work for U.S. Marshal Miranda Garrick. But when business mixes with pleasure, can she stay in control? Or will she be tempted by unrestrained passion . . . and tantalizing danger?

Give me a group of stories with a premise on the supernatural and you have made me a happy woman. Make it a little dark with some erotic fun and you have me on the edge of my seat.

This Hot and Haunted anthology had me going just from the cover. Let me first say that it sounded very Halloween-esque and I wanted it immediately. The masked mystery woman had me aching to discover what was inside the pages.

The first story, Nothing Else Matters by Megan Hart was a zombie apocalypse of the sexy kind. What do you do when you are faced with death at every turn? Celebrate life and the erotic moments that can be fleeting but oh so sexy. This story was by far my favorite of the collection. Zombies, survival, some really hunky heroes to fall into bed with, and a heroine that takes no crap from anyone, especially zombies. The plot was edgy, the sex scenes melted me in my seat and I loved every second of it. If you are a fan of Walking Dead or Zombieland, you will love this. I have a couple of books from this author on my e-reader and now I have got to read more!

Pick Me Up by Lauren Hawkeye was a gunshot of a story. Would you pick up a stranger on the side of the road that looked like they were in distress? What if they were very intent on seducing you? This story will have you second guessing every second of it and feeling the heat of the steamy car windows as you live the tension and suspense. As I read, I kept waiting for something to pop out at me but as you will discover at the last possible moment, suspense is better served cold. Great sex scenes, heart stopping murderous edge of your seat action…this one will have you wondering the whole time.

Little Red’s Big Bad by Saranna DeWylde was a fun and sinister twist on the Red Riding Hood fairy tale. Enter a serial killer with some serious lycanthropic issues, a sexy hero FBI agent and a criminal profiler who knows how to get her man. It just so happens that as she is both the hunter and the prey in this fast paced read. Get ready to check out some skills with a cell phone that will show you a thing or two about apps that can make your night. Snow bound and steamy, this will put some marshmallows on your hot chocolate and some spice in your cider. Yum. Read it under a full moon for an extra bit of frightful allure.

These stories were a great collection of supernatural adventure, suspense and erotica. The smooth writing from Megan Hart made hers my ultimate favorite, followed by Saranna DeWylde’s werewolf story and last the hitchhiker scare from Lauren Hawkeye. The cover art was lovely, but had nothing at all to do with the stories inside. When I first looked at it, I envisioned Halloween stories and masked balls. Nope. Not a one.

If you love a great mix of paranormal suspense and dark and steamy erotica, get out your ereader cause you are going to want to read this and put it on your keeper shelf.

Jaleesa’s Pleasure by Erosa Knowles

Jaleesa’s Pleasure by Erosa Knowles
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (152 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

Jaleesa, a real estate appraiser, meets Niko Talinos, a real estate developer living in Miami, Florida. Sparks fly--the attraction is hot and immediate. After returning a piece of valuable equipment to her office that she'd left at her inspection, the two finish exploring the attraction and decide there is enough to pursue additional time together.

Niko and Jaleesa fight through her family issues and wade the treacherous waters of his job. The company he is a partner in has been trying to purchase a particular piece of land from Jaleesa, and someone is stealing from Niko's project to the point they are willing to kill him to keep it a secret.

Despite the odds, Jaleesa believes she has found the man of her dreams, no matter how scary it is for her. Niko agrees that the risks to his heart are worth having the love of life, he just needs to survive to prove it to her.

Jaleesa Greer is a property appraiser in Coral Gables Florida, she owns ‘Your Favorite Appraiser’ which used to belong to her uncle James before she bought him out. It is late in the day and she has one more property to appraise, and being that its Florida, it is hot as hell and all she wants to do is finish so that she can go home to a shower and a glass of wine. As she’s checking the outside of the property, the door opens and there stood the most gorgeous man. She soon finds out that he is the nephew of the homes owner and she is completely drawn to him.

Niko Talino didn’t expect to see a beautiful black woman staring back at him; he was expecting someone entirely different when she told him she was the appraiser. When she told him that she had to come inside to check it out and Niko was more than happy to let her in. The attraction was so strong that after checking her work he asked her out. Before she could answer, Niko was kissing and touching her and she was doing the same to him.

The chemistry between these two characters was explosive, it was the kind of attraction that most women crave and very few experience. Niko and Jaleesa burned up the pages, with their interaction both verbal and sexual. This story wasn’t just about sex, it was about love at first sight, trust and respect two people developed for one another. There were also villains, people who were out to kill Niko, and someone who wanted to harm Jaleesa. I found it amusing when Niko’s estranged mother met Jaleesa for the first time. Wait until you read it... I bet you laugh.

Jaleesa’s Pleasure had everything I enjoy in a story: likeable main characters--even the secondary characters were engaging--a little mystery and of course, a very endearing love story.

Erosa Knowles has won me over and I look forward to reading more from her, and I think others will enjoy reading Jaleesa’s Pleasure. Pick up a copy and judge for yourself, you won’t be sorry.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Higher Ground by Becky Black

Higher Ground by Becky Black
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Full Length (170 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

Zach Benesh is sure his prediction is right - the island colony of Zahara is about to sink into the ocean. Adam Gray isn't as certain, but he's happy to follow the intense, brilliant geophysicist into the mountains to escape the flooding. Though he'd be even happier without three hundred other people - and their pets - tagging along. He’d like to have Zach all to himself out there.

But Zach’s prediction is right and as disaster begins to unfold towards an unstoppable, inevitable conclusion, the two young scientists must become a team in the fight to save their people. They draw strength from their rapidly developing relationship, but the higher Zach and Adam climb, the more difficult the tests they face - as lovers and as men.

The world may be ending but that doesn’t mean Zach can’t find love and sex before it blows. Zach is a brilliant scientist who has discovered the planet they’re living on is about to end. Unfortunately he’s having a hard time convincing anyone of his findings; not to mention he just met super cute guy, Adam. Although the timing may be off, Zach takes a chance and convinces Adam to help him save as many people as possible.

Higher Ground is an amusing story that reads like a B grade end of the world movie. The main characters have a cute meet, barely get a date in together before they’re off trying to save the world and anyone they can find. Well technically the world is beyond saving but the people aren’t. Zach and Adam are a likeable couple. They come across as somewhat bland and typical, easy forgettable, but at the same time they’re harmless and fun to read. Both are stereotypical cut outs and there is no real angst to their pairing.

The drama comes from external sources of the planet blowing up. Unfortunately this is where I had the most problems with the story. It’s a decent enough concept, if a familiar one, but the story really struggles in the details. Supposedly this takes place on a distance terra-formed planet of the universe. Except there is almost no world building and not enough details that actually brings that premise to life. Instead, the story reads like a contemporary story with a few novel words and gadgets thrown in here and there. That’s not bad for the story itself, but it detracts heavily when the story is billed as science-fiction in space.

Overall, Higher Ground is an amusing read with a drama-free main couple and some familiar set ups. The various secondary characters are fun and tend to steal the show from the main couple and the author’s writing is very clean and smooth. Perhaps not a story I’d read again but enjoyable and easy to read.

Feeling Hot by Elle Kennedy

Feeling Hot by Elle Kennedy Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (322 pages)
Other: M/F, F/M/M, Multiple Partners
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

In tight quarters, anything can happen.

An Out of Uniform story.

It’s been a rough month for Navy SEAL Cash McCoy. Fresh off six months of celibacy during his deployment, he almost got into a hot blonde’s panties before they were interrupted. Since then, he still hasn’t gotten laid. The reason? He lost her number. And no other woman has replaced her face in his fantasies.

Then his CO asks him to keep an eye on his sister for a few weeks. Just until her psycho stalker ex is transferred. Cash’s new houseguest is none other than the same gorgeous, quirky blonde. And just his luck—his orders include an emphatic hands off.

Jen Scott is having none of it. Now that she has a second chance, she’s not letting Cash slip away. Orders be damned, he’s the one man capable of helping her explore her sexuality. She’s even willing to break her own rule—never date military men—to get the gorgeous SEAL into her bed.

Except Cash makes it clear he wants more than she bargained for. Much more. Not just her body, but the one thing she promised herself she’d never give to a man in uniform. Her heart.

“Keep your hands off my sister…You touch her, and I’ll drown you.”

Navy Seal Cash McCoy had the biggest challenge of his life ahead, keep his hands off the delectable Jen Scott, or her big brother and his CO would drown him. With Jen’s ex-boyfriend turned stalker causing problems they are stuck living together and Jen is determined to get her hands on Cash.

The humor was superb, I was laughing from the first page. Poor Cash is coming off a six month deployment and the one woman he can’t touch is the only one he wants. I loved that instead of feeling awkward, I found myself rooting for Jen’s seduction to succeed.

Jen, is still considered a child by her family, but grows into her own with the help of Cash. I love stories when the heroine finds that one thing that completes her, and the man she loves supports her. Cash is pretty much perfect, which might be the only thing I didn’t like about him, I almost wish he had more flaws. That is definitely not something to hold against him, since his strength is so integral to the story.

This is the seventh book in the series, and while that can be problem for other stories, I had no problem figuring out who was who and what was going on. The scenes were sexy and plentiful, but a warning if you don’t like hot Navy Seals sharing a woman and even touching at one point, this isn’t the book for you. I didn’t feel like the ménage and the other sex scenes were out of place or contrived the scenes just seemed to happen naturally.

With hot Navy Seals everywhere there is nothing not to love, this is the book to pick up if you love humor and hot men.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Because You Love Me by Mari Carr

Because You Love Me by Mari Carr
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (191 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Safety in numbers? Depends on what you mean by safe…

Bridget Wilder’s life is shot to hell—literally—when she witnesses the murder of her best friend, Lyle. Protective custody? What a joke. Time after time, someone has leaked her whereabouts, forcing her to run from one safe house to the next.

Tired of cold, lonely beds and living in fear, Bridget convinces her guardian cop she’s safer off the grid, following Lyle’s trail of clues to a missing flash drive that could put the killer behind bars.

It doesn’t take twins Mark and Matt James long to figure out two things. Bridget’s not only in trouble, she is trouble—they both want her. When things get a little hot and heavy one night, though, they’re stunned to discover that they don’t mind sharing. And she loves being shared.

Between the James brothers’ hot, hard bodies, Bridget finally feels safe—and loved. When a hit man tracks her down, the last thing she wants is for them to place those bodies between her and danger. But those cowboys have other ideas. Like keeping her alive long enough to convince her she belongs with them. Forever.

Bridget Wilder’s long time friend had been about to hand over damning evidence against a Judge on the take. Witnessing the Judge instigating her friend's murder, Bridget isn’t safe in protective custody. Decoding clues left behind in a cryptic letter, Bridget goes to Wyoming in search of proof to get justice, until her path crosses with hunky twin cowboys – Mark and Matt James. As she comes to know both men with their similarities and striking differences Bridget realizes she’s falling for them both equally. Both Mark and Matt also fall under her spell, but are reluctant to let their mutual attraction for Bridget drive a wedge between them. And so the obvious answer is to start a threesome. Although none of them have ever shared partners, the twins and Bridget explore this sensual new relationship blossoming between them.

Lighthearted and fun for the most part, this is a sexy, smooth read. The author has managed to blend the carefree beginnings of a lusty relationship between the three main characters with the overhanging tension of a hit man on Bridget’s tail. Also there is a three week countdown until the case against the dirty Judge is brought to court, which keeps the pace moving at a good clip. These tensions don’t overshadow the growing sexual chemistry between Bridget and the twins, however, and at times the reader can get caught up in that first flush of romance and forget the rest of the plot.

With strong secondary characters and a good mix of spice, action and romance this is a fun, happy read – perfect for the weekend or a bit of a wind down at the end of a hard week. The sex is lusty and well written and the hero’s are caring, protective and yummy. There is a definite set up for another book between one brother of the twins that is interesting enough to keep an eye out for.

Key Party 2: Brown Sugar by Lena Matthews

Key Party 2: Brown Sugar by Lena Matthews Publisher: Loose ID, LLC
Genre: Recent Historical
Length: Short Story (94 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

In the era of Disco and bell bottoms, one neighborhood is keeping free love alive, one key at a time.

As a proponent for free love and women’s rights, Shayna is more than happy to attending her friend’s key party even though she has no desire to sample the wares herself. Her plan is to just be there for immoral support. Nothing more, nothing less, or at least that was her intention before she spotted the man she spent one unforgettable night with, her best friend’s brother, Embry.

They only had one night together, but to Embry it was the first of many to come. Despite the wall Shayna had erected between them, Embry has no intention of backing down. It had taken him a long time to get Shayna to see him as a man and not just Edith’s brother and he refused to allow her to put him back in the friend column now.

Despite the differences in their social status and ethnicity, he knows that they are perfect for each other. Now all he has to do is get the stubborn beauty to admit it.

Shayna Hingham is black and in love with her best friend Edith’s brother, Embry, who is white. Embry can’t think of anything better than to have Shayna in his arms, loving her for eternity. The problem is that they live in Maryland in 1978 and interracial dating is still looked upon with distaste. Shayna tries to keep her distance from Embry but every time she gets close to him or even thinks of him her body gets warm and all she can do is remember how he felt touching and loving her the last time they were together. Realizing that there are so many reasons for them not to be together, Shayna tries to make Embry understand that a relationship would only end in hurt.

Embry has been in love with Shayna for as long as he can remember. Their first night together was one that he wants to repeat over and over again. However, he has to convince Shayna that it’s a good idea for them to be together, and to not worry about what others say. He understands that there will be people, maybe some in their own family that will be against them being together, but Embry hopes that his love for her will be enough to sway her to his way of thinking. He is not giving up on her and he will do whatever he can to make her his.

Lena Matthews’ Key Party 2: Brown Sugar explored the world of interracial love in the 1970’s. It was hard for interracial couples to go public because of the hatred they would face which would put their love to the test. There was a part in the book where a waitress refused to serve them because of this, which helped to depict the attitude of that time. I found this story to be informative but enjoyable at the same time. Shayna and Embry were wonderful characters whose interaction or verbal sparring was funny and entertaining. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would want to take a glimpse at the world of interracial dating in 1978. Things have changed since then, although interracial dating is not completely accepted today, it’s not as frowned upon as it used to be. Key Party 2: Brown Sugar helped this reader spend an enjoyable afternoon getting to know Shayna and Embry and adding Lena Matthews to my list of talented authors.

Red Riding Hood by Deanna Wadsworth

Red Riding Hood by Deanna Wadsworth
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
LengthL Short Story (57 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review by: Thistledown

You never know what might happen on the way to Grandmother's house!

Red was a simple girl until Grandmother gave her a red riding cloak. She felt especially pretty in her new cloak, but the temptation to feel all that luxurious velvet pressed to her naked flesh was just too great. Now, something has awakened inside Red. A persistent ache that she doesn't know quite how to relieve. Red decides to use her Tuesday walks to dear old Grandmother's as an opportunity to sample all of the delights the local men have to offer, in a journey to find the one man that can satisfy her.

But Red is not aware that two magical creatures have taken a special interest in her naughty escapades or that true pleasure just might be found at the hand of a master in wolf's clothing!

Do you like fairy tales with a bit of spice? Then Red Riding Hood should be right up your alley.
Red Riding Hood is a pretty straightforward story featuring a young woman, a red cape and a wolf. It has been a favorite for me since my childhood. This story adds a few elements to the mix, while still maintaining a fairy tale quality. Since the story is so familiar, it could have been boring, but as we discover, Red is a very naughty girl and that red cape of hers is the star in many woodland adventures.

The voice of a story will either drag you in, or keep you at arm’s length. This one kind of did both, if that makes any sense. I was intrigued by the fairy tale tone of the book but the distance between Red and the reader was a bit disconcerting. Reading on, I saw that the author needed the distance to encompass the overall tone of the book, but it left me longing for more connection with the character. Red is described as a selfish and lustful woman who needs to be punished. That was accurate, but when she is portrayed as too stupid to decide for herself whether to sleep with a certain character or have choices of her own about whether to follow her new Master, I had to fight a feeling of annoyance. There was also a fight scene at the end of the book that was introduced with the dreaded “dear reader” entreaty. If you have a fight scene, show me-don’t tell me it happened and slip it under the rug.

Overall, I found the dialogue right for the style of writing. Being that it was in a historical fairy tale setting, the characters will talk in a certain way. The BDSM sex scenes were hot and earned a glass of ice water or two as I was reading. Give me hot woodland encounters any day--good job there. The conflict with the Hunter and the Wolf was very interesting as was the nature of the Grandmother. It was a well-rounded, fast paced story, but I wanted that fight scene and a bit more involvement with Red. I liked the BDSM elements combined with the fairy tale twist. That was what kept me reading. A good spanking always makes my day, especially if you have a very naughty young lady who needs a firm hand.

If you like naughty fairy tales and want a very different look at what is hiding under Red Riding Hood’s cloak, you should check out this story and hold on for the ride.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Wet: Undercurrent by Zenobia Renquist

Wet: Undercurrent by Zenobia Renquist
Publisher: Changeling Press LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (74 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

Lulu was sent to spy on the competition so she could find out the secret of their success. Her search turns up Hotsuma, a man bound to water so he can use his power to bring good luck to those who imprisoned him.

Working to set him free ignites a passion in Lulu only Hotsuma can quench, but they can't afford to let sex, no matter how good, distract them. Hotsuma's captors aren't about to let Lulu leave with their property, and they're willing to use deadly force to stop her. They'll need more than luck for their new love to survive.

Lulu Swade was undercover checking out Onsen the rival spa of Voda where she worked. Her bosses wanted to know what made Onsen so successful while other spas were failing. Lulu loved the Japanese theme of Onsen’s with their exceptional massages and hot springs, but that still did not tell her why they were so successful. After all they offered the same amenities that Voda offered, except for the hot springs.

Not being able to find anything, Lulu decided that she would just email her boss and tell him that there was nothing special about Onsens and just enjoy her time there.

Lulu had not been to the hot springs, so she decided that she would go so that she could just relax. On her way to the hot springs, Lulu found herself walking down a hallway that was not on the map of the hotel, she was stopped by a woman who directed her to the hot springs. Looking back Lulu saw that the woman was watching her which gave her a strange feeling. Being curious and realizing that she was the only one who could see the hallway, Lulu decided to see where the hallway led. At the end of the hallway she found a door which opened into a large room with another pool.

Hotsuma Mizuno was the eleventh head of the Mizuno family that had been bound to water by his family in the eighteen hundreds. He was surprised and hopeful when the woman stepped into the room and entered the pool. After all the centuries he was trapped in his watery prison, hope started to bloom. Could this woman be his salvation, his hope of freedom? Hotsuma could not let her go without getting her to help him escape his prison.

Wet: Undercurrent was an excellent read which had a little intrigue, a lot of chemistry between the main characters, intense sex and of course a villain. This reader was caught up in the story from the first paragraph and was disappointed when the story ended. Lulu was funny and somewhat sarcastic which this reader found entertaining. Hotsuma was intense and was determined to get free so that he could be with Lulu. This is definitely one of those books that I will read again, because it was so enjoyable. Zenobia Renquist wrote an excellent story, one which would appeal to most readers, as it did to me.

Hell and Hellion by Olivia Waite

Hell and Hellion by Olivia Waite
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Twilight
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

Last year Virginia Greening made a perilous journey into Hell to rescue the man she hoped to marry. Instead he wed someone else—and Virginia’s only reward is an uncomfortable ability to see the demons who haunt the upper ranks of society. How do you make polite conversation when something green and evil is leering at you over another person’s shoulder?

Incubus James Grieve is intrigued to realize one evening that a brown-haired mortal woman is staring right at him. Her unique ability to see him is soon eclipsed by the power of their mutual attraction. James has no soul to save, and Virginia’s soul is off-limits by infernal decree, so it isn’t long before they’re indulging in any number of passionate sins and pleasurable vices.

Until, that is, James acquires a soul of his own.

To Hell and back, only to be rejected by the man she saved…

Talk about a wasted trip! I don’t think Satan is in to refunds. Poor Virginia had risked her life, accomplished the impossible, even tormented the devil with her sad violin skills, only to discover that the man she’d walked through Hell for had fallen in love. Too bad it wasn’t with her. Now she’s left with a life devoid of the future she’d so envisioned, empty of emotional contact with her peers, and full of unwanted visitors.

If she’d seen one demon, she’d seen them all. Envy, lust, greed…they followed her unknowing cohorts around like little puppies, eagerly snatching up scraps of souls as they fell in the wake of sin. Unable to share this secret with anyone of the mortal realm, Virginia became lonely and withdrawn, a shadow of her previous self. Having had her fill of the afterlife, she wanted nothing to do with Hell or demons. That is, until James Grieve.

Naked as a jaybird and lovely as sin, Virginia has no doubts about his true identity. He walks across the dance floor toward her, his gorgeous body full of promised desire and undoubted sin. While her first instinct is to ignore his charm, something about him causes her to take a second look—and not just at his unclothed bod.

Being used to parading about in the buff, James has no qualms about walking through the unsuspecting crowd in nothing but his own skin. Of course, mortals couldn’t see him so it really didn’t matter. Yet, when his gaze met that of Virginia Greening, he knew she saw every bit of him. An incubus by nature, it was nothing for him to seduce women. Only this time, he couldn’t use his old tricks. No, seducing Virginia would require finesse quite new to him. Suddenly, James was privy to a world of emotions, thoughts, and possibilities he’d never experienced. If he’s not careful, Ms. Virginia Greening might just be the death of him.

Hell and Hellion is one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve picked up in a long time. Ms. Waite completely turns the story around. Generally, girl meets boy, they feel attraction, then fight through whatever difficulties present as they fall in love. In Hell and Hellion, Virginia and James know right from the start that they want each other—though it's only physical at first. The issues surrounding their involvement only stem after they’ve developed an attachment to one another. It was a refreshing change of pace. Secondary characters were appropriately introduced to enrich the plot, but James and Virginia remained solely in the spot light.

Ms. Waite offers an interesting twist on demon love and I must confess my curiosity has been piqued. I’ll certainly be checking in to some of her previous titles as this author has been placed on my to watch list. Kudos to Ms. Waite for catching my attention.

Be sure to check out Hell and Hellion by Olivia Waite. She’s written a lovely story that’s certain to prove entertaining, at the very least, to even the most finicky of readers.

Senator Mine by Kerry Adrienne

Senator Mine by Kerry Adrienne
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (40 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Eleanor’s romantic tour of Italy shatters when her long-time boyfriend dumps her in Pompeii. Hoping an evening with a handsome Roman might save her trip, she contacts Madame Eve at 1Night Stand, then goes out to explore, buying a small golden signet in a mysterious antiquities shop near the Forum.

Darius, a hard-working Senator in Ancient Rome, is puzzled by the Sibyl’s words: You will not find love in your lifetime. Following her directions, he spots Eleanor, a barbarian wearing his stolen senator’s ring.

A night spent together may be just what they both need to break down the columns of time that stand between them.

Many women struggle to find the perfect man, and many are convinced they'll never find him in their lifetime. But what would happen if you had the opportunity to find Mr. Right in a different time?

Eleanor is trying to enjoy her dream vacation, and with the exception of the boyfriend who abandoned her, she is. Ancient Rome is one of her favorite periods of history, so she struggles to enjoy the sites of the ruins of Rome while coming to terms with a relationship she saw as more than it obviously was.

Darius is a Senator in ancient Rome, struggling with the reality of his time. More than anything, he desires a wife, but he refuses to settle for the subservient women of his time. He wants a partner - an equal. Despite his powerful position of senator, he is unhappy with his life and wants more. The problem is; he doesn't know what that more is.

The limits of time and place fade away as Madame Eve manages to set up Eleanor with Darius, and with each other, they find the happiness they both lack.

This story is a true fantasy, and works best if you try not to over think it as you read. The author does a nice job of setting a picture - from the unhappiness of each character to the environment each lives in, it was easy to create a mental image of what was happening on the page.

The connection between Darius and Eleanor was vivid, and I could feel the chemistry they made together. One thing just didn't fit, however. The condoms. I know safe sex is an issue to most people, as it rightfully should be, but seeing as how Eleanor travelled back in time to ancient Rome, the concept of condoms seemed very out of place, especially since it was Darius who wore them, and he hardly questioned what this thing was that Eleanor asked him to wear - even going so far as to remind her later in the evening about them. It was a detail that unfortunately took me out of the story because it seemed to strange.

Happily ever after was alluded to, and I really would like to find out how that was accomplished, considering how different the two people were, yet how well they fit with each other. I would love to have this one continue because it feels as if we got the beginnings of a story, but it ended far too quickly.

The pros outweighed the cons in this one. If you like romance and fantasy, and don't like to overthink things, Senator Mine may be a good fit for you.