These bonded mates will have to fight their past before they can embrace their futures.
Finding a new author is like finding buried treasure. I thoughtThese bonded mates will have to fight their past before they can embrace their futures.
Finding a new author is like finding buried treasure. I thought this was a amazing read, even though when I picked it I had no clue what I’d be reading, really. It didn’t have a cliff hanger nor does it seem like it will be a “series” book. Instead, the author very cleverly wove three stories into one read. They are separate stories but by the end they all mesh together to make one well developed novel. That was just one thing that pulled me in and kept me there.
I met three women in the same situation but who handle themselves differently. Abby, Grace and Cat are human women and mates to vampires. Abby is a ward who’s been around vamps most of her life and is all grown up now, Grace is somewhat naïve and a sheltered homebody and Catlin is a bar owner. The brethren are a group of male vampires who watch over the city and are destined to be mated. The way the group of men are described almost reminded me of another series. The book lost a bit of its originality with that but it was the only drawback. There was plenty to keep me reading beyond that similarity.
What awesome play with words, as sexy alpha males try to contend with their equally stubborn human mates. The wise cracking, the teasing among the characters was a good fit, almost as if I could close my eyes and see the story playing out. There was one wee twist that threw me for a second, then I completely agreed. There is a bit of danger as a old nemesis the brethren thought dead shows herself. The hot scenes were all wow, yep, I needed to fan my face. There was some hints of BDSM but not much mostly the alpha male tendencies. Oh, I just fell in love with Tasha and Micah. The ending was surprising, but HEA. I enjoyed it and it listed as a favorite. Enjoy! ...more
Sometimes, after several books an author’s writing quality starts to decrease. That’s not the case with In the Den, by Sierra CartA BEST BOOK RATING!
Sometimes, after several books an author’s writing quality starts to decrease. That’s not the case with In the Den, by Sierra Cartwright. In this novel, book 6 of the Mastered series, Ms. Cartwright delivers a fascinating story that sucked me right in from page one.
Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary to read the rest of the series before this one, but I highly recommend it as it’s nice to recognize some old characters and to get to know the mysterious owner of the Den, Damien Lowell, from the start.
The overall plot might not be innovative, but Cartwright’s writing is wonderful. The words flow easily, and as with earlier books I was seduced into the world she creates. Also, as I’ve mentioned in other reviews, she has a knack of teaching about the BDSM lifestyle through her books without detracting from the erotic, without making it seem like an actual lesson. Everything seems natural and the story rolls effortlessly.
Though In the Den is erotic beyond any words I could write here, what really makes it a great read is the love story between the characters. It was emotional, heady, full of unexpected little paths that left me wondering if they’d make in the end. After all, Damien was not falling for any girl. The woman to whom he had decided to dedicate all his affections was none other than the respected Domme Catrina Davidson.
Initially I was a bit hesitant about Catrina becoming a submissive. After all, she was a Domme, had been since forever and that made her awesome to my eyes. Nevertheless, this was also precisely why I was intrigued: How the hell was Damien going to bend her to his will? It would have definitely been very interesting to read if it had been done the other way, Catrina dominating Damien, but Ms. Cartwright still caught me up in the intricate romance that bloomed between these two.
And romance it was.
Damien is not only old-world manners, good looking, intelligent and wealthy. He’s seduction on two feet and he snuggles! He knows what he wants and he goes after it without hesitating, but when it comes to love, it was interesting to see a different side of Damien. I knew he was in love long before he figured it out.
Catrina is Damien’s equal in everything. More than once I found myself wondering what it would be like to be under her scrutinizing wide-eyed gaze. The path that Damien leads her into, was not easy to watch. More than once I found myself holding back tears with her, struggling with every step of wanting to submit but not quite getting there yet.
There is little more I can say about the sex: it is amazing, scorching, sizzling. The chemistry between the characters is off the charts (I’m still reliving that first kiss in my mind or the coffee table scene).
All in all, In The Den is a great novel, which I’ve already read twice and I know I will read again and again. ...more
Crime, death and a lot of hot sex! Have I got your attention? Then you should read Theirs to Cherish.
This isn’t my first foray into the world of ShaylCrime, death and a lot of hot sex! Have I got your attention? Then you should read Theirs to Cherish.
This isn’t my first foray into the world of Shayla Black. I’ve read her other works, but not in this series. That didn’t detract from my enjoyment with this book. It sizzles with sexual tension and the writing crackles. I needed to know what would happen next.
Like I said, I haven’t read the others in this series, but I didn’t think that was a problem. The characters were described well enough and the story solid enough for me to keep up. That said, there were moments I skimmed through pages, needing more action. The story isn’t boring, but the pacing could’ve been ramped up a bit.
So who are the players? Thorpe is the head Dom of Club Domination. He’s a tough guy and isn’t terribly easy to understand. I got that he was uber alpha, but there were moments I wished he’d have cracked a bit. He’s got a back story I won’t divulge and it’s heady. It’s hardened him. I liked that he was crusted over, but I had a very hard time liking him. He came across, as the heroine says, like a caveman.
Then there’s Sean. He’s the Dom Callie ends up with at the end of the previous book. He’s multi-dimensional, but also hard to love. I wanted to like him earlier on and I’m glad I kept reading to find out his secrets. The one thing that drove me crazy about him and Thorpe was the drive. I liked that they had to learn to get along, but the conversation was stilted in spots and didn’t seem terribly masculine. Do guys really talk about their emotions that much?
Callie is a conundrum, too. She’s not just a bratty sub – and she’s very bratty – she’s also a on the run heiress. I get this is fiction and she’s going to be a tad larger than life, but I had a hard time connecting with her. Many times I thought she would zig and instead she zagged. Her dialogue comes across bubbly at times and whiny at others. I really wanted to like her and root for her, but I ended up putting the book down more often than not.
Now don’t get me wrong. I didn’t dislike this book. There were hot scenes throughout. The sex sizzles and you’ll want something cold by the time the book is over and the mystery itself was strong.
If you want a menage story with a BDSM twist and mystery to boot, then this might be the book for you. ...more
Bear Naked and Bite Marks is the fifth in Jenika Snow’s Sweet Water series. It’s possible to read it as a standalone, but as someone who’s read the whBear Naked and Bite Marks is the fifth in Jenika Snow’s Sweet Water series. It’s possible to read it as a standalone, but as someone who’s read the whole series so far, I really like the build up of knowing who past characters are. I will say that I didn’t connect with Melissa and Declan as a couple as much as I did past couples. There was a lack of deeper emotion between them that followed me through the whole story. It’s a very sexy and erotic book, and when they were together sexually they definitely had major chemistry.
I did like that Melissa was a strong female character and outside the bedroom, she was willing and able to put Declan in his place. Declan is a male who isn’t used to actual relationships so I gave him a lot of slack for his at times brutish behavior.
I will be visiting Sweet Water again, if she writes more, because while this wasn’t my favorite out of the series, I do enjoy the little escape the stories bring. It’s a very steamy read that will definitely get the engines going, because Ms. Snow can definitely write a very erotic sex scene. ...more
Sometimes it’s better to be screwed by the system than to screw the system. Cosmo is a near expert at failing interviews. He has to take the interviewSometimes it’s better to be screwed by the system than to screw the system. Cosmo is a near expert at failing interviews. He has to take the interviews to keep his unemployment benefits but he has no desire to actually work. He’s too busy focusing on his music and his band to worry about boring 9-5 jobs. He has a perfect plan to fail his latest interview by casually mentioning he’s into BDSM. Cosmo is sure that’ll send the guy running. What he doesn’t count on is the fact that not only is Alasdair not scared, he’s more than willing to show a brat like Cosmo how it’s really done.
Screwing the System is a delightful and slightly kinky story. Cosmo is an unrepentant loaf who has dreams of making it big in the music world. He’s not too keen on working at a boring sanitation job but he’s more than willing to mix it up with the sexy boss. Alasdair wants to bring some control and structure into Cosmo’s life and they both want the incredibly hot sex between them. It’s a bit of a battle between wills but so much fun to watch it happen. Both men are well written, each with tragedy and hardship in their backgrounds. Neither man has had it easy but they’ve responded to their adversity in different ways. Both Cosmo and Alasdair come to realize they can learn from the other and be better for it.
The writing is top notch and truly inspired in some scenes. There is some BDSM but it’s more dominance with a side of spanking/caning/flogging than any real hard core BDSM. The sexual attraction between the two men concentrates on the shifting power dynamic than anything else. Cosmo is a brat that loves to be put in his place but fights his way there while Alasdair wants to control but out of love. They have some minor misunderstandings but the two get together and want to be together so their path to a happy ending is pretty easy and drama free. If anything I’d say the final scene is almost anti-climatic. The story seems to be building up to a big confrontation that never seems to happen.
The blurb mentions some big fight but that’s not exactly true. Instead, the men are actually pretty mature and understanding and work out any problems. This makes for a nice change from other, more typical romance stories. I happened to like and appreciate this but it does have a bit of a let down feeling. Other than this the story glides by with few hiccups. The good writing, interesting characters, and plentiful hot sex make this an enjoyable story to read start to finish.
Constantly on the go and admittedly wound tightly, Heather Bowen follows her insurance carrier’s suggestions and visits a massage parlor to try and reConstantly on the go and admittedly wound tightly, Heather Bowen follows her insurance carrier’s suggestions and visits a massage parlor to try and relax. Privately cynical about a masseur being a true medical professional, Heather is cautious around Tasha to begin with. Tasha’s easy, bohemian manner soon has Heather relaxed, and when the massage starts to really work, Heather questions why she waited so long to do this. Unexpectedly, however, Heather finds her body responding erotically to Tasha’s skilled hands. “Releasing muscle tension” suddenly gets a whole new meaning…and that’s only for starters.
I enjoyed how natural Tasha and Heather came together. The build up between them was well paced, neither seeming to push the other. Tasha suggests she try some new techniques on Heather, and Heather is delighted – thoroughly enjoying her first massage. I found the smooth, slow progression of their mutual seduction enticing and eye-opening. As the book is entirely in Heather’s point of view there were a few short places where I found it difficult to gauge what Tasha’s true thoughts and motivations were. At times she read to me as a little emotionally removed – despite her sensual and skillful actions. In these places I questioned whether Tasha held ulterior motives, or whether she merely did just want to “try out” her new techniques. I found myself losing some of that erotic build up in these areas. Mostly though this extended scene was a realistic, steamy coming together of two girls. I particularly liked how neither were instant porn stars. Heather describes some of the sex sounds, and there were a few times as they came together where limbs were awkward and Heather was unsure of the mechanics of girl on girl. It made the read much more realistic to me and funny in a sexy, hot way.
For a reader who isn’t very big on F/F (like myself) I thought this was a cute, easy introduction to the genre. There’s a really intriguing twist half way through that caught me totally by surprise. I can’t say much more without spoiling – but after Heather and Tasha’s scene there is progression, and a smoking hot M/F scene with Heather. The male character is a large, domineering man who is equal parts anti-hero and sexy dominant. There is some mild bondage (the use of restraints), dirty talk, spanking and a sex scene that I found very hot, but isn’t for the faint of heart.
This story won’t be for everyone, but I found it delightfully explicit, well written and the erotica sizzling hot. If you’re open to your stories being on the raunchy, naughty side, don’t mind a bit of F/F action and like your heroes tall, darkly handsome, not necessarily pure of heart and more than a little spicy, I’d recommend this story for you.
Full Moon is book #2 in the Second Chances series from the talented Mari Carr.
Carr is one of the few authors who never lets me down. I’m a big fan ofFull Moon is book #2 in the Second Chances series from the talented Mari Carr.
Carr is one of the few authors who never lets me down. I’m a big fan of all her books, and this one is no exception. A woman on the prowl…a sexy stud bartender…this story had the potential to go the gratuitous route. But it didn’t. Never one to disappoint, Carr delivered a beautiful love story that is filled with sensual love scenes, but without the gratuitousness that can be found in erotic novels. Don’t get me wrong….there is a lot of steam in this one. Full Moon is more than an ordinary erotic novel. The story flowed so smoothly, that I barely even noticed the heat level (it’s red hot by the way). Simply put…Carr delivered a meaningful story with this one, and that is what it takes to grab onto and hold my attention.
The story opens with Josie and her girl posse making their resolutions for the new year. Resolutions are the common thread that is the premise of the Second Chances series. It’s been two years since Josie’s gotten laid. Since her ex walked out on their marriage for some bimbo he met in a bar. Her first priority has been in providing a stable life for herself and her six year old son, Tommy. But you know…BOB won’t do it forever…and a girl’s gotta get her some eventually. So Josie’s resolution is her own personal bucket list – or her howl list – as she calls it. # 1 on the list is sex with a stranger, and the list gets hotter with each subsequent full moon. Josie girl hits pay dirt her first time out on the prowl, when she captures the attentions of Jake, the hunky barkeep who wants to fulfill all her full moon fantasies.
I was totally enthralled with Josie and Jake as a couple. They were perfect together. They just had to work through some issues, mostly Josie’s insecurities and her clinging ex. She had some trust issues, and an impressionable young son to consider, so I bought that it was hard for her to keep coming back to Jake for what she needed.She wanted to keep up her walls. I mostly liked that she put her sons security and peace of mind above her own desires.
I absolutely adored Jake. He was steady and dependable, and sinfully sexy. I liked that he wasn’t the usual alpha jerk that I sometimes love to hate. Jake was quite ingenious in his approach to winning the game. It was his persistence and his laid back persona that convinced me that he was the man to break down Josies defensive wall. He could give her everything she needed…hot sex…a strong shoulder…a lasting love.
Full Moon has a credible plot with believable characters that I could believe in. I wanted to get to know Josie and Jake, and thanks to the superb writing, I did. Yeah, Carr sold this story. She sold it with great writing and character development. The secondary characters were interesting as well, the sistah hood, Tommy and even the manipulative ex added depth to the story.
Full Moon is a sexy and fun read, and I enthusiastically recommend it as Mari Carr at her best.
Sometimes dreams do come true. I really liked this story, and it was well written. The author did a great job of blending fantasy and real life withouSometimes dreams do come true. I really liked this story, and it was well written. The author did a great job of blending fantasy and real life without it becoming cheesy or getting too paranormal.
Brianna is missing something in her life. She dreams of a Dom named Orion. She is shocked when she meets a man named Jace Evans that looks, and smells almost like Orion in the flesh. She is a very strong character except when it comes to her co-worker and friend Karie. Her emotions throughout the story are very realistic and honest. It is even more real as the Brianna’s dream world and the real world seem merge. She came across as a very likeable character.
Karie is Brianna’s co-worker and friend. She comes across as a bit nutty and unrealistic. The one thing that stayed in my mind about this character was that maybe originally she was two different characters that were merged together as the story was written. Karie seemed to switch emotions as easily and fast as a light switch being flipped.
Jace is aspiring musician who meets Brianna in a club. While he is taken with her, he realizes from the start that she is a submissive. He struggles with becoming her Dom after a horrible experience. I really liked Jace, he was not an ego driven Dom. He was the type of man that most women want. He balanced the Dom and himself very well. I loved that he was honest about his feelings when asked. He does not hide anything from her.
The one problem I did have with the story was the explanation of Orion. There was no real explanation as to why he looked like Jace, why he appeared, or why he disappeared. What explanation the author tried to give was very lack luster and unbelievable. It was like the author got caught up in other parts of the story and forgot to deal with that part.
The sex scenes were very hot between Orion and Brianna and Brianna and Jace. There is a lot of chemistry between Jace and Brianna, but not as much between Orion and Brianna. I loved the ending of the story. It was perfect.
If you like BDSM themed books then you will love this book! I really liked the characters in this book and how they interacted. I hope we get to see more of these characters in the future.
A dress that falls off when the wearer is near her true love??? That should save us from kissing lots of frogs during our search for Prince Charming!
TA dress that falls off when the wearer is near her true love??? That should save us from kissing lots of frogs during our search for Prince Charming!
Tasha thought the cursed wedding dress would prove that Jason was her true love, but it didn’t fall off which was what it should have done if he was the person she was meant to be with. She ran out of his apartment and into an elevator with Nathan, a guy from Jason’s office, when the dress fell off. Then it fell off again for someone she thought was Nathan. She is the owner of two bakeries, but Jason, a businessman, does not believe that she is smart enough to interact socially with his peers. What a jerk, I thought, and it was his loss since he didn’t see what an amazing person Tasha is.
Nathan is a straight-laced businessman, but that’s where his resemblance to Jason ends. Nathan has some quirkiness including a thing for bright, candy apple red things including his car and Tasha’s red panties. Nathan’s cousin, Kiah, is a macho firefighter who also falls for Tasha. The two of them have a sizzling, constant tug of war over Tasha, who does not mind sharing after her initial consternation when she realized that Kiah wasn’t Nathan.
I enjoyed reading about how Nathan, Kiah, and Tasha worked things out between themselves in Candy Apple. There’s a bit of exhibitionism that goes with the voyeurism, all part of a very hot read that I highly recommend. Ms. St. Clare kept my interest with her fast paced story that includes many sexy scenes that sent my heart rate soaring. May your search for true love go as well as Tasha’s!
Never too Late by Chris Quinton I liked this book because it reminded me to live every day and to love every day. Stuart lost his love, and thought thaNever too Late by Chris Quinton I liked this book because it reminded me to live every day and to love every day. Stuart lost his love, and thought that he was going to die. He was physically ill and heartbroken. Tom loves Stuart, but after Stuart’s second chance at love he is still not ready for a second chance at love. Age difference also plays a part in Stuart’s decision.
Chosen by Pelaam This is a nice dark Gothic tale. I actually wanted the Vampire Dragomir to get his love. When his love is not ready to embrace the life a vampire, he gets used as a pawn to destroy Dragomir. I really liked the Vampire world that Pelaam created, and I want to go back. Alexandru is innocent and young, which is the case for many vampire victims. However the attraction and love that Alexandru feels proves that he is not a victim at all. I liked the dark and frightening aspect of this story! I cannot wait for sequels, or a longer look into Pelaam’s imagination.
Smoke Break by Allison Cassatta What would you do if you saw an attractive man enjoying himself? I know what I would do! That is what Daryl does when he sees Charlie after their brief encounter. This is a hot, steamy, short and arousing story! You’ll need a cold shower after this one.
Watching for Love by Sara York This is a sexy look into Mac, a man who cannot stop watching the man he loves: Ryan. He is afraid to talk to him, so he uses voyeurism as his only release. Ryan is not afraid and finally decides to call Mac on his behavior. Ryan uses dominance to teach Mac a lesson, and the lesson he learns is that he loves Ryan even more than he thought. If you fantasize about voyeurism, and brief dominance, then you will love this story.
Far from Home by Serena Yates I think that two men who want to be left alone make the perfect match! When Luca gets rejected from his family for being gay he has no choice but to live alone. On his adventure he finds a wounded dog. The dog’s owner finds him just in time to accuse him of hurting the dog. After a trip to the Vet, and after Jonathan realizes that he was wrong in his assumption there is an apology. Along with Jonathan apologizing he offers Luca to spend the night. Luca falls for Jonathan’s plan, and a night turns into a lifetime of true love.
Lord Godiva’s Pony Training by S.A. Garcia Would you help your lover live out his fantasy? Matt’s lover does when he comes home early to catch Matt engaging in Pony Play. This older couple definitely loves each other enough to live out each other’s fantasies. Matt made a great story teller and was indeed funny. There were a few times I found myself laughing and smiling. I learned something, love a good fantasy and laughed all at the same time!
A Return to Normalcy by Anel Viz This is a story about a man that cares about everyone else but himself. He still eats dinner with his wife once a week while having a bipolar lover. This only confuses the family members more, especially his son. It is only after Patrick learns to take care of himself that the people in his life do as well. This leads to a happy coexistence for all of them. I liked the story and would not mind hearing more about the other characters.
Solitude Disrupted by Andy Slayde and Ali Wilde I didn’t know what to expect with 2 different authors. What I found was the touching story of how Heath opens up Quinn’s heart. Quinn is a shut in, and does not want to deal with anybody, especially not Heath. However as Heath uses his determination on Quinn a bond is made. They decide to let each other be and to live with each other. Before that truce can happen there is a lot of arguing and power plays, in and out of the bed. If I was stuck in Paradise with a hot man, I would find reasons to argue and make up too!
Leap of Faith by Lexi Ander A bachelor party gone wrong changes everything for Ben. It is only after he finds himself that he can let Dawson love him, like he thought his previous fiancé did.
Clean Monday by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly When you are at the end of your rope, and no one cares about you, what do you do? Aleczander decides there is nothing left for him. So he jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge. Only he survives, and discovers that people do care. Especially about him. He realizes that there are support groups. Then he finds Tommy. I believe in life. Death is never the answer and this book proves that point beautifully.
My Unintended by Faith Ashlin The grass is not always greener on the other side. This book to me was about sibling rivalry. Noah is living with Greg. However, when his parents change their will to leave their house to his sister with kids, he starts to think that he is missing something. It is only after he realizes that he is giving up more by leaving Greg does he learn what he truly wants.
Roadside Rescue by Nicole Dennis I would love to be rescued by a strange sexy man who invited me back to his house! Especially if he is a Deputy! He must have handcuffs! This story was fun to read and the ending of this one alone was worth buying this whole book!
Unmasked by Patricia Logan This story had everything, sexy men, BDSM, love and trust. Byron becomes Anthony’s slave, and he likes it. This story was written in a very steamy way! If you like reading about sex, than you will love this story.
Checkmate! By SammyJo Hunt I liked this story because I liked the idea of using chess as a sex game. I also enjoyed thinking about a hot lifeguard and how willing I would be to trap my king for my opponent. Chess is a mental game, and when the author mixed it with great sex scenes I was hooked.
Overall I am giving this book a 4 because I didn’t like that very few people accepted their gay loved ones. I thought that this would be a better book if a few of the stories started with happy beginnings, too.
This was the first book I’ve read from Doris O’Connor. I have to say that I was impressed with the intricate web of deceit that was woven throughout tThis was the first book I’ve read from Doris O’Connor. I have to say that I was impressed with the intricate web of deceit that was woven throughout the entire story.
It was the blurb that caught my attention. I wanted to know what devious things Jemima had done to inspire such cold indifference in her husband. The poor woman was just out of a coma after being mowed down by a speeding car. And here everyone was calling her a bad penny and treating her like crap.Threatening her very life. I was sure it would turn out to be a misunderstanding. Another classic story of a good woman done wrong…you know…the kind that draws me like a moth to a flame. But this writer threw me for a loop and changed the game around. Turns out Jemima wasn’t so innocent, and instead it was Giorgio who was wronged.
Ten years ago, Giorgio Giovanni was glad to see the back of his wife, Jemima. Now, she’s turned up again, the victim of a brutal hit and run, and claiming amnesia. He checks it out, and is skeptical of how much she has changed. Gone is the flamboyant woman he knew, leaving a fragile and broken one in her place. Seems that Jemima had been into some bad stuff that got her into a bad place. He didn’t know the extent of her betrayal but it all started to come out as more of her memory returned. It was a complicated plot, one that the writer brought together perfectly.
I liked Giorgio. I liked that he wanted to protect Jemima, even believing the things he did about her. He felt remorse because he never tried to find Jemima after she walked out of his life, and then those terrible things happened to her. Not to ruin the secret or anything, but he had ties to some very bad people. And he was shattered to discover the real instigator of those sordid events.
I even came to like Jemima in the end. She was no angel, for sure. But neither did she deserve what happened to her. She had some daddy issues, and was acting out to cover up the pain. And I felt that she really did love Giorgio, since she made a big sacrifice for him.The writer did redeem her character, just a tiny bit. My heart still broke for the heroine, just in a different way than I’d expected when starting the story.
I really enjoyed the story, the writing was flawless. The thing is…I like to be shown and not told. It’s a personal preference of mine. The writer showed the slow rebuilding of Giorgio and Jemima’s intimate relationship. She was a broken woman…in more ways than one. She wasn’t ready for the intimacies she and Giorgio had shared before. For instance, they both alluded to having enjoyed a BDSM relationship of sorts. I never really saw it, but the writer was obviously taking into consideration Jemima’s past. With the exception of an ill fated incidence with some scarves, and some vaguely mentioned toys and spankings, that was about as far as the story strayed into kinky town. The intimate scenes were steamy, don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed them very much. They seemed to be scripted more toward a rebuilding of the trust between Jemima and Giorgio. More romantic and sweet, and I did like that.
Anyway, I got my happy ending, and it was a fun ride to get there. The plot was engaging, and quite suspenseful. If you’re looking for a story that will pull at your heart strings then be sure to give this one a try.
The Perfect Dom is a spanking good time with four stories that will leave you gasping for more.
Balancing the Books is an exercise in male submission aThe Perfect Dom is a spanking good time with four stories that will leave you gasping for more.
Balancing the Books is an exercise in male submission and female domination. When Phillip comes into apply for a job after seeing the smoking hot Giovanna, the tables get turned. Mastering him in all ways, Giovanna is his boss and Mistress, delighting in pushing him past his preconceived notions of the male and female dynamic. This is one bookstore that gives a whole new meaning to balancing the books. A hot read for fans of fem dom stories.
Feeling the Heat revolves around Taylor and Maisie. When Taylor begins to spend all his time fixing the car, Maisie begins to feel neglected. When she becomes terribly irrational and starts a fight just to provoke a reaction, Taylor takes matters into his own hands. With a pair of handcuffs, he attaches Maisie to the car and begins to master her instead. Things get heated when she discovers she is at his mercy. A sexy read with some spitfire characters you won’t forget. If auto repair was this much fun, I might have pursued it more in college.
What do you get when a naughty pair of sweat pants lands you in the position of being propositioned by her flatmate’s brother. The Perfect Dom and a good spanking! An invitation written right across her backside in letters bold as brass, Alex pursues Mia for that invitation, and to the surprise of both of them, she takes him up on his dare. Hook, line and sinker, they embark on a spanking good time. This story was a whole lot of fun and I am going to demand a pair of these sweatpants for Christmas!
British to the core and studying abroad in Italy, Darby is desperate to ease her kinky cravings and meets William on an internet hook up site. Sexy text messages bring the two together and after a nice tea, they head to a lift and proceed to have a torrid encounter that left me wanting much, much more. Goody for me that author Lucy Felthouse always gives the reader much more than you are craving and another spicy interlude was awaiting the couple. Kinky and spankalicious, Meet Me At the Spanish Steps, was the perfect end to this marvelous collection.
If you enjoy a collection of stories dedicated to BDSM, spanking and some pretty hot sex scenes, then you need to add this jewel to your TBR right now.
I love Sindra Van Yssel’s books, and the idea of a whole island just dedicated to women having every submissive need met intrigued me. I enjoy BDSM boI love Sindra Van Yssel’s books, and the idea of a whole island just dedicated to women having every submissive need met intrigued me. I enjoy BDSM books, and this story pulled me in right in. Natalie isn’t an experienced submissive even though she does have dreams of submitting. I liked the extra plot of Natalie trying to find the orchid and trying to get away from the sexy Doms of the island to do so.
Natalie is smart, strong and submissive. I liked that about her, I enjoyed that she was smart enough to take care of herself and super passionate about her science. Watching her come into her own sexual power and reconcile it with the person she was before she came onto the island gave the story a feeling of realism.
Carter is the sexy pilot and Dom who suspects Natalie from the very beginning of lying about her reasons for being on the island. I loved Carter from the first moment he appeared; he was so patient yet firm with Natalie. I want to visit Submission Island just so I can experience even a fraction of the fun Natalie did.
In my opinion, Ms. Yssel penned another delicious BDSM tale that I highly recommend. I want to find one of her Doms and there are still three more at Submission Island, maybe I can have one of them or at the very least their stories.
A dream vacation turns into the romance of a lifetime.
Sandra Dennis is a small town librarian with simple dreams. Devoted to her family, she works harA dream vacation turns into the romance of a lifetime.
Sandra Dennis is a small town librarian with simple dreams. Devoted to her family, she works hard and stays close to home. When she wins a trip to the French Riviera, she embraces the opportunity and decides to live. She never expected to meet the love of her life.
Creighton Ashford is a handsome and very successful man. Rich and very popular with the ladies, he also carries a secret. He’s desperately in love with Sandra and is determined to make her his wife.
Although this is a self-published book, and one I normally wouldn’t have read, I’m glad I took the time. I liked the main characters very much, and although we rarely got glimpses of Cray’s point of view (which I would have liked), the love story between the two was believable and sensual. The author takes a miniature tour through Europe, and it was fun to read about places I’ve never been.
That said, there were a number of negatives. The biggest suggestion I’d have is to find a professional editor. There were a number of grammar issues, added or missing words and typos. A professional editor would go far in cutting those things out, as well as helping with the pacing. I enjoyed Trust Me, but it was far too long. I admit I began skimming some descriptions of rooms or unnecessary characters. I appreciate the author’s imagination, but it just slowed down the pace of the story. And while the sex was hot, there was just too much. After many scenes, it became gratuitous. I enjoy a deep conversation between a couple in love just as much as a hot sex scene.
One final point (which is what I was left with after days of reading): when I invest the amount of time it takes to read a story that’s almost 500 pages, I really would like an ending. To read “To Be Continued…” after all that was really frustrating. One of the cardinal rules of most romance publishers is a happily ever after or at least a happily for now ending.
All that considered, I made it to the end of this book because I did like the characters and hoped they’d make it. There is real potential in this story. The author has a very nice voice, and with a little work and sophistication, this could be a real winner.
Lucia wants to make her company one of the best party planning companies around. Her mentor, Sara, sends her to Isaac who needs more than just a partyLucia wants to make her company one of the best party planning companies around. Her mentor, Sara, sends her to Isaac who needs more than just a party planner in her eyes and Sara knows that Lucia fits the bill. When Lucia finds out just what kind of party Isaac is planning and what it may entail her to do she balks but promises to think things through over in the next few days. This once in a lifetime opportunity would be a shame to pass up. Can there be a connection with a vanilla girl like Lucia and a kinky man like Isaac? Has Sara’s matchmaking finally paid off?
This was a great introduction to the club called Wicked and the people associated with it. I adored Lucia. She is a strong willed woman who wants to make it in life and will stop at nothing to try and achieve her goals. Isaac is a wonderful man but he guards his heart because of the hurt in his past. Watching Lucia break down the walls Isaac has put up was a wonderful read. She loves with all her heart and enjoys life to the fullest, giving everything she has. Lucia is honest and loving which is something totally alien to Isaac and seeing him react to her made for a beautiful read. Emotions run high as the two try to figure out just where they stand. Isaac longs for what Lucia can give him but is afraid to let his guard down and he may lose her because of it.
Not only did the main characters shine, but the secondary characters endeared themselves to me, making me eager for the next book in this series. I loved seeing Isaac’s closest friends help to show him just what Lucia truly means to him. This hot read is also a beautiful romance that pulled me in from the start and kept me entertained all the way until the end.
How to snare a man when all the men she has dated told her she’s not the kind of woman someone would marry? Yancey had to re-do herself pronto, but maHow to snare a man when all the men she has dated told her she’s not the kind of woman someone would marry? Yancey had to re-do herself pronto, but maybe now she’s gone too far?
Yancey Peters is a methodical fact checker for a local newspaper who is dependable and responsible. When all the guys she dated kept dumping her for a certain kind of woman, she decided that that’s what she needed to turn herself into – hot and adventurous. Despite her aversion to getting her nails and hair done, Yancey puts up with the primping to get what she wants – a very sexy appearance. She studied other women and emulated them to the point that she would turn heads and get lots of attention, including some unwanted and dangerous attention.
Diego Ramos is a reliable tow truck driver with his own growing towing business, who happens to be in the right place at the right time to rescue a damsel in distress. Yancey was getting unwanted attention from another shopper and Diego jumped in to rescue her. Unbeknownst to them, a sinister stalker caused Diego to need to continually rescue Yancey from further mishaps, throwing them together in one situation after another. Even though Diego thinks his days of dating hot women are in the past because he feels that it’s time he settled down to start a family, he can’t resist what he thinks is one more fling.
Silk Stalkings was very enjoyable with its quick-paced storyline and likeable heroine and hero. Even though I had a very good idea who the stalker was, I still wanted to follow the story to the end to find out exactly how things turned out. Some very sexy moments in public places amp up the heat factor for a very hot read!
I highly recommend Silk Stalkings for a sizzling good read with some intrigue thrown in the mix. I am planning on looking for more stories from Ms. Scott since I enjoyed Silk Stalkings so much. I would love to run into someone like Diego anytime I need to be rescued! Maybe I should trade in my new car for a clunker that would more likely need to get towed!!!
Whatever I write, my review isn’t going to do Sierra Cartwright’s novel With this Collar justice. Well written and insanely hot, WitA LASR BEST BOOK!!
Whatever I write, my review isn’t going to do Sierra Cartwright’s novel With this Collar justice. Well written and insanely hot, With this Collar, is the first book in the Mastered series (as a matter a fact if it didn’t say on the cover page that it was part of a series I never would have known) and kept me glued to the pages since page one.
The main character, Julia, is cast into the BDSM lifestyle when her best friend gets married to a Dom and like many people, she is filled with preconceived erroneous notions about what BDSM is. What I loved about Julia is that I could relate with her in a lot of ways. Her thoughts and internal dialogues feel real, as well as her search for “a nice guy” just because that’s the norm (and because her ex was a dominant ass).
The hero, Master Marcus is dreamy. He takes it upon himself to teach Julia how wrong she is about BDSM, and needless to say succeeds. Both sizzling and caring when he needs to be, he made me swoon and sigh along with Julia.
One of the things I liked best about this book was the way Cartwright had of explaining the BDSM lifestyle. Through Marcus and his “obsession” of talking through everything, the author not only walked Julia across different types of BDSM relationships, safe words, differences between subs and slaves but also myself as the reader. To boot, she managed to make all of that “talking” erotic and not dense or boring!
Beyond the BDSM, it is wonderful to see the romance that builds between the characters, as it does not differ in any way to any other romance. Like in any relationship, there are doubts and there is the fear to lose yourself in that love and that is clearly seen in the case of Julia. Furthermore, it is wonderful to watch the way the character’s evolve, especially Julia’s growth.
I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment in this Mastered series and will be rereading With This Collar while I wait, for it is a great scorching love story well worth reading at any time.
When X goes on a work study program to Italy, she goes looking for love but never dreams it will lead her head long into ancient mysteries best left aWhen X goes on a work study program to Italy, she goes looking for love but never dreams it will lead her head long into ancient mysteries best left alone.
Alexandra Beckmann, otherwise known as X, is in Italy with her friend Jessica working on her thesis. Choosing to write about the mob is probably not the safest subject matter, but being steeped in all of Italy’s essences, it stirs her blood. X and Jessica meet an enigmatic wealthy man at one of the corner cafes and he pays for their drinks and food. X is transfixed by the allure of the mysterious Marcus Roscarrick. Wealthy, hot and eligible, X pursues him only to be rebuffed. Feeling like a fool, she heads off and resumes work on her thesis. Wandering the environs of Italy’s darkest corners, Roscarrick saves her when she gets into a situation over her head. The game is on.
From the first page, this story grabbed my interest. Here was a girl in Italy studying the mob. Talk about poking a bear with a stick! As X gets in deeper, you get a tour of the best and worst that Italy has to offer, both in experiences and travel destinations. As she becomes involved with Marcus sexually, hidden dimensions about the man, his past and whether their relationship can possibly go any further glued me to my chair. Was he in the Italian mob? How did he garner his fortune? What was that about a dead wife with a whole lot of money that he inherited? Lots of questions kept me guessing and that wasn’t even the best part.
Marcus is a member of a Mystery Religion based out of a Dionysian tradition. It is secretive and dangerous and in order for X to see him, she has to be initiated into the society. Fearful and upset, X is repelled by the idea, but can’t stand the thought of being apart fromMarcus. The Mysteries are a series of rites performed in secret locations that involve ancient knowledge, sexual situations and drugs. Leading her into this hidden world, Marcus tries to protect her even as they both get deeper into the intricacies of the Italian mob and the web of violence and intrigue that comes with it.
The Story of X is a compelling read that takes smoking hot sex scenes and pairs them with a Mystery religion so that the two are intertwined. BDSM elements including voyeurism, drugged orgies, multiple partners, public spankings, nudity and whippings are all a part of the initiation process. Not to mention a special tattoo as well. Marcus is a conflicted character with a lot of personal history to deal with and X has to navigate some seriously shark infested waters if she is going to be with this smoking hot billionaire.
Overall, this book was such a different BDSM twist that it had me guessing the entire time. Part mystery, part erotic romance, this story was unique enough that I could not put it down. Everyone hears about the fun parts of Italy, but what about the slums and crime ridden parts? This author did a great job of letting me see the good, bad and ugly while still keeping me riveted to the passion between the characters and what was at stake if the initiation didn’t take place.
For a hot read with some biting dialog, nicely rounded characters and a tour of Italy that reads like the most interesting travel brochure ever, put this one on your reading list.
Until the Night is Wendi Zwaduk’s long awaited follow up to her first vampire story, My Immortal. This one features the sister of the first book’s heroine, and a trio of hot and sexy men.
Gypsy volunteered to become a vampire. After all, she was all about lots of hot fun and nightlife, and she couldn’t wait for the lust and hot sex with even hotter guys. But so far, she was alone, hungry and horny, and had no idea what being a vampire was all about. The two hotties she was lusting after, Todd and Allan, didn’t pick up on the flirting she was doing, and she couldn’t understand why every time she was near either of them, she heard the word ‘mate’ in her head. When she walks in on the two of them making love in the storeroom of the bar they all work at, she is more confused than ever. When her gorgeous human neighbor, Kendall comes by, catching her at her lowest point ever, he offers her his body and his blood. When she accepts his offer, once again the voice says he is her mate. But before these four can come to terms with the fact that all four are meant to be together, a menace from the past threatens to take their happiness before it can get started.
I like this world Ms. Zwaduk has built, filled with equal parts passion and danger, lust and bloodlust. Her characters are strong, well developed and likable, and I was drawn into this early on, wanting to see how these four resolved their issues, and how they handled the threat to their happiness that Tania poses.
Gypsy is a wonderful mix of sass and innocence, a new vampire who has no idea about what life should be like. I liked her determination to embrace her undead life, and sympathized with her loneliness and confusion. She needs someone, some vampire, to show her the ropes and let her know what is happening. She is confused, because she wants both Todd and Allan, and after catching them ‘in the act’, she is more turned on than she has ever been. When Kendall comes to her place, she want to be with him, but still wants Todd and Allan. I enjoyed the ‘will they all or won’t they’ aspect in this. I knew they would, but wanted to see if it would be more than a passing thing.
Todd and Allan have been mates for one hundred years, and love each other intensely. They are strong and loyal, and are surprised when both develop strong feelings for Gypsy, and hear the Goddess declare her their mate as well. I loved the way these two were so honest about their relationship, and I enjoyed their surprise as each admitted to wanting Gypsy in their bed and their lives. When Kendall enters the picture, once more getting the approval from the Goddess, these two are stunned, but willing to add him to their expanding family. The verbal and mental conversations are funny, charming and sassy in turn, and the strength of all four characters shines through.
When Ms. Zwaduk ventures into the bedrooms, the action heats up, and there are some delightful combinations of two, three and eventually all four get in on the action. There is danger in the person of Tania, who was Allan’s maker, and how these four deal with the threat shows their dedication to each other, and their desire to build a life, or rather, an undead life together. I think the exchange between Todd and Allan says it best, when Todd says ’Gypsy is our girl, and I can’t live without you.’ And Todd replies ‘I can’t be dead without you.’ I just love that exchange, and it shows the slightly warped sense of humor that Wendi Zwaduk sneaks into her books. This is the perfect novella to heat up an evening, when time is short and you need a hot and quick bit of vampire love....more
The idea of the thief and the billionaire falling in love is what spurred me to pick up this book. I wasn’t disappointed; this was a hot, quick romp.
Penny “the cat” Matthews is a flexible vision in her cat suit when she breaks into Sebastian Demetrius’ house. I loved her arrogance and her absolute certainty that she could break into anything. She was spunky, hot and fun.
Sebastian Demetrius is a sexy billionaire and bored with the monotony of his life. Penny offers an interesting distraction, and the way he seduces her is sexy. I understand the appeal of a sexy rich man sweeping the heroine off her feet, and this story delivers.
It was very obvious this was being set up as a trilogy with each book following a different sister. I enjoyed this story I will definitely be reading the others. There isn’t a lot of emotional depth in this story, but I wasn’t expecting that. This is a whirlwind romance, and while not very realistic it is an enjoyable and quick read. I would recommend this to my friends who love category romance but want more spice....more
When Ivy escapes the clutches of the rogue werewolves she must find a way to get her life back. Chet is the last thing that she expects. When he finds Ivy, Chet doesn’t think his bachelor days were over. The two are thrown into a world of lust and love that neither one wants to escape but the rogue werewolves refuse to give up their prize and Ivy cannot forget those that she left behind. Can they find a way to balance it all or will it be too much for Ivy and Chet to handle?
I loved Ivy and Chet; they make a wonderful couple. Ivy is a strong woman and is more than willing to stand up for herself and those that she cares for. Chet is an honorable man who loves with all his heart. Alone they both are stand strong but together they are a force to be reckoned with. Watching their bond grow stronger was a great read. Their love shines through in everything and no matter what happens they each must find a way to rely on each other.
Along with love, friendship plays a big part in this story. Not only does the main romance shine through but the pack loyalty and friendship glows. I enjoyed seeing everyone join together and help those that need it as well as the easy camaraderie between the werewolves. The men have a great relationship and Ivy soon joins in to that friendship and loyalty. I loved meeting both Ivy’s friends and the werewolves that came to their rescue.
Treeland Pack Tales 3: A Trace of Ivy is full of great characters and emotions that not only make it a wonderful installment to this series but also have this reader eagerly awaiting the next book....more
If you were going to go to an island vacation hotspot in the form of a spicy novel, then this book would be your destination.
Trust Me centers around three men who run an island resort. Two of them are the central characters in this hot read. At a wedding for Kira and Gabe, Alec meets the sexy Brooke, who just happens to be Gabe’s editor. The two light up enough sparks between them for a Fourth of July picnic. When the two head off for a quickie, neither one will ever be the same again.
The other main character in this tale is Will. He meets Angel on a phone sex line and is hooked by her stammering and nervous voice. The two hit it off and soon are doing much more than talking. These two give a new meaning to the term phone sex. Both give as good as they get and the exchange of lust is equal on both ends.
The two stories intertwine and I was turning the pages of my e-reader faster than ever to find out what happens. After Brooke goes back to the mainland, she remembers the hot night she had with Alec and goes to a sex club with a guy she is dating. This has some terrible consequences and when she sees Alec again, they raise their ugly head.
Will and Angel have a unique phone relationship that blossoms into real love across the wires. When Angel has to make a choice with her work that could compromise her safety, Will gets involved. Her knight in shining armor, he saves the woman he loves from a situation that could have really hurt her and takes her off to his island paradise.
Trust Me has a unique blend of lust and characters that you can fall in love with. Each one is crafted carefully and you can really feel the emotions and sexiness ooze off the page. Hot read!
Love on the beach without sand in my shorts. That is the perfect vacation. This read was lusty and full of good times. There was a description of rape that could be a trigger for some. Other than that, the wild parties and hot group sex was right up there and smokin hot the whole way through. BJ Ware knows how to turn up the heat and light my fire every time.
Can best friends make the best sex? It seems they can!
Shannay and Ethan are best buddies, have been for years. Growing up, their parents were great friends which threw them together at every opportunity. As they got older and their hormones began to swirl they started doing considerably more than playing at the park on bicycles and they swapped the treehouse for the bed!
I enjoyed how this story threw me into the moment, a wild night, a storm, a woman frantic to get to the man she loved but who was living in the mountains enduring self imposed isolation after major problems at work. There wasn’t a big information dump in the first chapter, I just knew what was happening and was plunged into the icy scene, therefore I kept turning those pages. My favourite sort of opening.
When Shannay reached Ethan it is of course a more complex twist of emotions, with another woman involved and Shannay not daring to reveal her true feelings. The tension heats up that cabin enough to melt an iceberg.
I liked Shannay and Ethan’s dialogue a lot, they really bounced off each other, and then when it got to the sex, phew, there was some serious bouncing. Well written and fast paced, Wild Thunder is a steamy short read that packs a punch with the raunch.
My only complaint is the length — when it ended I was looking for more, in fact I thought I had a few pages missing. I wanted to know what Ethan was going to do next and would have enjoyed living out those scenes.
All in all a good, quick coffee time read, with characters who are engaging and have a depth about them in a limited word count. I would definitely have read a full length novel about these two.
Find out what happens when luscious curves attract a most delicious cowboy who knows exactly how to use his hands!
Tara is at her sister’s wedding. She not feeling very happy having been forced to wear a gown that flatters all the other bridesmaids stick-thin figures, but as for her own, more voluptuous curves, well, the dress, and the supporting underwear, are nothing short of torture. Add in heels from hell and she’s at the end of her tether, ready to go drown her sorrows or run away into the sunset. Enter a certain hotter-than-hot cowboy who isn’t afraid to go after what he wants. Before Tara knows it they’re sharing a drink, swapping naughty, flirtatious glances, she’s unashamedly checking out his package and then they’re planning a sweaty and naked trip upstairs!
I liked Spank ‘em Cowboy. It ticked all the boxes for a seriously hot, short read. A drop-dead gorgeous guy, a plot that took off from page one, a heroine who I liked and a sense of the characters story going on when I reached the end.
Ms Cayto writes good sex scenes and delivers what the title suggests. I – being greedy – would have liked a little more spanking but then perhaps that would have over done it for a couple who’ve only just met. Either way, it’s all very steamy and sassy, Rob is one seriously drool worthy guy and I enjoyed how he took control of the situation, adored Tara from the word go and had more to offer than just a quick romp.
All in all a nice sexy read that I devoured in one sitting. If you want to get a little hot and bothered on your coffee break then grab yourself a copy of Spank ‘em Cowboy!...more
Sometimes fate steps in to give us what we need to be happy and not always what we want in life and at the end of the day we are better for it. ‘Embracing My Submission’ is the first book in the Doms of Genesis by Jenna Jacob. This book takes the reader through a range of emotions.
Julianna is a submissive looking for a Dom. She works as a CPA during the day and is a submissive that goes by the name of Emerald at night. Her first Dom hurt her. I spent most of the book feeling sorry for Julianna and annoyed with those around her. Julianna is unclaimed after four years and it’s no wonder that she had self-esteem issues. I wondered why she hung on so long. I also wondered about her so called friends. I find it hard to believe that they did not notice her self-esteem issues or where they so self-absorbed that they did not care. Julianna was under the protection of Drake while at the club. I wonder if Drake kept other Doms away on purpose.
Mika is the owner of Genesis. His first wife died from cancer. In the beginning Mika thought that Doms could only love one slave. Mika got the shock of a life time when Julianna walked into the club. Julianna was the spitting image of Mika’s dead wife. Mika has the air of mystery about him. I loved this character but was frustrated at the same time by some of the things he pulled. I do not like people that do not try to have a conversation with someone before trying to teach them a lesson. It comes across as childish without the conversation.
The author did a wonderful job with sex scenes. They were hot and steamy. There was such chemistry between Mika and Julianna. It was apparent in and out the bedroom. It’s apparent the author did a lot of research in the BDSM lifestyle.
This book sucks you in and does not let you go until the very end. It takes you through a range of emotions. While I have not read Jenna Jacobs before, I cannot wait to read more from this author.
Alan Sommers enjoyed getting to work early, and having his boss’s dark roast coffee ready and waiting for him. Kincaid Mallow hasn’t dated since the death of his partner from cancer, though that doesn’t stop Alan from dreaming. When Kincaid goes on a business trip he asks Alan – as a friend, not an employer – to stay at his house and feed his pets. In small ways this helps break the boss/assistant relationship they’ve built and opens to door for a far more intimate one to bloom.
This is a fun and steamy romance, a cool twist on the usual boss and assistant style. Both Alan and Kincaid are well drawn and interesting characters that are sure to appeal to a wide audience. I didn’t find either to be campy or overblown, but more like real men who simply happen to be gay. I really enjoyed how the author built up the romance and led the reader gradually into the sex. This wasn’t a token effort at explaining the depth of feelings between the men, or a plot simply patch-worked around a bunch of sexy shenanigans, but the relationship and bond between Alan and Kincaid was real and solid. There is plenty of buildup, their circumstances and feelings fully fleshed out.
The sex leaves little to the imagination, too. Hot and smoldering, it’s a good idea to keep a cool drink handy. When both men finally give in to their desires neither holds anything back, smashing the barriers that have been keeping them apart. The culmination of their pent up desires is a delectable scene that I greatly enjoyed. There’s a mild bit of spanking (a few slaps – nothing too over the top) and a lot of hot action which ended the story on a definite high note. This is a really good story and thoroughly enjoyable....more
Anna’s sex life is non-existent. Bemoaning her lack of spice and activity at a girls night out, a quiet friend, Evangeline, pulled her aside and hands her the email address for Mr. Satisfaction Guaranteed. With a few cryptic comments from Evangeline, Anna’s curious and definitely interested. Intense questions, emails and a few medical tests later and she finds herself heading into a hotel room, ready to meet her gigolo, feeling equal parts nervous and excited.
While I didn’t find the BDSM in this short story over the top, it was quite intense. Spanking, flogging and nipple clamps are all played out to the delicious excitement of Anna and her partner. I found the writing tasteful and the situations well handled. At no point was the bondage demeaning or poorly handled. It was clear to me that her man cares deeply for Anna. He went to great pains to fulfill her fantasies and keep her satisfied – and she was more than willing all the way through. There was an interesting twist to the plot that I found delightful which helped keep this reader invested not only in the characters, but in the situation they were in. When I finished the story I actually went immediately back and re-read the whole thing again, picking up small hints and clues. An immediate re-read is pretty much the best recommendation I could ever hope to give!
Best of all, this short story is written in such a way to leave the author open to other tales, and I’d certainly be willing to read more. Satisfaction really is Guaranteed!
Mr. Buff by April Angel is the something like a typical romantic story seen in movies. A self-assured woman who’s gone through a terrible breakup meets a rich man who’s ready to settle down. They like each other, flirt for a bit and have hot sex. The villain, a dumb model who can’t take no for an answer, and the heroine’s own self-doubts wedge in between them. Things happen and they get their happy ending with an unnecessary epilogue included.
However, three things make Mr. Buff different and enjoyable. One, Ms. Angel has a nice literary voice that had me sweeping through the pages even though I knew what was going to happen. Two, the hot descriptive sex. The author knows how to write steamy scenes and keep the reader hooked (though the Dom/sub relationship between the characters felt a bit forced). Three, the characters, even as clichéd as they were, are truly likeable. Alexandra is sweet, yet brazen, with issues like any other person. Andrew (Mr.Buff) is sex on legs and anyone’s dream man. He’s rich, powerful, dominant and sexy. He had me sighing through the whole thing. Finally, I feel that Alexandra’s fun and quirky friend, Nina, deserves a special mention, as the story wouldn’t have been the same without her.
Sometimes cliché is good and this is one of those instances. Mr. Buff is a quick, fun read for any time....more
The Romance Novel Book Club is a gem. Absolutely hilarious, I laughed from page one to the end. Kastil Eavenshade is a romance author but she manages to poke fun at everything that has to do with the genre and does it well. As the book says at one point: “The truth about the romance novels was I did love them. They mocked me in my misery, but I still cheered for that happily ever after.”
The author also laughs about life and how confusing and difficult we can make it for ourselves at times.
Her lead character, Patricia, is great. She eats all she wants, drinks too much and laughs at herself, sometimes even through her tears. She is so human that along with her good moments, her pain, frustration and confusion are palpable. I felt miserable at times watching her crumble and sabotage her own happiness.
The biggest fault I found with The Romance Novel Book Club was a mistake in the hero’s height. At the beginning of the book, Patricia says: “I hovered about two inches taller than him without heels”. However, as I read on I found that she was always shorter or at least at the same height as Matt. For instance at one point it reads: “I nuzzled against his shoulder, tempted to kick off my shoes to be at his breast.” She was wearing heels at that moment.
Another thing I found confusing was her history with The Black Room and her access to it. I had the impression she went one time without a membership card and another time she had trouble finding it when she’d just been there less than a week before.
Regardless of these mistakes, Kastil Eavenshade’s novel was a great read. The sex scenes were sizzling hot at all times with well done descriptions that made me gasp and pant. Furthermore, throughout the story I had the sensation that I was reading a contemporary novel in which real people, and not just made up characters, had the lead role.
The Romance Novel Book Club was a great book that I know I will be reading again.
If I had picked up this story wanting a long and torrid love affair in which I could contemplate how the characters fell for each other page after page, I would have been sorely disappointed. As it is, I wasn’t. Overnight Sensation is a short story that delivers what the title implies: a sizzling tale that takes place over one night.
From page one, Desiree Holt’s characters stand out. Abbie is a super sweet, slightly inexperienced sub looking for something more. Sam is an experienced Dom also searching for something different. The way they interacted and the time they spent together is a combination between sweet and extremely hot.
The only reservations I initially had with this tale was how Abbie and Sam were going to fall in love in such a short span of time. The author attempts to mend this by throwing in words like fate or karma. However, what really solved my qualms was a simple explanation offered by the characters. At one point, Abbie mentions what I had been thinking, how could they be falling so fast if they had just met? Sam answers: “Sometimes that’s all it takes.” Followed by “Then, we’ll see.” Knowing that yes, they had a connection but they would also see where it was going to take them in the future made the story much more believable than simply attributing things to fate.
The story flows easily, sexy moments (I loved the meeting scene at the crowded bar) mingling with Abbie’s musings or Sam’s thoughts, both point of views kept clear and separate. The sex scenes were scorching and vividly described.
Overnight Sensation is worth reading if looking for something quick, steamy and sweet at the same time....more