The virtual "cover" is the sexiest thing about this novella. Usually I'm a fan of EA and her spankoramas, but this one fell short of the mark in everyThe virtual "cover" is the sexiest thing about this novella. Usually I'm a fan of EA and her spankoramas, but this one fell short of the mark in every way. Worse, it left me feeling vaguely unclean and decidedly unsexual.
Neither the 30 year old hero nor the 18 year old heroine appealed to me at all. He spends way too much time wrestling with his conscience about how he raised his foster sister's daughter since childhood and shouldn't be lusting after her. Usually I have no problem with guardian/ward romances as long as there's no blood tie, but the hero dwelt on this so often and at such length, that even I got icked out. His initial strategy of talking to and treating her as if she was still a little girl gave off a creepy ol' perv vibe.
The sex scenes fell totally flat for me as a result, and I started feeling like a perv too for reading this stuff. Not the reaction I'm going for when reading romantica, you know? When they finally have intercourse the hero calls himself a "monster" and the scene "sordid". Way to kill the romance dude! Whatever buzz he didn't kill off gets slaughtered by the heroine's mother showing up and shrilly accusing him of rape and pedophilia. He defends himself by saying "I love her the same way you do - like a daughter". After he's just had sex with her. Why am I feeling that I need a thorough bath now?
The virgin heroine is a bimbo with a penchant for baby-talk. At one point she questions the hero about his cock - "how do you use it? How do you make it work?” This is what college girls have become? Her idea of seduction is to tell the hero that her pussy aches and ask him to kiss it better like he always kissed her hurts when she was little. Oyyyy, what is that queasy, roiling feeling in my tummy right now?
I highly recommend this anthology of 3 erotic stories, with the last one being a gem and particularly suited for the Christmas season. All are well-wrI highly recommend this anthology of 3 erotic stories, with the last one being a gem and particularly suited for the Christmas season. All are well-written, with decent plots and highly indecent sex scenes :-)
Adam & Evil - 5 stars The shortest at 50 pages, this shows Jaid Black's trademark humor and D/s sex. Julia is an alpha woman who despises her father's match-making attempts. She puts on the nasty to scare away daddy's latest robot. Sam however is no robot, he's unfazed by her rudeness - her curvy body fazes him fast though. When their plane goes down near a deserted island, Sam wastes no time putting on the moves and finds out that feisty Julia is delightfully submissive when it comes to sex. But will what happened on the island stay on the island, once they're back to their real lives?
Holly - 3 stars This story features explicit BDSM, with a woman who's been hurt by a previous Dom and needs to heal. This should have been right up my alley, but it left me cold for a reason I can't quite put my finger on. Ethan is rich, well-built, dominant, so why aren't I drooling over him? Maybe Holly's past requires him to pull his punches too much, so to speak, and the BDSM scenes fall flat for me as a result. Maybe it's because Holly is an experienced submissive, she's done it all before, and I prefer a couple to experiment together. Who knows? The writing is good, although the dialogue gets a bit stilted at times.
His Christmas Cara - 5 stars The longest novella here, this shows Shiloh Walker's special mix of sweet and sexy. Based upon A Christmas Carol (of course) Eben Marley is the corporate jerk who's visited by spirits. Cara is the woman he's hurt in the past - they had sex one night and he transferred her into another division the next day so he wouldn't have to see her. He now resolves to go after her. Cara is sweet but no pushover, she loves Eben but she's wary of getting hurt again. The sex scenes are erotic but full of feeling too. A warm read for Christmas :-)
(Note: there are no menages/infidelity/abuse except for Holly - the story opens with her being abused by her former Dom). ...more
One of my all-time favorite smutty novellas. This one has it all: a hot dominant manly man, a feisty heroine, loads of D/s flavored sex, a touch of paOne of my all-time favorite smutty novellas. This one has it all: a hot dominant manly man, a feisty heroine, loads of D/s flavored sex, a touch of paranormal, an imaginative setting, even some good action and adventure. All in less than 100 pages. Big thanks to Holly for recommending this one to me.
Hawke is gruff and tough but he's also very protective of his surprise gift - the heroine. I loved this man! He pounces on Alex pretty much from the start but she's game and hey, he did save her life. Alex is intelligent, brave and submissive only in bed. They are a hot, kinky pair and their antics sent me in search of a cold drink or a fan or something more than once.
The dialogue and writing are good. There is some good action that had me running scared and frankly freaked me out at one point. The love story is surprisingly convincing for such a short work, and you can tell Hawke and Alex really belong together. When he comes for her at the end ... awwwww.
Content: oral, anal, spanking. In other words, all the good stuff y'all know I like :-)...more
This is an exciting, sexy trio of stories with hot, dominant men and lots of steam. You won't be disappointed.
That said, the first story by JenniferThis is an exciting, sexy trio of stories with hot, dominant men and lots of steam. You won't be disappointed.
That said, the first story by Jennifer Dunne was my least favorite. It started off well but got bogged down in business talk. The heroine was an efficiency expert, some background was nice but just too many pages were given over to discussion of business strategy. The sex scenes didn't quite do it for me either: hot wax and being wrapped in plastic like a leftover sandwich - so not my thing. 3 stars
The next story by Madeline Oh was livelier. Lots of sexual tension and build-up, until both the heroine and I wanted to strangle the hero and tell him to get on with it already. But when Jud finally shows up in a pirate costume and "captures" his helpless "maiden", yowza! Let's just say that Black Jack and Lady Katherine have a rip-roaring good time. Their antics left a huge grin on my face. Nice spanking too! 5 stars
The final story by Dominique Adair may be my favorite. I loved the Cajun setting and the Cajun hero. David saw what he wanted and went after it, er ... her. Nice spanking scene here too! This story is quite a bit shorter than the others and I wished it had been longer. 5 stars ...more
I have mixed feelings about these 2 novellas. On the one hand they're sexy and I enjoyed reading them. On the other hand each had a plot element I disI have mixed feelings about these 2 novellas. On the one hand they're sexy and I enjoyed reading them. On the other hand each had a plot element I disliked and I really don't like when the hero screws the heroine's sister, sister-in-law or whatever.
Her Wildest Dreams by Shiloh Walker I loved how Allie the mouse had all these secret kinky fantasies and how she broke out of her shell. It's always the quiet ones! Alex was a perfect match for her - sexy, rough and dominant. Their sex scenes were scorching hot, no holes (er holds) barred, and hit all my personal buttons :-) These 2 really belong together and Shiloh convinces us there's genuine love here, not just sexual compatibility. (Warning: this is not for the faint of heart, Allie and Alex indulge in everything up to and including forced sex fantasies). If it was just for the wonderful romance and sex, I'd give this hot little number 6 stars. However I had 2 issues here.
1) Allie has sex with another man after having sex with Alex. I hate this in romances when the hero does it, and when the heroine does it it's no better. I understand that Allie felt rejected by Alex after their night together. I understand her going to Ireland and flirting with another man while "finding" herself. But sleeping with a stranger she's known for just a few days? When she was a virgin just a couple of weeks ago? Calling out his name in orgasm? I really didn't need to read these details.
2) Alex has had threesomes with Allie's brother Mike and Mike's wife Lori. Ugh!! I've read the prequel Good Girls Don't, Mike and Lori's story (it's only available in e-book but you won't miss anything if you skip it). There are references to Mike and Alex sharing women in the past. But there is no scene or hint that they and Lori had a menage, on the contrary Mike snarled every time Alex admired Lori's butt or hinted at anything. (I love a possessive, snarling alpha man!). Is the author saying that after the end of Good Girls Don't, when Mike and Lori are a couple, they had a threesome? Way to posthumously ruin my enjoyment of that story. And even apart from that, it's creepy that Allie's true love is a guy who's had sex with her sister-in-law and brother.
Shiloh is one of my favorite romantica authors and I hate to be hard on her, but these 2 things seriously dampened my enjoyment of an otherwise sterling read. Still 6 stars less 2 stars is still 4 stars for this one.
Cowboy and the Captive by Lora Leigh I've never been a big fan of Lora Leigh, maybe because I'm not a fan of paranormals or menages. I've heard she's writes very steamy sex, but the sex in this novella was nowhere near as hot as Shiloh's. Maybe the lack of threesomes or animal DNA left her uninspired. The sex scenes were ok, just a lot tamer than I expected from a woman-taken-captive-by-hot-rough-stranger-seeking-revenge story.
Nevertheless this revenge story did have a lot of potential, I just felt the storyline didn't go anywhere. The characterizations were problematic too. Melina was ok as a put-upon daughter finally putting her foot down, but by immediately being taken captive by the hero, she always seemed a victim instead of a strong woman. Luc was supposed to be smart and alpha, but by not doing his homework to make sure he had the right woman, and refusing to even believe there could be twins, he just came across as dumb and arrogant. Maria could have been painted with subtlety but the author wrote her with such a lack of nuance, she became a parody of a poster girl for a Just Say No To Drugs campaign. The parents were frankly unbelievable in the way they favored Maria above their other children. And my biggest peeve: a scene of the hero getting an expert BJ from the heroine's sister, in detail. Ugh! 3 stars. ...more