When I first heard that "The Sweetest Kiss" by Marie Higgins was a 'clean' romance - I initially thought this meant it was an inspirational/ChristianWhen I first heard that "The Sweetest Kiss" by Marie Higgins was a 'clean' romance - I initially thought this meant it was an inspirational/Christian romance. I've since come to learn that a 'clean' romance is one where the developing romance between the hero and heroine is favored over the sexual tension and love scenes. In other words, it was 'sweet'.
I loved the beginning when Lady Judith Faraday sneaks out of her home to meet her fiance, Alex, and runs into the 'highway men' instead. I laughed til I almost cried! Judith is a very likable heroine, a bit childish acting at times, but likable all the same. The measures she took to capture Trey's attentions and dissuade her other suitors were clever and amusing.
Trey Worthington...I really liked him. He was the perfect combination of rogue and gentleman. I did find his hesitation to give his heart to Judith understandable at first but after awhile I wanted to scream, "Get over yourself already!" so he and Judith could begin their happily ever after.
My favorite character however was Trey's best friend, Nic. I am so hoping he has his own story coming out...and soon!
Although "The Sweetest Kiss" is classified as a clean romance, it is very sensual at times. However, this does not dissuade from the reading of the novel at all. In fact, it only adds to the level of feeling that Judith and Trey feel for one another. It's sensual yet very tasteful.
I would recommend this novel to fans of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice or Emma. (Originally Reviewed for Not Now...Mommy's Reading)...more
Spice It Up is the first book in the Spice It Up trilogy by Jennifer Labelle. Heidi has been in love with her roommate, Nathan, since she first laid eSpice It Up is the first book in the Spice It Up trilogy by Jennifer Labelle. Heidi has been in love with her roommate, Nathan, since she first laid eyes on him. However, Nathan is gay...or so Heidi believes. After Nathan convinces Heidi to spice up her love life a bit by visiting a new club, she learns his true feelings towards her and boy, do things really start to heat up! While Heidi and Nathan wade through their emotions as their friendship elevates to new territory for them both, neighbor and fellow hunk Rafe finds himself unwittingly"tied" to the couple.
I read this story in one sitting. The characters were so believable and the dialogue was on-point. Jennifer Labelle can write erotica! Her love scenes are very hot, very steamy, and very naughty! I have to admit that I was left a bit drop-jawed at the scenes involving Rafe and Nathan, but that's because I'm just now being introduced to male on male play in erotic novels. Definitely new territory for me. Yet it all together to create one sizzling story. I mean, I was actually crushing on Rafe by story's end.
I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this trilogy! ...more
I really enjoyed Trust In Me by Skye Warren but this short tale didn't really work for me. The writing was good but I felt like I was just dropped inI really enjoyed Trust In Me by Skye Warren but this short tale didn't really work for me. The writing was good but I felt like I was just dropped in the middle of the story and had to find my way through it. The sex scenes were very hot and again, the writing was quite good. I just wasn't sure what I was reading until I was halfway through the story and even then I had some unanswered questions regarding the relationship between the hero and the heroine.
Since I am familiar with Skye Warren's works and I know she is a magnificent storyteller, this will not dissuade me from reading her other works....more
Blind Traveler's Blues by Robert P. Bennett is a not so in the distant future tale featuring an unlikely hero - Douglas Abledan, a software expert whoBlind Traveler's Blues by Robert P. Bennett is a not so in the distant future tale featuring an unlikely hero - Douglas Abledan, a software expert who is also blind. Douglas becomes involved in a homicide involving a female botanist he met days earlier while on a flight to Chicago. Throw in a corn plague that is soon to become catastrophic on a world-wide level, sonar canes, and other futuristic gadgets - and you are in for one roller coaster of a ride!
I absolutely loved the beginning of Blind Traveler's Blues. I found it reminiscent of a Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child novel in that the chapter ends in such a cliffhanger you find yourself compelled to continue reading to find out exactly what is going on. The fact that Douglas is blind makes for a very interesting premise as well. I enjoyed experiencing Chicago through Douglas' eyes - or rather his other senses - as he navigated the world around him.
Robert P. Bennett's literary voice is both refreshing and outstanding in that you not only feel as if you are reading the novel but you actually feel as though you are immersed in the world he has created. I was able to experience the frustration that Douglas felt at the stereotypes and prejudices he faced - some intentional, others not - as someone who is "visually impaired". Bennett is able to transfer these feelings to the reader without coming across as though he is preaching or campaigning. I applaud him for that. Douglas is a very likeable hero who I hope to read more about.
Blind Traveler's Blues is the second in the Douglas Abledan series - Blind Traveler Down a Dark River being the first - but can be read as a stand-alone. In conclusion, I've never been a fan of sci-fi or futuristic novels but this one not only grabbed my attention from page one - it held it until the very last page. ...more
It was suggested to me several months ago by my best friend and book buddy that I read Player’s Ultimatum. My best friend and I both love to read andIt was suggested to me several months ago by my best friend and book buddy that I read Player’s Ultimatum. My best friend and I both love to read and discuss the books we’ve read, but it’s very rare that we actually agree on a book. From our huge differences in what we find attractive in our heroes to conflicting themes – our discussions are more like debates than actual discussions. Even when it comes to erotica, I’m more interested in a good story whereas she’s pulled in by the hot sex. So when she made her suggestion, I downloaded a sample of Player’s Ultimatum and buried it at the bottom of my to-read pile. Once I became a reviewer for BlackRaven’s Reviews, I saw that this book was available and figured I’d give it a go. So with a smirk on my face, I began to read.
Robbie Gutierrez is a soccer player who is trying to land a lucrative contract. However, rumors have surfaced that he might be gay and that could hurt his chances of fulfilling his dream. He enlists the assistance of his best friend, Yvonne Floyd, by asking her to pose as his fiance until the contract is landed. Yvonne agrees but doesn’t expect to meet the oh-so sexy Paolo Saito, Robbie’s team mate and rival. When these two meet, sparks fly in more ways than one and it’s page after page of excitement as the reader is treated to Paolo’s pursuit of Yvonne.
I liked Yvonne. She was very down-to-earth and seemed so “real”. Not possessing the usual beauty that is attributed to most heroines, Yvonne’s tough as nails personality as well as the protectiveness she showed towards her best friend made her irresistible. It’s hard to explain but her beauty just came through the pages. And Paolo…he was my ideal hero! Seriously! Tall, dark, beyond gorgeous with a killer body and a total alpha male! Some readers might be turned off by his aggressiveness, but I loved it! Rough and rugged, he went after what and who he wanted and when he set his sights on Yvonne – she was in a lose, lose situation. Several times throughout Player’s Ultimatum, I had to stop reading to contact my best friend because I was so giddy with what was going on between these two I couldn’t keep it to myself. Her response was a big ole “I Told You So” and yes, she did.
I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong and poor editing aside, Player’s Ultimatum by KoKo Brown is one of THE BEST contemporary erotic novels I’ve read this year! Hands down! I loved it! From cover to end, this is a great story with a hunk of a hero, a very likable heroine, and sex scenes that require a cold shower after reading! Player’s Ultimatum is definitely going on my keeper shelf and will be one that I will revisit time and time again. Yes, it’s THAT good! (Originally Reviewed for Blackraven's Reviews)...more
I like to think of myself as a hard-to-please critic when it comes to my reviews of romance books. For a book in this particular genre to receive a 5-I like to think of myself as a hard-to-please critic when it comes to my reviews of romance books. For a book in this particular genre to receive a 5-star rating from me, it has to be more than just good. It has to be over-the-top, brought-tears-to-my-eyes, oh-no-she-didn’t, laugh-out-loud, and you-gotta-love-him GOOD! Hooked by Polly Iyer met all of these qualifications and more! I don’t like to compare authors, and, to be honest, Polly Iyer can stand on her own as a very talented author, but for the sake of comparison, Hooked reminded me of a Jackie Collins novel--a much classier Jackie Collins novel with a dynamic plot and engaging characters where not only do you get the inside scoop on what the hero and heroine are thinking but you’re treated to all the inner workings of the other characters involved. I loved it, especially the characters!
Inexperienced or virgin heroines are a bit of a bore to me and rather redundant in most romances. I am all for the lady who knows her way around a bedroom and who wears her sexuality with confidence. Tawny Dell fits the criteria on both counts. This reformed high-priced call girl does not disappoint. I liked her. Simple as that. Then, Lincoln Walsh, Linc, was a great hero. Not quite alpha but definitely not a beta. He was the perfect mix of arrogant bastard and thoughtful gentleman. I adored him.
But the focus of this novel was not based on or around the romance. I repeat, it was not based on or around the romance between these two characters. Actually the romance placed a backseat to the plot of the story which involved a murdered working girl, a perverted brothel owner, his scheming wife, and a mob boss with morals. I was so caught up in each of these characters and the roles that they played that I wasn’t disappointed when the story shifted away from Tawny and Linc. I would have liked to have read more on their physical relationship, but I can’t even complain there because, in all honesty, the book ended perfectly.
Reading more like a suspense/thriller with romantic elements, Hooked by Polly Iyer is definitely going on my keeper shelf! I’ve already recommended it to my two reading buddies. And this is before I even finished reading it! Highly recommended, this is a MUST-READ for romance and thrill-seeking readers alike. (Originally reviewed for Risque Reviews)
I am a sucker for the "bad girls" of historical romances. Give me the less-than-coy courtesan or the worldly widow over the trembling virgin any day.I am a sucker for the "bad girls" of historical romances. Give me the less-than-coy courtesan or the worldly widow over the trembling virgin any day. Lady Amelia Kentley, the heroine in what appears to be Juliet Chastain’s debut novel, The Captain and The Courtesan, doesn’t quite fall into either category. Having fallen on hard times after the death of her husband, Amelia makes the difficult decision to join the oldest female profession--in order to feed and clothe herself and her young son. Posing as the Lady M, she will be auctioned off to the highest bidder who will win the luxury of bedding a noblewoman turned courtesan. The night prior to her debut, Amelia meets newly appointed sea captain Edward Howland who doesn’t support the idea of a woman prostituting herself for any means. When he's dragged to a brothel by his inebriated comrades to celebrate his promotion, Edward meets the mysterious Lady M and is instantly enchanted by her. What follows is an endearing romance that will make many readers instant fans of author Juliet Chastain.
Although it was listed as an erotic historical, The Captain and The Courtesan reads more as a sweet romance with love scenes that were more sensual than erotic. I loved that most of the story took place in a brothel and there was a great deal of interaction with the madam who ran the brothel. As I previously stated, I’m more drawn to heroines of a more sullied nature so the story was a tad too "sweet" to be one of my favorites, but it is definitely a novel I would highly recommend. Beautifully written with characters that seem to leap off the pages, The Captain and The Courtesan is why I have such a great love for historical romances. (Originally reviewed for Risque Reviews)...more
A.C. Mason's House of Saint is a pretty good read. I loved the cover art and the title. The premise of a woman of color working in a brothel that caterA.C. Mason's House of Saint is a pretty good read. I loved the cover art and the title. The premise of a woman of color working in a brothel that caters to supernatural creatures during the 1800s was intriguing. One of my pet peeves with most historical romances is that there is a shortage of novels featuring women of color. So, I’m quick to scoop up most stories of this kind. The sex scenes were steamy, yet a bit on the light side considering this is an erotic novel that largely takes place in a brothel. I found myself neither liking nor disliking the hero and heroine. However, I yearned for more information about the other supernatural creatures that frequented the brothel. One problem I had was with the dialogue. The dialogue is "cheesy" for the most part. Still, House of Saints is a good quick read. (Originally Reviewed for Risque Reviews)...more
I don’t know what has been going on lately, but 2012 has been a great year for reading and reviewing for me. I haven’t given this many books so many gI don’t know what has been going on lately, but 2012 has been a great year for reading and reviewing for me. I haven’t given this many books so many good ratings in quite awhile. Whatever it is, I’m not complaining because I’ve discovered several new authors that I’ve added to my “must-read” list.
Author Samantha Combs definitely falls in this category. Teeth and Talons is a horror anthology that features four short stories involving a down on his luck tattoo artist who suddenly has a stroke of good luck…or is it? Then there’s the extremely short, but still quite chilling tale of three thieves who get their comeuppance, as well as an “out of this world” rock band. Finishing out this horror collection is a short featuring a roommate who’s been pushed to the edge.
It is definitely worth a reader’s time to check out this quick and enjoyable read. Samantha Combs is a breath of fresh air to this horror enthusiast! (Originally Reviewed for Blackraven's Reviews)...more
Finding His Something Spicy is indeed a spicy addition to the Spice It Up series by author, Jennifer Labelle. In this story, Nathan has accepted a newFinding His Something Spicy is indeed a spicy addition to the Spice It Up series by author, Jennifer Labelle. In this story, Nathan has accepted a new job that ultimately splits the threesome up until Rafe decided to uproot and join the newlyweds. On the surface, all appears well but Rafe has begun to feel like a bit of a third wheel and seeks his own someone special, someone who he can share a bond with like Nathan shares with Heidi. Ever looking to please her men, Heidi takes it upon herself to introduce Rafe to her best friend, Zoey.
I've been reading erotica for a few years now but in the past few months I have been introduced to some pretty wild stuff! From m/m couplings to bondage to ravishment fantasy (which happens to be a favorite subgenre of mine now, thank you) to quartets (is that even the right word?) - I have been wide eyed, slack jawed, and giggling like a naughty school girl who's discovered the peep hole in the boys' locker room! Seriously! Finding His Something Spicy was actually my first novel featuring multiples and...wow! No, really. That was my initial thought when I finished reading this book. Wow.
This short read actually read more like an erotica novel to me with more focus on the sexual scenes and less on the storyline - which is fine. I'm more of a story-driven reader so I actually enjoyed Spice It Up, the first book in the series, a bit more. Just a bit. My best friend and fellow reviewer, Krissy, is all about the sizzling sex scenes so I can't wait to read her review on this provocative series! My reaction on the series so far can be summed up in two words: Good Times.
Satan’s Casting Call by Lisa Maliga was a surprisingly good read. I say surprisingly because it took me a time or two to get started. But once DuncanSatan’s Casting Call by Lisa Maliga was a surprisingly good read. I say surprisingly because it took me a time or two to get started. But once Duncan met Monty, I couldn’t stop reading. My first thought upon completing the novelette was it would make for a great "Twilight Zone" episode.
The characters were quite believable and even though I pretty much figured out how the story might end, I kept hoping Duncan would make "better choices". I would definitely recommend this story to anyone looking for a quick, satisfying read. (Originially Reviewed for Risque Reviews) ...more
Slightly Twisted Sisters by Ken Charles is a collection of short stories that centers around women, primarily, who have an affinity for spanking. I waSlightly Twisted Sisters by Ken Charles is a collection of short stories that centers around women, primarily, who have an affinity for spanking. I was able to read this 64-page e-book in a matter of hours. And it wasn't until I was nearing the end of the book that I noticed the spanking theme. Clearly, I'm not the most observant of people.
Ken Charles is a great author with the ability to change the "voice" of his stories. Most of the stories were enough to keep me reading. I even found myself chuckling a time or two. Out of the fourteen tales presented, I felt 3 could have been omitted (Bedraken Justice, 3 Black Cats and Cane, Bell, and Candle), 4 were okay (The Card, A Matter of Conscience, Creme of the Crop, and Undercover), 6 were quite enjoyable (How Betty Sue Billington Became Senior Class President, Sinful One, The Naughty Maid, This Just In, Feeling No Pain, and A Royal Birth which was predictable but cute). By far, the star in this short story collection was Psyche and MetaPhysic --absolute genius. The story's execution was brilliant! All in all, I would recommend this title to anyone looking to pass the time with a quick read. ("Originally Reviewed for Risque Reviews")
That, ladies and gentlemen, is my cry of frustration as I have just completed episode 6 of the London Brown series and have no idea whAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!
That, ladies and gentlemen, is my cry of frustration as I have just completed episode 6 of the London Brown series and have no idea when I will be able to get my hands on episode 7!!!
I loved this series and finished it in one sitting! I have an affinity for the "bad girls" - the courtesans, the escorts, the women who know their way around a bedroom. Virgins have a tendency to annoy me. So of course I was eager to read a book entitled "Confessions of a Whore". Plus I loved the cover design.
London Brown is the alter ego of Desniah Williams, a young affluent black woman who also happens to be a paid escort. A very well-paid escort. Her father is a very influential man who runs in very high-class circles among society so one would ask why would she take the risk of exposing herself in such a manner? Well, for one, most of her clients are among these elite and secondly, she loves the thrill.
I was especially intrigued at how London often referred to herself in third-party, as though she and Desniah were two separate people who happened to be sharing the same body - which in essence they were. Due to a childhood trauma and subsequent incident, the alter ego of London was created to deal with the issues that Desniah could not. London was strong whereas Des was weak. London was a woman who wore her sexuality with confidence and often used it to her advantage whereas Des shied away from intimacy with men. It was almost like Des suffered from multiple personality disorder only both parties were fully aware of the other at all times. It was so well-written that I found myself distinguishing between the two personalities with no confusion.
In the first two episodes, the reader meets London and gets some background on Des and how London came to be. We also meet Caden who was once her childhood best friend until he left her to deal with her broken heart after his departure. The author then treats you to Caden's perspective in episode three. Caden regrets leaving Des and has returned to win her back - only he keeps coming up against the hardened London who isn't about to let him hurt Des again. In episode four, we meet Rhys who is Des' best friend. I am so in love with Rhys. He's hot-tempered and so protective of Des' and....he's a virgin. Swoooon! Rhys has a dark side, though, a very dark side and I can't wait to see where the author is going with this storyline. In episode five, the reader gets a chance to know Des more and also gets a chance to see how Rhys reacts to London's reappearance after he and Des spend an intimate night together. Finally, in episode six London is back and she's once again face to face with Caden and his feelings for Des. Yet Des carries secrets that she feels will push Caden over the edge and it's up to London to keep him at bay.
I was so psyched at how the story was broke up into episodes from each character's perspective! It was like being in the head of each person and experiencing what they experienced and getting a better understanding of what they felt. That is until episode six ended and I'm left pining for episode seven!
The storylines are engaging and so good! Really! From Rhys' dark side to the ties that bind Des to Caden's father - it's like one big soap opera and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next episode! The eroticism is top notch and quite kinky as well as varied - from BDSM to 'breath play' (that was a new one to me) to menages - there's something for just about everyone. Because of some of the subject matter in these episodes, this series can be classified as 'dark erotica' as well. However, Leila DeSint gives you just enough dark without pushing you past your limit.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the episodes in this series and hope my wait won't be long. I am a fan of the London Brown series!...more