Monday, January 16, 2012

Worth Staying For by Mary Eason

Title: Worth Staying For
Author: Mary Eason
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: 1-04-2012
ISBN: 978-1-61217-194-4
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 206 pages
Heat Level: Sensual
Reviewer: TJ
Date: January 15, 2012

Dr. Jordan Scott is banking everything, including her life, that she can simply disappear into thin air, forget the nightmare she left behind in New York, and never be found again by her ex- fiance Caesar Santiago or his powerful family.

Detective Riley Donavan believes the pretty doctor knows more than she’s telling him. Can they work together to solve the murder of her brother, or will they end up the next victims of the crime lord?

Worth Staying For is a serious and sensual suspense story. While you know who the bad guy is for most of the story the tension is still ever present and the anticipation is palpable. I enjoyed the fact that Jordan was a smart successful woman who still found herself in a dangerous situation, it was a very believable scenario and I had no trouble imagining the intelligent woman still finding herself in such a mess. Riley took me a little to warm up to but once he did ease past my resistance he burrowed down deep and I could not have asked for a greater match for the heroine of the story. The chemistry between the two was wonderful and the attraction between them was almost as taut as the criminal mystery. I enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing what else this author has to offer. If you are looking for a romantic suspense story without the over-the-top sex and violence you will definitely like this one.

Paranormal Mates Society Vol. I (Anthology)

Title: Paranormal Mates Society Vol. I
Authors: Willa Okati, Lacey Savage, Rachel Bo, Dakota Cassidy
Publisher: Changeling Press
Publication Date: October 21, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60521-683-6
Genre: Erotic Romance, Anthology, Paranormal, Shapeshifters
Length: 280 pages
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Heat Level:  Erotic
Other: anal/oral play, GLBT, light BDSM, ménage
Reviewer: TJ
Date: January 15, 2011

Paranormal Mates Society, where finding the love of your life is supernatural, super easy!

Tired of squeamish humans passing you over because blood is your beverage of choice? Are your fins fed up with the goldfish bowl of dating? Did the devil make you give up on ever finding your soul mate? Long to soar to the heavens with the match of your dreams? Log on to!

Vamps masquerade as werewolves, fire serpents melt the hearts of Yetis, a psychic tames her genie -- it's Satan's own online dating service, and chaos has never been quite this hot!

In Matchmaker’s Match Willa Okati gives readers a different glimpse in to the mind of the devil himself and when you add in an angel and an ancient god this is a trio of strong men with overwhelming sexual appetites. I enjoyed how gritty the encounter between the Wanderer, Scratch and Loki was. The descriptions were awesome and I had no problem picturing the cluttered room. While I prefer my stories a little on the sweeter side I did enjoy the humor and twists of this tale.
A genie lamp plays a key roll in Lacey Savage’s Finders Keepers but it’s the genie himself who steals the show while the heroine steals his heart. Claudia and Xander complement each other so well that you cannot help but cheer on their relationship.
Rachel Bo creates a fabulous world in Long Tall Furry and it is a place I want to visit again and again. Sinna and Goss are two phenomenally developed characters, so strong on their own but unbelievable together. I love how easy it was to suspend my disbelieve and just fall right into the emotions of this story.
It is no secret that I love Dakota Cassidy, she writes with a charm and humor that makes me feel like I’m witnessing a great chick flick or having a fabulous conversation with a friend. In Chunkybuttfunky the heroine is a curvy gal (my favorite) who is looking for something different. Cadence and Collin have this fantastic chemistry and I love watching them dig themselves farther and farther in to a mess by lying to one another. 
Paranormal Mates Society is an enjoyable collection of witty reads that any supernatural erotic fiction fan will enjoy. 

Dragon Training 2: Dragon Fire by Emily Carrington

Title: Dragon Training 2: Dragon Fire
Author: Emily Carrington
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication Date: July 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61118-455-6
Genre: GLBT paranormal
Length: novella
Heat Level: Erotic
Other: Oral, anal 
Reviewer: Brecken Stevens
Date: January 13, 2012

Luke and Mark are committed and hitting the hurtles that arise when lust turns to love. Luke wants to be more to Mark and Mark wants Luke to be happy. In their floundering the two must deal with Mark’s past, namely his family. With love in place, the rest of the relationship must cement, and if Mark can’t trust his lover, all the love in the world won’t make either of them happy.

I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like Dragon Fire. A gay, Jewish dragon who has trouble shedding and has deep seeded trust issues? To say Mark has a nicely complex personality is an understatement. My favorite parts of this story were the main characters. Luke and Mark are great characters who work well with and off of each other. It is erotic and harsh at times, but Mark and Luke made it so I couldn’t put Dragon Fire down. 

Buttercream by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Title: Buttercream
Author: Roslyn Hardy Holcomb
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication Date: July 2011
ISBN: 9781611184402
Genre: Innerracial, contemporary
Length: novella
Heat Level: Erotic
Other: Oral
Reviewer: Brecken Stevens
Date: January 13, 2012

Poppy’s free spirit and crunchy ways leave her feeling like she’s in the wrong time at moments. A hippy at heart, she channels her simple ways into her career as a baker. When Poppy meets Matthew she thinks he’s cute and the chemistry flairs, but they are completely different people. A soldier, Matthew’s lifestyle and beliefs are fundamentally different than Poppy’s. Explosive together, their lust has the potential to burn bright, but flair out before love can come.

Overall Buttercream had some really interesting and engaging characters. Some of the supporting staff have moments that hit harder than the leading characters.  Buttercream is definitely a hot story with a flair for making sweets even sweeter. Without giving any spoilers, I really don’t see these two living happily ever after though, and that left me not too thrilled with the ending. Readers looking for something sweet and sexy will really enjoy parts of this story.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dillon's Claim by Callie Croix

Title: Dillon’s Claim
Author: Callie Croix
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: December 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61217-159-3
Genre: Contemporary BDSM
Length: 119 pages
Heat Level: erotic
Other: anal/oral play, BDSM
Reviewer: Gabrielle
Date: 1/10/12

When Dillon gets another chance to win Charissa’s heart he jumps at it. He knows the attraction that they feel for each other is so much more than fleeting but can he convince Charissa of that? Something has scared her off and he intends to find out what it is and banish it forever.

Dillon and Charissa are a great couple. I loved Dillon right from the start. He is not afraid to go after what he wants and right now that is Charissa. Dillon will do anything to break down the walls Charissa has erected around herself. Charissa is a sweet girl who found herself in a bad relationship and is now afraid to try again. It was nice to see how much Dillon really cares for Charissa; he fights till the end never giving up on her or their love. 

As hot as this book was it also has a nice romance to it. I enjoyed watching Charissa wrestle with her emotions and her wants. The sex is hot but you see the connection and the trust as well. I loved the scene where Charissa finally gives Dillon her utmost trust. The emotions truly come flying off the pages in that scene. The author does a wonderful job of pulling the reader into their world. 

Not only did I get to meet Dillon and Charissa but some secondary characters made an impression as well. I hope we get to visit the ranch again some time soon.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

One Knight in Brooklyn by Casea Major

Title: One Knight in Brooklyn (1Night Stand series)
Author: Casea Major
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Publication Date: Out Now
ISBN: 978-1-61333-121-7
Genre: Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
Length: 41 pages
Heat Level: Erotic
Other:  Oral, 
Reviewer: TJ
Date: January 1, 2012

After signing up for a one-night stand through an exclusive matching agency, hopeless romantic Marianne Caldwell is swept away to a medieval land where she hopes to spend the night with a worthy man of honor. Unsure of how she got from the Castillo Hotel in Las Vegas to a castle in the English countryside, Mare finds Robert, whose stunning physique and winning smile immediately convince her he's the Robin Hood she's been seeking. But despite his efforts in saving her from a corrupt sheriff, his Jersey Shore accent and coarse ways unravel her romantic visions. With her fairytale fantasies coming unhinged, Mare must decide if Robert is just a crass car salesman from Brooklyn or the chivalrous knight she's looking for.

One Knight in Brooklyn is another fabulous erotic story in the 1Night Stand series; it is a wonderful break from the everyday with a touch of fantasy. I loved the play on our leading couple’s names, Marianne and Robert. Their interactions were entertaining as I love a little hostility between my hero and heroine. Robert is a sexy alpha male who Marianne isn’t too impressed with initially but he eventually wins her over with his charm and brawn. I myself have always had a soft spot for a handsome man with a Brooklyn accent and Robert is a keeper. As a fan of the series I’m glad I chose to read this one and I’m looking forward to reading many more.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Romancing the Hero by Cate Masters

Title: Romancing the Hero
Author: Cate Masters
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: 10-26-2011
Genre: Fantasy Paranormal
Length: 70 pages
Heat Level: Sensual
Reviewer: TJ
Date: December 31, 2011

For romance writer Jody Feather, love is wonderful—on the page. Her books are instant bestsellers and readers love her delectable hero, Jake Emerson. He's the kind of man who knows exactly how to please a woman. The kind of man who doesn't really exist. Or at least not for Jody—she's too busy writing about delicious heroes to find one of her own.

When a man shows up on her doorstep claiming to be Jake Emerson, Jody's hormones shoot sky high. This would-be hero is everything she imagined him to be, and when Jody takes him to her book signing, readers swoon. But Jake only has eyes—and compliments—for her. Before long, Jody stops doubting his story and starts doubting her sanity.

When Jake convinces her she is overdue for love, Jody begins to wonder—instead of just writing about adventures, has she conjured one?

Romancing The Hero is a sweet escape from everyday life. As a long-time fan of romance novels I have always wished for my favorite heroes to come to life and that is exactly what happens here. Jake is a fantastic leading man so make no wonder all the fans adore him at the conference. Jody’s ex is a completely entertaining jerk, the kind of guy we all love to hate. I’m sorry to say I didn’t really have a good connection with Jody, she seemed a little arrogant to me, however the story idea itself and the setting made it an enjoyable read and almost convinced me I was judging the heroine a little too harshly.

Publish Yourself: Create and Sell Your Own E-Books by J.M. Snyder

Title: Publish Yourself: Create & Sell Your Own E-Books
Author: J.M. Snyder
Publisher: JMS Books
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781611522099
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
Length: 139 pages
Reviewer: TJ
Date: December 31, 2011

If you've ever wanted to retain more of your royalties or try publishing e-books but didn't know where to start, this book is for you!

Recently e-books have exploded onto the publishing scene, making it easier than ever for writers to break into the market. But many people who read e-books aren't familiar with how to create them. What formats should you offer? Where do you sell them? What do you use for a cover?
And, most important, how do you go from a Word document to an EPUB, MOBI, or PDF file?

Best-selling, multi-published author J.M. Snyder has written this no-nonsense, hands-on guide. She takes the mystery out of e-publishing while making the process of creating an e-book simple, cheap, and easy.

Using Microsoft Word (or an equivalent word processing program) along with inexpensive or free software readily available online, you will learn how to create the nine most common e-book formats. You will be walked through cover art design, interior book layout, and e-book creation, as well as given many of the tips J.M. has learned along the way. Also included is a brief guide to online bookstores where you can
sell your finished e-book.

Let J.M. Snyder help you discover how easy it is to publish yourself!

Publish Yourself: Create & Sell Your Own E-Books is a fantastic guide for those new to the ebook publishing business. It isn’t a miracle book that will teach you how to write and sell your book but it does give you the proper instructions to create your own books. And possibly keep more of your money in your pocket if that is what you are looking for. It is a simple straightforward book that gives you the information you need to start working on creating your complete ebook and the tone makes it an enjoyable and informative read. This isn’t going to give you all the secrets of the ebook publishing industry but it will give you easy to follow steps on how to format and publish your book on line.

Tony's Haven by Dominique Eastwick

Title: Tony's Haven - Sherman series Book 2
Author: Dominique Eastwick
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61937-013-5
Genre: Erotic Romance, Rubenesque, Sherman Family Series
Length: 139 pages
Heat Level: Erotic
Other:  oral
Reviewer: TJ
Date: December 31, 2011

Sometimes love comes in a package we least expect to find it in. Tony Sherman may be a modern day Adonis and a well-known ladies' man, but hiding beneath his carefree, playboy persona is a man who knows how to be discreet. He keeps his desire to protect all those he loves from being seen by anyone, particularly his family. Fate intervenes when he uses his charm to beg a favor from a co-worker, a woman as unaffected by his charisma as she is by his looks. Haven Pelletier is anything but the kind of woman usually found on Tony's arm or in his bed. She's mousy and rubenesque, unmoved by his Adonis appearance. But when circumstances bring them together, she sees right through his tarnished armor—to the true man underneath. As Haven learns more about Tony, she discovers a man who might just steal her heart if she lets him. Can Tony be the knight in shining armor Haven needs? Or will the secrets in his past keep them both from finding happiness?

Tony's Haven is a great read with a fantastic hero. Tony is just the right mixture of “too good to be true” and flawed man making him a near-perfect leading man. I wanted to hate him a little at the beginning of the book but his charm won me over long before it did Haven. Our heroine was easy to relate to and even though I really enjoyed her solid personality, I think I enjoyed her so-called flaws even more so. I loved the Sherman family and all of Tony and Haven’s coworkers as every character was well developed and added to the story. I will say I did find it frustrating that at a size 18 our heroine was considered so surprisingly big and I found it a sad commentary on the way society thinks but was so very happy to see that it really had no impact on Tony’s attraction to her. This author’s tone and style kept me highly entertained and I cannot wait to see what else she has to offer as I love reading stories that have me laughing out loud.


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