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.
Maggie was only 18 years old when the world changed. Overnight, large swaths of the world's population died--presumably from some kind of virus. She lost both of her parents to it. She's spent the past 3 years staying out of everyone's sight. She's traveled alone, keeping herself alive by sheer strength of will, and her wits. But her luck runs out when she encounters the first man she's seen. He's a lower-level lackey for someone, so when he overpowers her, he tells her he's going to "gift" her to the guy in charge, so he'll be forgiven for his mistakes. But when she sees him, she's shocked.
Clay Knight was a high school History teacher in his previous life. Now he's the leader of a rag-tag group of folks who depend on him to keep them safe. But years ago he was tempted for the only time in his life, to date a student. Maggie's curves imprinted themselves on his mind, and she's all he's thought about for the past 3 years, while he turned down any other females who offered themselves to him. When she's thrown at his feet as an offering, he's not interested in her mind. He just wants what he's desired for years.
This book's first sex scene is a virgin-being-deflowered one--which I don't care for. The females who've presumably never even touched themselves before, suffer only a minimum of pain, before they're screaming out their ecstasy as they experience multiple orgasms. I guess this is a fictional story, after all. But this was an interesting look at a possible dystopic future society. The journey that the small band of survivors take is similar to the journey of emotional rescue that Maggie and Clay experience. They both come to realize that despite their age difference, they are perfectly suited to each other. They've found a home in each other's hearts just like they find a place to call home for their people.
Princess Ellegra is chafing at all of the rules she must follow as a princess. Most of all, she's tired of being watched all of the time--she wants to experience a little spontaneous fun. So she disguises herself while she and her entourage are visiting another planet, and goes for a stroll along the beach. When a sexy man assumes she's been sent to pleasure him, she's smitten with his smoldering looks, so she plays along with him. But the deed once done, cannot be undone.
Xandore is the Prince of Planet Artemis. He knows what he must do, and a politically-advantageous marriage has been arranged for him. It will benefit his planet as well as that of the Hesperians. He's willing to marry the princess, but has no plans at all to be monogamous. He's thoroughly enjoying being single, and sees no reason to stop taking mistresses, just because he has to marry and produce offspring with a chosen wife. He just hopes she won't be too hideous, and won't ask too many questions when he's off pursuing his pleasure elsewhere.
When Ellegra and Xandore meet each other, they realize that their dalliance set them up for more steamy encounters. The courts of both planets are pleased that these two seem to be so hot for each other. But Ellegra has heard all about Xandore's wanton ways, and refuses to look the other way, or to forgive him any straying. So there's a huge fly in the ointment of their pleasure together. Through a series of events, Xandore comes to realize he doesn't need other women, since his wife is more than enough woman for him from now on.
I really dislike virgins-being-deflowered scenes. There is always just a quick pain that disappears instantly, allowing for the formerly-virtuous woman to start enjoying sex like she's been doing it for years. How a female who hasn't ever even pleasured herself, can suddenly become like a cat-in-heat is beyond me. So for me, the initial sex scene wasn't believable. That being said, this is a cute short romance that involves a female forcing her man to accept that now that she's his wife, he has to accept that his days of fooling around are over. And she gets the benefit of his years of experience in pleasuring females. Win-win for both of them.
Calla has such a hard life her name might as well be Cinderella. Her mother died when she was young, her father loved her greatly, teaching her everything he knew about fixing cars so she could join him in working in his garage. Then he married a woman who already had twin daughters close to her age. It was clear from the start that none of them liked Calla. When her father died, the worst blow came when she's told that she and her step-sisters have been "given" to the GBP--Galactic Breeding Program. Prince Lincoln, AKA Linc, is half human. Many years ago, his mother was kidnapped by aliens, and brought to his planet to marry his father, the king. After bearing him two sons, they separated, but she stayed to teach her sons about their human halves. Females on his planet are not able to bear children, but he doesn't want an unwilling bride. Once he sets eyes on Calla, however, there's no other woman for him, despite the fact that she and her evil step-sisters are joined by two other females.
Of course there are snags and problems for them to deal with, one of which is Calla's lack of self-confidence. Her father was the only one who loved her, and his death left her feeling bereft. Linc's parents want a say in which female he chooses. The other four kingdoms on his planet send their kings and eligible sons to his castle also, in a bid to try to steal one of the available, presumably fertile females. Plus Calla hadn't counted on the lengths to which her step-sisters will go to get her, the Prince's obvious favorite, out of the way. Although an interesting Cinderella story, the heroine was so mousy that I couldn't enjoy her at all. Why on earth she would feel kindly toward step-sisters who have always been abusive to her is beyond me. I keep wondering what the females of their species think about the whole idea. Do they ever get laid? I gave it three stars because I'm aware that for some women, the idea of a big, strong, alien male who only has eyes for them, is catnip. If that is the type of story you enjoy, then you should give this book a look!
This collection of five stories written for those of us who are super-hero fans. Since I'm a huge Marvel fan girl, I enjoyed it. It's a collection of stories that imagines how the people who wear the masks really feel about each other.
The first story, Hero Sandwich, is super-hot! It rates a five because most of the story involves the BDSM taming of a used-to-be supervillain, whose father made her help him rob banks. Now she's gone straight but the two superhero brothers who catch her want to see how kinky she might be, under her mask. Phew! This story requires a cold shower after.
The second story, Voodoo, is a continuation of the first story. It's steamy. The second brother gets his HEA here but in a less forceful manner.
The third story, Taming Jack, has five chapters. This one involves alien critters who enter the minds/brains of humans and give them super-abilities, a common theme in sci-fi. The Jack in question wants to avenge his sister's death, and has neglected his woman because of his search for the killer. She wants to save him from going over to the dark side, because the alien in her brain warns her that he's headed that way. What can save him? Hint: he and his woman will have a really good time finding out!
The fourth story, Natasha and the Android, is a quick funny read. There are a few jokes about power tools.
The last story, Masks and Mistletoe, is another five chapter story involving BDSM in a huge way. It also has aliens in the super-heroe's brains. It poses the question, can she be a sub when she can bench-press a semi? If she's way more powerful than the man who wants to be her dom, can it work? Hint, it can.
Unmasked is a highly recommended Anthology!
Marisol Martinez is a widow with an eleven-year-old daughter who never met her father. He died in a mining accident right before Marisol found out she was pregnant. She's spent the past twelve years being a part of an inter-planetary resistance, trying to find proof that these "accidents" are being staged by an evil coalition, for nefarious purposes that no one can discover.
Captain, or "Cap" is a cyborg programmed to be a leader. He's spent the past decade protecting all of the members of his cyborg unit. On his way to a "pleasure planet" that even provides relief for the partly-human cyborgs, there is an explosion aboard their spaceship, and all are forced to eject in pods
WOW! This book hit all of my buttons! Futuristic sci-fi, steamy-hot romance, and strong independent heroine meets strong, sexy hero. When brought to Marisol's planet, it turns out that two of the cyborgs are people who were presumed lost in the mining explosion--and one of them is Marisol's fiancé, Aren. Except that Cap has no memories of having been Aren. He does, however, still react to the scent of Marisol's perfume, and eventually, her body. I love that scents are the trigger to such powerful and repressed memories. Cap's cyborg enhancements are not gross, but not designed to be attractive either. The romance between Marisol and Cap grows slowly, brought on by their intense sexual attraction. Could it be that his cells remember hers? Because he doesn't. These two characters both grow during the story, and learn how to love again. And along the way the story of the resistance is told, and the nefarious plot is revealed. There is a HEA for Marisol and Cap. It won't be easy for them to live in peace but they will live to fight another day.
Stealing Jia kicked a$$! If had to write a one sentence review that’s what it would say. I guess I have to give you all a bit more, huh?
Jia is an orphan who was raised in a place that molded her into a criminal. While searching for her adoptive brother, she’s going on an adventure that may just get her killed. She has to protect some adorable kids along the way and Trayon is the sexy battle commander that gets in her way.
Yes, yes and yes. This book hit all the perfect spots for me. There’s Jia, who is amazing. She’s been through some crazy shit growing up and she’s come out stronger for it. Now she’s on the hunt for her missing brother from the orphanage. The problem is the innocent children she feels the urge to protect and the Askhole commander that really knows how to kiss. Humor, action, sex, Stealing Jia has it all with a really cool scifi setting. I think this may be my favorite book from Gail Koger so far. GIVE ME MORE!
Stealing Jia is a must read. Stop what you’re doing and go buy this book!
Blood Service by Angela Knight: Rating 5, heat level 5
The only author I have read before is Angela Knight. Blood Service is her story, about Adiva, a spy on the run, with a very high price on her head. She and the vampire she was a "blood thrall" for, were working to topple an evil ruler on a planet. Her vampire was killed, and she's being hunted. She's captured by a bounty hunter vampire known only as The Vigilante. From the start, he gets under her skin. Seems he read her bio before he decided to be the one to catch her but not to turn her in. More than he wants money, he wants to possess a blood thrall (enhanced human blood donor for vampires, with extra strength and stamina.) And since he's a level 21 dominant, and she's a level 17 submissive, he has big plans for her.
Phew! Did I mention this story is a scorcher? Of course, since Adiva is a natural submissive, the things he does to her cause her to leak copious sexual fluids, which ramps up the excitement for both of them. The erotic scenes are plentiful and creative. Most of them involve toys of some kind and things to add kink to their steamy sex. This is the kind of story you need a fan for, enjoy!
Slave School Dropout by Dakota Cassidy: Rating 3, heat level 3.
Slave School Drop-out, tells the story of Nyla, who is a cat-shifter, descended from the Egyptian goddess Bast. Her bestie is the common tomcat shifter Lucas. They've been friends since they met a year ago at a shifter meet-'n'-greet. He told her from the start that he had feelings for her, but she relegated him to the "friend-zone" immediately. He's been patient enough to stick around. Now she sees the back of him in the aisle at a pet food store, and instantly she's turned on by his smell. When he turns around and she realizes it's her bestie causing her to feel such instant lust, she's dismayed to the max. Can they work it out? And what will her snobby parents think about their daughter bringing home a tomcat?
Even though the author likes to laugh, I didn't find much humor in her story. Her heroine is ditsy to the point of being annoying. The long-suffering Lucas should have cut his losses and run. When he smugly informs her they belong together, after they have sex once, she runs into his bathroom to avoid dealing with him. While looking for a hand-towel in his closet, she finds a collection of sex toys. Note: when the author has to put a disclaimer before her story saying that her heroine's reactions to BDSM are meant to be funny, you can be sure that without that explanation, some readers might not have realized that. And when you read who she gets her sexual advice from, you might want to say, "Aw, hell no!" But there is the requisite happy ending, at least for Nyla. Lucas still might want to reconsider.
Tainted Kisses by Kate Hill: Rating 4, heat level 4
Kate Hill's story, Tainted Kisses, was romantic and steamy. Naobi is a good vampire. Her creator explained to her that eternal life is a gift and to be used to enhance the lives of the mortals around her. Etlu was ripped from the body of his dead mother, on a battlefield of gore, after his creator and minions destroyed yet another village. As a boy, he was tortured and abused by his adopted brother, as well as anyone else who wanted to. They tried to teach him that having feelings of any kind is a weakness and that the only purpose he should have is to serve the dark god that his creator serves. He's a Viking leader of men who is feared by all. Etlu and his men destroy the village that Naobi, disguised as a man, had been protecting. He insists on a public death as a warning to the others, who will be taken back on his ship as slaves. He plans to rip out both of her lungs in a procedure known as the "blood eagle," which kills even vampires. But when he tears off her shirt to see that she's a woman, he decides to keep her for himself. She agrees to go with him as a willing occupant of his bed, if he frees the people she'd been protecting. To everyone's surprise, he agrees. Does he posses any vestige of humanity? And will she be able to reach it?
Etlu is a very confused evil vampire. He has never known any love, or even what the word means. He's raped and pillaged his way through life. He's sometimes peers into windows to watch mortals as they express their love to each other. It's a very different behavior than that of his men, who rut quickly as they please, with any female nearby. He wonders how it might be, with someone who is a willing partner. Since Naobi has proven herself to be strong, he suspects she might be able to teach him something. I felt sorry for Etlu, as Naobi does. He certainly is a willing pupil, once he realizes that females can enjoy sex as much as men, if the men are willing to learn a little thing called "foreplay." LOL. Since he's so dominant, it's not surprising that they discover the fun in dominance play during sex. I predict a long and happy undead life for them.
I don't normally do this but I'm going to just paste the blurb here. This is what initial made me want to read the book and I really can't explain it any better than: Nova just wanted to do her duty like everyone else. Become a soldier, keep earth safe. When her base is attacked, she’s captured by the alien enemies but they’re nothing like she was taught. They’re smart, calculating, curious and so her nightmare begins. When she’s finally rescued, she can’t remember much of her humanity but she can’t tell anyone what she knows, like their language or the experiments. She never expects to meet the boy with the stunning green eyes, Pierce. They bring out feelings in her she had to destroy to survive. Then it comes out that the aliens are looking for something. Someone. To keep earth safe Nova will have to kill the queens. Every. Last. One.
Alright. Now my babbling about how good this book is has to somehow resemble a review. Let's start with Nova. Oh. My. God. Nova! That poor girl! She is a normal teen when the book begins and it's amazing how each chapter shows her evolving. Or rather devolving. She's now angry, violent and a perfect weapon. When she returns to the humans, she has a hard time fitting in until she meets Giana and her handsome brother, Pierce. That is such a great romance! The push and pull between them is so entertaining. I love Pierce! His personality is so sweet and patience. He's trying to get through Nova's mental armor and eventually he does which leads to the beautiful romance. The action is intense. Tons of fight scenes that really kept me on the edge of my seat. I think the craziest are the scenes in the beginning where she's experimented on and then trying to survive. INSANE! I want to wrap my arms around her and hug. There is also one scene that totally had me in tears! Each of the eight lies is explained and I really thought that was a nice touch. That ending is so freaking good. I didn't want this book to end!
I can see why this book is getting so many good reviews. I loved it! You should totally be reading The Eight Lies We Tell Each Other right now!
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