I primarily read this book to get the backstory for Prince Pahndir from "Demon Fire", Book 3 in this series. Although he was only in the beginning andI primarily read this book to get the backstory for Prince Pahndir from "Demon Fire", Book 3 in this series. Although he was only in the beginning and end of this book, he was still my favorite character.
In this demon world, a yama/demon will know it has found it's mate when his eyes go black with lust. Displays of emotion are looked down upon. Royals are under extreme pressure to keep the blood lines pure and not mix with any humans, or yama of a lower class. When young Xishi gets around her playment Price Corum (Prince of Ice), his eyes go black. It's not longer before his nanny and mother notice, so Xishi is sent away to an orphanage where she is ostrazied. There's something special about Xishi's energy and aura that brings about emotional reactions, so other children keep their distance. Fortunately, this is just what Madame Fagin needs in her next prostitute-in-training/pillow girl/courtesan.
Madame Fagin signs up Xishi to receive training in her exclusive Purple Crane Pillow House - a training ground for young men and women, and a favored choice for royals looking for some side action. Unfortunately for yama, a mate match doesn't necessarily mean a love match - so pillow girls and boys are acceptable and the norm in royal relationships. There, Xishi meets yummy Prince Pahndir, who is a forced prisoner and training subject used by Madame Fagin. His mate is dead, his family has let everything think he's dead, and he's being sexually tortured by Madame Fagin's students! Even Prince Pahndir can't resist Xishi's chi, and she treats him with kindness, so a friendly slighlty erotic relationship ensues.
Xishi and Prince Corum reconnect after years apart when he pays a visit to the Pillow House and purchases Xishi. The young lovers face many obstacles - Prince is torn and slightly ashamed about his strong feelings for Xishi, who he thinks is just a pillow girl (she's got some secrets even SHE doesn't know about), he's jealous about Xishi's past relationship with Prince Pahndir and current fixation with getting him free from Madame Fagin's grip, and there are royals plotting to kill them!
I enjoyed this, but I did get distracted and read a few books while in progress with it. I think I'll like Demon Fire even better since it's all about Prince Pahndir :) ...more
Highly, HIGHLY recommend. This goes into my top 5 favorite erotica ever. It's not quite good enough to knock out my number one, but it came damn closeHighly, HIGHLY recommend. This goes into my top 5 favorite erotica ever. It's not quite good enough to knock out my number one, but it came damn close. The first sex scene hit by page 9 and it's about 20 pages in length! Yes, THAT is the kind of stuff this book is made of :) But that's not all. This book is incredibly emotional as well. You can't help but become so connected to the characters and their stuggles.
The heroine, Niall, a curator at a Chicago art museum, is very damaged with quite a bit of baggage she's hiding from her new lover, the handsome, sexy and elusive playwright Vic Savian. Vic doesn't come with a clean slate to their relationship either. His almost marriage in a very unhealthy past relationship to a "hollywood" type has left him jaded when it comes to women. Vic senses deep pain within Niall, but at least initially, he chooses to ignore it. He doesn't want to get too emotionally entangled with Niall.
The bedroom scenes were sooo hot! Vic is a very dominant and vocal lover. There's some spanking and restraints, but nothing too hardcore. I will NEVER look at pearl necklaces the same way again. Extremely creative and sexy writing ;)
What I probably enjoyed most was the angst. Vic has very strong feelings when it comes to betrayals & lies, and Niall's hiding a very big secret. Their relationship is truly tested...there are some heartbreaking scenes where you will really feel Niall's pain...having to witness Vic...oh, I can't say! You'll just have to see *g* This book was so fantastic, that when my night light went out at 2:30 a.m. due to a power outage caused by a horrible ice storm, I continued to read by candlelight until 5 a.m., only stopping because both of my candles had burned out. Also big kudos to author Beth Kery for all the real descriptions of Chicago streets - as a Chicago lover, I really appreciated it. ...more
This is the powerful conclusion to the love story of Tyler and Marguerite, so heed the warning above - you MUST read Ice Queen first. Since I just wroThis is the powerful conclusion to the love story of Tyler and Marguerite, so heed the warning above - you MUST read Ice Queen first. Since I just wrote a more lengthy review for that one, I'll try to be brief and say this was unforgettable and everything I could have hoped for. This is erotic ROMANCE - to say that these characters are soulmates is an understatement. Marguerite's horrifying past is revealed, and truly, she's the most damaged heroine I've ever read. But yet, she's also one of the strongest. Watching Tyler - damaged himself, but healed - coax Marguerite into submission (embracing her feelings for him/trusting him/loving him) and dig into her soul was such an amazing journey over these 2 books. The power of their feelings for one another is so strong, in reality, they're submissive to one another - with the power to hurt with the loss or potential loss of the other. This was just so beautiful and Tyler and Marguerite go down as one of my all-time couples. I'm beginning to run out of room in my Top 5 erotic romance reads because their story is definitely it. ...more
Such a lovely cover! There's almost always something I'm very jealous of when it comes to Jet Mykles' characters, and with Carson - it's got to be thoSuch a lovely cover! There's almost always something I'm very jealous of when it comes to Jet Mykles' characters, and with Carson - it's got to be those long luscious, red locks. Completely lured me in :)
You can't help but feel sorry for this gorgeous cover guy for a good majority of the story. He isn't as talented as the other members of the burlesque show - no real vocal skills and not a great dancer either. Carson is featured in a few skits that involve him strolling around in racy outfits and a few sequined gowns. Since Carson sometimes cross-dresses, this is a perfect fit. Summer dresses, false hip shapers and breast inserts - Carson's not afraid to be himself, even if he's meeting the mother of his new lover that's never been with a man.
Eddie, the building superintendent and owner, struck me as a quiet, calm man of few words. But when he spoke, he always offered the words of comfort that Carson needed to hear. And he often showed his affection through action, constantly cooking for and feeding Carson, doing his best not to offend Carson's pride. But Eddie was a little too sweet and gentle for me. I think I generally need at least one of my men in m/m erotic romance to be alpha. My other problem with Eddie was also personal: I don't enjoy reading about very hairy men. And Carson's never been with such a hairy man, so he talks about it - quite often. The thatch of chest hair peeking out of Eddie's shirt. The beard that's long enough to comb. The fur on Eddie's chest. My personal quirks about too thick body and beard hair were a huge distraction during the love scenes. Regardless, Eddie was a great guy and I absolutely loved how roses were incorporated throughout the story :)
You might not like Carson's "boy toy for sugar daddy" way of life, but by the end of the story, you clearly understand the reason behind his choices and you get to see Carson change for the better. ...more
I skipped Six based on the reviews...and then Forbidden Heat since it involved characters from Six. But I loved Swing, and also Opal Carew's tantric-rI skipped Six based on the reviews...and then Forbidden Heat since it involved characters from Six. But I loved Swing, and also Opal Carew's tantric-related book, Blush, so I'm really optimistic about this one. ...more
There is a reason why Beth Kery books get “auto-buy/rush to the store/hound my local bookseller” treatment. Her erotic romance books are first-rate, eThere is a reason why Beth Kery books get “auto-buy/rush to the store/hound my local bookseller” treatment. Her erotic romance books are first-rate, expertly crafted with the right amount of character development, chemistry and emotion turmoil to make you care and boiling hot sex scenes to make you squirm. Wicked Burn has always been my favorite Beth Kery book, and really just one of my all time favorites, PERIOD. But Paradise Rules’ story of Jason Koa and Lana Rodriquez was just as good and now I’m a bit confused as to which is my favorite. Paradise Rules lived up to every expectation that the book summary promised, especially Jason being a beautiful, exotic dominant lover.
Successful Blues singer Lana Rodriquez has absolutely no desire to be in Waikiki, but she’s helping a good friend cope with a nasty divorce/custody battle with a girlfriend getaway. The nasty scars Lana has lived with through most of her adult life are tied to the island, and she copes by sweeping her Hawaiian heritage under the rug and putting defenses up when it comes to men. The touristy glitz of Oahu irks Lana. Jason Koa on the other hand, revels in it.
Jason is the winner of several gold Olympic medals in swimming, extremely comfortable in his own skin (*swims naked in the ocean near his yacht DAILY*) a smart businessman, a charismatic owner of the hot spot restaurant “Jace’s” and heir to part of the Koa family fortune – the most power family in Oahu. Unlike Lana, he is extremely proud of his Hawaiian ancestry and thinks there’s no better place to be than the island.
As you can probably guess, Lana and Jason do NOT hit it off, especially when she catches him in a compromising position while he’s suppose to be giving her and her girlfriend surf lessons. Jason’s been a fan of Lana’s beautiful voice for years, and he’s so disappointed at the woman behind the music. But the sparks fly anyway and their attraction can’t denied. Jason uses trickery to bed Lana the first time *very funny & completly unexpected turn of events I won't spoil*– but one night with Lana is simply not enough. Jason’s the perfect dominant lover to break down Lana’s sexual/emotional walls, but not without a lot of delicious tension/angst. Lana was so unlike an heroine I’ve previously read. She would absolutely melt under Jason’s touch, submit and give in to her desire for him…but then turn around and treat him in a cold, business-like manner 2 seconds later…like he didn’t just totally f*** her breasts and make her scream many times over. Lana’s flip flopping gave the story a real unpredictable edge that I just soaked up! And seeing Jason’s reactions…to quote a Beth Kery fan I met this weekend, “I just fell madly in love with Jason.” Well, I did, too! The sex was so emotionally charged - and that’s the perfect kind of erotic romance for me. Otherwise, why bother? And Jason is so ravenous for her, and she for him. He slips up a few times, safety wise, because he can’t control himself *deep sigh/fans myself* Much of Jason and Lana’s time together was on or near his yacht, but it seemed like everything was utilized and there was nice variety – bedroom/deck bench/ladder/ocean/secluded lagoons…just to name a few.
Also appreciated Paradise Rules’ unexpected plot twists. Jason has enemies on the island seeking a piece of the Koa estate, and the manner in which they strike caught me off guard. I also loved the vivid descriptions of Oahu – It’s been 3 years since my visit, but Beth Kery truly made me feel like I was there again. I laughed, gasped, screamed and squirmed. The extremely sexy scenes coupled with emotion that yanked at my heart strings– Paradise Rules was amazing and without a doubt a re-read for me. ...more
I read this book nearly 6 months ago...but there it sat, in my GR "currently reading" stack because I loved it so much, I just didn't think I could doI read this book nearly 6 months ago...but there it sat, in my GR "currently reading" stack because I loved it so much, I just didn't think I could do it justice. And I still don't think I can. I will say it's deeply moving, emotional, and unlike any erotic romance I've ever read. It tore at my heart and felt so very real...and for those reasons, it was one of my favorite reads of 2009, one I can see myself reading again. There's heartache, love, regret, sex...you'll feel it all. The book goes back and forth between the "Then" and the "Now" with each chapter...but as the chapters get shorter, the truth of the "Then" collides with the "Now"....The heroine Beth is having a summer relationship with sexy, bad boy Nick in the "Then"...and a more mature (although he looks exactly like he did 20 years ago) Nick - if it's really Nick...in the "Now." I. Just. Loved This. No other book has made me feel like this one. I was initially turned off by the premise - is he ghost?? What's going on?? I thank my sister for urging me to read this. This was very unconventional and hard to describe, but just amazing and you'll never forget it. And I'm thrilled to have more work by Megan Hart books in my book closet. ...more
ummmmm....that's quite possible one of the BEST COVERS EVER!!! *fans-self* I love the premise, too. Something to look forward to :D -------------------ummmmm....that's quite possible one of the BEST COVERS EVER!!! *fans-self* I love the premise, too. Something to look forward to :D ---------------------------------------- actual review:
You can’t deny…this sport-themed contemporary has one of the hottest romance covers. EVER. But I actually enjoyed the story, too, despite occasional irritations with the heroine.
First off, I’m not huge American football fan. I only enjoy high pressured games towards the end of the NFL playoffs, and I occasionally get excited about the Superbowl matchups. But like author Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars series, The Perfect Play had just a small sprinkle of football scenes & lingo. This book remains focused on the developing romance between San Diego Sabers’ star quarterback Mick Riley and single mom and “event planning” business owner Tara Lincoln.
Mick comes from an Irish family that’s blessed him with an irresistible combination of jet black hair and gorgeous blue eyes. He’s nearly 30 years old, just like Tara, so he’s feeling the pressure of the new young and eager backup recruits just salivating at the opportunity to step in. His aggressive but talented publicist Liz (more on her later), has been throwing models & actresses at him for years. The photo ops get him on magazines and help fill those stadium seats, but Mick’s sick of the meaningless relationships and he’s yearning for something more.
Within the first chapter, this story jumps in with Mick’s seduction, something he’s not accustomed to. He begins flirting heavily with Tara while she’s overseeing the Sabers’ team party. With all the more glamorous beauties in attendance, she can’t quite believe he’s even attracted to her, so it’s a big ego boost any woman would enjoy. Tara does her best to keep it professional that night, but when Mick surprises her by waiting hours for her – until all her job duties are complete and even all the hired staff have gone home- the chemistry and conversation continues upstairs in his suite…Later, Tara pulls a gangster disappearing act in the morning that had me cheering :)
Tara’s had her one fantasy night with a hot NFL star – and even though it was the most incredible night of sex in her life – she wants nothing more from him because she’s afraid Mick will quickly get bored or toss her aside once the regular football season kicks in. But like his athleticism, Mick’s persistence pays off. He begins inserting himself into all aspects of her life, even developing a relationship with her teenage son, Nathan. Tara’s doubt and hesitancy continue to plague the relationship. But you have to cut her some slack as a protective mother coming from rough beginnings. She’s never before introduced a man she’s dating to her son. And the almost hero-worship her son feels towards Mick is enough to make any woman nervous. Breakups are bad enough, but when your son's heart is clearly involved? Even worse.
My annoyance with Tara came from her blaming Mick or her relationship for ridiculous things – like her son getting drunk at a party. Tara’s line of thinking and her often brash reactions irritated me, but Mick’s patience and just general yumminess more than made up for it. He’s not a selfish lover – which is what you’d expect from a star athlete who never has to work for it. I would say the length and style of these love scenes falls somewhere in between romance and erotic romance. Not quite 15 pagers or anything like that, but they do escalate in boldness as the story progresses and the scenes were evenly spread throughout :)
My only complaint with Mick was him making one too many comparisons of Tara and the other women he usually dates. Don’t get me wrong – it’s about how Tara’s different in a good way and all completely complimentary. For Mick, it’s usually shallow women chasing him and relationships just for show and PR (beneficial to both sides he admits). With Tara, she’s a competent, independent business woman who isn’t even interested in a relationship with him. Still, there was just one too many comparisons to past lovers/dates. Women don’t like to hear about how they compare to other women you’ve dated…even if it’s good.
The best part about this story was that Burton convinced me that this hot shot athlete had really fallen in love and wanted to settle down. As a bonus, we get to know the series’ next heroine, Liz, who has a bitchy, cutthroat exterior but some depth lurking underneath. The preview contained in the back of this book was very hot and explicit and one of the biggest TEASE teasers I’ve ever read. I can’t believe she stopped there! I’m definitely continuing this series with Changing the Game. ...more