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Showing posts with label Erotic Romance. Show all posts

01 October 2013

Guestpost; Katie Porter talks Sexuality in Vegas Top Guns

Sexuality in Vegas Top Guns
By Katie Porter

Bare Knuckle is the last of our debut Katie Porter series, “Vegas Top Guns”. Since the initial release of the first title, Double Down, we’ve been asked many questions about the sexual fetishes we’ve presenting across the five books. From roleplaying to femdom, we’ve touched on a bit of everything, while focusing on dovetailing the romance that makes for a satisfying happily ever after.

Bare Knuckle is no different. Fighter pilot Eric “Kisser” Donaghue is the survivor of a plane crash, which was revealed at the end of book four, Hard Way. He’s scarred and surly, with a life goal that belies the personality we presented him with in previous installments. He has a brother in rehab, a side career in off-Strip boxing, and a surprisingly artistic side as a photographer. The only subject of his photographs is women.

He’s a voyeur.

The trick with creating a voyeur hero—and frankly, the trick with imbuing any of our characters with fetishes some readers may not relate to—was to make him accessible. When people think voyeur, they make thinking creepy peeping toms who watch women through parted curtains. For Eric, he keeps his fetish in his bedroom/studio alone.

As with all the fetishes we’ve written about for our daring fighter pilots, we were intent on pairing personality with sexuality. Sure Eric has been scarred, but his voyeurism is not new. Handsome and gruff, from a bad background, he grew up wanting two things: beauty and truth. Sure, a lot of women are beautiful, but how many of them are willing to bare everything, not just their bodies? How many are willing to open up so vulnerably that his photographs reveal the real essence of their true selves?

In asking those questions, he has to confront one unexpected event. He meets Trish Monroe, a Vegas showgirl—and an exhibitionist whose need to be admired makes the perfect subject for his photographs…and for his appetites. They combust. But as with all our “Vegas Top Guns” protagonists, the conflict comes from admitting that yes, the fetish is not only all right, but exactly right for them both.

Kisser is a stubborn guy. Trish is even more stubborn. And she won’t let this series we’ve adored end with anything less than a fairy tale ending. We hope you’ll enjoy our peek into yet another sexual subculture that may be a little out of the way, but defines our ideal romance: two people who are utterly suited to each other...forever.

We'd like to give away a copy of BARE KNUCKLE in any digital format. Just answer the question: In future Katie Porter books, which fetish would you like to read about?

What the critics are saying:
“The duo behind Katie Porter goes out with a bang in the last of their phenomenal ‘Vegas Top Guns’ series.” ~ RT Book Reviews 4½ Stars  
“It’s deliciously explicit details is guaranteed to ignite the fire within readers.” ~ Fresh Fiction  
“These characters have depth, the sex scenes are hot, and the reader will root for this pair.” – Library Journal
For more about Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown, visit their website at KatiePorterBooks.com!

Thanks again to leontine’s Book Realm for featuring Katie Porter and Bare Knuckle!

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31 July 2013

Series Review; Katie Porter - Vegas Top Guns

Format; E-Book
Publisher; Samhain
Genre; Erotic contemporary romance
Series; Vegas Top Guns
Received Double Down and Inside Bet from author for review

Series Review;

When I started in Double Down I didn’t realize it was the beginning of gobbling up every story in the Vegas Top Guns series. I was amazed at how quickly I got invested in this group of F-16 pilots and the kink in each story appealed to me in various degrees. The role-playing in Double Down
was fun and steamy. It wasn’t gritty but I enjoyed the intensity of emotions it evoked with Ryan and Cassandra. Jon and Heather had such incredible sexual tension with asphyxiation to spice things up a notch. Even though the trope older woman, younger man isn’t my forte I was drawn in to Inside Bet from the start. With Hold ‘Em, Katie Porter again proved she could deliver a fantastic, heart rendering story with another trope not close to my heart; femdom. Lea and Mike touched my heart in unexpected ways. And last but not least, the one that was a book-gasm for me; Hard Way.
The blurb was the factor that refueled my intrigue for this series. The blurb of Hard Way made my spine tingle in all the right ways. I just had to read it. But Maggie, from Pearls World Of Romance, advised me to start from the beginning. I was glad I did. But when I started in Hard Way, Liam and Sunny cranked up the sexual grittiness to stellar heights. The forced sex wasn’t something I’ve read much before but I enjoy the complexity of emotions it can bring to the story. Liam and Sunny didn’t disappoint me.

What I absolutely love about Katie Porter’s writing is the fact that all the story elements seamlessly flow together and gain momentum to deliver an exquisite, emotion rife romance. Whether those story elements were simply enjoyed or blew my mind, it all worked for me in some way. Each story is an incredible delivery of romance which drew me in and kept me in. The characters are well-developed and are very personable. Their characteristics make them pop off the pages and in no time I was invested in them!
The Vegas Top Guns series has the same effect on me as chocolate, once I take one bite, I just want more!
Beneath are quotes and first reaction to the stories.

Double Down

I say yes to Double Down as a steamy erotic romance. I say yes to Cass and Ryan as a sizzling couple and I say yes to this author duo! Erotic romance which drew me in from the first pages and gave a very...*very* satisfying ending!!
4 stars

Quote; “I’m listening.” He was. Completely. Dark eyes fixed on hers. He’d leaned closer. His intimate posture suggested confidences and sordid secrets.’

Inside Bet
Fantastic characters to fall head over heels for, great sexual tension and a wonderful emotional conclusion. I loved Inside Bet! Now I have to get my hands on Leah's story. Femdom isn't my favorite but I've been enjoying myself with this series and can't seem to let go of the characters!
4 stars

Quote; 'That is, until he smiled.
Goose bumps dotted Heather’s arms. Something about that smile, so slow and controlled, completely belied his youthful looks—while revealing an adorably sexy pair of dimples. Unbelievable.
He licked his lower lip, leaving his mouth slightly parted.
That did it.'

Hold ‘Em
Wow, even though I didn't think Hold 'Em could deliver but the emotional ride with Leah and Mike was so beautiful and poignant. Loved, loved, loved it!"
4 stars

Quote; 'If you gave me a cuff, I’d take it. But the fact that I’m not wearing my old 1… It doesn’t have to mean anything more than it does.”
“Which is?"
'He brushed his knuckles over her bottom lip. “That when I’m around you, I can’t think about any other woman.”
Leah’s smile bloomed so slowly, coming from the warm kernel deep inside her. She was happy. Completely & fully happy.’

Quote; "'You know, Mike, you’ve got a lot of nerve pissing me off in the first hour you’re on base.”
“I should’ve waited?”
“Well, let’s just think about the possibilities, shall we?”
Mike permitted a slow smile. “Please do.'

Hard Way
The honest emotional struggle between a married couple, the fantastic, edgy and erotic energy zinging between Liam and Sunny, the epic romance and the pitch-perfect ending made this a five star read all the way. Hard Way is the finest erotic romance entry in the Vegas Top Guns series so far. Keep them coming, Katie Porter!!
5 stars

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09 October 2012

ARC Review: Sylvia Day - Reflected In You

Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)
ISBN 0425263916 (ISBN13: 9780425263914)
Language: English
Title: Reflected in You (Crossfire, #2)
Trilogy: Crossfire #2
Characters: Gideon Cross, Eva Tramell
Genre: Erotic Romance
Review copy received from publisher

Summary (Goodreads)
Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn't stay away. I didn't want to. He was my addiction... my every desire... mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful... except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession...

Review:

I am one of the readers that hasn’t jumped onto the “Fifty Shades” bandwagon for various reason and backs away when a book is pitched as the next Fifty. However, that all was ignored when I read Bared To You and utterly fell in love with Gideon and Eva. The emotional rawness between them struck a chord with me and I couldn’t wait for the sequel, Reflected In You. The need to know how these star-crossed lovers would get to their happy ever after was as visceral as breathing. So the moment my review copy became available I started reading and couldn’t stop until the final page was read.

Reflected In You begins where Bared To You ended and it quickly drew me in to the lives and love of Gideon and Eva. Gideon is still master of his world and Eva is included in that. He is still gorgeous, his sexual prowess are still off-the-chart intense, he is still emotionally twisted but he also tries very hard to make the love work between him and Eva. Eva is aware of her strengths and flaws, she wants to do things in her own way and this clashes with Gideon’s need to control. Her insecurities play a big part in this story and will be recognizable for many readers. She is vibrant, fun but also just as emotionally twisted as Gideon.

All these insecurities were magnified by the feelings Gideon and Eva were battling with. Because their love is as dark as it is intense as it is passionate and it is imbued with a raw hunger that is undeniable. I can’t even begin to phantom how Sylvia Day found the words to relay the depth and intensity of the romance to the reader, the fact is, she did! The effect of her writing skill made me get that feeling if Gideon and Eva can work through their issues it will be an everlasting love. Or if they don’t, it will be a catastrophe of the heart and soul, devastating two people. To match the emotions there is the physical fire between this couple. The stamina of Gideon and Eva is mind-boggling but scorching to read! All they feel is poured in to the moments when they have wild ‘I can’t get enough of you’ sex. The steam almost rose from the pages, either that or my glasses fogged over! The eroticism, Sylvia Day imbues in to Reflected In You matches the rawness of the love between Gideon and Eva. It is an addictive combination I couldn’t get enough of.

The romance also contained almost insurmountable problems for the main pair to overcome. The words “trust me” and “wait” frustrated me as much as it did Eva. Trust is very hard for Eva and her reactions to what she witnesses is easy to understand. The actions of Gideon cause for major suspicion and riddle the plot with many questions. The plot development is tautly written but gave very little information up to a point I was a very frustrated reader. It was the kind of frustration where I wanted to get to know how it all connected, which wasn’t bad, but the need to know why and how drove me insane at some points. The first person narration contributed to that as well. I loved seeing it all from Eva’s point of view and through lots of dialogues I got a connection with Gideon as well. But Gideon was keeping secrets, many secrets. And it took a long while for me to understand him. I will say that the effect from the plot is definitely in the tail and the impact it had was one sweet ride and connected everything for me. The romance, the angst, the individual actions, it suddenly all made sense to me and I felt a new degree of investment for the cast of characters in the Crossfire trilogy.

Gideon and Eva is whom it all revolves around but there is an equally well-defined supporting cast. Cary, who is also twisted up inside, is one I adore. His humor and friendship with Eva enriches the story in a unique way. Mark, Steven and Shawna add depth to Eva’s work and social life. Victor, Monica and Stanton are family for Eva to fall back on and the love between them is evident. They are all engaging characters the reader gets to care about.

There is nothing in, Reflected In You, that was less than stellar. It takes a gifted author whom portrays flawed by fantastic characters and a gripping storyline for me to read the entire book in one sitting. I just couldn’t let go of Gideon and Eva, they resonated with me, up to a point where I ignored the outside world in favor of the story told.

Reflected In You feels like a written vortex where the characters suck you in with their romantic ups and downs and will not let you go until the last page. The emotional and sexual hunger Gideon and Eva have for each other borders on an addiction but it is just as addictive to read!! January 2013 can’t come soon enough!

5 stars

Quote Gideon: Cursing under his breath, he cupped my face with cool hands. “I go out of my way to make sure you don’t have any reason to feel jealous, but when you do get possessive, I like it. I want you to fight for me. I want you to care that much. I want you crazy about me. But possessiveness without trust is hell. If you don’t trust me, we’ve got nothing.” 
Quote Gideon: “Doctor.” Gideon set on ankle on the opposite knee and settled back, creating a picture of unyielding decisiveness. “The only way I’m keeping my hands off her is if I’m dead. Find another way to fix us.” 
Quote Gideon: ”What you and I have together shouldn’t be draining us like this. It should be the one rock-solid thing we both can count on.” 
Quote Eva: His kisses were gifts. He kissed with everything he had, with powers and passion and hunger and love. He held nothing back, giving everything, exposing everything. 
Quote Gideon: “I’d rather argue with you, Angel, than laugh with anyone else.” 

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29 August 2012

Review: Antho Cherished - Lauren Dane with Sway

Title: Sway, book #1 in Delicious series
Genre: Contemporary  Erotic Romance
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Berkley
ISBN 0425247538 (ISBN13: 9780425247532)
Language: English
ARC received from author for review.

Summary from website author:
Levi Warner is an established, older man—wealthy, powerful, and above all, respectable. Then Levi meets Daisy, an uninhibited 24-year-old dance instructor and artist, not exactly the kind of woman Levi is accustomed to. But the young, free spirit, brings out something in him he only experienced in fantasies. When their scorching affair turns into something unexpectedly deeper, Levi finds himself torn between preserving his reputation, and exploring a wilder and much more satisfying kind of life.

Review:

The moment I knew Lauren Dane was going to write stories about the friends introduced in the Brown Sibling series I was all want for reading them. Add the BDSM element to the romance and I was full of readers glee. I don’t read May/December romances often but I was curious enough how Lauren Dane would deliver on this. What I got was exactly why I adore Lauren Dane’s stories. The sense of family and friendship, love, loyalty and passion, Lauren Dane effortlessly works these emotions into a signature romance that strikes a chord with me. Every.Single.Time!

With very little effort I submerged myself in the lives of this wonderful, enigmatic group of characters. Daisy, full of life and love for her art meets Levi, distinguished and successful in his work. From the bat their dialogues were a verbal seductive dance between two minds that loved the challenge. I couldn’t get enough of their chemistry, it sizzled the pages and made my spine tingle in anticipation for them to get all hot and bothered between the sheets. Lauren Dane has a knack for sexual tension and it was going on full force between Daisy and Levi.

The romance and the conflict born from the age difference was realistically portrayed. While the chemistry was very good and both characters new it, Levi struggled with his inner demons. This is also where the BDSM comes in to play. I would say the BDSM is light: some power exchange, use of toys, some spanking but what I loved so much about it was how it came so natural to the characters. Because Daisy wears her heart on her sleeve she is open about what she feels and that kind of honesty was refreshing to read. Instead of all the internal battles, Daisy wanted to explore what gave her such pleasure. And Levi was just the man to do it. Hot, in control and with the right equipment. The emotions were enough explored to resonate with me but I think it would have been even better in a full length novel.

Along with Daisy came a group of fantastic friends! The ‘Supper Club’ is a great setting for incredible conversations and for friends catching up. Lauren Dane combines art, cooking and music as a fundamental part in the lives of Mary, Jules and Gillian. I have a passion for the same things and it made the ingrained joy from the characters resonate even stronger with me and forged a connection that will last throughout this series! It made me extremely excited for each of the stories to come!

In Sway, Lauren Dane imbedded all I came to love from her. She evoked a gamut of feelings with her storytelling which make me ask for more each time. The new and recurring characters come alive with intensity, personality and humor. The romance is spine-tingling erotic and captured me from the start! Add the friendship and witty banter, which was utter recognizable, and I couldn't read the pages fast enough but wanting to go slow at the same time.

Sway is a great start to a new series which whetted my appetite for more!

4 stars

You can find the review of Maya Banks', Exiled here

Quote:
“What are you thinking, Levi?”
“I’m thinking you’re very young.”
She nodded. “I am.”
“I’m trying to find a way around that.”
“How about I explain to you that I’m twenty four, not fifteen. And that I’m perfectly capable of making my own decisions and choices.”
He took a deep breath and exhaled hard. “And I’m thinking I’m too old.”
“Too old for what? Do you have trapeze fantasies or something? And how old are you? Sixty? Eighty-four? Her mouth trembled as she held a smile back.
The pressure in his chest lessened.
“Eighty-three. Don’t age me before I’m ready.”
“You’re not too old. I’m not too young.”
She stayed where she was, his hands in both of hers. Those big brown eyes watching him carefully. Waiting for him. Christ. She had no idea what that did to him.
“I’m forty. I’m nearly twice your age.”
“So what?”
“Yeah. So what?” He took his hands from hers and touched her chin, tipping it. “I want your mouth.”
Her eyelids slid down a little and she took a deep breath. “Take it, then.”

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28 August 2012

Review: Antho Cherished - Maya Banks with Exiled

Title: Cherished
Genre: erotic romance
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Berkley
ISBN 0425247538 (ISBN13: 9780425247532)
Language: English

Summary via Goodreads:
Enticed to the island paradise where an enigmatic prince is living in exile, beautiful, virginal Talia is introduced to a world of forbidden pleasure where the prince's every whim is fulfilled and her fantasies are rendered in exquisite detail. But when the prince is summoned back to fulfill his duty to his struggling country, reality is thrust upon Talia all too soon. She returns home, heartbroken, convinced she was a passing fancy for an idle ruler and his most trusted men. Until the day they arrive on her doorstep, determined to have her back where she belongs.

Review:

Exiled was going to be my introduction to Maya Banks as an author and I looked forward to it. The blurb almost had an 80’s harlequin romance feel to it. Wealthy prince of an exotic land, an innocent woman whisked away to a place where they meet and romance would blossom. It made me a bit nostalgic but that feeling faded away quickly while reading the first chapters. Right then I didn’t know if Xander was going to be my kind of hero. I found him obnoxious in his demands and alpha behavior. I like it when a hero shows his devotion through his love but Xander pampered, Talia. She was to be treated like fragile porcelain, every wish of Talia should be fulfilled and it rubbed me the wrong way.

Talia was also a character I couldn’t connect with. She was somewhat clumsy, innocent, and the repetitiveness of her inner dialogues of what she was; whore, lover or mistress, was becoming boring really quickly. She signed a contract, knew what was expected of her, at some point I begged her to grow some sort of spine and just follow through on her promise she made in that contract! Also the fact that she instantly submitted her will to four men, without any emotional conflict felt very unrealistic.

The introduction of Xanders trusted confidantes, Sebastien, Nico and Garron, was interesting and they had enough characteristics for them to come alive. With all characters in play Maya Banks took some time to lead up to the night where Talia’s prized possession, her virginity, was to be taken. Of course as Alpha of the pack there was no question this was going to be Xander’s privilege. After that night it felt like reading a ‘red shoe diary’ story of sexual play between the handful of characters on a beautiful island. There was little to none emotional conflict or development. From beginning till end the characters remained the same only at the end the external conflict was solved and Xander and Talia professed their love. Too much sunshine and daisies for my taste to draw me in at any level.

The plot, where Xander was exiled from his country because rebellions took over his country, was nice in the set up but never did I feel any suspense or danger. And then the resolution, it made me roll my eyes as I read it. It was so easy, it almost felt like an afterthought and this added to the disconnected feeling I had regarding the whole story. I have no doubt the characters liked each other, there was definitely some fiery sex play between them but as a polyamorous romance it didn’t even came in the vicinity of hitting the bulls eye.

I’m not a fan of stories where all that is offered is romance fluff. I need a certain character growth and conflict for them to work through will it be able to give me a satisfying level of emotional gratification at the end. Plus it also left me with a double-edged feeling towards the happily ever after, Xander and Talia got their fairytale ending, but the three friends get what? Exiled just didn’t work for my across the whole of it.

2 stars

Tomorrow I'll have the second story; Sway by Lauren Dane up for review.

Quote:
“Fucking a beautiful woman,” Sebastien said sardonically. “Such a chore. I think we should ask for raises.”
Xander’s gaze sharpened. “You won’t be fucking her, Bastien. You’re going to worship her and pleasure her as you’ve never pleasured another woman.”
“I have no problem with that at all,” Sebastien said in a lazy voice that was full of satisfaction – and anticipation.

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08 May 2012

ARC Review: Joely Sue Burkheart - Yours To Take

Format: ebook
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Date: 05-08-2012
ISBN: 139781609286804
Series: The Connaghers #3
Characters: Vicki Connagher, Elias Reyes, Jesse Dean Inglemarre.
Genre: Contemporary romance (BDSM)
Received an e-ARC for review.

Summary Goodreads:
All fire and gunpowder need is a stray spark… 

The day one of her old clients gunned down a cop, former defense attorney Vicki Connagher lost everything—her passion for justice, and her lover, Detective Elias Reyes. The dead cop’s partner. 

Even though she’s following her dream to start her own fashion line, it’s tough with heartache as her only companion. Until she brings Jesse, a wandering street artist, in from a freak Texas snowstorm. His submissive flirting brings out dominant tendencies she never knew she possessed, yet she hesitates to let him take her as far and as hard as she wants to go. 


Some homeless junkie in Vicki’s house? Not on Elias’s watch. Pride kept him away, but as long as Jesse is staying in Vicki’s downstairs shop, he’s staying with Vicki. On the couch, but it’s a start. As the days go by, the three work out an uneasy alliance. But Vicki’s joy at having Elias back in her life is tempered with a growing desire to have it all. Elias in her bed, and Jesse under her command. The only question remaining is if her tough alpha cop is willing to embrace all that she is… 


Product Warnings Explicit sex, BDSM, a tough alpha cop, a reluctant Domme, and a smoldering submissive street artist willing to do anything to belong to her.



Review:

Through a twitter convo I got curious what Yours to Take was all about. I read the blurb and my interest was piqued. I think a threesome is hard to pull off romantic wise and each author creates its own development to make it believable. While Joely Sue Burkhart isn’t an unknown author to me the Connagher series is my introduction to her. I love the tropes she incorporates in this series and the conflicts that arise from it. With Yours To Take I was kept on my toes, I was kept wondering what the dynamics were between these three personable characters I grew to love in their story.

I think Vicki Connagher is the epicenter of this story. I absolutely adore the women in this series. Vicki is creative, emotive, confident yet has a vulnerable streak. She forms a contradiction for me. At one hand she wants to dominate and at the other hand her dynamics with Elias tell me she surrenders to his strength. The interplay between Vicki, Jesse and Elias was something for me to figure out and it confused me at times but also kept me so very involved with the twists and turns in the characterization of every key player in this story.

Elias Reyes is a tough-as-nails cop. He has a commanding presence, goes after what he wants with sheer determination and is sometimes bull-headed. He brought a potent energy to the mix and I loved how he could make Vicki surrender to his touch. His controlled personality stood directly opposite to his explosive intensity in the bedroom.

And then there is Jesse Dean Inglemarre, the starving, homeless artist. From the moment he was introduced in to the story I fell in love with him. He tugged on all my heartstrings with his strength, weaknesses, poise and passions. He was the calm center between these two turbulent, magnetic personalities. What I also really enjoyed was the contradiction in Jesse's and Elias' personalities. Each on their own is an incredible male but together they form the answer to Vicki’s wants and needs. To see that interlock with each other was an interesting journey!

At first sight Vicki, Elias and Jesse seem to have insurmountable problems and I had no clue how they would overcome them. But there was also a fierce and budding love, a woman getting to discover her Domme side and two men who come with their own issues. It entwined in to a challenging romance with animated dialogues which coalesces these three distinctive personalities. There were times where I thought that Jesse would perhaps be second best to Elias. The balance was off, I didn’t feel an emotional connection between Elias and Jesse. Each in his own way vied for Vicki’s heart. Vicki was all that mattered to Elias and Jesse, so by the end, within their own rules and needs, it came together making this Ménage a trois work. I would’ve loved to see a deeper connection form between the two men but that was something that I wanted, not necessarily something the characters needed!

I think in the span of this story (about 155 pages) Burkhart did an incredible job with the character development. They each came alive and engaged me from beginning till end. Their sexy times where spine-tingling good and though I realized Vicki was very much at the beginning of discovering her Domme side I would’ve loved an elaborate scene or two where she gives it her all, instead of feeling a range of insecurities. There was one scene that singed the pages but it felt like Elias was in control of both Vicki and Jesse, and it made me think Vicki was more a switch between the two sides of her than anything else.

I have to give props for the secondary cast because they brought such a flamboyant vibe to the story. I mean Mal and Colby just…WOW. These two together equal pure sexual heat!! Of course various Connaghers have their moments in Yours To Take but none have my love as much as Mama Connagher. First of all, the scraps of info I got on her relationship with her late husband just mesmerized me. I so want their story!! But most of all she enamored me with her straight-forward commanding attitude and the love she bears for her children.

Yours To Take, while not perfect, is a story of enigmatic characters who make the love soar and their sexy moments go from sensual blooming to full-blown passion. The Connaghers are a family to enclose in your heart!

4 stars

Quote 1: Jesse 
But there was something undeniable in his eyes, a deep, soul-piercing light that she couldn’t forget. Without saying a word, he managed to reach inside her and tug, hard, amplifying her guilt and worry.   
Quote 2: Jesse 
Jesse didn’t care if the cop had primary claim on her, not really, as long as she claimed him. He’d do anything she wanted. Hell, he’d beg the cop to do him if that’s what it took to stay close and eventually find his way to her—their—bed.  
Quote 3: Elias 
Leaning against the door jamb, he gave her a sardonic wink. He’d already dressed for the evening. Dark to Jesse’s light, hard to soft, grim to demanding to light and giving, he, too, managed to take her breath away.  
Quote 4: Mama Connagher 
“I didn’t raise a doormat, Beulah Virginia.” Vicki winced at her Mama’s raised voice and held the phone away from her ear. “If you want this man, you tell him to marry you or get the hell out. I love you. Come home as soon as you can.” 

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09 February 2012

My guest review of; Joey W Hill's - Bound By The Vampire Queen


I'm over at Caught in a Fab Romance with my guest review of Joey W Hill's Bound By The Vampire Queen.

My two Fab Quotes for this story are:

Jacob:

“My lady,” he said again, and this time instead of an honorific, he was saying it as it was meant. My lady. His love, his heart. His temptress, his tormentor.

Jacob:

Meeting her gaze, a rueful smile on his lips, he hooked the hose, skinned them down his legs, took them off with his boots and put it all aside, bracing his feet to stand before her completely bare of everything except the cross brand, the lashes on his back, and that third servant mark. He knew it always did something to her, seeing him stripped of everything but those three things. Her servant. Her slave. Her lover, bound to her for eternity.

Jacob is one of those intense men I can't help but utterly fall for. Even in his third romance story with his queen, Lyssa, he has the ability to woe me ;)

19 January 2012

Review: Carol Lynne - All Play And No Work

Publisher: Total E-Bound
ISBN: 978-1-906328-50-4
Genre: Contemporary/Gay/Ménage à trois
Book Length: Novel
Erotic Rating: Total-e-burning
Book one in the Cattle Valley Series
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Cover Summary:

When a three man partnership becomes too much for their small Texas town, Ryan Blackfeather knows it’s time to head for greener pastures. With a new job awaiting him in Cattle Valley, Wyoming, he convinces his men, Nate and Rio to make the move.

A community built on tolerance, Cattle Valley’s one of the few places in the country where the residents won’t bat an eyelash at the threesomes relationship. Nate, Rio and Ryan fit right in. However, with Ryan busy in his new job as town Sheriff, Rio and Nate are left to wonder how they’re supposed to make a living. What use are a highly trained mercenary and a private detective in a peaceful community the size of Cattle Valley?


Review:

I was baffled by the speed of the romance development as I read on page 17:

The threesome landed in a pile of arms, legs, tongues and teeth. Nate couldn't get enough of these men. "Love you," Nate said, looking Ryan in the eyes. He then turned toward Rio, "I love you."
Ryan and Rio wrapped their arms and legs around Nate. "We love you. You're a part of us now," Ryan said.

And that was it. They were a threesome in love. Can I say; huh? How did that happen??!! Only to find out on page eighteen that Rio and Nate were on the road to meet Ryan at their new home in Cattle Valley. This was all moving very fast for me as I’m a reader who wants to witness a certain progress where the attraction develops in to love. The romance between these three men wasn’t very believable but for some reason the entertainment level while reading the pages was very good. It was largely due to the voices of the three men, a bit over the top but still they are very likeable. So I kept on reading.

Rio, Nate and Ryan move in to a house in Cattle Valley and it is a setting that made me smile. Like a utopia for gay people; Just about everyone is gay there and felt very idyllic. The author provided just enough information for me to conjure a picture in my mind how the town looked like and who the people were inhabiting it. I could definitely read the signals for future stories and that this would be a series.

Rio and Nate are very touchy-feely with each other and when they aren’t horny they are pulling pranks like a cherry bomb (blowing up a mailbox). Nate felt very young adult in comparison with Ryan and Rio, who were the established couple at the beginning of this story. When Ryan chastises Nate it feels very much like a grown up setting boundaries for an adventurous teenager. The chemistry and dialogues between the three was effortlessly flowing and while I wasn’t emotionally involved they did appeal to my playful, wicked side.

The eroticism is off the chart hot. The libido of this trio is more than healthy and is set ablaze by the instant attraction they feel. The pages are filled with sexual heat, light-hearted dialogues and a touch of humor and it juices up the story in a good way. Even though there was a certain degree of entertainment to All Play And No Work there was also nothing present for me to sink my teeth in. From early on the relationship was established and there was nothing really challenging that relationship. So the first half of book one in the Cattle Valley series reads like a fluffy erotic romance that gives a slice of life from three likable characters. The author didn’t really add depth, layers or much conflict to the relationship. Halfway through I wondered if anything would happen that would present any form of a challenge when a minor plot came in to play. It provided a bit of much needed intrigue and excitement.

As an erotic story, All Play And No Work is enjoyable but the romance is shallow at best. What worked in the end was the charismatic threesome with their animated dialogues and combustive sexiness as they set up house in a utopian town to satiate their ravenous appetite.

2.5 stars

Quote:


Rio glanced over and winked. "First place I find, I promise we'll stop for a little R and R."
"Rest and relaxation, that's not exactly what I had in mind," Nate said, trying to tuck his hard shaft back into his pants.
Rio chuckled, "Well, I was thinking more along the lines of rimming and riding."
"Oh fuck, I like that idea a lot better."


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16 January 2012

Review: Sloan Parker - Take Me Home

Publisher: LooseId
ISBN: 978-1-61118-687-1
Genre: LGBT Suspense
Length: Novel Plus
E-copy provided by Author for review

Cover Summary:
Aspiring television writer Evan Walker has been in love with his best friend since high school, but Kyle doesn’t do boyfriends. Never has. Never will. Evan knows it’s a bad idea to give in to desire when he wants more than a friend with benefits. He has a new dream job. Now all he needs is the dream partner.

Kyle Bennett is a mystery novelist with a severe case of writer’s block. He needs a change. He has three days on their cross-country train trip home for the holidays to figure out how to tell Evan he’s staying there for good. He also has to write the overdue pages for his editor. Only, he’s a little too distracted by the close quarters in their sleeper compartment—and Evan’s ass—to get much done.

The sparks that fly between them are hotter than ever. Good thing they have a real-life mystery to focus on: why people all around them, including Evan’s new boss, want to get their hands on a journal that once belonged to Kyle’s grandfather.

When a blizzard traps them in the mountains, Kyle and Evan steam up the train’s windows and must finally face their true desires.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.


Review:

If there is one thing an author can instantly hook me with it’s a family secret in the suspense plot. Add the plot device of a journal everyone is after and I’m rubbing my hands in anticipation! At the center of how the plot would turn out were Kyle Bennett and Evan Walker. They are friends going on lovers and in the early chapters it became evident that they’re battling with their hidden desires and this intrigued me enough to see how it all would play out between them.

At first glance Kyle and Evan are opposites attract. Kyle is a flirt and a one-night-stand kind of guy. He has two bestselling novels on his name and currently working on his third. Evan on the other hand is a firm believer in long-lasting relationships and is more serious than the outgoing Kyle. Evan is also a struggling screenwriter who works in a restaurant and is getting over his ten year relationship. Both guys have realistic flaws and are in a different stage of their lives yet circumstances throws them together again, stirring dormant feelings.

Even though they have their differences it’s an essential magnetism that lures them together. It’s a synergy that speaks loud and clear regarding the depth of their feelings for one another. Still they had this push pull dance where there were moments I wanted to yell at them to get over the trust issues. But that was my frustration because Sloan Parker builds up the sexual tension, lets it crest in some small way and then goes back to the trust issues. I wanted ‘steam up the train cart’ & roaring hot sexing but I had to be patient. Sexual tension is just that without emotions at the foundation of it and it was an interesting, emotion rife process to see Kyle and Evan get to that place of trust.

The mystery and secrets played its own part and gave of a subtle danger. It didn’t have the effect of heart-in-throat dangers but it was more my curiosity that was involved. The journal and the choices of Kyle’s grandfather made me wonder the why of it. Did he have regrets and was there a true treasure. The conclusion of the mystery was no surprise in the whom but was a surprise in how it was all resolved.

Sloan Parker has written an engaging story from start to finish with two flawed and dynamic characters. The sexual energy is, well, let me just say a train ride suddenly looks very adventurous! Kyle and Evan managed to capture my heart and simultaneously fog over my glasses! The characters, dialogues, sexiness and mystery are all deftly blended by Sloan Parker in a story, once started, you’ll want to finish!

4 stars

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09 January 2012

Review: Kele Moon - Defying The Odds

Publisher: LooseId
ISBN: 978-1-61118-693-2
Genre: Erotic Contemporary
Length: Novel
Series: Battered Hearts series
Received e-copy for review

Cover Summary:
When struggling waitress Melody Dylan gives a handsome, lonely stranger a simple gift she has no clue her life is about to take a drastic turn.

The stranger ends up being Clay Powers, a famous UFC heavyweight fighter. Clay’s large build and dangerous fists have always intimidated. People in his hometown keep their distance and Clay is fine with that. Everything changes when a new waitress at the local diner buys him a piece of pie on Thanksgiving. Touched by the gesture when it’s obvious she can barely afford to survive, her warm smile and lush body churn up powerful feelings that leave Clay wanting more from her than pie.

Melody is running from her past and the small, country town of Garnet is the perfect hiding place. With an ex-husband after her and scars from her abusive marriage etched deep, the last thing she expects is to fall for a man who makes a living with his fists, but she can’t resist Clay or the tender connection they share.

Finding love in the most unlikely of places, the passion is undeniable, but Clay and Melody know their haunted pasts and unpredictable futures leave the odds stacked against them.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: violence.


My Review:

Defying The Odds is a completely different story than anything I read previous of Kele Moon. Instead of dark, complex and tormented, Kele Moon delivered a sweet and heartwarming romance in a small town setting. I let myself be enveloped by the seasons spirit and the warmth which emanated from the familiarity among the group of characters. One simple gesture between two people ignited a whirlwind of feelings and the romance blossoming makes my heart flutter in response. Usually I do the dark, tormented bad-boys but sometimes a genuine good guy, even though he is rough-around-the-edges, woos me into falling for him. Clay is such a character!

Kele Moon hits the bull’s eye again with a charming and personable cast of characters. Clay is a renowned MMA fighter whose physique makes people want to avoid him rather than to confront. He is big, he is gruff but his actions towards Melody speaks volumes of what kind of man he is at the core; caring and charming. Melody is a woman many will emphasize with as the battered ex-wife of a brutal man. She wants to create a new life in Garnet and she works hard at the diner to have sufficient funds for all the things she needs. I rarely grow tired of reading about women who want to take the reins back of their life and find the strength to deal with the emotional healing process. Melody is the epitome of such a character and I just liked her. She is kind, passionate and with enough attitude to show she has backbone. Melody and Clay both also have a certain down-to-earth personality trait which made it so exciting to watch them dream. To see them reach out for what they’ve always wanted; love. Oh, and of course at various moments they have plenty of mad monkey sex.

This is another thing Kele Moon has a knack for. Scorching the pages with heart-pounding, sexy-as-hell, eroticism. There’s a particular window scene that made me squirm in my seat. Which, let’s face it, is what a good erotic romance has the power to do! That the window scene didn’t turn out to fog over the windows is beyond me! Along with the sex play the conflict between Clay and Melody gained momentum towards the end. It may have been somewhat predictable but nevertheless it scored for effectiveness.

The small town setting inhabited enough interesting characters to make Garnet come alive for me. I had a push-pull with Sheriff Wyatt. He annoyed me with his showboat attitude but at the other hand endeared me with his loyalty and friendship. There is more to him, I can feel it, I just have to find out what! Now his sister Jules just rocked my reading world! Right from the bat Jules was an interesting female character with attitude but she knocked it out of the park for me as she hit my 'rare to find' humor button with her 80 dollar steak comment. Chef Hal, waitress Judy and later on, Romeo caught my interest in the best of ways. Kele Moon has more than enough for more stories in this series!

The storyline may not have been complicated or something that hasn’t been done is one form or another but there are three elements that make Defying The Odds so enjoyable to read. The characters; flawed, quirky and packing enough temperament to make them three dimensional. The MMA world also captured my interest and turned out to be such an enthralling yet dangerous world. I love more of that! And the combustible romance…so far, Kele Moon has never failed to affect me with how her characters find love and their significant other. I just inhale the romance this author gives me!!

4 stars

Quote:
Clay was lost.
He fell into the chasm, the pleasure pounding, the throb of it making white spots form in his vision. He fisted the sheets as his cock pulsed, filling Melody with the warm, sticky evidence of his pleasure. He shuddered and moaned in her arms, surrendering completely to the cataclysm of ecstasy.
It destroyed him.
It left him bare, exposed, and humble in the face of it.
He loved this woman.


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21 December 2011

Giveaway: Kele Moon heats up your cold xmas with...

Kele Moon is giving us one of the best pressies evah, and that is another hot story to devour in those cold days of Christmas! I for one can't wait to dive in because a UFC fighter as a hero, I need to meet him ASAP. I think Clay will make an excellent friday night date and he can be yours as well. Kele Moon has offered an e-copy to one lucky winner and all you have to do is leave a comment and tell us where you want to be on Christmas day. I'll draw a winner on December 25th 2011 and will notify him/her via e-mail. This giveaway is open internationally!!

Below you will find the cover and blurb but also a delicious hot treat of an excerpt...enjoy!! :D

Kele Moon's Battered Hearts: Defying the Odds
Defying The Odds is book one in the Battered Hearts series.
ISBN: 978-1-61118-693-2
Genre: Erotic Contemporary
Length: Novel

When struggling waitress Melody Dylan gives a handsome, lonely stranger a simple gift she has no clue her life is about to take a drastic turn.

The stranger ends up being Clay Powers, a famous UFC heavyweight fighter. Clay’s large build and dangerous fists have always intimidated. People in his hometown keep their distance and Clay is fine with that. Everything changes when a new waitress at the local diner buys him a piece of pie on Thanksgiving. Touched by the gesture when it’s obvious she can barely afford to survive, her warm smile and lush body churn up powerful feelings that leave Clay wanting more from her than pie.

Melody is running from her past and the small, country town of Garnet is the perfect hiding place. With an ex-husband after her and scars from her abusive marriage etched deep, the last thing she expects is to fall for a man who makes a living with his fists, but she can’t resist Clay or the tender connection they share.

Finding love in the most unlikely of places, the passion is undeniable, but Clay and Melody know their haunted pasts and unpredictable futures leave the odds stacked against them.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: violence.


A scrumptious taste of Defying The Odds:

Melody looked amazing wearing Christmas lights.

Clay stared at her spread out on the bed, skin still dewy from the shower, wet hair hiding full breasts and pink nipples. The blink from the lights shining in through the windows reflected off her pale skin in the near darkness of the room, dancing in colored shadows over her lush body. He was mesmerized by her, so beautiful and open and willing for him.

The cynical side of him was screaming to be careful. Nothing felt this good without repercussions, but Clay made a firm decision to ignore his cynical side, not just for Melody, but for himself too, because he wanted this—wanted her.

“What’re you staring at?” Melody asked, giving him a bemused smile as she looked up at him hovering over her.

The rush of emotion he felt for this woman scared the shit out of him, but he couldn’t seem to stop the fall. Rather than admit he was memorizing everything about her spread out and waiting for him to make love to her, he just shrugged and bent down. He captured one pink nipple with his mouth, lightly tugging on it with his teeth. Melody moaned and arched into him. Her fingers tangled in his hair, holding his mouth to her.

Already turned on despite the bone-melting orgasm he’d just had, Clay laved his tongue over the taut peak. The shower had been fast and frantic, a necessary release from the build of sexual tension that exploded between them. Now he could touch and tease until she was flushed and sweaty and completely mindless. He pushed his hips against the mattress at the thought of her wild and desperate for him. His cock was already hard and straining against the comforter.

Clay moved to the other breast. He sucked on the tip once more, savoring her low hum of pleasure. He liked the sounds she made. She was surprisingly receptive and uninhibited, but then so was Clay when they were together. He felt cracked open and exposed to her, but he craved her so damn much he couldn’t stop to worry about it.

All he could do was give in to the hunger.

Clay moved his lips lower, over the smooth plane of her stomach. He reached down, pushing her thighs apart, forcing her to accommodate the width of his shoulders as he nipped her hip bone.

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17 September 2011

Review: Lorelei James - Rode Hard, Put Up Wet

Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (August 1, 2008)
Series: Rough Rider, book #2
Genre: Western, Red Hots!!!, Ménage & More, Cowboys
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599988364
ISBN-13: 978-1599988368
Copy from personal library

Summary:
...Workin’ up a hot, sticky sweat is pure pleasure with a hard-ridin’ cowboy…or two.

Struggling stock contractor Gemma Jansen swallows her pride and tracks down circuit rider Cash Big Crow to offer him a job managing her ranch. Cash agrees on one condition: theirs won’t be strictly a working relationship. She’s the boss during the day, but once she’s corralled in the bedroom, Cash calls the shots. Despite concerns about their age difference, Gemma consents.

Cash suspects the sexy widow hides an untapped wild streak. He intends to loosen her tightly held reins of control—even if he has to break out his horsewhip to do it.

But Cash is in for a surprise. Gemma proves a rough and ready participant in any leather-n-lace game Cash dreams up

Between riding herd on his wayward daughter, Macie, and rowdy cowboy Carter McKay doggin’ Macie’s every boot step, Cash struggles to hide his true feelings for Gemma – except this time, Gemma’s grabbed the bull by the horns and she’s playing for keeps.
Summer’s going to be a hot one at the Bar 9.

Warning: this book contains: explicit sex nine ways ‘til Sunday – including ménage a trois, inventive use of ropes, naughty girls getting spanked, stubborn men getting hog-tied, graphic language and whoo-wee! hot nekkid cowboy action.


My review:

In the world of rodeo it is still an old school boys mentality and Gemma has a hard time making money as a provider of broncos for the rodeo tournaments. Now she has to make hard choices and decides her first step towards change is offering Cash Big Crow a job as a foreman at her ranch…

Marcie is spending the summer with a father she has hardly seen in her life and as they both settle on Gemma’s ranch she meets up with artist Carter McKay. They light up like an Olympic fire but with both their issues is there enough to hold up in the end when things matter the most?

Lorelei James is on the fast track to become a household name in my reader’s world for her deliciously scorching cowboy & cowgirl action and erotic romance. Rode Hard, Put Up Wet is a double treat as the story involves two couples, namely; Cash Big Crow and Gemma Jansen and Cash’s daughter Marcie with Carter McKay. From the rodeo set background of Long Hard Ride I was taken to the ranch of Gemma where she’s trying to make a living for herself. In Long Hard Ride, part one in the Rough Riders series, I could already feel it sparkling between Gemma and Cash and I settled down with Hard Ride, Put Up Wet to catch up on all I met.

Carter and Marcie’s story was smoking hot with all the intensity coming from two people in their twenties. While Cash and Gemma’s story was a sensually wicked ride but possessed an endearing warmth which defined their romance from the younger couple. With the double romance going on I felt that the scale tipped towards Marcie and Carter in page space when I had my heart set on Gemma and Cash. Leave it up to Lorelei James though to write separate romances and yet intertwine it beautifully to deliver a hundred percent pure erotic romance.

Cash is a native Indian who had to deal with a rough childhood and becoming a father at a very young age. He is fighting the prejudice of a lazy Indian, he is feral, he is a take charge kind of guy and at the other hand there is also a gentle side and the need to be loved exactly as he is. At the present he is making amends with his daughter and finally finds himself in a position to discover if the sparkle between him and Gemma can become a searing flame.

Gemma is forty eight and knows what the world has to offer, she has her head on straight and will tell it like it is. She is so sure of certain things but when it comes to Cash, being 10 years her junior, she nurtures a few insecurities. This is Gemma’s moment to seize the courage and find out if a new relationship is in the cards for her.

Carter McKay is an artist, one of the McKay boys, and at the same time he feels an outsider with his own family. His artistic temper gets him in to trouble on more than one occasion but when discovering the vision of his dreams he cannot resist the lure…he has to paint her, sculpt her, and set free his artistic energy.

Marcie had to be responsible from a very young age and with a nomadic mother she never really got to grow any roots. Temperamental, caring and with a few homey characteristics she settles on Gemma’s ranch for the summer. She is ever searching for love, for belonging…but will she recognize it upon finding it?

With a dialect infused writing Lorelei James brought me to the home of Gemma where I got a bit of ranching, nicely developed romance and loads of hot skin on skin action. While it was all fun and games the first half of the story, the second half provided the emotional depth I am always searching for. Quiet moments spent together, ranching side by side and planning a future for the ranch give Gemma and Cash substance as a couple with their sensuality as a catalyst.

It is with Marcie and Carter that I almost felt the pulse pounding need for each other blast from the pages. At some point I thought they needed to crawl in each other’s skin before either could be satisfied. They can’t get enough of each other, their need, their hunger, it drives them to erupt in fierce sex play. They want to mark each other as something deeper is blossoming and connecting them. I kept flipping the pages to read on and on with this quartet, they interconnect at various levels to supply me with a satiating read from back to back.

Rode Hard, Put Up Wet is a character driven story where the erotic and romantic progress comes first place. Trevor, Colt, Channing, Keely all do a fly by at certain moments drawing the complete picture of a original cast of characters whom become more dear to me with each novel read. It is one of the reasons I love reading a series. I enjoy the recurrence of previous characters, they add a feeling of familiarity to the novel which I absorb with eagerness. Gemma and Cash, along with Carter and Marcie gave me more than plenty of reasons to return quickly to this distinctive cowboy series.

Lorelei James knows her cowboy’s and gives them remarkable stories!

4 stars
Quote Carter: So Kane was there when you rode Miss. Montana hard and put her up wet?

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16 September 2011

Review: Lorelei James - Long hard Ride

Paperback: 287 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (February 1, 2008)
Series: Rough Rider series, book #1
Genre: Western, Red Hots!!!, Cowboys
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599987430
ISBN-13: 978-1599987439
Copy from my personal library

Summary:
...One lucky woman…three sexy cowboys…she’s in for the ride of her life!..

Channing Kinkaid itches for a change; a wild western adventure with an untamed man. Determined to shed her inhibitions and embrace the steamier, seamier side of life, she sets her sights on hooking up with a real chaps-and-spurs-wearing cowboy.

Enter Colby McKay—bull rider, saddle bronc buster and calf roper. From the moment he sets lust-filled eyes on the sweet and fiery Channing, he knows he’s found the woman who’s up to the challenge of cutting loose. What rough and rowdy cowboy could resist a no-holds-barred sexual romp with a sassy young thing starring as his personal buckle bunny?

Intrigued by Channing’s bold proposition of horsing around on the road, Colby impulsively sweetens the deal; sexual escapades not only in his bed, but in the bedrolls of his rodeo traveling partners, Trevor and Edgard.

Although Channing’s secretly longed to be the sole focus of more than one man’s passions, Colby’s demand for complete submission behind closed doors will test her willful nature.
Can Channing give up total control? Especially when not all is as it seems with the sexy trio? Or will the cowboys have to break out the bullropes and piggin’ string to break in this headstrong filly?

Warning: This title contains the following: lots of explicit sex, going strong long after the cows come home, graphic language that’d make your mama blush, light bondage with bullropes, ménage a trois, and – yee-haw! – hot nekkid cowboy man-love.


My review:

What can I say about my experience before reading a Lorelei James novel in her Rough Riders series? It kind of went as far as “Howdy Ma’am" and that was about it. The whole cowboy theme always got a lukewarm response from my side, I envisioned heroes with the sturdy tenacity of Clint Eastwood saying: “Go ahead, make my day” riding their stallions in to the sun set with a background music from the movie: Once Upon A Time In The West. I guess that’s what I got from a father whose no.1 movie has been and always will be Once Upon A Time In The West and a husband who loves just about all Clint Eastwood movies. How was I supposed to know they could be so hot…hunk-a-liscious and adventurous? I was as lily white as they come in the cowboy themed novels...until Lorelei James.

I entered the world of Lorelei James with Channing Kincaid going Coyote Ugly on the bartop and it immediately set the playful erotic tone of Long Hard Ride. It was a long time since I just had plain old fun while reading a book, wicked fun, but fun nonetheless. I think it had a lot to do with the frame of mind Channing had. Go wild and loose for once without holding yourself back, without thinking of what everyone else might say or do and without shying away from new experiences. Channing’s attitude was showcased with Lorelei James’ tell-it-like-it-is kind of writing which leaves little to nothing to the imagination and this had a refreshing appeal to me.

There are four characters who occupied the main storyline: Channing Kincaid – Colby McKay – Trevor Glanzer and Edgard, while the last one in a lesser capacity but when he does pop up, he makes an irrevocable impression. Channing is a woman who wants a taste of the wild life, she is high-spirited, perky and daring. The perfect companion for the three bad boys of the rodeo circuit, and Colby McKay takes the lead with his far and wide known sexual escapades. He and Trevor are confident, tough and charm the skirt of the bucklebunnies kind of cowboys working the rodeo circuit in the season for prize money. Edgard is a part of, yet remains on the outskirts of this quartet.

It all started out as a sexual liberation for Channing that gradually grew in to much more. A woman at a cross road in her life, slowly coming to terms with the woman she always was but afraid to show to the world. James combines both emotional depth with exhilarating sexuality of one woman with multiple partners. The men are downright vigorous male exuberance walking in jeans and boots calling women shug and darlin’. I will say that not every man can get away with calling a woman darlin’ or shug but believe me, when men like Colby and Trevor speak like that it is perfectly acceptable. Using this kind of dialect gave the story a realistic perception and drew me even more in with emphasizing on the feeling I was discovering a new world. Colby, Trevor and Edgar all gave something to Channing but there was also a connection between them as three men, stemming from the fact they share a life on the road.

The erotic part contains a variety of M/F, M/M/F threesome to M/M action. While the sexuality is intense and ever present it also holds a naughty fun nature and is seasoned with an abundant in emotions. The romance development is what balanced the erotic scenes and there was one element concerning Edgard that was so heart tugging it nearly made me break out with the waterworks. Each of the guys have their own issues to work out which is delivered with compassion and understanding. Because with the arrival of Channing in their midst a shift in the group occurs that will bring a change and Lorelei James described it so, that upon each layer shed it gave me more clarity of how it was all working between the three men. In extension of that it was also evident Channing had a strong attraction to one of these men she was rolling with, wanting more than just a week of sexual freedom and experimentation.

The bonding between men on the rodeo road was fascinating for me to follow. With the backdrop of the rodeo circuit being new to me I ventured in it with the excitement of a promise to make new discoveries. The feel among the participants of the rodeo, the camaraderie, the caring for each other, the connecting, it is all portrayed with such steep knowledge and emotion from the author that I felt a part of being on the road with this group. It made me instantly connect and attach myself to this series and its inhabitants, knowing I would want to find out how things would go for supporting characters like Gemma and Cash. The secondary cast involves a variety of characters who made the backdrop of the rodeo so lively, so real, that I hope to return soon to this newly discovered world!

With Long Hard Ride Lorelei James whetted my appetite for more and I can say with enthusiasm that cowboys, cowgirl and bucklebunnies have conquered a place among my bookshelves with their yeehaw spirit!

4 stars

Quote Channing:
She always acted tongue-tied whenever she got within licking distance of Colby and his equally sexy traveling buddy, Trevor Glanzer.

Quote Channing to Colby:“This is starting to scare me,” Channing muttered.
“Nuh-uh. This is starting to excite you. So do we have a deal?”

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01 September 2011

ARC Review: Lauren Dane - Never Enough

Format: Trade Paperback
Published: September 6th 2011 by Berkley Heat
Language: English
Title: Never Enough
Series: Brown Siblings #4
Characters: Erin Brown, Todd Keenan, Ben Copeland, Elise Sorenson, Brody Brown, Ella Tipton, Andrew Copeland, Adrian Brody, Gillian Forrester
Received eARC from author for review.

Summary:
Gillian Forrester spent most of her life running from who and what she came from. Until Miles came along. From the moment she held the tiny newborn her older sister didn’t want, Gillian stopped running and began to build a life for herself and her adopted son. Now, thirteen years later, as Gillian’s sister lay dying, she reveals the father’s identity and makes Gillian promise to find him.

Adrian Brown is the epitome of the successful rock star. He’s seen and done it all, with few regrets. It takes a lot to shock him—but the bombshell that he has a thirteen-year-old son rocks his world. And Adrian is even more surprised when the buttoned-up, elegant woman who’s raising Miles snags his erotic and romantic attention.

The last thing Gillian expected was to find herself getting hot and heavy with a person like Adrian. But as much as she wants to open up and give herself fully to this amazing man, she’s afraid the secrets of her past and Adrian’s problems with trusting people may keep them apart for good. If love isn’t enough can they find the trust they need?


My Review

There are times when I start reading a book where on the first page I get a teaser. It can be a sentence, a thought, a vibe that puts me on alert what is to come. In Never Enough it was Adrian on stage, going in to the moment.
Quote:
That essential, vibrant magic that was music rode him. The pleasure of it, the joy at creation and manipulation. The way he sounded against the drums, over and around the bass. Music was alchemy. Music was sex.

And in that moment, as I saw Adrian on stage in my mind, I simply and unceremoniously fell in love with him. Usually I’m a reader who is more easily attracted to a male then a female character but in Never Enough I met a man and a woman who were equally attention grabbing. Adrian Brown and Gillian Forrester are a match in spirit, passion and sensuality, and together they rocked my world.

From the moment Gillian and Adrian met their synergy was a live wire of feelings. Take the emotional rife situation of getting announced you were a father opposite the fear of losing your adopted son and the first encounters were volatile to say the least. Adrian and Gillian each came with their own issues and emotional baggage which created a formidable clash of strong personalities. What I think is so exceptionally well done in Never Enough is the characterization and the emotional depth. Adrian and Gillian exploded of the pages with razor-sharp dialogues, dynamite chemistry and blazing hot passion. The tension between them rocketed from their first encounter and kept building until the very end and I gobbled it all up! The reasoning behind their actions was something I came to understand over the course of the story and they both were so real and understandable.

Gillian is a guarded woman, she doesn’t have her heart on her sleeve and opens up very slowly to other people. She is self-sufficient, strong-minded with a no-nonsense attitude. A woman with a fantastic talent and a loving mother who provides a surrounding for her son to prosper in. She makes mistakes, she is deeply loyal and loving to her friends. Even though she is guarded she is far from uncaring or a coldhearted bitch. Gillian is a woman who touched me, made me cry, made me laugh. She is likeable, recognizable and she wow-ed me.

This incredible woman challenged Adrian Brown in every way possible. Due to his rock star status he has created a safe zone of people and of places to go. He has heart for his family, for his music and has hidden dreams buried in that big heart of his. He exudes pure charisma but threaten him or those he loves and he will show a whole other side of himself. He will judge you and verbally lash out so fast you never knew what hit you. In his own way he is just as guarded as Gillian due to all the stuff he has to deal with as a famous rocker. Adrian is a man who made me fall for the intensity and depth of his emotions. His dirty talking fired me up in more than one way and his growing pains in becoming a father endeared me to the core. I even loved him when he was a jerk and misjudged situations.

Gillian and Adrian come alive for me in this story like I never expected. The moments where Adrian reaches out to his son Miles, the first time they jammed together, the first time Adrian had to forbid Miles something. It enveloped me in this warm glow of the love a parent has for a child. Opposite you see Gillian gradually grow comfortable with sharing Miles. Of course next to the endearing, Lauren Dane also gave me blistering hot passion that seared my imagination. She masterfully painted quite the vivid scenes in my mind’s eye. Both Adrian and Gillian like a rough-and-tough tumbling between the sheets. They both like the dirty sexing and I really had to cool down a few times while reading Never Enough.

The plot is one of human conflict and it entailed the careful build-up of trust, of opening yourself up to the most vulnerable core. I understood Gillian and Adrian both because Lauren Dane provides plenty of backstory to make that happen. Towards the ending of the story the conflict culminated in a situation steeped in anguish and despair. Not only Gillian and Adrian were involved, and each and every ones emotions were magnified by Lauren Dane’s storytelling abilities. The discussion that followed between Gillian and Adrian was empowered by a range of feelings and I was completely involved in how it all would end. The ending was good but would’ve been exquisite if it would’ve involved an epilogue. Going through the motion with this cast of characters, on this emotional level, makes me long for a well-rounded happily ever after.

From the beginning I found a riveting story, steeped with sultry sexual tension and an unforgettable romance. Never Enough thrives in home, hearth and love in all its facets experienced by memorable characters who stole my heart from the moment I met them in Laid Bare. Next to a fantastic romance there was a supportive cast of family and friends who each has a magnetic personality. If you’ve read the previous stories you know Erin, Todd, Ben, Brody, Elise, Cope and Ella. There are children like Rennie, Alexander and Marti who complete the family vibe. But then Gillian brings some new friends to the story whom I instantly adored. Jules, Mary, Ryan are equally well-defined characters who add a new flavor to the cast.

Never Enough is an apt title for I couldn’t get enough of Gillian and Adrian in their blazing erotic romance story! A dynamic pairing surrounded by a fantastic cameo of family and friends deliver an emotionally riveting read.

4.5 stars

Quotes for you to sample:
She opened up and her loveliness hit him square in the gut. Soft and feminine with all that hair and those big brown eyes peeking out from the fringe of French toast roast-tones bangs. She smelled good too. Sweet and spicy. He sent her a charming smile. ”Hi. I –“
She slammed the door in his face before he could finish the sentence. He stood there, struck stupid in love with Gillian Forrester. Though he wouldn’t know it for a while yet.

Brody to Adrian: ”That holy-hot-wow thing you and she have with the little battles of will you play? You two have chemistry, man. You cannot pretend it. It’s not something you can fake.”

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29 August 2011

Review: Bren Christopher - Friday Night Jamie

Format: ebook, Novel, 181 pages
Published: November 9th 2010 by Loose Id
ISBN: 139781607378877
Language: English
Read from my personal library

Summary:
Jamie is an accountant who lives by a strict schedule. Every day is planned; the future is predictable. And that schedule includes one night a week when he allows himself to blow off steam at a gay dance club in the City. One Friday night he gets more than he bargained for when he meets Matt, an out of work stranger with long dark hair and rough hands. The attraction is undeniable but Matt does not fit Jamie’s idea of the perfect man to share his carefully ordered life.

Instead, Jamie longs for a date with his dream man: handsome, sophisticated Keith, a successful Vice President at his prestigious New York accounting firm, a man on his way up.

But everything changes when Jamie discovers a suspicious error in one of his accounts. Suddenly, he finds himself on the run from both the mob and the FBI -- and the only man who can help him is the tall, dark-haired stranger he rejected. Because Matt is not who he seems -- and neither is Keith.


My Review

Some stories make it difficult to connect to at the beginning yet after a chapter or two hits its stride with an enjoyable blend of character development, erotic romance and a suspense plot to spice thing up. This happened when I started in Friday Night Jamie. The beginning was taking its time and dragged somewhat and I really had to get a feel for accountant and party animal, Jamie. I had no clue where the author was taking the story but after a few chapters everything started to click and grabbed my attention.

Jamie loved to go out with his two club buddies and he isn’t a stranger to casual one night stands. He has a time and a place for everything in his life. Jamie is methodical, I almost would call him neurotic in his set ways but he does it with a charm where these personality traits doesn’t aggravate me. Jamie is protective of his personal space, he has issues and with all of his quirks he was a persona I had to get used to. I didn’t fully understand Jamie at first but the author handled the character progress very well to provide reasons for the behaviorisms. Where Jamie might inevitably have lost me as a reader I got pulled more and more in to his life. He opened up, lost a bit of that rigid attitude and I started to like him more with each chapter read to a point where I felt myself fully invested in his struggles. Jamie and I may not have been love at first sight but he sure got to me by the end of his story!

The one who challenged Jamie’s closed off heart and rigid attitude was Matt. He is in between jobs but a very focused man on things that holds his passion. He is an all-around good guy, no push-over but a strong man with a pleasant demeanor. I loved to see Matt push Jamie’s buttons and the interaction flowing from that, whether physically or verbally. His outlook on life and how he could stand his ground just made Matt an instantaneously amiable man. Matt and Jamie have in some ways an opposites attract chemistry going on which I enjoyed to the fullest!

Another character I just have to mention is Keith. In the beginning he and Jamie have “a thing” going on. Keith is the “perfect boyfriend” material but I disliked him on the spot. He rubbed me the wrong way from the get-go and that irritation only grew stronger as the story progressed. His party attitude, his slick and sly ways, his fake charm, it all screamed; I’ll do pretty in your face but I have no objection stabbing you in the back if the situation warrants it. If I could’ve kicked him I would but for the story he was a fantastic addition, affecting it in all the right ways.

In the first quarter of Friday Night Jamie, it mainly revolved around Jamie and his connection to both Matt and Keith. But then the suspense kicks in and pushes the story forward in a very good way. The mystery at work finds its way in to Jamie’s personal life and amps up the thrills. There are personal conflicts between Jamie and Matt but the plot added another layer of external pressure on them. The tension was felt and since the narrative was from Jamie’s point of view I felt it coming off him in waves.

Friday Night Jamie is smoothly written with engaging dialogues and characters. It contains a m/m romance with spine tingling bed play, solid character and plot development which all worked together to deliver a wonderful read. For an avid m/m reader like myself I would mark Friday Night Jamie as a comfort read. Something I can enjoy completely where it results in me keeping an eye out for future releases from this author. I think that is a job well done for Bren Christopher!

3.5 stars


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24 August 2011

Review: Kele Moon - Finding Eden

Line: Taboo
Series: Eden
Book Length: Novel
Book Type: eBook
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
ISBN: 9781419935305
MSRP/List Price: $11.90
Our Cover Price: $5.95
Received a copy from author.

Summary:
Handsome, angry and spoiled, Danny Carlow struggles to find his place in the world when his hatred for authority makes survival difficult. The only thing that keeps him from completely giving up and turning to a life of crime is his friendship with clean-cut Paul Mattling. More than his conscience and his best friend, Paul’s also the one Danny secretly pines for with every ounce of his being.

Paul is a natural over-achiever with a football scholarship and straight As to boast about. Yet Paul is haunted by an abusive childhood that’s left him more scarred than anyone realizes. Looking for an escape from his demons, Paul has his own deviant secrets, ones he doesn’t want anyone, especially Danny, to know about.

When dark desires are accidentally revealed Danny and Paul end up coming together in a clash of wild passion more tumultuous than either of them could have anticipated. Tasting the forbidden is sweet, but it turns the tables on their relationship, putting everything, even their lifelong friendship, in jeopardy.


My Review:

Finding Eden is the prequel to Beyond Eden and I’m in awe where Kele Moon has taken both Paul and Danny. The journey is tumultuous at best but at some points it was soul baring raw. Via a fluent and alluring writing style there were no barriers between me and the story. Kele Moon poured this incredibly moving story of two flawed characters to paper that echoed long after I finished it.

I already knew Paul and Danny from Beyond Eden, so I was aware of certain character traits. Like Paul being too giving and has no boundaries in his sexual preferences. Or that Danny has utter foot-in-mouth moments making him a jerk on occasion. I knew who Paul and Danny were yet in Finding Eden they still managed to affect me in new ways. It is mainly because more attention is given to their home situation and it was gritty. It speaks of alcohol and physical abuse which both leave a profound mark on these two young men. Paul is this double-edged persona of light and darkness. He is an all-American golden boy. He is a straight A student, a star football player, does charity work and is charming. Even while the charming, giving personality traits are an essential part of Paul it is countered with a hunger for pain, for being dominated. Paul needs this to function, and in this his struggles are intimately portrayed by the author. Kele Moon gave me the innermost self of Paul and allowed me to understand who he was, where his needs stemmed from and why he was the man he was. Paul struck a chord with me in his vulnerability, in his needs, and in doing so he completely won me over!

Danny had the same effect on me just in a whole other way. Danny is the bad boy, the one who gets all the chicks between the sheets with a devil-may-care attitude. He needs no one but behind that exterior attitude I found a man who was capable of loving so deeply, it just blew me away. Danny might not befriend easily or fall in love easily but when he does…oh my, he makes my romantic heart go in to overdrive. Danny loves in his own unique way, it may not be full of roses and daisies but a powerful love that will go the distance and beyond! I relished in how Kele Moon laid him bare for me in his struggles. Paul needs something from Danny which he is not easily giving in to. Namely satiating Pauls need for pain and being dominated. Danny makes mistakes but, like with Paul, I was inside his psyche where I got to understand and feel where it all came from.

I went through each struggle, each painful or joyful moment and I watched a friendship alter in a fiercely dark erotic romance. To say the dynamics between Paul and Danny was completely grabbing me would be an understatement. They created a synergy of emotional and sexual hunger which only they together could satisfy. I inhaled it! Due to Paul’s pain fetish and the raw moments it provides a darker side to the eroticism. Yet the eroticism is also titillating, naughty, provoking and seductively sexy! It’s a one of a kind blend where Kele Moon takes the sexy and roots it in profound emotions between characters who have an intense connection that deepens with each moment shared. The dialogues are brimming with male banter, quick wit and the characters personality. The verbal clash of these two personalities created quite the firework and my eyes devoured it.

There is also a minimum secondary cast whom support the journey of Paul and Danny but never detracted the attention from them. Secrets gradually get revealed and sets up the main conflict. This is whether Danny can provide what Paul needs and it is masterfully elaborated and unfolds a situation where emotions and darkness peaks. There is nothing I want more than an author letting me into the world of the characters and allow me to get to know them in a very intimate way. Kele Moon gives me that and so much more. There is no way to describe how Paul and Danny got under my skin and let me feel a range of emotions. They come alive for me as I read Finding Eden. The whirlwind of feelings with the characters raged inside me as well. Like I mentioned earlier; there is no filter between the story and me. I absorbed the intricate storylines and characterization with no regard for my surrounding. I just was that captivated by the powerful voice of these characters. It turned me in to a ravenous reader and even though the happy for now ending worked like a charm for me, I wanted more. It felt like Finding Eden was just the beginning, that the story of the D/s relationship expanding was yet to come. As I found out, this will happen in Claiming Eden.

I crave ‘outside the box’ romance with extraordinary and flawed characters. I revel in a complex situation meshed with mind-blowing ecstasy. Have it all amplified by an imaginative writing style and I have readers bliss written all over my face. Kele Moon hits the bull’s with all of the above! Finding Eden is gritty, it will take you through the dark recesses of the characters soul before a HFN will have you close the book. It will put you through the emotional wringer but delivers a story where you’re accepted and loved exactly for who you are. This is what romance is all about!

4.5 stars

He didn’t want to be that person. He certainly didn’t want to turn into one willing to damage something so ethereally gorgeous just to hold Paul close. Danny had wanted him for as long as he could remember, had watched from a distance and hoped and prayed for a chance at tasting the divine. Now here Paul was, naked and sated in Danny’s bed, and the only thought he had about it was that God had to be a twisted bastard.

Wearing only a pair of jeans, Danny sat by the front door straightening a beer bottle. He turned the label outward on touch alone as he stared ahead unseeing. This was what he was destined to be, a heartbroken shell of a man living in a hollowed-out home, lining up bottles.

“Your ass belongs to me. I’ve suffered for it. I’ve loved you forever. I deserve it,” Danny went on, his voice a low mixture of anger and desire. “I don’t ever want you getting from another man what you can get from me. You hear me, Paul Guy, it’s mine.”
“Yeah,” Paul choked, shifting beneath Danny, aching for him. “I hear you.”

Paul forgot what he had been trying to get from Danny to begin with. His back was burning and his cock was hard. Danny felt amazing over him, all muscle, raw strength and untamable fury. He wanted to cling to him, to hold Danny closer. More so, he wanted to reach down and push off the boxer shorts he wore, craving the feeling of being bare and vulnerable.

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