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Tue
Apr 22 2014 9:30am

Bound to be a Groom by Megan MulryIt’s not every author who can make nearly every page sizzle with sexual tension when we’re talking about two characters, let alone four, but Megan Mulry more than pulls it off in her historical romance Bound to be a Groom, following on the heels of last year’s Bound to be a Bride. There’s not only numerous BDSM-themed sex scenes, but every one of them makes explicitly clear that these pairings aren’t just about momentary pleasures, but build toward a more lasting, expansive love. Mulry captures both the logistical and emotional challenges of balancing multiple relationships and desires.

The year is 1808, the place, Badajoz, Spain, and Anna and Pia know they have to escape their Spanish convent and find a way to be together. Their plan? Have Anna find work as a courtesan and earn enough to support them.

"Neither she nor Pia had any firsthand experience with men, of course, but they’d convinced themselves that if they could make each other shudder and beg, surely a brutish man would succumb to far less.”

[Love as a geometric exercise!...]

Mon
Mar 31 2014 4:30pm

Dangerously Bound by Eden BradleyEden Bradley
Dangerously Bound (A Dangerous Romance)
Berkley / April 1, 2014 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

Allie LeClair has finally returned to the sultry city of New Orleans. After ten years of studying and working as a pastry chef in San Francisco and all over Europe—and feeding her submissive side at BDSM clubs—Allie is home, and she has something to prove to the man who once fueled her desires. She’s not a child anymore.

When security specialist Mick Reid hears that Allie is back in town, he knows he won’t be able to stay away for long. Ever since he discovered his darker side, Mick has tried to protect Allie from the aggressive beast within him—but that power and wildness is exactly what she wants.

Can they take the heat?

Allie has made the first move, but now it’s up to Mick. The game has begun, and playing has never been so rough.

BDSM has been all the rage in romance the last few years. Whether it's  bondage, a particular focus on the dominance and submission or sadism and masochism aspects, the hardcore Dom or more elusive female Domme, a look at the nuances of power exchange, switching, or the psychological aspects of a relationship on the spectrum, a little bit of everything has been represented. But in Dangerously Bound, Eden Bradley introduces the first in a new series set around the Bastille Club in sultry New Orleans and exposes a theme not often found in mainstream romance: pain play.

Mick and Allie have a history. This is not only one of the best things about their story, but it's front and center throughout, a smart move that provides a forensic look at a relationship undergoing every stage. Not understanding the darker urges in his younger years, Mick can't imagine that it's anything Allie would be on board with. So that, coupled with a bad accident that shattered not only his leg but any chance to enter into the noble family business of firefighting, has him convinced he's the black sheep in every way. But in an apt parallel, just as Mick was pushing her away, Allie was discovering too that even before she had the experience to understand it, there was a darker side to her own sexual preferences.

[Come to the dark side...]

Mon
Mar 31 2014 2:00pm

Every Part of You: Tempts Me by Megan HartApril brings the fifth and final installment in Megan Hart's Every Part of You serial, an erotic romance celebrating the power of knowing what you want and going for it. The story follows the up-and-down relationship between two people who seemingly couldn't be more opposite. Simone is straightforward and fearless, completely comfortable with her lifestyle and her kinks; Elliott is emotionally unavailable, fastidious (not to say anal retentive,) and scared of his own desires. But their needs in bed happen to coincide perfectly: Simone loves pain, and Elliot, much though he hates himself for it, loves to give it.

In a twist on the typical BDSM story (one of several), Simone is the one in pursuit. She's been indulging her voyeuristic side by watching the man in the opposite wing of her building, who frequently brings women to his office, a man who “dressed like a master of industry and fucked like a jackhammer.” She's particularly intrigued by the small indications of roughness she sees, but has no expectations of ever being one of Elliot's women. The tall blondes are all the same: “Perfect features. Blank expression….everything Simone wasn't and would never be.”  Still, when the chance to get his attention comes, she grabs it and makes the most of it.

[Can't blame her there...]

Sat
Mar 22 2014 2:00pm

Lorelei James
Unwound
NAL Trade / March 25, 2014 / $15.00 print / $9.99 digital

When sensei Ronin Black first encounters Amery Hardwick, the fire in her eyes ignites a sexual spark a thousand times better than the primal rush he used to get from mixed martial arts matches. She accepts his darker edges and admits to him that her desires aren’t as wholesome as he believed. And before long Ronin is grappling with emotions he’s never felt before….

Yet despite demanding Amery bare her body and soul to him, Ronin holds a part of himself back. When she learns Ronin’s secret and walks out, his life begins to unravel. To regain her trust he must let go of his pride and prove to her that it’s more than passion binding them together.

The first part of Lorelei James's BDSM rope bondage series introduces Ronin and Amery and the world inside the Denver dojo where they work and play, and ultimately learn that the best things come to those who work for it. The challenges they faced in Bound are alive and kicking as they pick up right where they left off—when Ronin's secrets became one too many and he had to wonder if the consequences would be losing Amery entirely.

[Bet that's got him tied up into knots!]

Fri
Mar 21 2014 1:00pm
Excerpt
Solace Ames

The Submission Gift by Solace AmesNewlyweds Jay and Adriana had a happy marriage and a spectacular sex life—until tragedy struck. Wounded in a car accident, Jay spent a year recuperating while Adriana worked overtime as a chef to pay their bills. Though he's made nearly a full recovery, some aspects of their intimate play will never be the same. It's a small price to pay, all things considered.

But when a long struggle with the insurance company results in an overdue payout, Jay has a plan. He'll take some of it and hire a high-end rent boy who specializes in sexual dominance. Not for him, but as a gift for Adriana, for taking care of him for the past twelve months.

Paul is the handsome stranger they choose…and the one who changes everything. What starts out as a onetime session to fulfill a fantasy turns into something bigger than all of them. But when the money runs out and Paul's dangerous past resurfaces, the sacrifices required to stay together may end up tearing them apart…

Get a sneak peek of Solace Ames's The Submission Gift (available March 24, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1-3.

The Submission Gift is an M/M/F BDSM erotic romance with twists, turns, and deliciously kinky sex that kicks in at the third chapter (which I’ve thoughtfully included for you). Enjoy!

-Solace

Chapter 1

Trapped on the line and well into an exhausting double shift, Adriana dreamed of taking a bathroom break, jumping up on the toilet, kicking out the window and tumbling forward into a world of freedom and fresh air.

Jay would be waiting for her in the alley next to Sapore. He'd be smiling behind the wheel of a BMW coupe, ready to scoop her up and drive them off into the sunset. No, scratch that, he'd want something more virtuous, like a Prius. But he'd still look good leaning out of it, and the sunset would glow like fire.

A harried waiter skimmed by. “Thirty-two needs the prime rib up to well-done,” he said, the words speed-slurred. She slotted that into her brain's task-bank as she whisked béchamel sauce with her left hand and plated a veal marsala with her right. “And your husband's here.”

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Sun
Mar 16 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt
Jane O'Reilly

Her wish is his command.

By day, Meredith is a divorced, 30-something control freak, organizing the stationery cupboard and searching for her next husband and future father of her children from among the suited drones in the office.

By night, she watches from her darkened bedroom as a 20-something Adonis pleasures himself at his window in the building across the road – following to the letter the instructions she has put through his letterbox.

But when her sexy exhibitionist comes to work in her office, Meredith’s two worlds collide… and she finds there are other uses for the stationery cupboard.

Get a sneak peek of Jane O'Reilly's Indecent Desires (available March 18, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

That’s when I realise he’s watching me. He’s watching me with the wary eyes of someone who is about to be caught doing something they shouldn’t. And that makes me wonder what that something is. I walk towards the desk, carefully put the coffee down. ‘Two sugars,’ I say.

‘Right,’ he says. ‘Thanks.’ He lifts a hand to the screen and carefully angles it away from me.

‘Any idea how much longer it’s going to take?’

‘For this one? Or for all of them?’

God, he is beautiful. His skin is tanned and smooth, his eyelashes long. He is quite possibly the loveliest man I have ever laid eyes on. But it is ridiculous that I am letting this thought take up space in my brain, because a pretty young man is not part of the plan. I have no use for a man like this, and it is distinctly unlikely that he has any use for a woman like me.

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Wed
Mar 12 2014 12:45pm
Excerpt
Lorelei James

Unwound by Lorelei James

In this conclusion to the Mastered series by New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James, a man’s need for control is tested by the one woman he’ll risk everything for…

When sensei Ronin Black first encounters Amery Hardwick, the fire in her eyes ignites a sexual spark a thousand times better than the primal rush he used to get from mixed martial arts matches. She accepts his darker edges and admits to him that her desires aren’t as wholesome as he believed. And before long Ronin is grappling with emotions he’s never felt before….

Yet despite demanding Amery bare her body and soul to him, Ronin holds a part of himself back. When she learns Ronin’s secret and walks out, his life begins to unravel.  To regain her trust he must let go of his pride and prove to her that it’s more than passion binding them together.

Get a sneak peek of Lorelei James's Unwound (available March 25, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“I’ve thought a lot about what could be causing this reaction. It’s not your students’ lack of progress. I don’t think it’s solely about your recovery process. I don’t think it is entirely about the recent changes with the dojo and starting a new promotion company. Your family issues might play a small part in the restlessness I see in you. I don’t believe it has to do with me and your invite for me to move in with you. Yet I do think it’s a combination of all those things.”

Ronin said nothing; he just turned his head and dropped a kiss on her knuckles.

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Wed
Mar 12 2014 11:45am

Savage Chains: Captured by Caris RoaneToday we're pleased to reveal all three insanely hot covers for Caris Roane's forthcoming Savage Chains serial, featuring an undercover operative, secrets, and two people with a shared past.

Here's the official description for Part 1, Captured:

An undercover operative, Reyes is posing as a buyer to bring down an illegal sex-slavery ring operating out of vampire BDSM clubs. His mission—to infiltrate the inner circle and destroy them from the inside out—becomes infinitely more difficult when he recognizes the prize attraction at a slave auction: Angelica, the woman who stole his heart years ago. Against his better judgment, he buys her in order to save her from the club's brutal customers. But now the woman who holds his heart despises him, believing he's one of the human traffickers he's out to destroy. But can he tell his beautiful captive the truth and risk everything? 

Savage Chains: Captured is the first installment in this series from Caris Roane.

Savage Chains #1: Captured will be available on May 27, 2014, and will be followed by Savage Chains #2: Scarred (June 10) and Savage Chains #3: Shattered (June 24).

Savage Chains: Scarred and Savage Chains: Shattered by Caris Roane

Tue
Mar 4 2014 5:30pm

Seduced by Fire by Tara Sue Me

Tara Sue Me
Seduced by Fire: A Partners in Play Novel
NAL Trade / March 4, 2014 / $15.00 print / $9.99 digital

Julie Masterson craves a taste of danger.

Despite being familiar with the different games people play in the bedroom, she’s never given into her curiosity about putting her body in someone else’s power—until a chance meeting with Daniel Covington, the seductive Senior VP of Weston Bank, draws her into a titillating new world of sexual experience, one that she never knew she desperately needed.

Daniel is highly respected within his community, but he hasn’t had an exclusive relationship for over two years. Yet Julie’s eager innocence is driving him to the brink of ecstasy, making him rethink his feelings about commitment.

As their sizzling connection heats up, Daniel is ready to take Julie fully under his command. But when the dangerous side of their play rears its ugly head, Julie will have to decide if she trusts him enough to surrender completely—or if she should escape before she gets burned...

Far too often, much of the plot in romance novels is centered on the utter lack of communication between the romantic hero and heroine, leaving room for misunderstandings galore. Not so in Tara Sue Me's Seduced by Fire; the focus in the book shifts from issues of the partners being unable to articulate their concerns to one of self-discovery and understanding of life inside a BDSM community. Julie is a confident, experienced woman who has always been curious about her friend’s experience as a Submissive, though she hasn’t readily admitted it. As Julie finds her opening to explore, she is well complemented by Daniel, a Dominant willing and very eager to teach her the ropes, with hopes of guiding her to her true potential.

The couple meets at the flower shop co-owned by Julie and her friend, Sasha, and the attraction between Julie and Daniel is immediate. Daniel finds a way to meet up with Julie again through a charitable function, which he invites her not only to supply the flowers for but to be his plus-one, also. Sparks fly, leaving Julie and Daniel excited about what could happen between them.

[And us, too!...]

Mon
Mar 3 2014 2:45pm

The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternCircus-themed romances are few and far between, but a few stand out as literary gems—and then there are some that would make the Ringling Brothers blush.

The first book that stands out in most people’s minds is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which is a Romeo and Juliet story with dueling magicians, Celia and Marco. You’ve got magic, history, and a rich backstory, all of which has put this book on the best-seller list.

A common theme in circus romances is the idea of the hero or heroine running away to look for a fresh new start. The nature of the circus is by and large nomadic, the performers and workers literally pick up and go on to the next destination. For many heroines (and in a few cases a hero), this presents a unique opportunity to start fresh with a group that they want to be a part of.

For fans of young adult, Kendall Ryan writing as Ryann Kerekes presents The Cirque about a good girl ballerina named Ariel and a bad boy knife thrower named Gabriel. For those of you who found the knife throwing scene in Divergent suspenseful, basically take the sexual tension between Tris and Four, add the circus to it and you’ve got The Cirque. Ariel is a good girl looking for adventure while Gabriel is running away from his problems. The Cirque is a tightly written young adult novel that presents the circus as a backdrop for angst and romance.

[Run away and join the circus...]

Fri
Feb 28 2014 3:15pm

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for February 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Janet Webb:

Reaper’s Legacy was a dark, angst-filled, nail-biter of a read. Such an opening – Sophie giving up her virginity to her boyfriend Zach, in his step-brother Ruger’s apartment. Like that’s going to end well, and it doesn’t. Step-bro Ruger is a tattooed biker who turns out to be Sophie and her son Noah’s savior in more ways than one – but he’s scary, sexy and all too attractive to the ladies, as Sophie observes over eight years. Who ya gonna believe, as Ruger often asks her, me or your lying eyes? Because in every way that matters, Ruger is a stand-up guy who is there for Sophie and her son and he’d like to be there as more than a friend and uncle. Everyone from Reaper’s Property is part and parcel of this realistic and often dark amusing MC story—Joanna Wylde just keeps getting better.

[We agree!]

Fri
Feb 21 2014 10:30am

Willing Victim by Cara McKenna

We’ve talked quite a bit about Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels here at Heroes & Heartbreakers. We’re now getting tastes of the upcoming film, and it’s fueling a need for more billionaires and BDSM.

We’ve got your needs covered. We’ve found five top-notch erotic romance titles that will fill that Fifty Shades shaped void in your e-reader.

1. Willing Victim by Cara McKenna

McKenna is a master of writing emotional, boundary-pushing erotic romance. Willing Victim brings the BDSM factor, but it’s on this list for another reason. If what you really connected with in Fifty Shades was the emotional challenges Ana and Christian overcome, as well as the way they needed to not assume, Willing Victim will push your buttons. The romance is edgy, but the hero builds in a figurative safety net.

2. Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair

Want to read a novel that deals with BDSM in a way that’s sexy, emotional and—gasp—realistic? Sinclair’s Masters of the Shadowlands series promises extreme heat with complex heroines and heroes who make even aftercare sexy.

[Definitely hard to imagine...]

Thu
Jan 30 2014 1:30pm

Bound by Lorelei JamesLorelei James
Bound (Mastered Series #1)
NAL / February 4, 2014 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She’s focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating—not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That’s where she meets him.

Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training—in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery’s boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him. But when Amery senses Ronin is hiding something, she questions her total trust in him, despite the undeniable thrill of his possession….

Lorelei James has stepped way outside her box. Sure, she’s covered just about every possible theme and thread in her prolific backlog, but with Bound, the first in her highly-anticipated, two-part Mastered series, she’s entering new territory. James has traded in her usual ranches and rodeos, but kept the ropes. This isn’t your standard BDSM story.

[Back to the ropes...]

Wed
Jan 15 2014 10:30am

Prince of Tricks by Jane KindredIn need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palate—and your credit card....

It’s a brand-new year and the erotic offerings are plentiful. Fantasies and boundaries are pushed, shoved, and tossed aside as our couples explore all their desires this world and beyond.

Prince of Tricks by Jane Kindred

Prince of Tricks is a spicy boundary-pushing erotic fantasy. Heavy on BDSM and multiple sexual partners, Kindred tucks her burgeoning romance inside an intriguing story filled with deception and betrayal as luscious angels and demons all vie for the ultimate prize. Drenched in a decadence haze of pleasure and pain, discipline and punishment, Kindred's voice captures you in a mind drugging sensuous manner; leaving you panting for more. Readers should know that even though this is the third book in The House of Arkhangel'sk series, it is actually a prequel and subsequent spinoff to that series.

[Read all about it...]

Tue
Jan 7 2014 5:30pm

Alison Tyler
The Delicious Torment: A Story of Submission
Cleis Press / January 7, 2014 / $16.95 print

The second in a series of novels by bondage connoisseur Alison Tyler features heroine Samantha progressing with her predilections and exploring the deepest recesses of her master's dungeon and her heart. The Delicious Torment is a Story of O meets 9 1/2 Weeks coming-of-age tale fueled by lust, longing, and based on the author's personal diaries. The Delicious Torment takes readers to Sunset Strip, way up in the sky in a penthouse apartment overlooking Los Angeles with a love affair ensconced in an S&M relationship filled with corsets, crops, and plenty of kink.

There’s a hypnotic quality to the writing style of author Alison Tyler in her BSDM-themed novels Dark Secret Love and its sequel The Delicious Torment: A Story of Submission (the first two of a trilogy). Both feature protagonist and narrator Samantha, a Los Angeles writer inspired by Tyler’s own past, who develops a series of kinky relationships, culminating in Dark Secret Love in a 24/7 Dom/sub life with Jack, who here puts her through her paces in entirely new ways.

[Care to elaborate?...]

Thu
Dec 19 2013 3:30pm
Excerpt
Heloise Belleau and Solace Ames

The Dom Project by Heloise Belleau and Solace Ames

By day, Robin Lessing has a successful career as a university archivist. By night, she blogs about her less-than-successful search for Mr. Tall, Dark and Dominant. Living up to her handle “The Picky Submissive,” she's on the verge of giving up and settling for vanilla with a side of fuzzy handcuffs when she discovers her best friend and colleague has a kinky side, too.

Sexy, tattooed techie John Sun is an experienced Dom who never lacks for playmates, male or female. If he can't satisfy Robin's cravings, maybe no one can—after all, he knows her better than anyone. So he offers to help her master the art of submission for one month.

Robin eagerly agrees to John's terms, even the pesky little rule forbidding any friendship-ruining sex. But rules are made to be broken, and once they begin their stimulating sessions, it's not long before she's ready to beg him for more—much more…

Get a sneak peek of Heloise Belleau and Solace Ames's The Dom Project (available December 23, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Hi,” John said as he opened the door for her. He looked the same as always. His voice wasn’t particularly growly. When she stepped into his apartment, it seemed familiar, even smelled familiar—citrusy wood cleaner and the faintly oily smell of John’s cooking.

Her skin felt warm and flushed. She resisted the impulse to dart to the bathroom and check her reflection. But no, she was perfect. Exactly as requested in a neat pencil skirt and smooth silk blouse opened down to her lacy new bustier.

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Sun
Dec 8 2013 1:40pm

Sierra Dean
Chasing Kings

Samhain / December 17, 2013 / $4.50 digital

Samantha Hart wishes things would stop happening in Vegas when a case of mistaken identity lands her in the Hard Rock’s racy Provocateur suite—an S&M wet dream that’s occupied by an honest-to-God porn star. Ethan Silver’s reputation should put her off, but his naughty charm and wicked-sweet smile have her agreeing to a night on the town. Then wishing for a night in, as well.

Ethan knew the instant he stepped through the door that this wasn’t the Samantha Hart he was almost desperate to see. Yet he can’t help it. He wants to ease the blushing bookseller out of her shell and show her a good time…and not just in the bedroom.

As a hot night on the Strip turns into a hotter night at the hotel, Ethan begins to prove there’s a good guy under his bad-boy façade. There’s a loan shark hot on his tail, though, and only Sam can help keep his movie-star face intact. But telling her the truth could cost him something he needs more than money. Her love.

Sierra Dean's Chasing Kings explores expectations—both their effects on us and what can come when we let them go.

While everyone keeps calling this novella “the porn star one,” it’s more than that. (Though Sierra Dean does give James Deen a little shout-out in the acknowledgments.…) If you go into Chasing Kings expecting a porn-star hero, you’ll absolutely get that, but along with it, Dean provides romance, including put-you-on-your-toes kisses.

[So you get sugar and spice...]

Tue
Dec 3 2013 5:30pm

Unrestrained by Joey W. Hill

Joey W. Hill
Unrestrained
Berkley / December 3, 2013 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

Athena is an accomplished businesswoman in control of every aspect of her life. But since the death of her husband, she’s had the desire to explore submissive cravings she’s had for some time. Unfortunately, Athena is known as a Mistress, because that’s the role she’s always played.

Her type A personality was strong enough to serve her husband as a Domme because that’s what he needed. It’s not until she meets Dale, a retired Navy SEAL, that she attempts to discover what her own submissive desires are. But letting go of her control is not so easy.

Fortunately, Dale is an accomplished Master who can help Athena live out her fantasies. And as she slowly surrenders to his touch, both of them will learn more about the nature of love between Dominant and submissive, and how it defies all expectations.

Joey W. Hill has mastered the art of writing the female Domme and has certainly put her stamp on BDSM erotic romance. But in her newest novel, Unrestrained, Domme heroine Athena has a secret: she’s really a submissive and she’s kept this hidden for years. But there’s one man she can’t cover with so well, a sexy SEAL whom she spots in a scene, giving herself away and unraveling the tightly-held control she’s maintained for so long. And with this, Hill primarily offers a glimpse into the psychological aspects of a BDSM relationship, the mental give-and-take of exploring this deep connection with a new partner, and a plunge into switches and power shifts.

[It's best not to get tied down to one role...]

Thu
Nov 28 2013 1:00pm

Strange Attractions by Emma HollyI’ve always been an impatient, slightly hyperactive person. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) wasn’t even on the public radar when I was a kid, so who knew if I would’ve been diagnosed then or if I developed a keen sense of multi-tasking years ago while working in marketing and having to actively manage two dozen projects at the same time…all at different phases. I think a little ADD goes a long way; it certainly helps you get a lot of things done at once.

But one area I’m certain, for me, is better left to one at a time is men. Despite my superior ability to mentally complete a thousand tasks, I only want one pair of arms to give me comfort at night. It’s also how I prefer my romances—except, on occasion, I do find myself skipping down the road less traveled: ménage a trois. And anytime I read them, I always wonder how in the hell the third partner resists the urge to go on a violent bender when the other two are having their turn.

Admittedly, most of my menages are of the Bordeaux blends, but on occasion I do like a little saucy reading. The bulk of ménage a trois in the romance genre tend to focus on multiple partners in a succession of steamy vignettes, rather than the traditional French translation of “household of three.” Sometimes a ménage a trois is considered a love triangle, sometimes a threesome. I think the love triangle is a little easier to read because there’s more of an emotional connection than “insert Tab A into Slot B…and Slot C.” But you’ll have to decide for yourself what’s good, and what’s good.

[Which reads would you recommend?...]

Thu
Nov 21 2013 2:30pm

Matzhoh and Mistletoe by Jodie GriffinJodie Griffin
Matzoh and Mistletoe
Carina Press / November 21, 2013 / $2.99 digital

Every December twenty-fifth, Rebeccah Rickman volunteers through her synagogue so that others can celebrate Christmas. Her usual mitzvah, or good deed, is assisting police officer Jeremy Kohler. But this year is different: this year, Becca is free to act on the attraction that has long simmered between her and the sexy cop.

Jeremy couldn't have asked for a better gift than discovering the woman he's fantasized about for five long years is single. But when he learns about the violence that broke up Becca's marriage, he's hesitant to pursue her. He fears his desires will scare her away—but can't deny his own need for control in the bedroom. Or his longing to instruct her in the fine art of submission…

Becca is shocked to learn that Jeremy is a sexual dominant. And despite her past, she's also aroused. But before she can explore what that means, she's going to have to put her trust in Jeremy—and her own fledgling desires.

While the title of Jodie Griffin’s BDSM-themed novella suggests that the main conflict between the Jewish heroine and Christian hero relates to religion and culture, a better description of the main plot would be Vanilla Meets Kinky. Vanilla being Rebeccah (Becca) Rickman, a nice divorced Jewish girl who volunteers every Christmas to help the local police department on ride-alongs. If it happens to give her the opportunity to be in close confines with the very hot, not-Jewish at all Jeremy Kohler, all the better.

[Hot cops are hard to resist...]