Mai is a Fae and she’s just been accused on murdering a human. With the help of her Gremlin boyfriend, can they figure out who the real killer is before the bodies begin to pile?
The story starts with Mai being hit on and then jumps to her talking to detectives, trying to convince them she’s innocent. That is a huge leap that is a bit jolting. Mai comes off with a major attitude in the beginning. I know she’s pissed she’s been accused of murder but I’m not a fan of the chip on her shoulder. That said, I really liked Ry, her boyfriend. He is sweet and sexy. The mystery is a great ride but the world building is spectacular. I can’t wait to read more in this series!
They Were Soldiers...
Until a ruthless mercenary's dark experiments made them so much more. Elite fighters Nick Cormac and Chase Turner are sworn to hunt him and his operatives down, but never counted on a pretty, green-eyed blond named Emelia Drake getting in the way. Oh, Emelia; stuck in a dead-end job and jilted by yet another cheating boyfriend, she deserves a little excitement. But stumbling into a criminal operation and forced into hiding with two hot soldiers of fortune is at first more terrifying than exciting. Convinced that Chase and Nick are gay, Emelia has to keep her lustful instincts on lock-down; but as the trio spend more time together, they discover that love can be a three-way street.
This story initially intrigued me on the premise of a power-mad mercenary attempting to create super-soldiers, and was mildly disappointed that little was revealed in this regard. However, watching the gradual and sweet seduction of Emelia by two men whose love for each other turns out to be more than just sexual preference, totally made up for it. Soldier on, Ghost Unit 1; can't wait to meet the boys (and girls?) of Ghost Unit 2 !!
The story is a simple boy meets girl plot, except the girl is a fairy—complete with wings--who despises humans. The story flips between Aisling and Daniel’s perspectives. Aisling and her sister, Lena, are in Massachusetts from Ireland to arrange the return of a beer shipment as it contained a love potion allowing you to discover your true love. The visit takes longer than expected due to customs issues, so they’re working the bar to help out Dirv, the leprechaun owner. Aisling fancied Daniel as soon as they met…but he’s a human! Dirv steps in to help kick-start the romance by getting both Daniel and Aisling to drink the love potion contaminated beer.
This is a fun quickie and a great pick-me-up. I enjoyed it, plus the sex scenes will get you going…it’s not quite a one-hand-read. Sparks fly. All good romances can’t be plain sailing, so first Aisling has cold feet…it’s only the potion, then Daniel…she despises humans, how could she love me? Don’t want to spoil the plot…but it is a happy-ever-after ending. The sex is arousing and erotic at the same time. The combination worked for me. As I said early, it’s a quick read.
Definitely a recommended read, and I’ll keep watch for more stories by Ayla Ruse.
Gail’s getting over a deadbeat abusing boyfriend, when a stranger enters the diner where she works as a waitress. It’s late, and Gail wants to go home. The plot’s simple—vampire fancies woman. She can’t resist and quickly succumbs to his charms. Sadly, the vampire, Drew, has enemies who are chasing him. He uses Gail’s apartment as a bolt-hole…with benefits.
Want a hot quickie? Yes. Include a few vampires to add a splash of spice? Yes. Then, this one’s for you. I enjoyed the fast pace and easy reading. The sex is smoking…Drew has centuries of experience and demonstrates how to make a woman orgasm with only his tongue. By the end of this quickie…he shows much more. I don’t want to spoil the plot, but you can guess what happens from the title—Novice. Drew’s enemies catch up with him, big battle…but all does not go well. I’m holding my breath for Dark Kingdom II. You may ask…why not a five? That's because of a couple of moving parts and grammar style. They don’t impact the flow, and Novice is still a recommended read.
Marriage for the sake of title is not what Emily Whitehorn had in mind for her future, but with few romantic prospects after caring for her ailing mother for years, can her cousin Sarah, the former Lady Northenly, help her check off her list of suitable gentlemen to approach? This is another interesting installment to the Soliciting a Lady series, that further elaborates on the complexities of society in a time gone by. Again we have a curious murder mystery, a heroine who is a tad eccentric, and an unintended hero with his own eccentricities garnered from the bedroom and the battlefield. When the top contender for Emily's hand, the current Earl of Northenly, is found poisoned, both Emily and the new object of her affections, the Earl's half brother Christopher, become immediate suspects.
Thus begins the unwinding of the mystery, and while equally intriguing as the previous series, the action happens extremely fast and with little buildup or explanation. This makes the story not only confusing but leaves the reader feeling that they've missed out on some juicy details. What remains juicy however is Emily and Christopher's bedroom activity, which occurs not just in the bedroom but in other, less conventional, settings. I think we can look forward to even more eyebrow-raising escapades as this quirky period-piece series continues!
It all started with 25 years stuck together in a lifeless space vessel...must admit it would have driven me insane! Well, they were vampires. The story begins when they return to Earth. Would their romance rekindle?
The story is a well written vampire on vampire romance, with a helping hand from a reporter. It has a strong man on man theme, but if you're looking for heavy sci-fi, you'll be disappointed. There are only three main characters, two male vampires and a human male. The old vampire finally discovers love, but the turned vampire is suffering from PTSD caused by a 25 year lack of human blood. The reporter will do what is needed to land a good story, even if he has to donate some of his own blood. The characters are well rounded, believable with depth. The story is developed by switching between their perspectives building the romance to a hot vampire-on-vampire explicit climax. If you enjoy this one, there's a strong hint of a sequel involving the same three characters. Like vampire romance? It's worth a try.
Beauty is only space deep
Taken from the only family she has ever known on planet Vaaden, and forced into slavery as a young girl, Rena has no knowledge of her human origins. Given as a gift to a Zelthranite officer, her damaged body incites only pity from Commander Ryx, who in turn charges his lieutenant Beren with her safekeeping. Having long abandoned any hope of a suitable mate, the battle-scarred and disfigured Beren soon finds a kindred spirit in the fragile and mistreated Rena. Can two damaged souls of vastly different species find beauty and healing beyond their beastly exteriors?
I was delighted to discover that this story is a continuation of an earlier-reviewed installment of this series, Jennifer and the Alien Badass. Jennifer and Siril's relationship lay the groundwork for this saga, and happily make a reappearance near the end of this book. Again I am struck by the juxtaposition of futuristic high tech vs age-old human struggles; unthinkable that slavery should still exist in societies advanced enough for space travel, but there it is. I guess some things take longer to transcend above than others. The writing itself is straightforward and easy to read but by the same token lacks inspiration or interesting vocabulary. In spite of that, I love this series for its exploration of the not-so-perfect hero and heroine, whose physical deformities affect but do not define them, and allow them the pursuit of love, happiness, and a hopeful future.
Equally enjoyable is the gentle but steadily growing attraction between Beren and Rena, their progression from strangers to lovers happening in a sweet and natural way, yet leading to Nova-magnitude hot sex--several times! If you're looking for alien encounters of the sexy kind', this book will definitely get your ticket on the rocket to interspecies intimacy punched and validated!!
Mission of...Have Mercy!
Captaining your own spaceship has its perks, but finding love in a lonely galaxy isn't one of them. Capt. Arrah Crace thinks her heart's been locked down for good, until an super-sexy intergalactic bouncer she's hired for protection on a medical relief mission blows her sensual blast doors wide open.
Outer space may be cold, but this sci-fi romance is smoking hot. In spite of this story's short length, all the main characters are remarkably well developed (in more ways than one) and the plot holds just the right combination of simplicity and intrigue. Arrah Trace is in command, a respected leader who has no trouble expressing her feminine sexual side. Lash Trag is a Beguiler from planet Arkos, a man who has the power to use his sexual pheremones at will to influence others. But really, who needs that when his muscular, sexy regular self does all the influence he needs? Arrah and Lash's attraction is immediate and their private encounters hot as an exploding star! The author also does a great job in creating the futuristic setting, making it plausible and with a realistic level of technology, something this reader admires. As well, an honorable mention to Arrah's human-cyborg second in command Phadar. Too sexy to be artificial, he's a robot to remember! He's more than meets the eye, and we'll be keeping watch for his story in upcoming installments to this series.
While its short length, too many "A" names (Arrah, Arkos, Avira, Adana) and odd cover art are minor drawbacks, for those who may not ordinarily venture into the space opera genre, Beguiled is a great way to start the journey!
Signed, Sealed and Not-Quite-Delivered
Widowhood is not quite what Sarah, former Lady Northenly, expected. A comfortable pension and quiet retirement seems attractive after ten years of staid and childless marriage, but estate solicitor William Burke has other ideas. Marrying again and to a commoner such as Burke are both out of the question until a mysterious death and attempted poisoning throw Sarah and William closer together than either one had planned.
This is an interesting period piece that cleverly illustrates the complexities of class distinction and the workings of estate law in a time gone by. Add in a little murder mystery, a heroine who is no shrinking violet, and an intelligent hero with experience in both the bedroom and the courtroom, you have a rather fresh take on a typically predictable and straight-laced historical romance. While the story is intriguing, some of the language is puzzling, particularly in the bedroom scenes where the outcome is obvious but the 'action' curiously choppy. However, readers can overlook this if sizzling graphical sex isn't their thing; and since this is the kick-off installment of a series, we may yet see more titillating escapades from what is shaping up to be an unusual crime-solving duo.
Stay tuned for the next exciting episode, same time, same channel!
Darian is running from her ex. The problem is that she runs right into Bull’s arms. The sexy older biker has a thing for her, a soft spot but will their differences get in the way of what could be both their happy endings?
The writing style just killed me! This is a good story but I hate that both the main characters are in first person point of view. I wish authors would stop doing that. It makes the characters muddled. This story is average length over one hundred pages and there is a great balance of sex vs story. I like the action. It definitely has a feel of realism. The sex is very hot but again that damn point of view style got in the way. I also like the age gap. The whole older man, younger woman thing is a turn on. I’ve been a big fan of the biker craze so this genre is a go to for me. I would definitely continue this series if the author changed the point of view style.