At Madame Helene’s House of Pleasure, nothing is forbidden. In the social world of London’s ton, almost everything is, provided you’re an unmarried woman. Lisette Delornay-Ross is both part and apart of both societies. She’s the daughter of the infamous Madame Helene, and, when she was younger, acted out by enjoying the world of the pleasure house. However, now that her younger, “legitimate” half-sister is coming out into society, Lisette is attempting to be the model of propriety. Neither total abandon nor formidable strictures suit her, so Lisette lives a sort of half-life…until she meets Major Lord Gabriel Swanfield.
Gabriel’s upbringing has also been atypical, but unlike Lisette, the result of his past is that he has a very conventional view on women and marriage. The problem is, Gabriel’s desires don’t fit his definition of “ordinary” and the fiery Lisette only heightens his illicit cravings. One kiss, one taste, one touch is all it takes for Gabriel to question the path he has chosen to take. But in trying to give Lisette what he thinks she wants, will he ruin their chance at a love, while unconventional, could make them both happier than they have ever been?
Get ready for the first truly spectacular book of 2011! Simply Forbidden dazzles with its rich characterization, sexy-as-sin eroticism, and beautiful romance.
Lisette charmed me from the first in her parents’ story, Simply Shameless, and I’ve been looking forward ever since to her romance. She’s an extraordinary heroine, filled with life, intelligence, and kindness, but there’s hidden vulnerabilities in her that she doesn’t always recognize. She grew up in a French convent and wasn’t aware of her mother’s business until she was a teenager. She also had no idea who her father was until that time. Though she now has her family all together, Lisette has never trusted anyone not to abandon her, save her twin, Christian, and he has pulled away from her as well. Lisette tugged at my heartstrings and I could see why she felt alone in a crowd. Gabriel’s history also has left him with abandonment issues and the two are well-matched in that regard. They strengthen each other, help one another learn to trust, to take a chance and open their heart. Both Lisette and Gabriel make plenty of mistakes as they fall in love, but they learn and grow from them, their relationship coming out stronger because of it.
Simply Forbidden is the sixth book in Kate Pearce’s House of Pleasure series but it can be read as a standalone. Fans of the series will rejoice that many of the characters from the previous books (Simply Sexual, Simply Sinful, Simply Shameless, Simply Wicked, and Simply Insatiable) are at least mentioned, and as one might expect, Lisette’s parents play strong supporting roles in Simply Forbidden. It delighted me that Ms. Pearce weaved in cameos or passing mentions of prior protagonists I’ve come to love while seamlessly adding in new characters to capture the heart. She does this all while never taking the focus off of Lisette and Gabriel for a moment. There is only one problem I had with Simply Forbidden, and it’s a problem of a greedy reader: I want more! More House of Pleasure books and more of the Delornay-Ross family, in particular a certain sensual blond. I’ve been dying for Christian’s story and with Simply Forbidden Ms. Pearce only left me with more questions about Lisette’s enigmatic twin.
Ms. Pearce packs heat and heart into all of her books in the most wonderful way, which is why so many of her novels land on my “favorites” shelf. Simply Forbidden will be on said shelf as soon as I can stop re-reading it. I Joyfully Recommend Simply Forbidden – it’s simply fantastic!(less)
After months of lusting after his co-worker Jamie, Darren finally has a chance to turn fantasy into reality. He’s won a trip for two to an exclusive resort in Pendragon Bay, one that isn’t for the faint of heart. To Darren’s delight, Jamie agrees to accompany him, both of them knowing that this won’t merely be a “friendly” trip. But Jamie has a surprise in store for Darren. Forget board shorts – for their weekend Jamie’s packing leather.
Forget sun and sea – Packing Leather is all about delicious submission. This first foray into the hedonistic resort world of Pendragon Bay is a combination of sweetness and eroticism. In other words, Packing Leather is classic Kim Dare. Jamie and Darren are both likeable guys who just need that extra push – and some quality alone time – to jump from friends to lovers. Ms. Dare does a good job of setting the tone of their relationship from the start, so the swift jump to the bedroom isn’t at all jarring. All in all, Packing Leather is a wonderful beginning to Ms. Dare’s Sun, Sea and Submission series and I look forward to seeing more of what goes on in Ms. Dare’s Pendragon Bay hotel.(less)
In the life before he was an engineer, a Dom and a Shadowlands Master, Raoul had seen plenty of dark...moreBlue Ribbon Rating: 4 out of 5 Original Review Link
In the life before he was an engineer, a Dom and a Shadowlands Master, Raoul had seen plenty of darkness. But he’s never seen evil as sickening as the evil he finds in a human trafficking ring that he volunteered to help the FBI bring down. Raoul is no slave owner, but he’s more than willing to pose as one if it will help the FBI agents on the case. He has been instructed to reject all of the slaves offered for sale at the small auction he’s been invited to so that he’ll be invited to a larger auction. Despite his best intentions, Raoul throws the feds’ plans out the window when he sees Kimberly – a friend of one of the Shadowlands’ subs - as one of the slaves for sale. Raoul can’t leave Kimberly behind, so he buys her.
Kim has been physically, sexually, mentally and emotionally tortured by her captors, but she hasn’t let it break her. When Master R purchases her, Kim can’t simply put the past behind her. More challenging than coming to grips with what was done to her and the scars it has left on her body and psyche is the knowledge that her freedom came at the cost of other kidnapped women’s lives. When she learns that there’s a chance the FBI can still raid the big slave auction if she poses as Master R’s slave, Kim can’t bring herself to refuse. She’ll have to live with Raoul and learn to treat him as her Master in order to be successful. Kim figures she can live with anything if it means freeing other slaves. What she doesn’t count on is Master R’s loving brand of dominance making her feel more alive than she ever has before.
Get ready for the most emotionally wrenching MASTERS OF THE SHADOWLANDS book to date. TO COMMAND AND COLLAR is a gripping, sometimes painful, sometimes joyful book with a dominant, caring hero and an incredibly strong heroine who has been through hell and is struggling to find herself again. Author Cherise Sinclair isn’t afraid to pack a wallop when it comes to human trafficking, something I appreciate given the seriousness of the subject. The beginning of TO COMMAND AND COLLAR was almost painful to read because of this – and that’s a good thing, even though the vivid imagery Ms. Sinclair’s words evoked meant I had to step away from the book a time or two.
It was beautiful to watch Kim come alive under Raoul’s care, though the love of her friends and the aid of a psychologist should not be discounted. Ms. Sinclair doesn’t abandon the reality of what Kim has survived. But it is the struggles of healing and the awakening of passion that Kim faces while living with Raoul that makes TO COMMAND AND COLLAR touching.
What I love about the MASTERS OF THE SHADOWLANDS books is that Ms. Sinclair makes each BDSM relationship as different as the characters she creates. Raoul and Kimberly dive into a full-time Master/slave relationship. The timeline is sped up because of the slave auction. But aside from the book’s villains, the main obstacle Raoul and Kimberly must overcome, if they want their burgeoning relationship to work, is whether Kimberly wants to be a full-time submissive. Raoul has been burned in the past by a relationship gone south, and he knows he can’t be anything less than what he is, nor would he ever ask Kimberly to give him more than she wants to give. Kimberly is concerned that her time as a slave has affected her when it comes to what she enjoys in BDSM. The way in which Kimberly figures out her desires adds realism to the book, helping to bring TO COMMAND AND COLLAR further to life.
TO COMMAND AND COLLAR is the sixth book in Ms. Sinclair’s fantastic MASTERS OF THE SHADOWLANDS series. Readers new to the series will be able to follow along with the information that Ms. Sinclair provides, and fans of the series will be delighted to see all their favorite characters again. As much as I enjoyed TO COMMAND AND COLLAR, I finished the book wanting another MASTERS OF THE SHADOWLANDS story. Ms. Sinclair has me drooling over sexy FBI agent Galen Kouros and man, oh man, does she have me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know if Dom/sadist Sam will make things work with the woman who has captured his attention.
TO COMMAND AND COLLAR doesn’t have the usual sparkle – as I call it – of Ms. Sinclair’s MASTERS OF THE SHADOWLANDS books, but given the storyline, that’s understandable. What is consistent is Ms. Sinclair’s phenomenal talent for delivering engaging, gorgeous stories with fiery hot love scenes. All in all, I can safely say that fans of the MASTERS OF THE SHADOWLANDS series won’t want to miss TO COMMAND AND COLLAR.
Note: My review was written for Romance Junkies and is cross-posted here courtesy of Romance Junkies.(less)
Curvy bookstore owner Amanda Harding doesn’t relish attending her family reunion in Lake Tahoe. She knows that, as soon as she steps off the plane, she’ll feel her parents’ disapproval that she isn’t married with a grandchild for them on the way. Her best friend, Leo Prentice, has the perfect solution. He’ll come with her to Lake Tahoe and pose as her would-be fiancé.
Amanda’s not convinced they could make it look real, so Leo kisses her to prove a point. The kiss changes everything, shedding light on Leo’s desire for her and awakening arousal on Amanda’s part. Sex changes everything, though, and neither Leo nor Amanda want to risk their friendship. But with sexual tension burning red-hot, Amanda and Leo soon find out that best friends can make the best lovers.
There’s no “little” about it – Anne Rainey scintillates in the blazingly sexy A Little Bit Naughty. For me, the “friends becoming lovers” storyline can sometimes be filled with pitfalls, but that’s definitely not the case in A Little Bit Naughty. I loved how great Amanda and Leo were together from start to finish. The feelings between them were always there; the pair just needed that extra “push” Leo’s plan gave them. I devoured A Little Bit Naughty in one sitting and was ready for another read as soon as I finished the first one. This is the first story I’ve read by Ms. Rainey and I know I’ll be coming back for more!(less)
At a fan convention for the hit vampire soap opera, Bite Me, Gina Capelli’s dreams come true. The voluptuous legal secretary is given the chance to attend an exclusive black-tie ball that will be attended by the stars of her favorite show. For Gina, this is not only a chance to meet the man of her fantasies, Bite Me star Deacon Black, but also the perfect opportunity to rid herself of her very much unwanted virginity. At the ball, Gina decides the first man who approaches her will be “the one” to solve her little problem. But when “the one” turns out to be Deacon Black himself, Gina finds out that in the world of television, appearances aren’t always deceiving. Deacon doesn’t just play a vampire, he is one. And for both of them, the night just got a lot more complicated…
What would happen if you found out your deepest fantasy could be your reality? The sexy actor of your dreams not only falls for you, but turns out to be more like the character you’ve desired than you ever could imagine? It’s a common daydream, I think, for many people, and Jaci Burton takes this dream and brings it to life in BITE ME.
I loved following Gina’s Cinderella-like journey, from being the everywoman fan to being the object of desire for the tale’s dark prince, Deacon. It’s impossible not to cheer for her, as Gina is the kind of heroine you want to put yourself in place of. As for Deacon, he’s interesting in that “prince charming” is not perfect. His secrets, which I cannot give away without spoiling the book, give BITE ME an edge. The road to happily ever after for Gina and Deacon is littered with obstacles, and I went eagerly along for the ride, curious to see how the two would manage to find their happy ending.
The only downside to BITE ME is that I never truly connected with either Gina or Deacon. I liked them quite a bit and was entertained watching their story unfold, but never felt tied to the characters in a way that would fully pull me into the book. Still, I enjoyed BITE ME quite a bit. Ms. Burton takes a delicious fantasy and puts her own unique spin on it to deliver a wonderfully erotic tale packed with passion, tenderness, and romance.(less)
Pavel Janecek has heard some strange ideas from his friend, Prince Rickard, before, but his newest idea might be the strangest of all. A weight loss camp for adult women where sexual fantasies are used as rewards for losses? Spankings and nipple clamps as punishments for rule breaking? The idea may seem out there, but Pavel has enough faith in Rickard’s business plan to try to make it work.
Kaila Morgan has never had much success in trying to lose weight. When she overhears Rickard and Pavel talking about their new weight loss program, she’s intrigued, even more so when a broken shoe lands her in Pavel’s lap and she gets an eyeful of the green-eyed hunk.
Pavel may not think Kaila needs to lose a pound, but he doesn’t complain when her enrollment in the program puts her in his path and in his bed. Pavel knows Kaila is his mate. Now he just has to figure out how to explain to his true love that he’s a “wulf.” If that isn’t enough, Rickard insists on an ancient tradition where he can indulge in a night with the two lovers before Pavel can fully bond with Kaila. It’s enough to make even the most stout-hearted wulf wince, but Pavel isn’t one to give up easily. The question is will Kaila accept all he offers?
For any woman who has ever had trouble shedding a few extra pounds, the diet program in Hungry Pleasures is definitely an interesting concept, to say the least. While Camille Anthony does treat readers into a bit of the novel program, Hungry Pleasures focuses on Kaila and Pavel’s romance, which is definitely hot. Kaila is hardworking, straightforward, and self-conscious. It was lovely to watch and Pavel’s attentions helped her bloom. Pavel, for his part, was one delicious wulf and his love and desire for Kaila, exactly as she is, made him perfect hero material.
Hungry Pleasures is the third in Ms. Anthony’s Werewulf Journals series, but though I haven’t read the previous books, I had no problems understanding the world or the characters. The book does stop fairly abruptly at the end, but judging by the excerpt for the next book, Sated Pleasures, that story picks up right where Hungry Pleasures leaves off. I enjoyed Ms. Anthony’s tale and very much look forward to reading her next Werewulf Journals tale.(less)
Jennifer Angel, a psychology student and bartender for an exclusive erotic club, agrees to be set up on a blind date with Jack Miller. When her best friend suggests she Google® Jack, Jennifer decides to look up herself as well. And when she discovers there’s a stripper Jennifer Angel, aka Peaches, Jennifer decides to take a chance and act out her wildest fantasies.
The premise of “Peaches and Cream” is a delightful one. A sassy heroine gets to act out her deepest fantasies with a gorgeous hero and, for part of the tale, his best friend. Yet while the plot sounds fun, I never really got into the story itself. Cathryn Fox piles one erotic encounter after another, which would be fine if I had any emotional connection with the either Jack or Jennifer, which I didn’t. While the sex scenes were hot, the way in which they were presented seemed to me a bit awkward at times. In particular, the ménage scene seemed a bit forced, as if it were included for the sake of having a ménage scene. The story indicated there was a romantic connection between Jennifer and Jack, but it strained credulity that I was supposed to believe the two had such a connection purely because Ms. Fox told me so; in other words, I didn’t feel it. I have read another of Ms. Fox’s stories before and enjoyed it, but “Peaches and Cream” was just not for me.
“Indecent Exposure” by Delilah Devlin
Trouble has come back into town in the form of Harmony Wilkins. She’s had a crush on Sheriff Dalton McDonough since they were in high school and she’s returned home, determined to get her man. Even if she has to risk arrest to do it.
There’s something fun about a heroine brazen enough to strip down and skinny-dip in strangers pools in order to catch her dream man’s attention. “Indecent Exposure” has the potential to be a sexy, fun story. Dalton is the archetypal alpha male who will take charge of his hellion heroine when needed. Harmony starts out as entertaining, but her boldness quickly becomes trying. I felt that I should like Harmony, since she’s the heroine of the story, but she seemed to lack depth. Though it fizzled out, “Indecent Exposure” definitely appeals to the sense of “what if” when thinking about that elusive high school crush so many of us had.
“Forbidden Fruit” by Lisa Renee Jones
When her brother’s sexy best friend moves back into town, Laura Cameron decides it’s time to make her move. For years sexual tension has built between her and Blake Alexander, but fear of her brother’s reaction has kept Laura and Blake apart. But now Matt has roped Blake into participating in a charity bachelor auction – a masked charity auction – and Laura’s not letting a good opportunity pass her by.
“Forbidden Fruit” sizzles with the hero and heroine’s previously unrequited passion finally being fulfilled. Lisa Renee Jones definitely turned up the heat between the very likeable Blake and Laura. The only problem I had with the story is that it seemed to heavily rely on the protagonists’ fear of Matt’s reaction to their relationship. Given Matt’s character, this fear seemed unfounded and therefore it came across as an obvious plot point. Yet, all in all I enjoyed “Forbidden Fruit.” The characters were endearing, the sex hot, and Ms. Jones’s writing style fluid, making for a satisfying read.
“Billboard Babe” by Myla Jackson
Angie Jordan can’t believe what she’s just done. She and Daniel Adams have been tasked with creating an ad to bring up their advertising agency’s sales during Christmas. Taking a risk, A.J. comes up with an ad on her own featuring an alluring woman in a sexy, traffic-stopping red dress. When Daniel, the man A.J.’s secretly in love with, sees the giant ad, he’s struck by the gorgeous “Billboard Babe.” To A.J., Daniel’s reaction to the model is the sign she needs to seduce the man of her dreams. Because “Billboard Babe” is her.
Myla Jackson heats up the workplace with this sensual, charming story. A.J. is an endearing heroine who is easy to identify with. She and all those around her have gotten so used to her job and work attire that the woman she is beneath has gotten buried beneath the plain suits and pinned back hair. A.J. isn’t magically changed by her “Billboard Babe” persona; it just gives her the confidence she needs to take what she wants. And what she wants is Daniel.
What I love about Daniel is that he isn’t just attracted to the “Babe” side of A.J. Though she doesn’t know it, Daniel had been fantasizing about A.J. long before she donned the slinky red dress. It made the connection between them feel more powerful, the love story more believable in that the ad just gave the pair the extra push they needed.
“Billboard Babe” is an utterly delightful story. It’s both sexy and sweet and has two incredibly likeable protagonists whom I couldn’t help but adore.
“Wish upon a Star” by Sasha White
Professional Dominatrix Sarah Williams excels at what she does, but lately her life has been a bit empty. When she wishes on a falling star for her soul mate, she doesn’t actually expect for her wish to come true. Nor does she expect her soul mate to be an out-of-this-world commander.
“Wish upon a Star” combines D/s eroticism with a touch of science fiction for a story that should work. Yet, though all the elements are present and I enjoyed Sasha White’s writing style, “Wish upon a Star” never truly captured my attention. Sarah certainly had potential, but when paired with the fairly one-dimensional Nealon, the spark I hoped to see in her never surfaced. I liked that Nealon appreciated Sarah’s strength, but I never truly felt their connection as I should have.
“That Old Black Magic” by Sylvia Day
Once, warlock Max Westin had been charged by the Council to collar or kill Victoria St. John, a feline Familiar who had gone feral after the death of Darius, her warlock. Now, Max and Victoria have angered the Council by choosing their love for one another over the Council’s dictates. Their bond is as strong as ever, Max and Victoria are determined to take down the Triumvirate, those that killed Darius, and the Council is refusing to help. But when facing an enemy that draws its power from the Source of All Evil, will one warlock and his Familiar be able to survive?
Love, lust, action, and danger – “That Old Black Magic” has it all. Sylvia Day has penned an erotic thrill-ride that captivates from start to finish.
Max and Victoria’s story began in “A Familiar Kind of Magic” in the first Alluring Tales anthology. Though I haven’t read the first story, Ms. Day provided enough information that I was able to follow along with ease. What drew me to “That Old Black Magic” is that I could not only feel the bond between the lovers, but as the story went on I could see their love for one another deepening. I was completely engaged in the tale because I felt connected to the characters, wanted to make sure they’d survive the seemingly impossible odds stacked against them. The trials and pain, both past and present, that Max and Victoria endure and overcome make “That Old Black Magic” both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Enchanting!
“Silver Waters” by Vivi Anna
It’s been two years since Sangria Silver and Vance Verona were able to escape from First Lady Maxine Madison. But the lovers’ luck has just run out – Maxine’s man has found them. They escaped Maxine’s clutches once. Will Sangria and Vance be able to do it again?
“Silver Waters” is a continuation of the story “Quick Silver” from the first Alluring Tales anthology. Though I was able to follow along with the tale, by not having read the first story I feel I missed the emotional component, which would make me connect with the characters. Sangria and Vance had the potential to be interesting, but fell short of that mark. Perhaps the story would have benefited from a longer format so the characters, villain and hero alike, would feel more three-dimensional. While “Silver Waters” did not appeal to me, fans of “Quick Silver” should enjoy it.
Overall, Alluring Tales: Hot Holiday Nights was not, for me, quite as tempting as the title suggests. All seven tales are erotic, to be sure, and fans of each of these authors will likely enjoy these vignettes. I thoroughly enjoyed Lisa Renee Jones, Myla Jackson, and Sylvia Day’s contributions to this anthology and will be on the lookout for more of their work in the future.(less)
For Lance Cooper, sex is business and love doesn’t exist. Having been abandoned as a child and growing up with almost no one to care about him, Lance thrives on security. To achieve that, he enters into contracts with wealthy men; pleasure and companionship in exchange for a life of luxury, education, culture, travel, and more. Now Lance is in need of a new client and he has his eye on billionaire Jackson Scott. It should be the perfect assignment. Jackson is a businessman through and through and doesn’t believe in love anymore than Lance does. There’s just one problem: Jackson’s personal assistant Tobias Naso.
Tobias pretty much puts up with his demanding boss because he needs the amount of money Jackson pays him to support his grandmother in an expensive nursing home. Jackson is frustrating, possessive, and likes to have Tobias at his beck and call 24/7 and in his bed whenever Jackson pleases. Tobias is used to men being after Jackson for his money, but there’s something different about Lance, something that draws Tobias to him, against his better judgment. But Lance has a contract with Jackson and Jackson doesn’t want to let go of either man. So when his employer demands Tobias join he and Lance for some group action, Tobias convinces himself nothing will go wrong. After all, his desire for Lance isn’t something deep and emotional. It’s purely sexual...right?
Forget “silver white winters that melt into springs” – D. J. Manly knows how to write about a few of my favorite things: gorgeous heroes, red-hot sex, and emotions that tie you up in knots. While the book might be titled Pure Sex (and the sex is purely divine, have no doubt), what solidifies the position of this book, for me, as one of D. J. Manly’s finest is the emotional reaction I had to the story. Reading the sheer agony Lance and Toby experience of being close to the man they want but are unable to freely touch was like a vise around my throat. With Jackson being childish, inordinately possessive, and cruel to Lance at some points, the tension in Pure Sex practically radiated off the page. Stolen moments took on an extra sense of urgency that translated to me as a reader. I have nothing but the highest praise for D. J. Manly’s ability to make even me, the reader, tense as I read Lance and Toby’s story. I was desperate to see the heroes I adored so much find their happily ever after. After I finished Pure Sex, I could not stop thinking about it. Over the past month since I first read the story that has not changed. I love a great book that enthralls its reader and stays with them long after the last page has been read; Pure Sex is such a tale. Joyfully Recommended!(less)
Sorceress Miranda Stephanos has been stuck on Marsh Walk for the past three years with only the sexy spirit of a pirate and a warden who wants nothing to do with her for company. But while Anders, her ghostly pirate lover, is an entertaining companion, Miranda cannot help but wish for the day Caleb Marsh would desire her. A powerful storm grants Miranda her wish, but desire isn’t necessarily love, particularly since Caleb’s hatred for Miranda’s father runs deep. Can she convince Caleb to trust her with his heart? Or will their passion be as fleeting as a storm?
Magic, ghosts, and raw passion fill the pages of Perfect Storm. Jacqueline Barbary scintillates with this tale of two lovers who repress their desires until it boils over into some incredibly sexy encounters, often involving a certain roguish pirate. It’s easy to care about Miranda, Caleb, and Anders, which makes Perfect Storm an engaging read. Yet while Perfect Storm has likeable protagonists and eroticism to spare, for me the love story fell a bit short. I understand that the feelings between Miranda and Caleb have been brewing for years, but there was something less than organic about their declarations of love. Still, I greatly enjoyed Perfect Storm overall and will surely re-read Caleb and Miranda’s red hot story in the near future.(less)
It’s Cassie’s twenty-fifth birthday and the last thing she wants is a party. So to say she isn’t jumping for joy when her friend throws her one is an understatement. Cassie’s determined to make the best of it, especially when stripper Aden and his equally gorgeous bodyguard, Leo, show up. Then one of the partygoers hits a nerve with Cassie by taunting her about her plus-sized curves. Cassie leaves her own birthday party, only to discover that she’s trapped in the stairwell…and Aden and Leo have followed her. Normally Cassie wouldn’t mind being trapped with two gorgeous men, but she’s more than somewhat claustrophobic. To take her mind off her fears, the guys start up a game of Truth or Dare, which quickly turns a lot hotter than any of them expected. Cassie reveals her fantasy of being in a threesome and Aden and Leo are more than happy to fulfill her dream. Each of them learns more about the others than they had ever planned, but when daylight comes, will they decide their newfound triad was just another night, another dream?
Another Night, Another Dream starts out hot and just gets hotter as it goes on. Mechele Armstrong has masterfully blended steamy hot sex with longing and love in this fantastic tale. Cassie, Aden, and Leo are all characters who are sure to grab your heart. None of them has ever been treated as more than what people perceive them to be judging by their looks. As one would expect, those opinions of them are completely wrong. Leo, Cassie, and Aden are all intelligent, hardworking people with dreams they’ve kept hidden from the world. I love that all three of them worked to see the heart of each other. When these three weren’t burning up the page with their passion, they were melting my heart and it was absolutely impossible for me not to become invested in their romance.
Another Night, Another Dream is a decadent treat I absolutely loved reading. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Armstrong and it definitely won’t be the last. Joyfully Recommended!(less)
David Huntley, Viscount Maxton’s nights are filled with haunting dreams of a mysterious, veiled woman who makes love to him in the middle of a garden. Imagine his surprise when, on his first trip to Vauxhall Gardens, he finds that his fantasy woman is a flesh and blood courtesan!
Vivian Cassell has come to London with the express purpose of making enough money for her and her mother to retire to a cottage in the country. To do so, Vivian has come up with a plan to make herself stand out. Wearing a veil for anonymity, she presents herself as the “Vauxhall Vixen.” But her first night as a courtesan takes an unexpected turn when her client is too drunk to perform and she meets the sensual Viscount Maxton. There’s something about David that calls to the romantic in Vivian, but is a happy ending possible for an English lord and the Vauxhall Vixen?
Fate – and two perfectly-matched libidos – takes charge in the scintillating Vauxhall Vixen. Cindy Lee will sweep readers away to Regency London and satisfy any cravings for sensual encounters and fantasies fulfilled. Yet while Vauxhall Vixen is wonderfully wicked and its protagonists eminently likeable, there was something stilted about the way Vivian and David conversed, which drew me out of the story at times. Aside from a more smooth-flowing dialogue, I would have wished for some of the plot to take place outside the sex and would have liked to see a slightly less rushed ending. Still, Ms. Lee pens an enjoyable tale and I delighted in taking a walk down the darker lanes of Vauxhall with David and Vivian.(less)
After a pregnancy test that doesn’t belong to her appears in Bree Jamison’s home, she dumps her boring old life and reinvents herself, complete with a sexy new demeanor and job to match. With a temporary position as a web designer that she hopes to make permanent for Paula’s Pleasure House, Bree loves her new job and is determined to impress her boss. But to do that, she also has to impress her boss’ brother and new marketing consultant. Evan Willet, the man in question, just happens to be the man Bree shared one horrible night of rebound sex with.
Evan can’t believe the stunning woman in front of him is the shy woman he shared a disastrous night with. Evan finds himself determined to figure out who the true Bree is, and to replace memories of their previous encounter with far more pleasurable ones. And with an office full of sex toys around them, they’ll tempt, tease, and seduce one another until desire turns into more than either expected. Something that, to both of them, feels a lot like love.
What I wouldn’t give to work at Paula’s Pleasure House! Avery Beck has created a cast of likeable, fun, and intriguing characters in the wonderful Sexy by Design. I adored Bree for her decision to make a new life for herself. It was delightful watching her find her true self working in a place unlike any her family would imagine for her. As for Evan, he won me over with his intelligence and caring for those he loved. It was a joy to watch Evan and Bree learn more about one another and discover that neither was what the other expected them to be. From erotic encounters to far more intimate moments of conversation, Sexy by Design held me captive with my need to see Bree and Evan find happiness with one another.
Ms. Beck has penned an utterly engaging tale that’s a mix of sensuality, tenderness, and fun. I absolutely loved Sexy by Design and cannot wait to read more of Ms. Beck’s work!(less)
While on a working vacation in Sydney, Michaela Jameson has plans to enjoy the Australian sunshine, go surfing, and have sex on a beach. The beautiful scientist’s plans go up in smoke almost immediately upon arrival, however, when she finds out that her employer has hired a bodyguard to be with her at all times. Michaela doesn’t put much stock into the threats; it’s not the first time someone has objected to her work in the field of biomedical engineering. But she is concerned that she’ll never reach her more pleasurable goals with a bodyguard around.
Donovan Kelly can tell straight off that Michaela Jameson doesn’t want a bodyguard. He figures it’s too bad for her, since he’ll do exactly what he was hired to do. And guarding Michaela won’t exactly be a hardship. The hard part for Donovan is keeping his eyes off Michaela’s body.
Perhaps Michaela’s going to be in for a little sun, surf, and sex on a beach after all.
The heat is on in the lively, erotic Sun, Surf and Sex on a Beach! Tuesday Morrigan pairs one hard-headed scientist with a too-sexy-for-his-own-good bodyguard and the result is one heck of a sizzling story. Both Donovan and Michaela are a little pushy, which means they lock horns more than once in Sun, Surf and Sex on a Beach. I liked the dynamic between the pair and enjoyed their journey from (reluctant) lust to love. Sun, Surf and Sex on a Beach is a fast-moving tale that is pure fun to either read or listen to. The only downside is I finished the story longing to have an adventure (minus the danger) like the one Ms. Morrigan penned for Michaela.(less)
With her husband, Rico, becoming a workaholic, Annie decides a weekend at the Jolly Roger Inn is exactly what the pair needs. Not one to believe in ghosts, Annie dismisses the rumors that their room at the inn is haunted by “Naughty Nate” Hawkins, the ghost of a bisexual pirate. She’s much more interested in playing pirates with her handsome husband. Little does Annie know that the tales of “Naughty Nate” are true.
Captain Nathaniel Hawkins has been haunting the same room for over two hundred years and he can’t help but be aroused by Rico and Annie’s play. There’s something about the two that remind him of the two lost loves of his life. Using his ghostly powers to conjure up a dreamscape in which to play with the couple, Nate finds that his scheme to “play pirates” with Rico and Annie may have a greater impact than he ever could have imagined.
Set sail on a lusty adventure with Playing Pirates. Mimi Riser has written a devilishly entertaining tale of love both old and new. I hesitate to say too much about the story’s plot or characters for fear of revealing spoilers. I can say, however, that Ms. Riser has created three interesting characters that I liked immensely and want to learn more about. Though Playing Pirates is a deliciously erotic read, it does feel like the first leg of an intriguing journey. I enjoyed Playing Pirates, and am greatly looking forward to reading its sequel, Pirates Do It With Passion.(less)
Elena Bouchere knows all about sex – she’s built an empire based on her sex advice. Elena has just one problem: her advice isn’t based on personal experience and if the public finds that out it could ruin her. That’s why she’s alarmed when reporter Julien Bond finds her diary, one that details all the sensual desires she has never experienced. But Julien has a plan to fix that. He tempts Elena with the idea of fulfilling her every need and it’s not long before they are on vacation at an exclusive fantasy resort and Julien teaches the “sex doctor” the true meaning of pleasure.
Sensuality reaches scorching new heights in Sex Therapy. Nadia Aidan has delivered an engaging, sexy-as-sin story with two perfectly-matched protagonists and eroticism to spare. What charmed me about Sex Therapy was how much I liked Elena and Julien. Both were warm, hardworking people that find themselves first at odds then, to their own surprise, falling in love. Sex Therapy moved at a fast pace and kept me entertained from beginning to end. Sex Therapy is the first story of Ms. Aidan’s I’ve read (or rather listened to), and I look forward to enjoying more.(less)
When Alex Coster’s company receives a cryptic message concerning one of his androids, Alex decides to take the assignment himself. Journeying from Earth to Ruar, Alex is floored by Ruarian society, which completely lacks sex drive. When he meets Em D’Alyn, the owner of the android in question, Alex realizes that not all is as it seems. Not everyone on Ruar has lost their sex drive, and those who haven’t live in fear of discovery.
Em is shocked by her instant attraction to Alex. Curious to experience sex with a real male, Em risks her very safety to engage in a passionate affair with Alex. He’s able to bring her fantasies to life in a way no android, however technologically advanced, could. Time is their enemy as the lovers discover they match one another perfectly, both in bed and out. Even as Alex and Em fall in love, the Ruarian government becomes suspicious. For a chance at love, Em might have to sacrifice her very being.
Service Call is perhaps one of the most scintillating, sensual books I’ve read in a long time. It’s a hot-as-hell erotic thrill ride and I was completely enthralled not only the first time I read it, but every time since.
Em is a delightful, likable heroine. She’s sweet, intelligent, has an innocence about her that is charming, and an eagerness to learn about that which has been denied to her, which makes her endearing. Alex is truly a delicious hero. He has a commanding presence, but he’s so loving towards Em and has such a compassionate manner about him that it is impossible not to fall for him.
As I mentioned before, Service Call is sensual to the max. Cheryl Dragon doesn’t hold back when it comes to the love scenes. Though varied and plentiful, I never felt they were overdone, and I was happily along for the ride, wherever the book lead. The only downside to Service Call is Em’s assistant, Cin. Perhaps Cin’s nature is a commentary on how hiding one’s true nature because the government’s restrictions can shape a person’s personality. But Cin’s spoiled, selfish nature truly grated on my nerves.
Overall I found Service Call to be intriguing, erotic, and highly entertaining. Though fairly new to Ms. Dragon’s work, I look forward to reading many more of her stories in the future.(less)
As a teenager, all Tiffany had wanted was to get out of Tavern, Texas. Well, get out of Tavern and have a true ménage à trois with her boyfriends, Aaron and Travis. Ten years later, Tiffany has had half her wish come true. She moved to the big city and is employed as an escort for Fantasies Unlimited. But her wish to be with Aaron and Travis at the same time was never fulfilled. Now Tiffany’s heading back to Texas and hoping to get her exes into a hotel room for the ménage of her dreams.
What Tiffany doesn’t know is that after she left town, Aaron and Travis became lovers. Though the two men have hidden their relationship from everyone for the past ten years, their love for one another is absolute. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room in their bed for the woman they both loved so long ago. But when it’s clear that more than lust is involved for all three of them, each person is going to have a decision to make. Can they risk it all to claim their one chance at happiness?
Lust is easy; it’s love that makes things hard. Anna J. Evans does a remarkable job at not only turning up the heat, but mixing in the tensions and complications that arise from embarking on an “unusual” relationship. For three people from a small, traditional town, it takes strength of character to come out and declare their love for not one, but two people. It’s even harder for Travis and Aaron since one of the people they love is a man. What I loved about Claiming it All was that Ms. Evans didn’t make light of the emotional complexity of Aaron and Travis’s relationship. Though they love each other, the strain of keeping their relationship a secret for the past ten years has worn on them. It takes Tiffany, her love for them, theirs for her, and her ability to bring to issues to the forefront that neither man can confess to make their relationship whole. This triad melted my heart even as they set fire to the page, which is why Claiming it All was such an enthralling read for me.
I adore Ms. Evans’s work, but Claiming it All might just be my favorite story she’s written yet. Travis, Aaron, and Tiffany were all such different characters, but they flowed into their relationship perfectly. Each of them grabbed my heart and made me cheer their happily ever after. I loved Claiming it All. It’s a genuinely captivating read.(less)
It’s Valentine’s Day and just over a month before the wedding of Chase and Andrea. Though Andrea hasn’t been a child for years due to her nature and breed genetics, by human law she’s still a minor and therefore still off-limits to her fiancé for another month. But Andrea’s tired of feeling like she’s being pushed to the side by Chase, and she’s definitely sick of her desires going unfulfilled.
For the past three years, Chase has been tormented by Hunter sending him Andrea’s panties. Chase’s men call them the Panty Express since Hunter faithfully sends them every month. Each package is exquisite torture, but this time something’s different.
Andrea has found out about the Panty Express. And she’s just sent Chase a challenge he can’t ignore.
Camille Anthony kicks up the heat in this tempting tease of a tale. Panty Express is a delightfully wicked novella that will make you eager for the rest of Andrea and Chase’s story. Not having read the first few Werewulf Journals stories, I hadn’t yet met Andrea and Chase. Panty Express was a great introduction to these two characters, telling me what I needed to know about them and their relationship and endearing each of them to me. Chase is an utterly delicious, sexy-as-sin hero. He’s protective and possessive, but not smothering. Andrea matches him perfectly. She’s young, but definitely grown up. Her strength ensures that she’s Chase’s equal on every level.
Even though they’re separated, Chase and Andrea can sure fire up the page. I can’t wait to read their book, Hunting Chase. In the meantime, I’ll just pick up Panty Express again. It’s sexy, fun, and has a lot of heart – what more could you ask for?(less)
Interior designer Anna Deveau has made a pact with her two best friends, Lindsay and Candace, to swear off men. Given that there’s only one man Anna has ever truly wanted and he broke her heart back in high school, keeping to the deal shouldn’t be a problem. When Anna, Lindsay, and Candace take on an odd client who wants an old Victorian home restored and turned into an inn for lovers, it doesn’t help take Anna’s mind off of her non-existent sex life. Then each woman is asked to design a room based on their own personal fantasy. Even though Anna has given up on her dreams of happily ever after, that doesn’t mean others shouldn’t have their most romantic fantasies fulfilled. The only complication? The one bricklayer available to build the fireplace in Anna’s room happens to be the very man who shattered her dreams. It seems Daniel Long is back in town and he’s more determined than ever to make Anna believe in happily ever afters once again.
Cathryn Fox wraps up her engaging Pleasure Inn series with the final designer, Anna, finally getting her own shot at romance. I admit, of the three stories, All Lit Up was the one I was looking forward to the most. Anna’s romantic nature appealed to me and it was with great excitement that I began reading All Lit Up. Much to my disappointment, Anna and Daniel do not seem to have matured much past that one point in high school where both of their hearts were broken. Unlike the previous two stories in the series, there was no real life to this tale. Everything seemed kind of dropped on the page and I formed no emotional attachment to either Anna or Daniel.
A lackluster finale to the Pleasure Inn trilogy shouldn’t take away from the fact that the first two books, All Tied Up and All Worked Up were incredibly appealing reads. Though each romance stands on its own, I suggest reading the trilogy in order to better follow along with the mystical setup of the series, which also wraps up in All Lit Up. Though All Lit Up was not for me, I was glad to see Anna finally get the happy ending she wanted.(less)
Scientist Dana isn’t too thrilled when she’s assigned to accompany co-workers Christopher and Jason to a meeting in London. She’s working on a totally different project and sees no reason the two men need a babysitter. Furthermore, spending a weekend with Jason and Christopher, both ten years younger than she and devastatingly sensual, will be nothing but torture. The two of them fill her dreams, but having an ex-husband who she’d caught cheating with a twenty-something woman doesn’t inspire Dana to be confident in her appeal.
What Dana doesn’t know is that Jason and Christopher both want her just as badly as she does them. Added to that, her research compliments their own. But even if Jason and Christopher manage to seduce Dana, they’ll have to convince her that their feelings for her go deeper than desire. They want to be more than Dana’s boy toys. Jason and Christopher want forever.
What woman wouldn’t love the devotion and sensual attention of two handsome young men? Brynn Paulin takes this delicious fantasy and spins it into a story that’s both sexy and sweet. Boy Toys is filled with eroticism and tenderness – a delightful combination. Dana is a likeable heroine whose past has weakened her self confidence and made her ignorant of her allure. Jason and Christopher have one heck of an obstacle to overcome in that regard, but they were more than up to the task.
It’s impossible to resist Jason and Christopher, but my only issue is that both were so similar that when I listened to Boy Toys as an audio book, it was difficult for me at times to remember who was who and which one of them was doing what. Even with that minor issue, I thoroughly enjoyed Boy Toys and the story made me want to read or listen to more of Ms. Paulin’s work.(less)
Devlin Moore, Viscount Cheviot, is a consummate rake. Having grown weary of the revelry taking place at his house one night, he enters his bedroom only to find an attractive woman standing there. Intrigued by the mysterious beauty, Devlin tempts her to spend a wild night of passion in his arms.
Shannon Cates has stolen into the viscount’s bedroom only to retrieve her late father’s watch that her dissolute brother had gambled away. But when she comes face-to-face with the seductive Devlin, Shannon finds herself unable to resist the force of attraction that burns between them.
Both Devlin and Shannon soon find out that one night will never be enough for either of them. Yet, Shannon is a widow of unblemished virtue, her reputation being the only thing she can cling to. As Devlin seduces her into a wicked love affair, does love lie on the horizon, or disaster for them both?
It’s a common enough saying in romance novels that “reformed rakes make the best of husbands.” That is likely true, but it is more accurate, I think, to say that reformed rakes make the best heroes, and A Woman Seduced shows exactly why. There is nothing more entertaining than watching a renowned rake, such as Devlin, fall head over heels in love.
Emma Wildes has written a sexy romp that takes readers from the English countryside to London. Devlin and Shannon are both immensely likeable characters, which makes their love story a joy to read. Added to this, the love scenes are undeniably hot; the passion that sparks between Shannon and Devlin burns up the page. I can definitely say that while A Woman Seduced might be the first book I have read by Ms. Wildes, it definitely will not be the last.(less)
Jenna hates walking home in the rain, but she’s thankful she at least remembered her umbrella. Especially when a handsome, soaking wet stranger asks to share it with her. It turns out the stranger, Brett, is a firefighter who lives nearby. When Jenna boldly asks Brett if he wants to dry off in her apartment, they go from strangers to lovers in a flash. Was their rainy day meeting a sign they’re fated to be together?
Chance encounters lead to explosively hot sex in Under My Umbrella. Karen Erickson throws two gorgeous protagonists together and lets the sparks fly, making Under My Umbrella one deliciously erotic read. Yet, while I enjoyed the steamy hot sex between Brett and Jenna, I never felt that I truly got to know them. This made the romance between them fall a bit flat because I couldn’t really understand why they fell in love with one another. There was also a slight problem three-quarters of the way through the book. I won’t spoil what happens, but Jenna’s character inexplicably changes a bit, and not for the better. This made the climax of the book it’s low point, I’m sorry to say. Still, as an erotic story, Under My Umbrella definitely works.(less)
Zoey Carmichael has just been caught red-handed. Or pink-handed, if you’re going by the color of the fur-covered handcuffs she’s holding. Though Zoey assures the sinfully handsome stranger who spots her eyeing the handcuffs she’s just looking for gag gifts for her sister’s bachelorette party, both of them know there’s more to it than that. Deep down Zoey yearns for a lover who will tie and tease her to the ultimate pleasure. Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, Zoey will never have to admit that to the sexy stranger, as she’ll never see him again after that embarrassing encounter…or so she thinks.
In town for his brother’s wedding, Trace Raines doesn’t expect the shy, sensual woman he encountered in an adult store to be the sister of the bride! But Trace isn’t going to let the opportunity fate has handed him pass by. With her secret desires and his own talent for shibari working in his favor, Trace is prepared to bind Zoey to him with emotions that are far more powerful than the ropes he’ll tie her with.
The classic “meet cute” gets turned on its head in the deliciously erotic Tie Me, Tease Me. With two likeable protagonists, it was easy for me to be swept away by this tale of love, lust, and the adventure of sexual discovery. While Trace might be a master with shibari ropes, Zoey’s inexperience with bondage opens the doorway for readers to take her journey with her. Having never read Reese Gabriel’s work before, I was excited to read Tie Me, Tease Me. I was not disappointed. It was a pleasurable read that tempts and teases, just like the title suggests.(less)
Actor Ty Ransome is tired of being just another hunky action hero. He’s ready for a serious project and he has the perfect one in mind. Ty wants to bring a collection of short stories he found moving to the silver screen, and he wants to co-write the script with the book’s author, Gwen Preston. And when he meets Gwen, Ty immediately knows he wants to do much more than write with her.
Author and self-proclaimed introvert Gwen Preston isn’t sure that turning her intimate, sexual stories into a movie would be such a great idea. She’s even less sure about working with Look magazine’s Hottest Man Alive. Ty is dominant, demanding, and determined to get Gwen into bed.
Close quarters lead to Gwen giving into her attraction to Ty. But as they delve deeper into the world of her book and their own dark desires, Gwen has a choice to make. Can she open herself up to Ty and reveal what she truly needs to be fulfilled? Or will their relationship last only long enough for them to finish the screenplay?
It’s a hot time in Hollywood with Rough Cut. Mari Carr takes readers on an explosively sexual journey with two protagonists who work hard and play harder. Nearly every page of Rough Cut scintillates, but I did find the transitions to be a bit abrupt at times, which jarred me out of the story a bit. I enjoyed Rough Cut but felt that the romance was overwhelmed by the sex. While there is no doubt Ty and Gwen are one hundred percent compatible sexually, the undercurrent of the love story didn’t come through as strongly as I had hoped. Still, I truly did like Rough Cut and its two protagonists and found myself engrossed in the story, rooting for Gwen and Ty to find their picture-perfect happily ever after.(less)
Working in the testing lab of Naughty Games, Stacy Newman dreams of owning her own lingerie shop. But to do that, she first needs funds, and to get funds she needs to impress the Game Testing people with her idea for an erotic game. When the offer to participate for a week in a game test for the company comes along, Stacy sees it as her chance. What she doesn’t count on, however, is who her testing partner is.
Though months have passed, Sloane Hoffman can’t get the woman he spent one passionate night with out of his mind. Stacy was exactly the kind of woman he didn’t want – one who inspired thoughts of commitment. So when they recover from their mutual shock of being partnered with one another, Sloane and Stacy agree to keep their week of sensual games “business only.” But both find it’s hard to keep their minds on business when sexy games threaten to break down the barriers keeping the lovers apart.
Love is no game, but sex sure can be in this naughty delight by April Ash. Sexy Games is both tender and fun with characters who are sure to win you over. Both Stacy and Sloane are incredibly likeable; the kind of people you would want to be friends with if they were real. Due to this, it’s easy to become captivated by Sexy Games because you so want them to get their happily ever after with one another. Miscommunications and misunderstandings threaten to tear them apart, but I won’t spoil the book by revealing what happens.
I thoroughly enjoyed Sexy Games. It was such an entertaining book to read and I hope against hope Ms. Ash considers writing a story for Stacy’s wild and wicked best friend, for Lorraine endeared herself to me every bit as much as Stacy and Sloane did. Deliciously erotic!(less)
Amelia Bouchette is a land-walking Siren, the head of her coterie, and manager of the Maison des Filles. When Jacob Forester’s new tavern, The Wicked, begins taking business away from her bordello, Amelia decides to use her Siren-born talents to convince him to leave. What Amelia doesn’t count on is Jacob being a vampire. And when she finds herself not only chained to Jacob’s wall, but enjoying it, Amelia knows she has met her match.
Jacob Forester is a Heliosian vampire, recently freed from a slavery which was worse than death. Hardened by his past, Jacob doesn’t expect to fall so quickly for the secretly submissive Amelia. But desire has a way of changing things, and for two immortals who wanted nothing of love, the fall from lust to the more deeper emotion may happen faster than either could imagine unless an enemy from Jacob’s past manages to destroy them first.
The west has never been as wild as in this delicious offering from Anna J. Evans! Taming the Madam combines scorching heat, Greek mythology (with a twist), and elements of danger to create a gripping, thrilling read.
Jacob and Amelia are both characters who’ve suffered in the past and use the lives they have made for themselves to help others of their kind. It’s impossible not to love characters like them, as they are so innately kind-hearted that there is nothing about them not to like. They fit one another perfectly, in bed and out, so I eagerly read Taming the Madam to see how their relationship would develop. As captivating as Amelia and Jacob’s romance was, I was equally interested in the insight into the paranormal universe of the Dark Pantheon series the story provided. More than its predecessors in the series, Taming the Madam discusses different species other than the “godkin” (vampires). I loved getting to learn about the Sirens through Amelia, and enjoyed learning about both the Heliosian godkin and the more sinister Athenian godkin.
Ms. Evans is an author I can count on to deliver a sinfully good story, and Taming the Madam is no exception. It’s sexy, it’s interesting, and it had my attention from the very first page to the very last. I finished this story impatient for the next Dark Pantheon tale and even more eager to read more of the talented Ms. Evans’s work.(less)
American Cassie Mitchell has been dreaming of meeting Australian cowboy Chase O’Connor for years and if she has to plot with his mother and pretend to be a paid companion to do so, then that’s just the way it’ll have to be. What she doesn’t expect is Chase to discover Cassie’s plan and decide to exact a little erotic revenge. But when a little outback fling starts turning into something more, both Chase and Cassie are going to have to come clean if they want a chance at turning lust steeped in lies into something real.
If you’re looking for a hot time, Outback Sizzle is just the book. Alexis Fleming starts this sexy book off red-hot and doesn’t let up. Chase and Cassie fall in love fairly easily, but they have to make their way through each others’ lies (and boy, do those lies pile up) in order to make their relationship work. I enjoyed Outback Sizzle, but I did become a bit sidetracked keeping track of each lie, who was in on what, who knew but was pretending to be unaware, et cetera. While the characters were, at heart, good people, both Chase and Cassie were so frustrated by the secrets they were keeping that it wore on them, making them a slightly less dynamic pair in some parts of the book. Still, for sheer sizzle factor, I give the aptly-titled Outback Sizzle high marks.(less)
Scott Stevenson loves working in Laguna Beach, especially when he can take his lunch break outside and enjoy watching shirtless hunks play volleyball. However, one day it’s not a beach bum that catches his eye, it’s art gallery owner Michael Taylor. It’s instant attraction on both Scott and Michael’s parts and soon the men are meeting for “lunch” almost every day. But one day Michael doesn’t show up for lunch and Scott discovers that the man has some secrets which have come back to haunt him. If Scott ever wants his relationship with Michael to progress, Scott will have to find a way to shut down the demons from his lover’s past.
It may not be sex on the beach, but sex nearby is nothing to sneeze at in the steamy Lunches in Laguna. J.P. Bowie has created two handsome, everyday heroes that readers and listeners are sure to like; I know I did. The roadblocks in Michael and Scott’s relationship aren’t small, but they’re not insurmountable either and I found myself engaged in Lunches in Laguna, eager to see Michael and Scott find their happily ever after. All in all I found Lunches in Laguna to be a sweet, sexy, satisfying tale that was a wonderful to get lost in.(less)
As Queen of Magonia, Elizabeth Orleans has been taught never to show emotion, which is why she loves sex. It’s the only time she can release whatever tension or anxiety she carries. But lately even the men she employs to fulfill her desires are leaving her wanting more. Then she meets Gavin Court who insults her in the middle of her own courtroom. He’s arrogant and rude, but he also sparks her lust in ways she never imagined. It’s going to be an all-out battle in the bedroom, but Elizabeth knows that Gavin is exactly the man to give her everything she wants.
Sex is the name of the game in this lust-fest by Bella Andre. What a Queen Wants starts out interesting, but sadly fizzles with its characters’ one-dimensionality. I wanted to like Elizabeth and Gavin; truly, I did. But I could neither like them enough to cheer for them or dislike them enough to make them interesting. I couldn’t see what drew Gavin to Elizabeth (other than the size of her chest) or what Elizabeth saw in Gavin (other than the fact that he was well-endowed and could hurt her if he pleased). Ms. Andre hints that there’s a deeper emotional connection between the pair, but I failed to see it. I normally enjoy Ms. Andre’s work, so I searched for something in What a Queen Wants I could enjoy, but sadly this story was not for me.(less)
For years, Kim Thomas has been in love with her best friend, Jackson Hanley. But Jackson never sees her as anything more than his tomboy best friend. When Kim lands an internship two hours away from home, she knows the time to make her move is now or never. Kim dares to bare at a party as she dances on a table, and her plan to make Jackson notice her works better than she could have planned. But Jackson’s been keeping something from her – something big. And Kim finds she could be in for a whole lot more than she bargained for.
Alyssa Brooks proves that best friends can make the best lovers in her aptly-titled Naughty Tonight. Kim and Jackson definitely sizzle between the sheets when they take their friendship to the next level. Kim is an immensely likeable heroine and I didn’t want to stop reading Naughty Tonight because I so wanted her to get the man she loved. Jackson is a bit bull-headed, making him somewhat less sympathetic for most of the book, but he redeems himself beautifully at the end.
Fast and fun with all the snap of Jackson’s favorite paddle, Naughty Tonight is a true delight.(less)