Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father's demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father's money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has secretly lusted over from afar.
Quiet, hard-working Jared McFarland loves his farm on the outskirts of Hope, Arizona. Jared agrees to take in his longtime crush as a favor. When Lucas invades his heart in addition to his space, Jared has to decide how much of himself he's willing to risk and figure out if he can offer Lucas enough to keep him after his father's punishment is over.
Cyprus Reid has exploded into the consciousness of the world. She's an overnight sensation whose fans are intensely dedicated, and whose detractors are equally rabid. When she sings, listeners are moved to tears. Everyone is intrigued by her. Her sexuality is blatant, irresistible and she is always accompanied by five ridiculously sexy men. Are they her body-guards or her lovers? A reverse-harem, or just eye candy for everyone, to add to the mystique of her allure?
Ex-Navy SEAL Jason Giles is a government-intelligence operative now, who has taken on a dangerous assignment. Scientists have been dying in the towns visited by Cyprus and her entourage. Is she connected in any way? When Jason gets himself hired by the hotel she's staying at, to provide protection for Cyprus, it doesn't take him long to realize he's in way over his head. Cyprus is much more than just a young man in a dress. What Jason discovers will change his life forever.
I'm a huge fan of sci-fi in any medium: movies, TV shows, and books. So I'm aware that building a world is time-consuming. The more you want to play in that world, the more painstaking you have to be in establishing the parameters. This is a very ambitious beginning to a series. I wasn't sure at first what direction the author was going in, until the action became as compelling as the sexy men surrounding Cyprus. With her being a hermaphrodite, even when a man is having sex with her lady parts, there is still a very functional set of man-parts to contend with as well. Once we start experiencing the sex that goes on within this coven, it gets intense very quickly. There is a whole lot of male/male sex going on, and because three members of Cyprus' coven are alpha-males, there is some very violent sex that takes place as the alphas try to force each other to yield. In the end, there is also a very-much-deserved avenging of a horrific wrong committed against Cyprus and her coven, but it's also very violent, so reader be warned.
Ms. Burke has created an interesting world, and the characters who live in it do so by their own codes. I will be watching to see how many books she plans in this series, and if any will be not just back-stories, but will continue the story she started here. The Coven is a highly recommended read!
Kayla gets a free ticket to a rock concert from her assistant. Right before the show, she hooks up with Jason, the much younger-than-her lead singer. She provides oral sex for him. But it's apparently mind-blowing and alters both their lives--and those of others as well. It seems that the bass player, Erik, has been tight with Jason since they were both young orphaned kids lost in the system. Whenever they were separated, they'd both suffer immense physical and mental pain and anguish. When they're together, Erik waits for Jason to have meaningless sex with groupies, then Jason brings the energy he gains from that back to Erik--and they have wild sex. But once Jason meets Kayla, he gets sick from her not planning on seeing him again.
I hesitate to call this a romance series, because the whole point of the stories is that these people are on an erotic journey, seeking to discover how they can create a triad that benefits all of them. In turn, the ties of power that encircle them all, strengthen them all as well. And being on an erotic journey is the textbook definition of erotica. So that's what I rated this book four stars and it's good at what it does. The two men love each other, and somehow neither are jealous of another person entering their relationship. Nor are they jealous of the time each spends alone with Kayla. But they're all happiest when in bed together.
Considering that the first book in the series opens with a blow-job, you know from the start that this is going to be a steamy series. It doesn't disappoint. What plot there is exists only to take the participants to another sexual interlude. The four titles are: DAZE ON END, INTERLUDE IN C, FINDING THE CHORDS, COLOR HAZE. In the first 3 books, the focus is on Kayla, Jason and Erik. Randy, who is the drummer for their trio band, just broke up with Liz, when he found her involved in an interlude with Tom who unbeknownst to him, used to be with Liz when they were in high school. So the last book introduces another triad in the making, as another group of people start their erotic journey to happiness.
his was an interesting series that explores the ins and outs (pun intended!) of a menage relationship. If you've ever wondered what it could be like to have two men in bed with you, this a series you'll really enjoy!
This time, we get to watch the action through Cal's eyes. He's the wolf-shifter who was badly abused by his pack-leader father. He and his brothers (by different mothers) were all beaten, starved, and deprived of a normal upbringing to suit the pack-leader's ego. In the previous book, he and his brothers returned to their childhood home, only to discover that it wasn't an accident--their father had summoned them in order to see if any of them could challenge him for leadership. Of course they did--together. The youngest brother was killed, but Cal was the one to triumph by ripping out the cruel leader's throat. His older brother Mark wanted the credit, which was fine with Cal. So they got Layla to agree to lie with them, and to say that Mark was the one to kill the alpha. Cal doesn't want to have to become the new pack-leader, and we don't yet know what Mark wants to do, since he's MIA.
Cal's mother lives in Arizona, a very long way from where he lives now (close to where he grew up.) She contacts him because another pack is threatening her. He fears for her safety and immediately decides to journey there to face whatever enemy she faces. He can't afford to book a flight, nor can he get a seat quickly enough. But his trusty old truck fails him. Up drives Layla in her small car, volunteering to take him across many states to help his mother. He's happy she's willing, but not happy that the incubus (lust-demon) who is bound to her until she fully develops and can control her witch-magic, will of course, accompany them.
The journey is very dangerous, since everything that can go wrong, does. Much of the early conflict involves Cal's jealousy, since he realizes he's falling in love with Layla, the only positive influence in his life. He clutches her closely, to try to maintain his tenuous grip on sanity--he can't even look in a mirror without being reminded who his father was, since he looks so much like him. So even though Layla finds his blond, hard-bodied self incredibly hot, he vacillates between hating himself, and hating the life he's been given. And though she never turns him away for Ink, her incubus--whenever he has a crisis of emotional intensity, Ink is always there to satisfy her desires. Which just gives him more angst.
This was an exciting book to read. There was some romance, since it's obvious how much Cal needs, desires, and yes, loves Layla--even though it takes him forever to tell her. There are some hot encounters, but often they're interrupted by him surrendering to his emotional crises--which encourages Ink once again. Will Cal ever work up the nerve to tell Layla how he feels? Will the fairy they meet help them, or will she cause them all to be captured by the Hunters--who Cal always thought were a myth made up to scare young shifter children? What will happen when they finally meet up with his mother? Where has Mark gone? And will they all live through this journey, to make it to the next book? I sure hope so, since the author describes this as a Reverse Harem series. That's enough to have me waiting not-so-patiently for the next book. I can't wait to see Layla getting her every desire taken care of by the lust-demon who can read her mind to know what she wants him to do next, and the hot, hard-bodied shifter whose manly attributes were so graphically described in the last book.
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