Born to love; chosen to serve.
The constant upheavals of a military life doesn't bode well for relationships. But don't soldiers need love too? Army nurse Jenna Barlow closes wounds every day, and isn't about to let one open up on her heart. When a chance meeting turns into the hottest one night stand of her life, her own rules of engagement begin to break down, only to find that the mystery man has his own rule book to follow.
This author rarely disappoints, her novels exactly as advertised and written in a
straightforward, easy-to-read style. Add in the well-researched details of military meets medicine and you have the protocol for a satisfying story. However, Jenna's reaction to her one-night-lover Seb's behavior seems a little overdramatic, especially for an ostensibly toughened-up servicewoman. As well, Seb's secrecy about his identity and intentions seem out of character for a man well-versed in commanding others.
Other than the battlefield Jenna is assigned to, there is little real conflict here, and even fewer surprises when it comes to the romance; but those are minor details if you are more interested in hot-as-hell sex scenes. If you fall into those ranks, TEN-HUT! This story stocks an army surplus!
When you're fresh from the fight, you can be blindsided with a sucker punch to the heart, as accountant Jenny Jones discovers after finally breaking off a long-term, dead-end relationship. As much as she dislikes her ex, Jenny agrees to finish some volunteer work at the boxing gym he owns, but unexpectedly steps into a different kind of ring when cornered by two hunky fighters that swing more than punches.
Holy threesome, Batman. Jenny, Dale and Jackson together are hot hot hot!!! A well-told story about a taboo topic that initiates the reader to an alternative lifestyle along with the main character! Rather than bombarding us with long, graphic depictions of multiple partner festivities, A Fighter's Love brings us in gently. This story follows Jenny's journey from all-too-common abusive and unsatisfying monogamy to sensational, out of this world menage ecstasy with two brawny boxers whose hard (in more ways than one) exteriors disguise the biggest, sweetest hearts imaginable on the inside.
The way Jackson's and Dale's loving relationship is extended to gradually include Jenny will melt your heart along with your underwear, attesting to the skill of this author, which is further demonstrated in really allowing the reader to "see" every subtle action and gesture of the characters with her words.
If you're up for a bout of spine-tingling, seat-squirming, sensual reading pleasure, this book delivers a TKO.
What can you do when the man of your dreams is a man of the cloth? Pray!
Nurse Clara Jennings has moved to the big city from her hometown village, and finds comfort and familiarity in attending St. Agnes church in London. All too familiar is the church’s new vicar, Reverend Mark Travis, handsomer than any cleric has a right to be, and the one boy from her youth she can never forget. Will he remember her, and feel the same unrequited longings as she, from their intimate encounter years before? Would it even matter? Sadly, the one man she always wanted is the one Clara can never have. Mark’s straightlaced background led him down a path of righteousness, but meeting Clara again just may turn him down the road to sin!
This author has a knack for telling a potentially polarizing story in the sweetest way. Religious oaths are not to be taken lightly; few can endeavor to uphold them, and even fewer can truly resist temptation. Mark Travis is such a man, and Clara provides the temptation in spades.
I like how Clara is more the romantic aggressor here than saintly Mark, a nice turn of the tables. The romance and sexy scenes are not overdone nor underdone. Like baby bear’s porridge, they are “just right” for this genre and style. The pace and length make Confession a perfect paperback to hide in your hymnal, and finish reading before the preacher’s sermon is done. Everyone will think the smile on your face is from his uplifting words. But you’ll never have to confess the real reason!
Title: Owned by the Alpha
Authors: Rose Wulf, Sam Crescent, Stacey Espino, Doris O’Connor, Lily Harlem, Maia Dylan, Michelle Graham, Elyzabeth M. VaLey, Wren Michaels, Beth D. Carter, Elena Kincaid, Roberta Winchester
Genre: romance, shifter, paranormal, anthology, erotic
TBR Reviewer: Bella Star
Rating: 5 Stars - A Must Read!
Heat: 5/5 - Orgasmic!
If you love shifters and the search for their mates then you have to read Owned by the Alpha. It’s the newest anthology from Evernight Publishing and it’s amazing! Seriously, I couldn’t even begin to tell you which story is my favorite because all of them are tied for first.
Scent of Destiny by Rose Wulf
Taken Mate by Sam Crescent
Finders Keepers by Stacey Espino
The Hunt by Doris O’Connor
Alpha at Altitude by Lily Harlem
Fated to the Razorback Demon by Maia Dylan
Running Home by Michelle Graham
Alpha’s Sunshine by Elyzabeth M. VaLey
Checkmate by Wren Michaels
Frozen Heart by Beth D. Carter
Wolf Hunter by Elena Kincaid
Returning to the Coyote by Roberta Winchester
It’s like a buffet of hot men, sex and engaging plots! I’m totally in love with this anthology. I think Finders Keepers by Stacey Espino may have inched out in the amazing department. I’ve read it twice and still enjoy every second of the story. But don’t discount the other stories! What an amazing bunch of sexy shifter tales.
Love anthologies? Read this! Love shifters? Read this! Love romance or drama or action....Basically, read Owned by the Alpha!
Cassandra is living her life by rules that keep her satisfied and fulfilled. Master Raif makes sure her every need is tended. Then he announces a surprise he wants to try something new to heat up their time together after a dinner party. Nervous and excited she must wait until the guest leave to see how hot things will truly get. As soon as their guests leave, the heat is intense and with the help of her Master, takes her to heights she has never known.
For such a short story, this packs a huge punch. From the start Cassandra and Master have great chemistry and the anticipation building for the scene he has planned is wonderful. Through the whole dinner party the play between the two (without the guests knowing ) made the story so intense and had the upcoming scene building high. Then when what Master has planned out does happen (no spoiler from me), let me tell you it is explosive HOT! HOT! HOT! You will definitely need to fan yourself after this short read.
What woman would secretly desire a hot, young stud in her bed and in her life? Not Kay, a 42 year old business lecturer from Oxford, England. Widowed and finally ready to think about love again, she meets American entrepreneur Sullivan Cole online. Over the course of their year-long internet relationship, he seems to be just the age-appropriate man to fulfill all of Kay’s hopes, dreams and desires for the future. But when they meet for the first time on a sailing holiday in Greece, Kay can’t believe her eyes, nor dismiss her feelings of betrayal upon discovering that Sullivan is 12 years her junior.
I chose this book for its topic matter, as research has revealed the older woman-younger man scenario to be more common than is generally known. I wanted to see how Ms Harlem and her characters handled that subject, in addition to the pitfalls of online dating. I love how Kay is in some ways old-fashioned in her reverence and respect for her late husband, tragically taken from her in a car accident some years earlier. It does take time to let go of the past and accept the idea of a new partner. On the flipside, she indulges in some pretty naughty talk with her unknown new love, indicating she is neither a prude nor inexperienced in sexual matters. Having been ‘off the market’ for a long time, it’s understandable that she’s a bit naïve and easily swept away by Sullivan’s intense sexual attention and takes him at his word.
Both characters are believable, as younger men do seek out older women for their stability, calmness and no-nonsense manner. While we get detailed descriptions of Sullivan’s appearance, we don’t know the color of Kay’s hair or her eyes. It occurs to me when beginning this review that she does not even have a last name! I would expect the characterization of the heroine to go quite a bit deeper than that.
Told in Kay’s point-of-view, her descriptions of how her body feels and what she experiences with Sullivan ring true however, and cause a blush or two on the part of the reader. (Although if "a shiver of desire" was going to run through her one more time I was considering a yawn). Her reluctance and even anger with him at the beginning of the story is plausible; traveling a long distance toward what she thought would be a new beginning, only to discover a ‘boy’ with whom a long-term relationship would be doomed to failure, might indeed be frustrating and even embarrassing. But it does seem to be the only conflict in the story, and after taking up more than half of the book, the theme gets tiresome. If he were unattractive that would be cause for upset. But of course, Sullivan is gorgeous….so for heaven’s sake sister, just go with it already!
Overall, ‘Toy Boy’ is a lighthearted and enjoyable read. The descriptions of scenery, color, flavor and fragrance are vivid and satisfying. If anyone needs further proof that ‘life is short’ and you should take the good things it offers you, read ‘Toy Boy’!!