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Fri
Sep 5 2014 9:30am

First Look: Mia Gabriel’s Lord Savage (September 9, 2014)

Lord Savage by Mia GabrielMia Gabriel
Lord Savage
St. Martin's Press / September 9, 2014 / $14.99 print / $5.99 digital

I’d never felt so vulnerable, at once both lost and found, as I now did sprawled across Savage in this foolish throne-chair. His strength was my solace, my comfort, and there was nothing better than hearing the beating of his heart beneath my ear.

Once trapped in a loveless, pleasure-less marriage, Evelyn Hart leaves her home in New York for the glittering ballrooms of 1800s London. However, when she arrives she meets the Earl of Savage, a dark, powerful, dominating man who seems to live up to his name, despite his noble trappings, a man who possesses her with just one look. Soon Evelyn finds herself pulled into Savage's world - a world of dark pleasures and erotic passions unlike any she has ever experienced. Evelyn's heart is captured with no hope of escape. But can they overcome the tortures of the past together...?

Savage never imagined someone like Evelyn walking into his life. As soon as he sees her he knows he must have her, no matter the cost, in Lord Savage by Mia Gabriel.

When her aging husband dies, ending their passionless marriage, Evelyn Hart sees a chance to experience life on her own terms for the first time, to break out of the lonely cage she was held hostage in first by her father and then by her husband. With money to spare, Evelyn decides to flee New York and seek out the more exotic pleasures that she believes London has to offer. At first, she is bored by the ostentatious ballrooms and smarmy gentleman who only fawn over her financial endowments. That is, until she catches sight of the Earl of Savage’s backside cavorting with a lady friend in the bushes during a ball. Her first foray into voyeurism opens up a new world that is filled with carnal delights and new friends who embrace all things sexual. 

[Not a bad thing to embrace...]

Thu
Jun 19 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Tiffany Reisz’s The Saint (June 24, 2014)

The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz
The Saint
Harlequin MIRA / June 24, 2014 / $14.95 print, $10.99 digital

Before she became Manhattan's  most famous dominatrix, Nora Sutherlin was merely a girl called Eleanor… 

Rebellious, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn't want to break. She's sick of her mother's zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she'll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Marcus Stearns—Søren to her and only her—and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Eleanor is consumed—yet even she knows being in love with a priest can't be right. 

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. When she vows to repay him with complete obedience, a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets that will change everything. 

 Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed.  Everything is about to begin. 

With the release of The Saint, Tiffany Reisz begins the The White Years, the second story arc in the eight books that make up The Original Sinners series. It begins with Nora in the Black Forest in Bavaria grieving for something. She is alone until someone new to the Sinners world knocks on her door to offer her comfort. Needing to talk, Nora tells him, and the reader, the tale of how she met and came to be the property of Soren. An intense but fascinating story, Reisz tells it with flare, hilarious dialogue (is there anything better than Nora’s wit?), and passion.

[Tell us more!...]

Mon
Jun 16 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Joely Sue Burkhart’s The Billionaire Submissive (June 17, 2014)

The Billionaire Submissive by Joely Sue Burkhart

Joely Sue Burkhart
The Billionaire Submissive (Billionaires in Bondage)
Samhain / June 17, 2014 / $5.50 digital

The Billionaire.

Donovan Morgan rules his billion-dollar international company with an iron fist. But in the privacy of his bedroom, he hungers for an iron lady to rule his body.

The Mistress.

Lilly Harrison helps her clients tame their personal demons by taming them. Lots of men—blue collar to white collar—enjoy female domination. But the ultra-rich and powerful CEO is alpha to the core. In public, that is. The challenge will be to teach him that bossy isn’t always better.

The Contract.

Donovan selects his potential Mistress as carefully as a prime investment opportunity, and negotiates a contract as tight and binding as any corporate takeover. He must ensure his privacy at all cost—even if he has to resort to a little blackmail to ensure her full cooperation.

His First Lesson.

When the indomitable Miss Harrison laughs in his face, tears his contract up, and walks out without a backward glance, it seals the deal. Donovan will have her. Even if she makes him crawl to her side.

It seems like there is a rule in erotic romance: billionaire heroes must be dominants. The genre certainly seems to be overrun with them. Fortunately, Joely Sue Burkhart turns this trope around with The Billionaire Submissive, a romance involving alpha-billionaire Donovan Morgan—a man looking for a woman who is strong enough to force him to submit. That woman is professional dominatrix Lilly Harrison, otherwise known as Mistress L.

[Mistress L. demands that you click through!]

Thu
Jun 5 2014 12:00pm

First Look: Johanna Lindsey’s Stormy Persuasion (June 10, 2014)

Stormy Persuasion by Johanna Lindsey

Johanna Lindsey
Stormy Persuasion
Gallery / June 10, 2014 / $26.00 print / $13.99 digital

James Malory sets sail for America to honor a promise he made to his in-laws: His and Georgina’s daughter, Jacqueline, will have her come-out in America. Judith and Jacqueline Malory are not simply cousins; they are inseparable best friends. Refusing to miss Jacqueline’s come-out in Connecticut, Judith convinces her parents to let her delay her London debut by a few weeks so she can accompany her cousin. Neither girl intends to fall in love during her first Season. But Judith’s plans are overturned when aboard ship she comes face-to-face with the ghost who has been haunting her dreams.

Unknown to the Malorys, deckhand Nathan Tremayne is a smuggler with a noose around his neck. Determined to carry out a covert mission in America that could gain him a pardon, Nathan senses that beautiful Judith Malory is trouble. Somehow the minx knows his secret—and now she’s blackmailing him into doing her bidding. While passions can soar on the high seas, Nathan knows this aristocratic beauty is merely amusing herself with a scoundrel like him.

When the unthinkable happens in Connecticut and the elder Malorys’ hands are tied, Nathan takes command of a dire situation. Captaining his own ship, he turns the tables on Judith, as he steers them into some intense Caribbean heat where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart.

In her latest book, Stormy Persuasion, Johanna Lindsey returns to the world of the Malorys, many, many years after the events of the first book in the series, Love Only Once. Judith Malory, the daughter of Tony and Roslynn Malory (main characters of Tender Rebel), is all grown up and ready for her debut. But first, she’ll accompany her best friend and cousin, Jacqueline Malory (daughter of James and Georgina Malory from Gentle Rogue) on a sea voyage to Connecticut to spend time with her American family. Stormy Persuasion is a rollicking adventure on the high seas with a charming romance that is reminiscent of Gentle Rogue, the third book in the series.

[Romance ahoy!]

Tue
Jun 3 2014 11:16am

Nalini Singh’s Shield of Winter Discussion Thread (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Shield of Winter by Nalini SinghToday is finally release day for Nalini Singh’s Shield of Winter, the thirteenth novel-length installment in the Psy-Changeling series. In it, Vasic, one of the most dangerous and cold of the Psy race—and an Arrow assassin—gets his chance to learn to feel when he is charged with protecting the empath, Ivy Jane. Here’s the blurb:

Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to suffocate her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

WARNING: This review is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of Shield of Winter here as well as a fun speculation post here to whet your appetite!)

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

SPOILERS THAT WILL RUIN THE BOOK FOR YOU IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

[Point of no return! Sure you're ready? Then let's get to it!...]

Mon
Jun 2 2014 9:30am

First Look: Jenn Bennett’s Grim Shadows (June 3, 2014)

Grim Shadows by Jenn BennettJenn Bennett
Grim Shadows (Roaring Twenties #2)
Berkley / June 3, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

Archaeologist Lowe Magnusson is packing something everyone wants. The djed amulet, a priceless Egyptian artifact, will fetch Lowe a hefty paycheck from one of San Francisco's wealthiest. But when the handsome Swede runs into his patron's uptight daughter, what he once considered easy money becomes maddeningly complicated.

Cursed with deadly spirits as her constant companions, curator Hadley Bacall must keep calm to hold her dangerous specters at bay and prevent them from lashing out at anything—or anyone. Trouble is, Lowe is driving her crazy, but her father needs the artifact he's transporting. While Hadley can feel the amulet's power, she can't fathom the destruction—or the desire—it's about to stir up.

The second book in Jenn Bennett’s Roaring Twenties series, Grim Shadows is a rollicking adventure set in 1920s San Francisco. Think National Treasure meets Indiana Jones with a side of Ghostbusters. This story features Lowe Magnusson, an archaeologist returning home with a priceless but possibly cursed artifact and curator Hadley Bacall, a woman who can communicate with spirits. This action-packed story will have readers on the edge of their seats as Lowe and Hadley battle both mortal and paranormal enemies, not always sure of exactly what they are fighting against.

[Grim, indeed!...]

Wed
May 21 2014 9:30am

Shield of Winter Is Coming: Anticipating Nalini Singh’s Next Psy-Changeling Novel

Shield of Winter by Nalini SinghSince reading Bonds of Justice in the late spring of 2010, I have become a Nalini Singh devotee. I will read anything she writes, with no questions asked. Upon finishing Sophia and Max’s story, I took myself to local bookstores (several trips) and bought up every Psy/Changeling book I could get my hands on. I was in heaven by the time I finished them all because I knew that I had finally discovered one of the best paranormal series on the market. I have waited with bated breath for each successive release (Play of Passion, Kiss of Snow, Tangle of Need and Heart of Obsidian), becoming more attached to the series and the world building of the emotionless Psy and the playful Changelings.

While I may never again experience the same type of hysterical need for a book that I did for Kiss of Snow, I am anxiously awaiting the release of the next book in the series, Shield of Winter. Last year, Singh published Heart of Obsidian, a book that was a game changer for the series. She revealed the identity of the Ghost, a long-standing mysterious Psy figure who worked with the Changelings against the corrupt members of the Psy Council, and she formally ended Silence, the protocol keeping Psy from feeling. Singh also began a shift from telling stories about the Changelings to telling stories about the Psy. Heart of Obsidian featured two Psy main characters.

[And who's taking point in Shield of Winter?...]

Wed
May 14 2014 11:00am

Keeping It All in the Family: Johanna Lindsey’s Malorys

Stormy Persuasion by Johanna LindseyOne of my favorite romance novel families is that of the Malorys, Johanna Lindsey’s aristocrat family from Regency England. I’ve been a rabid fan since I first read Gentle Rogue in 1991. Throughout the years they have become like old friends to whose stories I return when I need comfort. In this vein, I was both delighted and horrified when I learned that Lindsey’s next book, Stormy Persuasion (out June 10, 2014) would feature a Malory. Delighted because it features a Malory and takes place on the open seas, much like Gentle Rogue, but horrified because enough years have passed that Lindsey is writing about the next generation.

The heroine of Stormy Persuasion is Judith Malory, the daughter of Tony and Roslynn from the second book in the series, Tender Rebel (1988). Am I really that old? The answer is yes as I read both James and Tony’s stories when they were first published. I certainly don’t want to believe that either one has children old enough to marry. But it is so.

In honor of this momentous (and painful) occasion, I’d like to share my favorite Malory characters and books. These are all classic romances that hold a special place in my reading heart.

[You stole a piece of our heart!]

Tue
May 13 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Christina Lauren’s Sweet Filthy Boy (May 13, 2014)

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren
Sweet Filthy Boy
Gallery / May 13, 2014 / $16.00 print / $7.99 digital

One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.

Christina Lauren begins a new series with the release of Sweet Filthy Boy, a funny and adorably charming romance . Mia Holland and her two best friends have just graduated from college in San Diego. Immediately after the ceremony, the three head to Las Vegas to party it up in style. Mia has plans to move to Boston to get her MBA, but is unsure about her career path. On a wild night out, she meets Ansel Guilliame, a cute, French lawyer who lives in Paris. The two hit it off.

[Ah, bien!]

Thu
Apr 24 2014 9:30am

First Look: KJ Charles’s Non-Stop Till Tokyo (April 29, 2014)

KJ Charles
Non-Stop Till Tokyo
Samhain / April 29, 2014 / $6.50 digital

Kerry Ekdahl’s mixed heritage and linguistics skills could have made her a corporate star. Instead, she’s a hostess in a high-end Tokyo bar, catering to businessmen who want conversation, translation and flirtation. Easy money, no stress. Life is good—until she’s framed for the murder of a yakuza boss.

Trapped in rural Japan with the gangsters closing in, Kerry doesn’t stand a chance. Then help arrives in the menacing form of Chanko, a Samoan-American ex-sumo wrestler with a bad attitude, a lot of secrets, and a mission she doesn’t understand.

Kerry doesn’t get involved with dangerous men. Then again, she’s never had one on her side before. And the big, taciturn fighter seems determined to save her life, even if they rub each other the wrong way.

Then her friends are threatened, and Kerry has no choice but to return to Tokyo and face the yakuza. Where she learns, too late, that the muscle man who’s got her back could be poised to stab it.

Non-Stop Till Tokyo by KJ Charles is a romantic thriller set in Tokyo and its immediate environs. Kerry Ekdahl is a gaijin, a woman of mixed heritage who works as a hostess at a Tokyo bar, having no plans to return to her native England. But she is betrayed by a coworker and becomes the target of a major manhunt by the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia. She must rely upon the mysterious Chanko, a Samoan-American ex-sumo wrestler for help staying alive. This story is an intense thrill ride that is packed with action. It is also a dark and gritty tale which is not for the faint of heart. There is a significant amount of violence and bloodshed.

[Look for hearts and flowers elsewhere, please!...]

Thu
Feb 27 2014 12:00pm

First Look: Maire Claremont’s The Dark Affair (March 4, 2014)

Maire Claremont
The Dark Affair
Signet / March 4, 2014 / $7.99 print / $5.99 digital

Lady Margaret Cassidy left a life of nobility behind in Ireland, forsaking her grieving homeland to aid war-ravaged men in England. Still, she never expected a cruel turn of fate to lock her into an unwanted betrothal with one of her English patients—much less one as broken and dangerous as Viscount Powers.

Wrecked by his tragic past, Powers’ opiate-addled sanity hangs precariously in the balance, leaving him poised to destroy anyone who dares to utter the names of the wife and child he still so deeply mourns. So when he is forced to marry Margaret in exchange for freedom, he is shocked by the desire to earn her trust, her body, and—most alarming of all—her heart…

Maire Claremont’s Mad Passions books are dark and angst-ridden Victorian-era historical romances. The third book in this series is The Dark Affair, the story of opium-addicted Viscount Powers and Lady Margaret Cassidy, the woman who saves him. While much of the book centers on Powers’s addiction and recovery, the tone of this story is a bit lighter than its predecessors, but no less compelling.

When The Dark Affair opens, Viscount Powers is a patient in a sanatorium, having been institutionalized by his father, the Earl of Carlyle. Powers has let his need for opium overwhelm him and has been behaving in a manner not fit for one of his station. Worried about his son and his place in society, the earl is desperate to find a way to help his son. But Powers has violent episodes and doesn’t want to cooperate with the physicians. He doesn’t seem to care for life and despairs over his devastating losses.

[But from loss comes great joy...]

Tue
Feb 11 2014 5:30pm

First Look: Jackie Ashenden’s The Billion Dollar Bachelor (February 11, 2014)

The Billion Dollar Bachelor by Jackie AshendenJackie Ashenden
The Billion Dollar Bachelor: A Billionaire's Club Story (The Billionaire's Club: New York)
St. Martin's Griffin / February 11, 2014 / $2.99 digital

Jax Morrow is a dangerously handsome, spectacularly wealthy entrepreneur whose world is turned upside down when Pandora Garret walks into a dark, smoky bar one night—a stunning combination of sex and innocence. He knows she’s trouble at first sight, but Jax can’t let her leave…unless she’s leaving with him.

 Pandora has had enough. Kept under lock and key by her powerful, controlling father, she aches for freedom. When she briefly escapes and meets Jax she knows he is just what she has been looking for: forbidden, unforgettable passion. After one night in Jax’s arms, Pandora knows she can never go back to living under one man’s domination. Determined to control her own life she tries to resist Jax, but a dangerous desire rises between them—one that threatens to destroy them. But both Pandora and Jax discover that they just can’t be pulled away…

Let’s face it, billionaires are everywhere in romance these days. But in The Billion Dollar Bachelor, Jackie Ashenden adds a new and intriguing twist by introducing a wealthy heroine who is the daughter of a New York City crime lord. Pandora Garret lives in a gilded cage, put there by her father. Her only purpose is to serve as an accessory, to help him wine and dine his business associates. But one night she suspects her father has something else in mind. When she is left alone, she senses her chance for freedom and slips away from her bodyguard jailors.

[What does she do next?...]

Sat
Feb 1 2014 11:00am

First Look: L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov’s Payoff (February 3, 2014)

Payoff by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr VoinovL.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov
Payoff
Riptide / February 3, 2014 / $2.99 digital

Tristan and Jared have got it made. When they aren’t raking in the cash together at Market Garden, they’re burning up their own sheets and getting closer by the day. But something isn’t right. Tristan’s on edge, and Jared doesn’t understand why.

Before they can hash things out, their services are requested by none other than Rolex. And Rolex doesn’t just want to be a bystander this time. He wants Jared while Tristan watches, and he’s more than willing to pay for it.

But Tristan’s reached a breaking point, and even that huge wad of cash might not be enough to keep tonight’s arrangement from crashing and burning.

In the Market Garden series, L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov explore the lives and loves of sex workers in London. The series follows many different characters as they work, make friends, live, and find love. While the books can stand individually, reading them all in order is recommended. This is the best way to understand the Market Garden and how it works.

[Step into the Market Garden world...]

Thu
Jan 9 2014 11:30am

Final Thrust: Enormously Endowed Romance Heroes, Part 2

Devil's Pact by Samantha CruiseAre you ready for more Gigantic Glans? Here is the second part of my look at the phenomenon of Enormously Endowed romance heroes who may make readers cringe and cross their legs. (First, make sure you've caught up on Part 1.)

5. Devil a.k.a. “The Cannon” from Devil’s Pact by Samantha Cruise

Now, this book has a whole bunch of WTFery to go with its twelve-inch hero (who is also 8 inches wide). Devin Spawn, known as Devil and/or The Cannon, is an outlaw who returns home when his father falls ill. Before he makes it home, he spies a beautiful woman skinny dipping in a pond. He can’t resist her and seduces her. Turns out the woman is Megan Spawn, his stepmother (his father has not died at this point)—and his two young half-sisters are asleep not that far away.

Devin mostly frequents brothels because he has to pay handsomely to find women willing and able to take on “The Cannon,” the nickname he is branded with as a result of his Torturous Torpedo.

[You know how it is...]

Fri
Jan 3 2014 3:15pm

Too Big for Just One Post: Enormously Endowed Romance Heroes, Part 1

Reaper's Property by Joanna WyldeLet’s face it: There is nothing average about romance heroes—least of all their manly appendages. Bigger is better, and apparently we readers like it that way (well, I assume so because we buy these books). There are times, however, that authors push the Erection Envelope, creating Mammoth Members that should probably inspire fear rather than arousal. Here are some extremely memorable heroes whose penises are actually large enough to be their own characters.

1. Horse aka “Humongously Hung” from Reaper’s Property by Joanna Wylde

Horse is a member of the Reaper’s Motorcycle Club who is interested in sweet Marie. When Marie’s brother screws over the MC, Horse has his chance to blackmail Marie into becoming his house mouse. Not too much is made of Horse’s Colossal Cock, especially since he believes that Marie won’t have any problem accepting his Great Girth. However, he certainly seems proud of himself.

So why are you called Horse?”

“'Cause I’m hung like one,” he replied, smirking.

When Marie spies the Astronomical Anaconda, she does a double take.

[You might too...]

Mon
Dec 30 2013 8:00pm

First Look: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon’s The Gentleman’s Madness (December 31, 2013)

The Gentleman's Madness by Summer Devon and Bonnie DeeBonnie Dee & Summer Devon
The Gentleman's Madness
Samhain / December 31, 2013 / $4.50 digital

No pride. No privacy. No hope.

Academic John Gilliam thought being caught embracing another man was the worst that could happen. Until he agrees to “treatment” at an asylum, where a vicious attack leaves him shaken and afraid.

But having all means of writing or reading taken from him… That is a serious threat to his sanity. Then a moment of kindness from an asylum attendant begins to restore his dignity.

Sam Tully feels sorry for the patient everyone calls “the professor”, but with a back injury that cost him his job on the docks—and without the education that would have bettered his position—he tries to keep his head down, and a tight lid on his attraction to men.

As John prays for freedom, he grows closer to the gentle, innately intelligent Tully. In spite of themselves, forbidden attraction leads to touches, kisses, and more. But there’s something other than curative treatments going on at the asylum. When John and Tully uncover a heinous conspiracy, their very lives are in danger.

John Gilliam is an academic, a son of a well-off brewer in Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon’s latest historical male/male romance. His family commits him to an asylum after his father discovers John in an embrace with another man. John willingly enters the asylum for treatment, never imagining the loneliness, deprivation and horror that he would face. After being attacked by a guard and blamed for the assault, John is moved to a different institution. While things are better, John still has to deal with frequent cold water treatments, solitary confinement, and the loss of his books.

[The loss of books? Too cruel...]

Fri
Dec 27 2013 4:30pm

First Look: Carolyn Jewel’s Whispers: Collection No. 1 (December 27, 2013)

Whispers Collection No. 1 by Carolyn JewelCarolyn Jewel
Whispers: Collection No. 1
cJewel Books / December 27, 2013 / $7.00 print, $4.99 digital

A woman keeps her promise to a demon when he delivers on an ice-cold revenge. In New Orleans of 1859, a repressed spinster leaves respectability behind for the arms of a Creole lover. My Goblin Boyfriend should say it all, but in case it doesn’t, Violet finds out first-hand why goblins have a rep for mastery in the bedroom. In Edwardian-era America, Nathan reluctantly agrees to seduce and impregnate his good friend’s cousin. An unrepentant werewolf thinks he’s found the woman of his dreams. She needs pain. He can deliver if she’s willing to get Wild with him.

Carolyn Jewel’s Whispers is a collection of five erotic short stories. Some are historical, some historical and some have paranormal elements. Not all are romances, but all are intriguing stories that push the envelope with respect to the heroines’ notions of sexuality. Also, all are fairly dark in their portrayal of sex. Think demons. While not all the heroes are actual demons, they all are in the darker plain of existence.

In “Inigo the Magician,” a woman helps to free a sex demon from its master, but the price she has to pay might not be what she expected. Her boyfriend Anthony convinces her to go see a magic show. It is late at night, and Inigo is not in the mood. Anthony pushes Inigo to perform for them, however, and gets more than he bargained for. Inigo releases a demon that goes after Anthony and then forces the heroine into a very precarious position. The heroine blames Inigo for her violation and makes a pact with the demon—agreeing to whatever he wants if he would kill Inigo. This story has a great twist. While the beginning of the story is fairly oblique, Jewel pulls the story together. This one will make readers think.

[What other stories await?...]

Wed
Dec 4 2013 5:30pm

Fun with Spurts and Squirts in Erotic Romance

Stygian's Honor by Lora LeighIn the world of romance, I am known as a spurt expert. And by spurt, I mean the use of the word in any format, although I’m most keen on actual love spurts. I count them when I read romances and have even done a study of Lora Leigh’s use of the word in her entire oeuvre. At one point in one of my many twitter conversations on the subject, author Jill Sorenson pointed out that the spurts were all from the males and asked about squirts from women.

While I noted that I hadn’t run across that many in my reading, I knew I had to pay more attention. After all, spurts and squirts go together. Since that conversation, I have noticed more squirts in erotic romances. They aren’t nearly as popular as spurts though. But I can’t highlight my favorite spurts without giving equal time to squirts.

I have to begin with Lora Leigh’s Stygian’s Honor, the book that started my obsession with the word spurt. In this epic paranormal romance, Stygian spurts thirty times. Thirty! In one sex scene, I believe he spurts almost 10 times! I admit that I have often worried about poor Stygian while reading this book. One can only hope that he is hydrating himself appropriately.

His cock pulsed, the shaft flexing as the pre-seminal fluid threatened to spurt past his control. The heated warmth of her mouth was the trigger, just as the slick heat of her pussy would have been.

Her mouth worked over his cock head, suckling, licking it, moaning as a small spurt of pre-cum escaped his control.

[And we're just getting warmed up...]

Wed
Nov 20 2013 7:00pm

First Look: Primula Bond’s The Golden Locket (November 21, 2013)

The Golden Locket by Primula BondPrimula Bond
The Golden Locket (Unbreakable #2)
Mischief / November 21, 2013 / $12.99 print, $3.99 digital

The second novel in the Unbreakable Trilogy, The Golden Locket follows Gustav and Serena to New York.

Ensconced in their Manhattan penthouse, all seems blissfully happy for Gustav and Serena. Still in the first flush of love, they have every satisfaction they could need.

But as they enjoy their New York pleasure ground, ghosts start to emerge from Gustav’s past, and when his damaged younger brother, Pierre, comes back into his life, he brings with him a dangerous threat…

With temptation waiting at every turn, can Gustav and Serena survive all the excitement that the Big Apple holds?

In the second book in Primula Bond’s Unbreakable series, The Golden Locket, Gustav Levi sweeps Serena Folkes off her feet and whisks her away from London to New York. As their relationship has deepened, Gustav has loosened the boundaries of the silver chain he used in the first book to keep Serena tethered to him in The Silver Chain. While he still uses the chain during lovemaking, Gustav replaces his stamp of ownership with a golden locket that he places around Serena’s neck—one that contains a mysterious object. Serena can hear the object rattling around within the locket but Gustav tells her she can’t know what it holds until she is ready.

[Any guesses on what's in the locket?...]

Fri
Nov 15 2013 1:45pm

First Look: Sarah MacLean’s No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (November 26, 2013)

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLeanSarah MacLean
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (Rule of Scoundrels #3)
Avon / November 26, 2013 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

A rogue ruined . . .

He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of . . . absolution.

A lady returned . . .

Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows...that he is no killer.

A scandal revealed . . .

It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor . . . and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.

Turns out that despite popular opinion, dukes cannot get away with anything they like. In the third book in the Rule of Scoundrels series, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, Sarah MacLean reveals the entire story of Temple’s fall from grace. William Harrow, Marquess of Chapin and heir to the dukedom of Lamont, was shunned by society for murder after he awoke in a strange room covered in blood—the blood of his stepmother-to-be, Mara Lowe. With no body, the Marquess was never convicted, but was cast out by his peers.

[Guilty until proven innocent, eh?...]