Genre & Keywords: Contemporary Romance, M/M/M, Ménage, Men in Uniform, Secrets, Loss, PTSD, Violence, LeaOriginally posted at Rarely Dusty Books
Genre & Keywords:
Contemporary Romance, M/M/M, Ménage, Men in Uniform, Secrets, Loss, PTSD, Violence, Learning to Trust, Spanking, On the Run, Danger
4.5 out of 5 stars
2.5 out of 3 flames ~~~~~
Bound for Keeps is only the second book from this author I've read so far, and the first book in this series, but I've quickly become a fan. It's the combination of fast-paced, action-filled plots with incredibly sexy chemistry between unique, unforgettable characters that draws me in fast. The stories are set in a typical hard, gritty and somewhat violent men's world and treat the romance development accordingly, without being too unrecognizable for my female heart. Sex plays an important part in these stories, but there's also room for feelings and emotions.
One of the side characters of the other book by Jakes I read, Free Falling, is a side character in this book as well: Prophet. (He's soon getting his own story with Catch A Ghost, published by Riptide, September 9th). Proph is a former Navy SEAL and CIA agent who runs secret operations in which the main characters of the books I've read so far are involved too. In this story, Keith is a former Marine and his partner Reed is an ex-Delta Forces doctor, who both go on missions with/for Proph every now and then. I like that we actually see some of the action played out in the book. Their (former) occupations are not only something they've been given as a description for the story's sake, they really make them the men they are. Plus their adventures are exciting to read about.
Keith and Reed are not the only main characters in this story. There’s a third guy, Shane, who is on the run and lands on their porch on Christmas Eve, nearly dead. Shane is a former Army Ranger and he brings secrets with him. While he recovers in the guest room from his almost fatal illness a friendship of sorts starts to build between him and the other men, mainly with Reed at first. There’s also physical attraction between the three of them and Keith and Reed know what it’s like to be part of a ménage, since they’ve been in one for years with the deceased Bobby. It’s almost inevitable that the three main characters will end up in bed together, but the path that takes them there is not without obstacles. They need to tackle a few of them first and even when they take that step, there are still some more of these obstacles to face.
For one, there’s the matter of Shane’s secrets. Being targeted like he has been, losing his lover in the process, makes him rather distrusting and it takes a while before he dares to trust Keith and Reed enough to share pieces of information about his situation. And than there’s the history of PTSD these men all had to go through that needs to be shared to come to a better mutual understanding. Their pasts are each intense, violent and heart-wrenching and play an important role in the make up of their distinctive personalities. I really liked it that the author took the time to draw her characters before they jump in bed together. It makes the threesome so much more believable and balanced.
Another aspect I enjoyed is the flexibility of roles the men have when it comes to their sexy times. Keith does have dominant tendencies while Reed likes to submit, but their roles are not written in stone, and neither is Shane’s. He’s versatile, but mostly his actions in the bed room are inspired by what the others need at that moment, and vice versa. It gets intense in those moments as well, when one’s sexual needs become a part of his psychological well-being, for example when right after a mission Reed is about to fall apart mentally and the only thing that keeps him from just that is submitting to a spanking. The violence in their lives and nightmares from their pasts are something they learned to deal with, as well as with each others nightmares, mainly by being there for each other, without judgment. And Shane is finding his place among all of this quite well. There are plenty of emotions and feelings dealt with in this story, however maybe not in a fluffy romantic way, rather with a healthy dose of testosterone involved.
Apart from the romantic arc Bound For Keeps also has a small suspense arc, which is not as strong as the former. It entails Shane’s secrets and the reason why he was dishonorably discharged from the Army. He’s still being targeted for something he knows and to solve his problems Keith, Reed and Prophet are getting involved. What’s going on exactly is a rather credible predicament. But no matter how clever this suspense plot line is created and built-up, its execution - especially at the end - is somewhat mediocre. The timing is ill-paced, with first nearly no action at all for too many pages and then an explosive climactic conclusion to this arc that consisted of predictable and unbelievable scenes and actions only. It’s a good thing the romantic arc already provided the satisfying enjoyment I look for in my romance reads, or otherwise I would’ve been disappointed.
So, if you’re looking for a credible, intense and romantic ménage with hot alpha characters scorching the pages, look no further. Bound For Keeps will give you just that. If you don’t like testosterone filled action or kinky sex in your romance, you better skip this title. Also when you’re merely looking for a suspense story that’ll take you to the edge of your seat, this won’t bring you that. But what Bound For Keeps definitely will deliver is an engrossing narrative and a set of memorable, engaging heroes with a well done characterization. Shane, Keith and Reed will keep popping up in my mind for a long time, just like Mick and Blue from Free Falling did and still do every now and again. ~...more
Genre & Keywords:
M/M/M Romance, Contemporary, Ménage, Kinky, Glassblower, HEA
4.5 out of 5 stars
2.5 out of 3 flames ~~~~~
Josh, Evan and Rai (and my secret stash of good chocolate) have given me the best Sunday afternoon I had in a long time. This gay threesome is so incredibly delicious and scorching hot that I'm surprised my ereader didn't black out from all the heat they were producing. I love some good gay ménage story every now and again, especially when it combines the erotic parts with a solid romantic arc. And although The Hot Floor is definitely packing a lot of highly erotic and kinky sex scenes, it certainly is satisfying my romantic heart as well. It's not easy to convince me of a HEA in a polyamorous relationship, so that's a job well done here.
What makes this ménage stand out for me is definitely the portrayal of the characters - the main characters as well as some of the secondary ones. They are all so colorful and lively drawn, you'd immediately like to move into that old building they're living in and become part of their lives. And especially the main characters are well-rounded, multi-layered persons, with distinct characteristics and personalities. Additionally, the three men each bring something unique to the relationship in a way that, eventually, they complement each other.
I loved Josh's voice in this story. He's the first person narrator and the third wheel (for a while, or so he thinks) in this relationship. Because Rai and Evan are already a couple long before Josh comes living in their building. Josh is a bit insecure, due to his ex-boyfriend, and very shy. But he lusts after his downstairs neighbors ever since he moved there. Evan and Rai couldn't be any different - a big, bold-headed, bearlike plumber with a goatee versus a small, octopus-like, young, Japanese, academic twink - and therefore Rai finds it hard to believe that Josh fancies both of them just as much. Rai is the more complex character of the two; he has his insecurities and a tendency to get very jealous. However, seeing Josh and Evan together evokes none of these negative feelings in Rai, so he welcomes Josh into their bed for more than just one time. It's a good choice to use Josh's POV to gradually get more insight into the workings of this ménage. We're with him when he faces his own growing feelings as well as his insecurities about the long-term status of their threesome, and when he learns to understand the personalities of the other two men. There's only a little bit of angst involved here, but nothing too heavy. Little bumps in the road are swiftly dealt with. I loved how everything could be overcome fairly easily with one of the 'discussions' that Evan and Rai liked to organize.
A nice bonus are the little things that make these men three-dimensional and special, like Evan's love for teenage horror flicks, Rai's fondness of spider plants and (macramé) owls and Josh's profession as a glass blower. Also their shared interest in 70s games and their visits to car boot sales. All these things combined with their personalities make them very memorable characters for me. And the scene where Josh crashes through the ceiling with bath tub and all, in the middle of one of Evan and Rai's kinky sessions, makes them even more unforgettable, due to their very intriguing uhh... appearances there. Plus, of course, their unrelenting passion and kinky fun in and outside the bedroom together only adds to their being memorable.
About that, the heat level of this novel is off the charts hot! Yeah, well, you kinda expect it to be, with three instead of two hot guys, right? But it’s not necessarily a given that this makes the sex scenes better. In fact, sometimes a confusing use of pronouns and an accidental case of head hopping can ruin the hot scenes more easily than with just two protags. Fortunately, both of these mishaps are successfully avoided here, thanks to the choice for the single, one person POV. More so, I think that Josh’s perspective specifically, makes the erotic scenes as hot as they are, because of his shyness and inexperience. Everything that’s happening is so incredible thrilling and arousing for him, which is excellently conveyed too. And of course, the mathematical spanking and armpit sex do help to make these scenes scorching and unforgettable as well. You have to admire Myles for her inventiveness and her humor, here and also in other scenes!
Having read a few of Myles’ other novels and stories, I started to notice that the remarkable choice of her characters’ professions fascinates me and adds to my reading pleasure. In this case I learned a few things about Josh’s profession as a glassblower, among them the use of the term hot floor, which has something to do with the oven they use and the temperature of the glass. It’s one of the hot floors in Josh’s life, the other of course being the floor that Evan and Rai live on in his building. I like it when a title makes sense like this. I also like it that there’s always a lot of creativity and arty/crafty or cultural references in Myles’ novels. And can I just say, I really adored the cute glass owl Josh made for Rai and I would love to have one made for me by my lover as well (and if I was really lucky it would come with the glass gift Josh made for Evan too *cough*).
Although this was Myles’ first ménage story, as far as I now, it’s certainly a genre she masters just as well as regular m/m romance. Except that maybe some of the other titles of her I’ve read so far went a bit deeper on the emotional level than this novel. But even taking that into account The Hot Floor is better written and from a much higher quality than a lot of other gay romances, ménage or otherwise. So, this is definitely a recommendation for readers who like steamy, sweaty hotness mixed with a good dose of romance! ~...more
Backblurb: Cal has hidden his true fGenre & keywords: M/M/M, Contemporary, Ménage, College, Teacher-student, Coming out, Gay for You, Physical abuse
Backblurb: Cal has hidden his true feelings from Waylon for years, not willing to jeopardize their friendship. After a night of drunken passion, the truth finally comes out. While Cal learns to accept his true nature, Waylon is afraid to risk alienating his family. Will he live in denial or choose love? With the help of their sexy history teacher, Evan, the three men learn that love has no boundaries. But are evenings filled with hot sex enough to forge a lasting ménage?
My opinion: This is a hard book for me to review because I’m very aware of the fact that my own likes and dislikes when it comes to certain tropes and settings, are playing an important role here. For example, I’m difficult to please when it comes to ménage romances: I need to ‘feel’ the Love – between all three characters equally – and it’s definitely not enough for me to be immersed in sex scene after sex scene. Another not-so-hot-button for me is the teacher-student trope: the more often I come across this theme, the more I start to dislike it. That being said, I’ll give my honest opinion (as always), but bear in mind my personal dislikes, which can very well be exactly what other readers are looking for in a story.
Choosing Love starts out as a cute friends-become-lovers story between two college boys, which has a flash of Gay For You in it as well. Cal has been hiding his feelings for his straight jock friend, Waylon, for years. I really liked how Cal and Waylon were portrayed in the beginning, both had their distinct characteristics, they felt real and it was easy to see how they could feel attracted to one another. But when their relationship evolved nothing happened with the nice set-up for the personalities of these protags. Both men stayed the same without any noticeable character development and they even became sort of interchangeable, blending into the background of sex filled craziness. Ethan’s characterization is almost non-existent from his introduction on. He’s not much more than a caricature of a teacher who’s horny for his younger students. That I feel this way about him has probably something to do with the fact that Choosing Love is told in third person, with the point of view solely alternating between Cal and Waylon. Strangely, Evan’s perspective is missing, although he’s part of the ménage and the HEA too.
As for the setting, the contemporary college setting suits the friends-become-lovers theme. I like college boys as heroes, but as I said, I’m usually not very excited when a teacher becomes part of the plot and the relationship. Unfortunately, in this case it’s not different. Actually, when the relationship turns into a ménage, the setting didn’t feel right anymore, and the threesome sex scene in the teacher’s office felt just wrong. Readers who are looking for very hot and frequent sex scenes will find what they’re looking for in Choosing Love. It has plenty of those. However, the lead up to these scenes isn’t gradually and – especially in case of the threesome scenes – isn’t very credible or probable. So, I simply have to conclude that Choosing Love is not for me. But I know a few more installments are coming in this series, and probably some will be ‘regular’ m/m romances, without the extra ‘m’. I better read one of those then.
Heat level: 2.5 out of 3 flames Final judgment: 2.5 out of 5 stars...more
When I started reading this book it had been on my to-be-reviewed-shelf for a while and I initially forgot to look up the backblurb and just jumped inWhen I started reading this book it had been on my to-be-reviewed-shelf for a while and I initially forgot to look up the backblurb and just jumped in, since it was time that I finally got to it. In the first paragraph we meet Dane, alpha leader of his pack, who is worrying about his mate, or to be more precise, the woman he's going to claim as his mate, Jaycee. Shortly after, Jaycee is introduced, as a woman who's severely abused by her ex-husband. And then the hero and heroine meet each other. They instantly mate and Jaycee's 'running in fear' starts, because her ex-husband is after her. Dane wants to protect her, but she thinks she can handle it on her own and runs from him.
After this opening of the story I started to fear for a heroine with TSTL tendencies and I was wondering about the background of Dane's pack and their mating that already happened so early in the book. So, I looked up the backblurb and discovered I was in for a few more mates for Jaycee. I didn't find out more about the background, since it wasn’t mentioned in the backblurb, but I kept reading and was soon introduced to Marc and Pierre, Jaycee's other mates. Meanwhile quite some sex scenes had taken place, with lots of graphic descriptions but lack of an emotional level. Jaycee also got dressed up to play a role as a submissive to deceive her ex, James, and his friends at some club. That was the plan. Except, this story thread never returned in the rest of the book. And to be honest, it rang false to me that Jaycee was trained as a submissive like she stated, because she acts anything but submissive. At this point we're not even 20% into the book and already I have quite some reservations.
And it doesn't get better. More and more I feel like I'm reading a rather inconsistent story with cardboard characters that are playing out a not very believable script, like they are actors in a cheap pron movie. We're tumbling from one event into the next one and it all feels like a bit too much and too spur of the moment. Additionally, none of the protagonists are very likable characters. My fear regarding the heroine turned out to be true, her actions don't make much sense, often she's contradicting herself and I just couldn't like her.
But despite the awkward flow of the plot, the unlikely events and the flat characters I kept reading, hoping for a satisfying romantic story arc. To no purpose! There's no romantic development whatsoever, just a few rather rough sex scenes without any insight in the protags' feelings or thoughts. And to top it all off, the book ends with an unexpected 'To Be Continued' in the middle of a 'relationship problem'. Not a hint of a Happy For Now or Happy Ever After ending. Very frustrating! How could an editor/publisher let this happen? And to be honest, I don’t think I’ll pick up the sequel because I actually won't believe in a HEA anymore - after the way the fourth (!) mate was introduced things seem pretty irreparable. At least for me. Overall, I'm rather disappointed in this book and I have to think twice if I'll read the sequel any time soon, if at all.
3.5 stars. Tempted is told in first person from Anne's point of view. She's married to James whom she loves fondly. It's not an earth-shattering love3.5 stars. Tempted is told in first person from Anne's point of view. She's married to James whom she loves fondly. It's not an earth-shattering love but a calm, solid one. Then Alex comes into their lives. James and Alex have a history together and Anne immediately feels attracted to Alex. Soon they all three end up in bed together, which makes for some pretty hot sex scenes. Always straight m/f/m scenes, not a hint of m/m action though. Of course things become complicated when emotions get involved.
To be honest, I didn't like Anne that much. This feeling grew stronger and stronger in the second half of the book and her last scene with Alex sealed the deal for me - no chance left for her to redeem herself. The fact that the story is only told from her POV and we never learn about James' or Alex's feelings doesn't help. Eventually I even found the secondary storylines about Anne and her family taking too much pages. My worries for Alex (and James) kept me from enjoying them.
I usually can appreciate a flawed character, really, but Anne's idea of an (unprotected) solution just goes beyond flawed imo. In the end it's hard for me to love a book when I find the heroine selfish and unpleasant, even though I can see that it's written very well with great skill. I still look forward to reading Alex's story in Naked, because of Megan Hart's beautiful and compelling style of writing. Let's just hope I like the heroine in that story better...
This was a sexy read with some hot ménage and m/m action. It's an erotic quickie focused on the sexual relationship between two undercover agents (m/fThis was a sexy read with some hot ménage and m/m action. It's an erotic quickie focused on the sexual relationship between two undercover agents (m/f) and what happens when the hero brings his boyfriend in the mix. Besides the hot smexing this story also has some suspense, because the protags are investigating a series of murders. The suspense thread however was rather thin, leaving a lot of gaps for the reader to fill, but it gave the story just a little more substance. I would've liked to see more character depth, imo this is especially important to make a ménage relationship work. Also because I enjoy a sexy read even more when I can understand or sympathize with (one of) the characters through and through. Though, do pick up Centrefold when you're in the mood for a quick 'n dirty read, it will be satisfying!...more
This is one of the best menage romances I've read so far. The characters are equal and unique and all bring their own special something into the relatThis is one of the best menage romances I've read so far. The characters are equal and unique and all bring their own special something into the relationship. The relationship is initially based on sex - very good, freakin' hot sex that is - but evolves into a loving bond between the three men. More is very well written and has great depth and character development!
Here's the longer review that I also posted at my blog:
This is one of my High 5, Low 5 reviews. In general the High Five are five things that have impressed me or that I really enjoyed, and the Low Five are five things that had me shaking my head in a less admiring way. In this case the last ones were not really low, only a little lower than the High Five.
More is one of those books that surprised me and made me reconsider a few preconceptions I have about my own likes and dislikes. I’ll talk about a few of my usual dislikes under Low 5. And although I listed them under the low five, you’ll see that they’re not really dislikes here, somehow they worked for me in this book.
So, when I closed the book a content sigh came out of me. I loved it. Whenever that occurs, I feel the need to write a review about the book, but also know that when I would do that immediately after finishing the book, I have not much more to say than that the book is fabulous and a variety of those adjectives. Therefore, it took me a few weeks, but now I can give you my thoughts on this gay ménage.
• Good writing style If I hadn’t known that this was a debut novel, I would’ve never been able to tell. It’s written very well: with functional descriptions, no annoying mistakes, good dialogue and good visualization. Yes, even for me, a non-native speaker, it’s important that the language and writing style are good. Maybe even more so. I don’t want to get distracted or taken out of the story because of a bad sentence or a discontinuity in a description of a scene. So, I appreciate a well-written (and well-edited) story very much, also because this is not always the norm in this genre.
• Great build-up Along with the first high, comes the second: the story has a good pace, the right amount of suspense and a natural feel to the relationship building. I like it that it’s not rushed and has the length of a novel.
• No taking a nosedive for this ménage I’m rather picky when it comes to ménage romances because usually they only satisfy me in the erotic and not in the romance department. It’s quite tricky for an author to make the polyamorous relationship believable (for me). I seldom buy the ‘I love you’s that are exchanged at the end, just to give the book a HEA. Ms. Parker succeeds in making my romantic heart flutter for her three guys in More. And, like I said, that’s not an easy job. She lets the three men individually, at different moments and to other people, tell how they see the other two men in their lives. And for example when Richard talks about Luke and Matthew on page 188 I can understand how their relationship works (for them). He says: “The attraction and affection you see between them – it isn’t just about them. Wrapped up in that is me – their feelings for me.” The author worked hard with many other descriptions like this one and by showing their feelings within their behavior, before I became a ‘believer’, but she succeeded.
• Loveable & well-developed characters Very important for me is how I feel towards the main characters. I know it’s probably the most subjective one of my criteria but I’m not the only reader for whom this is essential. It just makes it easier to keep reading. And I just happened to like Luke and Richard a lot and really love Matthew. His bouncing, happy persona was outright adorable. At least, that’s what I thought, someone else might disagree… But, they probably will agree that the characters were well-developed and showed some growth, especially Luke. He almost changed from black to white: from a loner to a dedicated lover, from submissive towards his dad’s demands to an ‘action hero’, from being secretive to a sharing person and from a guy on the run to a domestic man.
• Steamy sex scenes You know me… and in case you don’t, I’ll say it out loud… I heart steamy, hot love scenes. And More absolutely delivered them. Nice, long sex scenes that left me sizzling. Also not unimportant, there was a lot of hot kissing going on. And maybe I like a good kiss scene even better than a sex scene but those two combined makes the best love scene. I hardly ever reread a book but I would reread More for them alone. Well, the love scenes were not only hot but also showed a parallel development that was present in that of the relationship - or to be more precise Luke’s growth. It’s symbolic that he wants to be tied up the first time the three men meet and have sex, and Luke’s also the one who refuses to go bareback long after the two other men are ready for that kind of commitment. So, the sex scenes mirror the feelings in this relationship and play an important role in understanding each other. I love it when sex is functional like that *grin*.
• The amount of sex Okay, that being said, I have to make a comment on the amount of sex scenes, because it can be overwhelming. It wasn’t for me, because I read the book spread out over three or four days. But, I can imagine that it is, when you read the book in say one day. I like to add that the sex scenes never became repetitive at all. That’s an achievement in itself with that high quantity.
• Luke’s father’s influence Luke’s father, the politician, has a slightly unbelievable hold on his son. I didn’t quite buy his behavior, perhaps it was a little over the top. But then, reality is probably weirder than fiction. Also Luke’s impassive attitude – always on the run, never confronting his father – rang a bit untrue. But this element in the story made for great suspense and was a perfect motivation for the pace the love story took. It didn’t bother me, but asked for a little suspension of disbelieve.
• The setting of the gay sex club The gay sex club, where the three men meet in the beginning of the story, is not my favorite setting, usually. It’s so not romantic. Nevertheless, it was a very logical setting, not only for Luke (who avoided everything smelling like a committed relationship) but also for Richard and Matthew. Ms. Parker did explain well why they were there. Still, I was relieved when the club was left for what it was, after only a few meetings. The setting of Richard’s house was much better.
• Lack of a social life Luke, Matthew and Richard don’t seem to have many friends or family. Richard’s social life consists only of his business meetings, Matthew just has his mother with whom he has a wonderful relationship for that matter. And Luke only has one good friend, an older ex-cop, who seems to be mainly a handy contact because of his security skills. I usually prefer there to be some meaningful relationships besides the love interest, but somehow I hardly missed it in this book. Probably because there already was so much going on with Luke’s investigation, the threats from his father, all the sex, the relationship issues, etcetera.
• The use of first POV This story is told solely from Luke’s point of view, in first person. I always thought it’s not my favorite POV, but more and more of my five star reads, like this one, seem to be written in first POV (e.g. books from Sean Kennedy, L.B. Gregg and Josh Lanyon). Often it doesn’t work for me, but when it’s done well, it gives a book that little extra. I think it was a good choice for More, because with the three male characters it could’ve become awfully confusing with the changing POV’s and a disastrous case of head hopping. But, still, I put it under my Low Five, because I really missed Matthew’s and Richard perspective.
Ps: There are rumors that Ms. Parker is thinking about writing two sequels to More from Richard’s and Matthew’s POV
Ps2: I've invited Sloan Parker over to my place for next week. She’ll be talking about writing in first person and third person for romances (her next manuscript is in third from both character’s POV). She also generously offered to give away a copy of More, so check in next Wednesday if you want to know more about that.
Those were my five highs and five lows. Did you notice how my five lows weren’t really deal breakers? I guess it’s obvious then that I totally loved More! It was a very sexy and heartwarming love story with good suspense. I completely believed in the polyamorous nature of this relationship and especially Matthew found his way to a special little place in my heart. The story of Luke’s life is heartbreaking and I’m happy that he found a way out of it. More definitely made my Favorites of 2010 list. And I would be the first to buy a sequel from Richard’s or Matthew’s point of view....more
I loved this longer short story! It's super hot & full of sweet and tender moments. The only thing that I liked less, is that it's too short... II loved this longer short story! It's super hot & full of sweet and tender moments. The only thing that I liked less, is that it's too short... I want to know more about what happens to those 3 guys after they leave the cabin! Maybe there is/will be a sequel... 4.5 stars...more
I like a book that opens in mid action and Cuffed and Dangerous did just that and the first pages pulled me straight into the story. I intended to onlI like a book that opens in mid action and Cuffed and Dangerous did just that and the first pages pulled me straight into the story. I intended to only take a little peek but ended up reading it in one haul. It’s a short story (about 50 pages) and when the space is that limited lust and love are always fighting for attention and the heat is mostly the winner. The same goes for Cuffed and Dangerous. Although there’s a happy ending and a glimpse of love, the romance in this story is not overly developed. The heat on the other hand… o lala… that’s very well done! The sex scenes were really scorching hot and frequent! From the first to the last love scene the two heroes know how to seduce their girl into some sweet and tender but hot and ultimately satisfying lovin’! And although the three protags didn’t know each other before the encounter in the bar where Jude and Gideon helped Wrenn settle the fight against five werelions there’s an instant attraction and a genuine affection from the beginning between them.
There, the word werelions fell! Yeah, that’s right, I’ve finally read a book about werecats! It was my first, I was kind of a paranormal virgin and… the werecats didn’t freak me out! At first there was only one short shifting involved when they had to fight the lions, but the description of that wasn’t extensive so I could get to know the heroes first as men, and that was good. They were described as good looking hotties with the protecting quality alphas tend to have. Wrenn clearly fell for the men and certainly not for the cats. In fact she hates the fact that they are shapeshifters, since she had a traumatic experience with the sort. Wrenn makes a great heroine, she’s feisty, independent and tough – all qualities I like in my heroines. Ms. Green gave her a plausible background and more depth than Jude and Gideon. Except for their appearances the guys were pretty much interchangeable. I can’t remember which one of them was the cougar and which one the panther. They are rather flat characters and it was easier to identify with Wrenn than with one of them. But then again they played the parts they were meant to play perfectly.
So overall my first experience with the paranormal genre wasn’t bad at all. In fact, it was freakin’ awesome and I’m ready for more! I think, but I can’t really be a good judge of that, that the paranormal aspect was on the light side in Cuffed and Dangerous, since the hot lovin’ was so prominent and the shapeshifting was just a given without elaborate explanations or rules or anything. Most of all I think that Ms. Green’s easy writing and way of making a story flow, helped me a lot with my paranormal deflowering, ‘cause if it wasn’t for that I would have never been sucked into the story like I was now. She really knows how to grab your attention and hold it throughout the story! I already purchased another one of her stories: Handcuffs and Lies. And of course I couldn’t help myself and take a sneak peek again. And this story also begins in mid action and pulled me in immediately. But I managed to put it down to write this review ;) ...more
This is the first book in a series (of three) which seems very promising. Take a human, a vampire and an elf and put them together in between the coveThis is the first book in a series (of three) which seems very promising. Take a human, a vampire and an elf and put them together in between the covers of a book and you get one very steamy romance! That’s what this book is in a nutshell. Then there’s something going on with ugly evil creatures and a war that has to be fought. The three protags have to prevent the creatures taking over by forming a holy trinity. I know, this sounds like pretty heavy stuff but it was not that bad. I could easily comprehend what was going on and had no trouble believing any of it. The only thing that happened too fast for me was the woman’s acceptance of the paranormal world she had no clue about until then. And this world saving thing is not wrapped up in this first book of the series but will go on in the next two I presume. The romance story did have a nice happy ending though. I like that in a series! The smexing in this book was excellent too. To become a real trinity there was some unusual love making going on between these three sexy protags, really unusual *won’t say more*. In short, I loved this novella enough to wanna read the sequels, that have different H/h. I won this book over at the Blackraven's Erotic Cafe blog.
This was a nice short story, written from the point of view of a woman who likes to be tied up by two men - Leo and Quinn - who perform their rope artThis was a nice short story, written from the point of view of a woman who likes to be tied up by two men - Leo and Quinn - who perform their rope art in a club every (?) night. She's watching them do that to other women and dreaming about her own submission. It was a little bit too short and ending abruptly, but well written!...more
Wicked Intent, book 4 of Leigh's Bound Hearts series,is as intense as the previous ones in this series, if not more. Tally can't give up control, espeWicked Intent, book 4 of Leigh's Bound Hearts series,is as intense as the previous ones in this series, if not more. Tally can't give up control, especially in bed. But the dominating, and a bit devilish, twins Lucian and Devril want her very badly and they need her to give up control and surrender to both of them. As twins they feel exactly what the other twin feels, so the only way for them to have a relationship is to share the same woman - not only for sex but more. To convince Tally she is meant to be their woman, for now and in the future, they have to take extreme measures. As dominant men they know a few tricks and have some toys at their disposal they can use to control her. In the end Tally surrenders herself to them but keeps strong enough to bring the two men at their knees once in a while. And they love that about her. Although Tally is defenitely the strongest woman of the first four books in this series, I like that all the women are powerful even if they submit to dominating men. Even so I found it a bit hard to really like the characters in this fourth book, they seemed a bit cold and harsh. Devril was the most sympathetic of the three. Maybe I missed more insight into their feelings of love, how want and need turned into love. It was just stated. So I liked this one less than the previous books....more
I'd never read a book of Lora Leigh before, but so many readers and reviewers were very positive about her novels (on weblogs and booksellerssites). SI'd never read a book of Lora Leigh before, but so many readers and reviewers were very positive about her novels (on weblogs and booksellerssites). So I decided to try one, from the Bound Hearts Series. Surrender is the first in the series, and is a short story (ca. 60 pages). It's about Tess and Cole, who have wanted each other for years now. But Cole had made it clear that he wants to control Tess, tie her to his bed and take her every way he desires. Tess doesn't want to admit that she really would like that, because of the disapprovement of her mother. Finally Cole decides to take matters in his own hands and tricks Tess into his bed. Once she has surrendered herself to him, she can admit that she wants this.
The not so many explicit sexscenes are hot but a bit extreme for the tender of heart. There's bondage and also a menage situation when Cole invites his friend Jesse to join them. Everything happens with Tess's consent, but she had to be pushed a bit. When her mother walks in on the menage scene she realises that she loves Cole and chooses a life with him. He has loved her for quite a while now, so they live happily ever after, of course.
Though it was kinda sexy the way Cole took charge and knew precisely what Tess wanted, I didn't completely symphatize with the heroine and hero of this story. Maybe it was too short for that. So I'll give it 2 stars out of 5. And I'm not sure if I want to read the second Bound Hearts story. Especially since Tess's (hysterical) mother will be starring in it, with Jesse's twin brother James, who's about 6 years younger than this woman. Maybe I'll skip to the third or fourth book in this series though....more
This is the third book in the Bound Hearts series, one of the many series by Lora Leigh. This series is about a group of dominant men, all members ofThis is the third book in the Bound Hearts series, one of the many series by Lora Leigh. This series is about a group of dominant men, all members of the Trojans club, who like to share their women. So does Jesse, the main character of Seduction. He is in love with Terrie, the widow of his younger brother Thomas (in the first two books of the series we've met his twinbrother James). But Jesse thinks she's afraid of him and his needs. He takes care of her but is not pushing her into a relationship with him because he's scared to hurt her. That's actually kinda sweet for such a dominant man. He does however dare her to seduce him whenever she's ready for him. Terrie takes the challenge and is set to seduce him into a threesome with one of her girlfriends. Because for a change she wants to give something (read love) to him instead of him giving to her. He trusts her and allows Terrie to chain him to the bed and to invite her friend Tally to pleasure him. Than there's of course no way back and she surrenders to his sexual needs. Lora Leigh writes very fast pasted stories and the action starts immediately, so no long paragraphs about the characters' backgrounds or issues. Just fast and hot action in a very graphic language. I like that in an erotic story and in this particular one the hero and heroine were pretty sympathetic and appealing....more
3.5 stars. This novella by Jaci Burton is part of the bundle Holiday Seduction (the other story is by Lauren Dane, I haven't read that because I only b3.5 stars. This novella by Jaci Burton is part of the bundle Holiday Seduction (the other story is by Lauren Dane, I haven't read that because I only bought Unwrapped). Unwrapped is a hot and fast read. Compared to reading a Blaze novel it seems lacking of background information about the characters but maybe that's because Blaze novels are so elaborate in that department. Unwrapped is about a lot of hot sex and a bit of loving as well. Colleagues Justin and Amy want each other for years now and when they're on Hawaii to meet a client, Justin finally starts seducing Amy after he'd accidentally read an email from Amy in which she tells her friend her deepest sexual fantasy (a threesome that includes Justin). In Hawaii Amy slowly starts to loosen up and lets him seduce her. On the night of Christmas Eve she even lets the client Mitch take part of the seduction and they have a steamy, sexy threesome. After that Amy takes a run home and tries to avoid Justin, but he doesn't let her get away of course and confesses his love for her. And they live HEA.
Justin is not only hot (dark hair, long legs, muscled with a sixpack, whiskey eyes) but also sweet. Amy is harder to like, because of her sometimes icy behaviour. She's more concerned with their careers and less with his feelings. It's a good thing that he's so persistent. Because of Justin I rate this story with 3,5 stars, otherwise it would've been 3....more