Four novel box set! M/M Romance!
- Strong Enough
- More Than Everything
- Something in The Way he Needs
- The Half of Us
Four novel box set! M/M Romance!
- Strong Enough
- More Than Everything
- Something in The Way he Needs
- The Half of Us
REVIEW: Bonfire Bright by Alexa Piper
Charlotte (Charlie) Bisset was born to a witch family, but has no magical power at all. She's a sexy librarian who has not just one, but two devoted men. I use "men" loosely, since Dr. Hugo is a centuries-old vampire, and Laurette is Elven royalty with untold power. He's also a devoted baker who takes up knitting in this book. Charlie has been to Hell and back, literally, (Elvenswood Tales 2) with Laurette, and she's still enthralled with the knowledge that both of these sexy guys love only her--well, she's their only female lover.
Seems that Dr. Hugo and Laurette have been besties for many years, but their relationship was never physical until Charlie came into the picture. Now she's got her reverse harem to enjoy, and when she's not available or the mood strikes them, (which is often--these folks are mighty lusty!) the two guys will eagerly pleasure each other.
The plot of this book, the third in the series, involves unnatural vermin attacks in Elvenswood. Seems there is a protective spell woven on the museum at the center of town, which was built and maintained by the earliest elves to live there, to show their devotion to their human lovers. When evil bunnies start chomping on innocent folks, then rats, frogs, and chickens get into the act, Laurette is determined to get to the bottom of this, because it's upsetting Charlie--and that can't be allowed. It's also spring, and Dr. Hugo wants to go on the yearly Easter Egg Hunt run by the local witches.
Please, ignore the cover of this book. It doesn't begin to capture the fun of reading these stories! Even the supporting characters are well-drawn--a couple just for comedy relief. The plots are secondary to the relationship between the folks in this triad. Hugo isn't possessive, but Laurette is--of both of his lovers--whom he dresses in his royal house colors when they go to the hunt, so everyone will know they both belong to him. I thought he was overbearing when I first started reading these books. But he's the perfect foil for Charlie and Hugo, who need to be reminded that human concerns are not all they should be involved with. And no review can be complete without mentioning the smokin' hot sex scenes! These three are lusty to the max, and hot for each other--which manifests itself in frequent steamy encounters that will convince you that maybe, just maybe, it really IS possible for a triad to be successful. Now where can I find me a vampire and elf to make MY dreams come true?
REVIEW: Whisper by Ellen Mint
Layla is still learning how to be a witch, under the sporadic tutelage of her bonded lust-demon Ink. She's always been dyslexic, so reading her spell book, which apparently only she can read, is difficult for her. She's learning by the seat of her pants, as monsters keep creeping into her life, and she has to draw wards and learn spells on the run, to stay alive. But she has Ink to satisfy her every desire--practically as soon as she thinks it.
She also has Cal, her boyfriend. She'd lusted after him for many years, while they were in a study group for the nursing classes they're both taking. Finally they both seized the opportunity to make things reality--while she was learning all about his past, and his horrible upbringing in a werewolf pack known for the cruelty of its leader--his father. He's been spectacularly endowed by nature with an 8-pack of abs, despite his diet of junk food--and a male member she describes as being the size of a coke can. Um, yeah. Lots of lube required, as you discover in a very hot scene early in this book!
I've enjoyed all of the stories in this saga, including the two short stories she's published. Now it's starting to seem like Layla is collecting males like a queen bee. They all gravitate to her, falling in love with her, despite her being convinced that she's unlovable, due to her awful childhood. But she really loves sex, and the men are all too willing to pleasure her, for their mutual benefit. Phew! I love a heroine who can indulge her every desire, heedless of societal rules. In this book, Layla is almost stymied when she starts lusting after a ghost--who seems to be able to help her by reading her spell book to her. Ink dismissively refers to him as a whisper, or a memory. Is he jealous? Perhaps. But Cal isn't worried--she can't touch the ghost and he can't touch her--right? So there's no harm in her working with him to discover who killed him many years ago. The harm becomes apparent little-by-little, and the author makes sure that you'll enjoy every minute! If you like paranormal romances and/or reverse harem stories, you must read this book! (Then you'll want to go back and start with Ink, then read the other two in this series.)
Ava apparently doesn't know just what she is, but she does know it's not human--even though that's what she looks like. She has snark and sass to spare, along with abilities that sometimes manifest that let her know that there's a lot her grandmother never told her about her background. Both of her parents are long-dead, and her grandmother is MIA, so there's no one left to ask. When this book opens, she's in Hell. Seems that Lucifer put some kind of mark on her in the first book, and it means she's been summoned to meet him in his palace. In Hell. But he didn't provide her with an easy route, since she appeared on the outskirts and has to undertake a long and perilous journey to get to him.
Ava has four big, strong men to accompany her--each with their own special abilities. Hunter is a hell-hound whose real shape resembles a dragon made of fire and smoke. He's from Hell and likes it there, so he's a great guide for them. Kase is a very old vampire who has been to Hell many times. Grant is a mage who can work enchantments to protect Ava, or to repel some of the demons they meet. He's been to Hell often to get supplies for his spells. Troy is a werewolf who hates what he is, and is the closest thing to a mortal of the bunch of them--besides Ava.
I don't usually like to read a series book without having read the previous book(s), because you often have trouble with what you missed. This one was fairly easy to follow, once I wrote down the men's names and what they were. The author does a fabulous job of creating the reality that is Hell. Her world-building involves imagining creatures that live there, and places for them to live in. I was interested in her view of Hell that didn't involve myths or religion in any way--it's just a horrible place to live in, and not so great to visit--unless you were born (?) there, like Hunter.
Each of the men is very attracted to Ava, and she likes sex, so whichever one is interested is okay with her. There are reasons for her having to have sex with various combinations of the men together, or singly, and I was on board with that. The descriptions were steamy and satisfying--except for one thing. I detest the "c" word in romance. I employ that word as my ultimate swear, using it sparingly, only when extreme situations call for it. I'm always pulled out of a sex scene when it's used as a common word, as if it has no special meaning--just a description of a body part. So despite the steamy scenes, I can't give this a higher rating on the steam factor, because of my personal "ick" factor. If it doesn't bother you, then you'll really enjoy the steamy scenes--especially as a counter-point to all of the ugly grossness of the inhabitants of Hell.
REVIEW: The Coven by Stephanie Burke
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!
REVIEW: Sharing Leah by Lisabet Sarai
In this book, Leah has a problem many women would envy. She has two men madly in love with her, and she returns the feelings to both of them, with a fervor that scares her in its intensity. She's still totally in love with her husband of ten years, the artist Daniel, who swept her off her feet with romantic gestures and trips that bound them together for an eternity but she doesn't get everything she needs from him. A part of her craves being dominated, and Daniel isn't that kind of man. Greg is. She was his sub for quite a while, beginning when she was very young and thought that would be enough for her. It wasn't.
What I adore about Lisabet Sarai's writing is that you feel what the main character is feeling, and think her thoughts. This immediacy makes for engrossing reading. Once the conflict is established, you have to keep reading to see how it will end. Now she's convinced both men that living in the same house with her is the perfect solution. Except for them, it isn't. They're jealous of each other, moody and irritable when she mentions the other man to them and being unable to choose between them is tearing her apart. So she runs away from both of them, with no destination in mind. She finally remembers an inn she stayed at with Daniel once, and heads up to the relaxation of the quiet to be found at the inn in Maine during the off-season. How will the men react to being in the house without her? And how will she ever decide between them?
This isn't quite as steamy as Sarai's usual, but the heroine spends most of the book away from her lovers. There is a steamy menage scene that makes the reader feel as if it might be possible to love two men at once. Phew!
GIVEAWAY: Fang by Ellen Mint
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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