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Review: Take It Off, Warrior by Eliza Knight

In Eliza Knight, Historical, review on July 30, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Take It Off, Warrior

by Eliza Knight

A thoroughly delightful time-travel romance filled with deliciously sexy romps and quirky humor. Ms. Knight’s hunky Scottish warrior, Camden, tickles the funny bone with amusing observations of modern day garments and amenities. His innate ability to conform to the present works quite well to keep you on edge as to whether he will stay or return to the duties of his clan.

Though the heroine, Valerie, is a completely modern woman she possesses the true heart of a romantic when it comes to her studly kilted Scot. The reader will swoon right along with her when she learns the answer to the question of ‘What does one wear under a kilt?’

The bond between Camden and Valerie was magical and nicely portrayed in their tender yet deeply erotic love scenes. This is a story that is worth a read and a than a re-read. You may even hear a whispered, ‘take it off, warrior…’ as you do.

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Review: Bond of Justice by Nalini Singh

In Nalini Singh, Paranormal Romance, review on July 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Bonds of Justice

a Psy-Changeling novel

by Nalini Singh

Max Shannon is a good cop, one of the best in New York Enforcement. Born with a natural shield that protects him against Psy mental invasions, he knows he has little chance of advancement within the Psy- dominated power structure. The last case he expects to be assigned to is that of a murderer targeting a Psy Councilor’s closest advisors. And the last woman he expects to compel him in the most sensual of ways is a Psy on the verge of catastrophic mental fracture.

I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Singh has been a consistent highlight of my reading and I have her on Magical Auto-buy. (must have by any legal means necessary). I loved how she involved the entire spectrum of characters from all the books she has written for this series. I look forward to the next one.

Review: Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands

In Lynsay Sands, Paranormal Romance, review on July 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Born to Bite

by Lynsay Sands

ISBN: 978-0061474323

Release Date August 31, 2010

If I was to sum up this book in one sentence it would be, Murder Mystery Vampires style.   Armand Argeneau seems to be having a streak of bad luck with women. Most specifically, his wives have a habit of dying.  Armand withdrew from his family and friends in the hope that the deaths will stop.  He gave up his children to be raised by others in the hope that they would be spared.  Enter Eshe d’Aureus who is an enforcer sent to investigate the deaths of Armand’s three wives’ and his daughter in law Annie.

Just to complicate matters a little bit further, Eshe is Armand’s life mate.  Can they solve the mystery surrounding the deaths before either of them becomes a casualty?

Things I loved about this book.  This time around both the main characters are vampires and have been for a long time.  Both of them have also had life mates and children.  Because of this, both the lead characters show a maturity that I found to be very appealing.  The acceptance by both of them of being each others life mate I believe added to the story.  There was a little bit of angst on Armand’s side because of the deaths however it was fleeting.  The book spent most of the time on “whodunit” and I was reading as fast as I could to find out just who the killer was.

I really enjoyed this book and would give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Rip Cord and Double Dare by Jeanne St. James

In contests, FREE READS, Jeanne St. James, Promo on July 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

 

Here is the blurb for RIP CORD, which is expected to release 11/30/09 with Phaze as part of their Rebel themed Heatsheets:

 

Gil Davis had hated high school. Ever the geek, he had no intentions of attending his 10th year class reunion. The last thing he wants is to relive the taunting and teasing he received during his teenage years. However there is one thing he missed from high school: the star Varsity football player. The one he had a crush on since the first day he laid his eyes on him. But the last thing he expects is the now pro football player to come back to their home town to attend a lame high school reunion. Known as the Bad Boy of the NFL, Ripley “Rip” Cord, not only shows up, but shows up without a date and an eye for Gil.

 

Rip Cord will be available here: http://www.phaze.com/rebel.html

 

 

Here is the blurb for DOUBLE DARE, which will be releasing in January 2010 with Loose Id:

Quinn Preston, disappointed by one man, finds herself in the arms of two more, taking part in forbidden pleasures she never thought possible…

Quinn Preston, a financial analyst, is not happy when her friends dare her to pick up a handsome stranger at a wedding reception. What better reason to give up men when her previous long-term relationship had not only been lackluster in the bedroom but he had cheated.

Logan Reed, a successful farmer and business owner, can’t believe that he’s attracted to the woman in the ugly, Pepto-Bismol colored bridesmaid dress. And to boot, she’s more than tipsy. After turning down her invitation for a one-night stand, he finds her in the parking lot, too impaired to drive. He rescues her and takes her home. His home.

The next morning Quinn’s conservative life turns on its ear when Logan introduces her to pleasures she never even considered before. And to make things more complicated, Logan already has a lover…

Tyson White, ex-pro football player and Logan’s business partner, is completely in love with Logan. He has mixed emotions when Logan brings home Quinn. But the dares keep coming and things heat up with the three of them. Nevertheless Ty wonders: will adding Quinn to the mix end up enhancing or destroying Logan’s and his relationship?

 

You can read excerpts from both upcoming releases on Jeanne’s website at www.jeannestjames.com and also Jeanne’s blog at http://jeannestjames.blogspot.com.

Also, Jeanne’s erotic romance, BANGED UP, is currently available at Liquid Silver Books at www.tinyurl.com/bangedup. You can find her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jeannestjames), MySpace (www.myspace.com/jeannestjames) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/jeannestjames).

 

Jeanne St. James, erotic romance writer

Banged Up available NOW from Liquid Silver Books! Buy link

Rip Cord coming 11/30 from Phaze!

Double Dare coming January from Loose Id!

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The Diaries of Avalon Rose: First Blush by Sharon Hooper

In Erotica on July 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm

The Diaries of Avalon Rose: First Blush

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Naughty Little Books (July 25, 2009)

by Sharon Hooper

While her services as a Victorian domestic at Highgate include servicing her employers, Avalon avoids a forbidden love by leaving Highgate for an inherited country cottage where she finds a shocking collection of diaries and journals passed down from her mother and her mother’s family.

I enjoyed this little naughty book. It was sexy and exciting without all the naughty little words that I normally read. It was a quick read too just over 200 pages. And it has pictures. Not “those” kind of pictures, get your minds out of the gutter. Geez!  Just pencil and ink pictures that depict a very Victorian home and servents and dinner parties, where people loose there clothes…It has a very Victorian theme with all of the pent up sexual frustration and release you can read.

Take Me Again by Mackenzie McKade

In Erotica, Mackenzie McKade, Promo on July 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Take Me Again

by Mackenzie McKade

Marking one’s territory was never so naughty…

Dolan Crane would love to hate the beautiful new veterinarian who’s homing in on his territory. It’s tough when the flame-haired fantasy come true makes his body burn with just a smile. The smart thing to do is forget about her, so perhaps a threesome arranged by his old college buddy is just what he needs to get her out of his head.

Divorcee Tracy Marx has followed her restless feet to Santa Ysabel to start a new practice–and maybe find someone to take her outside the boundaries of vanilla sex. Instead she finds trouble in the form of a cowboy whose dark, sexy gaze lights her up–and could also destroy any chance of success. The best thing to do is stay far, far away from him.

When Dolan shows up for the promised night of fantasy, he’s shocked to find Tracy has traded her medical bag for a leather bustier and bondage gear. Tracy would like nothing better than to slap that smirk right off Dolan’s face, but the prospect of being sandwiched between two men is impossible to resist–even if one of them is her adversary.

Besides…no one calls her chicken.

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Pink Buttercream Frosting by Lissa Matthews (with Excerpt)

In Erotica, Lissa Matthews on July 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm

 

PINK BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1605046785
Genre: BDSM / Contemporary Erotic Romance
Format: eBook
Length: Novella
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Available as an ebook from Samhain Publishing

Desire: Blend sinful with sweet. Whip to perfection. Don’t forget to lick the spoon…

Aidn Greer is a much-sought-after Dominant in the BDSM lifestyle with an unusual problem. He hasn’t owned a submissive in more years than he cares to think about. He’s bored with unchallenging women, yet mentoring other Doms and training subs has left him cold as well. He’s craving something other than plain old vanilla—a taste of something sinfully sweet that, for once, he can really sink his teeth into.

Professional cake baker Bailey Harris wasted ten years bored to tears with her marriage, enduring a job she hated, and harboring a secret desire for something passionate, fulfilling and dark. Then she found it…in the world of BDSM. Exploring on her own brought the kind of mind-opening experiences that led her to declare her independence—and exposed a yearning to find the one Dom for whom she’s willing to kneel. Permanently.

When Aidn and Bailey meet, it’s fire and ice. Sugar and spice. And an experience that satisfies every detail of both their fantasies. Almost. While the big, beautiful sub is everything Aidn wanted, her fierce independent streak could be more of a challenge than he bargained for…

Warning: This book brings together scorching-hot counter sex, decadent pink frosting, and no-holds-barred BDSM play for a spanking good time. Be sure to bring an ice-cold drink along…

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Excerpt

Bailey pasted a smile on her face as she greeted her two o’clock appointment. Just because she hated all things having to do with men and romance and love and sex thanks to Mr. Slink Away Dominant, didn’t mean she couldn’t be sincerely happy for the newly engaged couple seated across the table from her. Did it? No, of course not. She was, after all, a professional.

“So, what’s the date of your wedding?”

“Valentine’s weekend,” the bride gushed, holding tightly to the arm of her very uncomfortable looking groom.

Bailey understood his pain and wanted to throw up, wanted to break her pencil and jab Barbie Bride in the eyes with the jagged ends.

“Oh, isn’t that just wonderful!”

“Yes! Please tell me that you have the date open for a wedding. I just don’t know what I’d do if you’re already booked.”

“Let me check the calendar to be sure.” She flipped open her day planner and made a show of checking dates. She was open for anything, everything, and most especially Barbie’s wedding. “Yes, actually, I am still available and that gives us just about six months.”

“Oh that is just perfect. You were recommended so highly that I just had to have you and you did such a gorgeous job with my friend’s wedding cake. I knew you’d be perfect for what I want.”

Bailey was touched, this time truly touched by the kind words. “That’s a great compliment, thank you. What is your color scheme? Red and white?”

The bride beamed. “White with red and pink accents. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, don’t you think?”

Pencil snapping. Jagged ends. Deep breath. All without her smile faltering. “Absolutely. What color pink?”

“I want a really pretty shade and not anything that would clash with the red.”

That feeling of throwing up…it was back. “No, we don’t want anything to clash. I have a variety of cake flavors, do you have a preference?”

“Chocolate. That’s what you made for Angie’s wedding and it was to die for.”

“Great. Chocolate. Buttercream frosting?” Did they see the tightness around her mouth at all or was it just something Bailey was feeling as she looked at them?

“Is that what was on Angie’s cake? I want it to taste just like hers. Can you do that? Make it taste exactly like hers?”

The plea was so earnest that Bailey fought not to laugh. “I’m pretty sure it was buttercream I used on hers and yes, I can make it taste just like that.”

“Oh, good. And I want roses all over it in pink and red.”

“All right. Let me get one of my pattern books and you can see if there’s something that fits the vision you have in your head. I’ll just be a second.”

Bailey stood, walked behind the counter and knelt down, trying to compose herself, trying to get back the professionalism she was quickly losing. She didn’t know why she was losing it, except for the fact that images of Aidn kept drifting in and out of her mind. It wasn’t marriage she was seeing though, it was a collaring, which was dumb as she’d only been with him once and he’d walked away. It was just a feeling, a gut feeling, that he was the one. It was a feeling that pissed her off.

A few deep breaths later, she stood and pasted another smile on her face. She grabbed some wedding cake books and a couple of magazines and set them on the table for Barbie and Ken to begin going through. “I have some cake samples if you’d like to try them.”

“No, that’s fine. I know what the chocolate tasted like and that’s what I want. I don’t need to taste anything else,” Barbie said absently, her eyes and fingers devouring the pages of cakes in front of her. Ken simply sat there, helpless, looking even more uncomfortable in the silence that ensued. Bailey tried to give him an encouraging and kind smile but wasn’t sure she pulled it off.

“This one!”

Bailey looked at the picture that the bride was pointing to and inwardly groaned. The cake consisted of four stacked tiers, with cascades of icing roses from the top to the bottom and gum-paste petals sprinkled along the base.

“And I want alternating red and pink roses.”

“And the scattered, loose petals?”

“Can you make them white? Or would it be better if they were a color?”

“I think either would look lovely, but it’s whatever you want. It’s your big day.”

“Yes, it is,” she squealed.

“And what do you think?” Bailey asked, turning toward the still-silent groom.

“Oh he doesn’t care. He likes whatever I like.”

Sheepishly he shrugged his shoulders and nodded his head. For some reason the gesture caused a small twinge of sadness in Bailey. Her husband had been like that. Agreeing to whatever she wanted, never having much to say about anything. His nonchalant attitude about work, social plans, life and her…it was just more than she could take for the rest of her life. Now that she’d found heat and passion in a whole different personal lifestyle, she couldn’t regret having left him and striking out on her own.

She did wish things had worked out differently with Aidn though, that it had been more than just a one afternoon deal.

After filling out some paperwork and taking a deposit, Bailey walked the happy couple out and then returned to the kitchen. She needed to bake, to play. It helped her forget, to cope through tough times.

Half a bag of powdered sugar later, along with half a pound of butter, some vanilla and cream, she was feeling pretty good. Aidn hadn’t crossed her mind but three or four hundred times. Surely, that was some sort of improvement.

Review: Bullet by Laurell K Hamilton

In Laurell K Hamilton, Paranormal Romance on July 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Bullet

by Laurell K Hamilton

ISBN:9780425234334

The music came back up and the next group of little girls, slightly older, came out. There was a lot of that in the next hour and change. I liked dance, and it was no reflection on the kids, but my will to live began to seep away on about the fifth group of sequined children…

Anita Blake is back in St. Louis and trying to live a normal life-as normal as possible for someone who is a legal vampire executioner and a U. S. Marshal. There are lovers, friends and their children, school programs to attend. In the midst of all the ordinary happiness a vampire from Anita’s past reaches out. She was supposed to be dead, killed in an explosion, but the Mother of All Darkness is the first vampire, their dark creator. It’s hard to kill a god. This dark goddess has reached out to her here-in St. Louis, home of everyone Anita loves most. The Mother of All Darkness has decided she has to act now or never, to control Anita, and all the vampires in America.

The Mother of All Darkness believes that the triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude with Anita and the werewolf Richard Zeeman has enough power for her to regain a body and to immigrate to the New World. But the body she wants to possess is already taken. Anita is about to learn a whole new meaning to sharing her body, one that has nothing to do with the bedroom. And if the Mother of All Darkness can’t succeed in taking over Anita’s body for herself, she means to see that no one else has the use of it, ever again. Even Belle Morte, not always a friend to Anita, has sent word: “Run if you can…”

I just finished reading Bullet and I have to say it reminds me of the old Anita that some of us know and love but with the incredible sex. I mean face it Anita is to Sex as people are to oxygen. They both need it.

So Bullet is the start of a new story arc in the LKH world and I wholly approve. Because I can tell you the last book (not novella) we had a major bad guy get a really quick death. I think it was a few sentences. That really did piss me off at the time, but now I completely understand.  Also there seem to be a few loose ends that suggest that this next story arc is going to be full of sex and blood.  It wouldn’t be Anita if it wasn’t, right?

So now that we have the gang back together what do you do with them? Well you try to solidify their relationship by talking, a lot.  I found that there was so much dialog in this book I lost track of who was actually in the conversation. I would back track a few times or skip ahead until I saw a paragraph. *sigh* I love talking and getting all that baggage out but damn get a therapist. I can tell you this, Anita and a new man spent two pages (on kindle) talking about their scars when the smexing was supposed to be happening. If it was me I would have told the guy “we’re done I am no longer in the mood”. Then after all the smexiness, and to find out that you have not created a new bond, was a pisser. (Though I loved the scene minus the scar talk); I have to ask what the hell that was about then. If that is a getting to know you meeting, I need a few of those too.

Even with all my bitching, I like this book. It has been a long time since I have liked a LKH book. And *Shocker* I look forward to the next one. I stay tuned for the spoiler edition of this review.

Review: Covet by J. R. Ward

In JR Ward, Paranormal Romance, review on July 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Covet

by J.R. Ward
ISBN: 9780451228215
Mass Paperback

Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about—his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charge with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option. Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he’s good with that—until fate intervenes in the form of a tough- talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. But then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart—and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.

I have read MS Ward’s Brothers series and loved the first four, was dismayed at the turn of events in the fifth book and turned off by the sixth. I know this author can write riveting stories and I loved what she did in the Dead After Dark Anthology and the Black Dagger Brotherhood Insiders guide. I thought that with those last two she had turned the page so to speak and was back to writing at her best which was why I was keen to read this book. I personally found this book to be disjointed and I couldn’t connect to it. Not because it wasn’t connected to the Brothers but in my honest opinion there was no flow. It was choppy and jumpy. It’s nothing like the brothers. Not that I had expected it to be and I gave up on them after Phury’s book. Ms Ward seems to have different threads she wanted to knit together but as anyone who has ever knitted knows, one dropped stitch and it all unravels which is what to me has happened in this case.

The hype surrounding this book being about angels should actually be more about demons as they were the main branch of paranormal that was being dealt with, only through a quasi angels eyes. It was hard to get into the story and when I put it down (which I did a couple of times) I had no urge to pick it back up. I had to make myself. I felt no connection to the characters and I couldn’t seem to invest time in them.

Also, I don’t know if this book is supposed to be classed as paranormal or urban fantasy as it doesn’t seem to fit in either skin. If it is intentioned to be an Urban fantasy like S J Day’s Eve of Darkness it falls short. I couldn’t follow the plot lines and the ARC for the series to me seems forced and lacklustial. A comparison to a book with a similar theme is SJ Days Eve series. These are classed as urban fantasy with a story ARC which is believable and far reaching. I had to read S J days books straight through. There was none of that urgency with Covet. When you read authors like Keri Arthur and SJ Day for Urban fantasy and Sherrilyn Kenyon and LA Banks for paranormals you being to have expectations. Whether its covering the same genre from different perspectives or knocking your socks off with a whole different take on the genre I want the WOW factor and this just didn’t have it. It had the thud factor.

Review: Divine Misdemeanors By Laurell K Hamilton

In Laurell K Hamilton, Paranormal Romance, review on July 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Divine Misdemeanors

By Laurell K Hamilton

Hardcover

ISBN: 9780345495969

You may know me best as Meredith Nic Essus, princess of faerie. Or perhaps as Merry Gentry, Los Angeles private eye. In the fey and mortal realms alike, my life is the stuff of royal intrigue and celebrity drama. Among my own, I have confronted horrendous enemies, endured my noble kin’s treachery and malevolence, and honored my duty to conceive a royal heir—all for the right to claim the throne. But I turned my back on court and crown, choosing exile in the human world—and in the arms of my beloved Frost and Darkness.
While I may have rejected the monarchy, I cannot abandon my people. Someone is killing the fey, which has left the LAPD baffled and my guardsmen and me deeply disturbed. My kind are not easily captured or killed. At least not by mortals. I must get to the bottom of these horrendous murders, even if that means going up against Gilda, the Fairy Godmother, my rival for fey loyalties in Los Angeles.

But even stranger things are happening. Mortals I once healed with magic are suddenly performing miracles, a shocking phenomenon wreaking havoc on human/faerie relations. Though I am innocent, dark suspicions of banned magical activities swirl around me.

I thought I’d left the blood and politics behind in my own turbulent realm. I had dreamed of an idyllic life in sunny L.A. with my beloved ones beside me. But it becomes time to wake up and realize that evil knows no borders, and that nobody lives forever—even if they’re magical.

I read this book when it first came out. I let it stew for a little bit then Flirt came out and I am hoping this is not a trend with LKH. It seemed a little lighter then the title and the back cover suggested. I feel that this was a good change from all the sexing up in the previous books. Though all that sex had a purpose, its nice to have a story and a plot. The plot was rather sparse and I felt it was really hard to connect it to Merry and her band of men. She was more of an outsider then in the thick of it.

While DM was a good book, Flirt should have been a paperback or trade size something. There was not enough material or information to really keep me glued to the book like she usually has. I will always be a fan of LKH but in this economy her publishers should have known that this book would have been better received as a trade or mass market.