Finally! Erotic historical romance is starting to make a strong bid for recognition as an established sub-genre of Erotica and/or Historical Romance n...moreFinally! Erotic historical romance is starting to make a strong bid for recognition as an established sub-genre of Erotica and/or Historical Romance novels. Jess Michaels is one of a handful of authors making a significant contribution to this category... writing quality mainstream HR romances injected with a liberal amount of explicit, graphic, not-so-mainstream sex.
Taboo is a perfect example of erotic HR at its best. Those of us familiar with Regency England are well aware of the numerous "rules of polite society" that members of the ton were forced to adhere to. Those that were found acting outside of these rules/restrictions were immediately ostracized from polite society...sometimes for life. Such is the basis for the premise of Taboo...class difference. Although the heroine, Cassandra Willows, has a profitable business creating designer gowns for the elite members of the ton, and is accepted "per se" by polite society, she is still a member of the working class. She also maintains a lucrative side job creating sex toys for a discreet group of peers. The hero, Nathan Manning, Earl of Blackheath, once had his heart broken by the heroine. After a 4-yr trip to India, he is back and he is bitter. His sole purpose in life is to exact revenge on the woman who stood him up the night they were to elope to Gretna Green. He does so by blackmailing her with sex. She must be available at his whim or he will expose her sex toy secret to the proper ladies of the ton...causing a sure scandal & probable downfall of Cassandra's business and social acceptance.
Nathan's blackmailing scheme starts off with a bang (literally) as he is determined to hurt & degrade Cass. (He doesn't want to get personal with her so he takes her from behind or he won't remove his clothes so she can touch him intimately.) However, the blackmail aspect soon looses steam and their relationship, once again, evolves into one of mutual desire and eventually love. But things aren't any different now than they were 4 years ago...Cass & Nathan are still from two classes that are not socially acceptable together. To make matters worse, Nathan must find a wife.
I loved this book! The story pretty much centered around Nathan & Cassandra's relationship, and what few secondary characters were involved were all crucial to the story. The sex was HOT...definitely not your mother's gothic romance novel's standard-3-times sex from back in the day. The sexual encounters were frequent (but not to the extent they overrule the story, fresh (never repetitive) and fun (creative use of Cass's designer toys). Also, the sex was between the hero & heroine exclusively..my personal preference provided it doesn't get repetitive (as well as my "personal" personal preference provided it doesn't get repetitive with the same person LMAO);D
I'd recommend this book to all my friends here at GRs because you all enjoy the same kind of books I do 51% awesome story 49% awesome sex!
[image error] Nathan Manning, Earl of Blackheath ~ arriving at the dressmakers for his unscheduled "appointment"(less)
A sexy, light-erotica historical romance served up cougar style...right up KarenH's proverbial alley!
Lily Winthrop is a beautiful 38-year-old widow wh...moreA sexy, light-erotica historical romance served up cougar style...right up KarenH's proverbial alley!
Lily Winthrop is a beautiful 38-year-old widow who has spent the majority of her adult life married to a man whose sexual appetite was sated exclusively by very young men. Lily knows nothing of true passion and sexual pleasures until she catches the eye of Victor Rayborne at a country party she is attending as chaperone to her 2 nieces. Victor, Lord Graston, is the second of three brothers who, together, are being forced into finding wives in order to claim their inheritance. Handsome beyond belief with long black hair, piercing blue eyes, muscular bods and jumbo-sized whowhos, the "Rakehells from Rochester" have more than lived up to their nickname by cutting an impressive swath through the fairer sex of the ton. For Victor, however, life as a rake quickly becomes history never to be repeated when he meets Lily. He is captivated by the prim and proper widow, and is relentless in his pursuit to win her heart.
What can I say? Victor was not only heart-stopping sexy but was a refreshingly upbeat, fun-loving hero (no tortured souls here) as well. Lily was a mature, morally upright woman who, although sexually naive at first, was eager to trade innocence for experience in Victor's arms (and bed, and tub, and...) She also learned by Victor's lead that living for one's self brings far more happiness and contentment than adhering to a strict moral code dictated by general opinion.
Of course, a true rake's road to monogamous bliss & an HEA would be rife with female roadblocks. Fortunately, Julia Templeton is well aware of this and the story is spiced up nicely by former lovers as well as future hopefuls. Being human, Victor does make a few mistakes but they are slight and Lily wisely reacts accordingly. There is a conniving ex-mistress that is ruthless in her pursuit of Victor; but, as in all good romances of this nature, she gets the permanent kick to the curb.
I'm giving this book 5**. Although it wasn't one of the best books I've ever read, it was exactly the type of book I was in the mood to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end!
*My only complaint is that I did not want to envision Victor looking like Nathan Kamp, but even that is a weak protest... Nathan looks damn fine in that cover shot. (less)
I love erotic historical romance but the pickings have been getting pretty slim. Jess Michaels was good but she no longer writes this sub-genre. Sarah...moreI love erotic historical romance but the pickings have been getting pretty slim. Jess Michaels was good but she no longer writes this sub-genre. Sarah McCarty is hit or miss (basically "icked" my way through the Hell's Eight series so far) and finding the oddball stand-alone (i.e. Passion) is a rarity. Then recently I discovered Julia Templeton and all is, once again, right with my literary world. She doesn't weigh her stories down with endless pages of description; instead, she focuses on great character development and involves said characters in some seriously steamy sexual situations.
"The Conquest" is set in the Scottish Highlands during the 11th century. Sir Adelstan Cawtor has been sent to Castle MacKay to retreive Lady Rhiannon MacKay and escort her across the country to Lord Malgor, the Norman knight her father betrothed her to. Malgor, too lazy to make the trip himself and preferring to stay with his leman, fakes an injury so that Adelstan must go in his place. But the deception backfires...Adelstan & Rhiannon meet and it's love at first sight.
Although she is still an innocent, Rhiannon is fascinated with the idea of sex and cannot wait to do the wild thing with Adelstan. He is every female's dream...hot looks, a hard body and a sizable package. (In fact, he is described as looking just like the guy on the cover . Trying to do the honorable thing, Adelstan refuses the bold advances of Lady Rhiannon. But she soon wears him down and Adelstan finally takes her virginity. After that, the two are inseparable...making love anywhere and everywhere without anyone being the wiser. The secondary characters (Elspeth, Rhiannon's maid and Jorden, Adelsan's best friend) also hook up sexually but with a little kink thrown in. H/h are exclusive with each other. Although it was love at first sight for the H/h, they really didn't know each other well so jealousy (on both sides) played a big part in the tale. I love jealousy, especially when the hero is consumed by it. Unfortunately, the time comes and Adelstan must escort Rhiannon to her betrothed. Will Adelstan declare his love for Rhiannon and risk treason or will he ignore his heart and allow the marriage to continue as planned?
I thought this was an engaging story...steamy as hell but the plot stayed on course. This was the 3rd book I've read by JT and I'm enjoying her style...especially those set in medieval times because she doesn't make use of faeries, magic or time travel to give the story "oomph"...she uses sex. It works for me!
This book can be read as a stand-alone but I would suggest reading "The Bargain" first...the story of Adelstan's twin sister Aleysia. It is just as good and just as steamy and leads you right into "The Conquest". The author has quite a few books making up her back list and I either have them on my tbr or on my wish-list at PBS. I'm looking forward to JT's continued writing...keeping my favorite sub-genre alive!(less)
Three simple love stories written in Megan Hart's unique style, but without the angst that is so prevalent in her novels. The featured story is "Reaso...moreThree simple love stories written in Megan Hart's unique style, but without the angst that is so prevalent in her novels. The featured story is "Reason Enough" which, once again, involves Dan and Elle, who had their own story in "Dirty" and appear as secondary characters in a few of her other books as well. Dan has hinted about wanting a baby and this story is Elle's personal evolution of the idea becoming a mutually desired reality.
*sigh* Dan remains the ideal contemporary hero. He is gorgeous, smart, sexy, funny, compassionate, completely in love with his wife and totally in tune to her sexual desires. The story may be short but it is bursting at the seams with lengthy, detailed, erotic sex scenes that stay relevant to the plot. MH fans know what I mean. She doesn't use sex as a filler; instead, each encounter is a unique journey of awareness & discovery for the hero & heroine, interpreted through body language. This was a very enjoyable "visit" with her sexiest couple to date.
The other two stories are not as engrossing as RE nor as developed but still worth reading. Not only Megan Hart fans will enjoy this book but anyone who is looking for uncomplicated, light erotica romance with M/F only and predictable but satisfying HEA's.(less)
The Brothers of the Absinthe Club is a series by Emma Wildes where 6 well-to-do aristocrats in Regency London have gathered together at their exclusiv...more The Brothers of the Absinthe Club is a series by Emma Wildes where 6 well-to-do aristocrats in Regency London have gathered together at their exclusive men's club to share their best sexual escapades. Arabian Pearl is Book #1 and is the story told by Robert St. Clare, the Earl of Grayson.
Robert is visiting an old college chum who is the son of a high Sultan. To show his hospitality, the Sultan gives Robert a woman to enjoy for the 2 weeks he will be visiting. The woman, Lady Celia Davenport, who had been abducted while visiting a relative in Italy and sold into slavery, has just finished her "education" in Harem 101. Of course Celia has been resistant from the start but after being chained to her bed without food or water for several days, she realizes resistance is futile and she resigns herself to her fate. Now she is told if she pleases the guest of the Sultan, and the guest wishes to keep her as a gift, the Sultan might grant the wish. If the guest is displeased, she will be relegated to the harem for the rest of her life.
Needless to say, Robert is quite pleased with his "gift". The lush, exotic surroundings well-known to the Arabian culture, is the perfect setting for Robert's exquisite seduction of Celia. Using his expertise and exercising patience, Robert coaxes Celia into shedding her inhibitions and giving in to her sexual desires. She acquiesces immediately and together they embark on a sexual, sensual journey that ultimately leads to love.
Wow!!! All I can say is if you are a fan of romantica then you must read this book, as it is "sex with a love story" at its finest! Ms. Wildes blends love and eroticism so well that whatever Robert & Celia do together can only be described as beautiful...not nasty or vulgar like so many other books with an abundance of sexual content. I encourage all of you closet dirty old ladies *cough Dhes cough* to download Arabian Pearl to your Kindle soon. I'm sure you will enjoy the story as much as I did!
I just finished reading this book for the second time this week and loved it all over again. The story has everything I crave most in a romance...a to...moreI just finished reading this book for the second time this week and loved it all over again. The story has everything I crave most in a romance...a tortured hero that is smokin' hot and jealous as hell, a heroine that sometimes allows herself to be taken care of and isn't always acting ridiculous trying to prove her independence, a vindictive ex that (finally!) gets what she deserves, a little mystery, a lot of great sex (spiced up with some "kinky fuckery") and a HEA with another book to follow! It just doesn't get any better than this!
Fifty Shades Darker is E.L. James' 2nd book in her Fifty Shades trilogy. While the first book Fifty Shades of Grey is a great read and introduces us to His Awesomeness, otherwise known as Christian Grey, it is also a much darker story. Seduced at age 15 by a friend of the family, Christian's sexual expertise at age 27 is strictly limited to the only type of relationship he has ever known...that of Dominant & Submissive. When Anastasia Steele interviews Christian for a college newspaper, he is instantly taken with her. Ana is quiet, docile and beautiful..everything Christian wants in a Submissive. So he proposes a contractual deal with her; but for once in his adult life, Christian isn't getting what he wants. Book #1 lays the early groundwork for the tumultuous relationship these two find themselves in through both books. As Christian freely admits to, he is "fifty shades of fucked up" and Ana doesn't disagree. Even so, their sexual chemistry is palpable and their encounters rock right off the pages! (Gawd, what I wouldn't give...) Add to this, their bantering (done best through their emails to each other) is just so damn cute you will be left with no choice other than to love the heck out of them both!
Note: Reading Fifty Shades of Grey first is an absolute must to truly understand and appreciate Christian & Ana's entire story, so don't embark on this amazing journey haphazardly and start with Book #2. (That would give Christian twitchy palms!)
So while Book #1 gives you the beginning of Christiana (haha), Book #2 Fifty Shades Darker focuses on the strengthening of their relationship, as Ms. James takes you to the heart and soul of their union. Although Christian and Ana are polar opposites, you won't have to suspend disbelief to accept their relationship as the author thoroughly fleshes these two characters out. You will witness first-hand how love triumphs over sexual preferences, extremely different lifestyles, outside interferences and all of the other idiosyncracies that would normally provide just cause to terminate a relationship. You will cheer right along with Ana's "inner goddess" who throws caution to the wind when it comes to claiming her man outright. Coming together is a hard-fought battle for Christian and Ana but staying together will be forever. If you really love romance, then this is one special, adorable couple you can't possibly live without knowing!
PS: Once again, have the tissues handy for there are some truly poignant scenes!
Really good debut novel...well thought-out plot and engaging characters. A totally hot beta hero and a heroine worthy of him. The sex scenes rocked as...moreReally good debut novel...well thought-out plot and engaging characters. A totally hot beta hero and a heroine worthy of him. The sex scenes rocked as they were not only explicit but very sensual...the amazing chemistry Quinn & Sylvia shared was undeniable and explosive.
Across The Hall will suck you right into the story and run you through the gamut of emotions, concluding with a perfect epilogue - the kind romance readers yearn for in every novel but very rarely see. I am looking forward to reading more by this author!