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Suspend your logic and engage your senses with some fantasy and this story can be interesting. Certainly it can be titillating because what woman woulSuspend your logic and engage your senses with some fantasy and this story can be interesting. Certainly it can be titillating because what woman wouldn’t want to be worshiped by six adoring men? It’s not exactly easy when the heart is involved.
This is a short shot story about a courtship. It’s unique because there are no flowers or sweet words to pave the way. Tom is the alpha and his human half is going to disappear forever if he doesn’t get things right. I found the brothers’ dilemma interesting and the author was able to convey the almost panicked frame of mind of the alpha. And, typical man that he is, he wasn’t going to let the heroine get away. Tom needs a woman’s calming influence because what he did would have had me cuffing him aside the head for his bone headedness. But, he got the job done.
Kitty’s emotions are clear enough. She’s been dealing with the lemons life has thrown her. Now she can forget about making the lemonade and go right for the steak, caviar and chocolate ice cream because life is about to get very sweet and exciting. All she needs to do is accept this change in her fortune. And she does. It’s her reaction that has me suspending my logic and believability. I had to if I wanted to enjoy this little snippet into the beginning of a very convoluted courtship. There is no way a normal red-blooded American woman would tolerate being manhandled the way she was only to allow being manhandled later for much better and spicier reasons. I understand the constraints put upon an author when it comes to writing a short piece but I really didn’t believe anyone would or could turn around and accept the situation as fast as Kitty does. Saying she’s afraid didn’t make me believe it, there wasn’t enough there to convince me.
Even so, the sensual promise is there. The sexy undercurrents are potent and the small amount of emotional drama allowed did make the story enjoyable and it does make me glad that Kitty is willing to give things a whirl, eventually. The editing is clean, the dialogue flowed well and each personality stood out as an individual.
The Claiming is the stuff of erotic fantasies. As this is the first book in the series, I expect the next ones will be even more sexy and exciting because the courtship is done and fun can now begin. This tale teased this reader’s curiosity, which if that was its intent, did it well. ...more
When a girl is pursued by two hunky men, both who happen to be wolves, how does she possibly just choose one?
When Sarah decides to let Anderson have hWhen a girl is pursued by two hunky men, both who happen to be wolves, how does she possibly just choose one?
When Sarah decides to let Anderson have his way with her and get beyond the stockings and onto bare flesh, things go decidedly wrong. Anderson takes it upon himself to take her anally and she is not prepared. Feeling very much under attack, she screams and is rescued by a werewolf. When she comes to, she is in a cave and being tended to by the town pastor who has been missing. Lust filled images ravage her mind as she begins to find herself changing in body and soul into a wild creature of the woods. Just as she thinks she has things figured out, some added complications muddy the waters. Where is Anderson? What man will she ultimately give her heart to? What if she chooses both?
This story was a Romance on the Go, which I really enjoy for the short lunch break size books. Quick and to the point with spicy storylines, these books are perfect for busy women with not as much time as they want to read the sexy stories they crave. This book is a good addition to the line, but I had a few issues with some of the echoing throughout the story. The same word was used repeatedly within close proximity and it was a little distracting. The characters were not ones I would normally warm up to just by the way the story was written. There was a distance between the reader and the players in the book that I don’t usually find with Giselle Reynard.
There is a particular scene that could be a trigger for victims of sexual violence. Anderson basically tries to rape Sarah anally. She is expecting consensual vanilla sex and is really unprepared when he violently goes for the wrong orifice. It was a little disconcerting. Was I supposed to vote for him as the hero or not? Not after that. When the werewolf saves Sarah and carts her away, I felt better. Maybe this was our hero. Then he is accused of murdering her father. Hmm.
As I read further, the animalistic side of Sarah begins to emerge more and more and her carnal desires bubble to the surface. She tries to stop both men from killing each other and as the hunger for blood turns to lust for the flesh, she ends up in a ménage that was very steamy and ice water inducing.
Any time I read a book by Giselle Renarde, I look for the extreme detail she layers on with culture, speech and setting. This book had a timeless quality that felt like the present, but really could have been any time within the last seventy years. It had a flow, once you got past the echoes and the disconcerting feeling about not being sure who the hero was. The sinfully delicious werewolves delved deep into the fantasy of ménage and were very inspiring.
If you enjoy a short tale about a woman who just can’t give up one man for another and loves a bit of howling love in the moonlight, then this book is for you.
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.
There are books that seduce you by the first chapter. This book claimed my heart on the first page.
There are twenty three poems and short stories thatThere are books that seduce you by the first chapter. This book claimed my heart on the first page.
There are twenty three poems and short stories that take eroticism and throw it to the winds, letting it fall wherever it may. These short pieces and pearls of poetry take in gay, straight, lesbian and everything in between and craft moving tales and thoughts that both arouse and make you think about what you are reading. To me, it was a love story; a gift to the reader that appreciates fine writing and not your typical episodes of BDSM.
The short works of fiction in this collection blew my mind. They are windows into worlds that some of us never imagine we could be a part of. Isn’t that the true gift of reading, or writing for that matter? The ability to read something and go somewhere far, far away from the screaming kids, the endless day at work, or doing the supper dishes. As an author, the greatest joy I have is in writing something that invokes that feeling, and Elissa Wald did just that. This book was one of the most engaging reads I have read in quite awhile. Think brilliant primary colors. Think carnival lights and swarthy men with tattoos. Think sex.
From the first story, The Initiation, where we meet Delilah, a budding submissive who struggles with the demons inside her, to the sexy Kim who isn’t quite sure what to make of Delilah’s fixation on pain. This story was gripping and visceral and I couldn’t put the book down, even to sleep. The second story installment is Ruby and the Bull. This is the story of Ruby and Judd. She calls him the Bull, and as the story unwinds, he has found her diary and is about to get a nasty shock when he reads it. Spicy, raw and undulating, this tale is gritty and on edge.
The third story in the collection is The Resolution. Full of the glitz and fading glitter of the big top, we meet Lottie, a runaway and Jorge, an outcast in the circus. Teased mercilessly for his gay status, Jorge is bitter and standoffish. When Lottie unknowingly insults him, it starts a winding path down a love that will last a lifetime. This story will bring tears to your eyes and a breath of longing to your heart.
Story number four, The Houseboy, is a major head trip and one that had me thinking about it even when I wasn’t reading it. Troy is a boy lost in a sea of high schoolers lost in the fray of his life. When the Sergeant comes to speak, he finds a role model and a curious object of affection. Writing letters and insinuating himself into the Sergeant’s life, lies and betrayals can unravel even the deepest of dreams.
Number five, Missing the Boat, is a ménage scenario that brings many elements to the scene. Dominance, submission and more entertain in this soul deep take on friendship and fascination when the tables get turned and lines begin to blur.
The sixth story, Turned Out, is a beautiful story about hope growing up from a bed of concrete. Nelson has just gotten out of prison and while he is happy, his senses are on overload. He misses the routine and security of the life inside and the domineering partnership he shared with The Axe, the male dominant he subbed to inside. This piece walks you through deep feelings and longings of the heart.
The last story, The Illustrating Man, is one that will stick in your mind long after you have read it. Sexy and as intricate as a well done tattoo, this story takes off when a female reporter finds out a childhood savior is wanted for murder. In a beautifully wound tale, the author shows you people that were affected by the artist’s insight and unique method of tattooing. It is sensual and one that scratches down into the deepest part of you and leaves a mark.
The poetry in this collection is also inspiring, spiritual and evocative.
If you are looking for a book that takes you into the souls of many unique and worthy characters, then you need to read this collection. Rich, lush and full of vibrant eroticism, this book is a keeper on my favorite shelf. You won’t forget any of the characters and how easily this author can slip into the minds of anyone and walk a mile in their shoes. The erotic portions are done very well and titillate the mind as well as the body.
For a collection that will have you dreaming carnival dreams of tattooed men, ladies that lust and of heartfelt loves that like life, do not always have a sparkling happily ever after, then you need to read this book.
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.
Like hot hunky firefighters with tons of drama? A Raging Fire is the third book in the White Pine Firefighters series by Adam Carpenter. This book can be read as a standalone without any problems. The author does a great job putting so much story into one book. This book is packed with tons of emotion that kept me on my toes the whole way through.
Joey Silva is a firefighter form a neighboring town that has been appointed acting deputy chief while the regular Chief is away for the next two months. He is a big and burly man with a never-ending sex drive. He’s a very strong character who has something to prove. In the end, I really liked Joey. It was very tough because he evoked such strong emotions through out the book.
Gil is a volunteer firefighter who is obsessed with Joey. He’s had a rough life. At twenty-three years old he’s still trying to find himself. He acts at times without thinking which leads to trouble.
Nick is fairly new to the station. He’s trying to hide the secret he carries. He doesn’t want to drawn attention himself. Joey is attracted to Nick immediately. The chemistry between Joey and Nick is off the charts. The sex scenes were hot and steamy and I loved that Joey and Nick battled themselves as they fell for each other. Their relationship was awesome to read about.
However, I was not fond of the two competing story lines. One of the story lines was Joey and Nick and the other story line was about Gil and him finding himself. The author switched between the two in a way that was hard for me to follow and felt more like two books instead of one. I also wish I’d been shown the ending, instead of a summary.
Overall, though, this was a good story despite the flaws. The author lets you see the story from each of the main characters’ points of view so the reader can understand each character better. The emotions of all the characters kept me reading until the very end. If you like hot firefighters with a lot of drama at the fire station then this book is for you!...more
Erotica author Sarah K. is newly divorced and finds herself longing for the BDSM relationships she writes about in her novels. In this journey of self-discovery, we enter a world that is not for the faint of heart.
Dating sucks. Sarah K. can tell you that. After being married to a man without any motivation whatsoever, she wants to be careful who she hooks up with. Her select group of friends help her surf the local pool, but Sarah decides she wants something more. Something out of one of her racy novels. She has written about BDSM for years and wants to find a Dom to get her started. Dating websites that focus on BDSM are a mixed bag of tricks. You have to kiss a lot of frogs with strange fetishes before you find that special someone. And find him she does. Enter Max.
Max is the epitome of the quintessential Dom. Elegant, secretive, demanding and he helps Sarah awaken into the reality of becoming a submissive. No underwear, not speaking and using Sir at the end of every phrase are a challenge for her, but she slowly begins to adjust. When the punishments begin, she has to really decide whether this life is really for her. Is Max? Should she stay vanilla and let it go?
The journey within this book is heartfelt and has highs and lows. There is so much more than what I have written in this review, plot wise. Intrigue, family relationships, introductions to friends and whether to tell them what you have really been up to…Yes. Real life gets in the way of the romance and there are hard choices that have to be made. It isn’t even really a plot. It is her life. Sarah K. writes a stellar book. So much so that I can easily see this as a movie. She is a vulnerable person, but never gives up on her goals and doesn’t let tragedy swamp her.
Written with a quirky voice and an almost fiction like quality, this book is one of the best reads of the season. If you liked 50 Shades or are a fan of BDSM novels, The Secret Life of a Submissive needs to be next on your TBR list....more
Just Vamps is a delightful anthology, worth reading at any time during the year if vampires are your thing. It is an enjoyable 13-author piece of work with stories for all sort of romance readers, from those than enjoy action to those that prefer to laugh to those that like their romance simple and without complications.
Well written and quite hot, Just Vamps made me laugh, cry out in surprise and squirm in my chair more than once. As occurs with most anthologies, some stories are better than others but overall the book is a good read for any vampire lover.
Chatting with a Vampire by Thayer King: This story was nice and sweet with a rushed end, but it still managed to bring a smile to my face.
Blood for Blood by Robin Badillo: One of my favorites from the lot, this story had an intense romance between its main characters and an action packed backstory to boot. I would have enjoyed reading a stand-alone book with these characters and vampire clans.
Soul Reunion by Naomi Clark: A sizzling example about how love between three people can be real and eternal.
Blood Bond by Annalynne Russo: Although this story was smoldering hot (a ménage between two best friends and a vamp) I found it lacked actual romance and there was little chemistry between the characters.
Haunted by Melissa Hosack: Another one of my favorites! The chemistry between Liam and Kyla was present from the start and I kept cheering for them to find their HEA. Unfortunately, there was one problem in this story and that was the character named Cassidy. Included as a third partner for Liam and Kyla, I didn’t quite feel the love between him and Kyla and found him a nuisance that kept getting in the way of the real romance between the witch and the vampire. I had the impression that the author had only included him to make the story a ménage and thus more interesting. Nonetheless, Haunted was fun and hot and had some great dialogue.
Once Upon a Fantasy by Hennessee Andrews: Who hasn’t dreamt about a fantasy man becoming real? A bold, surprising and sexy story.
Fly by Night by Vanessa Devereaux: This story started out great: intrigue, a sister rivalry, a mysterious man. Unfortunately, little by little it deflated. The dialogue became stilted and the connection between the main characters forced.
Fangs for the Memory by Rebecca Brochu: When it began, I thought it was going to be the traditional girl meets vamp in a bar, but the author pleasantly surprised me with a more traditional, albeit hot story. I must admit, however, that Dashiell did come on a little too strong for my taste.
Eternally Theirs by Lani Rhea: Hot, hot, hot, from the very beginning. Very well described and tantalizing, this ménage story could easily have a book all for itself, if for no other reason just to discover why Melissa had three incredibly sexy vamps all for herself. The plot was well constructed and the sex incredibly hot between the coven of five.
Living the Dream by Doris O’Connor: The title of this story says it all. A male-female- male ménage with hot sex and a lovely back story to boot. A pleasure to read.
The Last Hallow’s Eve by Jean Maxwell: Ms. Maxwell manages to make this story scary at the same time as sexy and heart warming.
13 Raven Road by Misty Burke: This story builds up nicely, explodes with some awesome and fun sex, and ends with a much calmer note making it a nice read.
The Red Dress by Ella Grey: A cute, well-written story with heart-warming characters, end the anthology with an “awww” note....more
Sarah loved her job of treating animals so, when given a chance to learn more about a wild beast, she jumps at the opportunity. Even if the wild beast is a man who does everything to keep people away from him so they never learn his secrets.
Grant is both intriguing, yummy and a bit petrifying. Though Sarah may fear what she is getting herself into she still cannot break the spell that Grant seems to cast over her. With his gorgeous cowboy look and blatant masculinity I can see how she is so quickly consumed by the man. I myself would find it difficult to resist his appeal even as he shoved me out of the door.
This story enthralled me from beginning to end. I was disappointed that I had read it so quickly, because I was not ready to leave the world the author drew me into. I loved the mystery behind Grant and the firm, yet submissive, Sarah. I could have read about their story for day and still not have been satisfied. Hopefully I will get to see them again soon whether it be re-reading this story, in another story, or in my dreams....more
Ian has run scared into the night, chased by demons from Hell. Dee and his friends have been driven to finding Ian, unconscious and hiding, by the magic that helps make them fight monsters most of the world don’t even believe in. At first Dee is sure it’s some of the dark magic surrounding Ian from his near escape that is responsible for the incredibly powerful, sexual reaction he has to the younger man, but after saving him and spending some time in his company neither man can deny the simmering chemistry between them.
I absolutely loved this book! I never would have guessed that a biker gang with gay men fighting dark magic would tick so many boxes of enjoyment for me – but it absolutely did. This short story had me perplexed, then enthralled and finally loving every word by the end. I wish it had been much longer, this is an awesome idea and really well written. Ian and Dee are both interesting characters. They don’t simply jump right into bed with each other, but let their trust and desire grow naturally. When the plot reaches its pinnacle I was glued to my seat, devouring every word. This is a fantastic book.
Having said that, this won’t be a book to everyone’s tastes. The bikers use the magical power of the angels to defend against evil – and some people might not like how many of this crew are gay. Also, while there is a brief mention of a gang-rape in Ian’s recalling of the party he escaped, it is mentioned in passing – there is no dwelling, or details other than actually stating what occurred. Unless readers don’t even want to have mention of such things, this shouldn’t press anyone’s buttons, but again it won’t be something every reader will want to come across. Neither of these things lessened my enjoyment one bit. If you’re up for a bit of fun, and are willing to cast aside a small bit of logic, and open your mind to one perspective of how a band of non-conforming characters can use the powers of good against evil, this can be a delightful, imaginative, very sexy read. That’s exactly how I found it and am eagerly looking for more....more
A sorcerer turned human, and a vampire meet in the most inconvenient manner, yet that still does not stop the sparks from flying.
Fabrice is trying to find his way through life now that he's lost his powers. One bonus is now that his virginity has been taken from him, he can enjoy all the sex he wants. I've been following this series for a while and I eagerly anticipated Fabrice’s story. Something about the guarded sorcerer made me think there was so much more to him than an icy exterior. Once the ice was chipped away I got to see a caring, lost man, who my heart just went out to. I enjoyed watching him try to understand and accept what he has become, as well as deal with the newly formed relationship between him and Gemma.
The romantic development between Gemma and Fabrice was spectacular. From beginning to end I got to watch these characters not only grow their relationship, but help to heal one another. While Fabrice’s scars were deeper than Gemma’s I could see how her character had also been bruised by her past. In the end, I truly believed that without one another neither character would have been happy, and isn’t that what "forever after" is all about?
There's one scene that needs mentioning, and is the reason I have labeled this a forced seduction. There is an F/F scene where a woman is making advances at Gemma. It's clear Gemma isn't interested in this female, but the woman continues to try and seduce Gemma. While no clothes are removed, the woman is aggressive in going after what she wants so I felt it warranted a forced seduction tag as well as mentioning. I will say that this scene does not take away from the plot or storyline in any way, but instead enhances the plot line.
Author Lynne Connolly has always been one of my favorites because of her ability to create dynamic plots with amazing conflicts. This story displayed her writing abilities perfectly. I could see how much she enjoyed writing this story all throughout the books. Scenes like the one I mentioned earlier with the female for example. As usual, I was at the edge of my seat hanging onto every word and anticipating what was going to happen next. The excellent writing ability and memorable characters proves this story deserves every one of its five stars. ...more
We have all heard the story about the boy who cried wolf, but when Thessa cries wolf she isn't wary of a violent attack. No, they come up with a more devious plan to attack her emotionally and sexually until she willingly gives herself to the big bad wolfs.
Caelan and Raynd are two big bad wolves that you want to take a bite out of you. They seem to complement one another perfectly. It's clear they've been seducing women into their beds for years and when they focus their attention on Thessa she has no choice but succumb to their advances. The author really exhibited the mindset of the historical time period in these characters. I enjoyed how Caelan and Raynd appeared to be monsters that plague Thessa’s dreams, yet they are actually her knights in shining armor. This added depth to the storyline as well as their character.
The fact that the story really seem to stay true to the historical theme made the story creative. From the town tavern, to the mysterious castle on the hill the author created a great mental picture of the period. I also think the historical theme added a unique and intriguing aspect to the story that contemporary stories cannot offer. The authors ability to transfer me to a different place, in a different time, made the story that much more enjoyable. The story seemed to just flow and when I was forced to take a break from reading I found myself eager to get back to the story, and that's why I would recommend The Virgin Who Cried Wolf to others. ...more
If you thought fantasies were a shallow bit of fun, be prepared to think again.
Jane is not a vanilla girl, she likes it rough, hot and hard. Trouble is boyfriend Matthew is just too damn nice; not just nice, he’s romantic, sweet, gentle and considerate. Tough luck it seems he might be the one, because while he’s everything she wants out of the bedroom, he’s just not hitting the spot – literally – when they get between the sheets. So there's only one thing for Jane to do and that's to bare open her soul and confess her dark, sordid desires. The expression “can of worms” springs to mind, for after a ropey start things spiral to dizzyingly ecstatic heights but then rocket higher and scarier than either of them could ever have imagined.
There were many layers to this story and I adored the fact that I couldn’t predict it as it romped along at a steamy pace. Both characters were portrayed really well, their inner thoughts, hopes, dreams and passion all there for the reader to devour. I felt like I knew them both. Jane was great, she was a woman who loved with every inch of her being and she wanted to express that. Matthew, who I have to admit was one of the roughest and most sensitive heroes I have come across in a long time, was great. His inner-monologue both wild and heart wrenching. I wanted to be on the receiving end of his attentions at times, and others I was glad it was Jane coping with him! Needless to say it made for a great read and luckily Jane, the feisty minx, lapped up everything Matthew had to offer, just.
Ravish Me is one hot read if you enjoy rough play, forced seduction and passion let loose. The hero and heroine really were made for one another and traveling on their journey of fantasy role-play that proved to be so much more than a bit of fun made me feel quite voyeuristic. It was beautifully written, the subject matter which could have been a major turn off in an erotic romance was handled sensitively and maturely and ended with a positive spin. Grab yourself a copy of Ravish Me if you want a page-turner that will leave you breathless. It may even be one of those books that plays on your mind after the last page, I know it will mine. ...more
t took being completely dominated to break Aiden and it will take domination to put the pieces back together.
Aiden’s lover, Scott, is a real masochist who does everything and anything to break Aiden’s spirit. There were parts at the beginning of the story that showed this relationship and I found it bit hard to read. The author shows how Aiden went from a beautiful butterfly to one with his wings slowly torn away. While I understand why they did this, I almost wish some of it had been toned down a bit in the story. It was difficult for me to read because of the graphic violence and demoralization of Aiden. This story is definitely not for the faint of heart; there's some extreme violence, and forced sexual scenes that may leave some a little queasy.
While Aiden and Scott’s relationship is a good representation of everything wrong that can happen, Keaton and Aiden’s relationship definitely shows all that can be good in caring for another person. Keaton is willing to do anything to see Aiden whole again. Whether it be a friend, lover, or strong hand, he's willing to be whoever Aiden needs. I have to say, I really loved Keaton’s character because he had a strong sense of who he was and what he wanted out of life. This allowed him to help Aiden realize what he also wanted from the world, even if it did not include Keaton.
The BDSM element in this story is one I was not used to with the two main characters. It was unique. After reading so many stories with a BDSM element I was impressed to actually find something new. It was refreshing and made me have a better appreciation for the author. I felt like they really understood what a true Dom/sub relationship is about. It was portrayed perfectly between Aiden and Keaton. Keaton was not what I would consider a traditional Dom by means, but I could see how his style of dominance could really work, and it made me rethink my whole idea of what a Dom should be.
In the end, I was happy that I read this story, because I had a chance to see terrific personal and romantic development as well as a different spin on the traditional BSDM story....more
So much drama, so much angst, but such a great read.
I must admit I've had this book on my shelf for quite a while. I'd walk past it and take it down, only to put it back. Why? I'd read the first few pages and was sucked in, but I put it back because I didn't want the story to end. I knew it had to--there's only 170 pages. I'm glad I read the book, I only wish I'd gotten to it a LOT faster.
Initially I wasn't impressed with Brandon. He grated on my nerves because he had so much baggage. That said, the farther I got in the book, the more I respected him and the more I fell in love with him. He's complex and Mr. Deveraux wrote him with such care, I felt like I was right there and could hug Brandon. Heck, I wanted to. The descriptions put me right in his shoes. I liked Daniel, even when he got irksome. Why? I understood his feelings and could identify with him. He's a good man trying to figure out how to get what he wants out of life. Loved it.
Before I go any further, there were a few things that kept me from fully enjoying this book. Many times the same descriptions were used for the same character. I liked knowing how hot both men were, but felt there were times when I didn't need to be told again. I enjoyed Mr Deveraux's story telling. There were times I wasn't sure where the characters lived, but it never yanked me from the story.
I do have to mention there are more than a couple scenes that aren't for the faint of heart. There's a great deal of sexuality in the story and Mr Deveraux handles the emotions behind the acts well. If the reader isn't expecting a BDSM scene, then it could come across as a shock. Don't get me wrong, the scene made the book and gave me greater insight into the characters. The scene scorched the pages of the book and left me needing a cold drink. Yeah, it's that intense.
There aren't many books with characters who stick with me after the last page. This book is one of those rare exceptions. I wanted to spend more time with Daniel and Brandon. Good for me, there's two more books in the series. I can't wait to get my hands on them. If they are anything like this book, they will be worth the read. If you want a book that's strong on emotion and sex as well as a pair of characters guaranteed to wrap around your heart, then this is the book for you. ...more
By Laurann Dohner – is a clever little story with a heroine who is both brave and wary, not to mention inquisitive and a tiny bit aggressive. Matty’s had some hard knocks in her life and what I liked about her character is that she epitomizes the phrase, “That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. The author presented me with a woman who no longer bows to bullies yet somehow has kept a part of her innocence and trust intact. I believe that is what allows the heroine to do what she does and with whom. The man that has fascinated her for months, Blaron, is a pretty decent guy, for a vampire. He’s the typical take charge, male-blown-away-by-a-sexy-woman kind of guy who doesn’t expect to find what he finds. His surprise was entertaining, their coming together was hot and frantic and their dialogue snappy and well paced. Even though their “I love you” comes a bit too soon, this is a short paranormal romance and he’s a vampire. And since we all know that vampires move really really fast, this fits just fine. Not only that but the author threw in a sentence that made it a tad more realistic – their relationship won’t be all roses and moonlight and it’s that willingness to work it out that made this tale feel rounded and grounded.
By Regina Carlysle – is loaded with explosive hotness and thrilling consummation scenes as Livvy finds her inner animal with two dedicated gorgeous men. This installment is about fulfilling a dream when all hope seems lost. It’s about a flash-fire romance where the paranormal rules are fast, furious and violent and undeniable. The author knows her way around a physical love scene and proves it again and again throughout the chapters. With the help of the mystical aspect of their kind, love is gone about differently but no less effectively. Certainly, if readers like a good romp, Tinderbox is going to deliver. Also, it ends with a nice hook that grabbed my imagination and set me up for wanting more about a certain secondary character and that’s why I enjoy anthologies so much – it opens the door for new authors, new adventures and new experiences. This one succeeded.
By Katalina Leon – is a mild mannered story with great descriptions, an unusual and imaginative take on the legend of the Minotaur and a hero unlike any other. Although there were some aspects of the story that sound more modern than the Middle Bronze Age, it’s a fantasy that is meant to entertain without taxing the brain. It’s a story about a woman, who, for the time period, was outspoken and strong. Since men think they’re the cat’s meow, even when they are more like dirty piglets, Larisa’s brains are not appreciated. Figures that it takes a man from a myth to appreciate her fine attributes, and Darron does a great job at “appreciating”. I enjoyed his early antics where he’s more puppy than bull and I liked the growth of his character. The ending was along the lines of a grand fairy tale flavored with spice and although it was a bit unbelievable it was nonetheless fun, cute and delivers the requisite happily ever after.
By Aubrey Ross – is a fantastical science fiction romance that starts off contemporary and jets off into the unknown by means of wearing a simple sexy dress. Somebody else’s greed ends up sending this poor unsuspecting woman on the adventure of her life. Just in time too, because the story opens up with her at a crossroads in her career and her trepidation and uncertainty of her future was causing her no end of worry. What happens next makes her initial problems pale in comparison. I think being faced with a handsome man of gigantic proportions, speaking an unknown language and wearing odd clothes certainly spun Zoe’s world into the Twilight Zone.
Vaden is the confused but determined hero. The heroine may not know what’s going on but he does and it’s causing him no end of frustration on many levels because he believes Zoe should know. The fact that she doesn’t slowly dawns on him and for the first time, this uber-macho warrior is at a loss. So what does a man do in that situation? What any red blooded, horny and single-minded man does -- seduces her into compliance. I enjoyed that he ended up being seduced as much as Zoe was. The author wrote the passionate scenes filled with fervor and desperation. It was truly a dance but of the emotional kind. For every step forward, there were steps back, and for every twirl there was a dip and twist that brought the couple together, set them apart and drew them in again. Ultimately, what Zoe discovers about herself and what Vaden discovers about his physical relationship with Zoe made this story work. It’s hot, entertaining and an interesting flip to the often used plot of a contemporary woman finding herself in another time and place.
by Diana Hunter – is a story that explores the value of friendship. In short, good friends never give up on matchmaking when they’re sure they are right. And the smart ones never let you see it coming. That’s the fun aspect of this story. Because the heroine didn’t have performance pressures like those other blind dates that her friend, Angie, had arranged in the past, she was free to be herself. Carla has attitude and she’s not afraid to use it. However, Josef is a man who has a secret. He’s the dominant one and the heroine’s attitude has only thrown down a gauntlet he’s only too happy to take on. Watching this relationship unfold was better than a tennis match. Ultimately, the BDSM element is explored with enough emotional and sexual detail, fans of that romance lifestyle will get a treat. I enjoyed the dialogue and the sharing of themselves to the point that I am confident that Carla and Josef really are perfect for the other; mostly because there is enough relationship growth to make it believable. It was a good read.
FATMAN and ROBYN
by Jaid Black – The opening salvo to this short story is intensely humorous and is so off the wall, it’s an immediate attention grabber. From there it’s a wonderfully warm and delightful romance that's like a whipped cream topping on a very rich and decadent hot fudge sundae. Ms. Black’s contribution to this anthology is the one most filled with heart, home and happiness. It’s a gentle sigh of satisfaction after the sexual roller coaster of the previous tales. Don’t get me wrong, when Jake and Robyn finally wear each other out, it is after a lot of well written active bed scenes that met all my expectations. I enjoyed the family aspect of Robyn’s life and how Jake fit in. I liked how the author built up the sensual suspense and how the relationship grew. I even liked the little quirks of the language flipping – so real and likeable. The dialogue was cool and the characters had personality; pretty much everything in this story worked. It was the best happily ever after of the lot. Ms. Black has a winner with this one.
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Vol 2 is a credit to the authors who contributed to its existence. There's something for everyone to enjoy. Even if a reader isn’t into BDSM or Sci-Fi, there's a romantic commonality that binds them together. I found the choices of plot, venue, dialogue and character made all the difference. And since they all have happily ever afters or happily for now with a strong element of anticipated future happiness, every story met my expectations. They’re true pleasers on many levels and is a book that should not be missed. ...more
Beautiful setting, page-turning anticipation, and compelling, strong characters you can't help but root for. Enemies has all the elements you need for a fantastic escape from day to day life!
I can't tell you how much I love these characters. Sora, a female Otu Warrior, is strong, courageous, and determined. When she's captured by a Waban war leader and sworn enemy, Hakan, she must endure his certain torture to avoid being broken and carry out her mission to get to the Waban Elder. While refusing to back down, she seemingly submits, yet never loses focus of her goal, to collect information about the Waban tribe and bring it back to the Otu.
Hakan, although fierce and threatening, is a wonderfully complex character. His inner turmoil - does he treat this captive as just another spoil of war, or give her the respect her warrior status commands - is gripping and enjoyable. From the moment they first meet in battle, Sora stabbing Hakan before Hakan renders Sora unconscious, you can feel the attraction, admiration and respect the two have for each other. They are perfect equals in a world where neither should have one.
I loved how protective Hakan was of his captive, although he knew she was very capable of taking care of herself. The undeniable pairing of these two was done gradually and with perfect intent, every step of their relationship drawing them closer together until there was no question the love they felt, despite their individual senses of duty and obligation to their respective tribes.
Ms. Harper is an expert in her setting. I know little of native culture, but was never lost in the perfect world she has created. The adversarial relationships, differences in language, and even day to day living were so wonderfully laid out that I was not only able to follow the story, I became lost in it. I felt a part of their world, and that takes a very talented writer.
The love scenes were sensual and erotic, but also served to further connect the hero and heroine. Through both points of view we are able to experience Hakan's struggle with the "spell" this irresistible captive had over him as well as the Sora's attempt to retain her distance from the man who claimed to own her. Their individual struggles were believable and served to bond them even further, since both understood the other in a way that few could.
The only piece of this wonderful story that was missing was their ultimate expression of love. They each thought it, but never spoke the words to each other. Ms. Harper has such a beautiful use of language for the natives, I was hoping to hear how they each chose to express themselves to the other. In the end, it was an assumption, but we didn't get to witness the conversation taking place. I missed it, but even without the words, their dedication was unquestionable.
If you like a story that takes you to another time and place, and a love story that leaves you breathlessly rooting for the hero and the heroine both, THIS is definitely a title to pick up!...more
Her name is Mystique but the real mystery is why she doesn't jump at the chance to be with Hollywood sexy man Sean Savage. Does she perhaps know the secret he keeps well hidden?
Mystique Gray was an up and coming actress who was being sought after by heart throb Sean Savage. Sean wanted Mystique to star in a movie with him but she repeatedly refused. She didn't say why she refused to do it, but people thought that it was because of his reputation as a ladies man that put her off.
Actually her reasons went far deeper than that, because Mystique knew something about Sean that even he didn’t know she knew. It’s not just that Mystique didn't like Sean, she just didn't want him to know what she knew about him. She did everything she could to avoid him but to her surprise she ran into him in the one place she least expected to find him, the ladies room.
This story was a pleasant read with characters that were interesting and had mystery surrounding them. It was fun to discover their secrets and the reason why Mystique refused to star with Sean, and what Sean did to finally get her to do the movie. It was also enjoyable to see how their relationship grew into something more than dislike.
The supporting characters added depth to the story: Her grandmother Mama Skye, who practically raised her, her cousin Nikita, Sean’s brother Keith and Mystique’s estranged mother Meadow. The interaction between the main characters and the supporting characters helped me settle into the story and lose myself in it. Readers looking for a little paranormal love story will enjoy Acting Witchy....more
Love has no boundaries, which is truly evident in this exciting love story between werewolf shifter Dagger, and dragon shifter Belinda. Dagger had promised to protect Belinda no matter the obstacles and when he failed measurably the first time, he vowed to make sure their second chance was different.
The relationship development between Dagger and Belinda was one that truly entertained me. I liked the twist of him remembering their past while she had no recognition of it. The plot technique allowed me to see the bloom of new love between lovers as well as the internal flames of long time lovers. The emotional and physical connection for Dagger is something that has been building over the centuries, while for Belinda it was a fresh feeling. It offered all of the stages of love, which many stories cannot do.
The conflict with Braccus truly kept the story moving forward. Every time Dagger and Belinda seemed to be making some headway, he threw them a curve ball. It added an element of surprise and danger to the story and made the plot line captivating. Braccus is everything I have come to expect from a villain: conniving, manipulative, and ruthless. It had me looking forward with anticipation to his next diabolical plot in the pursuit to gain ultimate power.
The paranormal element within this book was not a trivial contribution. As a person who enjoys all paranormal stories, especially shifters, my choosing to read this novella was a no-brainer. Toss in werewolves and a dragon, I found myself smiling for no reason other than amusement at their shifting abilities. While the tale could have been a good love story without it, the paranormal element really enhanced the story to a new level. Truly, I would recommend Dagger’s Lust to others who enjoy a nice paranormal short story. ...more
Rarely have I read a book that made me feel so much. I experienced a kaleidoscope of emotions while reading this story. At times it was pity, then annoyance, to heartbreak and sheer joy. And to top it all off, this book sizzled.
I’m not going to lie and say the comparisons to another novel didn’t pique my interest with this book. But I’m not here to review that other work, I am here to share my feelings for Bared to You. Are there similarities? Sure, but let’s be honest with ourselves. If you’re an avid romance reader, you’ve come across a book or two that reminds you of another book or two. How many times can an Alpha male be written? Or a vampire? Or a shifter? When something is receiving so much attention, it’s impossible not to be compared. But that’s grossly unfair to this book and the other.
First we meet Eva, a sweet down to earth woman who comes from money, thanks to her mother's advantageous marriages. Despite never wanting for anything, she decides to go to college and make her way in the world by getting a job. Shocking, I know. As the book progresses you understand why she needs this standard of normalcy. It’s not a want, but an absolute need.
We also get to meet Cary, a super sexy up and coming model who is Eva’s brother from another mother. But in actuality they are each other's support system. And if ever two people needed one other, it was these two. They are the ones who call it when the other has their head too far up someplace it shouldn’t be. For all the reasons that they were brought together, they were extremely lucky to have the relationship they did.
And then there's Gideon. Oh, dark and dangerous Gideon. While he's compared to another fictional who is also dark and dangerous, I felt Gideon is very much different. Is he controlling, of course. However, Gideon shuts down his emotions. Does it affect his personality? Absolutely, but Gideon builds a wall so thick that he’s almost childlike when it comes to emotions of the heart. Because he’s never had them as an adult. Until he meets Eva.
“As he stared back, he altered…as if a shield slid away from his eyes, revealing a scorching force of will that sucked the air from my lungs. The intense magnetism he exuded grew in strength, becoming a near tangible impression of vibrant and unrelenting power.” I shivered a little at this. Here you see he’s a dominant person, you feel it. Eva responds to it, even if she’s terrified by her reaction.
Together, they are explosive. Their love making, their fast growing emotions, their possessiveness, their everything is scorching. From the first time they touch until the last page, no matter how tumultuous their relationship is, it’s the passion that grips you. Gideon and Eva are almost too passionate for their own good. They break self imposed rules, experience firsts together, and live in a non-structured Dominate/submissive relationship.
I wanted to point out that I listed ‘forced seduction’ as an element of this book. It’s not what I think of as hard core forced seduction, but more as seduction used to bend Eva to Gideon’s will. He uses his arsenal of knowledge when it comes to Eva to bend her his will, or stop a fight, or whenever there's something they are having a hard time dealing with. There were a few times where I felt myself go "ummm", so I felt it would be better to safe than sorry.
In closing, I adored this book for so many reasons. I can’t tell you the last time I blushed from my neck to the roots of my hair. There's a scene that just flat out floored me, and I read it three times to make sure I got all the details in my highly imaginative mind. Ms. Sylvia Day did a fantastic job with this. The writing was superb, the characters flawed, overall just stellar work. I will be anxiously awaiting Deeper in You when it releases where we will be able to continue the story of Gideon and Eva. ...more
Kin and Lesser-bred have no desire to be human, but they have no problem sleeping with them.
The entire concept of Lesser-Bred and Kin grabbed me. I wanted to learn more about these unique creatures and their way of living.
Liam had few good memories in his life, yet he still managed to find the strength to survive. This determination for survival was mostly due to his two younger brothers, Chris and Kevin. Liam’s drive to protect his brothers no matter the cost to himself was inspirational and touching. He was a character I immediately sympathized with because of all of the abuse he received throughout his life. His story is one of triumph over ones situation no matter the abuse and obstacles faced. Liam's inner strength and protective nature toward those he cared about immediately drew me to his story and captivated me from beginning to end.
Jericho’s mysterious nature made me want to learn more about him, as well. I would have liked to have read more about Jericho’s kind. While the mystery of Jericho initially interested me I was disappointed how even in the end I didn’t know much about him. His counterpart, Liam was an open book to me so I really connected with him right away. With Jericho there was a bit of a disconnect. I was able to get to know him on the surface but I would have preferred a deeper connection.
This story, while captivating, had some parts that may be a bit difficult for some readers to handle. There's a pretty rough forced sex scene that isn't for the faint at heart. There are also references to pedophilia, sex trade, as well as numerous violent acts towards the main characters as well as a few secondary characters. I will say these acts, while sometimes difficult to read, helped me to understand the hurdles Liam and Jericho overcome. Their perseverance made me cheer that much more for their happily-ever-after. Also the characters were never anything but loving and affectionate towards one another.
The author makes it clear at the very beginning these are not humans and they do not wish to be human. Because I was so interested in the concept, more information about them would have been helpful. In addition, I thought because these are dragons and half breeds (dragon and human mix) I would see a bit more dragons or dragon shifters in dragon form.
In the end, I would love to see sequels to this series involving not only the main characters but also the secondary characters within the series, especially the two younger brothers. I think the author definitely has a winner in this series....more
I’m always looking for unique and fascinating romances and I found it with the gargoyles in this story. Except for the usual flying and having the sun be a bad thing and looking pretty intimidating, this author added her own special twist on what it’s like in gargoyle society. Certainly there aren’t enough books that tackle falling in love with one of these beasties but I found this one enjoyable and worth spending time with.
The heroine, Fatima, is a smart cookie. She has an IQ that’s off the charts but has some serious relationship issues – she’s all work and no play. She has dreams and fantasies like every woman but hers tend to be a bit more fantastical than the norm. Readers will find out why that is, eventually. She’s also independent, feisty, and untapped. And despite all that intelligence, the heroine does make some rather hasty decisions that didn’t sit well with me. I understood that her following through with them were integral to the plot movement, but I wish she hadn’t come across as so easy to manipulate. Some of the things she brushed off made me pause and think. Would someone really not question such a dramatic change in a person? After certain revelations, would a woman in love really be so easily lured?
And that leads me to one of the secondary characters. At one point I guessed he might be a stalker with a deviant nature. Then the author had him acting in a noble manner, yet, not. The only thing that I can share with readers about him is that he should have been wearing a “red shirt”, if you know what I mean. Men can easily become victims when they think with their little brain instead of the one between their ears, and this story proved it.
As for the hero, Lorn, he has the word ‘alpha’ dripping off him like a downpour. He’s commanding, dominant, firm and extremely well proportioned. The author did a marvelous job of describing a very virile man adept at pleasing a woman. It was also very clear that what’s his is his and he doesn’t share well with others. He’s possessive and wants to keep Fatima close but he never really gets it that she’s a 21st Century woman. As far as I’m concerned, what happens later in the story was his own fault. He-Man tactics don’t foster great communication and poor Fatima pays for that lack. However, on the plus side, he knows how to show a woman a good time and is capable of very romantic gestures and allows the heroine to see the softer side of his nature. However, when he is overcome with passion for the heroine, Lorn is as sexy as they come. Those scenes were written quite well.
In fact, when Lorn and Fatima do get together in the physical sense the author had their experiences all over the place. I don’t refer to location, I mean there is a bit of forced seduction with gentle but firm restraint, one incident of spanking and a whole lot of teasing and touching to get readers ready for the big moment. I also noticed he liked to throw her on the bed a lot. I wonder if it was because Lorn enjoyed seeing her bounce. Oh, and there is one point where Lorn watches Fatima unbeknownst to her and he gets both an eyeful and an earful. Obviously theirs is not a tame relationship and the author made that clear, much to my delight.
The villain is a bit unusual as well. Motivation is cleared up during a couple of scenes in the story so eventually everyone is on the same page as to who or what is causing all the trouble. The set up was a bit choppy and the delivery came across as sporadic but nonetheless it was effective and interesting. What I don’t understand is why did it go to the extreme that it had in the past. It’s that part of the motivation that eludes me and doesn’t get explained by the other revelation. It’s almost like there are two agendas going on but the author only fleshed out one for this book’s purposes. I guess that’s okay because I did enjoy myself.
One of the drawbacks about this book was the editing. For readers who like gargoyles and who might pick up their own copy of the book, be aware that “coca meme” is actually “cockamamie” and that they’ll find some words missing in sentences or some words that should be plural but are not. Taken individually, they were not enough to bump me from the story. The character interaction, the unique take on the paranormal world and the interesting courtship between Lorn and Fatima guaranteed my undivided attention and the other glitches didn’t slow me down at all.
Gargoyle’s Mate was fun, fascinating and filled with the kind of men romance readers love to see redeemed. There is a sense of urgency to their romance because there is a figurative clock ticking and Fatima is the first ray of light in an otherwise dark tunnel of existence. I enjoyed Ms. Foxx’s interpretation of gargoyle life and drama and am interested in reading more. I wonder who the next man to be saved will be. This story has certainly whetted my appetite to find out more....more
Nicole’s murdering ex-fiancé has returned. Does he want revenge or a second chance?
After ten long years, Nicole Harris has moved on from the love of her life. She's newly engaged and has a career she enjoys. The only thing missing is the passion filled days and nights prevalent in her past life. Nicole loves her fiancé and is determined to have a normal life. The one time she fell in love with an over-the-top man, it ruined her. She won’t ever let that happen again. She would rather have cool nights with a boring man then ecstasy with a murderer.
On one snowy night, Nicole’s life is turned upside down. In walks her ex-love, James Carmichael, or as he is now known, Michael Karlisi. She's terrified of what he will do to her and even more frightened at what he will do to her body. Her mind is telling her to run away, but her body is screaming to run to him. The more she's around him, the more confused she gets. She questions his past and current motives, never quite sure what to believe. Now time is closing in on her and the tables have turned. Can she trust the one man she betrayed?
Imminent Conquest has many BDSM elements but readers need to be clear on the subject of forced seduction. Both of these factors are well written in the story and very readable. The forced seduction is in conjunction with the BDSM. Michael is a dominant lover and in their initial relationship they dabbled quite a bit into bondage play. Nothing explicit; he liked to tie her up and go a bit “caveman” on her. So when he's trying to convince her to take him back he partakes in their old games and he essentially forces the subject on her, repeatedly and at times not very pleasantly. I don't consider the scenes as rape since Nicole ultimately agrees to intercourse but some find the scenes a bit harsh. There's no irreversible pain and suffering other than Nicole trying to come to terms with her feelings for Michael. The BDSM is light so there are no clubs, whips, chains or paddles involved in the making of this story. Just a wee bit of He-man loving! The only reason I even used the BDSM label is because, the was bondage and submisssion involved.
It was difficult to connect with the story initally. Plausibility is a must for me. Even though I love fantastical stories, the beginning of this tale didn't hold true for me. The beliveability of the events made this contemporary novel read as a fantasy. The story seemed to drift off course when the POV shifted to a secondary character. Finally, though, the story started gel towards the end. The fantastical started to make more sense and become plausible. Michael and Nichole's lives are bittersweet but their happiness and love is real and well earned. The inconceivable maze these two must manuever to find their HEA is complicated at best but so unique and gripping I had to finish reading their story.
All in all, Imminent Conquest was an good story. I did find it enjoyable and I have no problems recommending it. Ms. Lynn did a wonderful job keeping the truth of the mystery a secret, even surprising me with her revelations. For that, I have to give her major kudos. Also, despite the POV change, her continuity is spot on. This is a complex but well developed story.
So the bottom line is, if you like mysteries that keep you guessing until the end and a hot love story that proves true love never dies, then be sure to pick up your own copy of Imminent Conquest....more
The saying ‘The eyes have it’ fits perfectly for this clever, entertaining and delightfully fun story. Falling in love with an alien has never been as sexy and steamy as when DeMarcus and Tasmin explore their strange courtship.
I was pleasantly surprised not only with how complete and well developed the novella was but how detailed and interesting the world was that the author created to showcase this unusual love story. Tasmin is a feisty and vocal heroine who acts first and thinks about it later. Her instinctual drive to protect and put herself in harm’s way put a spotlight on her protective instincts. That quality and strength of character got her to the planet Aurora and it also provided the reason for her life taking an unexpected turn into romance. She saves a guy who is more than a mere male. I thought that whole premise to be unique, thrilling and a great hook. The author didn’t disappoint me. Ms. Monroe provided me a wonderful book filled with some of the best elements in romance.
Of course, the hero being delicious, handsome, commanding and noble didn’t hurt. That he was proficient with a sword made the primitive female in me sigh and it certainly kept my interest. How could it not? DeMarcus was at turns the arrogant ruler, with an smug attitude that covered up the untouched heart of the man inside.
I actually like the plot technique of a man being dazzled by a woman who is unlike any other. It makes a lot of sense to me. Familiarity breeds contempt, or at least boredom. It’s the discovery of the unknown, the unpredictable that flames passion and nothing can be as different as a woman from another planet, especially if that planet is Earth. Even with all those differences, the things that remain the same are love, trust, fidelity and respect. The author had her characters touch base on all of them. Even in such a short space Ms. Monroe managed to imbue her characters with foibles and worries, weakness and doubt that eventually would be overcome by the true nature of the hero and heroine as they were tested in a mild but no less exciting clash with a villain.
I wasn’t sure if Tasmin’s sister was necessary as written. She seemed like a piece of glue – sticky and messy, good for some things in a pinch but not solid. She sort of annoyed me a bit but I can’t articulate anything specific. If there were to be a sequel about her, I wouldn’t care to read the book. Now, if DeMarcus had a brother, I might be interested. As for editing, there was only one glitch and that was a needed word missing in the beginning of a sentence. Other than that, it was perfect.
When the protagonists were sent to that room without a view, I was as curious as the heroine but not as nervous. I don’t think I could have survived that level of intensity, though it sure sounded like fun.
On the other hand, the scene where DeMarcus taught Tasmin to obey him was off the charts. That was incredibly written, thoroughly enjoyable and sexy with a capital “S”. And whenever he told her where to look and she did, the results were truly stellar. In fact the whole idea behind it was clever and a treat to read. And when she looked up and the hero told her what she was looking at, I had one of those “wow” moments. I love it when the unexpected happens. Very cool.
Star Prince by Ashlynn Monroe is a sexy out of this world experience that is a pleasure to read. Science fiction romance readers will find the locale exotic, the customs satisfactorily alien and a hero and heroine that truly are well matched. I had a fun time reading this tale and it was read in one sitting. I enjoyed the light drama, the way DeMarcus and Tasmin took turns seducing each other and the marriage ceremony. The happily ever after was not a long drawn out affair but it was enough to assure me they were going to be very good for each other and their adventure is just beginning. I’m so happy I discovered this book because it’s well worth spending time with. Grab a copy and see. ...more
Caitlin's caught with her hand in the cookie jar…so to speak. Her punishment, however, is not what she expects. In fact, Kyran is definitely not what she envisioned as a bounty hunter.
Caitlin has taken on a new contract that seems too good to be true. A sweet deal with a nice payoff, she’s eager to get aboard Kyran’s ship, steal the data, and be gone before he realizes what’s happened. Unfortunately for her, it’s a job gone wrong from the get go. One minute she’s connected to the ship’s data port, siphoning the information she needs, the next she’s bound and helpless by one pissed-off bounty hunter who intends on getting more than a simple explanation of what she’s doing on his craft. She quickly realizes he intends on putting the shackles on her wrists to good use. Nevertheless, when he starts spouting things about bond-mates, commitment and kids she begins to wonder if he isn’t just a bit insane as well. Words like obligation and love didn’t fit in her plans. A gorgeous were-panther who seems hell-bent on holding her captive, punishing her with mind-blowing sex until she consents isn’t about to change her mind. Or can he?
Kyran de Salazar made his livelihood on bounty contracts. He had no idea what Caitlin had done to piss off Diegala, but fifty-thousand pounds was too sweet of a deal to pass up. He would set a trap, lure her in and capture her, then hand her over and collect pay dirt. It all sounded like a good plan, until he stood face-to-face with the would-be data thief and realized she was his bond-mate. That certainly changed things.
While he would never give up his mate for any amount of money, the contract on her head would be tempting to any bounty hunter. His uncomplicated life just got a lot more complex. Even if he can persuade Diegala to release the contract on her head, how would he convince the sassy-mouthed vixen to succumb to his intentions without having to tie her to his bed?
Imperial Haven is a very fast-paced story. The initial contact between the main characters is purely predatory and sexual. Despite the short length, the characters quickly develop an attachment to each other. While Kyran has no problem accepting Caitlin as his mate, Caitlin isn’t so easily convinced. A brief glance into her history gives a minimal but reasonable explanation to her hesitance to accept Kyran’s claim.
The main driving force behind this story is sex, which makes up roughly a quarter of the story—with a decent plot carried along for the ride. While you don’t have much time or character development to really cultivate a lasting attachment to Kyran and Caitlin, the steamy love scenes and sexual tension between them makes it a gratifying enough read when you’re looking for a good quickie.
Caitlin’s sassiness and Kyran’s determination come together in humorous dialog sure to give you a few chuckles. Ms. Kane’s does a fine job with grammar, punctuation, and point-of-view changes with little to no noticeable editing errors. Overall, I found the book enjoyable and entertaining. ...more
I’m not usually a fan of historical erotic romances; however, this one pleased me in many ways.
Lady Annabelle was the opposite of Marianne. She was warm, and passionate, and not afraid to show what she was thinking or feeling. She never hid behind masks. Where Marianne needed to dominate and to cause pain in order to feel pleasure, Annabelle was tender and submissive. As a couple, they were perfect for each other. Their love scenes ranged from sensual to hot, and always left this reader satisfied.
Although it was expressed that both women loved the same man, I felt there was also a truly deep emotional connection between the women. At the heart of the novella, this was a love story between two women, and the man was there mainly to supply his manly body parts.
I enjoyed this story very much and didn’t want it to end. It was an emotional read with great character development, a good plot, and amazing sex. The book carried me on a sensual and amazing journey right up to the last chapter. Without giving away the ending I'll simply say it wasn't what I expected or desired. After I finished the book, I actually checked out the author's website and blog just to see if there was any mention of a sequel for "What the Mistress Did". Sadly, I didn't find any plans for a second book. I really wish there would be a followup, as I'm dying to know what happens next.
All in all, this book contained out of this world sexiness, two heroines that were both very fun reads, a love story that came alive through the pages, and a rather realistic ending. This unique story was memorable and I recommend it to other historical erotic romance fans.
She hates him, he resents her, they are both hungry for revenge yet they have explosive hot sex. A strong man takes a hard fall and finds himself better off for it. Locare wants revenge on this evil pirate for turning her sister into a submissive. She captures Fyn and makes him submit to her will. Now Fyn vows to get his revenge on her.
Honestly for me, Locare is far easier to like and relate to than Fyn is. While Locare is a strong minded woman with a deep heart and deeper yet loyalties, Fyn seems to be driven primarily by his need to obtain things: money, the submission of women, etc. Fyn was once in love and lost, and it made him hard and bitter. I think readers might well find him fascinating and exciting, especially watching Locare give him his comeuppance.
Much of their sex in the beginning involves deep discussion of what Fyn did sexually with Locare’s sister. There’s also an aspect of forced seduction. Some readers with delicate sensitivities may find these two aspects disconcerting. Yet both were entirely necessary to the plot.
And what a supercharged plot it is. There’s plenty of conflict here, never a boring moment in this story. There’s plenty of sexual heat here as well. The sex scenes are well written and definitely a battle of wills type of situation with strong emotional energy. Hot sex brings the Fyn and Locare closer and they fight their way in the erotic arena to a happy ending.
Pirate’s Slave is a hot, hard-driving romance that left me breathless. I highly recommend it.
A peep into the world of sex, drugs and rock and roll – the beginning of this novel is exactly as you would expect it to be: hot sex in public, the lure of a contract, the siren call of drugs and the spiral out of control. The first half is exactly what I expected, and so rather predictible. It just didn't keep my attention well.
I am happy to report that the second half of the story is the exact opposite! It still contains all of the sordid elements of the first half, but there was a change in the writing, in the tone of the narration. It became much easier to be involved in the plot and in the lives of the characters.
I admit, tears flowed freely during many of the pivotal events illustrated in the second part of the book. I find this an endearing quality of the book because it means I was completely involved in the characters' lives, and it is also the reason I would recommend this book, despite the slow start.
While the music and music career provide a vehicle for all sorts of bad behavior to get the book started, it becomes much more than a “music book” or even a “sexy book” – it becomes a romance. True, it is studded with the voracious sexual appetite we all believe musicians have, and the sometimes violent and slightly deviant sexual behaviors we would connect to them. But in the end, it becomes a story of hard work, love, and redemption.
Give yourself some time to get through this book, and then allow yourself to fall in love with the characters. You’ll be glad you did!
Deliciously naughty is what this story is. When Katherine (Kat) finds herself suddenly single she decides to explore a part of herself she never knew existed. Kat goes from a good girl who does everything by the book to a vixen looking for her next sexual high and I absolutely devoured every minute of it.
This story drew me in from the very beginning and held me in a bear hug up until the last word. While the direction of the plot was evident to me, it did not make it any less entertaining. This was one of the best storylines I have read in a while and I absolutely relished it. I really cannot say one specific thing that really made this story a standout because everything was done to make it extremely satisfying.
Kat’s exploration was one that many of us wish we could do ourselves. At one point in most females' lives, they discover their sexuality and go from just okay sex to mind blowing, leg-quivering satisfaction. Whether it is with a partner or ourselves, we realize what works for us and what does not. I wanted to clap my hands at those moments of epiphany, to show my support when Kat finally got to know who she really was.
If you cannot tell by my review so far, sex was the focus in of this story. Not just any sex, but sexual discovery. During this discovery, Kat is “kidnapped” and seduced. While her mind may be telling her it is wrong, she very much enjoys the experience and had clear lust for her main aggressor prior to the incident. Additionally, while others assist the main seducer they do not penetrate or have any real sexual contact with Kat. Therefore, if forced seduction or ménage’s are not your thing I think you may still find this scene tastefully executed. I am sure this will be the first of many of Author Em Petrova stories I read.
Two large all consuming warriors need their third mate to balance their relationship. Cyaan and Loken are impressive men. Both have been fierce warriors for as long as they can remember, and since they can live for hundreds of years, that has created a sense of disconnection with others and themselves. I love how they are equally balanced in almost all ways. While this may pose a problem in many relationships, Jace is what holds it all together.
This story had many positive qualities, but the one that really stands out in the forefront is the conflict with Mikel. That is truly the driving force behind this story and is also one of the reasons I labeled this story a forced seduction. Mikel spent years forcing Jace to do things he did not want to do among many other offenses. His obsession with Jace may make some readers feel uncomfortable but really adds depth to the story. Mikel is the ultimate wrong doer and through the entire story, I could not wait until justice finally prevailed.
The relationship dynamic or development was truly special. I love how as big an intimidating Cyaan and Loken may be but they seem to just melt where Jace was concerned. Some scenes left me smiling at how much they fawned over the smaller man. Even when they fumbled and made mistakes it was clear it was done out of love and concern. All three men created the perfect balance of love, tenderness and sex appeal.
The supporting cast within this story was entertaining in itself. I came to care for many of the secondary characters just as much as I cared for the main characters. Because this is a series, this is even more important to me because it creates interest in previous and future stories, which the author definitely did for this reader.
I do not even know who the main characters of the previous story were, but I do know that I cannot wait to get my hands on it.