Monday, August 15, 2011

Wet Dream by J.M. Madden

Title: Wet Dream (1Night Stand series)
Author: J.M. Madden
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Publication Date: 07/29/11
ISBN: 978-1-61333-025-8
Genre: erotic contemporary
Length: 37 pages
Heat Level: Erotic
Reviewer: TJ
Date: August 14, 2011

Ex-FBI agent Ginger Hampton is not surprised when her date is a no show. Madame Evangeline, owner of 1NightStand promised her a perfect night…but Ginger is used to disappointment in love. The fact that she's six feet tall, model perfect and owns her own high-end security firm tends to intimidate men. In spite of herself, she'd had high hopes for this date.

Madame Eve's email had told him to watch for a woman in distress, and the woman at the bar is exactly that. Chief of Security Cameron Jones doesn't see himself as a hero, but he's willing to check on a special guest for his boss. He doesn't realize until he sees her face that it's Ginger Hampton, his own personal weak spot. She's not turned off by his brutal scarring, and even flirts as if she's interested. When he escorts her to her room, does he have the balls to respond to her interest, and stay the night? How can he say no to…his own personal wet dream?

On the outside I have absolutely nothing in common with gorgeous model-like Ginger Hampton but the connection I felt with this character was amazing. Both the heroine and hero are such larger-than-life dynamic individuals but so easy to relate to. Ginger is not only beautiful but highly successful in a male dominated industry. Cameron is a scarred hero who deserves some loving and Ginger is the perfect woman to give him exactly what he needs. When they both go for it and face their fear of rejection I couldn’t have been happier. This couple sets the hotel room on fire when they let the spark catch and burn up the sheets! I hated to say goodbye to these two and I cannot wait to see what else this author has to offer.

Never a Princess, Always a Frog by L.K. Below

Title: Never a Princess, Always a Frog
Author: L.K. Below
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: July4, 2011
ISBN: 9781616502911
Genre: Romance, fairy tale, erotica
Length: Short
Heat: 3
Reviewer: Katherine
Date: 8/13/2011

            Imagine having the courage (not to mention the figure) to put on a G-string, paint yourself green and head to a party. Well that is just what the local librarian Colleen does. Colleen is looking for a one night stand to help her embrace her less librarian side she wants to be the star of a romance novel.  After a few glasses of wine Colleen heads to a party thrown at the X boyfriend of her best friend’s house.  (This is the best friend who just painted her in green apple body paint!) Wine or not Colleen is having some problems deciding if she is going to take off the coat she has on or if she's going to hide in a corner.  Upon arriving Colleen is noticed by Dan, a loveable nice guy who isn’t in to the party scene he finds himself, upon spying Colleen across the room he figures out the lady in green is more than just another bimbo at the party.   Before any of the less then chivalrous men swoop in Dan walks over to Colleen and starts a conversation.  What follows are a few hot scenes and both main characters learning about falling in love.

            I loved this book from the first page.  L.K. did a wonderful job making you connect with her characters and I felt myself feeling the feelings that the characters were feeling.  Also I love books, movies and really anything that is a fairytale rewritten, I am a hopeless romantic.  I would highly recommend this book and I hope to read more by L.K. soon.

Dorian’s Mate by YL Stokes

Title: Dorian’s Mate
Author: YL Stokes
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publication Date:
Genre: Romance
Length: 87 pages
Rating: 2 Diamonds
Heat : 4
Reviewer: Katherine
Date 7/12/11

Smut reading: 4 outta 5

This book begins with the very sexy Dorian waking up in his bedroom downstairs and noticing an unknown presence on the main floor of his house. Upon arriving upstairs he meets the beautiful Cerita who is upstairs preparing the food for a party being held that evening. While falling in love with her cheese puffs he finds himself falling for her. What follows is a sexy look at two supernatural beings falling in love and facing all the obstacles thrown at them together. The couple work is to very different fields Cerita is a caterer and Dorian buys and sells off companies. But they share a love for food which brings them together and the talk of food and sex made me want more! The sex is steamy and you don’t have to wait long for it to happen. The couple has a good dialogue together and I found myself smiling right along with them as they fall in love. The couple has very strong family ties, which is made obvious from when Dorian allows his cousins girlfriend to throw a party in his house. As Dorian and Cerita fall in love the relationships they have with their families become more important as you turn each page …

I liked the steaminess of this book there was plenty of smut and the conversations between Dorian and Cerita were enjoyable. I have a few issues however, first is there are some typos which when I noticed them they drew me away from the story and I had to look at them and make sure I was reading correctly. I also did not like that there was not a lot of back story. I felt like the characters (especially the family members) were very flat, you never find anything out about their histories or about what kind of supernatural powers they have. That goes for Dorian and Cerita also. They both have a lot of powers (including being able to talk to each other in their mind, which is sweet) but you never find out what theyreally are. Is Dorian a vampire, shape shifter, what? He eats but he takes blood. It didn’t make any sense.

At the end of the day I recommend this book as long as you aren’t looking for a lot of back story. Generally when I’m reading a book in this genre I’m looking for the couple to fall for each other quickly and the sexy smut to begin (I hate waiting till the end of the book for the love making) and this book gives me that.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bound Among the Stars by Jennifer Leeland and Mima

Title: Bound Among The Stars
Author: Jennifer Leeland & Mima
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publication Date: December 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59578-781-1
Genre: science fiction
Length: 108 pages

Heat Level:  erotic
Other: anal/oral play, BDSM, ménage
Reviewer: Gabrielle
Date: 8/7/2011
Two wonderful authors have come together to give readers a new and different take on fairy tales as only they know how.
 In Commanded to Mate we find Sierra and Terek who must join together to fight a common enemy. The two are from different species and must come together to prove their loyalties and to save their people. Only they can begin to make things right but lies and hate may be their undoing. Can Sierra find it in herself to love Terek when it is all said and done?
I enjoyed this story. Not only is this story a hot read but we get a wonderful romance as well. Sierra is a strong woman full of fight. She loves with all her heart and will do anything for those that she loves. Terek is an honorable man who finds himself in a situation that he has no control over but he will do whatever it takes to make Sierra happy even if it means letting her go. Watching their relationship begin to turn to love was a nice read. The two make a formidable couple, so in love and ready to defend each other no matter what.
Bitter Gold brings us the story of Liese and Stillskin. Sold into slavery Stillskin plots for the day he will be free. On his visits out for his masters he makes a friend: Liese.  The two begin a simple friendship but Liese has begun to have feelings for Stillskin and wishes to help him. That is until she is taken to be made a slave and addict herself. Once he realizes she is in trouble Stillskin tries to figure a way out for them both. Can Liese trust him enough to get them out of the horrible place?
Readers will quickly recognize the fairytale that this story is based on. I loved Liese and her love for Stillskin. He may be a slave but he is still a strong man who continues to fight. Seeing the love that these two begin to have for each other was a great read.  Liese and Stillskin will fight for their love no matter what. Showing us that love can conquer all if we let it.
These are not the fairy tales that we grew up on as children. They are so much more.  If you love your romance stories with an edge to them than these are for you. I loved visiting these worlds and hope to find more tales like these two from Jennifer Leeland and Mima. I cannot wait to get lost in the worlds that they make again.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Stranger Within by Amanda Steiger

Title: A Stranger Within
Author: Amanda Steiger
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59578-835-1
Genre: Paranormal
Length: 148 pages
Heat Level: spicy
Other:  oral, some graphic violence
Reviewer: Sasha Evins
Date: 07/27/11

Everyone needs a little superhero in them and here’s a story that proves it. Amanda spins a tale that plays with the imagination as she stretches the bounds of possibility with characters that are at once human and superhero. It’s just plain fun reading and I loved how the author toyed with description in original ways throughout. There are a couple of pretty graphic spots as far as blood and ick go, just an FYI for those sensitive to that sort of thing. If you have to, just skip over those parts because they are few.

Now if you’re looking for a straight-up romance, this story doesn’t read as one. It’s more paranormal with romantic element, but it’s a good read regardless. If Amanda decides to continue Kate’s story I’ll be in line to buy it.


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