Ménages and music-two great M’s to read about. But you do not just get one story within Treble, you get six well written and entertaining stories that I am sure will entice everyone in one way or another. With gyrating hips and perfectly executed bass vocals, the men within these stories are just dreamy and turned me into a groupie.
Trouble at the Treble T by Desiree Holt
This was a very good start and really set the pace for the other stories. The Thompson boys are what many women want, but few have the courage to experience. Three hot men playing with one woman’s body is intimidating and invigorating and Marti cannot wait to experience her turn. While all three brothers enticed her, Cade, the oldest, was the one she couldn't seem to stop thinking about.
From beginning to end, I enjoyed the relationship development between all of the characters. Justin, Mark and Cade’s outlook on life was extremely contagious and I could see why so many women lined up to get a chance to visit the Treble T.
Wild About That Thing by Lisabet Sarai
This story really intrigued me. A large part of my interest came from Ruby, Zeke, and Remy’s relationship. Ruby and Zeke seemed like the perfect couple. Zeke really loved her and it showed in that he was willing to do anything to prove that love. Yet, Ruby felt such intense attraction to Remy that I knew they were meant to be together. This made me connect deeper with Ruby. The clever way in which the author wrote the tale made me question who Ruby should be with during various moments within the story. It definitely made me want more of these characters.
Orchestrating Manoeuvres by Lily Harlem
At the beginning, I was not sure if I would enjoy the story because I didn't expect to like the character, Tiffany. She was a spoiled princess and those types of characters don't appeal to me. The author did a good job of making me realize that there was so much more to her than just a model that gets everything handed to her. I absolutely adored Nari and Ricardo, especially since they seemed a bit exotic, probably because they're from Italy. Everything about them was geared to turn a woman on, and they can definitely did. One thing that was a bit disappointing for me was the ending. There wasn't enough storyline that connected or justified the twist at the end. However, even with the tricky ending I did find this story pleasurable to read.
Three-Part Harmony by Elizabeth Coldwell
This story added a nice romantic slide into a ménage that I don't see very often. It started a little sad with a crucial band member leaving the Sweet Lies. Stefan and Aimee, along with the other band members, had to find a replacement fast -- enter Jake. He added a certain youth to the group that was refreshing; he also added a bit of lust that Stefan and Aimee’s marriage might not survive. I liked it because Stefan and Aimee had an established relationship, which seemed to make it work. But this story had a different vibe than many ménages and I found that refreshing. This was a story I could see myself reading again because of the twist.
Savin' Me by Wendi Zwaduk
This story was another sweet ménage story with a bit of BDSM in the mix. Though at times I found it hard to believe that Parker would submit to Jacoby for long because he seemed to have his own inner dominant in him. Juniper seemed to be the glue that really held this trio together. Sometimes you just need a woman’s touch and this relationship was no exception, though I didn't mind reading about Parker and Jacoby getting to know one another or a more physical level.
Rhapsody by Imari Jade
Out of all the stories within this anthology this was my favorite.
The relationship between Axil, Bryanna and Collin was a tough one and had to be worked on continuously since Axil and Collin seemed to have no real attraction or affection between them. This made the outcome of the story unpredictable and made me want to read even more to find out how Bryanna was going to deal with the growing attraction and emotions towards these two gorgeous men.
In the end, I really enjoyed each story in Treble. Every one had something to add to the anthology and really stuck with the theme. It even introduced me to a few new authors that I plan to learn more about.
I’m in love. It’s as simple as that. What’s his name? Brandon. I just can’t stop thinking about him, he’s absolutely gorgeous. Not only does he have a great physique but he’s caring, sweet, tender, confident but not stuck up and thoughtful. Sigh. He’s almost perfect. He has a few flaws, of course. He’s scared of relationships and thinks his heart is made of stone. His other flaw? He’s in love with someone else, the main character of Learning Curves, Leanne.
Learning Curves was an amazing read. I swept through the 176 pages in a morning. I fell in love with Brandon from the start but I was drawn into Leanne’s world. I felt so identified with her. She’s a 20th century girl who is so engrossed in fighting for a career and a good job that she doesn’t have time for anything else. The best thing about Leanne was that she was extremely human. Real. She had doubts, fears, anxieties like the next person, but she also had a sense of humor, friends, and a life without Brandon.
The only bad thing I can say about Learning Curves was that I spotted a few editing mistakes, like small words that were out of place, but that was all. The characters are engaging, the plot is realistic, the descriptions are mesmerizing, the chemistry and sex between Leanne and Brandon was incredibly hot… it’s all fantastic.
Personally, I’ll be looking for more books by Ms. Mady.
Where there’s smoke there’s fire, right? How about a smoking hot fireman and a sexy older lady? This story isn’t just about a handsome hunk of a man but a wolf in disguise. The author jumps right into a steamy, sexy, panty-wetting sex scene and continues that heat as it goes on throughout the book. As I got to know the characters in the story, I also figured out the plot as the storyline is slightly hidden within the sex scenes.
The author has some time sequence issues that will lose the non attentive or easily distracted reader but the book overall was an easy read. As it progresses, the plot and the characters become clearer and I really enjoyed the second half of the book more so than the first.
The author hooked me initially with the sex scenes then lost me in the time jumping sequences. The writing pulled me back into the book to end on a strong point.
Fire Wolf was hot and sexy from the first sentence to the very last one. Just a suggestion: if you are reading this make sure you have a way to cool off, because you're going to need it.
What a refreshing story! Deorwynn, the main character, is nothing like any other female heroine. She’s naughty, feisty, saucy, with a great sense of curiosity and daring. She’s not weak though she has a tender side that she tries to hide at all costs, mainly from the male protagonist, Guy Devaux.
Guy is a boy, turning into a man. He’s in his twenties and life for him is all about fun and taking as many women he can, until he meets Deorwynn in one of the most exciting scenes I have ever read. Guy falls head over heels for her but he resists his own feelings because he fears becoming an old respectable man, according to him “the hardest mission he’d ever undertaken”.
Ms. Fox has an incredible way with descriptions, making each sex scene unique and varied. The story has a quick pacing due to the clear attraction of the characters. I couldn’t stop reading, eager to know what Deorwynn would do to displease and arouse Guy.
The secondary characters, Thierry and Sybilia, are also worth mentioning. They're well drawn, complete and three dimensional and add meat to the plot.
The Virgin Proxy was a story that kept me hooked from beginning to end. I will definitely be looking for this author’s next work which happens to be all about Deorwynn’s innocent older brother, Wulf.
Rocky Mountain Heat is family drama in its finest form with six sexy cowboys that’ll make you want to keep them all! It's an unstoppable story filled with humor, drama, and loads of lovin’.
For as long as she can remember, Jaxi has been content in knowing where her future lies, but the biggest appeal to being a rancher’s wife is having Blake Coleman. Jaxi grew up with the Coleman boys, but Blake always separated himself due to the responsibilities and privileges that came with being the oldest. For the longest time Jaxi simply admired him and when those feelings started to turn into something more, uncertainty set in since she wasn’t sure if he felt the same or only saw her as a little sister. While others her age thought of leaving the nest as soon as possible, Jaxi stayed knowing that she’d already found her calling. Opportunity comes knocking when an accident leads her right back into the middle of Coleman clan again, but this time she’s going to show Blake that she’s all grown up and knows exactly what she wants.
Blake Coleman has always known it was his destiny to be working the ranch for the rest of his life. While some his brothers went to college and pursued other activities, Blake’s at peace with the knowledge that his future is at the ranch where it all started. The only thing missing is someone to share it all with, but the someone he had in mind is completely off limits.
Blake makes a lot assumptions about Jaxi and refuses to face the truth about her and his own feelings. He’s also in deep denial that age is just a number, but his road blocks to keep her adistance are failing miserably. What’s worse is she seems determined to torment him with home cooked meals, playing nursemaid to his Ma, and hard work around the ranch. All of which is done with a body that looks good in anything – even dirt. Through it all he barely maintains control, but he didn’t count on how extremely determined, stubborn, and mischievous Jaxi could be.
I should mention that Blake and Jaxi are not part of any ménage that the story is tagged under, but the story does slightly veer toward another brother with quite the situation on his hands and in his bed. I'm sure there will be more on him in his own story in a later installment.
Ms. Arend does an incredible job incorporating so many personalities into one story without it becoming confusing or overshadowing Blake and Jaxi’s dilemma. Each of the characters has a distinct voice with half-told back-stories that I anxiously await to uncover fully throughout the rest of the series.
Jaxi is definitely someone to admire with her bold approach to helping Blake realize what’s right in front of him while maintaining an innocence that drives the boys crazy. Meanwhile, Blake is a gentleman through and through with a streak of alpha male dominance that’s most appealing.
Plenty of surprisingly sexy and emotionally tender moments line the story and will have your attention rapt all the way to the end. I am eager to see where these wild ranch boys take us next and the very brave, but extremely lucky women who get to tame them.
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.
Weylyn’s new gift from Drake has him more than a little intrigued and when you add in a beautiful woman like Keir, Weylyn’s libido comes along for the ride. I enjoyed this quick and fast paced read. Weylyn is a great man. He loves everyone, man or woman, he has no preference. He enjoys them all and is ready to try almost anything. It seems that Weylyn may have met his match in Keir. She is more than ready to help him enjoy his new gift and the two seem made for each other.
The author has done a wonderful job of bringing these characters to life. As quick as the read was I still felt like I got to know Weylyn and Keir. I loved getting to see how the two met and found each other. Watching the sparks turn into fireworks between Keir and Weylyn was a great read. As hot as this book is we still get a nice romance between the two characters. It is more than just a story about the two having sex, it shows us the beginning of their relationship and had me wondering just where it would go from here. This may not be long but it is still a wonderful story to be told. I cannot wait to see more from Weylyn and Keir and what they will be up to in the future.
These short stories about the characters in the Dark World are a nice look into their lives and I love getting finding out more about the inhabitants of this world.
Georgia Fox does it again! Having recently read “The Virgin Proxy” I was eagerly awaiting the story of Deorwynn’s brother, Wulf.
The Craftsman is a superb read that stands alone in the Conqueror series. Ms. Fox is a master craftswoman when it comes to descriptions. The tale begins with a vivid depiction of Raedwulf working in his shed, awaiting the dreaded arrival of his bride to be. Soon she arrives and confusion ensues.
I never thought it possible, but I felt sorry for poor 29-year-old virgin, Wulf. My heart went out to him and I was more than willing to teach him a few things myself. However, he soon learns to take command and becomes a bit too primitive and rough for my taste.
Emma on the other hand was surprising. I enjoyed seeing her transformation from a contained, proper, and quiet maiden to a lusty wench. Oh, that wild thunderstorm! I never knew rain could be so arousing.
The only sin that The Crasftman commits is that at times it can come off as more just pure erotica than erotic romance. Ms. Fox draws picture after picture of lustful encounters: from public masturbation to voyeurism (from both a male and female point of view) to male on male, trios, anal play with a specially crafted toy, anal sex… But, love does surge between the characters. It is a sweet love that appears little by little in the small little things and ends happily.
One of the things I particularly loved in this book was the reappearance of Thierry, a character which I already liked from before and which I was glad to get a little more insight about. I’m hoping that Ms. Fox gives him a tale of his own. He definitely deserves it!
The Craftsman by Georgia Fox is a great, very vivid, very exciting read, recommended for any hot night.
When Stella finds herself stranded on an icy road in the middle of the biggest and strongest snowstorm in years, she could never have anticipated the wonderful men that came to her rescue. Old and dear friends, Dominick and Tyler come across Stella and her broken down car and offer her the warmth and safety of their ranch. As soon as Stella finds out what kind of ranch it is, she becomes curious and ready to indulge in a few ideas of her own. The question is, will it all be too much for Stella or has she found the men of her dreams?
Dominick and Tyler are totally different men, from physical appearances to personalities, yet they are great friends that love the same thing: Stella. Both are wonderful men and I would be hard pressed to say one is better than the other. Both men made an impression on this reader.
Although I loved the men, I didn’t really connect with Stella. I can’t say specifically what it was about her that didn't mesh with me. Perhaps it's like when some people become best friends while others stay acquaintances. Stella is like an acquaintance to me. Stella is written as a smart and strong woman determined to make it on her own. Yet she begins to realize she has feelings for the two men and strives to do something about it. The three are wonderful together and it was nice to see them all fight for their love.
Clay, the other man staying at the ranch with Dominick and Tyler, is the one that really made an impression with me. He does a wonderful thing that not only helps Stella but also helps him deal with some of his pain from the past. He is a strong man who fights for those that he cares about and I hope that he gets his story told.
Not only do we get to see the romance between the three main characters but we also get a nice storyline. Stella has a job and bills she must pay and the men have lives as well. The author does a nice job of intertwining their separate lives and their romance.
If a reader is looking for a happy ever after that leaves scorch marks on the sheets, flushed cheeks and fluttering heartbeats, then this latest sensual adventure by Ms. Holly is sure to please. The title, Hidden Depths, has a subtext to it that my brain appreciated. I believe it refers to where the action takes place and what is hidden in the hearts of the initial two main protagonists, Olivia and James. Later on, it delves into the hidden yearnings of the two other heroes. No one is quite what they at first appear – if that makes any sense. Every person is multi-layered and this book takes the time to find and explore those layers in each of its characters.
I valued the detailed approach the author took in giving me insights into what made the relationship between Olivia and James work so well. The set up gave me a solid foundation in understanding just how strong and pure their love for each other was before Ms Holly set the first lure. You see, most people have sexual fantasies, whether they admit to them or not. The most amazing kind of relationships are those where the couple can talk to and share with their partner about even the kinky kinds that makes them blush and stutter. Not only that, but actually explore them within the framework of their marriage – making it more vibrant and healthy. But some fantasies, those in the deepest, darkest part of us, are still considered too potent for exploring because of the possibility that they might take on a life of their own. What would happen if the opportunity to experience such a thing presented itself? What would happen if it turned out that what was feared as being ‘too much’ ends up being not only a sexual high for one but for both? How far would they explore it? Where then would the boundaries be? The author leaves no skin untouched, no emotion unfelt and no heart unaffected in the telling of Hidden Depths as those questions get answered and more.
The dynamics between Anso and Ty, the other protagonists in the story, is another intricately woven relationship. Anso is royalty and Ty is …not. I intuited early on that Ty and Anso actually loved each other but they were blinded by expectations, perceptions and position. It was very sad. I felt the most emotion for Ty because he was so hard on himself. It didn’t help matters any that there was a secondary character that dismissed him and reinforced his belief that he was less.
Truly, Ms. Holly knows how to engage a reader. Each character has something that needs healing, that needs loving and their own insecurities and worries seem like insurmountable stumbling blocks. Singly, with only Anso and Ty, or Olivia and James, that is true. But when the author gets all four together, it’s emotional magic.
Erotic romance readers are in for a thrill that satisfies on every level. Every little thing that can hobble a relationship is brought out into the light and explored until all the shadows are dispelled and the power of their love is proven. I thrilled to that little eye trick that proved just how perfect and right the ménage ends up being. Out of all of them, I was happiest for Ty. Very romantic and so perfect, I sniffled just a bit.
There were some important secondary characters, one being a troublemaker and the other, Violet, Olivia and Jame’s daughter. Violet doesn’t affect too much but she’s part of the healthy family portrait and the author was very respectful of that.
One thing Ms. Holly does is mix great emotional conflict with external drama and suspense. Readers will find that aspect in this story as well with the plot to overthrow the current king. Thing is, this is a paranormal so the machinations behind it all were fascinating and really cool. The descriptions were very well done and action packed. The only thing I was mad about was Olivia’s continued thinking about leaving. Even I could see that wasn’t going to work – she was in LOVE! Good thing her heart was stronger than her manipulated brain – it proved crucial.
Hidden Depths takes a reader on an exciting journey of sexual and romantic explorations; a feast of the senses that teases, pleases and satisfies a reader’s cravings for a well told tale. I had a ton of fun reading this story and didn’t want to stop reading for anything. Each character, Olivia, James, Anso and Ty, found a place in my heart and in my dreams. This is one ménage that has a depth of character with a sturdy foundation I could believe in. The happily ever after included every possible thread being tied up in perfect harmony and and it made me feel sentimental and gooey. Thank you, Ms. Holly, for writing another winner!
Mistress’s Master is the third book in Jayne Rylon’s Men in Blue Series and in this reader’s opinion the best yet. This tale will have you riveted with its nail biting suspense and overheating from its nuclear eroticism, and a happy ending that will leave you feeling completely fulfilled.
JRad, geeky computer detective turned badass Dom, Master Jeremy Radisson is the hero of Mistress’s Master. Jeremy is an alpha male in his purest form, he possesses an inherit sense of honor, confidence and conviction in his beliefs and is a natural born leader daring readers not to fall in love with him. Jeremy is put through his paces in this story. He goes undercover to infiltrate a dangerous sex slave operation and drug ring in order to bring the criminals to justice, has a boss who isn’t exactly forthcoming with information and the need to protect the object of his dark fantasies, Mistress Lily. Jeremy’s character has suppressed his Dom personality, however this case has forced Jeremy to let his true identity loose and there is no going back. Our hero has found his true mate who threatens his ironclad control and fires his lusts. Can he make the illustrious Mistress Lily kneel before him, can he accept her Domme side and be supportive and will she let him? Anything less than everything, is unacceptable.
Mistress Lily, the heroine of this story, is a complex character with so many facets that readers cannot help but become emotionally involved with her. Lily is a beautiful woman who exudes self-confidence and possesses a larger than life personality, she is brave and heroic in her quest for justice and she can wield a whip like nobody’s business. Mistress Lily is described as seeming like an ‘avenging angel or violent fury’ and yet we are also told of her dedication and devotion to her subs/slaves. Lily is the epitome of a Domme, strong willed, always in control with the ability to know and grant her subs what they truly desire. Our heroine is not a perfect character, she has weaknesses and vulnerabilities too. She lacks the ability to trust -- and who could blame her after everything she has survived and witnessed in her young life? In Lily’s quest to save those being harmed by a mastermind criminal she is faced with a choice to fight or submit to the one man who has had her questioning her identity as a Domme. Can she really kneel before Master Jeremy and trust him with the care of her body and soul?
Jayne Rylon is a remarkable storyteller with her ability to lay out both Jeremy and Lily’s struggles and conflicts that kept this reader captivated by these characters, compelling me to relate and sympathize with them. The power struggle between the two equally dominant personalities allows readers to feel the tug of war in the characters minds knowing that ultimately one will have to sacrifice for the other. Ms. Rylon has an amazing talent for creating a clear picture in her reader’s minds that transports them into the middle of the action, creating a heart pounding, emotionally charged experience. This story was fast paced with non-stop action, believable dialogue, characters displaying raw emotions and a plot with twists and turns that would not allow me to put this book down.
The eroticism portrayed in this story had me turning the pages to find out what was next and asking myself if I could stand the intensity. Ms. Rylon’s love scenes are written expressively with vivid descriptions and extreme imagery connecting her readers to the scene with their minds and emotions.
The BDSM scenes are portrayed to the readers in a fashion that makes you feel like you are an actual spectator or even a participant in the unfolding action and are fraught with tension and excitement. Although there are scenes of forced seduction, and I use the word "seduction" loosely, it is very important to note that they are an integral part of the story. I believe Ms. Rylon wants her readers to truly despise the antagonist, Tony Morselli, and see him for the monster and criminal he is and how he has twisted and degraded the BDSM lifestyle to suit his purposes. All of the erotic love scenes in this story are poignantly written and executed in a manner that stays true to the overall plot of the story and feeds the readers appetite.
While it is not necessary to read the previous two books in this series, I highly encourage you to do so. Those stories provide readers with insight into the secondary characters and provide valuable insight into the events leading up to Mistress’s Master. Ms. Rylon has given us a peek at the upcoming stories in this series; deliberately I am sure, to keep us hooked and waiting on pins and needles for the next installment, I know I will be first in line to read it. If you like a book filled with a perfect blend of fast-paced suspense and explosive sexual tension, go get yourself a copy of Mistress’s Master you will not be disappointed.
Looking for a place where you can let all your inhibitions go, shed your social disguises and just be your prime sexual selves without fear of ousting? Sounds almost too good to be true, but it’s not. Club X is such a place, and more than just kink is served up on the menu……love is the specialty of this book. This book is three separate stories and, as such, many of the characters overlap and interact with each other, and without all the players the stories wouldn’t be complete. But since each story is a capsule until itself this review will attempt to showcase that.
Book 1: The Pleasure of Sin
After the death of her younger sister, Jade goes back to New Orleans to find out who her killer was and make sure that justice is given to her sister. But going back means opening old wounds and sometimes once a wound is healed its best to leave it alone least it reopen and make the pain of the past worse. But will seeing Clay again make Jade want all the things that she knows she shouldn’t want. Can she be strong enough to resist him, or will giving into Clay be the final piece to the puzzle in solving Ruby’s murder? For so long Jade has repressed what she thought were desires no one ever needed to know about, but once she learns her sister had the same desires things get harder to resist and in the end Clay could just end up being the savior Jade never realized she needed.
Clay Devlin, has been in love with Jade since he met her younger sister Ruby years ago. After indulging in stolen kisses and caresses, Jade ran away from Clay and the temptation she found in him. But now that Ruby is dead, Clay is determined that Jade won’t walk away from him again. He means to have her at any cost, body and heart. Can having Jade in his bed be enough for now, or will tasting her once, like before, be like a match to kindling. But when Ruby’s killer discovers that Jade is on to something, will she become the next target of his sadistic rage, or will she be able to outsmart this killer in time to have a future with Clay and the good memories of her baby sister?
This was a great opener to this series. Not only were the characters well thought out but they also all had their own voice that Ms. Hart let them grow with. Each character was able to tell their own story and make the reader want to know them better. Meeting Clay and Jade was like actually meeting real people, the story was so well written. Not only did Shauna Hart make the reader fall in love with Clay and Jade she also gave you sneak peeks into the dynamics of the relationships from the next two books without giving the whole story line away. All in all this was a great starter story and one that I will definitely read again. This is a story that can be read even out of order of the series and still be a great stand-alone read. Very well done!
Book 2: Den of Desire Writing about erotic romance can only be truly believable if you have some knowledge on the subject yourself, or at least this seems to be the case for Mara Templeton. She is an erotic author with nothing to compare to her characters’ lives. She needs new material for this deadline that is coming way to fast and sees only one way to have that happen. She needs to get inside the notorious “Club X” and see what she can learn, and maybe experience some for herself. But can the pleasure she is sure to find in this club enough to die for, or is Mara doomed to die before she knows true passion and love?
Giving private tours of his club isn’t something that ever happens and Joe Gates isn’t sure what changed his mind this time. Mara Templeton isn’t someone who you would call attractive in an obvious way but something about her draws Joe. Will showing her the ropes to his lifestyle make her run screaming in the other direction or right into his arms (just where he wants her to be)?
But someone is watching Mara, threatening her, and if these actions are any indication of things to come, it’s about to get ugly for Mara and Joe if they can’t figure out who is after her and why. Will the thought of losing Mara make Joe see that she is everything that he needs in his life or will she be better off without him?
This was a great follow up story to, The Pleasure of Sin, introducing two new characters Joe Gates and Mara Templeton. Shauna Hart continues to impress with her writing ability and making the characters so lively that you would expect them to be real people that you personally know. The story line for Joe and Mara was very realistic and makes me want to read more about them further down the road as maybe a story bringing all three couples together in a fourth for this series. I have yet to be disappointed by her work and Shauna Hart is a definite go-to author if you are looking for a good fun read.
Book 3: Shadows of Ecstasy Living in the shadows of your father can never be easy, especially when the man you love is the son of your father’s enemy. Emma never meant for this to happen, but fall for Cal Rutledge she did, and what a great fall it was. Only when she has to choose between Cal and what her family wanted she turned away from Cal and lock away apart of her heart that would always belong to him. But when Emma can find Cal again, will time have healed their wounds or has it made the schism between them too great to cross. Finally listening to her heart could be the most liberating act and the most damning one Emma has ever done.
Cal Rutledge never expected to see Emma Lake outside of the society pages, until one night she walks into his club and wants to explore her dark side with some random man. Like Cal would ever let that happen... If only he could keep his hands off her for five minutes his questions about their past might be finally answered. All those years ago when Emma walked away from him, she ripped his heart out and never gave it back. But now that she's returned, does Cal have the strength to give her the option to hurt him again? And now that that someone is after them both is that what is keeping them together or is it fate calling?
Cal and Emma were meant for each other but let family duty stand in the way of love and let fifteen years go by without each other. Now that Emma is divorced and Cal is man enough to stand up to the scrutiny of both family, will their love be strong enough to weather the storm of two powerhouse families and a stalker bent on stealing their happiness?
This was great way to wrap up the series, even though if any more books come out of this club I would happily change that sentence! Shauna Hart delivered again and I am happy to say that I got to review this book along with the others in this series. Ms. Hart has steadily moved up my list of favorite authors to watch out for and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with. So far all of her work has been gold and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!! This series will not disappoint and neither will this author in the future.
Yeehaw and giddy up, three cowboys for one city girl! Hardcore Cowboys is a ménage a quatre story, the first in Stacey Espino’s Ride ‘Em Hard series. Three cowboy brothers from the Alberta plains and one city girl meet under unusual circumstances and the sparks start to fly, after the guys save her from freezing to death.
Stacey Espino gives a detailed account of her characters in this story especially what is going on in their minds; however I found it difficult at times to keep up with her as she jumped from on character to the next often. I give her credit though; it has to be difficult to write a story with four main characters in a romance rather than the usual two.
I really liked Samantha, and could identify with her frustrations with her job and the monotony of her overall life. Samantha just wants something to change and to have some adventure in her life, and does she ever get that with this story. Ms. Espino makes the heroes, the Carson brothers, Wyatt, Val and Cord, of this story real. Yes they are the usual hot cowboys we all want, but at the same time they are very human, with doubts about where their lives are headed and what they really want for their futures.
I found this story was a little difficult to settle into because the author spent a lot of time setting up the scene and bringing all four of the main characters together. Once Samantha and the Carson brothers were together, though, the book moved along at a brisker pace. Ms. Espino did a good job of developing the relationships between Samantha, Wyatt, Cord and Val. They all had different feelings about their relationship and the dynamics but at the same time they all wanted the same thing. Samantha is conflicted, she is not sure whether the brothers really want her as a woman or just want to take care of her out some sense of cowboy nobility.
Ms. Espino writes very descriptive love scenes that were hot and exciting; however I was disappointed that there were so few of them. The ménage scenes were well written and tastefully done. There are some light BDSM elements in this story, mainly spankings and some bossing around during the sex scenes but not enough to turn an erotic reader off even if they do not usually read BDSM.
Although this story takes a little time to get moving, it was a good romance with two of my favorite things: cowboys and a ménage. For those readers who enjoy romantic stories about cowboys and like a little erotic action without too heavy of a plot this is the book for you.
No one knows who the dancer SINN really is, not even herself. So when two men come to the club that Lea dances at she cannot believe their story. U.S. Marshals Jake and Toby have come to protect Lea from her past, a past she never even knew. With their protection comes something else, something none of them expected. Yet they all know it can never last. They only have a short time to experience the love that they have all been denied all their lives.
Not only is this story a hot read but it also pulled on my heartstrings. Lea and both men endeared themselves to me right from the beginning. Just like Lea, I felt the need to make the men forget their past pain and live in the here and now. I loved the strong connection that the three of them made. The sparks ignited from the moment they laid eyes on each other and grew into so much more as the story progressed making this a wonderful read.
Much of the story is about the relationship that builds between Lea, Toby and Jake but the killer stalking Lea is not about to be left behind. He is more than ready to have his story told as well. Cubrero is one nasty piece of work and is proud of it. The author has done a great job of creating such a dark villain which makes you only want to help Leah as much as the men do.
I really enjoyed the progression of the relationship between Lea and the men. The three find a way to make the best of their situation. Both men are strong and dominant and even though Lea enjoys letting them dominate her she never looses herself and her fiery personality. The men share a unique relationship themselves and I loved the playfulness that comes out between them with Lea.
All of the characters are so full of depth and emotion that they are vividly brought to life. The writing was done so well from the first chapter, I was pulled right into their world, not to be let go until the end. SiNN is worth checking out.
Infidelity is devastating to all parties involved, but when someone feels as if they are forced to surprise a part of themselves, it can sometimes surface at any moment.
Jesse’s fiancé does not know that he has been hiding a dark secret about himself for years. To deny his need to be dominated would be to deny a part of himself, but Jesse knows that Adel would never understand this desire, especially if she knew that it was a man who forced Jess to his knees whenever possible.
While I do not think cheating is ever a answer to a problem, the story was written in a way that allowed me to realize that Jesse was just as much the victim of his love affair as his fiancé and Master Will. He has desires that he knew his Adele would not understand or accept and his male pride would not allow him to disappoint the woman he has loved for all of his adult life. Additionally, it was clear to me that he and Will where two kindred souls who found their way to one another.
This story was extremely sensual. The BDSM relationship may have been the beginning of the love affair, but it definitely was not the end. I absolutely loved the conflict between the “play” side of Will and Jesse’s relationship as well as the romantic side. I was happy to see that things did not just fall into place as it does in some other stories. This made the relationship more believable and that much more cherished in the end. This was a couple that I knew would stay together forever as long as they continued to develop their relationship together and remain open to one another.
Another Way has a very large BDSM aspect and touches on a few areas of the lifestyle. There is a scene where Will and Jesse bring others into the play, and while there is no sex involved there are these high arousal moments. Additionally, there are pain play scenes which, though done extremely tastefully, may be difficult for the squeamish to handle. Personally I enjoyed every moment of the BDSM portion of this story. I wish this had been a full length book because I think the author truly captured the trust and devotion that goes along with a BDSM relationship. I would have definitely read it.
I would recommend this story to anyone whom appreciates a good BDSM story that remains true to the lifestyle.
If a reader needs a quality story with plenty of well written descriptions, plot, build-up and sensual delivery, then they’re in for a treat when they pick up this little gem.
I’m amazed as to how detailed and intricate this short story is. It felt complete, had a terrific conflict and wonderful resolution. I enjoyed the author’s imagination and creative take on an ocean dwelling people.
Ms. Violet not only had a yummy pair of heroes but she also imbued her world building with the feeling of family, of change, courage and hope. The story is well planned out from how it was initially presented in Setiwan’s point of view to when it shifted to Brett’s. A reader will understand where each man stands and where they hope to be. It’s how they came together and what happens afterwards that really makes this book shine.
Both Setiwan and Brett are strong male leads. They have conviction and strength of purpose and yet they have needs that can’t be denied. I liked how the author hinted that there was a previous connection established, although semi-conscious, it was enough to make the speed of the courtship/mating seem more reasonable and acceptable. Having the protagonists fall in love fast can come with pitfalls but don’t worry, Ms. Violet skirted that with just the right touch of hints and fact to make it all work.
I was a little unclear as to why the bad guy was bad or if there really is some sort of alternate politics going on to make the light drama, suspense and nastiness happen in the first place. The author had him say something that made me scratch my head. What’s the real story? It sure has tweaked my interest. In fact, the whole book kept my interest and provided nonstop entertainment in one form or another.
The one thing that stood out is the balance of story and action versus sex. When the author wrote Brett and Seti’s skin scenes, she did it well, with feeling and loving vigor that just throbbed with enthusiasm. When it was time to tell the rest of the tale, it was gripping, fascinating and meaty enough to make me happy. I enjoyed the family dynamic because it gave the book a deeper resonance and it made Setiwan more of a sympathetic character. If a reader skimmed all the sex scenes, they’d still enjoy the book because there was a rich and real plot to back it all up. That’s a great accomplishment when talking about a book as short as this.
Wet: Reef’s Guardian is a delightful treat and a book well worth reading. I can’t get over how thorough and complete this book is. Even the editing was great. I enjoyed the unique idea of Guardians versus the tired old merman routine. I am intrigued with the idea of all the things they can change into and I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Violet can do with this worldbuilding. Watching Brett and Setiwan fall in love while learning about the other was stimulating, intriguing and quite sexy. Paranormal romance readers who enjoy man on man loving should be thrilled with Wet: Reef’s Guardian. It’s a happy story.
In the mood for an erotic romance adventure with just a touch of emotion and light drama? Step into Alexa and Sebastian’s world for a pinpoint moment where two co-workers find out that they have more in common than the building they work in.
The speed that things happen in the beginning is perfect for a reader who is looking for instant gratification because those well written and steamy encounters are sure pleasers. For a reader like me who looks for that emotional connection that makes the plot have meaning and relevance, Ms. Church provided some light drama by introducing the skeletons in the closet.
Sebastian has a lot to lose and more to gain by putting his real self out there. It takes a strong man to take the steps he did because what he hopes to gain in the long run is greater than anything he’s strived for before. Alexa is worth the effort.
Alexa is a smart, ambitious and likeable heroine. She also has a hidden passion that has led to her to being hurt in the past. She notices Sebastian and isn’t afraid of acting on her feelings for him, to a point. It’s her past hurts that come to haunt her in the present that affords this tale a solid recommend.
I like a certain level of conflict in stories because it makes the characters stretch and grow, making the book more interesting. In The 18th Floor,, the protagonists are enjoyable because they are active participants, not cardboard-like and shallow -- only there for the sex. Ms. Church created a villain that truly was a jerk. In reality, the cops would have probably taken both of them into custody because of the actions of one of the characters, but then again, some states are a bit more tolerant about people who walk the line of vigilantism in defense of their loved ones. The author used it to good effect.
Except for getting Sebastian’s nemesis’ name wrong once, the editing was nearly flawless. The dialogue was well done and the temporary secondary characters enhanced the understanding of exactly what Sebastian needed and wanted from Alexa. Readers will find the exotic location titillating.
The 18th Floor provides pure sensual enjoyment for readers who appreciate the finer points of the BDSM lifestyle. Sebastian and Alexa are good together and I enjoyed reading their story. Ms. Church consistently writes seductive and interesting tales and readers can add this to the list.
Everyone has some type of obsession in their life whether it be the pursuit of a secret fantasy, or something we experience that creates the obsession that always pulses just under the surface. An anthology about obsession is perfect for readers who need or want to feel that they're not alone in their compulsions. This book covers it.
Silent Treatment by Donna George Storey
This story makes it evident that you do not need a voice to be heard. It was a good tale to begin the anthology but the obsession wasn't altogether clear. I did enjoy the anonymity of the heroine because it added a mystery to the story. It also allowed me to interpret the heroine the way I would picture her. .Based on the writing, I wasn't restricted to how the author wanted me to view her heroine.
One Night in Paris by Kayla Perrin
This story showed and even demonstrated the theme of obsession perfectly. I was completely enthralled with the storyline from beginning to end. Not only was Vivian’s obsession with her boss explored, but the author delved into her obsession with the fantasy itself. And let's face it, we all love a good fantasy now and then.
Concubine by Portia Da Costa
Even though it got of to a slow start, this story had a very interesting ending. I liked the whole "story within a story" aspect of Concubine. Additionally, these characters connected on a deeper level than the previous tales. It created a nice little romantic feeling to it.
Love and Demotion by Logan Belle
This story was all about raw animalistic sexual urges. Cat is tame during the day, but a sex kitten at night. At this point in the anthology, Love and Demotion was my favorite story. It revisited the secret obsession of sleeping with your boss. The author added a twist to the storyline that really entertained me.
Mephisto Waltz by Justine Elyot This installment was entertaining, especially the way the author used music to build up and develop the relationship. While I am not a classical music fan, I could appreciate the correlation between emotionally connecting a good piece of music to a good piece of man candy. In the end, Lily gets to thoroughly enjoy both.
Then by Emerald
This was by far the most erotic story within the anthology. Valerie may love Chris, but her body sure wants a taste of Hayden. The reality is, even while people are in a monogamous relationship, everyones eye wanders occasionally. We cannot help but appreciate an attractive man. What's worse for the heroine,Valerie, is this attractive man is constantly being thrown in her face. The sensual tension escalates because she can't touch him ...or can she?
It’s Gotta Be Fate by Jennifer Peters This story was not only interesting but it set itself apart from the others because of its uniqueness. It encompassed a BDSM theme with an titillating twist. Occasionally, submissives need to know what it is like to dominate someone. By the same token Doms need to experience the feel of someone else’s ties around their wrists. In this story, I get exactly that. What was better, was the hint at maybe a new beginning. This was a light BDSM story, but be prepared because it's emotionally charged.
Hooked by Ariel Graham This tale was a bit puzzling to me. One thing that really made it difficult was the characters names being Ricki and Jody. Since both names are interchangeable between males and females, I kept forgetting who the boyfriend was and who the girlfriend was. In spite of that, I really enjoyed Ricki’s obsession. Add in the hook and I had a story that truly captured the theme of obsession. However, I would have liked to have actually seen the obsession be fulfilled in the final scene of the story. Ms. Graham needs to do a sequel.
Aftershocks by Bella Andre
Some relationships need a little jolt to get back in track. The lack of communication displayed by Celeste and Darren is a trap many marriages fall in. They are so afraid of each other’s reaction they fail to realize they both want the same thing. This highly erotic BDSM story was inspirational in more than one way. Secret Places by Adele Haze Until we fully trust someone, many of us keep our secrets to ourselves. That is what this story was about. The only drawback about this tale is the author focused too much time and energy on Dan's music playing. It took away from the the relationship development. Because it is so short, the secret was discovered using a typical technique. but ultimately I did get to see Dan and Marian reach their happily ever after. Best of all for the protagonists, there were minimal secrets going forward.
Loser by Charlotte Stein
This story inspired mixed emotions, but in a good way. One moment I was completely awed by the fact that Mallory would even be attracted to Billy in the first place. The next thing that threw me was when Mallory talked about how good he was in the bedroom. I thought, "Wow,what a catch!" I am sure this is what the author was going for and she certainly succeeded in her goal. Now, I don't think I will ever again walk past an average person and think what a loser they are.
Here In Between by Kristina Wright
'Strange mysterious man finds stranded woman on the side of the road'. It certainly sounds more like the beginning of a horror movie than an erotic tale, doesn't it? Well, not only does that sentence begin this story, it also ignited something deep inside me. You know, the part that wants to be that damsel in distress who is rescued by the knight riding on a magnificent stallion? I just hope my knight is as sexy and charismatic as the hero is in this story.
Spellbound by Garnell Wallace This story touched me on a few emotional levels. I absolutely loved that the heroine, Kia, was able to find herself but it took her going to Haiti to do it. The nice twist was she found the love of her life while she was trying to connect with a part of herself her family denied. What I liked too was the heroine was put into a situation that was different. It inspired her to really look within for answers. What really spiced up the story were the hot erotic scenes. I'm being deliberately vague because it's a story worth reading.
Raven’s Flight by Andrea Dale
Forget the girl next door when you can have the sexy Celtic next door. Ciaran is the type of neighbor we all dream of; sexy, intelligent, and likes to walk around shirtless. I also enjoyed the link the tattoos played in Ciaran and the heroine's journey through life. I appreciate symbolism because I have always felt it adds a touch of depth to a story. The author effectively illustrated that with the use of the tattoos.
Raindrops and Rooftops by Elizabeth Coldwell This story was a bit more sexual and the focus on obsession was not as heavy as with the previous tales. I like that it added a little bit of lightness to the obsessive side of people. Another thing that intrigued me was Keeley going to New York in search of one thing and ended up finding something completely different. For a lot of people, the scenario plays out just like that in real life. We do not realize what we are looking for until we find it.
Topiary by K.D. Grace
At first, I was a bit confused on what the author of this story was talking about, but after a few chapters, I was able to figure it out. I have heard of vajazzling, but this takes pubic decorating to a completely new level. While this story did fully explore the obsession people can have regarding a woman's parts, I did not really connect with nor fully appreciate the relationship. It seemed as if Aden only cared about one part of heroine's anatomy, and not necessarily for her as a person.
I Want to Hold Your Hand by Rachel Kramer Bussel
This story was very romantic. All Shelly really wanted to do was reconnect with her husband. While it had a strong erotic element, the story left a warm and fuzzy feeling inside by the time I finished it. Ron was eventually revealed to be the perfect husband that all husbands should be.
Storm Surge by Teresa Noelle Roberts This story was a bit difficult for me to read. While if fully captured the obsession of the character, I just felt confused because the obsession almost trumped reality. Additionally, it was another story that I felt the couple did not really connect as deeply with each other as they could have. What came across instead was their total involvement with their mutual obsession.
Undercover Kink by Louisa Harte
This final tale was a great one to end this anthology. We all have some undercover kink somewhere buried inside, and Natalie, the heroine, had to fulfill the kink she has secretly obsessed about for a long time. What was even better is that it even fulfilled a few kinks I don't think even Natalie realized she had until that moment. It's the element of discovery that made it so worth it.
This entire anthology really displayed the many forms obsession can take. Though voluminous, this book has stories to match anyone’s needs or curiosity about obsession. Because there are so many different tales, surly everyone who reads this book will find something they love. I did.
When Emma goes with her boyfriend to a BDSM club she never dreamed that he would put a dog collar on her and treat her as he does, but most of all she never dreamed that two Doms would come to her rescue. Jace and Logan are furious at Emma’s treatment by her so-called Dom and come to her aid. Will Emma take them up on their offer or will she run away scared?
Emma is a strong woman, yet in the privacy of her own bedroom she longs for more. Logan and Jace are more than ready to help teach her how to get what she craves. I don’t know who I loved more: Jace or Logan. Just like Emma I found myself falling for these two wonderful men. Jace is a patient man who loves with all his heart and Logan is a strong and honorable man who has always kept everyone at arms length. Yet he finds himself fighting the feelings he has for both Jace and Emma.
The love that begins to form between the three was a wonderful thing to read. I enjoyed seeing each of the men interact with Emma and show her their love. Seeing the relationship between the men was a nice touch. I enjoyed watching Emma blossom into the woman she has always hidden. The love that the two men have for her shows in everything that they do.
There are books that are good and then there are books that grab your attention and never let go -- this one happens to be one of those. With characters full of depth and emotion this book had me glued to my seat and turning the pages to see what would happen next between the three. I loved seeing the easy friendship the men had and the trust that Emma gives them made for a great read. This author has found a new fan and I will be sure to look for more books. I can’t wait to see who gets to play next at the Viper’s Dungeon.
Sex, revenge style, isn’t what it’s cracked up to be when it’s hurting them both at the same time. Thing is, both the hero and heroine are prone to stubbornness. What is it going to take for them to reveal what is in their hearts?
Well, first the hero, Arles, has to capture the heroine. Once he does that, Gisel, the heroine, is at his mercy. But she doesn’t want mercy from him physically, but emotionally and that might be asking too much. Seems there’s a history between them that isn’t what either of them thought but they have to play things out in order for them to come to the same conclusion.
I found it interesting that the author chose to mix Viking folklore in outer space. It gave it an exotic but relatable flavor that made the story appealing and clever. I liked Ms. Knight’s version of the paparazzi and it’s just as annoying there as it is here, perhaps more so.
I liked the mini drama that the author included to force the hand of the hero. In fact, Gisel came out looking more like royal material than Arles, in spite of his attributes. I enjoyed the realization that Ragnar, Arles’s dad, recognized how good they were together and how he actually knew the whole story before any of them. It made Arles look a might silly because of his all powerful alpha attitude. Daddy still knows best.
Ms. Knight has a deft hand when it comes to crafting sexual hijinks and this book pushes the envelope just a bit. I wasn’t too comfortable with Gisel’s accepting of the deal or her acquiescence to being treated the way Arles treated her. I understand the reason given but I didn’t acknowledge it as being reason enough. The heroine’s liking it while simultaneously expressing emotional anguish didn’t make it work for me. Nor did Arles give her a safe word, therefore, it came across as forced seduction. I found the fetish tools unique and fascinating because the author gave them otherworldly panache and function. The scenes were written well, with enough heat to appeal to BDSM fans and there was a satisfactory happily ever after that read like a true prince and princess fairy tale.
Chain of Kisses is a short shot of sexual loving that leads to truth, happiness and kinky jewelry. It’s a fun read that encapsulated what sci-fi romance readers on the fetish side look for when time is short but the yen is there for something romantic, daring, a bit suspenseful yet ends with a happy sigh. This short story has it all and is a zippy way to pass the time.
When two souls occupy one body they can either accept each other or destroy the body from the inside out. Throw in a sexy human with nowhere to turn but into Paul’s arms and you have one interesting read.
Matt, Paul, and Joshua’s insecurities created a common ground, and a conflict within the relationship. This mutual insecurity made the story much more entertaining. Most of us feel insecure about a new relationship, especially if the person’s past involves some form of abuse, or neglect. While both of their insecurities could have destroyed the blooming kinship in the end it was part of what brought them together.
While the romantic conflict was completely enthralling, the conflict with the mages was baffling. Other than the prologue, I did not understood how the conflict fit into the story. I figured maybe Paul and Josh’s shared physical form might give them an edge or play a role with the mages to tie them together, but that never happened. Additionally, the mage conflict introduced a few characters that I felt detached from, and never fully knew who they were and why they mattered to the story. I hope that the author can clear up some of my questions in the next installment of this series.
The love story between Paul, Joshua, and Matt was definitely a unique one. At the beginning of the story, I had no idea how the author was going to pull it off. Nevertheless, not only did the relationship work, it was perfect just the way it was. This is one of the few love stories where the romantic plot was different from your average story. It really made me question where this author came up with her ideas. This aspect of the story alone would make me recommend this story to my friends and family.
Life couldn’t get much more complicated than the day Bianca came face-to-face with the sons of the former Alphas from her former clan. Having to stand there and possibly go through major rejection again in her life was not high on her priority list. Not with such contenders like an evil Beast coming after her or a couple of psychos looking to score off her freakish abilities. Besides the day she was turned out of the clan was the day she wouldn’t look back if only curiosity of the family that was left behind hadn’t gotten to her.
Now being faced with the new Alphas and possible legacy and belief keepers of their fathers’ work, Bianca’s guard is raised so high she didn’t see what Matt and Max actually were to her. If Matt and Max have anything to say about it though, they’ll make sure she’s fully aware of who they are and what they can provide… a clan, protection, family, and most importantly mates. Old fears are hard to get rid of when there’s so much at stake and trust is not easily earned, but as the three begin working on those concerns, they will first have to do battle against foe and instinct.
This is my first story by Ms. Airies and I thought it was enjoyable. Bianca’s back-story is horrific and I appreciated how Ms. Airies highlights her character’s strength with how Bianca overcame even while she still has hard-earned insecurities. Although Bianca understands the fact that Matt and Max are her “biological mates”, she doesn’t automatically give in to the desire to sleep with them. Instead, she wants to get to know them, the clan, and the remaining members of her family. Dominant alphas Matt and Max take on a more patient approach throughout the story to claiming her as well.
Unfortunately, I struggled through the long expanse of pages without much dialogue and repetitious explanation of the Beast and psychos who are after Bianca. There was also a bit of an imbalance in relation to the story and relationship development. By the end of the story, I didn’t feel as far along with this clan of shifters as I would have expected nor did I feel that Ms. Airies took full advantage of the depth that could have been derived from the plot and world that was created.
However, the chemistry between Bianca, Matt, and Max was most definitely there and Ms. Airies took a slightly different approach to this ménage relationship. As mentioned in the ‘reader advisory’ portion of the synopsis, Ms. Airies allows the reader to engage through Bianca with Matt and Max separately as well as voyeuristically and once all together. Other than appearance, the differences between the twins are not major, so it helps make the picture clearer to have approached them separately throughout the story. I am also very intrigued by the secondary character of Alana and the predicament she's in with a couple of wizards. If there were to be a follow-up to this story, I wouldn’t mind reading more about her as well.
Readers who are hot paranormal romance fans should absolutely read this story for the chance to read more about tiger shifters as well as for the erotic content.
It’s not always easy to take a second chance. Both Ed and Laurie have experienced crushing defeats. Ed is still reeling from an injury that ended his semi-pro football career and landed him in a hated job behind a desk. Laurie gave up a very successful and high profile dance career after a disastrous competition. When they first meet, the two difficult and stubborn men create sparks of the wrong kind. But they soon realize those sparks could be something else entirely. Yet it’s not always easy to reach for what you want and to try again after being burned.
Dance with Me is a very sweet romance about taking a second chance when it’s offered. Both characters have lost a lot and gone through really tough emotional and physical trials leaving them scarred and stubborn. They’re not the easiest couple and their road to happiness is punctuated by stubborn fits and irrational bouts of anger. Neither man is perfect and, in fact more accurately, both are deeply flawed. It’s the flaws that should appeal to readers in this kind of story. The tension is entirely internal and thus both men spend quite a bit of time in their head analyzing every last detail. Some of this slows the pace of the story considerably and creates a sweet but difficult pairing between the men.
The story is well written, as all of the author’s novels are, and thus fans should particularly enjoy this offering. The characters are definitely not flat or cookie cutter but honest and very real. They’re in some ways almost too real as they fight, struggle, misunderstand, and have all the same fears, jealousies, issues, and irrational fits of stubborn anger that most people do. This makes the story feel more real but also somewhat frustrating. I sometimes wanted the men to be better than they were, not perfect by any means, but not so stubborn and silent. Also the sweet nature of their sex scene lends to the pace and tone of the story but made them somewhat less interesting for me as a reader.
Dance with Me is a well-written story about two men starting over and getting a second chance. The ending is a bit melodramatic and predictable but the story is definitely better than that. The men have angst, drama, love, anger, fear, and finally happiness.
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.
This story is ripe with emotions that range from lust, to anger and best of all, love. When Javier comes looking for Catherine he finds her hiding as a slave. Even after such a long time his pull on her is great. Catherine must remember her mission and her friend, Talen. No matter how hard she tries to fight it, Catherine’s heart will always belong to Javier but she must not loose herself again. All will be lost if she does.
The connection between Javier and Catherine made for a wonderful read. Not only do they lust after each other but they also deeply love one another. I really enjoyed seeing Catherine come to terms with her feelings for Javier. I loved seeing her find herself and the freedom to love Javier. He may seem arrogant and cold hearted but he truly loves Catherine and only wants to protect her. Javier learns to loosen his hold and let Catherine be who she is or lose her altogether. The pair makes a great couple. They are so in love and will do anything for each other.
The author does a wonderful job of mixing romance and magic. As Javier and Catherine fight to find out where their relationship stands they must also fight the evil that threatens the entire paranormal world. With the help of Talen they must gather their magic and ready themselves for a fight that seems to be on its way. I enjoyed seeing the three interact and watching their alliance turn into something more was a nice read. I hope that I get to return to this world again to see Talen find the love that he deserves.
Sometimes we think we know someone, until we find out he or she is a complete and utter jerk. Well imagine Finn’s surprise when he finds out that the man of his dreams is just that. Finn thought Raven felt the same way he did and they could have a relationship just to find out Raven is only interested in sex. As devastated as Finn is, he needs to either accept Raven how he is or give up on the man of his dreams.
Raven was a character I could relate to. He is kind and caring to others but, he has a hard time getting emotionally attached. While this is a defensive measure that many people take, it can make them miss opportunities to really find someone who cares about them, and that they can care about in turn. While I seem a lot of myself in Raven, his character gave me hope that if he can get past is emotional barriers than maybe I can do the same, as well as others out there with the same problem.
At moments, I absolutely adored Finn’s character and at others, I just did not understand him. Clearly, the marines taught him to be a great and fearless leader, taking charge of his men and helping guide them through life’s problems. I saw him as this strong, masculine male when he was leading, but when it came to Raven he just seemed like a scared little boy, and it was hard to imagine they were the same character. At some points, I just wanted to tell him to man-up and deal with his problems with Raven directly. I was happy when he found a balance and stuck up for himself when it came to Raven.
One character that I could not get enough of in this story was Josh. He may not have been a main character, but he was by far the most entertaining. His antics had me laughing aloud and anticipating the next time he would show up in the story.
Another thing I really enjoyed in this story was the subplot with Finn and his group joining the Sons of Thanatus. It really let me see more characters as well as get a better understanding of who the main characters are. While this storyline was a little baffling to me at first in regards to who and what the Sons of Thanatus are, I quickly caught on and was deeply entertained. The subplot also allowed me to be introduced to the supporting characters that I cannot wait to see in future stories. A very enjoyable read.
These people “are nothing but produce. You wouldn’t cry for lettuce, would you?”
You won't find a cop show on Prime Time TV as hot as Undercover Sins, where lust was a normal human behavior; human trafficking, OCD and germs all play into this high action plot. There is nothing that falls into place like you expect. I found it extremely hard to put the book down. Being my first true suspense story I was always waiting to see what was around the next corner. I can understand now why so many people enjoy this type of genre and could become hooked myself if they are all like this book.
I must confess that I took this book to review without any idea what it was about. I could have checked out the blurb or excerpt but I wanted to go in blind and let the excitement build as the author meant it to. For the first few chapters I was confused as to how the book could be classified as an erotic romance and wondered how Ms. James was going to add that thing called love into the plot. I mean it’s hard to see romance with an undercover cop acting as a male prostitute to bring down a human trafficking organization, only to end up as a pet to a monster.
“The trafficking business was disgusting, but to stop a monster”, you become one. This was how many cops look at life undercover. Ty (Gabriel Carter) was willing to do anything to bring down Demetrius Pardo, all he needed was for Demetrius to take him home for a night. From there the story was like nothing I had expected and I didn’t know who the good guys were and who the bad guys were. Violence and death makes Demetrius and Lee, his body guard, seem like a horrible excuses for humans. I was not sure if Demetrius was a horrible jerk but I do know I have no nails left to bite after reading this story. The whole time I kept wondering just who the hell he was and if Ty/Gabriel would be the same cop after going undercover.
The plot was a deadly cat and mouse game with many players, where being so deep undercover could cause a slip in sanity, and this only added more depth to the story. I was torn between wanting to savor the suspense forever, and wanting to reach the end to see if the tale ended happily. This book kept me on my toes and until the end. I was not sure which of the characters I liked and which ones I didn’t. Nothing seemed to happen as I thought it would.
This book is definitely full of good and bad perversion, lots of anxiety, and an unbelievable ending that made me anxious to find more books by Ms. James.
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.
Slightly geeky and extremely sexy Spencer Galvin has a problem named Kelly Crossman. His attraction to his employee makes him want to break all his personal rules about inter-office relationships. He resists her, even after catching her in a hot solo session in his office, until a chance meeting at a sex club turns into a night where passion rules.
This book is chock-full of passionate love scenes that move the plot forward, although the missing PDA was more of a distraction for the reader than a true plot device to drive conflict into their relationship. While Spencer and Kelly have some of the hottest chemistry I’ve seen on paper, especially in the sex club scenes, their conflict-laden relationship made me wonder if they could really have a happy ending.
This book is the second in the series. Some scenes run concurrently to that book (the club being shut down by the police) but both female main characters aren’t in the scene together. While I highly recommend picking up the other book, it isn’t absolutely necessary for maximum enjoyment.
With scorching love scenes and a sweet HFN ending for this couple, Ms. Quinn has another winner with Provoke Me
Aaron’s life was perfect except for one thing. He could not tell anyone about his secret need to be dominated. So instead of facing ridicule from his lover, family and friends he decided to go to New York where dreams turn into realities. For Aaron, however his dream became a living nightmare.
After three long years, Brendan was finally prepared to close the Aaron chapter in his life until Aaron showed up at his door. I have to say that I really appreciated Brendan’s willingness to help his ex-lover. Sure, he was reluctant at first, but I don't think I would have been so kind-hearted. Then again, Brendan is one of the most self-confident characters I have ever had the pleasure to read about. Yet, with all his confidence there is nothing arrogant about him. Since both usually go hand-and-hand, I was impressed by the writer’s ability to create such a unique character.
I wished I had been able to find out more information about Aaron and Brendan’s previous relationship. While I appreciated their current one, I think had I been provided with some insight in how they were previously I would have felt that much more connected to them and their storyline.
Due to Aaron’s past, they do discuss how he was forced into sexual activities during his time as a slave. In addition, there are some violent whipping scenes between Aaron and a protagonist that lead to him having to be hospitalized. Therefore, this story may not be for the squeamish.
The BDSM element within this story is spectacular. It really demonstrates many of the misconceptions surrounding the lifestyle and shows people that a BDSM relationship is so much more than just sex. Part of what really helped was that you get to understand when it is done wrong, and see how it should be done correctly. The strong tie that Brendan and Aaron are able to build not only because of their previous emotional connection but also their mutual appreciation for the BDSM world created a relationship between that the two that I truly envied. It is a relationship that only few get to experience and only comes once in a lifetime,if ever.
If you want to get a glimpse of a truly inspirational relationship, I urge you to pickup this story today.