First comes love, then comes marriage. Isn’t that what we’ve all be taught? Apparently no one told Beth and Chris.
Beth Malone is a lonely young woman on a mission. Divorced and without family, she’s tired of being on her own and decides to risk everything on the judgment of a stranger. But that stranger happens to be Madame Eve.
Christian Ramos is a handsome successful man on the verge of turning forty. Having had his heart broken multiple times in the past, he’s ready to find the one person to spend his life with. Unfortunately, he’s not had luck in that area. After watching Madame Eve set his best friend up with the love of his life, he decides to take a chance and allow her to set him up with a woman as well.
The difference is both Beth and Chris are agreeing to marry their 1Night Stand!
This was a great story. In a few short pages, we get excellent development, from Beth’s drive to Vegas to the happily ever after. The characters display a wonderful range of emotions: apprehension, indecision, relief, and ultimately elation. Madame Eve made another perfect match with these two, and while the sex was incredibly hot, my favorite part was watching the two develop an emotional connection.
I had only one minor issue with this story in that I wasn’t sold on each of their reasons for agreeing to an arranged marriage. Both were intelligent, very attractive, passionate, and wanted a long-term relationship. Madame Eve has a reputation for finding the right match, but I wasn’t sure what the rush was to marry. Why not date first? If you hit it off, you can always marry in Vegas. Small issue, but since it was the basis of the story, it kept me from giving this a perfect five stars.
Small concern aside, I loved getting to know Beth and Chris and am happy each found their ideal mate. Pick this book up if you want a sexy tale of love at first sight!...more
This anthology gives us nine hot short stories. Each one burns up the pages with its contents.
Santa’s Beard gives us Joanna’s story. Does Santa really exist and can he truly give Joanna what she really wants or will she be spending another Christmas all alone? At least she has her two cats to keep her company but it seems that her cats are much more than what she thinks. I enjoyed this magical story about wishes coming true.
The Olympian has Olympic hopeful Rachel Stanton trying to blow off some steam and continue training but a wrong turn has her sharing a cabin with the new Crimson Mountain’s Operations Manager. Rachel is stubborn and arrogant to a fault. She finds her pushiness and rudeness does nothing to push Erik away, it only makes him more interested. This was a hot story about two people finding each other.
Three in a Tub is a sweet story of an older woman and a younger man. When Cathy has a new tub installed in her home she finds herself in a position she never thought she would be in. She loves Jeremy but cannot see why he would love a woman like her. Jeremy surprises her with more than one surprise on this day. This is a sweet story that shows how much love can make everything better.
In the story A Few of My Favorite Things we meet Autumn and Storm. Working for Santa in more than one way, Autumn finds her release in private. When her dreams come within grasp she is afraid that she has ruined it all. This intriguing story gives the reader one hot romance.
The Man Inside is a story about hiding our true selves. Coworkers Sam and Jonah are in for the time of their lives at the office holiday party. This story takes you on an adventure with these two. I never expected it to take the turns that it does. Love will always win and this story shows us this.
Who’s Been Naughty and Nice? Has Laura giving herself a Christmas present, instead of spending it alone she takes matters into her own hands. An unexpected turn of events has Laura enjoying more than she paid for. This story shows us that love will find a way no matter what.
Secrets Santa gives us Marian’s story. Finding a man to give her what she needs is a losing battle but tonight someone has a surprise for Marian. Her past has finally caught up with her and Marian is more than willing to let it catch her. This was a hot read that gives us a glimpse at a wondrous world that Marian longs to be part of.
Faith’s Gift has a young woman who can never say no to her friend and this time it has Faith meeting Richard. Having just ended a relationship has Faith a little gun shy but it seems that Richard knows the entire right thing to say and do to bring her out of her shell. I enjoyed visiting with Erik and Laura. Watching Laura let go and enjoy herself was a nice read.
A Very Furry Christmas is one of a different kink. Caitlin has one and is afraid to share it but Jason makes her want to share. Can the two enjoy themselves or are their kinks going to keep them apart. I loved that these two decided to try and give things a chance.
Each of these stories takes the reader into a magical world filled with love and trust. While these stories all were hot and heavy and entertain the reader I did not really connect emotionally with many of the couples. The stories were much more on the lines of titillation for me. Even though this anthology was not a favorite of mine I did enjoy each authors writing and will be sure to check their works for that one that is my favorite. Trust, love and lust play a prominent role in these stories and as hot as they are the romance shows through in each story....more
Brett Thomas is struggling not to mope about his broken relationship to his friend and roommate, Kirby. Being a good friend, Kirby wants Brett to meet one of his friends, Damien. But on the night of the break up Brett had got incredibly drunk, then made an idiot of himself in front of Damien, so Brett had no desire to inflict himself on the young man again. Damien was a sweet, patient and understanding guy – and finally Kirby bullies Brett into coming out for coffee. Despite the fact Brett never bottoms, he finds himself strangely attracted to the strength in Damien, in his natural take charge attitude. It’s confusing, but deliciously appealing at the same time.
This is a fun but realistic short story. Brett is a young, conflicted man sorting himself out and learning what he likes and needs from a partner. Damien is a strong character, patient and kind and a perfect top. The sexual tension between them is built amazingly well. This story isn’t rushed, despite its short length. The author has done a good job not only introducing and writing the characters, but giving them the time to get comfortable with each other and show the reader all the ways they’re compatible and work well together. At the costume party where Brett and Damien finally get together it’s well worth the wait and a smoking hot scene. Definitely keep some cool water handy or be prepared to need an icy shower afterwards. This was a fantastic, sexy scene and coming after all the build up was just brilliant.
With awesome sexual tension and a great cast of characters this is an awesome story, well written and super hot. I really enjoyed it....more
Trey Lewis is attending Atlanta’s newest steampunk convention, and is on a mission – one involving a sexy pair of leather pants. Trey had caught numerous glances of The Pants – always from behind – and was being tormented night and day by thoughts of caressing the ass in that supple leather. All kinds of wicked thoughts were distracting him, and so he’d decided to hunt down the body of the man belonging to those pants. So Trey was shocked to discover the owner of The Pants was Joss Stephens – a colleague of his.
This is a steamy read, full of fun craftsmanship, hot sex and the open minded fun and frivolity of conventions. I enjoyed how the author portrayed convention goers not as strange or “different” but merely as people who are more curious and open to exploring alternate genres and ideas. I found myself really attached to both Trey and Joss, and pleased that they decided to open their minds (and hearts, and bodies!) to one another. Rather than just stay in their “work” persona’s they allowed their friendship to deepen and become something truly special. The sex between them was scorching and very satisfying, but it was the deeper connection that grew between them I found myself really relishing.
A quick, super hot read, this is an excellent story I greatly enjoyed.
Barnaby’s coworkers from the Natural History and Science museum threw him a surprise birthday party. Thrilled, the shy but smart man struggles to string a coherent sentence when Liam Morrison, the museum directly, speaks privately with him. Before he knows what’s happened Barnaby blurts out a personal invitation to his party at home with friends later that evening. When Liam accepts he’s equal parts delighted and petrified.
When Barnaby’s Auntie Violet gives him an Egyptian journal for his birthday, he writes a few simple birthday wishes in it – one of them being that he could have someone to share his life with, and that the special person would be Liam. That evening his wishes start coming true Barnaby doesn’t know what to think. Is it luck? The specialness of his birthday? The journal? Or something else?
This is a really sweet, lovely short story. Barnaby is a gorgeous character, soft, modest, smart and just lovely. Liam is hunky and an interesting match for him. I enjoyed watching these two come together and would have enjoyed a follow up story going into more depth between their blossoming relationship, what happens in the museum and following on from this. The characters are easy to get attached to and beautifully drawn. The sex is hot and thankfully doesn’t overwhelm the plot or characterization of Barnaby and Liam. The two heroes take center stage, and it’s they – not their passion – that makes this book the awesome, hot read it is....more
Isaiah wakes up to the news that he’s now a guardian to a brother he knew nothing about, so starts their journey to become a family. He’s loved and respected his boss from afar and when you add in a child who can make anyone a friend, you see the beginnings of a family.
I was hooked from the very first page. Something about Isaiah and Grady loving each other but not acting on it for so many years, just made me root for them. Throw in a child who’s determined to have the family he’s always wanted and you can’t help but fall in love. This isn’t an action packed or even a super steamy read, it’s heartwarming with just the right amount of spice thrown in. Grady and Isaiah have to overcome the challenges that living in a ranching community in Wyoming while gay and that part of the story is handled in a way that’s very believable. I easily saw how hard it would be to Grady who grew up in Wyoming to be okay being openly gay, while Isaiah, a transplant for California, wouldn’t have the same hang ups. If I were to complain about anything, it’s that at times I wanted to smack Grady for being so hard on himself, but that just goes to show how much I came to care for these characters.
I will definitely pick up more KM Mahoney’s books in the future; I’ve been won over by the emotion and exceptional story telling. I hope there are more books on this ranch because I really want Tommy to get his story. If you love your romance with a lot of heart and some spice, then you need to read this....more
Gerald learned leather-crafting at the knee of his father and loves nothing more than the hedonistic scent of leather. When Leo – a magic-wielder – enters his shop, Gerald tells him in no uncertain terms he will not work with any wizard. Shortly afterwards, Gerald is attacked by other wizards in his store, and Leo is witness to his kidnapping. What follows is a hilarious and utterly unique series of events.
I really enjoyed the different style of world the author has created, part magical, part old-school London. It’s a really interesting place I’d love to read more stories set in it. Gerald and Leo are both strong, independent characters who both clash but also seem to be strongly compatible and the energy between them is fantastic. Gerald’s verbose grandfather adds a lovely light note and the action keeps the pages turning really quickly. Part of me would have loved for this to be a few pages longer – to finish what was started, but the chemistry almost burned the pages, and the story was deeply satisfying. An excellent and different short story....more
This is a must read if a reader is looking for a book that can turn an ordinary room into a steamy sauna. Ms. Holly has once again proved why her stories are so popular and sought after by writing a romance that satisfies both the romantic within and the naughty minx hidden deeper inside.
Trey, Zane and Rebecca are the people whose lives are irrevocably changed and forged by life events they had no control over when they were kids. The author introduces a reader at the very moment in time when choices are made that set them on the path to be the people they become.
It was made brutally clear in the first chapter that Trey and Zane made a harrowing escape by trusting each other and in doing so found the means to survive and thrive. That choice of trust blossomed and when the story opens up when they’re adults in the next chapter, I was able to see how wonderfully some things have changed, and tragically, how some things hadn’t.
Rebecca’s sad story is one of accidental genius in the face of adversity. That one tiny insignificant discovery lead to a life of hard earned successes which impressed me. When her adult story starts, I meet her just when she’s about to take the next big leap of faith as she fights to get a dream job. Unknowingly, she’s about to get more than a job, but a chance at a better life – bigger and more exciting than anything she could have dreamed.
And here is where Ms. Holly excelled. In a daring move, she used the very type of scenes that she writes so well and actually makes them show the progression of the relationship. Usually, I find too many sex scenes, no matter how well written, to be a drawback and I’m left feeling like the author was lazy in deciding to let the sex do the talking. Even though there were a few too many scenes in this book for my tastes, I cannot argue their effectiveness. In every scorching hot and tantalizing escapade, the relationship that grows between Rebecca, Trey and Zane is done best while they are having sex. The author accomplished this amazing feat by upping the ante in each encounter. Every time they got together, in whatever combination was needed at that moment, pushed the envelope and made demands on the characters’ emotions, feelings and ideas of commitment and willingness to compromise.
I was treated to some very detailed and adventurous lovemaking and pretty much every kind of combo of kink was attempted. Cars, elevators, public, private, wet or dry, bound or free, it was all there to play with and it was apparent that Ms. Holly knows how to make a person squirm, hyperventilate and come back for more. I kept flipping those pages at a furious pace – or, in my case, pushing that eReader button like a fiend.
The suspense and drama comes from the poisoned snake in the garden of love. The villain was effective and believable as a person who wants to ruin a good thing out of spite, jealousy and plain old vindictive vengeance. How this person was reigned in was pretty funny. I enjoyed the whole ‘secret agent’ feel to the scene. Zane is a classy guy.
The Billionaire Bad Boys Club was a fun, delicious and delightfully naughty adventure that was almost impossible to put down. Because of the author’s slow revealing of the heroes and heroine’s inner fears, worries, and their dreams, the characters have the ability to tap into a reader’s emotions. I fell in love with them as they fell in love with each other; although I’m pretty sure they had a lot more fun than me.
Pick up your own copy and see why Ms. Holly is the queen of complicated sexual relationships. She makes it work, makes a reader care for her characters and has us loving every kinky step along the way. I can’t wait for the next sexy adventure....more
When there are two men fighting for one woman’s love, what woman could refuse that?
Laurel is in love with two men. One is a current boyfriend who wants to get a little closer to her, while another is the man who left her behind and didn’t bother to call for almost a year. She’s dating Jens and although she’s fallen for him, she doesn’t completely let him into her heart or body. She still longs for Holden, the man who left on a fishing trip and didn’t return.
Holden dreams of coming home to Laurel, putting a ring on her finger, and settling down with her. Sadly, when he returns, he finds her in the arms of another man. Not just any man, though, his best friend Jens.
The last thing Jens wants is to ruin his friendship. He is torn. On the one hand, he loves Laurel and will fight over her, but on the other he views Holden as a brother almost and would be devastated to lose his friendship.
The characters in this book have something to gain and something to lose. Can they learn to share?
Okay, so let’s start with Laurel. I loved her. She was sweet and passionate but also had flaws that made me smile. Once or twice she became insecure when noticing another woman’s perfume on one of her men. She is a good cook, but a horrible cleaning lady. I loved watching the heroes trip over her laundry or try to clean her room. Poor girl is a hoarder!
Now for the heroes… I honestly had a hard time picking which hero I liked more. They both had something that appealed to Laurel and to me. Holden was dark and passionate, while Jens was the kind of man you can talk to for hours.
When they decide on the ménage, that’s where the magic happens. My favorite sex scene in the book was the turning point when Holden and Laurel invited Jens into the bedroom without him actually being there (you’ll have to read it to know what I’m talking about). And then the first sex scene with all three of them.. oh… my…..
Besides the sex though, there is a plot and an emotional storyline connecting all the characters. I definitely enjoyed this book and intend to read other works from this author. Well done!...more
This is a book worth reading more than once. I was so thrilled with the mystery, the sense of urgency to solve the crime and the dynamic relationship building between two characters that were not supposed to fall in love, that one time was not enough. I did read it twice and I’m amazed as to how completely the world Ms. Holly created sucked me in the second time around.
I realize that Ms. Holly is known for her scenes of sexual complexity and imagination but with Hidden Crimes she proved that she can make a reader’s heart thud triple time for entirely different reasons. This novel is hard-edged, driven and it barrels through any preconceived notions that this was to be a sexy bit of fluff. The conflict is a bit harsh and horrifying to even contemplate. I can’t even guess what the author must have gone through in putting words to paper considering the young victims of the crimes. I can assure readers that she didn’t get graphic or gross, but like the great filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock, less is more because I used my imagination to fill in the rest and my emotions and feelings of sadness and shock were effectively affected. One of the earliest of scenes with the hero, Nate, was truly impressive. It was how Ms. Holly described him holding what he did in his hand and how she showed it affecting him that made it one of the most profound moments in the book. It was a turning point for the hero because from that moment on he was driven to succeed at something he wasn’t entirely sure of. It was his tenacity and his unwillingness to be placated or mollified that I respected. His is a strongly written character that I found vastly appealing and sexy.
The heroine, Evina, was refreshing. She’s not just a tiger in bed; she IS a tiger, and a firefighter. I’m tickled that the author thought of putting together that kind of combination for a woman. It’s not only sexy but unique, intriguing, and totally wonderful. She is strong, capable and excellent at her job. The one extra item of her personality that makes her such an amazing heroine is her being a mother. I did not find one misstep in how her character was portrayed. Even after two readings, it holds firm and true. Evina made one awesome heroine for Nate, the wolf cop.
And that is one of the major conflicts beside the evil, totally whacked and twisted villain; cats and dogs living together don’t necessarily cause mass hysteria but what it does do is create one heck of an interesting romance. It ends up being one of the most entertaining and fun relationships I’ve read about in quite some time. I mean, they had to overcome the general consensus against interspecies romances. The fact that she’s alpha of her people and he’s a frustrated man who somehow has ended up with alpha tendencies but is only third in command causes him no end of internal angst. At this point in his life it’s really getting to him that he has to be subservient to his alpha especially when his instincts are screaming that there’s more to the initial crime than his fellow cops are willing to entertain. In fact, that is another conflict because he loves his alpha who is also his boss – they’re like family and he’s an honorary uncle to the alpha’s daughter. There are so many personality twists and turns weaving among so many characters, it’s like having an inside track on an extended family. Each encounter that Nate has with the secondary characters acts like a window into the hero – and I liked what I saw.
This wouldn’t be a story by Ms. Holly if there weren’t some incredibly hot skin on skin action and this book delivered. Oh my! When Nate and Evina take turns being both dominate and submissive, it was hot stuff; the cuffs didn’t hurt either. One of my favorite lines that Nate says to Evina is this, “Women like you in underwear like that make life worth living”. What happens after that is sweat-worthy. ::fans self:: There’s plenty more great dialogue like that sprinkled like potent sugar throughout the novel and the scenes where they get together are well placed, descriptive, effective and integral to the advancement of their relationship. They made the story better.
The final few chapters where the villain and flunkies make their move is hard hitting. Mind games, magic, betrayal, fisticuffs, and ferocious growls and snapping jaws all keep those last pages flipping speedily because the action and revelations come fast and furious. This novel has an explosive ending where the bad guys get their comeuppance, boy do they ever, and to top all that excitement off, there’s a scene where a fireman does what they do best. I was a puddle of relieved stress when he came out of that building. What a hero. Granted, he’s an imperfect hero but still, there’s room for everyone in this book.
Hidden Crimes is one of Ms. Holly’s best books to date. It has every element that I look for in a paranormal suspense romance and it included every bit of what makes this author’s books memorable, popular and looked forward to. She didn’t miss a trick when she wrote this and I’m really impressed. The ending when Nate proposes is incredibly romantic and beautiful and it made my day. Hands down, this is a must read that should not be missed by anyone who is serious about romantic suspense with an erotic edge. You can bet that this book is on my keeper shelf and if you pick up your own copy, you’ll see why. It’s that awesome....more
The king has wants – needs – that can’t be met in his court. Just outside of his town, there are caves where the soldiers whisper of decadent things – kinky and naughty acts – are performed. With some liquid courage, the kind steals away one night and has a single, blissful night of submission and freedom. The following morning he rises, certain the previous night was some erotic, lovely dream, never to be reality.
I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. Set in the first person it’s like a snapshot into another world, and a man’s deepest, darkest fantasies. Tastefully written it is a strongly Dom/sub story not for the faint of heart. Despite the kink, there is a real connection between these men, and I was really delighted by the twist at the end. From start to finish I found this a warm, deeply emotional read with just enough spice to keep my mouth watering. A wonderful tale set in a world of kings and castles, dungeons and hidden caves. Absolutely delightful....more
Eli Mayhew is finally going to meet up again with Jessie “The Demon” Dalton. After five years of waiting Eli is ecstatic, since he’s had a crush on the older boxer since he was a kid. Introduced by Eli’s uncle, who is Jessie’s manager, the two spent years in each other’s close company – until a trial and fall from grace had Jessie withdrawing, needing to lick his wounds. Jessie has been in love with Eli since the man’s twentieth birthday – so when Eli’s uncle gives his permission privately, nothing can hold Jessie back anymore. While it will take time to restore his reputation and his come back to boxing glory – the most important thing to Jessie, Eli’s heart and body, is something he can act on claiming immediately.
I really enjoyed this short story. The chapters alternate between Eli’s perspective and Jessie’s, so we get to see what both men are thinking and feeling. This really deepens the reader’s understanding of what drives both men and how they feel about each other. Although set in the past, the story isn’t drowning in historical fact and details. It’s realistic, but doesn’t beat you over the head with the fact it’s an older setting for the story. Despite the fact there’s no actual consummation of the burning desire between the two men, this is a heartfelt, wonderful tale of two men trying to do their best for each other and coming back together after a separation. The plot is strong and unwinds at a lovely pace, both characters are well written and fully fleshed out and most importantly the connection between them – both sexual and friendship – is strong and interesting. A wonderful, quick read....more
Imagination has always fueled Aimee Horner’s illustrations for graphic novels. But lately, nightmares worse than any she has created, have begun to invade her dreams: dreams of demons and evil and of a Goddess searching. And always, since she was small, visions of the white tiger through them all.
Aimee doesn’t get out much, but her friends convince her to visit the traveling carnival, and there she becomes captivated by the carousel with its exotic animal statues. When Aimee sees the white tiger, she has to get closer, and when she climbs on his back, her life will never be the same. What Aimee doesn’t realize is that this is Hades Carnival, and the animals on the carousel are beings imprisoned by their Goddess to save them from being killed. When the white tiger comes to life, Aimee knows something has entered her life, something she can’t ignore. Roric is the white tiger, and he has twenty four hours to fight the power of Hell and be truly free. Roric is drawn to Aimee, but is torn between his feelings for her, and his duty to rouse his brothers in arms and rescue their Goddess. Can Aimee and Roric get past the twenty-four hour deadline unscathed? When Hades tries every trick to stop Roroc and enslae him, will he stand firm or be destroyed? Will Roric stay with Aimee, or begin an eternal quest to save his Goddess and his fellow warriors?
Night of the Tiger is the first of NJ Walters’ limited series, Hades’ Carnival. This is a darker world than most that Ms. Walters has built. The characters are deeper, edgier and more conflicted than her usual folks, but they are as expertly crafted as any she has done. This is definitely not a world I would like living in, but a visit from time to time would be a treat, sort of like visiting the spook house at the county fair: scares you silly, but still, you keep going back.
Aimee Horner is a talented artist, and has built a life for herself with her work. Aimee is strong and a bit shy, not enjoying being around lots of folks. As her dreams become nightmares, her art becomes a bit darker, and her nightmares soon become real. When Aimee wakes up in bed with Roric, she is surprised, but not afraid, as though she realizes he is, somehow, her white tiger from her dreams, always there to soothe her when she was afraid. I liked Aimee’s courage, and her pragmatic view of Roric: she realizes she has no hold on him, but sees no reason she can’t enjoy their time together and build some lovely memories for once he has left her. She is afraid, too, and tells Roric she will do whatever it takes to help him survive the twenty four hours until he can be truly free. I enjoyed Aimee’s spirit and her ability to adapt to the situations as they came, without letting the fear overcome her. Yes, she is afraid, but she is determined to get past it.
Roric has been imprisoned in his animal form for centuries, on the carousel with his fellow warriors. He is shocked when Aimee’s touch frees him, and his devotion to his Goddess is complete and unwavering. I loved Roric’s loyalty and his determination to rescue his Goddess, and enjoyed watching as he came to care for Aimee in spite of his intentions. He is strong and handsome, but it is his integrity and faith that make him such an intriguing character.
The chemistry Ms. Walters has created between these two is subtle at first, but as their time together progresses, the strength of Roric’s passion becomes stronger. I enjoyed seeing how these two battled Hades’ minions, fighting for each and every minute they could get. There were not many secondary characters here, but the appearance of one of Roric’s fellow warriors who has turned to Hades’ side is an intriguing twist to this one, as is the news that two others were roused, but were defeated. This still leaves three more ‘beast’ to be freed, and I look forward to the next dark chapter of Hades’ Carnival, thanks to the creative and delightful NJ Walters....more
Two people, more alike than they can possibly know, are put together by the wisdom of Madame Eve. The resulting evening is full of surprises!
Jane Ann Summers has just completed her dissertation and wants nothing more than to return home to her native Marshall Islands to begin her long-awaited research. A bookworm who’s devoted little time or energy into any sort of socializing, her life has been dedicated to one goal. When her mother throws her a curve by forcing her to get out and – to her chagrin, go on a date – she decides to get it over with and contacts Madame Eve. After her 1Night Stand, Jane plans to head home.
Lukas Gerard has a secret-a big secret. In addition to teaching geology, he’s also busy preparing his shelter, president of the Nevada Area Preppers, and owns half of a high-tech company dedicated to preparing for disaster. What he’s missing, however, is companionship. He requested a very specific date from Madame Eve over a year ago, and now she’s finally come through.
I’ll preface my remarks by admitting I’ve not only never read a prepper story before, I had never heard the term. This being my first exposure, the author did a very good job of helping me understand the character of Lukas and his obsessive planning. The description of his bunker was very vivid, and although he could have easily fallen into the paranoid category, he was a very likable guy.
That said, the prepper angle wasn’t my favorite, and it seemed to take away from the romantic side of this 1Night Stand. It was necessary to show the attraction and connection between the two characters, and I enjoyed the love story very much. Jane’s inexperience didn’t seem to play into the story too much, but it was endearing to see how patient and understanding Lukas was with her.
I was a bit confused by the end, and I won’t go into specifics since it would include spoilers, but I had some unanswered questions when I was finished. I wasn’t exactly sure what happened, but I can perhaps chalk that up to not being familiar with the prepper angle.
That aside, I did like this book about two people who seemed picture perfect for each other. When you get down to it, it’s a love story, and I enjoyed Ms. Richards’s version of happily ever after. If you like stories about preppers, this one would be a good one to try....more
First let me say that this can be read as a standalone but you will not get the complete story unless you start from the beginning. The first book in the Lee Girls trilogy is The Heist, followed by For the Love of Chocolat, then finally The Golden Chalice. The first book sets the stage and introduces the characters, gives you background information, and helps you understand the relationship between the two sisters and their respective loves. The second and third book continues to flesh out the story and completely wraps you in their drama. So it would be my recommendation that you should start with The Heist.
The Golden Chalice kept me intrigued from the beginning until the end; it took me on a wild adventure and I was glued to the pages of this book. Michelle ‘Chocolat’ Dixon and her sister Sasha are the daughters of a renowned jewel thief. Sasha and Chocolat have a love/hate relationship which I understood especially because of a betrayal. Leith ‘Lee’ Sullivan is a mobster and the man that loves Chocolat but it seems that they can never find a way to completely be with each other because of one obstacle or another. The Golden Chalice has lots of action, adventure, betrayal and of course intense heat between Chocolat and Lee as well as between her sister Sasha and her drug addicted boyfriend Kumar.
As mentioned earlier, The Golden Chalice is the last book in the series, all loose ends are tied up and it also answers any lingering questions about Chocolat’s relationship with her sister and Lee. I would highly recommend this trilogy, it will keep you interested, will tug at your heart strings and have you begging for more.
When Sophia Kennedy mows lawyer Marc Garrett down outside the nail salon, he assumes the society princess is working with her father toward the same goal. After a mix-up with cell phones, Marc soon discovers his ideas about Sophie are as far from his original preconceived notions as he could be. The more Sophie is around Marc, the harder it is to ignore her attraction to him, but she is determined to prove to Marc that he is wrong about what he says her father is planning. When she learns that he isn’t, Sophie is determined to stop her father, and save the community center that holds so many happy memories for her. Marc is drawn to Sophie, but what will happen when she discovers that Marc is from a family every bit as prominent as she is, and that he held her family connections against her while hiding his own? As they work together to save the community center, can they learn to accept each other, and find the passion inside? Can they forget about family, money and connections, and focus on love and the future?
Bachelor’s Bait is the third of Mari Carr’s Cocktales books from Ellora’s Cave. Each book focuses on one of the partners in the Book and Brew establishment, a combination bookstore and bar, and a very novel idea. I like the atmosphere here, and enjoyed the world Ms. Carr created for her four college friends to inhabit. Each title is also the name of a mixed drink, and Ms. Carr includes the recipe for the title drink in the book. Each of the characters are well defined and realistic, and these are people you might meet in any town.
Sophia Kennedy is smart, determined and loyal to friends and family, always giving folks a fair chance. I liked that Sophie didn’t automatically side with her father, but instead took the time to get the truth about things. I also loved her zest for life, and her willingness to go all in for a cause when she believed in it. And her inner dialog about Marc was hilarious at times. I enjoyed watching as she fought so hard to resist him, but that she finally went with her heart.
Marc is smart, handsome and dedicated to helping people. He wants to make it on his own, just like Sophie, and I enjoyed watching as he came to realize how much he and Sophie had in common. I enjoyed the sassy conversations between Marc and Sophie, and the relationship they established as they fought to save the community center was delightful to watch.
The chemistry between Sophie and Marc was electric at times, and the secondary characters were as detailed as the main here and heroine. Ms. Carr is a master at building sexual tension, and this story had plenty to keep me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see when, not if, these two would connect. There is such a sense of camaraderie between Sophie and her partners, I could tell these women are in this for the long term success they so deserve. This is a wonderful romance, with hot moments, sarcasm, and a happy ever after that is well deserved. Do they accomplish everything they set out to do? I’m not telling, you need to read Bachelor’s Bait and find out. But bring plenty of ice water, you’ll need it.
Delaney Bixby owns an old-style barber’s shop named the Dapper Gentlemen as a nod to its 1900s feel. Singing while he cleans up after a long day, he’s looking forwards to his final appointment. When Richard turns up, both men enjoy the enticing game of sexual innuendo back and forth which they always start with when together. A touch here, a grin there. Something as simple and common as a shave turns delightfully sensual between the lovers.
This is a smoking hot short story, filled with sexual tension and the mystery of surprise. I really enjoyed how the author flirted with the details of what the relationship was between Richard and Delaney and also hinted at an olden day style barber shop set up in contemporary New York. It gave the piece a more elegant, older style feel to it that was wonderfully refreshing to read. While there is no explicit sex, this is heavy with the underlying sexual tension, and highlights the sensuality of foreplay and what trust and decadence can be involved in every day actions. A sexy, good read.
Ian has run scared into the night, chased by demons from Hell. Dee and his friends have been driven to finding Ian, unconscious and hiding, by the magic that helps make them fight monsters most of the world don’t even believe in. At first Dee is sure it’s some of the dark magic surrounding Ian from his near escape that is responsible for the incredibly powerful, sexual reaction he has to the younger man, but after saving him and spending some time in his company neither man can deny the simmering chemistry between them.
I absolutely loved this book! I never would have guessed that a biker gang with gay men fighting dark magic would tick so many boxes of enjoyment for me – but it absolutely did. This short story had me perplexed, then enthralled and finally loving every word by the end. I wish it had been much longer, this is an awesome idea and really well written. Ian and Dee are both interesting characters. They don’t simply jump right into bed with each other, but let their trust and desire grow naturally. When the plot reaches its pinnacle I was glued to my seat, devouring every word. This is a fantastic book.
Having said that, this won’t be a book to everyone’s tastes. The bikers use the magical power of the angels to defend against evil – and some people might not like how many of this crew are gay. Also, while there is a brief mention of a gang-rape in Ian’s recalling of the party he escaped, it is mentioned in passing – there is no dwelling, or details other than actually stating what occurred. Unless readers don’t even want to have mention of such things, this shouldn’t press anyone’s buttons, but again it won’t be something every reader will want to come across. Neither of these things lessened my enjoyment one bit. If you’re up for a bit of fun, and are willing to cast aside a small bit of logic, and open your mind to one perspective of how a band of non-conforming characters can use the powers of good against evil, this can be a delightful, imaginative, very sexy read. That’s exactly how I found it and am eagerly looking for more....more
Reapers Property is one hot read. Totally awesome, and I loved it. Right from the start I knew it was gonna be one heck of a ride.
Marie just got out of a bad marriage with a man who liked to beat on her. She’s been staying with her pot head brother who’s got some shady deal going on with the Reapers Motorcycle Club. Marie meets Horse when he comes by the trailer on business, and they hook up.
Horse has got it bad for Marie, and offers her a leather cut with “Property Of Horse” on it. Which in the biker world is the same as a proposal. But Marie has a dumb blonde moment and flips out and rejects Horse. Things go down hill from there and it starts to look like it’s over for good. Then Marie’s brother gets caught with his greedy hands in the cookie jar. Marie comes home to find her little brother in a bloody mess and a scary biker dude holding a gun to his head. Marie has a choice to make: She can come home with Horse as collateral or watch her brother die.
Marie gets an up close and personal look into the dark and gritty world of the Motorcycle Club. She has a few more dumb blonde moments, and Horse makes a couple of mistakes along the way. At one point I was really disappointed in our hero because, let’s face it, there are some lines that you just don’t cross. But they couldn’t stay mad at each other forever, and those love scenes got hotter and hotter and the suspense kept building.
I absolutely loved this story. The hero was one of the most compelling characters I’ve found. Horse was a bad ass biker dude, and a true alpha male. He’s crude and possessive. He’s shameless and offers no apologies. He’s deep into the MC life, and he takes what he wants. He wanted Marie so he took her. He was rough, but with Marie we saw his tender side, which only endeared him all the more. Lucky, Lucky Girl.
Marie was stronger than she seemed. She may have been oblivious to the MC world at first, and yeah, she made a few mistakes, but she came into her own by the end. She had a thing for Horse and you could see that she trusted him. Even when he was mad at her and acted like a jerk. And even though she didn’t know what to expect, she didn’t judge their lifestyle, she saw that they really were a society unto themselves. They had their own code of honor, and were fiercely protective of their “family”.
Bravo to Ms. Wylde for pulling no punches with this story. It was gritty and raw, and downright raunchy. The readers got an insightful look into the world of the MC. I liked Ms. Wylde’s down-n-dirty biker world. It’s not pretty. It’s violent and scary, and not for the faint at heart. And it was this realism, as much as the strong characters, that drew me into this story. And now I want more. I have hope that there will be more books about this MC as more rough biker dudes find their own “old ladies”.
Loved the ending. And last, I just have to include my very favorite quote, cause darn it, it’s just so cool. It made me shiver, and made me wonder where can I find me a man like that.
“I want you to be my old lady, babe. That’s all I have to offer. I’m a reaper, and this is my world. You wear my patch, you be my woman and I’ll be your man. We take the good times together and fight through the bad times. No games. That’s all I’ve got and it’s all yours if you’ll take it.”
Reapers Property is a hot and steamy romance that you definitely do not want to miss.
The shifters are going public. Now that the danger is over from the ancient evil, life should get back to normal at the Masters’ pack. With a few new folks staying there, life looks like it will be fine. After seeing all the mated people, new arrival Kitty Kelley wonders if she might find her mate, too. But her first priority is to her teenaged twin sisters, and their safety. When their old pack Alpha continues to harass her, trying to force her back to become his chosen mate, she discovers the Everett is her destined mate, and he swears to keep Kitty and her sisters safe from the Alpha. Before they can get their happy ever after, danger threatens, and Everett must do everything in his power to protect what is his. Can Kitty and Everett have the happy ending she has longed for? Will the public riot when the shifters reveal themselves, or will Russ Masters be the strength needed to smooth the way? Have the prophecies of the Ancients finally all been revealed?
Absolution is the sixth and final book in Jambrea Jo Jones’ Seeds of Dawn series, and a very satisfactory final chapter it is. Like the rest of the series, the world her is a wondrous mix of reality and fantasy, the perfect blend of traditions and imagination in a world filled with impossible beings. The characters are as well crafted here as they were in the beginning, and the strength of each and every individual is there for all to see.
Kitty Kelley is strong and determined to protect her teen sisters. She is afraid that their old Alpha will come after them, and she has just learned that she has a mate in the Masters’ pack. I love her sassy mouth and her courage, ready to make a new start far from all she is familiar with. I love that, when Everett said he was her mate, she didn’t play coy or deny him, but was ready to take the next step. I liked that she worried about others more than herself, and that, when danger came to call, she faced it and didn’t hide.
Everett has wanted his mate ever since everyone around him started meeting theirs. He is smart, strong and loyal to friends and family, taking care of those around him. When he discovers that Kitty is his mate, he offers her time, and his protection even if she doesn’t accept him. I loved watching as he realizes that she wants him too. I love Everett for his strength, his patience and his sensitivity to Kitty and her worries for her sisters.
There are several completely unexpected and ironic twists to this final installment. One has to do with the new head of the Tyler pack, and the other with Kitty’s Uncle Kurt. Both of these twists made me laugh at the total irony of what was happening. The many different threads of the series are brought together for one final look at the adventures and difficulties that have brought the pack to this place and time. All of the characters from the previous books make an appearance here, and the progress for everyone is well done. The final dialog from the Ancients is the perfect finish to this one, and I highly recommend the whole Seeds of Dawn series for anyone who like their romance with some humor, some danger, and lots of heat.
There’s something about a man cursed for unjust reasons that makes a romance reader stand up and notice. Add in a mystery, a plea in the night and delicious naughty dreams that may or may not be real and it sweetens the pot. How could I resist? Plus, the fact that the illustrious Ms. Holly has a way with sexual encounters pretty much insured that this would be an entertaining read. I was right.
The first thing the author did was introduce me to the heroine, December. Her parents have pretty much given up on her and in fact are a nonevent in her life save the money they spend in lieu of their attentions.
They came across as rather cold fish who substitute public opinion for genuine emotions or affections. It’s a sad, lonely picture that is drawn and it helped make the case that December is a woman who doesn’t trust easy and has no belief in the word ‘love’. Someone so young with a whole future in front of her should have hope, but what will inspire it?
A mystery discovered on a daring walk in the night attracts more attention to December than she ever dreamed. Her mind, her intellect and her drive to action are all engaged as the heroine realized that something wasn’t right, wasn’t normal and it demanded of her more than she thought possible of giving. It’s her character growth that I found appealing.
Hans is not an ordinary man, in any form. The author was effective in portraying the hero’s desperation, his yearning and his despair. Even better was his lusty thoughts and creative ways of interacting with December. A reader is treated to some very steamy scenes – well written and detailed.
This novella is definitely erotic due to the nature of some of December’s antics with Hans. I’ve read a couple of erotic stories about women and statues before and they came across as thinly veiled plots for the sole purpose of exploring kinky sex with statuary – sort of silly and uninspiring. Ms. Holly has taken a ho-hum idea and turned it into a polished gem that inspires the libido instead of putting it to sleep. She introduced a battery of feelings that ranged from disbelief, sadness, anger, desire, hopelessness, worry, elation and the all-important one, love. Hans isn’t a statue at all, but a man trapped. His connection to December is what sets this apart from what I’ve read before. There is a reason she does what she does. Of course she enjoys it – that’s what makes it so hot. But the purpose is deeper and more profound than merely sex and because the author can make an effective emotional connection between her characters and readers, it makes this book worth taking the time to read.
As for the overall conflict, man turned to stone notwithstanding, there are a few nasty surprises in store for both protagonists. Ms. Holly effectively diverted my attention with a red herring. I never dreamed that the bad were good, in an oddball sort of way, and the good were really insane. There are also some elements in the book with very strong resemblances to other fairy tales. I liked them then and I enjoyed how the author incorporated facets of them here. In fact, December is a smart fairy tale heroine, unlike the wishy-washy lambkins of old. This heroine is sassy, questions until she is satisfied with the answers and at times knows when to listen instead of smart-mouth. It comes in handy.
There is a good chunk of action and drama that made this story stand out from all that panting and detailed naughty hijinks. It’s the testing of their mettle in crisis that had me appreciating the main characters and because the writing was vivid, clear and tight, the whole scene progression was a real page-flipper.
I’m not a fan of dream sequences but in this tale, the author took the time to make a reader believe in their logic. It worked.
Winter’s Tale generates enough heat to make a reader melt. It’s a terrific fantasy made all the better by interesting characters that I enjoyed reading about. I got an extra thrill from a cameo appearance by a couple of people from a previous book I’d read, Move Me, written in the same world as this one. In fact, after seeing them again, I have an itch to read their story all over again. This is such a fun world that Ms. Holly has created; I can never seem to get enough. Try Winter’s Tale for a taste and see for yourself.
The last thing Brielle Norris wants to do is see another counselor. But she is smart enough to know she will never get past the nightmares of the abusive relationship she was able to escape without help. She wants to live a normal life, and that includes a healthy sexual relationship with someone, in the future. But when she goes to Dr. Luke Malone’s sexual psychology clinic, he feels honor bound to refer her to another practitioner because, as much as Luke wants to help Brielle, he can’t be objective with her treatment; he wants her for himself, and that would be unethical. He does refer her to the best in the field, after him, that is; his friends, Drs. Becca and Kurt Foster.
When he proposes that she sees Becca, and let him go with her, Brielle agrees to the arrangement. As she opens up, it becomes clear that Brielle could greatly benefit from Kurt’s invention, the Dream Machine, to help her overcome her fears and insecurities. As the attraction grows, Brielle discovers that some of the desires she has are perfectly normal, if a bit on the, well, kinky side, and that Luke shares in the things that interest her. As the unconventional therapy continues, can Brielle let go of her fears, and move on to a happy future, preferably with Luke? Will Luke find what he’s been searching for with Brielle? When her past comes back to haunt her, will Brielle crumple, or stand tall and conquer those fears once and for all?
Healing Touch is the second in Jayne Rylon’s Play Doctor series, and it was worth the wait. The world Ms. Rylon has built is highly sensual, and not for the faint of heart. The characters in this are strong and well crafted, with only one new character being introduced here. This is a book filled with passion, and tension of many kinds. I enjoyed seeing the characters interact, both in and out of the bedroom/laboratory. Nothing is left to the imagination in this one, and the characters’ strength is the one thing I found to be constant throughout the story.
Brielle Norris begins this story as a confused but determined woman. She wants so badly to live a ‘normal’ life, but her many fears tend to overwhelm her at times. She is smart and has a fantastic sense of humor that sees her through her darker periods, and has learned to compensate accordingly to avoid her hot buttons. I liked watching as she opened up to Luke, revealing her fears and dreams/nightmares to him. I love her courage and her willingness to follow through with every direction that Becca proposes. As she gets closer to Luke, I love that she is seeing that all men are not like her father, or her ex Brad.
Luke Malone is strong, intelligent and gorgeous, but he has been alone for too long. After his friends, Kurt and Becca, finally found their happily ever after, he wants what they have, and is less interested in the sharing they are used to. I enjoyed watching as her came back to the vibrant man he should be under Brielle’s attentions. I loved his loyalty, and above all, his determination to help Brielle overcome all her fears and nightmares, even the ones she has kept buried so deep, she didn’t realize they were there. His gentleness with her shows that a man can be strong but sensitive and caring too.
This is an intense and passionate book, with nothing left undone. If you want subtlety and innuendo, this is not the book for you. Brielle and Luke have a chemistry that leads to many extremes, and their bedroom scenes burn the pages, they are so detailed and hot.
This one is for those brave and adventurous readers who like their romance super hot, with no-holds-barred participation by all the characters at some points, and with a happy ever after at the end.
What is one to do when the object of your affection not only doesn’t return your feelings, but has his eyes set on your relative? Trap him and give him no escape, obviously!
Book two in the Devil Devre series starts out with us meeting Vesta, the rather bratty protagonist of the tale and daughter to Sir Edward Chambers, who we met in the first book of the series. Vesta is soon to have her coming out and is upset at her father’s rather unseemly marriage to a young women he barely knew. Here we also meet Diana, Vesta’s godmother who helped raise her after her mother died. Both had hoped that Edward would ask Diana to marry him so they were disappointed when a new wife appears. In order to avoid any awkward situations, Diana decides to take Vesta to London earlier then planned.
Enter Captain Hewett DeVere, younger brother of Viscount Ludovic DeVere, which we also met in book one and had a fairly large role in the marriage of his best friend, Edward. He also happens to be Vesta’s godfather and is asked to keep watch over both women while they stay in London. While Ludovic doesn't take anything seriously, Hewett takes everything seriously including the safety of his brother’s charges. The brothers share an agreement that Hew would marry and produce an heir so that Vic wouldn't have to chain himself to a woman and could continue his devilish ways. After meeting Diana, Hew has set his cap on her but little does he know that Vesta has him in her sights.
This book, The Virgin Huntress, was aptly named. The rest of the book shows how a rather clever Vesta plans to trap and steal away Hew and his affection from Diana. We also find out that Diana and Vic share a history that still simmers within them and most of the time becomes explosive when they are in the same room. This chemistry between the two made me very curious about what the past and future held for them.
I admit that I didn't really care for Vesta at the beginning, but once her plan is in action, my feelings towards her changed and I admired her fiery personality. Hew was lovable from page one, and met my expectations when he finally let himself see the real woman within Vesta. Everyone had a role to play and even the secondary characters, such as the servants, where charming. There were several swoony moments, including when Hew said to Vesta ; ‘“Taken as a whole, my love, you are infinitely greater than the sum of your parts—and everything I didn't know I needed.” He claimed her mouth now, deeply, passionately.’
All in all, this was a great piece by author Victoria Vane. She had me sighing, fanning myself and laughing out loud. This is not the first book I've read by this author and certainly won't be the last. ...more
Darcy James is deeply intrigued by her new renter, Baxter Smith. With his smoking hot looks and voracious reading habits, even after a month of them being in such close proximity he remains almost totally a mystery to her. When they finally bump into each other neither feels like they make a particularly good impression. But when Darcy is approached by a pushy stranger blackmailing her to dish information on Baxter, she suddenly has to choose sides. While I found the start of this book meandered a fair bit the author manages to get a lot of plot hooks and questions bubbling in my mind.
This is a really interesting twist on a shape changer/other worldly style of story. The background is quite well thought out and explained in detail and certainly has a unique look to it. The long scenes of discussion, however, tend to slow the pace of action and romance, but the fresh outlook makes up for much of this. The sex is hot and the characters attraction to each other is well written and believable. There are also some amazingly unforeseen good reasons to have sex in the bath with Baxter that made me both curious and giggle.
Overall this was a fun story and definitely not your standard erotic romance. For readers who think they’ve read it all or are looking for something a little different – this is the perfect book to sit back and relax with. ...more
Cynda Avery stood in Daniel De Marco's yard with a chain around her neck tethered to the back of his truck. Half dressed and wishing she was any place but here, Cynda knew that she had to go through with this plan in order to save her grandmothers ' home. What she didn't expect to see was the gorgeous completely naked Daniel De Marco step out on his porch stroking himself.
Daniel De Marco didn't like the fact that someone else was sent to him to try to convince him to sell off some of his land. He did however find the woman chained to his truck intriguing and she also had a nice ass. Instead of unchaining her and sending her on her way, Daniel decided to play along but by his rules.
Wildly Inappropriate is a excellent book with lots of hot sex, and interesting toys. Daniel expressed his Dom tendencies and Cynda submitted to each and every one of them. The two of them sizzled and heated up the pages, I could almost see the smoke billowing up from them. The story wasn't just about sizzling sex, there was also the mystery of what happened to Daniel's mom, and also why Cynda was chained to Daniel's truck. The supporting characters like Daniel's brothers Colton and Eric, along with Colton's girlfriend Lila and his nephew Jonah added depth to the story. Even the villain Kingsley Dazza who was trying to take Cynda's grandmothers home was very well developed.
I loved how the story was about Cynda and Daniel but had back stories going as well. The lives of his brothers and nephew and the things they faced did not detract from Cynda and Daniel. Everything blended so well together and this reader enjoyed Wildly Inappropriate because of all the different elements to the story. I whole heartedly recommend Wildly Inappropriate, it's BDSM content is light but tasteful and it's just a really good read. See for yourself, pick up a of copy of Wildly Inappropriate, settle back in your favorite chair and enjoy. ...more
There is only one thing that I can say after reading Laurann Dohner's ninth New Species book, and that is 'WOW'. This book grabs you from the start and does not let go of you until the last page is turned, and you are still left panting for more. Shadow can be read as a standalone but to get the full New Species experience I strongly suggest you start with her first book Fury and work your way through.
Beauty at one time was called Mud by the man who owned her, she is a Gift Species created for the sole sexual enjoyment of rich men who pay the asking price. Gift Species are weaker and half the size of other species, and cannot defend themselves. Beauty is half human and half primate, and even though she has been freed she still feels like she is in a prison. Gift Species are guarded and cherished by their stronger counterparts because of their fragile nature.
Shadow is a New Species officer who was also freed and still remembers all the torture he went through when he was in the labs. His job is to make sure human intruders do not enter Homeland, and when he see a woman running he immediately gives chase. After grabbing the woman he realizes that it is Beauty the Gift Species.
Laurann Dohner has a way of making her characters so charismatic, so heartwarming that the reader is left wishing a New Species man would come and claim her. Shadow is a love story that made me laugh and cry, as well as experience every emotion he and Beauty shared. It was beautiful to see the innocence they had as they sought love and need in each other, especially since neither had ever experienced it before.
I knew Beauty wanted to be more than what she was told she had to be and I knew Shadow wanted her sexually but was cautious because she was a Gift. The supporting characters from previous books helped enhance the story and also helped to tie up all the loose ends. One of my favorite characters is Breeze; she is tough but comical especially when she uses 'human slang' which the other New Species don't quite get.
Shadow is a must read for everyone who enjoys reading a book that you cannot put down and that leaves you wishing for more, and also gives you a big dose of sizzling hot sex. Laurann Dohner gives you an alpha male character that is not only strong and protective but vulnerable, which makes the reader love him. Then you have Beauty that is supposed to be fragile but the reader could tell that there was more to her. Shadow is an excellent read, hopefully you will pick up a copy and see what I am raving about....more
Does she want sex with a woman or sex with a man? That’s the big question that Mary Ann Everdene is struggling with as she samples each kind.
In her quest for the answer to this very important question, Mary Ann Everdene journeys through heartbreak and sexual exploration. She begins her exploration with Jenny Ellery, a maid from Long Livery Hall. Along the way, Virginia Windlesham, daughter of Long Livery Hall’s master, wreaks havoc into their lives and everyone else’s lives as well. Colum Lanyon is the head footman of Long Livery Hall and Mary Ann’s boyfriend. Polly Vance is Long Livery lady’s maid and a good friend of Mary Ann’s.
Mary Ann is a likeable person, always trying to do the right thing and standing up for those she loves. Colum is also a compassionate person with the way he cares for his Aunt Maud. It’s easy to see that Mary Ann and Colum should belong together. Or should they not? Both Mary Ann and Colum appear to be distracted by another person and they both begin to explore separately and together.
What I have been noticing so far in reading the Erotic Tales of Long Livery Hall books is the fact that they don’t take forever to get to the “good” parts. In fact, the very first sentence of the book and first scene is very erotic. The “good” parts are also liberally sprinkled throughout the book.
With each book that I read, I am thoroughly enjoying Ms. Knightly’s writing. For those who are entertaining reading this book without reading Book 1 first, it is entirely possible to read each of these books as standalone books. Characters from the previous book appear, but readers would not be lost since each book has its own stories which do not depend on knowing the stories of the other book. So whether or not you have read Book 1 of the Erotic Tales of Long Livery Hall, I highly recommend reading Scandal, Book 2 of the Erotic Tales of Long Livery Hall for a very erotic, exciting, and entertaining saga about the lives of some very interesting characters who live and work at Long Livery Hall in old England. ...more
What’s that age old saying? Better the Devil you know then the Devil you don’t?
This book is number three in the Devil DeVere series but actually takes place four years before book one. The Devil You Know opens 15 years before the events of book one and two and shows the hero in the tale, Viscount Ludovic DeVere being cast aside for a peer of the ton with a higher ranking by the woman he intended to marry. We soon learn that this event shapes Vic into the Devil we know.
Barroness Diana has come to see a horse race with her husband and family. We quickly learn that Diana is in not only a loveless marriage, but one filled with lies and secrets. When she finds out that her husband has left them in dire straits, she must make a deal with the Devil himself.
From the first meeting between Vic and Diana, their chemistry sets the page on fire. Her response says it all; “Without having uttered a word beyond her name, the portentous weight of an indecent proposition hung between them.” The interchange between the two is delightful while he struggles with disposing of an unwanted guest and she struggles with her desires and how they affect her vows.
While Vic makes his desire known, Diana is determined to remain faithful to her marriage all the while fighting her curiosity for this devilish man. She over hears two rather interesting conversations which lead her down a path she never expected to go, and is far more sensual and erotic then she ever imagined.
This book was an interesting read for me. We learn a little bit about what makes the devil the way he is, and we see the passion that is hinted in the previous book. Edward, from the previous books, and he now dead wife are supportive players while Vic and Diana’s husband play the villains. I really enjoyed the banter between the two protagonists, and the gossiping between the women. However, this book does not have a happy ending or even a happy for now ending, it is essentially part one of a two parts within the series itself.
In all, Ms. Vane has written another gem that has left readers, and myself, wagging our tongues waiting for the conclusion to the epic love story that is Vic and Diana in The Devil’s Match. In that, I have no doubt. ...more
When two friends decide the time is right for more than just jovial banter will fireworks explode?
Becca is one seriously talented tattoo artist. Her skills are widely sought after and adored by many. She also has one serious crush on her hot friend, Chad. To say that she’d like a bit of bedroom action with him is putting it mildly. She’s desperate for it.
But does he feel the same? It takes an invitation to a BDSM club to create some ultraviolet possession tattoos that finally gives the couple the kick up the butt they need to get it on, and in the mean time, get themselves tangled in a weirdly messed up master and his harem of slaves, a situation that borders on just-damn-dangerous.
It took me a while to get into Deeper Than Ink. The cover hooked me initially, its gorgeous - I love the guy’s smile – but there seemed to be a lot ‘telling’ while I learnt about Becca’s background and skills and her relationship with Chad. But when the couple finally admitted their feelings for each other, boy did it have my attention in a big way. The well-crafted sex scene was long and indulgent and I certainly could see why Becca had the hots for Chad, there was something very real about him, both vulnerable and masterful, it was a delicious combination. The dynamics in their relationship was page-turning.
The secondary story, about the BDSM club, didn’t grab me as much as the Becca/Chad part of the novel. It kind of simmered away; the characters, while nicely described, didn’t draw me into their world, and the ending to their ordeal was a bit fast considering how well the tension had been built. I would have enjoyed a little more good guy/bad guy action at that moment, then the resolution.
In summary Ms Ellis has certainly written a good addition to the ‘Pricked’ line that Ellora’s Cave offers. The characters are very likeable and real, the hero in particular is adorable, there were a few moments I was definitely jealous of Becca! The book is a nice length, enough to get your teeth into and if you like a little mild BDSM and a touch of mystery mixed into a sweet erotic romance the Deeper Than Ink is a book for you. ...more
The Devil’s Match starts off right were book two in the series leaves off. This book finds the very sexy and deviant Viscount Ludovic DeVere pining over the only woman he’s never grown tired of. While dealing with the marriage of his beloved brother to his goddaughter and the fury of his best friend, Vic struggles to manage his growing feelings for his prickly former lover, Baroness Diana. Diana must face the man who open her eyes and heart to the wicked world of sexual delight, when she’d rather never see the man again. Filled with bitterness towards him for his dismissal of her four years prior, she fends off his advances and spars with him verbal for most of the book.
Again in the second half of Diana and Vic’s love story, their passion fuels several arguments that leaves readers amused and rooting for them to be together. No matter how hard she tried, even Diana feel victim to Vic’s devilish charms. He was just so wicked, saying things like, “Say it, Diana. I love hearing vulgar words from your lovely lips.”. Once they let their walls down and embrace their true feelings, I was reaching for the tissues at the end of the book.
Author Victoria Vane does an excellent job of showing Vic’s heart of gold that lies deep, deep under the layers of his outlandish attitude and Diana's warmth that lies beneath her many frosty layers. This couple and their story far surpasses the others in the series, and needed the two books to really show how deep their love was and how it triumphed over all else. On top of this, the book was well written, witty, sexy, funny and historically correct. Ms. Vane has now been put on this historical lover’s must buy list, and I advise you all do the same! ...more