Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert into a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.
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Turn Another Paige by Elizabeth Raines
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Paige has two male roommates in a relationship but she is secretly falling in love with them. When she brings home some sex toys for an article she’s writing, they offer to help and things get steamy between these roommates...
The Sextet is a very erotic series so I was afraid this would be all sex and no characters. I was soo wrong. The buildup was so perfect. Each character grew together, it was quick but very well done. I was quickly drawn into the story of Paige and her sexy roommates. This is more than just a good romp though, all three are looking for their happily ever after. Once they get together and the sex toys come into play it’s beyond hot. It’s so heated that they are insanely hard to read without blushing wildly. This would be the perfect read for couples.
Turn another Paige is a super sexy read that I recommend!
Title: The Fire of Thieves
Author: Chacelyn Pierce
TBR Reviewer: Shyla
Ms. Pierce answers what it would feel like to live the life of a secret agent minus the loyalty to the government which made it that much more fun! Caitlyn/Katie isn’t your average woman in a romance. Which I loved! This strong willed woman can handle a knife, gun, and a host of other equipment most of us will never lay eyes on. Why you ask, because she’s a black suit wearing, wall walking, thief. Didn’t see that coming did you! She embodies the definition of kicking ass and taking names er… items as it where.The thing about thieves is, eventually they want to retire and Caitlyn is no different.The thing holding her back is her long time partner and lover Jerrick, who’s having none of relocation plan.
Jerrick could care less about the ordinary life she’s built for herself as a curator of art exhibits or her plain Jane… well Jim in this case boyfriend Ethan. Sexy as sin, adventurous, and downright charismatic Jerrick could catch any woman’s eye. When you add that potent combination to the fact that he was Caitlyn’s first love he’s the obvious choice, right? Don’t count Ethan out or the appeal of a normal life. In the end the two have one last hurrah as thieves for Caitlyn to figure things out.
This story had so many twists and turns I thought I was on a rollercoaster! It kept me guessing, wanting more and impressed. Ms. Pierce has a brilliant, almost lyrical beauty to her words. She executed this well thought out plot to perfection and really stepped outside of the
box.We need more stories like this to shake up the romance genre. I look forward to reading more from her, and strongly recommend this read.
Read the End First by Suzanne Robb
Genre: Anthology, science fiction, horror
Since the dawn of civilization, mankind has predicted the end of the world in one form or another. In this collected anthology, 24 writers were given three rules: pick a time zone from around the globe, set their story sometime after midnight and then pick a way for the
world to die. The end result ~ a collection that is at once both grim yet compulsive reading; every bit as horrific as it is thought provoking.
I was really looking forward to this and thought it was an interesting concept and, indeed, there are some great story ideas here that will totally keep you hooked. But, at the same time, unfortunately there are just as many offerings that are distinctly average by comparison. Every doomsday scenario ever thought about under the sun is featured here and then some. But whilst some of them work, sadly there are one or two that really do just fall a bit flat on their faces. This is a problem that seems to be inherent with any anthology but is more noticeable here with all of the stories following a common theme.
Highlights for me included the story “The barrier between here and there” which invoked fond memories of old-school, traditional, Lovecraftian horror and which certainly started the collection off with a bang. But others that also resonated with me included John McCraig’s “EMP”, “Best Intentions” by Rebecca Snow and “Not With A Bang” by author collaboration, Brooke and Scott Fabian. By far the creepiest story here though has to be David Dunwoody’s “The Hour.” I don’t want to spoil anything but this story stood head and shoulders above all the rest and left me itching and squirming long after I had moved onto the next story......and the next....and the next!
Overall, this isn’t a bad collection of grim fiction. Like I say, some of the stories included were better than others but there were none that were truly awful, just some that were a little under par. Reading chapter after chapter of yet more ways for the world to die inevitably begins to take its toll after a while – which is why I would probably recommend reading this in smaller chunks rather than in one big session! Be warned ~ there are no happy endings here and, after a while, the whole thing can get a little bit depressing ~ but if you like end-of-the-world scenarios and are looking for something a bit different, then you check this out!
Just remember to stock up on canned goods and drinking water before picking this up. Just in case because you never know....
Slave (Finding Anna Book 1) by Sherri Hayes
Genre: romance - BDSM themes
Length: novel (203 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
This is a difficult novel to categorize - I went into it expecting a BDSM novel leading to a D/s relationship that included the bedroom and that is not at all what I got. Instead, Slave tells the beginning of a relationship that could possibly lead that direction. Stephan is a rich, successful man, CEO of his family's foundation and dedicated to helping the less-fortunate. He is also
a Dominant that is not in a relationship when a friend and former mentor mentions a girl that he believes needs help. Brianna is young, and Daman believes that she has become a slave by someone's choice other than her own. When Stephan meets with her "owner", he quickly concedes that fact and buys Brianna in order to help her. The process is slow since Brianna is so broken by her experiences at Ian's hands, but Stephan uses his skills as a Dominant to be
patient with her and help her begin to get past them.
Even though there appears to be much more story to tell, I felt like the author left the story at a good spot. Stephan is beginning to make a difference to Brianna, to know what brings on her panic attacks and to help her gain some confidence. Although there is not yet an actual romance, the seeds of one have been planted. I will definitely want to continue to read this series and see what else happens. (WARNING: There are several scenes of flashbacks of abuse, so this would not be a good book for anyone sensitive to this type of storyline.)
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The Submission by D.F. Krieger and Sonia Hightower
Erotica, F/F, Contemporary
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Immediately, I fell for the character. I loved, absolutely loved the beginning of this book. Katia was an instant hit, she sounded familiar, like a friend. The story tugged me in as Katia received bad news from her publisher. Pirates were out as a popular subject. Now, she needed a new book idea and after quick research came up with a brilliant solution – lesbian romance. Sylvia works for the publishing company and is sick of the same story coming her way. That is until these two women meet and fireworks ensue.
It was somewhat rushed and the surrounding details lacked. Overall, it was a rather entertaining read and seriously smoking hot! Katia had such great one-liners and I really enjoyed the interaction between all the characters. The BDSM was a great touch and really had the pages go up in flames. The only reason it didn’t get five shiny stars is the lack of details.
I would definitely recommend The Submission. It had such great elements. This was a hit and I can’t wait to read more from both authors!
Fire Demon by K.B. Forrest
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
The beginning was interesting but with the characters Monasap and Rusasap it got kind of hard to follow with their names begin so close. From there were thrown into a different scene with a new set of characters. It was very confusing the way this played out and it really dampered the beginning of the story.
Once we meet Korin, things went from confusing to freaking fantastic. She was great with a sword, brave and in the sights of a first generation demon. Vorak is that bad ass demon who is slave to one man because of a collar around his neck. It was an interesting concept with twists and turns that really made for a great solid book. The scenes, however, were very jumpy. That plus the beginning issues made me rate this books with four stars. But that’s four solid stars. I would certainly recommend Fire Demon and I am sure to read more by this author in the future!
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Blood Cell by Shaun Tennant
TBR Reviewer:- Kim
This is the story of Josh. He is a prison escapee who boasts that no prison can hold him, so he is sent to the impenetrable Pod C of Pittman Penitentiary. Now locked in with some of the worst gang members and murderers on record, he must keep his eyes open and his wits about him. Then one of the gangs starts a riot and all too soon he realizes that they are not alone. Something is hunting them down one by one and it is hungry. Can Josh keep it together enough to survive, and escape with his life?
I really enjoyed this. It was certainly a different take on the 'been there, done that' vampire novel. I liked the idea that it was set in an impenetrable prison, it made for some very claustrophobic scenes! Josh was the perfect anti-hero - trying to save his own neck plus the neck of a woman who shouldn't have been there in the first place. The story had shades of Dracula in it, with Norris being the head vampires 'familiar' ala Renfield. It was a great
story with plenty of pace and action - but the ending fell a little flat. This was a shame really as the rest of the book was so good. I would still be happy to recommend it however.
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Title: A Breach of Promise
Author: Victoria Vane
Length : 102
From the very first scene I was transported into a different time. Historical can be tricky to get
just right, but Ms. Vane nailed it! The wording, the details, and the plot were all spot on. The story was rich with clever wording, delightful banter, and likeable characters.
Well most of them. My first impression of the hero, Marcus went like this.“ You Sir are a Cad.” Marcus is a man trapped by the rules of society. As the second son he has no choice but to marry a woman with a decent dowry. This is the last thing Marcus wants to do so when he
lands a job title of undersecretary to the foreign minister, he uses it to stall the wedding for six
long years. It’s only when his betrothed’s father dies that he’s forced to face the fact. He needs to marry her before it's too late and she loses all of her father’s assets.
The problem is, Lydia’s had enough. She wants to end the engagement and cut her losses.
Marcus is convinced he can change her mind,(vain man that his is) but when he returns to
“woo” her , he discovers this isn’t going to be an easy task. It’ll take a lot more than that to win her over.
What follows next is a charming, sexy , witty journey that will entertain, amuse and tug at your
heart strings. The sexual encounters range from sweet to steaming. So if you think historical is tame you’d be wrong. This is a brilliant story I highly recommend to readers looking for a quick read with substance and true skill. My hats off to Ms. Vane.
Demon Protector by Lauren Pilla
Genre - Romance, Paranormal
Length - 75
TBR Reviewer – Shyla
Ms. Pilla wields descriptions, like a sculpture wields clay. I could easily visualize each scene as it unfolded. The concept behind, Demon Protector was interesting, and different. I had high hopes. In the end the story was too short for the concept, and the characters needed more time to develop their relationship for me to believe they were in love. The plot also moved too fast. If I found out I was possibly the world’s most powerful witch, and demons were after me I would need some time to assimilate. Falling in love with the demon sent to look after me after a near fatal attack by three of his kind, would not be on my to do list. This story would have been better served by more length and a slower pace. Scarlet is a sweet girl on the way for her yearly vacation with her three friends from high school. The girls are wealthy, self-centered, and she finds herself asking two main questions: how they became friends in the first place, and why she hasn’t severed their ties. She’s preparing to leave for their trip when an ominous feeling falls over her.
It turns out she should have listened to her gut because she’s at the campsite for less than three hours when all hell breaks loose, literally. The girls morph into demon’s and her true heritage as a witch is revealed by Bo, the sexy demon with a conscious who’s been sent by her parents. The goal is to get her to a safe haven for witches, but with the demon Ryu hell bent on capturing her there are a lot of road blocks to overcome. Bo is a demon who grew a conscious, not a good combination in his world. So he turns rogue and begins to help the witches his boss is determined to slaughter to gain their power. Tall, dark handsome and very French, Bo is a charming choice for a hero. He protects Scarlet and entrances her at the same time. I can’t say I blame her, but with everything going on it was hard to believe it was love and not just lust.
Demon Protector is an entertaining read, with red hot sex and an interesting concept. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in description. If you’re looking for an action filled quick read, this is the perfect one for you.
Title : Tidal Whispers
Author: Jocelyn Adams, Claire Gillian, Julie Reese, KellySaid
Reviewer: Shyla Colt
Length: 118 pages
Tidal Whispers is a quirky collection of love stories that involve the sea.
Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece
Tessa has been through hell and has come home to lick her wounds. When a freak accident kills her parents she find herself back in her hometown, struggling to make sense of things and get back on her feet. Bullied when she was young because of a withered leg as a result of a childhood disease, she’s no stranger to adversity or fighting. However, this may be too much.
My heart broke for this girl who’d suffered so much, and had no one to lean on. Cameron was her first love and I was pleased to see a bit of joy in her life. When Cameron returns suddenly just when she needs them, it’s like magic, and to be honest I was overjoyed. It made my heart ache that her happiest moments where when she was asleep and dreaming of a man whose identity is unknown.
However, you know what they say about things that seem too good to be true, and this is no exception to the rule.
The Sweetest Song Claire Gillian
Let me just start off by saying this take on Siren’s was brilliant! I never thought of them as employees who worked for Poseidon. It caught my attention right from the start with that scenario, and never let go. Circe is a Siren on her last warning from her boss. Poseidon is a
taskmaster and she’s on her third strike on luring a boat to the salty depths of the sea and he’s not happy. She has three choices become his mistress, or his housemaid or figure out why the captain is immune to her song. When she’s on the surface among humans she can’t use her voice so she poses as a mute who can hear somewhat and read lips, but uses sign language as her primary means of communication. When she runs into the Captain off the ship, Otis, she learns his secret, his deaf.
As she falls in love with him, duty is mixed with emotion. The final outcome is up in the air until the very last minute, and I was pleased but surprised by the ending! Ms. Gillian did a heck of a job spinning a tale with so little words. The world Circe lives in is alive, vibrant and on the outskirts of our own. I wanted to know more about it!
Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said
This is the epitome of best-laid plans going awry when destiny has a mind of its own. Merman Harmon is a soldier on a mission. He’s set to travel to the darkest, deepest parts of the ocean in search of a pearl that once belonged to his family. This pearl will lead him to his soul mate.
The heroine Miki is a young girl whose sole purpose is to provide sustenance for her people.
Young and determined she plunges into the forbidden waters that surround her island, and discovers a whole new world.
While entertaining and enjoyable, this story felt a bit rushed. There wasn’t enough build up to the love they shared, or explanation - when a merman finds his mate they know instantly, type of scenario. I was left wishing this had been a little more fleshed out by Ms. Said.
The Under garden by Jocelyn Adams
This story is a prime example of what love is really about.
The concept of child hood adoration that grows into a deep love between members of two different species really pulled at my heart strings. The slow development made the relationship between Nixie and Wyatt charming, and moving. What wouldn’t you do for your best friend? Now add love to the mix. It was a bittersweet tale with an ending much the same. So if you’re looking for a grand happily ever after this may not be your cup of tea. I'd like to add more details, but that would ruin the surprises, instead I invite you to see the world through the eyes of a child and remember what true innocence and first love was like once more.