Caitlyn Sachs has decided that 24 is old enough to let go of her virginity. After holding onto it so not to be seen as easy as she perceives the restCaitlyn Sachs has decided that 24 is old enough to let go of her virginity. After holding onto it so not to be seen as easy as she perceives the rest of her family to be, it has now become more of a burden than a thing to treasure. However, there is only one of two people that she can fathom sleeping with and convincing them may be a problem. Matt and Tristan are her best friends, work-mates and flatmates; convincing one of them to become her lover may be a step too far. When she returns home one night unexpectedly, she finds them in the middle of some seriously steamy sex. Upset that they have never told her they were lovers, convinced that she may have missed her chance to sleep with one of them and very turned on, she tries to flee the scene of the crime to clear her brain. When Matt comes to confront her, conversations take an unexpected turn and she finds herself one step closer to the secret fantasy she's been harboring for years; the one where they all end up in bed together.
Matt and Tristan have been in love with Cait for years. A year ago, they turned to each other in solace when she seemed to fall hard for her current beau. The situation between them has grown to become something far more than just sex, but they can't help feeling that they are incomplete without their flatmate with them. When Cait walks in on them, all their secrets desires come spilling out. Can she accept that what they want from her, what she wants from them, doesn't make her a "slut"? Can they all accept that by accepting their true natures they might not be acceptable to everyone else?
This is a festive read, with most of the main action happening over the Christmas period. I have always said that I like a ménage more when everyone is happy with the situation. This doesn't necessarily mean that everyone has to be sexually attracted to each other; it just means I can't abide ménage where one of the men is constantly aware of where their penis is in relation to the others penis. I want a happy threesome and these three don't have a problem with the sexual side of their relationship, they just have a problem of the logistics of "forever". The character with the most hang-ups, and the most annoying character for me, was Caitlyn. Caitlyn is not a very nice character. Judgmental of the choices that her family have made for themselves, she goes out of her way to "not be like them". She mainly has a problem with the fact that her mother had a lot of boyfriends and that her younger sister has four children. She lets this judgment cloud all of her actions hence she ends up a 24 year old virgin. She just wanted rid of it (which I didn't mind) but was willing to use her best friends to do the deed. She wasn't actually thinking of them at all when she made this decision, she was going to let them basically toss a coin for her and then act as if it never happened the day after. She kept up this kind of attitude throughout the majority of their interlude and I hated every second of it. Her deep seated fear of being seen as a slut hurt both men deeply during the course of this book as she was happy to use and abuse two men who loved her for her own personal gain.
The boys were lovely. Matt was the more easy going, rambunctious, act-now-ask-questions-later type of guy. He was also very proud of his oral skills Under the surface veneer of confidence and charm was a very insecure man. He feared that he was a stop gap for Tristan and that he was second choice for Cait. At one point he wonders if they would be better without him...I was definitely team Matt this book. Tristan was the more intense one out of the two but I don't think that the book would have worked without him. He wasn't as easy to like but his feelings for the two of them were undeniable. His love of Dominance also made me VERY happy he was in the book. He wasn't willing to let her go easily and made it incredibly difficult for her to leave, constantly reminding her of what they could have if she would stop caring what others thought. Both of the men were desperately unhappy with her demands but took on the challenge of trying to change her mind. I wanted to slap her a little; if she loved them like she claimed, she would have steadfastly refused sex with them, knowing that she would ultimately cause them great amounts of pain. She redeemed herself slightly towards the end, but she still upset me with her actions. As a ménage, they worked very well but as individuals, she was too selfish for such lovely men.
The sex scenes were ridiculously hot. The fact that no one had any limits in the bedroom just made it absolutely scorching to read. There was M/M sex between two very manly men, M/F/M ménage, M/M/F ménage, Voyeurism, spanking, bondage, home-made porn.....the list was endless! I can honestly say that this book spiked my libido like no other has in a while.....sweaty palms and a raised heart rate were the least of my worries :) I love Cari Quinn's erotic scenes....she is one of my "go-to" authors when I need a steamy fix :)
Overall this one was a fabulously smutty read that kept me entertained throughout. With a variety of different sexual techniques and themes, I honestly think there would be something in here to tempt anyone with a pulse. A definite re-read :) ...more
Jeff really hates his sister new loser boyfriend. For a start the man is a jerk but his opinion isn’t improved by the fact the man is still married. WJeff really hates his sister new loser boyfriend. For a start the man is a jerk but his opinion isn’t improved by the fact the man is still married. When he sees that said loser has left his phone at his baby sister’s house, he takes the chance to text the man’s wife to try to convince her to get him to keep his hands to himself. Upon meeting her, he finds himself in an interesting dilemma. Does he get the creep away from his precious sister? Or does he give into the temptation to try to get the lovely Karyn for himself? After realising that his sister is big enough to make her own mistakes, he sexts Karyn (Sex Text) and hopes that she felt the same sparks he did. When she responds in kind, they embark on a sex fuelled night that changes everything.
Cari Quinn creates very sexy novellas and this one was no exception. I understand that some people may find Karyn’s marital status objectionable in a romance, but I had no qualms about it. As far as I was concerned, she was separated and he was sleeping with another woman. This gave Karyn a clear path to do whatever the hell she wanted in my eyes. Lonny (the ex) had made her feel like she wasn’t worth anything and that she wasn’t good in the whole bedroom department. I loved the fact that she responded to the sexy text, that she took that risk. Once she experienced sex with a skilled lover, she realised that it was Lonny who was the flop in the bedroom. Jeff was attentive, skilled and seemed to enjoy the fact that he was with her; he made her feel like a sexy woman. Jeff had a slightly rougher edge which always appeals to me . He wanted her, so he pursued her. He was quite sexually aggressive (yum!) and showed her what sex should really be like. It was sexy and, quite frankly, so erotically charged it made me a little clammy
Overall, this was a sexy little number that kept me clicking the pages till the end. The raunchy sex kept me entertained and the epilogue at the end gave me some warm and fuzzies to balance it all out. A recommended read. ...more
A product of a broken home, Izzie latched onto the life of a Vampire Hunter when she was taken under the wing of a man who wanted to mould her into hiA product of a broken home, Izzie latched onto the life of a Vampire Hunter when she was taken under the wing of a man who wanted to mould her into his own personal sidekick. Years into a well-deserved reputation, she only has one rule; don’t attack unless they do first. This rule is what saves her from Ryker when he realises that a Hunter has encroached on his patch. He doesn’t believe in killing humans for sport, so Izzie is safe until she strikes first. When she begins to stir feelings in him that he hasn’t felt in years, he begins to wonder if the Hunter could ever fall in love with her prey. When an old enemy with a grudge rears its head, things for Ryker start to look a little perilous. When said old enemy hands over both Izzie and Ryker to a Government determined to utilise them in their quest to study Vampire Biology, it looks like Izzie’s real enemy might not be as obvious anymore. Can she trust a Vampire to get her out of trouble? And when the dust settles, will they be able to go back to the status quo?
Izzie is a strong, snarky heroine who was in the Vampire Hunting business purely by chance. She didn’t hate them, it wasn’t her grudge that kept both her and Zack finding them, it was his. When she meets Ryker, he challenges the preconceptions that Zack has drummed into her. He doesn’t seem to be the mad, deranged killer that all Vampires should be; he like a normal guy, albeit a dead one. That she is completely attracted to him leaves her a little shaken, but I like that she didn’t dismiss it, she just chose not to act on it. When she gets an inkling that Ryker may be in trouble, she goes against Zack’s express orders and warns him. That she is willing to challenge her own views and break free of the safety net of Zack was really sweet! Then it all goes to hell in a hand-basket when the Government get them. My respect for her grew a million fold at the way she dealt with the horrors of the lab. The humans in charge were completely horrible, completely dehumanising her in the interest of research. She realised that the only way to survive was to try to find the light in the situation, to find her one salvation in a room full of torture; the attraction she feels for Ryker. The whole situation that goes on in the lab is uncomfortable to say the least. It left me a little shaken that I could be conflicted with two such extreme emotions as arousal and distaste. I coped only due to the strength of the characters; if they could find a moment to savour their attraction I could feel OK with it! I approved with the way that she dealt with the whole thing as it proved just how strong she was.
Ryker is yummy. Ryker rivals Dante as Rosalie Stanton’s hottest vampire. A Vampire that considers himself on the right side of the moral line, he has secrets in his past that both haunt and ground him. Without the choices that he has made previously, I don’t think that he would be quite as lovely. The respect that he shows Izzie, as both a warrior and a woman, was quite rare in a PNR. He never questions her decisions but does his best to support her. He does his best not to hurt her with his true nature. He measures his every action around her, never really giving into his baser instinct unless he deemed she could handle it. Once he did give into them…..*fans* jeeeez The sex scenes in this books are the stuff of wet dreams, I just didn’t feel comfortable with my own reaction to them in parts. I breathed a heavy sigh of relief when I could just enjoy them together; I’ve never wanted the suspense part of a story out of the way so quickly before.
Well, I’ve only read one other of Rosalie Stanton’s books before (which I loved) but this one has cemented her onto my very limited pre-order list. This book was original, dark, sexy and really quite twisted. I don’t like to think the couple are a product of circumstance, but I have to say that the time that they spent together in the lab cements them together in a way which I think would be hard pressed to reverse. I loved this book and would LOVE to see more from these characters. A fast paced, gritty paranormal romance which make me think, squirm and pant….a recommended read! ...more
Callie ran away from Jack 3 years ago, but when they meet again at a Christmas party, old feelings start to arise. His sub for well over a year, she rCallie ran away from Jack 3 years ago, but when they meet again at a Christmas party, old feelings start to arise. His sub for well over a year, she ran when she realised that living in a relationship with unrequited love was something that she could no longer do. Older now, she feels stronger and intends to fight for her man. She has always loved him; can she find a way to make him love her back this time?
Jack can’t quite believe his eyes when Callie turns up at a friend’s party. The woman that broke his heart, he has never gotten over her leaving. Determined to have her for at least the holiday season, he starts off their entanglement in the way he should have done the first time. More mature in his Dom role, he collars her, gets her to sign a contract and vows to tie her to him and make her stay. Both of them are more mature and have changed in many ways; are they as compatible as they once were? Or is their relationship destined to be nothing than a fond memory best left alone.
This is a short story at 75 pages long, but it surely packed a punch. Jack is very much a Dom. He isn’t a sex-play Dom (he was much more of a lifestyle Dom) and I got the sense that what he was looking for, even though he kept referring to Callie as a sub, was a slave. He was a very commanding presence and, as a Dom, I thought he was quite dreamy. He knew how far he could push her, made sure he knew her limits and did his best to please her. He knew that she responded to dirty talk (the more he used the word “slut” the hotter she got!) and that she needed pain. I must admit that some of the scenes made me cringe a little. Unlike Callie, I don’t need the pain and the thought of clothes pins on my bits made me cross my legs! However, I had to commend Cassandra Carr for picking S/M as a theme because, as much as it made me uncomfortable, it wasn’t my story being told, it was Callie’s. The only issue I took With Jack was his attempts to control her behaviour outside of his bedroom. In one scene, she drunk dials him and he goes mental. Yes, some of the anger was due to the thought of her driving home under the influence, but some was simply because she was drunk. If she had wanted him to have that kind of control over her life, she would have asked for it. She bent to him because she wanted to make him happy and the fact he let her made me question Jack’s motivations as a Dom. Some people become a Dom purely to be in control, others do because they want to help subs achieve the freeness they desire. I got mixed messages about his motivations after this incident. I suppose he is allowed to be an idiot at some point in the story though, so I tried not to hold it against him.
Callie was a masochist that completely accepted her kink. I liked this about her, even if I didn’t understand it. The scenes where she submits to him are quite something to behold; the man is really quite inventive. There was the afore mentioned clothes peg scene, a scene with an embossed flogger, a scene with a peppermint candy cane and the final scene which I won’t spoil. The majority of the scenes really rang my bell and the ones that were a little too much were still hot because of the strength of feeling between the two leads. Although neither was willing to believe the other could truly love them, they loved the other quite freely. What was interesting what that both felt the other didn’t love them because of failings within them. Callie felt that Jack couldn’t love her as he wasn’t capable of settling, Jack felt that Callie couldn’t love him because she couldn’t accept his dark side. It was an interesting conundrum and I liked that neither of our characters really had many self-confidence issues, especially Callie.
Overall this was a rather dark BDSM book with heavy influence on the S and M. I really enjoyed the interactions between the two leads and I really felt I got to know them over the course of the story. The sex scenes were hot, with the climactic scene raising the bar and being quite awesome. It isn’t for the faint of heart, but I recommend it to anyone who likes their BDSM rather dark. Jack is the ultimate Dom; demanding, thoughtful, pushy and relentless. I enjoyed reading his tale, could we see more please? ...more
**spoiler alert** Living in a small town, nothing much exciting happens in the world of Emma Weston. That is, until the day the tour bus of her celebr**spoiler alert** Living in a small town, nothing much exciting happens in the world of Emma Weston. That is, until the day the tour bus of her celebrity crush careens through a stop sign, straight into the side of her truck. Emma thought she knew everything that there was to know about Brandon Tucker, shockingly there was one major person in his life that had escaped her knowledge; Brandon Tucker has an identical twin Beau and Beau drives the tour bus. Faced with two of the hottest men on the planet, Emma finds it hard not to swallow her tongue. Luckily for her, choosing who she likes better gets easier when Brandon turns out to be an arrogant ass.
Beau Tucker is bored to tears of living on his brothers coat tails. Destined to be the only thing that keeps his twin from fully immersing himself in the rock and roll life-style, he has resigned himself to being his brother’s keeper. Used to the spectacle of women throwing themselves at his rock-god brothers feet, he can’t help but be amused when the spitfire that he careens into not only calls his brother on his behaviour, but snaps up his CD and declares herself a former fan. When it looks like the damage to the bus is more than a little fender bender, Beau can’t help but rejoice at the fact that he now gets to spend a little more time with the lovely Emma. Problem is, he doesn’t just want her for himself, he wants her for Brandon too. Can he manage to get his brother not only back into her good graces, but into her pants too? And once they are there, can they convince her to let them stay for the duration of their stay. When the brothers decide to do a little concert to raise money for a very sick little girl, it looks like they may stay for a while longer. Will they all be able to walk away from this unscathed when the brothers have to go back on tour?
Beau Tucker was my favourite thing about this book. Smooth, caring, a little rugged and a lot sexy, he certainly caught my attention. I respected him for his decision to put his family’s needs before his own, a kind selfless man is always a nice thing to read about. Because of his decisions, it made sense that he would want to share his happiness with his brother; I just didn’t know if his brother deserved it. Brandon Tucker started the book as a prat. Towards the middle of the book I started to see some glimmer of the true Brandon and by the end I really quite liked him. Do I know why I took such an instant dislike to Brandon? Yup, he acted like a complete jerk. At the crash, he just whined about the inconvenience. I expected this type of behaviour to be exhibited; I knew he was going to be a product of his fame. What I didn’t expect was for him not to come across as a main character in this story. He seemed, for the majority of the book, a part of the ménage purely for the sex and not much else. He was just an extra penis in the relationship, another body to add to the sex scenes. I believed in the relationship between Emma and Beau far more than I believed in the ménage. One of the reasons for this is the majority of the book seems to be relationship building between Beau and Emma (they date, they talk, they council each other) and Brandon really didn’t get that kind of attention. Towards the end, we started to see a glimmer of what the relationship between Emma and Brandon could be, of how she needed the rougher edges that Brandon could provide, but we never really saw how this would work in conjunction with the bond that Emma and Beau had. It felt unfinished….I have a feeling that, with more time, the relationship between all three of them could have been a lot more. I’d love to see more from these three just so I could see if it really did work out as well as it does in my head.
Speaking of the relationship between Emma and Beau, I loved the direction that the author took. It was clear that they had a lot of issues to resolve; she was his brothers obsessed fan, therefore he had to trust that she wasn’t just sleeping with him because he was the spit of his brother, without the gigantic chip on his shoulder. I loved them together, loved that they could both express themselves fully with one another without fear of reprisals. The sex scenes were smoking hot, as were the ménage scenes, but the connection between the two of them was lovely. I believed in them as a couple (even if she was a little bratty and annoying at points) and I wanted them to end up together. Of course it isn’t easy because for all of them as there is a time limit on their time together. I wanted them to last the distance, but it wasn’t realistic.
Overall the book was a good read. The relationship building between Beau and Emma made up for the issues that I had with the ménage. The sex scenes were smoking hot, but there were enough moments of tenderness to sure this book stayed firmly in the erotic romance category. I would love to hear more from these characters to see exactly how they get on. ...more
An Opera is scheduled to be performed in Frewyn but, just before opening night, the controversial adverts threaten both the show and the safety of its director. The clueless maestro seems to be trying for ratings, without worrying about what the giant, Den Asaan, may think about the parody of his relationship with the Commander. When the Giant demands an immediate performance of the opera, to check that it does not belittle his beloved, it seems that this may be the last performance the famous Marridon ever creates.
This is a short read (approximately 35 pages) therefore will be a short review. Did the length bother me in the slightest? Nope, it was the perfect bite sized chunk. The land of Frewyn is a mythical, fantasy land where giants and people live together. This is a short story from a well-established land created by Michelle Franklin, but I don’t believe that reading out of order will hamper your enjoyment. In this tale we see an very amusing and heart-warming glimpse into the lives of the powerful Commander and her mate, the grumpy, chocolate addicted Giant. It made me chuckle at reading the glee she took in imagining how bonkers her beloved was going to go when he saw how she had been depicted on the adverts. Seeing his tough significant other depicted as a damsel in distress was likely to cause him much distress and, in seeing the amusement that the thought of this caused, I got a little warm and fuzzy feeling. Too often, books concentrate in the lusty, passionate feelings that come from a new relationship without ever touching on the little, comfortable feelings that also appear. It was clear how deep their feelings ran from this miniature insight.
I love the little world that Ms Franklin has created in Frewyn. This isn’t my first introduction to her characters and her world is very reminiscent of fantasy lands created in fabulous sci-fi shows (with far better dialogue and far less leather I hasten to add!) There is characters aplenty to get your teeth into (In this one, the King and his wife also gained my attention :D) and a delightful story that keeps you hooked.
A 5 star snippet from the characters in this delightful fantasy world. With an overbearing chocolate addict, a feisty female and a smattering of sex, this tale was a guaranteed winner for me. A lyrical writing style makes this tale a very easy read (even if I did have to look up a word or two :D) If you like your fantasy with a smattering of romance, this is a tale to try. ...more
After the reptilian Slark’s attacked Earth, civilisation as we know it ceased to exist. In a post-Apocalyptic world, society seems to have reverted baAfter the reptilian Slark’s attacked Earth, civilisation as we know it ceased to exist. In a post-Apocalyptic world, society seems to have reverted back to the old West. When Gieo is shot down from the skies, she finds herself in Tombstone; a town full of crazy Cowboy’s and blind cultists. The Wild West rules are in full effect but amongst the chaos she finds herself undeniably attracted to ex-model and current Gunfighter Fiona. Their passion is apparent to all, but their relationship hits many bumps along way as Gieo struggles to come to terms with both Fiona’s present and her past. When a civil war starts to heat up in the area between the Cultists and the residents of the town, Fiona has to do something quite drastic to tie Gieo to her and keep her safe. When all the fighting seems to stimulate the war with the Slark, things become quite perilous for all the residents of the town. Will all the external stresses mean their fledgling relationship ends before it really has a chance to grow into something deeper? When it becomes clear that there is an external agent driving all the friction to achieve his own personal agenda, the situation in Tombstone deteriorates to never before seen levels. Things will never be the same again, but will they throw away something that has the potential to keep them warm on the cold nights to come?
I had to read this book a couple of times before actually sitting down to review it. Please don’t misunderstand me, this isn’t because I didn’t enjoy it, it’s because there is so much going on. Action packed doesn’t quite cover this tale so I wanted to make sure I had it sequenced properly in my head. There are no wasted sentences; every word has its purpose but, I will admit, that although this made this book quick to read but harder to digest in one sitting. It is a fun, imaginative read that is certainly unlike anything that I have read before. Fiona is an ex-model forced into the life of a Gunfighter. When the Slark’s attacked Earth, the deadly situation reverts Human civilisation back hundreds of years. Isolated Towns run themselves, people settle arguments with guns rather than the Law and people battle constantly over the ever dwindling necessities. When we meet her she is looking for Slark’s to behead simply because their heads are worth fuel. She doesn’t really fight her attraction to Gieo, she simply ignores it. She is a tough cookie, has done things that others would find distasteful to survive, I don’t think that she wants to feel weak. When she finally does give into the temptation, things from the past start to reappear that have the potential to cause problems. Veronica, her ex-girlfriend, appears in her town with the Ravens, an all-girl outfit. Fiona ran away from them, leaving Veronica behind without a word. Once she reappears, old feelings are stirred up and Fiona struggles with closing that door to her heart. When the Cultists start a war with the town, tensions start to run high and she is forced to collar Gieo to keep her safe, forcing the relationship to a different level.
Gieo is the polar opposite of rough and ready Fiona. A delicate yet feisty genius, she charms everyone that she meets within seconds. I loved her cute little robot and her quirky ways. Unfamiliar with the rules of a town such as Tombstone, I was glad that she hooked up with Fiona as she needed someone to keep her safe. She struggled with the way of life that Fiona had chosen for herself but I willed her to accept it. She was attracted to the image of Fiona, to the woman who had graced the cover of many magazines. In accepting Fiona’s choices, I felt a bit happier about them as a couple. She did, however, lose quite a lot of my respect with an act that happens about 60% in. This is an area of the book I never give spoilers for, but she crossed a massive line. I’m all for people getting second chances, and people making mistakes in the lead up to a HEA, but, to me, this happened when they were an established couple and not a work in progress. I struggled after this as it isn’t something that I can usually deal with in a romance. However, the sex between them is very hot and very imaginative (this is helped by the fact that Gieo is involved :D). Once they begin having sex, it is clear that the chemistry between them is truly potent…..there are definitely some clammy hand scenes.
Alongside the love triangle, the crazy cultists (who by the way are blind by choice as they realise that the Slark’s don’t like blind things), the reigniting of the battle with the Slark’s and the Wild West Rules, there is also the crazed town leader who seems to be trying to make sure his hold on the Town can never be removed. As I say, there is a lot going on but it certainly makes for an interesting read. I couldn’t process it all in one read, but this is probably because I’m used to reads with only a few plot threads happening at once. I enjoyed the fact that this one was so different and that it made me work a little; Cassandra Duffy is certainly a woman that knows how to write. On a side note, there were some beautiful little illustrations throughout this fairly lengthy book and they really did enhance the story. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
A Sci-fi/Wild-West/Lesbian tale with a lot of action, a lot of sex and a lot of well-written characters that grab you from the off-set. Give it a go, you may just love it.
Determined to break apart the slave-ring that has been preying on the Shadowlands submissives, Master Raoul snags himself an invite into a viewing ofDetermined to break apart the slave-ring that has been preying on the Shadowlands submissives, Master Raoul snags himself an invite into a viewing of some “bargain-basement” slaves. His mission from the FBI is to reject all the slaves with the hopes of being invited into the auction which would allow them to finally arrest the leaders of the evil Harvest Association. Unfortunately, Raoul finds it hard not to “buy” one of the cheaper slaves when she turns out to be the best friend of Gabi (from Make Me Sir). Potentially blowing months of hard work for the FBI, his Dom instincts sneak up on him and soon the pretty brunette is in his home. A lucky break means that there may be other opportunity for the imposing Dom to attend the auction, but first he must make his ownership of Kim look real. Can he impose his collar onto someone who is not only is unwilling but is also damaged to the core from her previous “Master”
Kim wants out of the nightmare that her life has become. Kidnapped, tortured, raped and forced into slavery, this is not the life that any little girl dreams of. When she finds herself back on the market after her previous owner returns her as “damaged goods”, she doesn’t believe that the man who promises her safety can keep to his word. After hearing proclamations from both her friends and the authorities that he isn’t one of the bad guys, she resigns herself to playing the role of his slave in order to try to help the other girls. Unfortunately for her, the Harvester Association check on their sales and want to see her perform in her role as slave. Can she really ever trust a Dom again? When her submissive nature starts to rise to the surface, she finds herself fighting against the one relationship that has ever felt right. Can she really let herself trust him enough to become his slave?
First of all I need to warn you of a couple of things.
1)These books are a series. You can read them individually but you won’t appreciate the characters and their relationships. This would be a shame as they are all amazing 2)I have an immediate bias towards anything with the name “Cherise Sinclair” on the front of it (sorry!)
Now that that’s out of the way I can start to rave with a clear conscience. This story had the potential to be an incredibly dark story with very little light at the end of the tunnel. The background setting was truly horrific and a very brave choice for a Romance story. In Make Me Sir, we began our journey into the sick and twisted world of the slave traders. The situation wasn’t resolved in one book, nor should it have been. I appreciated that Ms Sinclair took the time to show the aftermath of these events for the victims rather than using it as a nifty plot device and then finishing with it when the HEA occurs. Kim was so damaged she made me cry. Raped, tortured, verbally abuse, kept in a cage…..honestly, I don’t think I’ve read more abuse in a Romance. When Raoul “buys” her, she struggles to adjust to real life, struggles not be scared of what’s around each corner, struggles to trust the people around her. I thought she was the strongest character I have met in a while, as she has a choice to just go home, but instead she put herself under the control of a stranger to try to save her friends. I didn’t know if her sanity would hold up in the face of some very tough situations, but I was ever hopeful. Some people may take issue with the fact that she went from one form of slavery to the other but, to me, that was the point. Kimberly was submissive to the core; she would always be in a relationship where the lifestyle infringed on her life, rather than sticking to the bedroom. The choice was taken away from her by the cretins that kidnapped her but, although she was somewhat cornered into the M/s relationship with Raoul, it was still her choice to enter such a contract.
Raoul was dreamy. Raoul took this story and made it a little sweeter because he was just so caring. The other Dom’s in the Shadowland series all have their inner sappy side, but Raoul’s is pretty much out there for everyone to see. He nurtures Kim, whilst giving her the control that she needs. With any other type of Dom this story would be in danger of heading towards the darker, twisted side of BDSM, but he lightened up every page that he appeared on. I loved them together and thought he was the ideal Dom to heal her. On a side note I want to bitch slap his ex-wife….with a bat. Was he my favourite Shadowland’s Dom? Nope, that will always be Nolan. Are they my favourite couple? Yes, I think they were! The sex scenes were pant-worthy and you need to look out for a fire play scene…..mega hot!!!
There were a lot of other things going on in this story. We get to see Galen and Vance work as a team whilst attempting to intimidate little Sally (Seriously, shivers people!) I’ve wanted Sally to get a book in forever and am glad that it seems to be en route. We also get to see Sadist Sam in action in this one. I think I want his book the most and this shocks me a little. I have read many books involving a Sadist but never enjoyed any of them because it’s not my kink. I think Ms Sinclair has been very clever in leaving his book until the end because he is now so far beneath my skin, there is no way I couldn’t enjoy his story and I think this will be the same for anyone who is dubious about true S/M! We got to see the whole gang again too; Kari and Dan have some news, there is a big event for Nolan and Beth and once again Gabi gets the best lines!
Another fabulous addition to the Shadowlands series. With a damaged heroine and a dreamy Dom, this book made me laugh, cry and hope. A brave book that I thoroughly enjoyed. ...more
After Bailey gets dumped by her long-term ex, her male friends decide to cheer her up the guy way. After getting her stinking drunk on Jaegermeister,After Bailey gets dumped by her long-term ex, her male friends decide to cheer her up the guy way. After getting her stinking drunk on Jaegermeister, they decide it’s about time to dish the dirt on the ex. After pointing out her lack of enthusiasm in her previous sexual experiences, they are all astounded to hear that she has never experienced an orgasm. Now feeling even crappier about her love life, she then has to contend with the sappy in love couples that frequent her wedding cake shop. Her friends are hell-bent on protecting her dignity by getting revenge on Craig (the ex) but one of them seems like he has more than a friendly reason for hoping she gets over her breakup quickly. Will she be able to get over the fact that he has always been her friend and chase that elusive orgasm?
This book blindsided me. It is uber short, but please don’t let that be a factor in deciding to read it. Also, a massive bonus that I didn’t realise is that it’s free on All Romance at the moment (I got the review copy from the author) Honestly, I’d have paid money for the giggle fit this novella gave me. Bailey is a bit of a whiny character at the start, but the last time I got dumped, I cried for a week, ate the entire counties weight in ice-cream and referred to all men as gits for a good 6 months….as break-up’s goes, I think she was fairly chipper! She lives with Tom and Ollie, with a permanent visitor in the shape of the lovely Linc. I loved the banter between them all and it was during them conversations that most of my laughing occurred. A particularly memorable moment was when Olly was referred to as a “Cunt Whisperer” because he knew exactly how to please a woman in bed (this particular quote got mixed reviews on twitter! ) They were a motley bunch of men but it was clear that all of their actions in this tale are done to protect her and cheer her up. As the book is written in first person, what we learn from the other characters is simply from Bailey’s POV, but the affection that she feels for them all comes across quite clearly. I could see the romance coming a mile off. From the way that Linc behaved towards her when she broke up with Craig, it was clear he didn’t quite see her as a friend. I won’t say more on this because I think you should go read it!
This was a hilarious novella with a very strong author voice. I’ll admit, my humour tends to border a little on the silly (and I happen to enjoy swearing) and I think this is one of the reasons that I enjoyed it so much. There were a lot of very British insults thrown around (tosspot for one) and I understand that this could be difficult for American audiences but I implore you to give it a go. I’ll be looking for more from this lady cos I loved this! ...more
Alice and Edward Windsor travel back in time to 1851, to find their Great-Great-Grandfather Prince Albert at the time of his Great Exhibition. MindfulAlice and Edward Windsor travel back in time to 1851, to find their Great-Great-Grandfather Prince Albert at the time of his Great Exhibition. Mindful that Edward is up to mischief, Alice has to follow her errant cousin back in time, to try to minimise the ripple effects from his time spent in the past. Upon arrival, it becomes clear that Edward is determined to leave much more than a fingerprint in time, his obsession with introducing his distant relative to the flying machine driving him to do something stupid. However, Alice finds herself with another problem in the shape of the Grayson Kentfield. The hunky Lord finds himself fascinated with the lovely, if not slightly quirky, Alice and sets out to see if he can ignite their already simmering chemistry. Can Alice stop her cousin from leaving a dinosaur sized footprint in the past at the same time as trying not to give her heart to a man from the past? The Prime-minister of the time is very suspicious of the motives of the strangers who apparently appear from thin air; will they manage to escape back to 2011 without arousing everyone’s suspicion as to why they are there?
This one is a difficult one for me to review but I’m going to try. I will warn you, there will be spoilers but hopefully not monstrous ones. This isn’t my first steam-punk novel, but I did particularly enjoy this one. Steam punk has always been explained to me as a historical novel with one thing out of time; a kind of “What-if” novel if you like (e.g. what if there were cars in the 1600’s). I particularly enjoyed that the thing that was “out-of-time” were Alice and Edward themselves. Both characters were fun and what was enjoyable was the contrast between them. Alice was a little fussy and straight laced whereas Edward was the loveable rogue who was completely oblivious as to the consequence of his actions. The banter between them was very sibling like and fun to read; I love reading family relationships such as this one and it gave the novella a nice taste of humour.
There are two main relationships that develop over the course of the novella although I will admit that only one actually caught my attention. Grayson Kentfield sounded like a scrummy mix of modern thinking man and dashing gentleman. He saw the lovely Alice outside the Palace and she caught his eye immediately. She stood out to him because she was wearing 2011 garb but she kept his attention with her personality. The way that he chose to court her, honestly and with respect to her feelings, was really quite sweet and I truly wanted them to work. The first time he took her for a walk (I know, how sweet :D) and kissed her, I got warm and fuzzy feelings. My only issue with him was the way that he kept trying to make her glasses off but it didn’t annoy me as much as the constant references to her Dyslexia and how it affected her. Her disability really had no bearing on the story and this meant that the numerous references just felt odd and out of place; maybe it will have a purpose in book two and I shall be forced to eat my words :D The sex scenes were few but very sweet, which was fitting for the time. The secondary relationship between Kiera and Edward really didn’t develop enough for me to care for much for them in this story; through never really seeing anything from her POV in the story, I felt that she got lost in the tale. I can tell already that she will feature quite heavily in the next story, so I will probably care more about them then. I have only one complaint about this story but I can’t really mention what it is without giving away a ginormous spoiler. There is a particular development in the story that everyone accepts without a second blink. Throughout this story, everyone from the 1800’s is very accepting of things that should seem strange to them in that time. I know it enabled the story to flow better, but I felt there should have been more conflict and bewilderment about the holes in the stories the main characters have to tell to explain away their sudden appearance at the Palace. Maybe it’s just me being fussy, but it was all far too easy!
Overall, a fun and breezy read that really doesn’t take itself seriously. With sweet and funny characters, the tale was enjoyable and engaging. ...more
When Stephanie and Jenny arrive at Wilderhope Manor for the Murder Mystery weekend, they expect an intimate weekend where they can chill out and haveWhen Stephanie and Jenny arrive at Wilderhope Manor for the Murder Mystery weekend, they expect an intimate weekend where they can chill out and have fun. What they don't expect is the creaky floorboards, cold spots and spooky apparitions. Having failed to listen to the introductory warnings about the manors supernatural residents, the girls find themselves taking a lot of comfort in each others arms as they try to fathom what the heck is going on. Will the ghostly happenings prove too much for our amateur sleuths or will they last the weekend?
I haven't read much F/F erotica but I love Lucy's writing so I of course gave it a go :) The story is short at around by 42 pages, but it is a very fun and fluffy storyline to go with some very hot sex scenes. It doesn't really matter what the gender of the H/H are to me (I happen to adore M/M fiction....although I'm not sure what to think about the fact that I prefer this to F/F :D) as long as I know there is chemistry between them. These two were already in a relationship with each other at the beginning of the story so I had no problems with believing in them as a couple. The chemistry was off the charts....they didn't keep their hands off each other from the offset and it is all incredibly hot! There is a variety of different scenes to suit every taste; we have sex with risk of getting caught, spanking and all round smutty sex with a ghostly voyeur. The ghostly sub-plot was really more of a background setting rather than a plot device, but it did amp up the tension in the story making the sex scenes even more delicious. The character development was non-existent, as I would expect for the length, but I certainly enjoyed it nether the less
A sexy short with imaginative sex and a pair of frisky heroines. Definitely one to set you in a particular mood ;D...more
Welcome back to Deer Run, land of backward thinking idiots and horrible, bitchy women. Seriously, I hate this town. I wanted to pick up all the residents of this story and place them in Bliss. Alas ‘twas impossible but the small minded twits also had a role to play in Sophie Oaks riskiest story of this series. Why was it risky I hear you cry? Because it defied a few traditional conventions in BDSM stories but I loved it for it. This is a story that will make you scream and close your e-reader, but you won’t. You get so emotionally invested in these three very broken people that you want a happy ending, you want them to all suddenly fit together but most of all you want to actually get to a point where you don’t hate them. Yes readers, Sophie Oak has done it again; she has created a twisty turny tale of three people that kept me turning the pages late into the night. I’m blaming this book for my lack of productivity the next day.
Trev is one hot mess. A Pro sports player, he is put into a novel version of rehab after failing three drugs test in a row and getting photographed snorting cocaine off a stripper. He is sent to the BDSM club run by Julian Lodge (*sigh*, oh Julian :D) and put under the care of Leo Meyer. This has a two-fold effect; it makes him sober and trains him to realise his true nature as a Dom. When he gets back to Deer Creek, it’s to stay with his sister and her asshat husband. There he has the responsibility of staying sober whilst working as the head rancher at the O’Malley ranch. This isn’t the ideal situation because he used to be a close friend of Bo but he left him for dust once his pro career started and now Bo can’t stand him. All these problems should be enough to keep him occupied; it isn’t. He struggles daily with his addictions, that is, until Beth gives him a chance to focus all his attentions on her. Trev needs to be needed, without that his focus turns inward and his fairly addictive personality takes over. I liked Trev and enjoyed reading his struggles. He isn’t a traditional literary Dom as he is probably the most emotionally precarious out of all three characters, but make no mistake, he is definitely a Dom Beth is the character that I had the most conflicted feelings with. She is completely submissive. I don’t mean that she is sexually submissive and wants to get spanked; I mean she is completely submissive in life. I wanted to hate her for being a weak-willed character, I wanted to rant and rail at her for allowing all those idiots in the town to mess with her. But then I realised that it just wasn’t in her nature to care about them and I couldn’t fault her for it because they really were a bunch of cretins. What really bothered me was the way she allowed Bo to treat her. She loved him, had done forever, therefore she thought it was OK for him to ignore her feelings and perpetuate the whole demeaning “mouse” nickname (for around a third of the book, I really fricking hated Bo). All through the first couple of chapters, characters begged him to let her go and allow her to find a Dom to keep her safe because they all saw what we did..Bo was no Dom. When Trev came into her life I cheered. Finally, someone who used her proper name and could see what she needed. I didn’t mind when she gave him her virginity so quickly; it wasn’t something that was precious to her, but it was something that she should only give to someone who would know what she needed in that department. She didn’t particularly stand out to me as a character before Trev came into their lives but she started to flourish once he did. I wouldn’t mind seeing these characters again as I think I’ll eventually love her!
I wanted to slap Bo upside the head. Repeatedly. With a wooden plank. He was a horrible character at the start of the book; selfish, immature and a complete pain in the arse. I hated the way he acted, the way he treated Beth and that he was going to be the final piece in the ménage. Gradually, little by little he came around. He needed a guiding hand too and that came in the guise of Trev. I won’t spoil this story, but Bo’s positioning in the ménage was novel, it was risky and it worked for me. I think that my opinion change was helped along by the nuggets of information given about his past; he really was as broken as the other two!
Overall, this wasn’t an easy, fluffy read as it deals with some heavy emotional themes. There wasn’t any way that it wasn’t getting a 5 star review and I feel this is one I will love more and more with every reread. The characters were truly broken, but together they find a way to be whole. Watch out for Leo and his heroine…..that book is going to be a doozy!...more
Sabrina has always been haunted by the voices of the dead. Pleading for help and desperate to be heard, they often drown out reality and overwhelm her. Labelled schizophrenic by the hospital, and sectioned on numerous occasions, she was able to find no solace. That was until He came. He came to her at night and suppressed all the voices, asking for the use of her body in return. He is the entity that makes it all better for a while and can make sure that she feels nothing but pleasure from his visits; that is, if he wants to. When Sabrina meets Jason, her neighbour, everything threatens to change. She has gotten used to the status quo, gotten used to His visits and being alone. Jason wants to help, wants to be a part of her life. Desperate for closure for his brother’s death, he pushes his way into her life when he discovers her secret. Surprisingly, he finds that he wants to help the desperately troubled woman to try to find some peace. The chemistry between them is palpable on her lucid days, but what will he think of her when he finds out what she has to do to find peace?
I have trouble classifying this book. I class a romance as one where the majority of the plot is the love story and I’m not sure that this is the case here. Now, I don’t know if this because the ghost plot was so damn creepy, or it really was a 50:50 split between the plot strands, but I class this book as a horror with romantic elements. The horror story was goddamn horrible; it made me feel so wrong. The concept that someone would pay for something they truly need with sex isn’t a new one, but the fact that it was a ghost freaked me the hell out. She couldn’t see it but she could certainly feel it. The fact that she got pleasure from it/him didn’t appease me much, but I could deal. When I realised just how tightly the thing had her wrapped within its grasp I started to get a little uneasy. Then when it decided it was pissed at her and basically beat the crap out of her whilst taking what it wanted I felt really afraid for her. It was such a difficult choice for her; what price would she put on her sanity? Only sex with him would keep the voices away, but was it really worth it? It never raped her, because she had the option of saying no, but once she allowed it in, it did what it wanted. I didn’t like it, ‘twas creepy!
Jason was a lovely, lovely man. He was attracted to her from the offset, but, at first, he only wanted her for her connections to the dead. He was looking for confirmation that his brother Thad was dead and he asked for help. Once he started to spend time with her when she was completely lucid, he started to feel a spark. I honestly didn’t understand it; he had only known her for a short period of time and the majority of that she was pretty much out of it. She wasn’t particularly nice to him for the first quarter of the book, proclaiming his problems not be hers and refusing to help. I understood her reasoning, but I didn’t understand why this seemed to enhance his attraction. It was inexplicable to me but I went with it because I couldn’t deny that the author had crafted some fantastic chemistry. As much as he did care, I still wasn’t sure that he would be OK if she chose to continue sleeping with an entity whilst she was sleeping with him.
Sabrina was a troubled woman. Often completely overwhelmed by the voices, she has isolated herself from people so they can’t see the pain she’s in. I think that this is one of the reasons that she does push Jason away at the beginning because he has the potential to hurt her. She does care for him, which she proves time and time again by exposing herself to the negative side of ghosts for him, but I didn’t know if she cared for herself more than for him. To me, her test would be how she dealt with the voices when they came back. If she chose to continue sleeping with Him, and potentially hurt Jason, then I wasn’t sure that I wanted them to get together. However, I knew that she was in a viscous cycle and I wondered if she was strong enough to take a chance on love and risk everything she had struggled to achieve in her very lonely life. Oh, the tension……… :D
Overall, this was a book which I enjoyed but which confused the hell out of me. I was expecting a straight up PNR, but what I got was a horror story with a love sub-plot. The theme was creepy but the love story was very real and very sexy. If you fancy something different, this may be the one for you ...more
Gabrielle Broussard runs away from her family home after her Uncle tries to marry her off to a sadistic man to repay a gambling debt. She finds herself working for a private investigative firm and, after only weeks of intensive training, finds herself on her first case. Posing as a Governess to a 2 year old child, Gabrielle infiltrates the home of Lord Blackwell to find out if he really has killed his wife. Upon arrival at the Castle, Gabrielle finds herself unfortunately attracted to her number one suspect and, even more unfortunately, finds that he is as equally attracted to her. Whilst trying to fight her feelings towards Julian, trying to fend off his amorous advances and trying to find the murderer, Gabrielle realises that her first case is more trying than first expected. Whilst suspects start pouring out of the woodwork, someone seems intent on making sure that Gabrielle doesn’t uncover the real truth. Will she make it out of her first case alive?
This is a fun, silly tale that kept me so engrossed I missed my bus stop on my way home from work. It reminded me of a cross between a Jane Austin novel and a pink panther movie; it was escapism at its best. The crime (and I say crime rather than suspense because it is just so daft) is the sub-plot, but its twists and turns kept the Romance plot moving forward. Gabrielle is forced to run after her odious Uncle tries to marry her off to the man who basically says he is going to marry her, force himself upon her and then leave her broken. To be honest, I applauded her decision because that man is a dick. When she first arrives at the Castle, she’s about as subtle as a brick through a window whilst questioning the staff about the death of the mysterious Lady Blackwell. Honestly, the woman is supposed to be undercover, but she blundered around and it was no great surprise when she aroused the suspicion of the actual killer. I often wondered how the other characters didn’t question her behaviour however she was left unchecked by everyone for the majority of the book. Her behaviour towards Julian is a little clumsy too, but it was understandable and sweet. She couldn’t fight her feelings towards him but was torn between the strength of them and her determination to do her job right. I don’t think that she ever truly believes that he is the murderer, but the job is all that stands between her and marriage to a dreadful man; she cannot afford to let her feelings influence her judgements. The burgeoning relationship between the two of them is actually quite entertaining to watch; she really is quite a head-strong, snarky character and she struggled with his dominant personality. The age difference was quite apparent at several points in the story in her constant change of feelings towards him (which was quite tiring). I did like her; she reminded me a little of Alexia from the Parasol Protectorate novels with her desire for fashion and weapons disguised as accessories. She was a pretty useless PI and I’m sure she wouldn’t have solved the case effectively if the killer hadn’t basically confessed all!
Julian is a dreamy character. Lord of the Manor with roguish good looks and a pretty good seduction technique; there wasn’t any way she was resisting his charms for long. He marries his former wife when she falls pregnant with his child. The marriage is loveless and broken which leaves him wary of women in general. At one point he questioned whether he was so un-loveable that women will only marry him for his money….I wanted to jump into the pages and give him a hug! When he meets Gabrielle he doesn’t realise that she is his new Governess, he thinks she is only another woman out for his money. In trying to prove what a gold digging tart she really is, he unwittingly falls under her spell, a spell that grows in strength when he realises that she isn’t interested in him. He really was cunning in his plan to woo her; first he changes the details of her employment so she becomes his escort rather than his Governess, then he ply’s her with romantic picnics and dinners in the guise of “planning” their behaviour at the next ball. He had all the hallmarks of a fantastic hero; I would love to see him in future books.
An enjoyable romp with some sizzling romance and a who-done-it that kept me guessing until the end. With a hero that I know I could grow to adore and a hero whose antics made me giggle, this is a wonderful romance that I read through in one sitting. ...more
Office parties are always the scene for drunken mistakes and inter-office flings. Unfortunately, Jess Ludlow can’t blame her behaviour on alcohol whenOffice parties are always the scene for drunken mistakes and inter-office flings. Unfortunately, Jess Ludlow can’t blame her behaviour on alcohol when, during the regional management gathering, she ends up kissing two different men on the drive home. Neither Tyler nor Sebastian seems to mind sharing her, in-fact they seem to relish it. When they seem to suggest that they’d like to take it further, she realises that it may not be the best idea. Later, she puts it out of her head, that is until they request her personally to redesign their shop. She can’t say no to the offer, but coming face to face with them fills her with dread. Upon arrival at the shop its clear both men are still interested in her, will she be able to resist them whilst working in such close proximity? The position at their shop is only temporary, will she take full advantage of the time they all have together?
This was the shortest of the stories that I’ve read by Ms Parrish, but I loved it just the same. It had the same distinctive author voice, was written in first person POV and had lots of raunchy sex….i was right up my street! Jess Ludlow is a successful career woman who just lets loose with two people she didn’t think she’d see again. When she arrives at their shop, she isn’t aware that they have requested her personally. She deals with that revelation quite well, but with everything else she plays right into their hands and never quite gets a handle on disguising how much they unnerve her. I really like her character; she was a bit of a snarky ball-buster when it came to the people that she came across in her job, but she didn’t get away with any of that with Tyler or Sebbe. Once they all agree not to fight their growing attraction anymore, she becomes quite the sexual liberal. She obviously always had it in her, actually giving in to the temptation to kiss them both at the beginning of the tale proved that, but, not only did she let them do pretty much anything they wanted with her, she also added her own little tweaks to their sex-capades. I really liked her as a character, even if she was pretty horrible to everyone but these two!
The men were pretty much dreamy I always add a face to the characters I’m reading and, right or not, I’ve chosen Alexander Skarsgard for Sebbe (it was the Swedish chatter that did it!) but I still haven’t made a decision on Tyler. I loved the contrast between the two of them both physically and in terms of personality; ménage works best for me when all players are distinctly different to each other or I just get confused! Tyler was a little bit smug, a little bit dominant and I liked him immensely. For some reason though, he only worked in tandem to Sebbe for me. Sebastian stood out as an individual in this tale. From his random utterings in Swedish, to his completely sweetie pie attitude, I adored him. I think that this was the reason I easily assigned him to one of my fancy men. Together, they were the ultimate dream team who wouldn’t have been easy to resist for any woman. The banter between them was so comfortable; I could easily imagine them wanting to share. They obviously knew each other well enough to work together to get Jess where they wanted her :D
Sex is obviously the big theme of the tale. The sex was fantastically kinky, but what was really refreshing was that the characters all wanted sex and all they wanted was kinky sex. I have read book after book where people have to be talked into kinkier sex, to be reassured that what they want isn’t wrong or, on the flip side, justify it to themselves as something they “need”. There was none of that here; these didn’t give a shit; they just liked kinky sex! There is sex with mirrors, sex with nipple clamps, sex at work….you name it, they do it. There is an initial pause for Jess when she wonders what the men will think of her, but it wasn’t really about her being ashamed of herself, she just felt that they may judge her.
A short but fabulous kinky read. This is the first ménage I’ve read from Scarlett Parrish, but hopefully it won’t be my last. ...more