Thursday, December 31, 2009

Double Jeopardy by Ericka Scott


Title: Double Jeopardy
Author: Ericka Scott
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60592-031-3
Genre: Contemporary Menage
Length: 24 pages
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Rating: 4 Diamonds
Heat Level: Erotic
Other: anal/oral play, masturbation, menage, multiracial, slightly macabre
Reviewer: Jillian Carroll
Date:
12/31/09

When one member of their marital triad dies, Dominic Wells figures he’s all set to have his happily ever after with his beautiful wife, Tabbitha. However, now that he finally has her all to himself, he realizes he can never be enough for her. No one man could. So, they set out on a quest to find a new husband to complete their loving marriage.

A dark, erotic story of polyandry, I thought Double Jeopardy was fantastic! The sex was intense and hot but well-written. The first person point of view was necessary to understand Dominic - his perception, neediness and sacrifices he made for the marriage with Tabitha came across well and added a great dimension to the story. The twists and turns were great and I will definitely be looking for more erotic suspense from author Ericka Scott.

Staking Claim by Crishelle Pierce


Title: Staking Claim

Author: Chrishelle Pierce

Publisher: Breathless Press

Publication Date: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-926771-19-9

Genre: Erotic contemporary

Length: 4 pages

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Rating: 1.5 Diamonds

Heat Level: Erotic

Other: masturbation

Reviewer: Jillian Carroll

Date: 12/31/09


Blurb: Gina knew the moment her husband grasped her firmly that was filled with lust, but was it lust for her or for someone else?


Not sure where to begin with this review but even the blurb is poorly written. Staking Claim had great potential to be a quick, highly erotic read but quickly fizzled into a boring story completely told in narrative, passive writing. If the sex on a bathroom counter is so mind-blowing, internal thoughts are a must but rather, I felt like I was watching an insecure woman and detached husband go at it instead of feeling part of it. Best part of this story was the beautiful cover and that warranted part of the rating. I could go on but instead simply suggest readers find a different erotic quickie story to spend their money on.

Exposure by Iain Bard


Title: Exposure
Author: Iain Bard
Publisher: Carnal Desires Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55404-707-9
Genre: Erotic Contemporary
Length: 176 pages
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Rating: 4.5 Diamonds
Heat Level: erotic
Other: anal/oral play
Reviewer: Jillian Carroll
Date: 12/29/09

The last time Dante saw Giulia, they'd been undergrads and she'd broken his heart. Twenty years later, he's a college professor, successful and confident yet unable to commit to a long-term relationship with anyone. At an art gallery near campus, he sees a woman who eerily resembles and reminds him of Giulia. When he asks her to meet him later and she agrees, he feels his heart open again.

Prepare yourself, this isn't your typical erotic romance. Written completely in the hero's point-of-view, you will get a glimpse into the male psyche unlike nearly any other hetero romance. Giulia didn't simply hurt Dante when they'd known each other as young adults, she'd devastated him and he's never fully recovered. When he thinks he's found her again (she looks and acts like Giulia but two decades have gone by so can it possibly be her?), he discovers she's aware of he and Giulia's past. She offers to listen to his side of the story and the ensuing explanation is rich, has complex depth to it I don't typically see in highly erotic stories and while Dante definitely comes across very sensitive and in touch with his feelings, he isn't a wuss. The reader will feel the strong spiritual bond he shared with Giulia and his reasons for keeping other women at arm's length and as the story progresses and concludes, the happily ever after ending will make you believe that some lovers are soul mates and truly meant to be together no matter how long it takes.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Queen Bee by Gail Roarke


Title: Queen Bee
Author: Gail Roarke
Publisher: Cobblestone Press, LLC
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60088-496-2
Genre: Erotica
Length: 31 pages
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Rating: 5 diamonds
Heat Level: spicy hot
Other: oral play, sex games
Reviewer: Starla Kaye
Date: 12-22-09

Daisy Cooper is by day a mild-mannered office worker working in a cubicle, supposedly leading a very plain life, dating little. By weekend, she sheds the mild demeanor and becomes a man-eating siren. She craves the hedonistic pleasures of a notorious sex club. Attempts at romantic liaisons hadn’t worked for her. She is satisfied with her life until she meets a new man at the club, until he gets hired at her company. Keeping her personal and professional lives separate has now become a problem. A great read that appeals to that inner wanton in many of us.

Muse's Vacation by Jaime Samms


Title: Muse’s Vacation
Author: Jaime Samms
Publisher: loveyoudivine Alterotica
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60054-426-2
Genre: M/M erotica
Length: 17 pages
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Rating: 4 Diamonds
Heat Level: Erotica
Other: BDSM, oral/anal play
Reviewer: Valerie Mann
Date: December 22, 2009

Patrick is pretty new to the idea of having a Dom. When Leo gets trapped in that endless cycle of word-lock, and the inspiration just doesn't come for his writer Dom, Patrick decides discretion is better than taking his needs and frustration to Leo and asking for what he wants. Leo is not pleased to find his sub trying to satisfy his own desires, but even giving Pat what he needs doesn't break through the block, and Patrick knows drastic measures are in order. He has to drag Leo half way around the world before the writer realizes it's time to put his muse, and his sub, in their places.

For a quick read, this had great character development and emotion. I loved Patrick's need and willingness to please his lover and Dom. Leo was a bit harder to like at first but within a few pages I realized the author made him distant as a result of his inability to think past his writer's block. Once Patrick figured out how to help Leo deal with the block, the intensity of Leo's feelings for Patrick was very apparent. I enjoyed this story very much and look forward to more from Jaime Samms!

Runaways by Lex Valentine


Title: Runaways

Author: Lex Valentine

Publisher: Frya’s Bower

Publication Date: 2009

Genre: Werewolf/Vampire Contemporary

Length: 18 pages

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Rating: 4 Diamonds

Heat Level: Spicy

Reviewer: Starla Kaye

Date: 12-22-09

From the second Ranulf Verlaine, werewolf, meets Dante Allerton, vampire, on a train travelling to Paris their need for one another sizzles. His gazes make her burn hot. Just looking at her sends flames along his clan marks. Both know they are bloodmates, but it isn’t easy for a werewolf and a vampire to have a future together. I very much enjoyed this short story and the flash of passion that ignited between them.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Threesomes (Anthology)


Title: Threesomes an Anthology

Author: Edited by Lori Perkins

Publisher: Ravenous Romance

Publication Date: 2009

ISBN: -13: 978-1-60777-299-X

Genre: Erotic Romance

Length: 174 pages

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Rating: 5 Diamonds

Heat Level: Erotic, spicy fantasies

Other: anal/oral play, sex games, BDSM, ménage, GLBT

Reviewer: Starla Kaye

Date: 12-20-09

Threesomes an Anthology is a wonderful collection of fantasy short stories to warm your nights and make you shiver with envy. It has everything “threesome.” There is a fun little story of two women finding a new relationship together with the help of a third “ghost” woman. Another story involves a woman finding unique happiness with a male friend and a man he hired from an escort service. There is a story of thee women on vacation together and taking their friendship further. There is even a story taking place at a mansion for a night of special partying between two women and a “gladiator” that sizzles. Next is a story involving two couples in the Caribbean for Rand R and sex. Then there is a story of three men and a woman, with two men in a relationship finding happiness once more. Or for those of you who enjoy stories about werewolves, there is a story of two male werewolves and a woman. Of course there should be a story involving swingers and there is, a story about a Halloween party for swingers. There is a story about a ménage-a-trois and revamping a partnering schedule. And there are two more shape-shifter stories: one involving a woman, a vampire and a werewolf and another with a woman and two more werevolves. All in all, a delicious treat of fantasies.

Fatal Exposure by Lia Slater


Title: Fatal Exposure
Author: Lia Slater
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: September 2009
ISBN: 1-60154-681-5
Genre: suspense
Length: 228 pages
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Rating: 4 Diamonds
Heat Level: Erotic
Other: oral play
Reviewer: Gabrielle
Date: 12/19/09

A sensual and exciting read that keeps you on your toes from the start. Shy and inhibited Ava takes a job in the last place her abusive ex boyfriend would come looking for her. Working in a strip club called Hothouse Gentlemen’s Club is the perfect hiding place. That is until Kade shows up. Little does Ava know that he is a private eye that her ex Zack has hired to find her. The chemistry between Kade and Ava is electric from the start. Each one has their own secrets but can they let their guard down enough to trust one another before it is too late? Add in a jealous dancer, the club owner’s brother and another PI or two and the mayhem begins.
Lia Slater takes the reader on a suspenseful ride with many twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing. Ava learns quickly and goes from being an easy going and trusting woman to a savvy one that must do anything to keep herself hidden. Kade is a powerful man who takes what he wants with no looking back. Which was always fine until he meets Ava and looses his heart. It seems this bad boy has a heart and may become a good guy after all.
As the two begin a rocky relationship they find themselves on the run from Zack, Ava’s ex. Will Kade talk Ava into making a stand and stop her running or will she take her chances and go on the run again? With well-written characters and a fast paced plot I enjoyed this book. I cannot wait to see if Jax and Poppy will get their own story. If you enjoy a hot and suspenseful read this is the book should not be missed.

Whisper to Me by Wend Petzler


Title: WHISPER TO ME

Author: WEND PETZLER

Publisher: New Concepts Publishing

Publication Date: November 2008

ISBN: 978-1-60394-242-3

Genre: Paranormal

Length: 165 pages

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Rating: 4 Diamonds

Heat Level: erotic

Other: oral play

Reviewer: Gabrielle

Date: 12/20/09


The ride of Mariah’s life began when she heard those two words whispered in her mind. How could she just ignore them, just leave him out there alone? With her wolf Salish and her dog Bear, her two constant companions she goes into the woods in search of the man she hears, the man who will forever change her life. Rathe is the most feared and the most dangerous of the Demon slayers. Ambushed by the human vampire hunters he has been wounded gravely, thinking he is to die he his thoughts and feeling go out to the ones he loves. Somehow Mariah hears and feels them as well. From the moment she decides to help Rathe, Mariah’s world is turned upside down. It seems that it is a never-ending ride of chaos and mayhem. While Rathe and Mariah begin a tentative relationship Vampire hunters, ghouls and Demon vampires constantly dog them. To top things off Jarrod the leader of the Damned Vampires has his sights on Mariah to be his mate and queen. Mariah can feel the evil in Jarrod when he seeks her mind. Since she was small Mariah knew she was different never fitting in and knowing that her daughter is just like her she must hide them and try to resist Jarrod’s mental call.

Rathe is taken aback with Mariah’s bravery and begins to loose his heart. The biggest and mightiest of them all is brought to task by a mere slip of a female. His long lonely existence ended on the night Mariah saved not only his life but also his soul. Can Mariah and Rathe find true happiness before time runs out or will Jarrod win and take Mariah as his own?

Rathe is a wonderful brooding Alpha male who loves with all his heart and will do anything to protect those he loves. Mariah is just as strong willed and loyal. She is a mother with a protective streak and when she sees others in need she steps up to the plate. As she learns what is happing in Rathe’s world knowing that she is a part of it now she steps up there as well. The bond of love and trust that develops between these two is a great read. Wend Petzler weaves a wonderful story. The reader is pulled into her sensual world from the first page. Her strong characters both male and female are full of depth and emotions. Not only is this story a hot read it is full of action and adventure with a few twists that keep the reader turning the pages to see what will happen next. I enjoyed this story and cannot wait to see if there are more stories in the works for these vampires. I would love to see one for Sergio or Alexander and Kai’s story. If you love books with lots of action and hot scenes this book is definitely one that should not be missed.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Purr-fect Seduction by H.C. Brown


Title: Purr-fect Seduction
Author: H. C. Brown
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978-1-60592-061-0
Genre: Paranormal, shape-shifter
Length: 91 pages
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Rating: 4 Diamonds
Heat Level: spicy
Other: light spanking, M/M and M/F/M secondary characters
Reviewer: Starla Kaye
Date: 12-8-09

Jill Morfranna, a sassy redhead from New York, goes to the Scottish Highlands on a photo shoot for the illustrations she does for romance novels. She hopes to take photos of the country and find a rugged alpha male Highlander to create a sensual masterpiece cover. She finds such a man, only she does so by stumbling into an alternate realm filled with demons, slave traders, and shape-shifters. Darrius of Knight Watch, a huge black panther shape-shifter, believes she is a witch and one of his Pride’s enemies. He kidnaps her with the intention of trading her at a slave auction for his sister from another enemy.


Their attraction for one another seems doomed from the beginning. She doesn’t understand his world and he can make no sense of what she says or the items she carries with her. He has captured her, plans to trade her away to save his sister, and yet she is drawn to the commanding leader. The desire between them is strong, the frustration as well. I found the struggle between them as they progressed through the trials they faced interesting. Dare was a strong hero with believable ethics toward what had to be done, what must be sacrificed, and what he desired. Jill, too, held my interest with her ability to adapt, analyze, and make hard decisions. This is a good read for someone who enjoys shape-shifters and their struggles.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

That Voodoo You Do by Ann Yost


Title: That Voodoo That You Do

Author: Ann Yost

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Publication Date: 2009

ISBN: 1-60154-595-9

Genre: mystery

Length: 275 pages

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Rating: 4

Heat Level: spicy

Other: oral play

Reviewer: Gabrielle

Date: 12/6/09

When she finds her fiancée and his ex-wife in a compromising position at her wedding rehearsal, Jessie Maynard decides to head to her late great Aunt Blanche’s vacant house. All she wants is some peace and quiet. Some alone time to reflect on her life and what has happened to her but upon arriving at the house she finds she is not alone. Luke Tanner Blanche’s adopted foster son has been called back to his mother’s house by a cryptic message sent from her deathbed. Luke doesn’t mind taking care of her pregnant cat but he is not interested in watching over Blanche’s grandniece. The two decide to compromise and share the house. As Luke and Jessie try to understand what is happening between the two of them they must also figure out just what is going on in the small town of Mystic Hollow. The two begin to find out that this sleepy little town holds many secrets. Jessie and Luke must figure out who is behind it all before time runs out. Adding to all the mayhem is Luke’s ex-wife Crystal whom he still may have feelings for. Crystal has her claws out and intends to get Luke back even if he may be interested in Jessie now. Jessie must decide if she loves Luke enough to fight for him or will she run away. With many lovable characters this story is an endearing read. As Luke struggles with his feelings we see what a good man he is. Jessie loves with her whole heart and will stand by those she cares for. Ann Yost writes an intriguing story that keeps you entertained all the way to the last page.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ride the Lightening by Lex Valentine


Title: Ride the Lightning
Author: Lex Valentine
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Publication Date: December 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9826023-0-0
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Length: 143 pages
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Rating: 5 Diamonds
Heat Level: erotic
Other: anal/oral play, BDSM,
Reviewer: Gabrielle
Date: 12/2/09

Emily Carrington is a red dragon who has found her mate in Vahid Delrey a black dragon. With a painful past and many misunderstandings between Emily and Vahid they cannot and do not come together. While Emily thinks that Vahid is a pain and that he does not want her, Vahid believes that Emily is a cold-hearted snob. They both have secrets in their past and it seems that they will continue to fight their love and never get together. Until a fateful day years after their first meeting when Vahid finally learns of Emily’s past. He is shaken to the core by what he sees at hears. He vows to fix the mistakes he has made and to help and love Emily forever. He must make Emily understand him and trust in his love for her. With each of the two hiding their past and not trusting enough to tell the other about it the wall between them only gets thicker and taller. Can they finally let it all go and enjoy the mating as only dragons can or will they forever hold their grudges and lose out on their happily ever after?
Emily is a wounded soul that needs help with her healing and only one person can do that healing for her. Vahid is a gruff and rude Alpha Male but his love for Emily knows no bounds. Underneath it all he really is a good guy. The love that these two share shines off of the pages and is a wonderful thing to read.


Ride the Lightning is a fast paced but emotionally charged read. With the reader hoping that Vahid and Emily can put aside their pride and do what comes naturally. Letting nature take it’s course instead of continually fighting against the current.
Lex Valentine is a great author. Whether it be her fantasy or her contemporary stories she always brings the reader into her world and keeps them entertained throughout the whole book. I for one cannot wait to see just what comes next.

Aimee's Locket by P.L. Parker


Title: Aimee's Locket
Author: P.L.Parker
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 1-60154-683-1
Genre: Historical, Time travel
Length: 348 pages
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Rating: 4 Diamonds
Heat Level: spicy
Reviewer: Gabrielle
Date: 12/2/09

Aimee’s locket is a sweet and endearing tale of love and trust. As Aimee and her sister Sara go shopping in July of 2008 they come across a small antiques shop. Aimee collects ivory lockets and soon finds one that she falls in love with and purchases. As Sara and Aimee continue on with their shopping Aimee begins to feel ill and in no time she begins to fall into a faint. As she rolls on the ground she discovers that somehow she is no longer in Seattle but in St. Louis, Missouri in the year of 1847. The first person she meets is Jake. First impressions do not go well for either Jake or Aimee but he soon takes Aimee under his wing and helps her. Soon the two are on a trek to the Oregon territory. Jake and Aimee have many adventures on the way, some good and some bad. Most of the way there has Aimee trying to figure out how to get home. While Jake leads the wagon train and scouts he and Aimee try to work out their relationship. Will she continue to try and get home or will she decide to stay?
Aimee is a strong willed woman who does everything she sets her mind to. She never gives up and stands by those she loves. Even though Jake is gruff and rude at times he really is a good guy underneath it all. His love is strong and true and the bond that Jake and Aimee develop is a wondrous thing.

This story is well written and has many characters full of emotion. With equal amounts of adventure and romance this book keeps you entertained from start to finish. This book is a good story that pulls on your heartstrings at times. As you read all of the adventures that Aimee and Jake have and the turmoil that their relationship goes through you wonder if they and it can survive.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Joe's Birthday Girl by Corinne Shaw


Title: Joe’s Birthday Girl

Author: Corinne Shaw

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Publication Date: 2009

ISBN: 1-60154-733-1

Genre: Erotic

Length: 180

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Rating: 4 diamonds

Heat : Explicit

Other: anal

Reviewer: Steph Beck

Date: 12/1/09


Determined not to spend another birthday marking time, Elena has thrust herself forward, trying to be better, write better and treat herself better. Enter Joe who suddenly finds himself infatuated with the big beautiful woman across the bar. Their passion becomes a one night stand when Elena’s self-doubts resurface but a bank robbery brings the journalist and FBI agent together again. Can they get beyond the hurt feelings and insecurities to finish their amazing night? And who is the person giving Elena goose bumps at every turn?

Joe’s Birthday girl had many elements that I enjoyed very much. I loved that Elena was a woman and a big, beautiful, accomplished one at that. I liked that Ms. Shaw gave Elena dimension with her size and didn’t just mention once or twice that she was kind of chubby. There was loads of sex in the story; a good two-thirds of it was against the wall, in bed, in the shower, etc. The downside to that is some of it felt repeated even when the situation and position changed. I give Joe’s Birthday Girl four diamonds. It was a great story. I enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a lot of sex with their love story.


Hard by Jamieson Wolf


Title: Hard
Author: Jamieson Wolf
Publisher: Breathless Press
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-926771-15-1
Genre: LGBT
Length: 7 pages
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Rating: 4 diamonds
Heat: Erotica
Other: M/M, oral play
Reviewer: Valerie Mann
Date: 11/26/2009

Owen’s best friend makes him hard. He’s been in love with Daniel for years, but could never tell him. If Daniel knew how Owen felt about him, Owen knew that he would lose him. And that his heart would break. Owen dreamed of kissing Daniel, of touching him. But the most they had done was look at porn together. Owen knew that his dreams would never become a reality…until Daniel rents some gay porn by accident and he becomes just as hard as Owen…
Short and erotic, this is a great little read that reveals the feelings of young lovers discovering and experimenting with their sexuality. Owen and Daniel are great friends and find something even better when they finally admit their desire for each other. There were some editing issues that bothered me but not enough to ruin the story. A definite must-read if you like this genre!

Their Secret Paradise by J. Rose Allister


Title: Their Secret Paradise
Author: J. Rose Allister
Publisher: Eternal Press
Publication Date: November 2009
ISBN: 978-1-926704-86-9(e-book) ; 978-1-926704-94-4(print)
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Length: 83 pages
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Rating: 3.5 Diamonds
Heat Level: Erotic
Other: Steamy sex on the beach!
Reviewer: Dena Celeste
Date: 11/30/09

David Gilroy was prepared to do his job as a construction worker and set up a new bit of outdoor floorspace on the sensual, tropical island resort of Amante del Mar. What he wasn’t expecting was to happen upon a sunbathing beauty whose feisty spirit and gorgeous body entrance him from the get-go. Gina Munson is a parapsychologist who is determined to find out what supernatural forces seduce the people on the island into relaxing their inhibitions. However she finds herself caught in a web of lust for the hunky contractor. She has to decide if she can get past what happened the last time the resort sank its metaphysical hooks into her and have something even scarier than fantasy: true love.

I found that I really enjoyed this story. It took me a couple of chapters to get into it, but as I went along with the flow, the plot gripped me. The characters are loveable and I especially found myself wanting to discover the secrets of the island with Gina. I would’ve loved to see more on the island’s effects, getting more into what really happens there. Their Secret Paradise is very descriptive, though it got a bit wordy for me at times. Still, the story was really solid, the sex was scorching and it was a fun book to read!

Mating by Lex Valentine


Title: Mating

Author: Lex Valentine

Publisher: Freya’s Bower

Publication Date: June 12, 2009

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance

Length: 21 pages

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Rating: 4 Diamonds

Heat Level: Erotic

Other: Biting, hot sauna sex and more!

Reviewer: Dena Celeste

Date: 11/30/09


Roul Verlaine and Morgan Kale are drawn to each other from the instant they meet. There was no doubt from either of them that the sex was explosive, but Roul wasn’t looking for strings. He also didn’t realize that Morgan was his mate, which was fine with her. Her fear of loving and losing the one to complete her made her willing to let him walk away. Can Roul figure out who Morgan really is to him? Can Morgan let this Alpha wolf bind her to him?


I’m not usually a fan of stories this short, but I have to say that the length didn’t keep the characters from being well-developed and didn’t keep me from getting invested in their outcome! Now that takes some talent. The words painted quite vivid pictures for me, not just of the smoking hot lovin’, but also of the intense emotions! I really, really enjoyed Mating, and the only thing I wished was that it was a bit longer.

Banged Up by Jeanne St. James


Title: Banged Up
Author: Jeanne St. James
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59578-594-7
Genre: Erotic, Contemporary Thriller
Length: 107 Pages
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Rating: 5 Diamonds
Heat: Erotic
Other: Anal play, violence
Reviewer: Missy Martine
Date: November 25, 2009

Mace Walker has been undercover for two years. He’s finally home where he hopes to enjoy some peace and quite while he heals his wounded body and soul. He’s not expecting to walk through the door and be held at gunpoint by a slip of a woman he thinks is a burglar. Colby Parks is hiding out from an abusive ex-lover. She’d become friends with Mace’s sister and was happy to act as a house sitter while her friend went off on her honeymoon. Too bad nobody ever told her there was a brother. She thinks she protecting herself from an intruder when she pulls her gun on Mace. The two of them can’t fight their physical attraction, but have a little trouble learning how to trust enough to share the secrets of their lives.

Banged Up is an action packed, erotic adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. The sexual tension starts building as soon as Mace and Colby lay eyes on one another, and their relationship just gets hotter and hotter until their passion explodes. The dialog is fast paced and evocative, leading their relationship along at a fast pace. There’s humor, drama, tragedy, and some really hot sex. This book has something for everyone and will keep you guessing about the ending right up to the last page. I couldn’t put it away and I plan to read it again. I definitely give this book 5 Heats and recommend you read it as soon as possible.

Thrilled (Anthology) by Hussy/Valentine/Dixon/Kemp/Powers


Title: Thrilled Anthology

Author: Megan Hussy, Lex Valentine, Christine Dixon, C. Margery Kemp, Mae Powers

Publisher: Midnight Showcase Fiction

Publication Date: 2009

ISBN: ISSN 1555-5496

Genre: Erotic Contemporary

Length: 107 pgs

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Rating: 5

Heat Level: Erotic

Other: Oral sex, voyeurism, explicit language, graphic sex, toys, videotaping of sex, cougar action, light BDSM

Reviewer: Olivia Starke

Date: 11/30/09


Of Power and Passion, Megan Hussey
Jacquie is a tough PI with an eye for hot gentlemen. When a lover lands in hot water, she sweeps in for the rescue.

Turning Cards, C. Margery Kempe

A tarot reader turns up a card that spells good news in her own love life.


Silver Lining, Lex Valentine

Despaired with love, Maris posts goodbye letters to her chatroom pals. A special member emails, begging her not to leave. His words capture Maris' attention.

The Awakening, Christine Dixon

Patience needing something to spice up her love life, found just the thing to awaken her interest. But would her husband like it too?

Includes two bonus stories by Mae Powers.

This is a collection of incredibly sexy, intense, and juicy tales to make feel flushed and flustered! A combination of humor and eroticism, with a more touching story thrown in by Lex Valentine, each author does a wonderful job of pulling you into their stories. Thrilled provides you with some cougar play, hunky guys to make your mouth water, relatable spunky heroines who will make you smile (and envy,) and a space alien or two thrown in just to keep you on your toes. This is definitely a don't miss in my book! If I could rate it a 6 I would!

Table for Three by Missy Martine


Title: Table for Three

Author: Missy Martine

Publisher: Siren Publishing

Publication Date: November 2009

ISBN: 1-60601-548-6

Genre: Menage

Length: 223 pages

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Rating: 3 Diamonds

Heat Level: Erotic

Other: Anal/oral play, menage

Reviewer: Jillian Carroll

Date: 11/30/2009


Cass Abernathy is forty-three and she's getting a second chance at life, and maybe even love. She's finally divorced, after years of abuse, when she learns an unknown uncle in Oregon has left her his estate, and more importantly, his house. Filled with hope for her future and excited to have a place of her own, Cass heads west not knowing what she'll find. What she finds are hot and sexy twin brothers intent on making her a part of their lives. It's too bad they're so much younger because they bring out feelings she's never had before. Meanwhile, there's someone else interested in Cass' inheritance, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to make sure he wins. Will Cass overcome her fears and open her heart to the two men who love her, and will she discover the truth about her inheritance before it's too late?

I was excited to read this book because of all the buzz and great reviews it has been getting. The story was great, the characters were funny, loving and kind. But it had issues and I had a hard time getting past them. The editing left something to be desired, there were odd, misspelled words and twice a sentence ended in a partial word, like it got cut off. I did read an ARC copy, I hope the final editing was better than this. If not, I hope the author takes her editor to task for letting so many problems get past her. Table for Three deserved better. I also got totally distracted by how many times the brother, Matt, called Cass "baby". I love a sweet endearment but wow, in some paragraphs of dialogue he used it in every sentence. Truthfully, it annoyed me, I began to feel like he was being phony when I knew he really wasn't and I'm sure that wasn't the author's intention. And what happened to the phone call Serena made to Cass's horrid ex-husband, telling him where Cass was? That was a big deal, I kept waiting for Eric to show up and beat the hell out of her or worse...but nothing ever happened. He never showed up, so what was the point of that scene? If the author was setting that situation up for a sequel, it should have been dealt with before the end of the story, as a cliffhanger ending perhaps?

All in all, I didn't dislike this story, it had a wonderful premise and the characters were fantastic (other than the "baby" thing) and I would definitely read the sequel, which I assume is coming. The sex was very hot and in that regard, Ms Martine was spot on - she can definitely write a great sex scene! For a first book, she's done a good job!


Cowboy Love by Sandy Sullivan


Title: Cowboy Love

Author: Sandy Sullivan

Publisher: Siren Publishing

Publication Date: September 2009

ISBN: 1-60601-557-5

Genre: Contemporary

Length: novel

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Rating: 3.5 Diamonds

Heat Level: erotic

Other: anal/oral play

Reviewer: Dana Dean

Date: November 30, 2009


Amy has been burned by a cowboy in the past. She knows better than to jump into anything with the cute man who lands literally at her feet, but instantaneous attraction is hard to ignore. Tanner has his own past to overcome as well. Add in four hours of travel time between them, possessive fans, a manipulative ex-boyfriend, and an overly protective roping partner and you have an impossible scenario in Amy’s opinion. Can their mutual attraction overcome so many problems?

Cowboy Love contains hot sex with a little danger thrown into the mix making Sandy Sullivan’s story one that will take readers on a nice ride. The problems lie in a heroine with mood swings that distract from her likability and so many lines of “suspense” that the story loses a bit of its charm. In addition, though the hero claims he is about more than sex, the readers do not often get to see it. Overall, this was a nice read, but it did not leave me wanting more.


Her Master's Gift by Dena Celeste


Title: Her Master’s Gift

Author: Dena Celeste

Publisher: Noble Romance

Publication Date: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-60592-056-6

Genre: Contemporary

Length: novella

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Rating: 4 Diamonds

Heat Level: erotic

Other: anal/oral play, sex games, BDSM, ménage f/f/m

Reviewer: Dana Dean

Date: November 2009


Collared and cherished, Katie loves her role as her master’s slave; unfortunately, her past has made her afraid to face her own desires. Despite her insecurities, her master knows what she longs for and wants her to push past her fears, but will his strength be enough? Can she trust him to keep her safe and allow her to fly secure in his sweet dominance?


Dena Celeste offers readers a glimpse at the lifestyle that moves beyond the sexual to the truly intimate. The most astounding and pleasant part of this story is the ever present tenderness that flows between Katie and her master. I enjoyed this short story and believe other readers will too. It showed me a side of domination and submission that I had heard about but never really understood. If you want a gentle look into the life of a submissive, Her Master’s Gift provides the perfect opportunity. Nicely done, Ms. Celeste.


 

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