Melody is on the run. After filing for a restraining order against her abusive ex-husband, she starts afresh in Garnet, filing the only job available...moreMelody is on the run. After filing for a restraining order against her abusive ex-husband, she starts afresh in Garnet, filing the only job available and becoming a waitress. When she spies the humungous, lonely man in her waiting area, she can’t help but try to cheer him up with some pumpkin pie. Little does she know that one act puts her directly into the path of Clay, UFC fighter and general arse.
Clay is not known for his social skills. Nice only to his best friends Wyatt and Jules, he won’t even court the legions of fans that adore him, preferring to come off as arrogant rather than engage in a conversation. When Melody offers him free pie, for no other reason than she wants to make a nice gesture, something inside him clicks. Her generosity in-spite of her obvious poverty, along with her pretty looks and gentle ways, stir things inside he has never felt before. Determined to woo the skittish waitress, but unsure how to do this, he starts to visit her every day. Before long, the obvious chemistry starts tongues wagging in the small town.
Both parties are damaged by the sins of the past, leaving the scars deep and near impossible to heal. With the odds against them, will they manage to go the distance to create a happiness long time coming for the both of them?
Oh my, oh my, oh my I think I fell in love with this book from the second that Clay started to pretty much stalk Melody. I know, I’m an odd ball but he was just so darned cute. Clay was so clearly damaged that he just didn’t know how to deal with other people. In fact, between him, Jules and Wyatt, they could have covered the spectrum of emotional problems. They were all each other had and all each other needed. Well, until Clay meets Melody. He is so persistent in his affections but it never quite crosses the line to becoming too much. He just turns up at her work every-night, gets to know her and managed to wheedle his way into her heart the long way round. Having the people skills of a rock (and the physique :D) he doesn’t really know how to court her so it’s all very much a “suck it and see” kind of approach. Some of it really made me smile. Melody is attracted to him, but unwilling to get involved. Once he starts to become someone she can rely on, she starts to accept her attraction towards him and lets him in.
The smexing between them is unfricking believable…it’s so raw and hot that it blew me away. It also contains some of the most awesome lines I’ve ever read in smut. Clay has never done a relationship before, never said all the words that we all say and gained the scars to prove them false. He is so honest, so raw, that even the dirtiest of lines become somewhat romantic;
“”Go ahead.” Clay’s voice turned low and gravelly with sex. “Use it; fuck it. It belongs to you; own it””
It made for some seriously erotic scenes and some seriously clammy palm inducing sex.
As you can tell, I now have a soft spot for Clay but Melody was an awesome character too. The thing I liked the most was that she recognised that just because the ex was an abusive idiot, doesn’t mean that all men are. Clay is a physically imposing, blunt, socially impotent man but she isn’t afraid of him; the reason that she doesn’t want to get involved is she doesn’t want to unload her baggage on him. It is also her problems that look to be the reason that they may not survive the duration; her mental scars are deep and on-going. There are some truly heart stopping moments towards the later stages of this book….If it’d been a film, there would have been a pillow over my face.
A fabulous smutty book which I hope evolves into a fantastically smutty series. The complete lack of censorship that Clay imposes on his feelings made for a fantastically intense and erotic tale. There are some more spicy scenes, but we all know I’m a perv so I’m OK with it. He is DEFINITELY part of my book hottie harem (less)
Dr Grace Caldwell is a Sidhe-Vampire hybrid, who spends her evenings as a high class prostitute. Occasionally, her ex-college room-mate, and now full...moreDr Grace Caldwell is a Sidhe-Vampire hybrid, who spends her evenings as a high class prostitute. Occasionally, her ex-college room-mate, and now full time FBI agent, Jack consults her on cases that have paranormal links. When a rash of murders occurs, that no one can link together, Jack takes a punt and calls on Grace to use her powers to see if she can find anything they have missed (well more blackmails her into it!) Immediately she notices the spells and the link between the female victims; they are all female Sidhe. She uses her connections to the supernatural world to help Jack trawl through the myriad of political minefields that the case uncovers. Unfortunately, she thrusts herself back into the spotlight of a world that has never quite accepted her, always fearing what she is. When they start to make demands of her that she is unwilling to meet, things start to get a little hairy for both her and Jack. Meanwhile the case seems to point towards a more powerful culprit than either of them could have imagined. Will they survive?
This book had the potential to be absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately, I felt that, for its length, there was just too much going on. I couldn’t quite gel with the characters because I was too busy trying to keep up with the twists and turns of the tale. It really pains me to say it, but this book took far too much energy for me to enjoy it fully.
I really enjoyed the world that the author built. Sidhe and vampires are known about but not really understood. Grace is an anomaly to all as she is the only one of her kind. Vampires are supposed to be infertile, yet her parents managed to conceive. Prophecy had foretold her existence and now the council see her as a threat to their society in general. Because of this she has been shunned by most of her society and lives on the outskirts. She chooses to be a prostitute as, for someone of her heritage, it’s a very lucrative business. I enjoyed her general snarkiness and strength of character but I don’t feel that I grew to love her. Again, this is because I saw her flit from situation to situation, without ever really engaging in any one fully.
Grace and Jack’s relationship was the oddest part of the tale. It’s clear that they had feelings for each other, and a history, yet I didn’t feel anything towards them as a couple. There is no resolution to their situation and I do hope there is a second book as, for people who will enjoy this book, there is a lot that needs to be tied up. There are moments when I felt they could get together but, as quickly as these feelings in them rise to the surface, they seem to fade and they end up with different people (who I didn’t care one iota about as they were pointless to the story, only serving as dates for our two leads), seemingly forgetting the situation between them. It was unsatisfying for me. I don’t feel I know Jack at all. He had a severe change of situation during the book, but I don’t feel that I know how he dealt with it. Again, I was left unsatisfied.
A promising premise that didn’t quite pay off for me. With no real central romance to speak of, I struggled to grasp hold of a part of the story to keep me engaged. (less)
Ray Stavrakis is a man on a mission. After escaping from the prison where he was tortured for being an enemy spy, he now is on a race to clear his na...more Ray Stavrakis is a man on a mission. After escaping from the prison where he was tortured for being an enemy spy, he now is on a race to clear his name. Ray is no ordinary man; he has the ability to walk into others dreams as a legendary Minotaur and to control their actions with the power of his mind. All this power is now channelled on finding the one person who can clear his name, the therapist that his captors used to interrogate him and who allowed them to hurt him more when he didn’t break; Layla Bahset.
Layla is now working in Las Vegas as a therapist. She knows that someone is tracking her but has no idea who. Layla is an amnesiac who has no memories of her life before she took over the practice in Vegas. When Ray tracks her down, she can’t believe that she could have done the evil things that he describes. When their attraction starts to heat up, his touches and kisses start to awaken memories she wishes had stayed buried. As flashes of Gods and other mythical beings start to merge with the ones of blood and pain, can Layla stop the evil forces that have already focused their attentions towards both herself and Ray? And is she powerful enough to stop Seth, her evil ex, in his quest to use both of their powers to do his bidding?
This book was an enjoyable mix of Romantic Suspense and mythology. I had a minor problem for the first few couple of chapters as I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on. Once the concept of Gods was introduced, I realised that I was looking at this book from the wrong angle. This is not a Romantic suspense, it is a PNR with suspense elements.
Ray is a broken man. Tortured to the point of death, branded a traitor and having every sense of normality snatched away from him, he has become a hard and angry man. The Minotaur power isn’t something that he has put a name on; it is something that occurred during his detention and it now something to be utilised. He has found that he can enter the dreamscapes of peoples subconscious and extract information. Layla is the person that stands out from his time in captivity. He feels she alone is the person that he can use to find out what evidence the Government had to arrest him with. I liked Ray’s character and understood it to a point. He was a man on a mission to clear his name so he could return to his family and live again as a free man. I just couldn’t understand his feelings towards Layla at first. He believes she had him tortured to break him, that she enjoyed the pain and suffering of others. To then start to have feelings for her, before actually knowing her, felt a little odd to me. I couldn’t quite get my head around the fact that a man would start to fall for the woman who helped torture him (in some pretty distasteful ways, I may add) without attributing it to Stockholm syndrome. It was the only issue I had, but I will add that this started to fade the more I knew about the characters. They have a lot in common, more so than first meets the eye, and I did feel that they were suited to each other by the end of the story.
Layla is a fully functioning amnesiac. She feels she is a much more efficient therapist like this as she has no emotional baggage to tie to anyone case, but keeps her condition secret. I liked her character. It isn’t the strong female personality that I usually prefer, but she had a certain strength of will that I enjoyed. I liked that she kept working even though she could have been a wailing wreck, I liked that she didn’t shy away from the possibility that she could have done all these awful things and I enjoyed the fact that she was willing to try to help Ray even though he was pretty awful to her (although I understood why he was that way!). All in all she was the character I enjoyed the most. The fact that she couldn’t get her rocks off without being “forced” by Ray’s ability was a pretty interesting twist; it wasn’t disturbing as I knew that she wanted it, but it was pretty erotic! The sex scenes were pretty hot all in all and they were very sensual, rather than full on erotic.
The dreamscape scenes were weird but incredibly interesting. The book was very well written and the memories unearthed within these dreams allowed more of the pieces to fit into the puzzle which was the plot. The memories unearthed from both sides allowed us to delve further into the characters of the main players and their lives before this book. I liked Layla more when I found out more about her and my heart bled for Ray when I heard the disturbing things that he had been put through. The God’s, Goddesses and other beasts were all very familiar to me from previous reading, but this book has such an interesting twist to the mythology that it was hard to compare it to other books in the same genre. I can’t say anymore on this book without giving things away, but I will say that it is worth a read.
An interesting twist on ancient legends, this book mixes fast paced romantic suspense with the surrealism of the supernatural. A sexy book with tortured characters and evil Gods, it’s definitely a good addition to anyone’s book case. (less)
Claire is a Frankenstruct, a being that’s made up of cloned parts. A law has been passed that declares that Frankenstruct’s aren’t humans therefore ha...moreClaire is a Frankenstruct, a being that’s made up of cloned parts. A law has been passed that declares that Frankenstruct’s aren’t humans therefore have no rights. They can be treated as slaves, abused or simply made to the jobs which humans would say no to. Claire is forced to be the evil lieutenant Inkline’s master assassin. Her latest assignment is to murder an influential powerful politician, but an aircraft disaster en route means that the plan is stopped. A sole survivor amongst the wreckage she is taken into custody as a Rogue Frankenstruct. Her captor has no intentions of killing her for what she is, but if he found out what she did, his attitude could change.
Theo Kevonis cannot believe that the beautiful creature that he has pulled out of the crash is a Frankenstruct. He has never felt at ease with the sub-human way they are treated, but this one stirs things in him that he can’t quite explain. He has no choice but to take her into custody, but this doesn’t mean that she has to be treated like a prisoner. After interrogating her about her purpose on an enemy aircraft, he asks permission to court her.
Not able to deny the attraction that she feels towards his commanding presence, she willingly agrees. Still a prisoner, but less of an unwilling one, Claire embarks on a journey of love and lust at the tutelage of the lovely Theo. He shows her the pleasure in surrender, the ecstasy in his control and how it feels to be treated as an equal. She cannot help but fall in love with him, but when her evil master seemingly arises from the dead, will she finally tell him the truth about who she is and save him? Or will she protect the innocent image that he has of her, in a bid to keep him close, and risk his safety?
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I apologise if I gush, I’ve just never read anything quite like this book. It was steam-punk, alternative reality bondage at its best and I adored every second of it. Claire was the kind of strong woman that I love in BDSM books; she was a strong, independent woman who chose to give over her surrender to Theo. She didn’t need it, but it felt good when she did. Never being taken care of and having a life filled with persecution and hardship has taken its toll and he makes her feel cherished. She doesn’t tell him her true purpose at the start of the book as she feels it will get her executed for being a traitor and then she can’t tell him because she starts to fall in love with him. I screamed at the pages a few times because, the longer she held off explaining her past, the more damage her confession would do. His love for her was so pure (in a kinky way :D) that I couldn’t bear to see her break him. She is so protective over the people that show her any affection that my heart broke a little for her; she was mistreated so much in her past that any person who showed her any small kindness was grabbed hold of with both hands. I loved that she was this bundle of vulnerabilities encased in steel and I couldn’t wait to see how Theo would deal with her.
Theo is an amazing character. Not only is he a truly lovely man who is compassionate and protective, he is a really hot Dom. I got the feeling that he was a Dom through and through, but only got to play at the role sexually and was never allowed to fully embrace it. The excitement and gusto that he embraced Claire’s acceptance of his sexual needs was so cute (I know, not a word to be used with a Dom). He immediately starts buying her gifts, some of which made me drool. There is a fetish corset that is mentioned that I *need* to own, but it seems to come straight of the mind of Cari Silverwood. He wants to spoil her, he wants her to feel loved but in the back of his mind is the knowledge that she is still lying to him. I admired him because he was willing to try to coax her truths out her; he believed enough in himself, and her, to think that they were nothing that would affect their relationship. He is such a powerful man that he made me quiver a bit; I couldn’t imagine anyone saying no to him. He also a severely kinky imagination that exists only in the imagination of literary Dom characters; I want a naked, bondage picnic! And the scene with the St Andrews Cross facing the clouds was one of the most erotic scenes I’ve ever read; serious pulse racing and hot flashes were a result of that particular flash of genius! I knew he would be finding out her secret, I just hoped that he was man enough to work past it!
With sex scenes that will make your palms sweat and your pulse race, this is a book that will make any BDSM fan happy. With a seriously sexy Dom, with a very vivid imagination and an unlimited supply of fetish wear, and a female with no qualms about her sexuality, this is a book that will make you hot. With an undercurrent of suspense that kept the pages turning, this book checked all my boxes and made this a recommended must read! (less)
The Myians and the Shadows have lived a symbiotic relationship for years. The Shadows serve their chosen Myian in every way, and in return, the Myians feed the Shadows from their blood one night a year. This is seems like the perfect existence for all, except for one thing. The Myian men are cursed to remain infertile so cannot continue their line. A solution to their problems has been found, but it involves sex with their enemies the Ednians. The Ednians do not approve of the Myian clan, but feel it is their duty to help them to survive. To do this, they donate a single male, every two years, to help carry on the line by breeding with a woman from the clan. The Myian women have to petition the Elders to become the chosen one, and it is then his duty is to stay with the clan until the chosen female has conceived. Much to the disappointment of the rest of the clan, Mila is the one to be picked this cycle. She has dreamed of this day since she was a girl and is willing to sleep with a man that she hates to get what she wants. Once she sees the man who is to Father her child, she finds herself doubting her prejudices as he is just so darn hot (at one point we have a “cock-induced coma" because it’s so darn pretty :D)
Lake is devastated when he is chosen to service a woman from the Myian clan. Haunted by the stories of disfigured, crazy women, he heavy heartedly treks to the other clan, only to be shocked by how attracted he is to the woman he is to have sex with. As he becomes immersed in the customs of the clan that he may have to live with for up to a year, he realises that he has become entranced by his potential mate. When her Shadow tries to kill her in a feeding frenzy, he takes her away from her home to protect her. Will she stay with him in such foreign lands? Or, will she go back to fight to save the Shadow that has been her constant companion for years.
First thing to say is that the blurb goes a little further than I would like to have gone in a review. That being said, I’ll mention anything that is written in it! Mila and Lake aren’t characters that were easy to like. They are both incredibly prejudiced towards each other’s cultures and both make particularly stupid decisions because of it. Mila is willing to sleep with anyone to get pregnant hence why she is desperate for the mating to happen. Lake is there because he would bring dishonour to his family if he didn’t fulfil their end of the bargain. Both were reasons that made me feel quite for the characters; neither is engaging in sex because they want to. Although the speed with which they started to develop feelings was ridiculously fast, it did make me feel a little more comfortable with the arranged sex situation. The love story doesn’t really hot up until after the attack on Mila, before that it is simply lust. They cannot sleep together until “First Night”, which is the night that they start to try for the baby, but they can do other things and this leads to some fab sex scenes
This book is the start of a series and, although I desperately want to read more, it wasn’t particularly comfortable reading. The Shadow’s are a Vampire race, but what they have to do to get the blood that they need, isn’t pleasant. I could deal with the servitude for blood, it felt like payment, but I really couldn’t deal with the sexual service. Although the Shadow’s picked the Myian that they served, I wasn’t comfortable with them pleasuring their masters. I could see that, although Cho enjoyed it, there were others that did the same, but weren’t as happy to do it. I particularly wasn’t comfortable with the fact that, although Mila was comfortable with Cho giving her oral sex, he wasn’t good enough to have actual sex with. I got the impression that the Shadows were lesser species in this world and It wasn’t comfortable at all. Once again, I like the secondary character a little too much; I do hope we get to see more of Cho in a story.
I know Cassidy Hunter’s writing works for me and I think this is because, although her characters are often unlikeable, they work very well within the context of the worlds that she creates. This is a very interesting take on Vampires and I enjoyed the break from the usual “Vampires are too hot for words” kind of storylines that have been popular of late. I did find myself liking Lake, and I would like to see more of him in future stories. Mila’s character development wasn’t as advanced, because of the brevity of the story, but I hoping that she can become more likeable as she experiences the different cultures that she wasn’t used to and also get’s over that whole baby obsession. One thing that really did annoy me was that she doesn’t accept change easily; She doesn’t accept her attraction to Lake nor does she accept Cho’s betrayal. She puts herself in an incredibly stupid situation after the later and it really hacked me off. I understood the reasoning, but there was no way it was worth the risk. I’m hoping Cho is redeemable; I liked his character prior to the whole “incident” and we didn’t see much of him later.
A sexy story embedded within a very dark world. The characters were well rounded and interesting; I just felt the tale was a little too brief to make them likeable. I would LOVE to see more of this world explored, it really set my imagination alight. It has the potential to be a fabulous series and, although I enjoyed this story, I think what is to come next will appeal to me even more. (less)
Bane is a liberated killing stein. When he was reanimated and programmed, it was for the purpose of killing for hire. His undead existence was about blood and gore until he was rescued by the zombie underground. Now he repays that debt by working for them to liberate other captive steins. At the time we meet him, he has one more job to do before he gets his “wipe” to erase the horrors of his past. This assignment is to rescue a love-bot; a stein reanimated for the purpose of sex. This stein has been made illegally by a slightly bonkers scientist. Now he has to rescue Josie, with no knowledge of her prior programming, before she is detained by the only legal stein company in the state. As time goes on, he realises how twisted her creator was as the coding reveals that she needs to have mental and physical feedback from a “husband”; this means if she doesn’t get touched by a man she will start to degrade. It also means that she needs a constant mental link to Bane. He doesn’t like being attached to the newbie stein especially as the side effect of this link is that she can now see into the dark recesses of his memories. Bane usually hates being stuck with other bots for any lengths of time but for some reason this one stirs things in him that he can’t deny. With his attraction for her growing, giving her the sensual contact that she needs doesn’t seem to be a bad thing. Problem is the constant mental contact is creating feelings other than just lust. He knows that when they are both wiped they won’t remember each other. He has always dreamed of getting rid of the bad dreams but will he consider keeping them for her?
I’ve never read a zombie romance before, but I will be reading more after this little book. The stereotypical undead monster is gone and in his place is a sub-race of people that have to struggle daily with discrimination. These zombies still eat organs, but the innards and brains are mainly from animals. They don’t age, they can live forever and the little chip in their head can turn them into any “lifers” fantasy. To be honest, the concept was fabulous, but the situation surrounding their creation was distasteful. These bots are created to be either living sex dolls or mindless killing machines. They can be trapped inside their own heads with a simple command and then their creator can make them do just about anything. Bane was created to kill others by faceless cowards. Josie was created to be a “wife” for a creepy bugger, who obviously couldn’t get a live girlfriend himself, making her sexual responses to Bane quite frightening for her. When it turns out she actually NEEDS sexual contact to survive, I wanted to smack that creepy bastard scientist. I was a bit icked out by the thought of Bane and Josie having to have sex because of her needs, but it helped me to think that they were blatantly attracted to each other. The sex scenes are smoking hot by the way...I do like the way Daisy Harris writes sex. This isn’t erotica; its erotic romance, therefore the story takes precedence over the smexing, but I looked forward to the sex scenes.
The story is only 90 pages long but it manages to pack a lot of story into that length. At the beginning of the story, Josie is a newborn in terms of her life experiences and memories. It contrasts sharply with the very adult urges that she has been programmed with and I think this made me more uncomfortable. By the end of the book, she has accepted what she wants/needs and accepted Bane. She can be quite the little manipulator when she puts her mind to it; I loved her and truly enjoyed how she gets her own way. Bane starts the book hating himself and, with the help of the lovely Josie, tries to accept that his past in his past. He is a lovely little hottie and his protective instincts are really quite endearing. As a couple, I feel they worked well. Their shared traumatic experiences with “lifers” gave them a solid foundation and they just built on that. I never doubted that they would have a HEA; they are fabulous together.
A dark and sexy read set in a fabulous reality. I enjoyed the variation on the traditional zombie story and I’ll happily read more books in this series. I loved Bane and Josie as they are quite possibly the most well suited couple I’ve ever read about! I don’t think I’ll ever look at a zombie quite the same again..:) (less)
**spoiler alert** Whilst still recovering from an emotionally draining breakup, Sienna arrives at the Bandicoot Cove opening, hoping to put her life b...more**spoiler alert** Whilst still recovering from an emotionally draining breakup, Sienna arrives at the Bandicoot Cove opening, hoping to put her life back on track. The man that she spent the last 8 years worshipping chose work over their relationship and dinted her self-confidence badly. Hopefully, the sun, sand and sea will make the world seem all shiny and new again, and then she can start to glue the pieces of her shattered heart back together again. Little does she know that sneaky matchmaker Kylie has a plan to douse Sienna’s worries under a flurry of red-hot sex with a hunky man. After hiring their old classmate Josh to do the ICT on the resort, Kylie knows that he is just the thing to make her best friend feel good about herself again. Josh was the school hunk when Sienna, Paige and Kylie were younger, but he seems to have grown into an even more delicious man. No red-blooded woman could resist that combination of charm, self-confidence and hunkiness, but Sienna tries to offer at least a little resistance. When Josh claims that he had more than a little crush on her too in high school, Sienna simply can’t resist the gorgeous man. When a surprise visitor in the shape of her ex Ben threatens to derail the entire fling, can Josh convince her that her relationship with Ben is dead in the water? When Ben comes up with a plan to let her compare them both in the most intimate way, at the same time, can she really turn them down the chance of a lifetime? And, when the sunlight comes, will she be in any better position to choose?
Another one that had me completely conflicted; what is this series doing to me? Every woman has been in the position where she has been made to feel less because of a bad breakup; I empathised with Sienna immediately. Her attempts to bolster her self-confidence, with her random flirting (to prove she still had it), and to rid herself of her troubles by imagining them as stones she throws into the sea, made me smile. This was a woman who didn’t need to be fixed; she was doing fine putting herself back together again. I liked her immediately and this always bodes well for a tale. Josh is the type of character that I like in real life, never mind literacy. He’s a charming man, blessed with a silver tongue and a steady ooze of self-confidence; there really was never any doubt in my mind that Sienna was going to head his way. When they do start sleeping together (in the guise of a holiday fling), it really is sex that leaves you feeling a little naughty and breathless. Sienna like’s naughty sex, she likes the thought of being caught and trying things that others may find a little taboo. When she shows this side of herself to Josh, he thinks all his Christmases have come at once. I like that she felt comfortable enough in her own skin to show him what she wanted in bed, that she was confident enough to take what she wanted. I liked that he embraced her kinky side and indulged in her; I really did like them as a couple!
When Ben turns up, I nearly threw my Kindle at a wall. How dare he show up out of the blue and screw up this lovely new relationship! I wanted him to get back on that plane and bugger off, leaving the path clear for Josh. However, I knew it was a tale that featured ménage, so I accepted where this was going with gritted teeth. I wanted to hate Ben, wanted him to be no competition, but I knew that I couldn’t. He’s the one who gave Sienna into the confidence to ask for what she wanted. He’s also the one who is man enough to admit he’s made a mistake, and turn up asking for a second chance. When he realises that someone has already started to fill his shoes, he makes a final play by suggesting the threesome. I had to admire the confidence he had in his relationship, I just didn’t want him to succeed in his plan to get her back. The ménage sex was drool-worthy. They were both so focused on her...it was yummy :)
I don’t want to say anymore, I don’t want you to enjoy it any less. I have only revealed what is there in the blurb, but I loved the whole thing. Yes, it made me so mad I wanted to scream, but I couldn’t deny that I understood all the actions and feelings of the characters. I understood the conflict that Sienna was feeling at choosing between her fantasy man and the one who had treasured her for the last few years. I understood that Ben would do almost anything to get back the woman that he loved, even something like share her with Josh. I just couldn’t figure out which way I wanted the tale to go. Did I want her chose the man that she lusted after for years? Or did I want her to choose the man that bar one mistake, has loved her for many years? Or did I want her to manage to convince them both they wanted to share...I was so confused!
This was a smoking hot tale of reality and fantasy colliding. Sienna had her fantasy man and her fiancée both willing to do their best to give her pleasure...what red-blooded woman wouldn’t be drawn to this story (less)
**spoiler alert** Journalist extraordinaire McKenzie Wood is excited to be dragging along her best friend to the opening of the plush new Bandicoot Co...more**spoiler alert** Journalist extraordinaire McKenzie Wood is excited to be dragging along her best friend to the opening of the plush new Bandicoot Cove Resort. Relaxing with your best mate is always fun, and it’s even better when he happens to be a six foot something hottie like Aidan Rogers. Aidan has been in love with Mac ever since she kicked a soccer ball at his groin in school; everyone else knows, but she seems to be clueless! However, with the gorgeous location and the decadence of the hotel, she soon starts noticing that her friend has turned into a very good-looking man. Before she can really start to pick apart her change of feelings for the hunky fireman, she notices notorious rock star Nick Blackthorne is also guest at the resort. The man is sin in jeans and happens to be currently at the centre of media wide speculation about his apparent sex addiction. The journalist in her just won’t let allow her to let him go without a chance of an interview. Nick Blackthorne is recovering from a personal tragedy at the relaxing new resort and the last thing he needs is a pushy journalist invading his space. The music has been absent for a while, but the creative juices start to flow when he sees the gorgeous strawberry blonde with her fabulous looking companion. If he can get notes from just watching them stand in a room together, what will come if he sees them during at their most intimate? Will the three of them end up making sweet music together? (I couldn’t resist...I’m sorry :D) And when everyone’s cards are on the table, will it be everything that Aiden hoped it could be?
Ah,I’m conflicted about this book! Mac was a fab; I really did like her devil may care attitude and fun spirit! Her complete oblivion to the feelings of Aidan was understandable really; who wants to believe something like that and risk screwing up the relationship with your best friend? Aidan is amazing. I mean like swing-tastic amazing. He’s caring, sexy and a FREAKING FIREMAN. He can’t help his feelings, but he’s happy to sit in the shadows and love Mac from afar rather than risk destroying what they have. It takes a shove from the interfering Kylie, and a scare at work, to encourage him to finally spill the beans. He is the perfect man and I would have lost a little bit of good cheer towards her if she turned him down. He encourages her good attributes and tries to stop her self-destructive tendencies. I like the way he looks out for her, he physically stops her from annoying Nick, because he knows that Kylie will never forgive her. I think it was because I loved his character that I have a slight issue with this book. His love for her is so pure that I just couldn’t bear to see Nick involved in their fledgling relationship.
Nick Blackthorne is quite a man...I’m so happy to hear he gets his own book! He is the ultimate tortured rock star. He hears the music when he sees the way that Aidan looks at Mac and he can’t bear the thought of it going away, so he tries his luck and asks for a threesome. My issue is that their first few times should have been those two alone; Nick shouldn’t have been there for round two. Yes, I could choose to look at him as either a sex toy or as the catalyst that leads to them realising their feelings towards each other, and he is both of those things, but I think I just felt a little cheated for Aidan (which is odd, as he certainly doesn’t complain!). I think it’s a testament to how well these characters are written that I could feel so peeved on an imaginary mans behalf I also felt a little broken after I heard Nick’s story...I wasn’t sure I wanted him to be just a plot device to get these two together as he deserved so much more. I think it’s guaranteed I’m buying his story! I don’t mind that I didn’t agree with the characters decisions; I enjoyed the story all the more for the conflicted emotions :D
The sex scenes, oh wow the sex scenes They are hot...I fell in love with Aiden a little more with just how generous and appreciative a lover he was. I think Nick Blackthorne made Lexxie Couper's job easier as the man certainly liked to vocalise all that was going on in graphic detail...*fans*. There is a scene with a glass dildo that will forever spring to mind when I think of this book :D At no point did I not enjoy the sex scenes; it was clear that all participants wanted to be there. But, when morning comes, will everyone be as happy as they were in the heat of the moment?
A very sexy little tale that drew me in and made me care. With broken musicians and sexy fireman, it was bound to be a winner in my eyes, but that didn’t make me want to slap them any less when they jumped at a chance that could cost them everything. (less)
Kylie is having a having rather a stressful week. In-between setting up the brand-new, exclusive Bandicoot Cove resort for a “s...moreReally it's 3 1/2 stars
Kylie is having a having rather a stressful week. In-between setting up the brand-new, exclusive Bandicoot Cove resort for a “soft” opening, she has to contend with her feelings for the three separate men she is sleeping with on the Island. All the men are colleagues; Brad is the gorgeous harbourmaster, Hemi is the rough Maori diving instructor and Finn is the smooth, laid-back bartender at the club. The men know that she has been seeing them all and have no compunctions about sharing her. Unfortunately, she feels that she has to choose. Her feelings are affecting all of their relationships, how can they prove to her that she has no need to pick one of them?
This very short read sets up the future books. This story is centred on sex, pure and simple. In the space of this uber quick read Kylie shows us the different side to each of the men in a very carnal way (I’m a Brad fan ;D) and then they show us exactly how the men intend to “share” her. It’s an unapologetically kinky read and I loved it! There is very little character development due to the length; it didn’t bother me in the slightest. I got to know Kylie; I didn’t really need to see her change. If I had one complaint, it would be I know very little about the men aside of their feelings towards Kylie. The sex scenes were steam-up-the-windows hot; for such a short read, it did a good job on my pulse rate! I have always been a fan of ménage (hence why I love this series) and this is certainly a good example of that genre.
Exotic Indulgence is the starting point to the Bandicoot Cove story and its FREE people! Go get it and have a taste of what’s to come! I was very impressed that three authors wrote this one tale; it was pretty seamless. I would recommend you take the time to download this one, as Kylie is pivotal to all the other books (who do you think invites the other guests :D).
If you like your romance hot and your men in multiples, this series is a must-buy. This quickie introduces us to our hostess and her men...they certainly are a fun bunch :D (less)
**spoiler alert** Paige is planning to make her stay at Bandicoot Cove one she will never forget. Aware that her fling with the gorgeous Trent and Mas...more**spoiler alert** Paige is planning to make her stay at Bandicoot Cove one she will never forget. Aware that her fling with the gorgeous Trent and Mason will soon be over, she vows to make this trip a memory that will last a lifetime. Truth is, she’s fallen hook line and sinker for the pair of Ozzie's, but she knows her time in Australia will soon be over, so plans to make all their fantasies come true in what little time they have left together. Trent and Mason have a plan. They have both fallen for the lovely Canadian, and plan to use Trent’s sisters’ grand opening to convince her that what they have together is for keeps. Can they use the beautiful resort to quell her fears that they can never be more than just sex? And how will she react to the thought of a more permanent relationship with the two hotties.
This is book two of this fantastic series and is the book written by the author I am most familiar with out of the three. Paige is a fantastic character. Uninhibited, a little insecure and a complete sweetheart, I adored her from the second we met her dressed in a French Maid’s uniform, pretending to clean the room (Trent’s fantasy is to have sex with a French maid). She is so sexually generous with them, because she loves them so much, so the fantasies she wants to fulfil aren’t hers, they are theirs. Her issue isn’t that she is in love with them both, her issue is that she may be forced to chose just the one of them, killing part of her heart, along with their friendship.
Trent and Mason are sweethearts. The central issue with these is these two is that they want Paige to be with them permanently, but they have no idea as to how. Both of these hunks worship the ground she walks on, would do almost anything for her (as can be shown by Masons reaction Trent having sex with the maid :D) and love the fact that she fits so well into their lives. For a second, Trent does feel a little weird about sharing the woman he loves with his best friend. That is until Mason puts his mind at ease
“I like doing stuff with you. It’s...right. We fit, and I don’t see any reason why we can’t keep doing things together. Even important things like getting married and having a family”
As with the first story, I didn’t see much character development with these two but I got a good sense of what lovely men they were by their treatment of Paige. Mason is protective and possessive whereas Trent is fun-loving and affectionate. A head-turning combination! The fella’s have good intentions but, like in any good plan, there are many stumbling blocks. They try to keep their plan to seduce her into submission a complete surprise; of course that comes back to bite them on the arse.
I had no complaints with this book. There is no mystery, no ridiculous sub-plots or random twists that made me want to scream. This is just a story of people falling in love unexpectedly, taking a casual relationship into something perfect. Of course, the major problem with their relationship is that there are three of them in it! They all felt they were fine sharing when they were just having sex, but is it normal to share a long-term partner? (Why settle for just one hot Ozzie when you can have two?)
The sex scenes in this book were the type to make your palms sweaty and your pulse race; we have M/F, M/F/M, anal, oral...all the usual culprits. A fab read..but look up a tantra chair BEFORE you begin....it will make the whole thing easier on your head :)(less)
Van Gast has done something stupid; he has stolen a ship that carried the future bride of the Master of all Mages. These Magical creatures have the ability to bind army’s of men to them, to create unquestioning, willing servants, to see to do all their bidding. However, they have no need to create unwilling servants, the entire Remorian race is happy to carry their bonds. Now the Master has his Remorian army, led by his Commander Holden, searching for Van Gast to exact revenge. They kidnap his archenemy, Josie, knowing that she knows his tricks better than most. But, she isn’t Van Gast’s enemy, she is his lover and their apparent conflict has been a ruse to earn more cash. Josie is also the lover that Holden took before his bond to his Master was strengthened. She represents a freedom that exists only in his dreams, can ¬he really break her, taker her freedom, to do his maters bidding? If he tries, will she give up Van Gast? A man that adores the very ground she walks on. When she reappears after a few days absence with a Remorian man, Van Gast has to trust that the Ten Ruby Trick she set’s up won’t get him killed or, worse, bonded and destined to become a mindless drone.
I once read an article where a blogger argued that she could never love a Pirate hero because pirates are murderers and thieves by nature. I tend to agree, there is nothing nice about a true pirate. However, I would argue than Van Gast is not a typical pirate, because he quite clearly has redeemable features. Although he steals the ship at the start of the tale, he leaves everyone alive, with enough food and water to last until they are rescued. These are not the actions of a baddie. When the author contacted me, she said that other people had compared him to Captain Jack Sparrow but I can’t see any resemblance bar the occupation! Whereas Captain Jack is kooky, unpredictable and fearless to the point of stupidity, Van Gast struck me as the opposite. He is smooth, suave, careful (as long as it doesn’t involve Josie!) and quite successful. His magic is a sixth sense for trouble that manifests as an itchy breastbone; he isn’t likely to get himself into random trouble. Although he isn’t a perfect hero, he is still a likeable character. His trust in Josie has been unwavering, even though she gave him nothing in return, and I didn’t blame him when he had a little wobble...I would have given that relationship up as a bad job years before. The problem I did have was that there wasn’t a lot of time to see them together as a couple. I wanted her to get out of the clutches of the Master for him, not for them as a couple because, quite honestly, I didn’t know them as a couple.
Holden’s situation tore me apart. He is one of the most fabulously written Anti-hero’s I’ve ever met. If I’m honest, I was more interested in his story than his Van Gast (I’m sorry!) From the day he was born, his destiny was to carry the bond. He wasn’t born to be an idealist or have dreams; his path was not his to choose. His affair with Josie had been the highlight of his life, had given him hope that he could be something more. When they parted, he accepted his bond to the Master and became one of his henchmen. He did horrible things, but that was the price he was willing to be pay for the complete lack of control. He didn’t want to make decisions for himself, he wanted only to exist. My heart broke for him; that he would do this willingly was completely inconceivable to me. When he is ordered to take Josie, to break her spirit, he truly struggles. I wanted him to break free, I wanted him to become an individual who could do the good things....really, it was heart wrenching watching his inner turmoil.
Aside from the characters, I found this book challenging for the first couple of pages. I have never enjoyed classic fantasy, and I think that that influenced my opinion. Once I stopped being such a snob, I lost myself in the author’s imaginary realm. I was taken aback at just how evil the magic in this world is! The Mage’s cannot move for themselves, as their power exists as crystals on their skin that makes them a little bit like immovable rocks, so they create slaves. The bond takes over their victims and forces out any individual thoughts, creating an empty vessel that exists only to serve the Mage. It is truly terrifying, and what was even more terrifying was that an entire race of people were willing to take the bond, to do something else’s bidding, rather than have the uncertainly of individuality. If Julia Knight wanted her readers unsettled, she did a good job.
Overall, a fantastic romp with characters that draw you in and get themselves into situations that leave your heart in your throat. I’d like to see a sequel; I really can’t give a book any more kudos than that (less)
Isabeau was a child protégé. An exquisite pianist from a very young age, everyone expected her to become one of the greats. That is, until a car accid...moreIsabeau was a child protégé. An exquisite pianist from a very young age, everyone expected her to become one of the greats. That is, until a car accident killed her mother and left her with both emotional and physical scars. Now Isabeau owns a bar, happy to serve her customers for the rest of her career. She successfully managed to mute the music that runs through her head. That is, until Noah walks in.
Noah is a musician. Currently recording a new album with his recently reformed band, he doesn’t expect to find anything to occupy him with until he walks into Izzy’s and spots the owner. Now he finds himself transporting his entire band to this small town under the guise of recording material in a smaller studio. Of course, what he really wants is to keep a close eye on the woman who seemingly can’t stand the sight of him. He doesn’t realise that her reaction is more of a defence mechanism that a blatant rebuttal because he terrifies her more than anything. He has brought the music back to Isabeau's life in full stereo, and she doesn’t want to go down that road again. Can he convince her that the attraction between them can lead to something amazing?
I’ll be honest, this book nearly got put down after three chapters. The amount of dialogue between the two characters in the first section, failed to hook me and I struggled with the slow pace that it created. I loved the character of Noah, but the character of Isabeau confused me. I’ve never been a fan of melodramatic characters and every little situation was the end of the world to her. That being said, I’m glad I persevered because it became a very compelling love story.
Both of these characters carry a tonne of emotional baggage. Noah is a recovering alcoholic who fell apart after the death of his friend and band mate, when they were younger. He was a strong character and never did he once shy away from his attraction to Isabeau. He tried to coax her with his presence and smooth ways, but not till he was completely sure she was attracted to him did he try for anything more. I loved that he cared enough to gentle her; it was seriously sexy! His rock star persona contrasted with his gentle ways towards Isabeau, which made him a compelling character and an all-round drool fest. I wanted a HEA for him, I just wasn’t sure I wanted the broken Izzy for him.
Isabeau is an incredibly broken and complex character. She never dealt with her mother’s death and the crack that it left on her psyche has bled into other aspects of her life. She blames her obsession with music for her mother’s death so refuses to play, even though at some points it nearly breaks her! Her relationship with her step-father is strained due to the damage her scumbag of a biological father did when he fought for custody of her (the guys an ass) and she has been stuck in this place of denial ever since. When Noah arrives on the scene he threatens this self-imposed stasis as he literally inspires music in hers! When he starts to care enough about her to try to break down some of her walls, she has to make a decision about her future. To be honest I don’t think she actually starts to make this decision until it comes to a point where he needs her; even when she sleeps with him or feels threatened by her strange stalker, she doesn’t open herself up to him. She lives in this state of anxiety that made me wary of her character and it wasn’t until she started to let him in that I considered her a candidate for the lovely Noah. Still, I didn’t want him to be with a woman that would require kid gloves forever. It wasn’t until I saw how much he needed to be needed that I knew they would be a good match.
This book is intense. The slow pace and central emotional storyline do not make for light reading but once it hooks you in, it’s hard to put it down. I didn’t find it a book I could just pick up and go; if I stopped, it took me a few pages to get back into it. The characters are compelling, the formation of the new relationship is a joy to read and the tension really grips you by the throat. The brief stalker plot-line was a welcome brief reprieve from the emotional roller coaster that Isabeau is put upon by her burgeoning feelings for Noah.
This book is about two people who fall in love and struggle to reconcile past baggage with new emotions. It’s sexy and intense; I enjoyed it and Noah. Now bring on Dom! (less)
When we meet Jane, she is having some REALLY bad sex...like awful...like she’s wondering what’s for tea whilst at it kind of bad sex. Her terrible boyfriend insists on going Dutch on everything and is so bad in the bedroom department, she often has to turn to the vibrator when he’s left. She has to get rid of him, but being single and over thirty is not something she relishes. When her best friend Candace tells her about an article she read in the local magazine, Jane goes into a panic. According to the article, statistics show she has probably already dated the person that is meant to be her Prince Charming. Unable to abide the thought of being alone for eternity, Jane decides on a drastic course of action; she is going to re-date all her ex-boyfriends to weed out Mr Right. A drunken night out derails her plans slightly, as she ends up getting frisky with the gorgeous bartender Damien from her local haunt. When Damien reveals that he is more than happy to give her sex with no strings whenever she wants it, it seems that she can have her fantasy man whilst searching for the man of her dreams. Thing is, after every date with a man from her past, she finds herself searching for the man who lights up her sheets in the present. Is she giving the men from her past a fair chance whilst she is sleeping with Damien? Moreover, is she disregarding him unfairly because she is too busy looking backwards?
I think the reason that I enjoyed this book so much was because there was a heroine I identified with, alongside a Hero that I swooned over. To me, this is perfect Romance material. Jane was a bundle of neurosis that I immediately related to. She didn’t want to be alone, so was willing to put up with the awful Jim (He called her “Plain Jane” – that alone is a red card offence). Then she grasped hold of this gossip rag article as if it was fact, pulling out her little black book and preparing to take a trip down memory lane. What she failed to realise is that relationships end for a reason! When Damien offers himself up on a plate, she would have been a moron to turn him down. The man is a walking, talking wet dream, who certainly knows his way around a bed (seriously....HOT sex scenes are plentiful in this book. There was steam coming off my skin by the end of the book :D) In her head, this is a temporary relationship which ends when she gets her white picket fence because she is much too old for him.
Damien is a hottie. The talented bartender has never been interested in relationships, happy to have faceless, meaningless sex rather than commit. But, running away from past mistakes is getting tiring and he just doesn’t have the enthusiasm he once had. Then a liquored up Jane appears at his apartment and everything changes. He doesn’t want to just have sex with her, but that’s all she’s offering. He takes her up on his offer to try to convert her to his way of thinking, even when she is quite upfront about “looking for Mr Right”. I have to say at this point she p*ssed me off. Damien was never husband material in her head. This seemed to mean that she could do what-ever she pleased with him. Even though his actions screamed that he was interested in more than just a booty call, she treated him as if he had no feelings. She took calls from potential dates whilst they were together, she turned up at his bar for sex right after making a second date with one of them.....I wanted to slap her for being so clueless, and him for settling for scraps. Although I empathised with her feelings, she almost became public enemy number one because of her obtuseness towards his feelings. When she finally starts to see sense, had she done too much damage for there to ever be a healthy relationship?
Even though I didn’t like book one of the red line, I was always going to read the second. I have read enough of Cat Johnson’s work to know I adore her writing; I was always going to give this a shot. When she approached me about a review, I snapped up the chance. It’s because of this book that I now feel bad about dismissing an author’s after one book that didn’t work for me; I adored this book, but if I was in the same position with a new to me author I may have not been quite so enthusiastic. It doesn’t follow on from the first in the line, it is completely stand-alone but the heavy sexual content remains. There is anal, oral, bad sex, good sex, M/F, F/F, F/F/M....*phew*. It’s plentiful to say the least.
The Ex-files is a smutty, steamy book that kept me entertained from the moment I heard about the dreaded “Vaginal Wall bang” sex move. Damien is the barman of my dreams. A sexy fella with amazing sex skills, fabulous culinary talent and the ability to make a chocolate Martini?? I want one :D (less)
**spoiler alert** When steamy book seller Madison finds herself in the midst of a steamy clinch with an interviewee, she realises that maybe she hasn’...more**spoiler alert** When steamy book seller Madison finds herself in the midst of a steamy clinch with an interviewee, she realises that maybe she hasn’t been fulfilling all her needs. Sexually aggressive Andy (i.e. Mr-Make-a-good-Impression on the interview) isn’t up to the grade, but maybe the man that she eventually hires will tend to her every whim. Uptight, repressed and a little bit weedy, Gabriel doesn’t seem to be attracted to her at all. Unable to resist trying to get a reaction from him, after realising that he has seen her mid-Andy clinch, Madison does everything in her power to elicit some kind of response. From going to work without pants on to leaving butt prints from sweaty sex on the counter at work (I kid you not!), she tries every trick in the book to get him to make him blush and aroused. Eventually, he gives in to her persistence and they embark on a rather steamy affair. Gabriel needs control, he craves the bossy Madison and the orders that she gives out. Andy (who appears sporadically throughout the book) craves control and likes to exert it over them both. The question is what does Madison want; does she want the lovely Gabe and the power that he gifts her? Or does she want the rough and slightly smug Andy, along with the submission that he craves?
Well, this book led me through a variety of emotions from start to finish! I always admire authors who write from first person POV; it’s so risky if your main character isn’t relatable. Luckily, although I didn’t always agree with her decisions, I did relate to Madison. She wasn’t afraid to go out for what she wants sexually; unfortunately I did feel that at points this made her a little selfish. I was a little scared for poor Gabriel; I didn’t think he actually knew what to do with himself when she started to pursue him so viscously. Although I found her a little selfish personally, I found her completely selfless sexually. Once she realised what Gabriel needed sexually, she gave herself over to her role completely. She gave him what he craved, she encouraged the side of himself that he was ashamed of, and accepted him. I loved the fact that she didn’t ever make him feel stupid, even when the requests were slightly weird to her, she just considered whether she could do them or not. I understood her attraction to Andy but I honestly wanted her to end up with Gabriel.
Gabriel was a hard character to like, but once I started to understand him, I fell for him hook, line and sinker. I’m used to a certain type of male sub in fem-Dom erotica and they tend to be strong, butch men (not sure why this is!) Gabriel is the complete opposite. He is a repressed, slightly nerdy man who needs to be told what to do. Yes, his background slightly explains these character traits, but it wasn’t enough for me to do anything more than pity him. It wasn’t until he started to trust Madison and let some of his crazy show that I started to love him. When Madison finds him reading erotic fiction, when he confesses to masturbating when she told off a supplier on the phone…..all these things made me realise that he was a man I could adore. Once they start having mad monkey sex (and seriously, the sex in this book starts at page one and continues to get more kinky with each page) I realised that, although the outer shell p*ssed me off something rotten, the person he becomes when he is accepted for what he needs, is amazing. The scene where she finds him wearing her pyjamas…..well read it and see for yourselves.
So why 4 stars and not 5, I hear you ask. This is going to be a little spoilery so you may want to put your fingers over your eyes. Andy appears periodically throughout the book as a contrast to Gabe, to confuse Madison over what she wants and to generally irritate the crap out of me with his smug attitude. There is a particular scene where all three of them are in bed together (although this scene starts off so well….one Dom controlling two subs..be still my beating heart :D) Unfortunately, the ending of this scene left a bad taste in my mouth. Personal preference means that I only like sex in a book for the sake of enjoyment of ALL characters involved. One of the characters was left a little tied up and out of the action therefore didn’t enjoy the sex…I didn’t like it and it stuck with me. Still, one scene out of the book is a fairly good ratio.
Overall this book is a fabulously sexy tale that made my palms sweaty and my heart race. I grew to love both Madison and Gabe and, although I didn’t agree with some of the decisions that they made, I wholeheartedly routed for a situation where they could both be happy. I didn’t like Andy much but he served a purpose and he made for some fabulously hot sex scenes :D (less)