Sometimes, after several books an author’s writing quality starts to decrease. That’s not the case with In the Den, by Sierra CartA BEST BOOK RATING!
Sometimes, after several books an author’s writing quality starts to decrease. That’s not the case with In the Den, by Sierra Cartwright. In this novel, book 6 of the Mastered series, Ms. Cartwright delivers a fascinating story that sucked me right in from page one.
Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary to read the rest of the series before this one, but I highly recommend it as it’s nice to recognize some old characters and to get to know the mysterious owner of the Den, Damien Lowell, from the start.
The overall plot might not be innovative, but Cartwright’s writing is wonderful. The words flow easily, and as with earlier books I was seduced into the world she creates. Also, as I’ve mentioned in other reviews, she has a knack of teaching about the BDSM lifestyle through her books without detracting from the erotic, without making it seem like an actual lesson. Everything seems natural and the story rolls effortlessly.
Though In the Den is erotic beyond any words I could write here, what really makes it a great read is the love story between the characters. It was emotional, heady, full of unexpected little paths that left me wondering if they’d make in the end. After all, Damien was not falling for any girl. The woman to whom he had decided to dedicate all his affections was none other than the respected Domme Catrina Davidson.
Initially I was a bit hesitant about Catrina becoming a submissive. After all, she was a Domme, had been since forever and that made her awesome to my eyes. Nevertheless, this was also precisely why I was intrigued: How the hell was Damien going to bend her to his will? It would have definitely been very interesting to read if it had been done the other way, Catrina dominating Damien, but Ms. Cartwright still caught me up in the intricate romance that bloomed between these two.
And romance it was.
Damien is not only old-world manners, good looking, intelligent and wealthy. He’s seduction on two feet and he snuggles! He knows what he wants and he goes after it without hesitating, but when it comes to love, it was interesting to see a different side of Damien. I knew he was in love long before he figured it out.
Catrina is Damien’s equal in everything. More than once I found myself wondering what it would be like to be under her scrutinizing wide-eyed gaze. The path that Damien leads her into, was not easy to watch. More than once I found myself holding back tears with her, struggling with every step of wanting to submit but not quite getting there yet.
There is little more I can say about the sex: it is amazing, scorching, sizzling. The chemistry between the characters is off the charts (I’m still reliving that first kiss in my mind or the coffee table scene).
All in all, In The Den is a great novel, which I’ve already read twice and I know I will read again and again. ...more
Whatever I write, my review isn’t going to do Sierra Cartwright’s novel With this Collar justice. Well written and insanely hot, WitA LASR BEST BOOK!!
Whatever I write, my review isn’t going to do Sierra Cartwright’s novel With this Collar justice. Well written and insanely hot, With this Collar, is the first book in the Mastered series (as a matter a fact if it didn’t say on the cover page that it was part of a series I never would have known) and kept me glued to the pages since page one.
The main character, Julia, is cast into the BDSM lifestyle when her best friend gets married to a Dom and like many people, she is filled with preconceived erroneous notions about what BDSM is. What I loved about Julia is that I could relate with her in a lot of ways. Her thoughts and internal dialogues feel real, as well as her search for “a nice guy” just because that’s the norm (and because her ex was a dominant ass).
The hero, Master Marcus is dreamy. He takes it upon himself to teach Julia how wrong she is about BDSM, and needless to say succeeds. Both sizzling and caring when he needs to be, he made me swoon and sigh along with Julia.
One of the things I liked best about this book was the way Cartwright had of explaining the BDSM lifestyle. Through Marcus and his “obsession” of talking through everything, the author not only walked Julia across different types of BDSM relationships, safe words, differences between subs and slaves but also myself as the reader. To boot, she managed to make all of that “talking” erotic and not dense or boring!
Beyond the BDSM, it is wonderful to see the romance that builds between the characters, as it does not differ in any way to any other romance. Like in any relationship, there are doubts and there is the fear to lose yourself in that love and that is clearly seen in the case of Julia. Furthermore, it is wonderful to watch the way the character’s evolve, especially Julia’s growth.
I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment in this Mastered series and will be rereading With This Collar while I wait, for it is a great scorching love story well worth reading at any time.
The Romance Novel Book Club is a gem. Absolutely hilarious, I laughed from page one to the end. Kastil Eavenshade is a romance author but she manages to poke fun at everything that has to do with the genre and does it well. As the book says at one point: “The truth about the romance novels was I did love them. They mocked me in my misery, but I still cheered for that happily ever after.”
The author also laughs about life and how confusing and difficult we can make it for ourselves at times.
Her lead character, Patricia, is great. She eats all she wants, drinks too much and laughs at herself, sometimes even through her tears. She is so human that along with her good moments, her pain, frustration and confusion are palpable. I felt miserable at times watching her crumble and sabotage her own happiness.
The biggest fault I found with The Romance Novel Book Club was a mistake in the hero’s height. At the beginning of the book, Patricia says: “I hovered about two inches taller than him without heels”. However, as I read on I found that she was always shorter or at least at the same height as Matt. For instance at one point it reads: “I nuzzled against his shoulder, tempted to kick off my shoes to be at his breast.” She was wearing heels at that moment.
Another thing I found confusing was her history with The Black Room and her access to it. I had the impression she went one time without a membership card and another time she had trouble finding it when she’d just been there less than a week before.
Regardless of these mistakes, Kastil Eavenshade’s novel was a great read. The sex scenes were sizzling hot at all times with well done descriptions that made me gasp and pant. Furthermore, throughout the story I had the sensation that I was reading a contemporary novel in which real people, and not just made up characters, had the lead role.
The Romance Novel Book Club was a great book that I know I will be reading again.
If you believe in second chances then Felicity has just been given the ultimate opportunity.
Felicity isn’t living the most picture perfect of lives. Married, but in love with another man, she’s had a rough time, but things are looking up, and with divorce papers in her hand she’s all set to go and spend the rest of her life with John, the guy she should have married in the first place. Trouble is things rarely go to plan and in a cruel and violent twist of fate she finds herself in a celestial holding hall, wondering which way to turn.
Miss Me Baby is an interesting take on coming back to earth from Heaven to haunt a lover – or rather have some smokin’ hot sex with a lover – and I was impressed how smooth this ‘unbelievable’ aspect of this book was. Felicity’s conversion to Lisa and the Lis was smooth and all my thoughts as a reader answered.
Once this was set up, and John had a suitable amount of ‘what the hell is going on’ the tale became an interesting plot that had a twist I really didn’t see coming. There was some great sexy moments, some lovely slushy romantic scenes and an ending that was wholly satisfying.
This was my first book by this author. I’d certainly read her work again, the writing style is smooth and easy to follow, the characters well rounded and the story interesting. If you like your contemporary romance with a little divine intervention Miss Me Baby is a book for you....more
Even in the darkest of times, a person can claw her way out and rise above the ashes to start anew.
This story is about Lily Valentine, originally from Divine and childhood friends with Clay and Del Cook. Lily and her family moved away while she was still in school and she lost contact with the boys. Moving away may have seemed like the worst thing to ever happen to Lily until she met and married a man named JT, who turned out to be a sick, sick man. Lily spent the next twelve years in her abusive husband's clutches, with no hope for escaping. But after a final humiliating confrontation she decides enough is enough and Lily heads for Divine. Little does she know her entrance would be a smash.
Clay is the local jeweler and owns a shop where he designs his own creations. Even though he’s as dependable and caring as he can be, Clay still buys into the stereotypical idea of what artist should be, flaky, in touch with with emotions and unreliable. He spends most of his time alone and works on his friends' tokens of love for their women while he has no one. It wasn't until Lily came crashing back into his life that he realized what he was missing.
His older brother Del finally comes home from working in a private military company. It’s been four years since his last visit and this time he brought home some emotional baggage. Unable to deal with his issues, Del sets himself to making his run down ranch functional. Of course, that’s easy to do when you never sleep. Once he and Lily reconnect, sparks fly but Del can't help but worry about Clay's feelings.
While Lily sets a backbreaking pace to improve herself and her life, Del sets the same pace but instead of improving, he ignores his issues. Clay is the healing agent for them both. Initially the story starts off as Clay and Lily grow closer to one another and when Del shows up everything shifts to create their triad. I really loved how different all of theses characters were and how they complimented each other without even trying. And how they just easily flowed into creating their relationship between the three of them with little discussion. Once the idea was planted, it literally grew wings and flew.
What I enjoyed most about Divine Phoenix was the emotions that the author was able to pull out of me. As a reader, I admit I can be a bit jaded when it comes to conflicts and the bad guys. But this story really grabbed me from the beginning to the very end. I just wanted to hug Lily, kiss Clay and hold Del. And I really wanted to do serious damage to JT.
But what made this book 5 stars for me was Ms. Rainier’s restraint when it came time for the climax. I deeply feared what I was going to read as I sped through her words but she gave you just enough without going too deep. Once you read this book, and I think everyone should, you’ll understand what I mean. Sometimes authors walk a fine line when it comes to painting a character especially the bad guy. They can come off a one dimensional or even ridiculous, but Ms. Rainier did it just perfectly. She painted a beautiful story with all the right colors and the end was a portrait of a divine phoenix....more
So much drama, so much angst, but such a great read.
I must admit I've had this book on my shelf for quite a while. I'd walk past it and take it down, only to put it back. Why? I'd read the first few pages and was sucked in, but I put it back because I didn't want the story to end. I knew it had to--there's only 170 pages. I'm glad I read the book, I only wish I'd gotten to it a LOT faster.
Initially I wasn't impressed with Brandon. He grated on my nerves because he had so much baggage. That said, the farther I got in the book, the more I respected him and the more I fell in love with him. He's complex and Mr. Deveraux wrote him with such care, I felt like I was right there and could hug Brandon. Heck, I wanted to. The descriptions put me right in his shoes. I liked Daniel, even when he got irksome. Why? I understood his feelings and could identify with him. He's a good man trying to figure out how to get what he wants out of life. Loved it.
Before I go any further, there were a few things that kept me from fully enjoying this book. Many times the same descriptions were used for the same character. I liked knowing how hot both men were, but felt there were times when I didn't need to be told again. I enjoyed Mr Deveraux's story telling. There were times I wasn't sure where the characters lived, but it never yanked me from the story.
I do have to mention there are more than a couple scenes that aren't for the faint of heart. There's a great deal of sexuality in the story and Mr Deveraux handles the emotions behind the acts well. If the reader isn't expecting a BDSM scene, then it could come across as a shock. Don't get me wrong, the scene made the book and gave me greater insight into the characters. The scene scorched the pages of the book and left me needing a cold drink. Yeah, it's that intense.
There aren't many books with characters who stick with me after the last page. This book is one of those rare exceptions. I wanted to spend more time with Daniel and Brandon. Good for me, there's two more books in the series. I can't wait to get my hands on them. If they are anything like this book, they will be worth the read. If you want a book that's strong on emotion and sex as well as a pair of characters guaranteed to wrap around your heart, then this is the book for you. ...more
When a celestial being takes human form for the first time, she's besieged with unexpected sensations and emotions. The experiences of smiling, tears and thirst are small surprises compared with the overwhelming desire that suddenly comes over her when she is kissed by the handsome, passionate man who has decided to take care of her.
Vega is a star in the galaxy who has fallen to earth to find the magical Starscale she dropped here by mistake. When she arrives in the city she's overcome by the heat of the sun and wraps herself in rags she finds in the park. When social worker, Niles finds her under some bushes in a sleep induced haze, he assumes she's a homeless woman. When she proves unable to communicate well he believes her to be an illegal and the only way to shelter her legally is to take her home with him.
Niles hasn’t counted on her sweet charms or beauty and soon falls hard for her with a heat that matches her own. Unfortunately Vega only has two weeks to find the precious Starscale and return it to her kind in order to give light to the newborn stars soon to appear. She's unable to tell Niles of her dilemma and is swept into a raging hot affair with him that overshadows anything she has ever experienced as a Celestial.
Will Vega choose her duty to her own kind or the irresistible, exquisite love and passion she has found while in her new body? The decision is sure to leave her broken in spirit, either way.
Ms. Petrova has written this beautiful fable with sensitive prose and realistic force. I was swept through this magical tale in captivated delight. The problem posed seems impossible to resolve, but leave it to the creative imagination of Em Petrova to find a believable and touching solution.
The story was written with the precision and capability I have come to expect from this author. This fanciful tale succeeded in every way, including in delivering a singeing-hot erotic romance. Here's an example of the way Ms. Petrova reveals the tender love that bursts between Vega and Niles: “‘Vega, my rare beauty. Who are you?’ ‘Yours,’ she whispered.”
I recommend, Darkling to all lovers of fantasy and romance. ...more
Destiny Awaits. How like a woman to use a man's words against him.
As a novel in the fantasy genre, Renee Wildes' Riever's Heart follows the expected formula almost to the last element. There are rampaging barbarians, noble elves, and even a half-dragon ruler within the pages of this romantic quest, and the journey is a noble one: to unite the warring hordes under a single rule to bring peace to the sundered lands.
However, at times, the execution of the plot feels a little too much like a forced march into the awaiting destiny that faces the story's heroes. Verdeen, the elven warrior maid, is petulant and often comes across as spoiled, which is not at all the same as the strong, independent woman she could have been. Aryk's noble and generous nature - especially in his awakening of Verdeen's sexuality - at times becomes overshadowed by his lust, and this somehow seems to confound the development of his character. While I realise this is a product of the manner of their relationship, the lack of subtlety in the use of this character's inner conflict risks endangering the reader/hero relationship. The single, biggest interruption to my enjoyment and engagement with the story, though, was that much of the narrative voice is written in a very self-conscious, 'old worldly' language. The use of such words as 'Twas, afeared and betwixt is fine in dialogue, but it feels jarring and out of place when it appears as part of the general narrative as it does here. It feels like a vehicle by which we, as readers are being forced to identify with characters whose own actions should make us care about them enough to feel with them.
While that sounds all rather negative, the pace of the novel keeps those considerations from becoming overwhelming. The faithful adherence to all the well loved elements of both the fantasy, and the romance genres mitigates the d20 fumbles, (and fantasy role play gamers are probably the only ones who'll truly 'get' that reference), and the attention to detail in the battle scenes, which fit perfectly within the telling of the tale, are more than strong enough to help carry the story forward. Lastly, and by absolutely no means least, the sexual tension underlying the whole of the novel remains high throughout, and the intimate scenes between Verdeen and Aryk are scorching hot, often unresolved (until the end), and tease unmercifully to leave both the characters and the readers desperately wanting more.
If fantasy set within a burning romance is what you like, or smouldering sensuality and strong, fiery sex in a brutal fantasy world is what you're looking for, then Riever's Heart will probably strike you just as true as one of Verdeen's arrows.
Training a lover is like training a cat...almost impossible.
First off, I want to say I saw the title and knew I had to nab this book. Then I read the blurb. I wasn't thrilled with the characters in the little bit I gleaned from the blurb, but it didn't stop me. Did I say the title snagged me? Yes, it was the title that kept me wanting to read the book.
I'm glad I read Training Cats.
The writing in this story, though occasionally flawed, flowed well enough that I never wanted to put the book down. I raced through the story wanting--needing--to know what would happen next. I thought about the characters when I had to put it down because I couldn't keep my eyes open. Why? Brett and Ethan aren't typical men. They have issues and circumstances that not everyone would be in.
Brett puts up with a lot. I mean, a LOT. It's like his patience is almost too good to be true. There were times I wanted to conk him on the head, but I understood why he acted the way he did. He wants to please and wants the shimmer of love in his relationship. Too bad life doesn't want that for him.
Then there's Ethan. The guy is creative and patient as well. He's waiting for a change is so calm while he does this waiting. I don't know if I'd have been so calm, but that's me. The antagonist is pleasantly slimy. I had no troubles disliking him, and there was more of the feeling of wanting to give him a shake. But I loved how things came together. The build up was great and timed well. Oh and Monster? He's the best part because I could totally identify with the freaked out, I'm-in-a-new-home-and-scared feelings he has. Great cat!
If you want a short story that's got plenty of heart and just enough heat to sizzle, then you need to read Training Cats.
Oh my goodness! Someone help me off the floor… My side hurts from laughing so hard and I think I am in love with all the characters in this story and quite possibly the author as well. Dana is a feisty she-wolf who has been on the run for twelve years because of pack law. She is determined to stay mate free. I cannot help but love a woman that will not lie down and let a man, or men in this case, control her life.
The magnetic pull of all the characters in this story was powerful and so delicious that I could not put the book down, and would have bitten anyone who dared to pull me away before I finished it. Once Nathan, John, and Kody started the mating dance I had my doubts that any of the men would have the ability to survive the courtship, and there was a few times that I felt sorry for them.
Despite the three being very different wolf-men, Dana found herself drawn to all of them. The “delicate dance through emotions and jealousy where one misstep could signal disaster” was a ride that I enjoyed and it endeared my heart to them all. Nathan and his alpha attitude, John’s calm doctor personality, and Kody, the incorrigible jokester, will keep you entertained as they try to figure out how to court and claim Dana without her running.
This story is full of howling laughter, lots of teasing, and really hot sex scenes that left me looking for another book by Ms. Langlais before I even finished this one. They say laughter is a way to release stress and this story will make you feel good in both mind and body. There was one thing that caught me off guard and seemed strange in the plot but I guess it could happen as it did in the movie “The Underworld”. Definitely a good read with a entertaining story line that is worth reading.
What’s a were-bear to do when he finally finds a woman who can see beyond his fur? Claim her of course. It’s not as easy as he’d like which made for a fun book to read.
Chloe is the heroine of the piece and she’s tired of always picking the wrong man. Seems she has an ideal but he only exists in her dreams. After reading the story, I think Fate was giving her hints as to who she was finally going to be happy with. It took a leap of faith and the ability to see the whole picture for Chloe to come to terms with what her future might hold – if she’s brave enough and emotionally strong enough to grab it. Her character goes through a process of believing, not believing and finally acceptance. The author handled the character’s fear and trepidation well without turning the heroine into a mass of conflicted angst that would have undermined her and overshadowed the plot and story. It was just the right balance.
Conan is the hero who is on the run. From what, I was never completely sure but the important thing is, I figured out who he was running to – eventually. The hero seemed like a lonely man which isn’t helped by the fact that he gave the impression that he was a loner as well. He doesn’t interact much with the outside world so his attempts at wooing the skittish Chloe were conflicted. He wants her, of that there is no doubt, but he’s plagued with a lot of insecurities and worries. For a big guy, he’s a crème puff. The only thing that man was confident in and did with alacrity was making love to the heroine. His post-coital actions needed some refinement, but I am betting Chloe will be effective in fixing that. As it was, it contributed to the chaos called courtship.
There seemed to be a secondary romance going on between Chloe’s best friend, Nina and Conan’s buddy, Billy. It was cute and it was nice that everyone seemed to find love in the wilderness; I just wished that more time was spent on getting into Conan’s motivations and emotions. It seemed that the author only gave enough information to make their sexual union more palatable and believable. I guess it worked but I miss having that connection where I really craved to see them come together. I wasn’t teased enough and I think this book had plenty of length that it could have been addressed in some fashion.
The outside conflict came from an ex-boyfriend of Chloe’s. I figured he was going to push his brutish head into the mix and be as obnoxious as the author presented him early on. What I didn’t expect was the second and third confrontations. I was impressed by the last one because it totally took me by surprise. At that point, there were two layers of action going on. The one where Roger tried to instigate a violent reaction and did something brutal to Conan, and the other where the hero kept his promise to Chloe. As silly as I might have thought it was, because he interpreted it literally, it was romantic and sweet and proved Conan to be a true hero, all in the name of love.
Clawed didn’t end with a big, flowery and typical wrap-up. The finale showcased instead, a beginning. Chloe’s life will never be the same and it’s more powerful because she chose it. I found that much more romantic than anything either character could have said or done.
If love, were-bear style, is intriguing, then read Clawed. It’s an engaging and entertaining paranormal romance that has enough heat and fur to keep a reader’s interest.
Two men, a cock ring, and a semi-empty beach. You never know what might happen, but it's sure to be sexy.
I know when I open a book by Jaime Samms I am in for not only a great story, but a wicked sexy time. This book was no exception.
Garrett and Drew have such a connection...it's believable and oh, so hot. The writing is tight and drew me in right from the first word. Once I started, I couldn't put it down.
I have to admit, I read this book twice. There's a lot here. It might be a short story at a mere twenty-eight pages, but there is a lot of info and emotions. It wasn't a hardship at all to read it again. In fact, I read it more than once after that.
There's so much to Garrett that's not shown right away. I loved how Ms. Samms built the story through Drew's eyes. I felt it as Drew did and had my heart in my throat more than a couple times. As with any Jaime Samms book, the sex is hot and told well. It was as if I was right there.
If you want a short story that's got plenty of twists, turns and smoking sex in just a few pages, then you need to read New Linen. It's a great read.
Who knew lasting love could come from a simple cookie?
This is my first book by Ally Blue and I have to say that if the other books are this good, my auto-buy list just got longer. The words simply flew from the page. I felt like I was right there with the characters and I kept thinking about them far after I turned the last page. This is a book where a character faces something lots of people can identify with--losing a job. There's emotion and reality in each passage. I couldn't stop reading.
I'm not sure which character I liked more. Matt is the ultimate optimist. It's easy for the reader to see his side of the situation. He wants to make Chris smile again. I loved his stamina--there were times when I was sure things would go one way and they zagged another. Great reading.
Then there's Chris. He's a chef, a darned good one. His knack for cooking when he got emotional was so realistic and a neat way to blow off steam. There were times when, sure, I wanted to conk him on the head. But, honestly, I could identify with his situation. The depression and confusion are palpable.
Ally Blue does a bit more than just tell the story. The story is related in a way that I didn't feel spoken down to or preached to. I felt like these were real guys going through a really rough time. I rooted for them all the way.
And did I mention the love scenes? Holy cow. My computer is still smoking with the singe marks. I didn't feel like I was on the outside looking in with these scenes; rather, it was like I was right there going through the motions and emotions with both men. Well written.
If you want a sexy book that's perfect for a chilly evening, then you need to read Life, Love and Lemon Cookies.
Say you are married to one of the sexiest bull riders around but you never get to see him. What do you do to make your husband understand just how much he means to you and how you desire a life together -- preferably in the same zip code. How about arranging to purchase him through a charity auction?
This is exactly what Holly Walker has planned for her absentee husband, Tyson. Tyson’s time on the rodeo circuit leaves very little time for him at home with Holly and the demands of their ranch. After one exceptionally steamy night things do not turn out the way they planned. Holly thinks she has no hope in keeping Tyson home but what she doesn’t know is that Tyson has other plans.
Holly and Tyson are sexy, steamy and just plain down home people trying to make it in an unreliable world. They have everything going for them right now. Their characters burn up the sheets but live separate lives while still protecting the deep devotion they share. They endear you to them from the very first page. Their chemistry is combustible but their communication needs vast improvement.
This is a very enjoyable, very entertaining short story with so much heat, passion and heartache with a happily ever after that just jumps off the page. Enjoy it! It will make you smile.
This is a hot, sexy story. Rebecca is a woman of strong emotions and passion. Richard is sweet and helpful and adaptable and at first appears to be just what she’s been needing.
When the story opens, Rebecca has been seeing Gene and the sex is great but something’s missing. In a moment of disappointment and crisis he behaves with verbal abuse. In walks sweet-natured beta hero Richard who rescues Rebecca from the cold and heats her up in more ways than one. He’s like the perfect modern day knight and so eager to help. Their coming together is hot, sexy, sweet and amazing.
Richard holds back a powerful secret from Rebecca that makes him somewhat less likable and sweet than he was before this is revealed. Yes, sure they were having a fling but it’s an important piece of information for a bed partner to know, no matter how long you intend to see them, and Rebecca was not just a drunken hook up from a bar, she was living in his house. They were becoming friends and anything could happen between them if they got sexual with each other. He had no idea of her expectations. But I firmly feel he ought to have told her before and I'm not entirely sold on his reasons for waiting.
For three years, he hasn’t taken action on this aspect of his life and he could have. It’s hard to understand why he wouldn’t. Ms. Master’s justification for his failure to act didn’t convince me. If this happened in a historical or vintage novel, I could have easily accepted the reasons given. But in a contemporary, it makes him seem weaker as a hero. He can’t even stand up to his own parents, how will he ever stand up for the heroine or be strong enough to be a parent himself? And Richard is not in his youth. He’s over thirty-five.
Personally, if I was Rebecca, I’d have run at this point no matter how hot the sex was, no matter how sweet he was. So followin this, it was hard for me to relate well to either character. It was the motivation that failed for me.
But I admit I did thoroughly enjoy their sexual scenes, both before and after. Ms. Masters is really gifted in writing the erotic scenes. And I must say that the sex is hot with Richard. He’s sensitive and skilled and sensual. The sex is written in complete graphic detail, making the reader feel as if they are experiencing it moment by moment with the characters. Then again, what sex there was with Gene was pretty smoking as well. It did make it a little hard to switch gears when I found out that Gene was not the hero and that I’d have to bond with Richard from that point onwards.
I had very mixed feelings about this story. The most mixed feelings I have had about any book I have reviewed. It is cozy to think of being secluded alone in the snow and having mind-blowing sex with a sweet, hot guy and Ms. Masters certainly delivers on the erotic scenes. Smoking hot! Sensual and emotional. Overall, she writes wonderful dialogue and action. Nice, clear prose. I definitely would read any future works by Ms. Masters if only for the heat and emotion of her love scenes.
Truthfully, I am glad I picked A Week In The Snow for review and read it even if I was a little taken aback by some of the character’s actions. Others may not be adversely affected by character motivation. Simply put: read as a romance, there’s something a little undeveloped here. Read as a sexy snowbound fantasy this is one firecracker of a story.
“I can see your heart breakin’ in your eyes, Bren.”
For years Brenna Lain has been in love with Jase Samuels. Even Poppa Jason, Jase’s father could see the love and heartache in her eyes. Brenna was young, beautiful, and oh so innocent—she caught this reader's heart with her soul aching need to be loved by only one man: Jase Samuels. Seeing her heartache and being sympathetic to her fear, I was rooting for her through the whole story.
Poppa Jason was a crafty old goat. He's only found in the first chapter of the book but he made a big impression on me and kept me smiling with his not too subtle pushes to bring Brenna and Jase together. His last push came with his death and the reading of his will. Jase is like most alpha males in his "he man" actions and inability to communicate effectively with the opposite sex. I didn’t know if I wanted to hit him or kiss him but I did enjoy watching him work out his love life.
Ms. Leigh was one of the first erotic romance authors I read and fell in love with when I discovered eBooks. Her unique imagination and luscious sex scenes make her stories worth reading over and over again. Even though The One is a short story, it does not lack in the heat department so I would recommend this one for those days at the pool where you can take a dip when things get to warm.
One thing I was surprised to see were editing errors. However, they were not enough to take away from the story nor would they prevent me from looking for the next Lora Leigh book. Definitely a sizzling naughty romance with all the bells and whistles that kept me entertained to the end. Maybe not my favorite book of hers, but still an enchanting tale and a nice addition to my library.
On the very first page, Captain Kane Kessler comes at Joshua in supercharged inferno of white-hot sexual heat. And it just gets better from there.
I just love Josh. He’s such a well-crafted character. A handsome, sexy yet somewhat nerdy bookworm. He’s sweet, funny and so touchingly giddy over the captain. Yet he’s all man; there’s nothing feminine about him. Ms. Blackwell has certainly mastered the art of creating complex masculine characters.
This story has all the humor and emotion that made The Captain’s Man so enjoyable. It’s a very novel feeling to laugh so hard while at the same time feeling my heart contract over what the characters are going through. Poignantly funny is the best way to describe it.
Kane Kessler is stern, commanding, tender, and sexy all at once. In short, alpha hot. We get a deeper view into Kane in this sequel and the conflict between him and Josh deepens. Kane is not as sure of his own emotions and this along with Josh’s insecurities fuels their conflict. The Christmas they share is so touchingly romantic it made me cry a little.
The sex is…wild, unabashed, wickedly sexy. This not for the faint of heart. The conflict is entwined through the whole story. There’s so much fire and emotion between these two. They bring out such explosive reactions in each other. The midpoint presents real emotional dangers from two directions.
There’s not a single boring moment in the story. Ms. Blackwell kept me on the edge of my seat for one afternoon. It was impossible to stop reading. I had to find out what happened next. This story is wild passion, conflict, fury, tenderness, one steady, outrageous roller coaster ride for the emotions. This is erotic romance at it’s best. It’s definitely got a special spot reserved on my keeper shelf.
Summertime temps have nothing on “Heated Mating”, so a pool may be needed to cool you off.
Saroya was rescued from her home planet and mated to Gage before she knew all the rules and customs of his people, but after arriving on Lumineta she soon found herself in love with his brother Linc -- who refuses to share their bed; something that is a common practice on their world because of the lack of women.
When Gage dies Linc promises to take care of her but she soon realizes that there is a reason behind that promise. Action is what counts to a warrior like Linc and “talking is overrated” in his book. When I read that phrase within the pages of the book I felt a kinship to Saroya; I felt her turmoil and understood her determination to get Linc to open up and share his feelings with her.
For such a short story I formed a bond with the characters Saroya and Linc pretty fast, but felt that the plot would have been more enjoyable if I could have read more about their relationship and how they acted before Gage’s death. Had there been a little more detail and a better understanding of what came before, this book would have been a keeper for my library.
I truly loved the characters and became enmeshed in their feelings and personalities. I felt the electricity and stimulation coming off the pages between the two, but I wanted more. The author did an amazing job in bringing the characters to life and the sex scenes where sweet and tender with a lot of feeling between the hero and heroine. The editing was good and the plot was adorable, I just felt like the author cut the unique tale too short.
I would recommend this book for those times when you want something short and hot to read. The story was charming and entertaining.
“Nice outfit. Really brings out the pink in your cheeks.”
Lines like that make this a smart little story. Jeanette is a sweet, sensible woman who isn’t afraid to go the distance for her career. When she finds out what she wants sexually, she goes for the gusto. She’s a character that is easy to like and identify with. She makes the story light and fun. Julian, the hero, is a Dom with a sensitive side. He’s a really likeable Dom character, masculine and in control but he’s not hard uber alpha. I found him refreshing.
As you might guess from the title, Corsets and Crimson Cheeks is a spanking story. And it is also a sexual discovery story for Jeanette. She finds pleasures in activities she never thought to engage in before. But it also has a believable, well-developed plot that goes deeper than just getting a heroine in the position to be spanked. There’s plenty of connection and conflict between Jeanette and Julian and it is all neatly tied into the sensual build up and erotic action.
The prose in the story is clear and easy to read with lots of snappy dialogue. Action is shown as if we were in the character’s head, watching it all unfold. The sex is hot and urgent as well as varied and the journey is emphasized heavily in this story, using plenty of sexual tension and teasing.
A light, sweet and sexy spanking story with a happy ending. This was a very enjoyable story, if you like spanking stories, check it out.
She can build them up, tear them down, and bring them to the heights of passion. But she has no idea she has this power.
I'm not usually one for historicals. They just don't really do it for me. And then I found this book. Wow. It wasn't what I expected...it was more.
Marissa Day takes a normally overdone topic--sorcerers and Fae--and breathes new life into the idea. The Fae aren't the cute, sparkling beings I expected. It's great. Her writing style is fluid. The book starts with a bang and doesn't let up until the end. I wasn't completely sure which time period I was in in the book, but it wasn't a huge distraction. Corwin and Darius are great heroes. Both are totally different from what I expected and fun to read about. I wanted to see these two men get what they wanted, even if it meant each other.
I did have an issue with the heroine. From the get-go there were occurrences that I thought a woman with little to no sexual experience should be a lot more freaked out. Men with men is something that was totally taboo and yet it seemed to not faze her in the least. I liked that it didn't, but it was hard to fathom at the same time.
Ms. Day writes some page burning sex scenes. Whoa. I thought the book would spontaneously combust on a couple of occasions. I loved how Miranda, totally unschooled in the ways of sorcerers and catalysts, fell into the knowledge and experiences. It was like I went through them with her. Yeah, I'm still fanning myself.
If you want a book that has a ton of heat, equal parts heart and spice, then you need to read The Seduction of Miranda Prosper.
You can’t buy love but if you’re a corrupt cop in the year 2120 you can seduce a rent boy for free. This is an intensely erotic story and sort of gritty. Io is easy to relate to because he’s in a situation where he’s powerless and being taken advantage of. He’s proud and keeps his sense of humor and shows a sort of emotional bravery in the face of this abuse. It’s sort of hard to relate to the corrupt cop, Blake, at first. Even though there’s obviously attraction and pleasure between him and the rent boy Io, he is taking advantage of Io.
Honestly? You want me to be honest? Okay, when I started reading this story, I intensely disliked Blake, but by page twenty-four I was beginning to root for him and Io to become something real to each other. That’s the beauty of Ms. Blackwell’s writing. She really knows how to lay the emotion on in a clear, crisp prose. It can sneak up on you. Truly she is an artist.
There’s lots of hot guy-on-guy-on-guy sex between Blake, Io and Ronnie, who is another corrupt cop. The sex is intense, very male and probably not for the faint of heart.
The story builds to a happy-for-now ending that is satisfying. Sin Row is a short, extremely erotic story that is emotionally compelling.
Victorian nerds in love get freaky with sex toys. This story appears to be a Victorian but the time period is not made clear. Its central hook focuses on “hysteria” and other mysterious female maladies being treated with vibrators by medical professionals in that time period.
The heroine is presented as a repressed, slightly neurotic woman who is resigned to a life of work and scholarship. She’s got a tendré for the hero who is headmaster at the school where she works.
The first sex happens late for an erotic short story. The conversation that leads to the sex is very improper and with little of the subtext or subtlety one might expect for the times, especially for a very proper teacher and a headmaster. Once the sex happens things heat up a lot and the heroine immediately drops her sexual repression and shyness completely as if it had never been there. They conduct sexual experiments in the name of higher learning.
They use some sexual terms that might seem like anachronisms but they fit since these are two scholarly people who would have read and known those terms. Once the hero breaks through the heroine’s shell of sexual denial, she’s eager for anything he wants. He knows exactly what she wants and gives it to her. They do not have any sexual or emotional conflicts past this point.
This is a light, cute and sweet story with just the right touch of spice, even if it does come rather late in the story.
A one night stand leads to love. This story is listed as a Regency Historical and is set in England. The heroine is brave, forthright and practical. The hero is sensual, sensitive and painstaking. They are sympathetic characters that are easy to relate to.
First we meet the heroine and her brother over kippers for breakfast. Then we take a trip to a brothel where the hero engages in sex with a woman who is not the heroine. The hero and heroine meet and talk for the first time on page twenty-three. The heroine seems mostly resigned to about peddling her virginity. For a Regency miss, she seems very keen to engage in sex and even anal sex with a man who is basically a stranger. She’s cucumber cool for the most part and even becomes the aggressor at some points. The hero is a perfect and considerate lover. The hero wants her on first sight and thinks she is something extraordinary. He knows just what the heroine will like and gives it to her without conflict between them. The sex is plentiful and sexily written.
There’s no true interpersonal conflict between the hero and heroine. They mesh sexually and emotionally from the start. The conflict comes from external forces, from the man who wants to marry the heroine. This villain is drawn to be repulsive and selfish. Also the heroine’s brother, a selfish and weak man, provides some minor conflict in the course of the story. Both villains are dealt with in a way that is satisfying.
A light, sexy story about a one night stand that goes off without a hitch and gives birth to true love.
In the interwoven fabric of life, what happens to a group of people when someone in their circle dies? This is not a light read; it is a deep and emotionally rich, thought-provoking story. I enjoy complex stories and so I enjoyed this story very much. This plot is not exactly like a traditional romance but it is a love story with a hard earned happy ending. This is a compound novel that centers on the lives of two roommates who are struggling to carry on their lives in the face of deep grief. Their hearts hunger for love but their preconceived notions of loyalty and the desire to hang on to some piece of the past will not let them move on with living and loving.
The main character is Christian, whose partner, Conrad recently died and he is grieving deeply. Christian is human and vulnerable; easy to relate to. He’s surly when he’s having a bad day and feels bad about it later. He’s not always perfect but he is always real; I like that in a character. He is torn between his need to stay loyal to the memory of Conrad and his burgeoning attraction to Luke.
Christian’s best friend and roommate is Eban, a policeman. Eban is struggling to get over a painful breakup with Damien while supporting Christian through his grief. Eban is also trying to come to terms with his own multifaceted relationship with the now deceased Conrad. Yet Eban is also tempted by his new attraction to a new man named Darius. Eban is a long-suffering friend and sweet solace to Christian and the two men also fight an attraction to each other while they are trying to sort out their individual love lives.
This story does not follow the neat and tidy lines of most traditional romances. There’s extreme emotional danger to these men from all sides in their intricate interactions as they try and sort out and define what life means now that they have lost Conrad to death. There is also a scene of a violent crime which takes place in the middle of novel which may be too much for gentle readers. Emotions are the central focus of the plot and conflicts and the sex reflects this. The sex is not frequent and is more tightly related to plot than in many stories. But the sex is also hot and poignant and touchingly funny at the same time.
Secondhand Heart is a deep, rich story about life while grieving that switches mid-book to a story about coming out of grief. It has a happy, life-affirming ending that just might have you reaching for your hanky. It's one of the most satisfying stories I have read in a long time. I know I’ll be thinking of Christian and Eban’s world for a long time to come.
It’s a sin how much I enjoyed this story. I laughed so hard and then I felt so sad. It’s funny, sexy, sweet, naughty and poignant all at once. At only ninety-nine pages, it’s a lot more than I was expecting. I was anticipating just a frivolous vacation cruise romp with lots of hot sex. And it is that but it’s so much more, too. It’s a real romance with plenty of real emotional risk for both heroes.
Joshua Addison is a very authentic character, vulnerable and funny. I fell in love with him and got right into identifying with him. I was crying “Oh no, you didn’t!” each time that he did something stupid out of self-protection or pride, and feeling happy for him when things worked out anyway.
Captain Kane Kessler is commanding and sexy with just the right touch of the forbidden, or maybe I should say the forbidding. Joshua has been deeply hurt in the recent past and he’s not quite ready for the intensity that Kane shines on him. I enjoyed experiencing all the angst, anxiety and adoration of this once-in-a-lifetime affair with Joshua. In addition, the world of the cruise and the exotic locales they visit is brought to life. I could just smell the salt tang and coconut oils and hear the gulls.
Ms. Blackwell doesn’t shy away from showing their conflict, be it emotional, mental or physical. There are a few scenes of physical aggression between the two. It made it more real for me and it wasn’t overdone. It made it seem like two men in actual fact fighting their own attraction for each other in a relationship with high stakes. Their emotional conflict plays out in the sexual scenes in a beautifully interwoven way, nothing gratuitous here. And the sex is raw and hot, and tender and vulnerable all at once, certainly not for the faint of heart. This book is a full-bodied erotic romance.
The Captain’s Man is a for real love story about two for real men. I can see myself adding it to my guilty pleasures list and reading it more than once. Now I can’t wait to read the next book.
This is my first book by Kaenar Langford and after seeing so many great reviews for her work, I couldn't wait to dive intLights, camera,...seduction!
This is my first book by Kaenar Langford and after seeing so many great reviews for her work, I couldn't wait to dive into this book. I'm glad I did. The characters stayed with me after the end of the book, keeping me up later that night thinking "I wonder what happened next". The book is written in a fast pace, but slowed in just the right places so I could savor certain scenes. It was like I was right there watching the action unfold and certainly needing a cool drink.
Although I liked the book, there were a few...quirks. This is the first instance in a m/m book where a part of the anatomy was referred to as an 'aperture'. This may not bother most people, but once I got the image of a camera winking...well, it was hard to erase it. Another thing I'd have liked was to have more conflict. Sure, there's lots of emotional conflict. I raced to the end of the book, needing to know what would happen. And yet, things seemed almost too tidy in spots. I know this is romance and I know the outcome I expect, but I just wanted to see more conflict and 'will they or won't they' moments to really up the tension.
That being said, the scenes between Vayle and Daniel are well told. No detail was left out. I especially liked the scene with the camera. Not traditional, but I think that's what was so great about it. I didn't see it coming and loved it.
If you want a book that will make you shiver with delight, then you need to read Waiting So Long. I give it four hearty cherries.
Ellie, Evan and Jimmy are best friends but what Ellie didn’t know was that the two guys have been watching movies featuring women who look like her. AEllie, Evan and Jimmy are best friends but what Ellie didn’t know was that the two guys have been watching movies featuring women who look like her. And Jimmy also has a crush on Evan too…
The opening of this story features Ellie eavesdropping on her friends. Evan and Jimmy are watching a movie, thinking about Ellie and masturbating while they do so. This particular scene went on a bit long for my liking because I would have preferred the three of them to interact sooner. However, when Ellie does confront them with what she’s overhead them saying and doing, things do heat up.
I felt this long stretch of the three not being together and this being such a short story that it didn’t allow me to really connect with the characters like I’d hoped. I did like other aspects of this story however, like authentic dialogue, good pacing, and the description of the setting.
There’s also an added bonus to this story where the author reveals that Jimmy and Evan might get together too. I think this is a fun read if you’re looking for a different kind of ménage story.
Can the tough, warrior wolf Tank handle a totally drool-worthy cowboy mate who refuses to play the submissive? The manly George must deal with his musCan the tough, warrior wolf Tank handle a totally drool-worthy cowboy mate who refuses to play the submissive? The manly George must deal with his muscularly endowed suitor and his own need to dominate before finding peace with Tank as well. The Brac pack stands to gain a singular mate in George, but will he cooperate?
Each title in the Brac Pack series can be read alone, as the rules of mating and previous major events are explained in each book. Events also intertwine between books giving each episode a different take as it is seen through the eyes of different characters.
This week was Tank's story and George is introduced as a headstrong, although, cautious cowboy who was jaded through previous disasters with men. Tank, who is quite the protector in the previous books, had to learn to give a lot in order to earn the trust of his skittish mate. It's always a pleasant surprise to find manlove books about two strong, and real men vying for control. In fact, the name of the book is a humorous allusion to the need for control.
The banter between the two protagonists is hysterical at times. Even more amusing is the developing friendship George has with the other mates at the Alpha's compound. They even have a maddening showdown with squirt guns that made me laugh out loud. The smaller, and traditionally more submissive mates show their loyalty and determination to support their newest member. It's endearing to witness the growing bond of these men who must learn to live together and learn how to live in the world of the paranormal.
The lovemaking was definitely explosive in nature, almost like thunder and lightning. There were sweet and emotionally charged moments as well, but the two dominant "man's men" took a long time to get to that point. As their romance evolved, it was evident how much their love meant to each other.
The editing was done well and there were very few spelling and grammatical errors. There are plot lines left incomplete due to the nature of the series, but the happily ever after is solid and was not left hanging. The pace of the book was maintained throughout and was obviously well planned.
There are at least twenty books in Ms. Hagen's Brac Pack series so lovers of M/M romance will be happy to hear that George's Turn was not nearly the end of Tank and George's story. I have this series on auto buy and gladly recommend picking up this book as soon as you can. I'll end with my favorite quote from this book that really shows how acceptance can change a person, “It was scary as hell coming out of the closet for all to see, but with Tank at his side, he braved it.”
Love can be found in the most unexpected places and at the most inopportune times, but it cannot be denied...not even for a Christmas Throwaway. The sLove can be found in the most unexpected places and at the most inopportune times, but it cannot be denied...not even for a Christmas Throwaway. The sweet, tender, budding romance between two unlikely men developed for over a year and grew to be a thing of true beauty.
Zachary Weston's story of neglect and rejection was amazingly poignant. The emotions evoked from hearing about his past were real and intense as the story progressed. Ben Hamilton, the hero of this tale, set a great example by almost literally giving the shirt off his back for the distressed youth. Both find that they share an interest in each other but realize that their relationship cannot begin until Zach's heart is healed and life is settled. It was nice to read about a couple who put their emotional needs ahead of their sexual needs in order to ensure the longevity of their future together.
The sexual tension mounted as the two men got to know each other better and learned how much they needed each other. There is an age barrier when the men first meet each other but as both mature the romance became inevitable. When the right time arrived, the lovemaking between these two men was perfectly written. There were sweet words, loving expressions, and seriously passionate encounters.
The editing was clean with very few spelling and grammatical errors. The words flowed almost effortlessly from page to page and the plot was well paced from beginning to end.
This book left me wishing I could be there to see Ben and Zach's happily ever after, and I was impressed by the unique way the author ended the story. The Christmas Throwaway was a charming tale about love's way of healing the soul. I happily recommend reading this book and this author.