Monday, May 31, 2010

The Enchanted Flute by Nichelle Gregory


Title: The Enchanted Flute

Author: Nichelle Gregory

Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing

Publication Date: November 2009

ISBN: 9781605920658

Genre: Fantasy

Length: 21 pages

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Rating: 3.5 Diamonds

Heat Level: Sensual

Reviewer: Finn

Date: 5/31/2010


When Lanai falls for a man who has never loved anything - or anyone - but his flute, she is angered when he refuses her gift of love after one scorching night of sex. An enchantress gifted with extraordinary powers, Lanai bespells Arye's flute to reflect the emotions he is experiencing at the time. Now, Arye is on a hunt to find the woman who stole his ability to share his gift with the world and maybe even his heart.


The Enchanted Flute was an enjoyable short where there was actually some conflict – not something you usually find in this short of a story. However, in contrast, there was very little character development. Still, it was enjoyable for its length.

Fierce Heat by Celia Kyle and Lizzie Lynn Lee


Title: Fierce Heat

Author: Celia Kyle, Lizzie Lynn Lee

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

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ISBN: 9781595786784

Genre: Futuristic

Length: 44 pages

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Rating: 4 Diamonds

Heat Level: Erotic

Other: m/m, m/f/m, light bondage

Reviewer: Finn

Date: 5/31/2010


Bonded lovers Ferr and Isic, both Bengal tiger shifters, were brought together by the Ritarian War. However, one thing is missing - a female to give them the family they both desire. Caught up in saving the remaining animals, Amaya, a human, feels an instant attraction to the two men and what happens is nothing short of fierce.


Though a short story, Fierce Heat was well plotted and there was good character development – not to mention some hot sex scenes. There was actually a change to introduce a villain that I found myself disliking (as I expect was intended) which is unusual for a short story of this size.

Hot Highland Fling by Eliza March


Title: Hot Highland Fling

Author: Eliza March

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Publication Date: August 21, 2009

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 62 pages

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Rating: 3.5 Diamonds

Heat Level: Spicy

Other: anal sex

Reviewer: Finn

Date: 5/31/2010


Journalist Ailsa Jackson has been assigned to do a story which includes interviewing a man who recently inherited land and a title in Scotland. Done with dating American executives who seem to care only for themselves, she is determined to discover just what is under those Scotsman’s kilts after glimpsing a few of their hard bodies. Tossing aside her inhibitions, she falls for the first man in a kilt she comes across, and unbeknownst to her, it’s the very American she was sent to interview.


Hot Highland Fling was all-around fun from start to finish. Ailsa certainly knows what she wants and has no problem going after exactly that. While I thought the conflict of the story was resolved rather quickly, it fit the shortness of the story and worked with the two characters.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Litha Dreams by Rachel E. Moniz


Title: Litha Dreams

Author: Rachel E. Moniz

Publisher: DCL Publications

Publication Date: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-021347-91-7

Genre: Historical

Length: Short novella

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Rating: 3 Diamonds

Heat Level: Spicy

Other: Oral

Reviewer: S. K. Fero

Date: 5-30-10


This is the story of two people drawn together in dreams, by fate.


Morgan Mackenzie must soon marry and the men who have been paraded before her have been most unimpressive. But there is a man who comes to her in her dreams. This is the man she longs to find and seeks help from a gypsy in finding him or who she is fated to marry.

Rowan Buchanan is ready to find a wife and has met no one who truly interests him. Until he begins having dreams of a beautiful redhead. He wishes to find her and seeks help from a gypsy. Dreams shared, love wanted, fate found.


The characters are fairly well drawn and the plot good. But the style is a little rough, although it is a decent read.

Wish Craft by Lauri Robinson


Title: Wish Craft

Author: Lauri Robinson

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Publication Date: June 9, 2010

Genre: Historical Western Time Travel

Length: 57 pages

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Rating: 4 Diamonds

Heat Level: Spicy

Reviewer: Margie Church

Date: 5/29/2010


Jayden White is a woman caught between the present and the past. A diary written in 1884 and an accompanying photograph make Jayden realize her destiny is in the past with a man named Levi Grimshaw. She uses quantum jumping to go back in time to reach Levi and to help her step-sister's family survive in the present.


Lauri has a wonderful talent for creating imagery. She brings her characters to life and engages all the reader's senses throughout the story. The pacing is excellent and Lauri's style is so engaging. I definitely enjoyed this sensual romance. The book didn't end exactly the way I predicted and that pleased me, too. The book is rated HOT at the publisher's site, but I'd say the scene, though well –written and enticing leans toward spicy.


My only complaint was that it ended too quickly. I really would have enjoyed a little more Wish Craft.

Wicked Ride by Gina Gordon


Title: Wicked Ride

Author: Gina Gordon

Publisher: Breathless Press

Publication Date: May 28, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-926771- 42-7

Genre: Contemporary erotic

Length: 15 pages

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Author Email: gina@ginagordon.net

Rating: 4 Diamonds

Heat Level: Erotic

Other: anal/oral play

Reviewer: Gabrielle

Date: 5/29/10


Everyday Kayla rides the bus alone but she dreams of a day when she can share her ride with the hunky green eyed blonde. Will today be her day? Can she put her fear aside and show him just how much she wants to share her ride with him or will she chicken out and loose her chance?


This story was definitely a hot read. It packs a big punch for such a short story. How many of us wish for a better commute? Kayla sure does and she takes matters into her own hands and goes for her dreams.

Gina Gordon does a great job of pulling the reader into Kayla’s world. I was enthralled right from the start of this book and it kept my interest right up to the finish.


If you are looking for a well-written and fast paced short story you wont want to miss this one.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Learning How to Bend by Wendi Zwaduk


Title: Learning How to Bend

Author: Wendi Zwaduk

Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publications

Publication Date: 2010

ISBN: 978-0-85715-130-8

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 33 pages

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Author Email: wendi.zwaduk@yahoo.com

Rating: 3.5 Diamonds

Heat Level: Spicy

Other: Self-play, Light bondage, ménage

Reviewer: S. K. Fero

Date: 5-29-10


This is a second chance at love story, about a man and his wife trying to find their way back to the love they’d once had.


Separated by Seth’s career in the military and by the atrocities he faced first hand in Iraq, their marriage is tested. Things are said that aren’t meant. Hearts are nearly broken. But can Abby give up on the man she loves? Can she believe the lies she’d been told by a supposed friend of his? Abby decides to take a chance on doing something both intriguing to her and a fantasy of his: a one-time ménage with her husband another friend of his. But will it save their marriage? Or hurt it even more?


The characters are fairly well developed and the conflicts believable. The ménage scene is fairly good. For a quick story, it is a decent read.

First Date by R. Ann Siracusa


Title: First Date

Author: R. Ann Siracusa

Publisher: Sapphire Blue Publishing

Publication Date: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-934657-46-1

Genre: Contemporary romance

Length: 21 pages

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Author Email: punkyc@pacbell.net

Rating: 3.5 Diamonds

Heat Level: Spicy

Reviewer: S. K. Fero

Date: 5-29-10


Part of the Tour Director Extraordinaire Series


I loved the beginning with “Fate” and her irritation with the interns in the Earth Division of the Celestial Department of Predetermined Destiny. She decided to interfere in two lives on Earth: Harriet Ruby and Will Talbot, opposites who needed help in the romance department.

Harriet Ruby is a tour director and has led a fairly unchallenged life until something seemed to upset her life, and someone. She met Will Talbot, a Europol spy, with a mysterious and dangerous life. Nothing alike, yet something pulls them together and passion explodes. After meeting in adventure and having sudden hot sex in a previous story, the pair is now hoping to actually get to know one another. Can they finally have a real start at a relationship?


I have to admit that I was a little frustrated by the shortness of the story and how not much really happened. The characters appear to be interesting, but must be being developed in all of the series’ stories. The conflicts are apparent and obstacles aplenty. The author does have a nice flair for character personalities.

Charlotte's Younger Man by Emily Ryan-Davis


Title: Charlotte’s Younger Man

Author: Emily Ryan-Davis

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Publication Date: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-59578-704-0

Genre: Contemporary romance

Length: 30 pages

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Rating: 4 Diamonds

Heat Level: Erotic

Other: Anal/oral play, sex games

Reviewer: S. K. Fero

Date: 5-29-10


Sometimes a birthday celebration can end up in a very unusual way, a hot way.

Charlotte Kelley’s birthday started out with her friends, working a few hours of investigative work, and then took an unexpected and rather bizarre turn. She meets a younger man at the snuggle party she is investigating and she is immediately drawn to him. She’s never been into younger men before, but there is just something unique about him.


Heath Breck is working undercover at the snuggle party to write a features report on assignment. He’s never been into older women, but something about Charlotte tempts him. Together, but separately, they share some very interesting memories. Don’t understand that? You’ll have to read the story to find out what I mean.


The characters are interesting and the situation between them unique. Add in some play toys and…. This was a fun read.

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Pirate's Mercy by Brenda Williamson


Title: A Pirate’s Mercy

Author: Brenda Williamson

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Publication Date: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-59578-664-7

Genre: historical romance

Length: 87

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Author Email : aromancewriter@aol.com

Rating: 4 1/2 Diamonds

Heat Level: Sensual

Other: Anal play, light bondage

Reviewer: Brecken Stevens

Date: May 28, 2010


Lady Mercy James and Lord Ashton Sinclair are of the same mind when they fall over each other at a ball. They want sex for their own reasons and though they are attracted to each other, neither of their reasons are pure. Life pulls them apart before Mercy learns she’s pregnant. After heartache and loss Mercy deals with on her own, she and Ashton are reunited when he kidnaps her to bring her to her betrothed. The attraction between Mercy and Ash is instantly rekindled, the sex unbelievably hot, but with people all around them making their decisions for them, will they find a way to be together?


Hot, hot, hot. I haven’t picked up a historical romance lately, but this one warmed up fast and only got hotter. I loved the pirate aspect of it and I liked that even though the story was short, Ms. Williams didn’t make it easy. The conflict was layered and there was torment and pain on the part of each of the characters, yet they still managed to be likeable and fun. Anyone looking for an ultra spicy read with a sexy pirate and sassy heroin will enjoy A Pirate’s Mercy.

The Extremist by Juniper Bell


Title: The Extremist

Author: Juniper Bell

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Publication Date: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-59578-589-3

Genre: BDSM

Length: 61 pages

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Author Email : juniper@juniperbell.com

Rating: 4 Diamonds

Heat Level: Sensual

Other: Bondage, Exhibitionism

Reviewer: Brecken Stevens

Date: May 28, 2010


Annie Swenson is a little crazy. Her phobia list is as long as her arm, so when her therapist suggests she takes a vacation she nearly doesn’t go. When she gets to the Bahamas she’s sure she’ll hate it, and that’s exactly what she decides to do until she runs into an old enemy who makes her want to hide the rest of her trip. A mysterious, gorgeous man comes to her rescue, her date in shining armor and their liaison turns into much more than strangers helping each other. Unfortunately Annie’s psychosis rears its multi-faced head and she’s sure things are ruined before they really start.


If Annie hadn’t been crazy, I wouldn’t have liked her. Because she was so mixed up, but still determined I found myself rooting for her and hoping she could get past her issues. The title had me curious about what was going to be ‘extreme’ and while it’s not sexually related in the context of the story, it sure could be. The Extremist is smokin’ hot, but also manages to present a very likable plot and character in Annie as she evolves. It’s a quick, hot read that made me look over my shoulder a bit for prying eyes and I think anyone looking for a story with lots of spice will love it.

A Blanket of Bitter Frost by Phillippa Grey-Gerou & Emery Sanborne


Title: A Blanket of Bitter Frost

Author: Phillippa Grey-Gerou & Emery Sanborne

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Publication Date: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-59578-663-0

Genre: paranormal romance

Length: 92 pages

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Author Website: www.emerysanborne.com

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Rating: 4 Diamonds

Heat Level: Sensual

Other: m/m/f, m/m

Reviewer: Brecken Stevens

Date: May 28, 2010


Graeme Shepherd has given up his life as a practicing sorcerer in favor of teaching college in a sleepy Pennsylvania with his girlfriend. He might be in a rut, but he’s happy in it. Then odd things begin to happen. His girlfriend Diana and lover from the past, Peter Oberon, come to his side and the magic Graeme has given up may be the only thing to save him.


A Blanket of Bitter Frost is the third in a series of novellas by Grey-Gerou and Sanborne, though can definitely be read alone and greatly appreciated. I enjoyed the basic message contained in such a compact book about learning to communicate with the ones you love when hiding behind words and sarcasm isn’t an option. I haven’t read the other two in the series, but I sure want to. The ménage and m/m scenes were graphic but affectionate, my personal favorite combination which makes it a smooth and enjoyable read for most people. I give A Blanket of Bitter Frost four diamonds and look forward to picking up Grey-Geron and Emery’s backlists.

Sex and Chocolate: Chocolate Bliss by Selena Illyria


Title: Sex and Chocolate: Chocolate Bliss

Author: Selena Illyria

Publisher: Changeling Press

Publication Date: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-60521-401-6

Genre: Paranormal/Vampire/Succubus

Length: 47 pages

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Rating: 4.5 Diamonds

Heat Level: Erotic

Other: Oral, ménage, bondage, anal play

Reviewer: Starla Kaye

Date: 5-28-10


Roxi’s life is complicated and getting out of control. She’s a vampire and a succubus, but the succubus is taking over her life. Her lovers are dying when she loses control and she hates it. In desperation she seeks help from a witch healer and meets Connor Leeds, a warlock expert in the “sealing” ceremony to seal off the succubus part of her. After that life seems perfect with Connor as her new lover. Until…


The characters are nicely developed and their conflicts difficult. But the love between them and the hot sex holds the reader and makes you pull for them to conquer Roxi’s problem. This was a very enjoyable read. Oh, did I mention there’s a male incubus added into the mix? Yum!

Three On a Rooftop by Gail Roarke


Title: Three on a Rooftop

Author: Gail Roarke

Publisher: Cobblestone Press

Publication Date: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-60088-506-8

Genre: Erotica

Length: 25 pages

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Rating: 3.5 Diamonds

Heat Level: Erotic

Other: Ménage, oral, anal

Reviewer: S. K. Fero

Date: 5-28-10


Leah Wright is in Chicago at a writer’s conference to promote her novels, but she leads a secret life as Iron Maiden. She needs time away from the hotel and wants to research the city for her next story, see some sights and talk to some locals. As she flies around intent on that, she spots a handsome man dancing on a rooftop’s ledge. But, fortunately, he doesn’t need saving. Jiang Wu has much more interesting “needs” she can help him with. And he has a friend, The Dark, who is more than willing to share in fulfilling both Jiang’s “needs” and hers.


This is a very short, spicy erotica story. The characters are only slightly developed and there is no conflict. But if you want a hot story to read, this is a good one.

One Knight Stand by Gail Roarke


Title: One Knight Stand

Author: Gail Roarke

Publisher: Cobblestone Press

Publication Date: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-60088-513-6

Genre: Erotica

Length: 25 pages

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Rating: 3.5 Diamonds

Heat Level: Erotic

Other: Oral

Reviewer: S. K. Fero

Date: 5-28-10


Super-hero Victor Kruger, the Black Knight, is frustrated at not getting as much media attention is the Guardians. He meets a young reporter, Robin Harris, who wants a private interview. He agrees, knowing he’ll maybe get better publicity from her or at least sex.


Robin has a secret mission, more than just interviewing the city’s newest protector. Can she accomplish her mission and have great sex with the handsome Black Knight? Does she want more from him than a one-night stand?


This was a very short story, leaning definitely more along the line of erotica than an erotic story. The focus was more on sex than plot, which is acceptable for erotica. But the characters had such promise and I was a little disappointed not to have the storyline blown up more and the characters more developed.

 

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