Lord of the manor and his miscreant servant girl, what could be more fun? This is a sexy story about a woman who has a role play fantasy with a friendLord of the manor and his miscreant servant girl, what could be more fun? This is a sexy story about a woman who has a role play fantasy with a friend/crush. It is also a story about people who live lifestyle BDSM and who share their partners with their circle of like mind-friends. It contains characters who also feature in Oh’s other stories such as Power Exchange and Divertissement.
This story starts out a little slow. But maybe cyber sex just isn’t my cup of tea. Mark is a heavy-handed Dom and Annie’s true love.
The story really heats up nicely once it gets to the role-play parts with Annie and Tom. Annie is the practical schoolteacher with a secret sex life and Tom is the television heartthrob who is also a submissive to his “boss”. Annie is the nice girl next door type who likes to be spanked and ordered around by her strong Dom lover, Mark. She’s intelligent, a bit introverted but has a slumbering sensuality and highly responsive submissive sexuality that charms the men and women of her sexual circle.
The sexy friendship and attraction between Tom and Annie is well developed, spicy and sweet at the same time. I enjoyed this part of the story very much. Those with a history fetish will love their role-play session.
If you’re looking for a classical romance type story, you may not be satisfied with this short story. But if you’re into just some sexy fun, then you’ll love it.
The opening starts like many romance stories: jilted bride goes on honeymoon anyway, and decides to have a good time. WherThis book is Hot, Hot, Hot!
The opening starts like many romance stories: jilted bride goes on honeymoon anyway, and decides to have a good time. Where it goes from there is the realm of Lacey Alexander’s very fertile imagination. There is a little bit of something for everyone in this book. At its heart, it is a m/f romance, but Carrie decides to “relax” and try new experiences, so the reader is treated to encounters including all varieties and combinations of partners.
I enjoyed the fact that while Carrie was on vacation, Chris and his friends all worked, and plans had to be made around their work schedules. This made it seem a bit more realistic. I also enjoyed the fact that they visited the Hemmingway museum. Not only did it add depth to Carrie’s character, it also provided a “respite” from the almost constant sex.
In fact, if I have a negative comment about this story, it is the amount of sex in the book. At times, it almost seems too much, and I looked forward to the sections of the story where Carrie was worrying about her feelings for Chris and what she would do when she went home. It also would have been nice if I could have put the book down from time to time, in order to give myself a little break from the constant sexual interactions. Having said that, I need to add – what a problem to have!
This book is NOT for the faint of heart. However, if you want a story that is so hot you need to put your e-reader down for fear of it spontaneously combusting - download it today!
There is something for everyone in this ménage anthology. Whether your tastes run from a simple threesome to a group, strangers to long-term friends,There is something for everyone in this ménage anthology. Whether your tastes run from a simple threesome to a group, strangers to long-term friends, very private to sex on the street, this book has a little something for you. The caveat is that you probably will not enjoy each and every story in this book, but you may find something new to interest you.
Raw Amarinda Jones Possibly the most “shocking” story in the collection, this story incorporates the main female character with up to five men. There is plenty of violence as well as oral sex, sex in public, and plenty of voyeurism. There is also one scene that includes some M/M interaction. This story has lots of sex and lets the reader know how Poppy is feeling when faced with the multiple sexual opportunities she is given. Not for the faint of heart, but worth reading at least once.
Taken by Three Delilah Hunt Starting out as revenge at Herb Walker for wrongly putting Ryder Lawson in jail, three brothers plot to steal Evie, his daughter. Kidnapped, being used as their sexual slave, and having no one to miss her, Evie deals with the new experience of being held captive, being shared, and enjoying the new experience. There are plenty of tender moments to counteract the anger and rough sex. There are also several M/F love scenes to complement the times when the brothers all take their turns. This story also has its romance story ending, making it a sexy romantic read.
Post Op Erin O’Riordan A romantic story with a hot three-way thrown in for good measure. After performing back surgery, Maggie finds herself oddly attracted to her patient and his male lover. After trying to distance herself from them, she finds herself at their apartment watching a basketball game with their friends. Things heat up when their friends leave. Maggie gets an insight into their relationship and gets a taste of both of them. It does not stand out as a story, but gets interest from the conflict of sleeping with a patient as well as joining an existing m/m relationship.
The Birthday Surprise Pepper Anthony My favorite story of the bunch. The sex (despite involving three people) isn’t particularly sizzling, and the plot got a bit confusing when they went to the shower (I still can’t figure out who was doing what!). However, despite that, this is the story that sticks in my head, and the story I keep going back to. The concept of being “serviced” by your lawn boy is exciting enough, but add to that the fact it was Melanie’s 40th birthday and the feel-good factor jumps by a factor of 10. If you are ready to take your inner romantic out for a naughty little stroll, this is the story for you!
Admired Ashlyn Monroe Setting up our heroine as a strong, successful career woman, the author begins to show the reader the dichotomy of Cora succumbing to a Dominant/submissive relationship. Not only that, but a relationship that includes the dominant’s friend for some partner sharing and voyeurism. The story reveals how the dominant watching Cora and used covert methods to contact her for the first time. Lots of sexual tension and subterfuge keep your interest throughout this story.
Waking the Lioness Tessa Morelock As suggested by the title, this is a shape-shifter story. Set in New Orleans, and traveling to the bayou, it adds an almost exotic quality to the plot. Lara comes into contact with her ex who is looking for his missing current lover, both of whom are also shapeshifters. Finding Caleb’s lover wounded in the bayou leads to erotic scenes and some three-way action that precipitates Tate’s healing. A departure from the previous stories, but nicely written and entertaining.
Do It Fur Love Melissa Hosack Totally unbelieveable and a completely fantastic vehicle for hot sex and a three-way relationship. Vanessa is in a car accident and is found and saved by friends Brenn and Dihn. After finding they couldn’t get her back to civilization for a few days, Brenn and Dihn offer her a chance to recouperate and the sparks start to fly. After learning they are both werewolves, Vanessa allows herself to follow through on the heat between herself and both guys, which eventually leads to some three way action. But will there be a happy ending?
The Problem With Love Spells Angelina Rain When witch Gretchen runs out of ingredients for her anti-love spell, and she can’t run to the local potion shop to pick them up, she sets out to collect them on her own. Unfortunately, the wolf and bat she collected from decided to take revenge. Fortunately, the wolf was actually a werewolf and the bat a vampire. And they decided to take revenge of a sexual nature. While not normally my cup of tea, this sets the stage for some hot 3-way “revenge” and sets the scene for the story resolution in a satisfactory manner.
There is a little something for everyone in this anthology. It starts out with the most rough and violent and ends with a light-hearted paranormal romp with some good old-fashioned fantasy stories in between. Pick and choose, or read it straight through, but if you are looking for a good read to keep you busy, pick up this anthology and enjoy!
Xondra Day has penned an exciting new twist on the paranormal story with The Blood Between. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this story and I’m gladXondra Day has penned an exciting new twist on the paranormal story with The Blood Between. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this story and I’m glad I did. The characters are interesting and I wanted to see what would happen to them. There are lots of twists and turns that kept my attention. I had to know how the pieces of the story fit together.
Kyle is a very shy person. He’s not one who stands out in a crowd and he’s not one to expect attention. I liked that about him. He’s realistic. As for Luca, he’s a vampire. I can’t say I got him, like I did with Kyle, but I liked him. He’s true to himself. In this version of the world, vampires aren’t seen. They’re folklore—nothing more. I rather enjoyed the change.
As with any story, there are moments of down time. In this book, there were more than a couple times when I came across very similar or the exact same phrase used. The repetitiveness yanked me from the story, but the need to know about Kyle and Luca pulled me back. Another thing I had issue with is the "telling" quality in the story. There are some really emotional moments, but I felt like I was being led through the situation as a bystander, not immersed in it. The ending is interesting, but I felt it to be a bit abrupt and I wanted to know what would happen after. But it gives the author a possibility to create a sequel. There’s lots of potential in the tale and I think with a little more detail and a little more time, it could have been a real knock-out.
If you want a vampire story with some new twists on the old favorite, you need to read The Blood Between.
I absolutely loved this book. Imagine a dominant hot cowboy, a strong yet vulnerable heroine, throw in some fun spanking, orgasmic sex, and top it offI absolutely loved this book. Imagine a dominant hot cowboy, a strong yet vulnerable heroine, throw in some fun spanking, orgasmic sex, and top it off with a fantastic love story.
Amy is one of my favorite heroines I’ve read about this year. She’s never known a family, has been abused, and is on the run, but she maintains an untouchable innocence. She’s sassy, stronger than she thinks, and has an innate grace I couldn’t help but fall in love with. She’s scared of being found, but realizes she doesn’t want to run away from what she’s discovered with RJ. She’s fiercely protective of those she loves.
RJ is a melt your heart hero. He fell for Amy the moment he saw her. He fell harder for Amy when he discovered how much she loved his spankings. Not to mention the drop your mouth, terrific sex they have. RJ is strong, dominant, and loving. Adorably, he turns to mush at the thought of something upsetting Amy. I love that he sees the vulnerability in Amy. Watching him fall in love with Amy was beautiful. Watching him do things he’d never normally do to make Amy happy was wonderful. I think of RJ and my heart just sighs.
The supporting characters are terrific. They become a family to Amy. It’s also fun watching their reactions to Amy and RJ having sex, whether it’s impatience or masturbating while watching.
Exhibitionism and voyeurism are commonplace in Amy’s Redemption. Sex is in the open at RJ’s ranch. This could seem creepy if handled poorly. However, the author did a remarkable job making this liberating, beautiful, and erotic. For RJ and Amy, spanking is fun foreplay they both enjoy. Again, with Amy’s abusive past, the spanking could come off poorly, but the author truly made it fun for RJ, Amy, and the reader. This makes it an incredibly erotic read. There are hot ménages and group sex that are erotic and fun. Despite the sharing, RJ and the other men have the utmost respect for Amy and any other woman. RJ is also possessive and protective of Amy. RJ is careful to gain Amy’s consent before including someone or pushing a boundary. It’s really beautiful to read.
The spanking and sex are very frequent in Amy’s Redemption. Yet it never feels like the book digresses into pure sex for sex’s sake. It’s always a love story. The author’s engaging style is pitch-perfect. This book is published by Pink Flamingo Publications. If you’re familiar with Pink Flamingo, you know most of their books are erotica. Technically they do class Amy’s Redemption as spanking erotica, but this is a romantic love story with spicy hot sex. To me the book is perfect. This book invaded my dreams and deserves a Best Book rating.
Amy’s Redemption is one of those multi-layered delights that leaves you breathless with a smile. This book has everything I love: a lively heroine who’s vulnerable, a strong hero who’s putty in the heroine’s hand, a great story with a mysterious twist, writing with an intoxicating cadence, a last line that made me laugh, and hot, spank-tastic sex. I give this book my highest recommendation.
This anthology is full of stimulating and entertaining stories. It runs the gamut from a story about vampires to a man looking for the right Domme whoThis anthology is full of stimulating and entertaining stories. It runs the gamut from a story about vampires to a man looking for the right Domme who can help him with the pain he longs for. With an abundance of stories and plots to choose from there is bound to be a story for just about everyone.
Mistake by London Saint James is a story about a rich woman and a man from the wrong side of the tracks. The two may come from different worlds but the attraction that they feel for each other is real. Even as hot as the sex gets between these two, you can see that the love that they feel for each other is strong and true. Xavier may be a rough man but his heart belongs to Sienna. Sienna is a strong woman who knows what she wants and is willing to go after it no matter what the costs. The two make a wonderful couple no matter how different their worlds are the love that thy have for each other out shines it all.
Denied by Lauren Gallagher we find a sub who likes it rough but he cannot seem to find the right Domme. When he does a scene with Lady Roxanne, Elliot’s dreams may have come true. She knows just how to tease and how to hurt. Could she be the Domme for him? I enjoyed the way this story was told from the sub's perspective. The emotions that he goes through are very strong and the bond that the two begin to feel is a good one. Elliot is a man that is searching for what he wants and will stop at nothing to get it. Seeing his persistence made for a good read.
In Tempted by Jenika Snow we get a paranormal story. Athena finds herself tied to a bed with four vampires to satisfy. The author sets the scene right from the beginning pulling me into Athena’s world with all her details and imagery. Athena is full of emotion as are the four men making this an intense read. With an interesting twist at the end of this story, I found myself wanting to know more about Athena and her men.
Spice it Up by Alexandra O'Hurley brings us Kellee, an office worker looking for something more. As she begins an online conversation with an anonymous man she gets braver and braver until she finally agrees to meet him at a bar. Sparks fly right from the start between the two and they continue their fun into the night. I liked this story and the feelings that Kellee has. She is a woman who knows what she wants and goes for it. Jed is a great man always taking care of Kellee’s wants as well as his own. This was a nice romantic story with a surprise ending that made the story even more magical.
In Lady Blake’s Tales for the Queen by Pepper Anthony we are introduced to Lady Blake who has been imprisoned and must treat the Queen to nightly tales. In this nights tale we learn about the couple Arrabelle and Sir Devon. As we see the innocent Arrabelle find her true self and give it freely to Sir Devon there is no mistaking the love that is building between the two. I enjoyed meeting Lady Blake and would love to see more stories about her and her plight. Lady Blake weaves a wondrous tale for the Queen and in the end I could only hope that we get to read more stories about her tales in the future.
After the Honeymoon by Rachel Clark is about Keith and Michelle, a couple who is on the verge of divorce. They've lost that spark and neither of them know what to do. When Keith decides to show his true self to Michelle he only hopes that being a Dom will not scare her away. He could never imagine that she might enjoy it, but enjoy it she does. Then Michelle begins to mix up her feelings and becomes confused and runs away until their best friends try to help her understand the lifestyle. I liked seeing the bond of love and trust that Michelle and Keith have. Watching Michelle find herself and understand her wants and needs was a great read. The emotions were high in this story and the friendship with the other couple was a nice touch. Not only do we see Keith and Michelle lean on each other but we also see that they can lean on their friends as well.
Hidden Pleasures by Ashlynn Monroe brings us Jill and Ty, a married couple who find that they may not know each other as thoroughly as they thought. When Jill catches her husband watching BDSM movie she not only is intrigued but willing to try it with him. I enjoyed seeing the love that the two share. Jill never once thought less of her husband and wanted to enjoy him in every aspect. The intense love that these two had for each other made this not only a hot read but a sweet one as well.
Taken for Pleasure by Angelina Rain brings us Duncan’s story. He is a strong man who loves with all his heart but must decide if he is willing to put that heart back on the line once again. When Alyssa interferes in his latest relationship he has had enough and kidnaps her. While trying to find out Alyssa’s motives the truth comes out and surprises Duncan. I liked Duncan right from the start. He is a good man who deals with all that life throws at him and picks himself back up without missing a beat. Alyssa and Duncan are a great couple that love each other deeply.
Bad Romance by Melissa Hosack is a great story. Ashe is a woman who finds out that her family is not what she has always believed it to be. When she finds out what a mistake she has made she is more than willing and ready to make amends, especially after she meets Jason. Jason is a strong man who fights for those that he cares about. The two make a strong couple and the love that blooms between them is a wonderful read.
This anthology was a pleasure to read. It was nice to be able to read these short stories from new authors and find out if I liked any of their writing styles. I found many characters full of emotion and depth that were more than ready to have me hear their stories.
I will remind readers that this is a BDSM anthology and that some of the sex may be intense and could offend some. In reading this anthology I found new authors that I enjoy and will be sure to look for more from them in the future.
“He’d managed to get hard earlier, but only after she’d sucked him like a Hoover and he’d done some seriously heavy fantasizing.” This is one line that will stick in my mind for a long, long time. One of the things I love about reading books by Tara Lain is the way her imagination comes out in the written word. It's all the cute lines and the vivid details that leave you smiling and going back to re-read them again. I fell in love with both of the heroes in the first book, Genetic Attraction, so I was eager to get my hands on this one. This story was more of a step back in time and told how the two hot men, Roan Black and Jake Martin, got together.
It's funny how, when you read a book that is so good, the characters not only hold your attention but your heart as well. In this story I got to see the lust and love of both Roan and Jake grow and bloom into something everlasting. As I watched the tale unfold, I could not help but wish them both the best and hoped they'd come away with everything they wanted. Not only does the book have an in-depth plot that broke my heart, it also had a beautiful air of tenderness that left me breathless.
Roan's need for a family and to be loved, even though he is a supermodel, was a story line that made my heart ache for him. It was hard watching and waiting for Jake to make up his mind and decide what he wanted out of life. There is so much emotion between the pages of this book that I found it hard to put down. This is one of the best M/M stories I have read and one I will be reading again. The story of Jake and Roan is so exquisite I walked away from this tale loving them both.
It’s a sin how much I enjoyed this story. I laughed so hard and then I felt so sad. It’s funny, sexy, sweet, naughty and poignant all at once. At only ninety-nine pages, it’s a lot more than I was expecting. I was anticipating just a frivolous vacation cruise romp with lots of hot sex. And it is that but it’s so much more, too. It’s a real romance with plenty of real emotional risk for both heroes.
Joshua Addison is a very authentic character, vulnerable and funny. I fell in love with him and got right into identifying with him. I was crying “Oh no, you didn’t!” each time that he did something stupid out of self-protection or pride, and feeling happy for him when things worked out anyway.
Captain Kane Kessler is commanding and sexy with just the right touch of the forbidden, or maybe I should say the forbidding. Joshua has been deeply hurt in the recent past and he’s not quite ready for the intensity that Kane shines on him. I enjoyed experiencing all the angst, anxiety and adoration of this once-in-a-lifetime affair with Joshua. In addition, the world of the cruise and the exotic locales they visit is brought to life. I could just smell the salt tang and coconut oils and hear the gulls.
Ms. Blackwell doesn’t shy away from showing their conflict, be it emotional, mental or physical. There are a few scenes of physical aggression between the two. It made it more real for me and it wasn’t overdone. It made it seem like two men in actual fact fighting their own attraction for each other in a relationship with high stakes. Their emotional conflict plays out in the sexual scenes in a beautifully interwoven way, nothing gratuitous here. And the sex is raw and hot, and tender and vulnerable all at once, certainly not for the faint of heart. This book is a full-bodied erotic romance.
The Captain’s Man is a for real love story about two for real men. I can see myself adding it to my guilty pleasures list and reading it more than once. Now I can’t wait to read the next book.
Do the “classics” entertain you with their period language and beautiful imagery but leave you wanting the characters to break out of those molds and just get real? No, I’m not suggesting a Real World Regency England. But if you would like to know what happens when the BBC gets crossed with Cinemax look no further than Mitzi Szereto’s Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts. This is not your high school lit teacher's Jane Austen but she would have to have appreciated the unerring way Ms. Szereto keeps the story within the proper time period in both language and setting.
I have to admit something that I’m not terribly proud of: I’ve never read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. How silly is it that a lover of literature has never cracked the binding on one of the most well known and acclaimed pieces of written word in history? But it didn’t stop me from being completely intrigued at how well it might be rewritten. With a healthy dose of human sexuality that had me reaching for fan I couldn’t put this book down before reading its exciting conclusion. Ms. Szereto leaves nothing on the taboo table unexplored…okay, almost nothing…the animals are safe and I’m pretty sure everything else is mostly legal or at the very least consensual.
Even though I haven’t read the original manuscript I had a working knowledge of the story and its characters. Who wouldn’t with as many times as the story has been made and remade? I knew who Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy were and that there was a conflict that kept them from being together but admittedly I didn’t understand how the title of the book played into that conflict. Ms. Szereto does a beautiful job of keeping the underlying story true to form even with the sexy little side adventures that had this reviewer thoroughly entertained. I actually finished the story and have considered more than once that I should finally read Ms. Austen’s book so I can better compare the two versions.
Ms. Szereto has taken some artistic liberties with a number of well known fairytales and successfully brought them into adult mainstream reading venues. I believe she was taking a real risk by “tampering” with a classic but she did it with obvious respect for the original premise and a true talent for creative story telling. This is a “must read” for anyone who loves spicy and entertaining literature. You’ll be shocked, uncomfortably aroused and planning to re-read it over and over. Bravo Ms. Szereto for bringing us all a little more culture *VBG*.
With so many bodies in the bed, how can a girl not get flustered? If I had to give this story a heat level, it would be "scorching" because you cannot help but fan yourself while reading this tasty treat.
One thing that did not change was Elijah who I thoroughly enjoyed in the previous story Sanctuary, and he did not disappoint in this one. His spitfire personality really keeps everyone on their toes, which with so many characters is not an easy feat. This fiery personality ensured his place as one of my favorite characters.
Two characters that did shock me were Andrew and Logan. They seemed like different characters. Logan is no longer the strong domineering alpha who seemed like a borderline bully. Instead, he became an understanding partner who loved and respected his partners. In the first story Andrew seemed to be as much as a leader as Logan, just not the same style. In this story he seemed too submissive and sometimes got lost amongst the stronger characters. These changes were not necessary bad changes, but they left me feeling a bit puzzled because the changes were so drastic.
Asylum also introduced two new main characters to the storyline: Malik and Kali. Malik is a strong character and purposefully vague. From beginning to end, you do not know if he is one of the good people or the bad. I'm still not sure how I feel about him and will have to continue reading the series to really say if I like him. Kali, on the other hand, I quickly fell in love with. Elijah’s wit entertained me and Kali’s just added even more excitement to the mix. In addition, her unique abilities as a Methuskein added an extra paranormal element, which I appreciated.
The sequel to Sanctuary may have some of the same characters, but took on a life of its own. Not only were some of the characters a bit disconnected from the storyline from Sanctuary, but so was some of the overall feel of the story. I got the feeling I was missing a story in between the two because so much changed. It made me wants to go back and reread the first story, just to make sure I wasn't forgetting things. It felt as if the author recognized the mistakes she originally made and corrected them in this story, but it left me a bit disconnected because of it.
The writing style of this story read very smoothly. With a story involving so many characters, I was worried I would get confused as a read. Instead, I was able to easy tell each character different personalities and keep up with the actions including in the bedroom. This is something I really commend the author on. She even incorporated small details like different nicknames from each of the main characters to make you understand which was speaking.
Still, the story was able to stand on its own and even added a little more than the first story, and for that, it was an enjoyable read.
“Sharing had never been as sweet as it was bitter, or as depraved as it was heavenly. “ Ten years after answering an add in the paper listed as “Girl to share” Ariane soon realizes that the two men who posted the add wanted to share her as much as living space. Now married to both men with twin girls, she thinks everything is good in her world until she realizes that one of her husbands is lusting after a co-worker.
A sequel to Shared. Shared Too takes on a drastic turn from the first book where I was left with the feeling that Ariane, Quinn, and Liam would live happily ever after. I even formed an attraction to both Quinn and Liam and thought they were the perfect male specimens. However, my feeling for Quinn took a nosedive in this book and I did not know if I hated him or loved him for the first half of the story. Thank God for Quinn as he was pretty much the glue that kept everything from falling apart between the three even though he had a lot of stress and fear that he hid from the others.
This story is high on the emotional scale and kept me anxious and on the brink of tears a time or two with fear that their perfect world would come to an end from one calamity or another. Truly, this story has a new and enthralling plot with a number of unique twists that added a lot of sparks in the sex scenes and left me fanning my face a few times. I even got my first taste of F/F sex, which I found quite a delightful experience, and it definitely added a new level of excitement to the storyline.
One thing is certain, I will not forget this book any time soon and may even read it again in the future. I would recommend reading the first book, Shared, to get a better view of each of the characters personalities and how they met, however, it is not necessary in order to follow and enjoy Shared Too.
I will be keeping an eye out for more books by Ms. Harlem in the future.
“Girls like me want kinky sex but when we say no, we want a man who can rein that thing in on a dime.” Boy! What a line to get the imagination going and making a person eager to read a book.
When I started reading Deliberation Plantation, I was a little confused and had to go back and read the blurb so I could understand what was going on in the first few chapters. Ones I realized that Marcy Mahoney was opening a hot BDSM club and was choosing men for the club I was able to make a connection and got in the groove of the story line.
Picking four men because of the physical connection Marcy may end up with more than she bargained for. Ones I got into the story, I was hooked and excited to see where this plot would lead and spent the night reading because I had to see how the book would end. Before I could figure out the mystery of why the guys were at Marcy’s ranch I realized that Cort Campbell had a thing for her which kept the entertainment going and caused a few chuckles. Marcy was a promiscuous woman and she used sex to get what she wanted. I could not help but fall in love with Marcy’s smart mouth and quick comebacks when dealing with the men. I also worried that she would be caught in the middle of the fight that the four men brought to her door.
The sex scenes were steamy, and made the air conditioner work over time. I had to do a little internet search to find out what a cold stone was because it was a new sex toy to me. The dom/sub relationship was light and not as controlling as I am use to reading but the plot was cute with a little mystery so by the time I got to the end I no longer had any nails left to bite.
Would I recommend this book? Yes but only if you like a little light BDSM and a lot of laughter! When you read this book be ready to learn that “what works for the bulls is acceptable for the heifers!” as Marcy informs the boys.
On the very first page, Captain Kane Kessler comes at Joshua in supercharged inferno of white-hot sexual heat. And it just gets better from there.
I just love Josh. He’s such a well-crafted character. A handsome, sexy yet somewhat nerdy bookworm. He’s sweet, funny and so touchingly giddy over the captain. Yet he’s all man; there’s nothing feminine about him. Ms. Blackwell has certainly mastered the art of creating complex masculine characters.
This story has all the humor and emotion that made The Captain’s Man so enjoyable. It’s a very novel feeling to laugh so hard while at the same time feeling my heart contract over what the characters are going through. Poignantly funny is the best way to describe it.
Kane Kessler is stern, commanding, tender, and sexy all at once. In short, alpha hot. We get a deeper view into Kane in this sequel and the conflict between him and Josh deepens. Kane is not as sure of his own emotions and this along with Josh’s insecurities fuels their conflict. The Christmas they share is so touchingly romantic it made me cry a little.
The sex is…wild, unabashed, wickedly sexy. This not for the faint of heart. The conflict is entwined through the whole story. There’s so much fire and emotion between these two. They bring out such explosive reactions in each other. The midpoint presents real emotional dangers from two directions.
There’s not a single boring moment in the story. Ms. Blackwell kept me on the edge of my seat for one afternoon. It was impossible to stop reading. I had to find out what happened next. This story is wild passion, conflict, fury, tenderness, one steady, outrageous roller coaster ride for the emotions. This is erotic romance at it’s best. It’s definitely got a special spot reserved on my keeper shelf.
Anyone familiar with Joey W. Hill’s Vampire Queen Series will relish this newest installment. In Vampire Instinct we are introduced to a different kind of hero. Malachi is a vampire who has been turned, not born, and is Native American. For the most part he stays away from the vampire world, remaining at his sanctuary for feline predators. So when vampire Lady Daniela asks for his help in rehabilitating feral vampire children, he isn’t certain he is up to the task. Enter Elisa; Daniela’s servant and a woman who has lost much at the hands of the children in her care. Mal and Elisa don’t appear to have much in common, but as past tragedies are revealed they discover they need each other far more than they realize.
As with Ms. Hill’s previous books, Vampire Instinct is impossible to put down. The characters come to life on the page, becoming living, breathing people. Malachi is extremely sexy as a vampire who resists his darker compulsions, while Elisa is the perfect heroine to test him at every turn and peel away the layers to reveal the man beneath the tough façade. There is heartbreak, there is love, and there is so much emotion in this novel it’s impossible to formulate into words. It’s difficult to reveal too much about Elisa and Mal for fear of ruining the story. However, it is safe to say Mal learns to master the fragile and traumatized Elisa in the same cautious fashion he approaches her vampire charges. Although the heat and chemistry between the protagonists is off the charts, it’s the deeper emotional connection that will bring readers back to this book when they want a tear-jerker read.
Vampire Instinct is an absolute must buy for those who enjoy thoroughly developed characters, a soul-deep emotional journey, and the perfect amount of BDSM.
Eva thinks she’s won a much needed vacation, what she’s actually found is her soul-mate who just happens to be an alien.
The Commander’s Woman is Ms. Carew’s second entry into her Celestial Soul-Mates series. She does a good job introducing the premise to those who, like me, didn’t read the first book. In the beginning we meet the five women who will likely each have a story about them.
Eva is looking forward to a much needed vacation from work and the stress of divorcing her lousy jerk of an ex-husband. Eva’s in a rebuilding phase and isn’t looking for a man to fill any gaps in her life. Not surprisingly, when Eva meets her soul-mate she has trust issues. She wasn’t looking for any man, and her inner fight between lust and trust is pitch-perfect. I did question the circumstances that made her suddenly decide she loved her soul-mate.
Commander Larson Raa-ling is a loving, patient, and mouth-watering hunk of a man. He understands his mate’s issues and tries to help her through them. He uses sexually creative means to gain her trust; including letting Eva have her way with him. I didn’t get to know Larson as well as Eva, but I did think he was a little too good to be true. For all of Eva’s doubts and mixed messages, he only had one angry moment. I wanted the Commander to be a little more commanding to help Eva get through her issues.
The sex between Eva and Larson is wickedly hot. Restraints and toys are used, but this is not a BDSM book. With Eva’s permission he has sex with another woman that turns into a mouth-watering ménage. Larson also has an adjustable penis that made for interesting sex scenes, and made intercourse super-hot, while the oral sex made me laugh.
Watching Larson’s loving patience with Eva’s inner journey from lust to trust is touching. For a quick, hot and stimulating read The Commander’s Woman is sure to please.
Larry Gatlin was right on target when he sang “Everything that glitters is not gold”. It takes loving and nearly losing for Scooter Austin to be reminded of that simple life lesson.
When Dahlia Burke literally ran into Tanner Dawson she wasn’t expecting the incident to change her life. Her growth from a woman who’s had her self-confidence beaten to a pulp to one who has the strength to walk away from the men she loves is a heart melting journey right back to their HEA. Hold onto your hats because the sexy cowboys in Wilder, Texas are the real deal! Tanner and his best friend Scooter simply ooze all the best characteristics of yummy cowboy heroes.
If you’ve read Ms. Darlin before, this story is all that you would expect. She has a very talented writing voice for drawing the reader right into the story with vivid descriptions, smooth transitions, layered plots and best of all a wonderful romance. It isn’t hard to see why Dahlia is attracted to both Tanner and Scooter. They have charm, masculine beauty as well as a tangible sense of honor.
Speaking of tangible, there are only a couple of scenes in this novella where Dahlia and one the men make with the hot and heavy but WOW! If I had seen steam coming off my e-reader I wouldn’t have been a bit surprised. I’m convinced that Tanner is one of the more orally fixated characters that I’ve read in a while. He isn’t a bit conceited about his talent…he’s convinced and rightly so!
This may be considered a short story but it lacks in nothing except I want to visit Wilder, Texas more often and for longer stays. If you’ve read Ms. Darlin’s short story, Back for More, in the Tasty Treats Vol 2 book you’ll recognize a few familiar faces. It was nice to catch up with Alana, Rayne and Dirk and see that they are still just as firmly in love as when we last visited Wilder.
Have you got an hour or so to kill and a hankering for some juicy cowboy loving? If you answered yes, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Wendi Darlin’s All That Glitters. You’ll love the sassy spunk of Dahlia and be instantly won over by the men that fall in love with her. Their story has cemented Ms. Darlin as an automatic buy for this reviewer and I think you’ll find it was time well spent.
This story is an erotic powerhouse that dives right into what readers love best about the demon world created by the amazing mind of Ms. Holly. For readers who may feel that they don’t or can’t get enough of those scenes that the author does so well, The Assassin’s Lover is a bonanza.
What always amazes and delights me is the raw emotion and need that Ms. Holly imbues her characters with. I don’t know how she does it, but every erotic scene has meaning to the characters and brings depth to the story without ever seeming gratuitous or for the sake of sex itself.
The conflicts are varied. There’s the external threat of assassins going after the assassins, the idea of vengeance, and the most important and relevant issue is the balancing of three lives into a cohesive and healthy relationship. Feelings are hurt, soothed, explored and exposed. The dynamics of bringing together three such diverse and unlikely characters and making them fall in love was tricky and fascinating. To add spice and suspense there was an additional goal or plot -- to rescue a relative from an unspeakable and well guarded place. Put it all together and readers are in for a roller coaster of drama, uncertainty, daring-do and a romance that defies the odds.
Kat is an exiled princess. The best description I can come up with to refer to her is ‘survivor’. There’s a bow to the tale of Cinderella regarding the heroine. The unfair attacks against her haven’t broken her but made her stronger, more determined and more appreciative of the gifts that come her way. I loved that she could be haughty and prim, wild and devious, and sexually bold -- truly a mate worthy of the strong men in her life.
Those manly men come in the yummy packages of Hattori and Ciran. A reader will first meet them in an innocent setting. What’s genius about that is its showing of a simple and uncomplicated time in all of their lives. The author sets up the future by looking briefly into the past. By doing so, I understood better about what they lost, what they struggled to overcome and what they eventually will fight for. It’s a hard road but the men are harder.
Hattori is the main focus of Kat’s desire. Ciran is the unfortunate third wheel whose emotions and feelings are locked inside. His yearning is what endeared him to me. He was trying so hard to be selfless and it was killing me. I believe that he needed to love and be loved most of all. Hattori and Kat’s eventual realization of that truth enhanced the telling of this fascinating tale. Sure, it’s full of bumps and bruises, but a lot of hot loving is what eventually takes the blinders off allowing Hattori and Kat to let go of their ingrained reserve and finally reveal the true love they all share. It’s beautiful; their passion has an incendiary quality that had me having to fan myself a few times. Okay, more than a few.
As I said before, one of the plot goals was to rescue a family member. What the trio had to do in order to be successful had me shivering and perspiring. It’s intense, it’s a bit rough and it’s well written. The saying is, when you love someone, you’ll do anything for them. Ms. Holly explored it in a way only she can. Get ready for a wild ride.
The thing that made me tap my chin in thought was the family member. The blurb doesn’t say anything about it and neither will I. I will only say that I wished the character was fleshed out more. I understand that trauma will affect a person but it was hard for me to really truly care when the person came across as cardboard and stiff. Something was missing but I can’t put my finger on it. Out of the whole book, this is the only thing that I felt let me down.
The Assassin’s Lover is a complicated love story, rich in emotion, conflict and heart. Ms. Holly is known for her well written scenes when it comes to skin on skin action and this book certainly delivers with explosive results. The intricacy of the plot takes its toll on the main characters and a reader will be hard pressed to put this book down until the very end. I am satisfied with the happily ever after but I get the feeling it has an attached ‘for now’ somewhere. I don’t believe they’re completely out of danger and I also think the person they rescued now needs some emotional TLC as well. What this means is that the next story set in this alternate Victorian world is going to be an auto-buy for me. I simply have to know.
What do an erotic romance review writer and the sexy single man next door who hosts the hottest, wildest swinger parties every week have in common? The greatest sex either one has ever had? Yes! In almost every way possible? Yes! A magnetic attraction that makes them both crave each other to the exclusion of anyone else? Yes!
This continuously roaring hot story tells the tale of the sexual awakening of the heroine, Lanie, who has read plenty, but experienced little. At first Lanie is timid, shy and critical. Then she meets her swinging, gorgeous neighbor, Cody who coaxes out the erotic hunger in her with his experienced and passionate guidance. After attending one of Cody's swinger's parties, Lanie spreads her butterfly wings of newly found carnal delight, and soon the two are inseparable.
I liked Cody and his gentle yet softly dominant nature. That Ms. Holt brings the very independent and adventurous man to the emotional place where he wants and sees a certain woman as being all he'll ever need is charming and endearing. For the first time in his life Cody has found a woman that he wants to settle down to a permanent relationship with.
I had a problem with Lanie. From the first, I found her hard to like. She seemed mousy, prudish and crabby. Even after the huge about-face concerning her opinion of Cody's lifestyle, she was too subservient and ill-defined. That, and a few editing errors prevented me from rating this story higher.
That said, the sex was extremely hot and there was a lot of it. The depiction of the swinger's lifestyle was fascinating, non-stop steamy action. I was pleased with the happy, hopeful ending that left me feeling I could have my cake and eat it, too. Even with a problem or two, I liked this engrossing tale and feel that for the length, it covered a lot of ground in a classy, well-written way. I recommend, Swingtime to anyone who wants a fun, short read with a lot of sexy, exciting action.
How is one boy supposed to choose between three comfortable beds, and the sexy men that come with them? Brian meets leather daddy Paul late one night at a bar and soon they’re spending a lot of time together. Although he’s never met Paul’s roommates, Brian feels things could be getting serious. That is until Paul has to leave town for a few months with nothing settled between the two. Brian wanders the city hurt until he meets Jim and eventually Scott, Paul’s roommates. One by one they show him what he’s missing until a twist of fate puts all three men plus Brian in the same room. Now if only Brian knew what to do.
Goldilocks and His Three Bears is an adorable romance. It’s one that features multiple partners, which is not always a reader favorite. I would urge those readers to give this one a chance though as it’s pretty mild and a light hearted take on the subject. There are two main relationships that form over the course of the novella, Paul with Brian and Jim with Scott, then the four men come together for a group sex session at the end. While there are multiple partners, the story shows how each man adds something important to the mix. Paul is the Daddy Bear, the commanding one while Jim is the Momma Bear, the nurturing one. There is Scott, the fun loving one and Brian, the baby bear who bounces from the slightest bit of sugar. They come together as a loving family that just happens to love each other in a physical way as well.
One other important element is the mild BDSM portion. Brian and Paul are in a Daddy/boy relationship while Jim and Scott are more about control. It all works well though, and the story shows how and why the men get what they need from the various relationships. The sex depicted and BDSM elements are pretty mild and shouldn’t turn many readers away. In fact the sex feels natural and works well within the framework of the story. It shouldn’t shock or upset even unfamiliar readers. Instead the story feels full of love and joy between the men.
Goldilocks and His Three Bears is a very cute and very sweet romance. It’s got a few elements that may not be to some readers’ liking but it’s done in a very skillful way that engages readers. The great writing, cute men, hot sex scenes, and pure fun of the story make this a very easy novella to recommend. If you haven’t read this, do so now. It’s the perfect light summer read.
Sometimes the perfect man is standing right in front of you and sometimes you knock him down and spill a drink on him thanks to a large, amorous, horse-of-a-dog!
Are you looking for a character that you instantly fall in love with and want to bring home with you to take care of? Let me introduce you to Evan. Bless his heart, he doesn’t have a problem getting dates, just getting the right date. He’s ready to settle down and knows what he wants in a life partner and after the summer of love and weddings that sweeps through Massachusetts he most definitely knows what (and who) he doesn’t want! Is it so hard to find someone who gets his humor, someone ready for a commitment, someone without scary issues…someone like Paul?
Mr. Edwards really did a fantastic job of character building with both Evan and Paul. The point of view in the story moves smoothly between Evan and Paul so the reader is able to see the action from both sides. The journey to their elusive HEA is often humorous and sometimes painful but worth every crazy dating adventure once they realize the amazing chemistry they feel is genuine.
If you love a soundtrack with your romance, play Peter Cetera’s 80’s ballad After All. There’s a line in the song that says “After all that we’ve been through, it all comes down to me and you. I guess it’s meant to be, Forever you and me, After all”. If Paul and Evan didn’t play this at their wedding, I would be sorely disappointed, after reading their story.
Do yourself a favor and pick a copy of Plus Ones. Mr. Edwards is a truly talented writer and I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read from him so far. He’s an auto buy for this reviewer and an easy recommend.
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.
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.
Eastern Ambitions is the third installment of the Compass Brothers books, and the most intensely emotional so far.
As each Compton brother turns eighteen, they leave home to follow their dreams. First Silas, then Seth, and now the twins are about to embark on their own adventures. While Sawyer has opted for a military career, Sam is determined to go to college back east. He wants all the things not available on the ranch, and he believes he will find it all in New York.
Fast-forward seven years, and Sam is where he has worked hard to be: a successful trader in a prestigious investment firm in the city, with a chance to become the youngest vice president in the history of the firm. He just has to succeed with one presentation and he is in. Then there is Belinda, the woman he has been seeing, and the night before his big day, she finally takes the relationship to the next level with a wild night in Sam’s bed. But things aren’t what they seem, and the next day, Sam is not only not given the promotion, he is fired for ‘stealing’ her proposal, and for harassment. Seems she set him up for a major fall.
Sam decides to head back to Wyoming to lick his wounds, but when he calls home to let them know, he is blindsided with news that knocks the situation he is in right out of his head. Going home becomes more important, and he leaves immediately.
Life is much the same as ever at the ranch, but as Sam comes to terms with all that is happening, he meets Cindi Middleton, the ranch office manager, and sparks strike between them. Cindi is wounded, not physically, but inside there are scars and secrets. With so much going on, can they help each other through the tough times ahead at Compass Ranch? Can they trust each other enough to reveal their innermost secrets, secrets that are very much the same? Can Sam learn to not judge without all the facts before opening his mouth?
I love the world and the characters that Mari Carr and Jayne Rylon have so marvelously crafted. There is an electricity flowing through this story, a sense of things flowing just below the surface about to erupt, that draws the reader in with the first words. This story grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go until the final sentence.
Sam Compton is the image of the successful young businessman, and he has achieved what he wanted. But when it all goes down the drain, the only consolation he can think of is home. Sam has matured, and has picked up some decidedly kinky habits in the big city, and he knows those things will be put aside when he goes home, and he is okay with it. I like Sam and his ability to realize what is really important in life. I enjoyed watching as he kept messing up what could be the best thing to ever cross his path.
Cindi Middleton works and lives at Compton Ranch, and she also plays there. She is strong and smart, and determined to not be hurt ever again. She has her ways of coping, and if those ways include playing with the ranch hands to everyone’s mutual pleasure, well she’s fine with it. I loved Cindi’s honesty with all the men in her life, and her ability to be exactly who she is. When she meets Sam, I liked that she finally met someone she could relate to on a special level, if he can just accept her secrets and not walk away.
This story is deeper and more emotional than the first two books, and there are many secrets that need to come out. The connections between the main and secondary characters in this story are expertly intertwined, with everyone filling some need in another. But this is definitely Sam and Cindi’s story, and they have some major barriers to get through to get to their happy ending. There are several hot spots in this, and the scene in the yard with Cindi and the men is one of the hottest things I have read in a while. That was the moment when Cindi and Sam realized they were perfect for each other, and it was written to perfection.
This is one very hot romance, but bring a huge box of tissues, because this one will bring the tears, both from laughter and from sadness.
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.
The Next Generation is the fourth in D.J. Manly’s gripping series. This book has an overabundance of action and sex. If Manly’s well-written, highly descriptive writing style doesn’t have readers jumping into this book, the energetic gladiator battles and sexual encounters on every other page will definitely spark an interest that keeps the pages turning.
Nicolaus is a young man who feels he needs to step out of his father’s shadow and become and even better gladiator than his father once was. The story and conflict between father and son is a common theme but what makes Nicolaus’s situation different is his father treats him with nothing but love and affection. His father’s only wish is to keep his son alive. Nicolaus, like most youths, only see’s pride and glory in fighting and becoming the champion of the gladiator arena. But along the way to seeking his glory, love rears its nasty head and throws Nicolaus for a loop.
Ariston is a gladiator but not by choice. His strength and strong will have given him the edge over all his competitors. He is the champion every fighter wants to beat. Ariston was born into slavery and became a gladiator out of self-preservation. I really liked this character, after all his hardship and cruelty he had experienced throughout his life, he still retains basic human emotions. Ariston is not a fighting robot; he has hopes and dreams of becoming a free man and finding a love of his own.
Nicolaus and Ariston’s love affair takes them both by surprise at first. Ariston is more accepting of this pairing but Nicolaus’s need to prove he is the best gladiator wears on this budding relationship. Love is work and sometimes sacrifices have to be made and the author did a wonderful job of getting that across in this story. This love story is taken step by step of the highs and lows a couple goes through no matter what time period they live in.
There quite a few conflicts amongst this story. First off there is Nicolaus’s relentlessness to become a gladiator, Nicolaus attraction to his father’s lover, the poisoning of Ariston, and the love story between Nicolaus and Ariston. This book lacks nothing in the entertainment department. There are so many things going on in this story as the reader I never got bored.
This author’s capability to write so smoothly and flow with the detail descriptions gave me the ability to feel like I was watching this story unfold like a movie in my mind. From the gladiator fighting and countless sex scenes nothing was left up to the imagination. The high quality in the descriptive details really made this story a winner for me.
I have not read the previous books in this series but I was able to follow along without an issue. After reading The Next Generation I will definitely have to go back and read the priors. This was an A plus read that I think all D.J. Manly fans will enjoy.
“I cannot change what they do to my body, but I will never kiss anyone but you.” A kiss was all that Lucio could give Gabriel to show his love.
This book went a long way in derailing my thoughts and feelings when I first started reading mainly because I had no idea where I was as far as time and space was concerned. Steampunk is brand new to this reviewer and it took a few chapters to realize the story took place in the Victorian era with steambased inventions that put me in mind of Artemus Gordon in Wild, Wild West, inventions like mechanical coaches, fans, and other items that would not be found in the time period. I must admit I had a ball seeing how the author incorporated steam machines into the plot.
My heart went out to Lucio, who was a companion for those in a world where the mark on their hand determined their casts in life. His occupation for lack of a better word was “pleasure partner” and he has no say in what the higher class does to him, but he has wants and dreams beyond his pretty face and sex. Gabriel Blackstone from the merchant caste is given a birthday gift that he will never forget when his friends pay for a night with Lucio. However, no sex and honest conversation leads to a lasting impression on both of them and sparks desires for more than the hand life has dealt them.
The combination of their heart and chemistry left this reader hanging on and hoping for a happy ever after. I will admit that there were times in the plot that I was upset and felt that Lucio and the companions he knew were being degraded. Ms. Tachna’s writing is so vivid I couldn’t help but hurt for the painful and heart-wrenching experiences they sometimes faced.
The cruelty and torture the pleasure class endured was particularly hard to take when Lucio confesses to Cressida, another companion, how Gabriel was different and told her that “for an evening, I got to be me. Me. Not the polished, practiced companion everyone sees, but me.” This sentiment brought tears to my eyes. It was romantic and heartbreaking watching Gabriel deal with irrational jealousy because of Lucio’s fate in life.
Ms. Tachna added a lot of twists and turns in the plot. I found it was easy to become spellbound and enchanted by the two main characters. The storyline itself flowed well and did not drag or bog down which made for an enjoyable, albeit anger-filled story emotionally. Personally I enjoyed the book a lot but there were times when the subject matter of torture and rape were a little more graphic then what I am use to reading. However, it fit well into the story and only added to pulling me into this decadent lifestyle. If you’ve been considering picking up a steampunk book and love a story that grabs both your heart and mind, The Inventor’s Companion is a good place to start.
What could be more exciting and fun for a vacationing woman bored with her solitary life after being dumped months earlier than a reunion with a college friend at a five star Colorado Ski Resort? Maybe a special party with her friend Amanda and her husband, Jake and his hot Resort-owner cousin, Patrick?
Things do get exciting and fun for Tera soon when she meets Patrick, who can't take his eyes off the redheaded beauty. As owner of the resort she checks into when she arrives, he is able to take time off from his duties to devote to a spontaneous night of hot, passionate indulgence. The emotional connection between the two is immediate, magnetic and undeniable.
Tera and Amanda have a special reunion of their own... then Amanda gives Tera a proposition that she can't turn down. Jake has a special surprise birthday party planned for his cousin to end in a night of hedonistic bliss, and Tera is invited. Will she go? And when her vacation is over, how will she walk away from the man she has more feelings for than any other before?
The chemistry between the main characters is hot, fun and filled with interpersonal twists and interesting dimension. Ms. LaFleur makes this vacation sound like a magical experience that everyone would love to have in their life and adds the intense element of beginning love and sexual adventure on top of that.
I enjoyed each character in the story fully. The author brings these people to life with her richly worded details, painting them with such accuracy that they seem to be standing in front of you. If you're looking for a fun romp of a story with a satisfying romance, then check out, Always Room For Four.
In a hurry, but need a quick jolt of sensual excitement and seduction? Hop right into this very steamy tale because each command, every quivering sigh delivering a breathy ‘yes’, will jumpstart a reader’s pulse into overdrive. Once again Ms. Alex zeroes in on what a woman likes to read that seduces her mind and her senses.
The first thing I’m happy about in this story is that it’s not an overnight quickie. The protagonists have been building a relationship between stops at the airport as they travel on their jobs. Well, I’m assuming about the guy because the story is mostly told in the heroine’s first person point of view. The fascinating thing that the author did was to not only keep the man’s name a secret, but the woman’s as well. It’s quite effective. I’m as much in the dark as Mr. Terminal Two even though a reader get’s into ‘Beautiful’s’ head to understand her reservations, her worries and her dilemma. I understood that in life, this woman also referred to as “Bella”, is as independent, strong and stubborn as one could wish because she’s had to survive and thrive in a cut-throat business world. And the mysterious man with the Italian accent demands total control over her which she grants him, though not without a reader understanding just how hard some of his demands are for her. Then again, he’s also taking her passion and wishes very seriously and he grants them in grand style. It’s quite the turn on.
The Man from Terminal Two is as commanding a Dom as one would wish. Caring yet firm and giving generously to aid her pleasure, yet a reader will understand that this mystery man wants more from her. He’s intuitive however, and tells her what she needs to hear. I really believe he understands her more than she realizes. It made me wonder just how much he’s guessed about who she really is just from a few things the heroine said. One thing’s for sure, he has power, influence and commands respect from those he calls friends. Nothing illustrated that more effectively than the scene in the restaurant. Only really good friends, those a person could trust with their lives, would have helped out with such enthusiasm and support. One of the women was an acquaintance from his past and his current relationship with her speaks to a man very sure of himself and of a decent disposition. What must it be like to place yourself in such confident and capable hands utterly and completely? If it’s anything like what happens in this story, I think I’d faint from overstimulation.
I’m not kidding about the sex being stimulating. Yes, the scenes are written well and are quite effective but what is more impressive is that it aroused my mind, my imagination and took me where the author wanted me to go as The Man from Terminal Two worked his sensual magic. Having a glass of ice water nearby might be a good thing.
The editing was almost perfect. The only thing that wasn’t clear to me was the scene with the three women. I’m not too sure what was happening as far as how the heroine fit into the picture since it was happening behind her. I was a little confused. So, because she didn’t know, exactly, I didn’t, and that’s the challenge and frustration of writing first person point of view. But that didn’t ruin my enjoyment because I found out that this is a sensual cliffhanger. There is more to come, pun intended.
Layover Liaisons is just as it says; it takes place at one of the heroine’s layovers and it’s finite. When I realized that the next morning was it - the end, it just about made me come out of my chair. It can’t be the end! He’s getting those feelings of permanence, I just know it! She’s coming to a crossroads in her life where she is going to have to choose which is more important, the quality of her life or work reputation, and the book ended!
And that’s why I liked this book. I was so wrapped up in the hero seducing and wooing the heroine, the telling of the tale was so effective and convincing, that I needed to know more. I needed to follow them to their next layover and see what happens next. How will he convince her to let go of all her fears? To trust him with absolutely everything? If this story wasn’t so well done, none of those questions would haunt me. Since they do, that means this short little gem is a winner. I enjoyed watching the chemistry sizzle and pop between them and was satisfactorily entertained.
I enjoy Ms. Alex’s style of writing and her ability to focus on what makes a reader feel like they’re in the bedroom, or restaurant, with the leading characters. Hot stuff!
Get ready for a wild ride with chills and thrills because six authors are going to take your mind on a roller coaster of adventure as they explore the spicier side of romance and passion.
Captain of Nara’s Heart By Laurann Dohner is all about being in the wrong place at the right time. I thought the premise to be incredibly sexy and well done. It didn’t beat me over the head with sex scene after sex scene. After the first incredible and well described event, the story focused on the growing love Nara had for Cathian. She got to know the man behind the body and the mind behind his very talented tongue. I was charmed as to how strong-willed the hero was, to the point that he’d deny his heart because he wanted to protect her. I was equally impressed with Nara’s ultimate determination to chart her own course and grab the brass ring even if she had to hog-tie someone to do it. I loved the ending: basically he was wrong, she was right and because of Nara’s stubbornness, they get their happily ever after. Women really do know what’s best for their men.
Dragon Heat By Mel Tescho has a bit more action and drama to spice things up. It’s a story about a woman being duped and, whether by accident or design, discovers the truth when she falls in love. It’s a great paranormal story with plenty of interesting tidbits about dragons and their capabilities. The tale also has a nasty villain that truly is scary because he had such power. Dragon Heat’s other accomplishment is that it made me want to know more about this dragon world that the author has created. There’s a bigger picture out there because someone has to free the captive ‘pets’ from their brainwashed state. This is certainly a sexy and well told story and is one of the reasons why I enjoy anthologies. I discover new authors and new interests and this short paranormal romance has captured my imagination. I’m hoping that maybe there’ll be another undiscovered dragon as hunky and as yummy as Benson, the hero in this story. Now that’s something worth investigating.
Dangerous Addiction By Desiree Holt is for the romance reader who likes to be seduced by the BDSM lifestyle. It’s actually pretty well done with a wonderful buildup to Cord and Fallon’s relationship. There’s the emotional vulnerability from Fallon and the need to heal and dominate and love from Cord. The ending is more of a happily for now as the story is more about their meeting and Fallon finally agreeing to leave her past behind by trusting Cord. It’s powerful, romantic and quite sensual. The way this installment was delivered, and how the characters were written, has created an avid curiosity to find out what it’s going to take to heal Fallon’s trauma completely, and how will Cord eventually reward her for giving her all to him. As it is, this tale ends with optimism and hope for their future. And, based on this little snippet, I bet it’s going to be powerfully sexy and entertaining. What fun!
Highland Tryst By Eliza Knight starts off pretty dramatic and then does a fast switch into giggles. From there it was sizzle and pop with a hunky Highlander and I had a ton of fun reading this very sensual and exciting tale. Ms. Knight was very inventive in how the hero and heroine explored their passion and I got a kick out of the choices the author made when it came to introducing Fin to the modern world. The part that had me giggling all over again was what the author decided to have the hero do for a job. It’s actually pretty cool but at the same time, imagining a solid, old-world Scottish warrior doing that kind of work gave me delicious goose bumps. What a terrific idea! This is a well told and thoroughly entertaining story with a delightful romance to satisfy any reader.
Tattoo Witch By Kathy Kulig opens up with a sexy but definitely sinister edge. The set up is innocent enough but very quickly turns scorching with elements of fear and anger to spice up the action. Not everything that sounds good is good. Yes, there is some incredible skin on skin action, even a brief stint with another couple. The writing was vivid and it captured the heated passion that drove the main characters. But when a person is told that there’s bad with the good, decent people can’t possibly imagine the lengths evil will go to in order to ruin them. Even though this is a very sexy tale, the motto, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” applies in a big way. There is suspense in this short story. It’s their sense of determination and belief in what’s right that pulls the hero and heroine together to defeat what was thought undefeatable. This wasn’t an easy read for me but it’s definitely well done.
The Addiction By Jaid Black is the story I’d been waiting for. Figures it would come last in the anthology. I’m a fan of Ms. Black’s and somehow I knew that this was going to be the icing on an already yummy cake. I was right. The author set up the plot, conflict and character hook within the first few paragraphs. There’s the cynical and world-weary hero and the energetic, optimistic go-getter yet still sort of innocent heroine, and their worlds clash.
Ms. Black’s sense of humor and cleverly described bit of slapstick totally sucked me in. In such a short space, the author packed in a crazy but loving family, internal angst, gleeful manipulative friends and a wonderful surprise that embodies what romances do best – gives a reader the warm and fuzzies while providing them plenty of reasons to sweat and swoon. Ms. Black’s ability to create characters that seem real and alive is as vibrant a talent as ever. And this short story proves it.
Something Wicked This Way Comes covers the spectrum of readers’ tastes and satisfies on every level. Whether a reader is looking for a bit of sexual adventure, an out of this world experience or the simple beauty of “I love you”, it’s all here to discover in this wonderfully well-written anthology. There are things that made me gasp, had me laughing and giggling, or wide-eyed and reaching for the ice cubes. This book is a lot of fun and so engrossing, it could possibly make time cease to exist. It certainly felt that way to me and I enjoyed every second. If you’re feeling a wee bit wicked, then this is the book to read.
Two hot detectives are ready to arrest the object of their desire. If she wants to stay out of jail, she better submit to them quietly and obediently!
Alex Desjarlais has lived a sheltered life. Orphaned at a young age, Alex grew up in a religious foster home and attended a convent school. She knows she has limited sexual experience, but nothing could prepare her for the likes of Detectives Staples and Rust.
Devan Rust and Jeff Staples spent most of their lives together and are inseparable. Their lives are intertwined and together they plan to have a loving fulfilled life with one woman. From the moment they both set eyes on Alex they knew that she could be the one. So they invite Alex for a life altering weekend, never expecting what they would find.
Just when you think they found their life long menage HEA, fear, doubt and the outside world throw a wrench into "happy". Don't worry, this is romance, so the real journey has only just begun.
Devon and Jeff mean business when they finally get Alex where they want her. I understand that a dominant relationship is not for everyone, but I wasn't prepared for how overpowering and demanding they were at times. Knowing how sheltered Alex was, it made me want to throttle the two men. I appreciate a book that brings out strong emotions in the reader. There was an underlining message in the story which I found fascinating: practice open communication. To preach communication and then to fail so stupendously in practice was almost poetic justice. The circumstances that eventually felled this happy family was heartbreaking. Having Alex find her inner strength was wonderful, but then she seemed to lose it at the worst moment. I thought for sure Ms. Young was going to make her a stronger character.
Ms. Young did a fabulous job rendering me dizzy with anticipation. When the expectation of the great revelation was building, my heart nearly pounded out of my chest. I did find a few editorial errors, but they were minor and mostly an annoyance.
I enjoyed this story and became invested in the lives of the characters. I love ménage stories and Ms. Young wrote clever tale. The BDSM element is at times shocking, but not too shocking. A bonus for me, I discovered some creative and interesting toys.
Away is very sexually charged and not for the shy or sexually timid. If you're the adventurous type, you'll want to read this book. It was definitely a learning experience for this reviewer, one I won’t soon forget!