Think Abbott and Costello by way of Will and Grace, with a healthy pinch of Criminal Minds thrown in, and you've got an inkling as to what KevaD's up...moreThink Abbott and Costello by way of Will and Grace, with a healthy pinch of Criminal Minds thrown in, and you've got an inkling as to what KevaD's up to here. This short story has more twists and turns than a roller-coaster on a sidewinder's back, and will make you laugh out loud, wish that your mate was available NOW, and bite back a scream in a thirty-second span. With Catherine's Toys, KevaD proves once again that the only thing you can expect with any kind of regularity from him is the unexpected! (And a very well-written story.)(less)
Pros: Beautiful. Haunting. Emotional. This story will stay with you long after you read the last line, and really displays the versatility and amazing...morePros: Beautiful. Haunting. Emotional. This story will stay with you long after you read the last line, and really displays the versatility and amazing emotional pitch that Margie Church lends to her writing. Nopeming Shores, despite its length, is solid competition for Nicholas Sparks' best work. This site doesn't have enough stars to give this heartrending novel its due.
Cons: Not. A. Damn. One.
Other Thoughts: Margie Church grabs her reader's heartstrings early and doesn't let go while she depicts Lily's conflicted battle to hold on to and let go of Gabe at the same time. J. Andrew Lockhart's beautifully stark poetry plays a magnificent counterpoint to this story of love beyond death. Heartbreaking and yet life-affirming, and if you somehow make it through the rest of the story without tears, have a box of tissues on hand for the final scene at the titular lake. If you buy only one book this year, make it Nopeming Shores. (less)
In Seducing The Myth, Lucy Felthouse brings together some of the best and hottest erotica authors from around the globe. Each of these brings their ow...moreIn Seducing The Myth, Lucy Felthouse brings together some of the best and hottest erotica authors from around the globe. Each of these brings their own unique spin on a well-known myth, from the battlefields of modern Iraq to the cold Northern nights of Iceland and from the very dawn of Mankind through the chivalrous age of Camelot to places as real and immediate as the house next door. Although not every one of these stories will appeal to every taste, all of them share a strong common thread of sensual and outright lusty interaction with mythic creatures that run the gamut from the mightiest gods to the basest demons. Even the most discriminating connoisseur of erotica is certain to find their pleasure here, enticingly mingled with wild, stirring, scary or amusing tales that you only thought you had heard in their entirety. Whatever your fantasy, this sultry anthology is perfect for reading with your lover...or just for your own pleasure. A must have!(less)
Pros: The action and pace in this story move quickly, but Lucy Felthouse demonstrates an economy with her language that puts th...more Short, Sweet, and Sexy
Pros: The action and pace in this story move quickly, but Lucy Felthouse demonstrates an economy with her language that puts the reader in the moment without lingering on the details. She has a rare ability to trust the reader's imagination to fill in the finer details and thus move the story along. The chemistry between Meg and Grace sizzles, and their interaction flows smoothly from peak to peak.
Cons: Although it was a perfectly realized short, it left me wanting more. A LOT more. This could easily spin out into a full-length novel, or at least a couple more shorts. The end just came too quickly.
Other Thoughts: Forget angsty, whiny vampires: Meg is perfectly comfortable in her skin, and has made a reasonable compromise with her darker nature. Although the story ended on a cliffhanger, I suspect that a sequel's in the offing. Please? With a cherry on top?! (less)
I'm predicating this review on the first three chapters. In my experience, Mr. Butcher has never yet disappointed, and I don't expect that he will do...moreI'm predicating this review on the first three chapters. In my experience, Mr. Butcher has never yet disappointed, and I don't expect that he will do so with Ghost Story. Jim Butcher resurrects some old "friends" of Harry's from what by now are distant memories to Harry and to the reader. Any fan of the Dresden Files would be well advised to go back and brush up on your Dresdenic lore, since people you haven't seen in a good long while suddenly become center stage. So far, this is proving to be the tautest and most gripping Harry Dresden tale yet. Apologies to all my to-be-reviewed authors, but if I haven't done yours by the time this comes out, it's going to have to wait until AFTER I get done with Ghost Story! I'll come back and do a more thorough review once I read the full novel, but until and unless something REALLY drastic happens, my five-star rating stands!(less)
Margie Church's globe-trotting vampire yarn glows with sensuality while it tugs on the heartstrings. Although Wade Kairos has moments when he seems ut...moreMargie Church's globe-trotting vampire yarn glows with sensuality while it tugs on the heartstrings. Although Wade Kairos has moments when he seems utterly irredeemable, Margie points up the notion that love truly can overcome anything. The final denouement reverberates with terror and an impossible choice that will save or destroy them both. This scorching-hot read is sure to keep you up way past your bedtime! Enthusiastically recommended to anyone who likes erotica...with a BITE!(less)
My horizons have broadened considerably since I started writing erotic romance. Before, I would never have considered even reading a story with M/M r...more My horizons have broadened considerably since I started writing erotic romance. Before, I would never have considered even reading a story with M/M romance. I'm glad I read this one! H.C. Brown weaves science and magic together in a dizzying tapestry as the backdrop for the romance between her two male protagonists. This is a novel that celebrates love in all its forms and expressions and shows that it is possible for multiple lovers to all achieve their "happily ever after." Even if M/M/F menage is not your particular brand of Scotch, this story is incredibly well-written and very hot. This is a must-have for the connoisseur of gay/menage romance, or even for someone who's just looking for something a little different. H.C. Brown literally offers something for every taste, and she rises to this monumentally difficult task with style, wit, and a great deal of heart.(less)
This story can be summed up in one word. Amazing! K.B. Cutter does what, at first blush, seems to be flatly impossible: As a heterosexual male, he ge...more This story can be summed up in one word. Amazing! K.B. Cutter does what, at first blush, seems to be flatly impossible: As a heterosexual male, he gets inside the head of his bisexual female main character seamlessly, deftly explaining her conflicted feelings about her sexuality and the end of her marriage without making them feel contrived or forced. He informs the characters surrounding Maddie with wit and humor, but they aren't two-dimensional plot devices; they come across as "real" people, and the range of emotions he paints in them makes his characters both sympathetic and enjoyable to read about. The sensuality between Madison and Kate crackles with love and sexual tension, in a way that gives no hint that a guy wrote it. I'm something of a devotee of this type of fiction (so sue me; I'm a BIG fan of women, especially women who enjoy making love with other women) and far too many men try, and fail, to do what K.B. manages to do seemingly without effort. Summer Heat is a story that delivers everything it promises, and more. Top-shelf, blazing hot erotica that delves into the heart and mind of a woman who loves both men and women. Anyone who wants scorching sex and genuine emotion needs to look no further than K.B. Cutter and Summer Heat!(less)
I always cringe when I see reviews that start with, "I don't usually read this sort of thing." However, in this case, it's nothing but the absolute tr...moreI always cringe when I see reviews that start with, "I don't usually read this sort of thing." However, in this case, it's nothing but the absolute truth. With that said, I was very impressed with the depth and scope of this novel. One woman, juggling seven men? AND doing it in a way that not only serves the plot, but is INTEGRAL to it? Impossible, I might have said. Rosemary only wants to be normal. Unfortunately, the fact that she is descended from succubus royalty makes that a clearly unattainable goal. The best she can hope for is to not get attached to any of her men while doing what she must to keep herself alive. The problem is, they don't see it that way. They believe that she's worth sacrificing themselves for, in hopes that one of them will prove to be her prince. This was written in a way that opens the door for more erotic adventures with Rosemary and her men. There's not a great deal of time or unnecessary detail spent on what to Rosemary is common knowledge; should a sequel be envisioned in the future, the world in which she moves will almost certainly be much more important to the plot. This is a hot, fun read, and Ms. Sommerland keeps the tone light no matter how grim things look to Rosemary. Especially for the ladies who've ever dreamed about having a stable of virile young men at their beck and call, you will want to read Rosemary Entwined!(less)
First Kiss is a sweet and extremely well-executed erotic romance tale. Her characters are believable, have dimension and depth, and she does a wonderf...moreFirst Kiss is a sweet and extremely well-executed erotic romance tale. Her characters are believable, have dimension and depth, and she does a wonderful job of revealing the vulnerable undersides of fame, wealth, and power. The biggest draw for me is her conflicted male lead, who has parlayed his musical talent into a veritable empire...and paid a very high price. Her female lead is equally conflicted, but in a way, less vulnerable. She's strong despite her insecurities and the precariousness of her position in a male-dominated profession, and the chemistry between the two sizzles. Sensual and written with sharp wit and a keen observational eye, First Kiss is a great story to kick back and unwind with. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys romance with spice!(less)
Let's not play around, here. The subject matter of this book is about as gritty and dark as they come. There's BDSM, torture, forced sex, and of cours...moreLet's not play around, here. The subject matter of this book is about as gritty and dark as they come. There's BDSM, torture, forced sex, and of course, blood. If you couldn't figure that out from the blurb, and these are your "trauma triggers," then you want something else. This book is about as FAR from fluffy as you can get. That being said, this is a sleek, scary, well-crafted read. Bianca Sommerland turns up the heat and the adrenaline to eleven and KEEPS them there. Both main characters are believable as they fight to stay alive in an environment of enforced brutality, where their vampire captors care for their health and safety only so long as they can "perform" for their entertainment... even if their performances ultimately kill them. The female lead, in particular (since it's first-person POV, this only makes sense) dissects the minutiae of her captivity and its unique requirements unflinchingly, without sentiment or remorse. As she learns more about who she is and what her captors demand, she also finds herself relying more and more heavily on the one man she has no reason to trust: her cellmate. I like horror as much as the next guy; I WRITE horror! There were some parts of this book that made me have to take a long walk in the sunshine and watch some Looney Tunes reruns to feel like myself again. And that is a huge tribute to Ms. Sommerland's ability with words. If you want erotica as dark as a moonless midnight, twined with the kind of horror that some of the "masters" only WISH they could conjure, then you really should read Deadly Captive!(less)
This was an excellent book. Gina takes the werewolf mythos out of the forests of Europe and drops it squarely in the middle of a small Southern town n...moreThis was an excellent book. Gina takes the werewolf mythos out of the forests of Europe and drops it squarely in the middle of a small Southern town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The results are surprising, as her werewolves are in their own just as much victims of their own gifts as the animals and people who cross their paths. There were a few moments where the plot dragged a little, which was the only thing keeping it from a five-star review. However, this book is well worth the read if you like your horror with fangs, fur, and a good amount of fun! I actually re-read it for the second time; any fan of werewolves in the classic sense will appreciate this novel.(less)