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Wed
Apr 27 2016 1:00pm

The Boys Are Back In Town: Erotic Best Bets for April 2016

The Devil’s Doorbell Anthology by Anne Calhoun, Christine d'Abo, Delphine Dryden, Megan Hart, Jeffe Kennedy, Megan Mulry, and Molly O'Keefe (writing as M. O'Keefe)

In 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 palette and your credit card.

April brings us some deliciously bad boys whose hedonistic desires guarantee your every fantasy will be sated.

The Devil’s Doorbell Anthology

A woman's pleasure is a dangerous thing. A primal appetite that, once awakened, can never be sated. A secret that gives power to those who know it. A magic that, once unleashed, can never be contained. Some say the clitoris is the devil's doorbell, set to summon him forth at the merest touch...

It's time to ring the bell.

Here are seven tales of sexual empowerment and erotic defiance, featuring the hottest storytellers of erotic fiction.

Anne Calhoun
Christine d'Abo
Delphine Dryden
Megan Hart
Jeffe Kennedy
Megan Mulry
Molly O'Keefe
(writing as M. O'Keefe)

Seven talented writers flex their skills and unite together to create a stunning erotic anthology that celebrates sexuality in all it’s forms with no apologies. Each story offers an intriguing look into the passions and desires of men and women who know what they want and take it in the most delicious of ways. Perfect reading for those who enjoy indulging in different flavored erotic bites without needing to consume the whole meal.

[Throw back those sheets for more erotic best bets ...]

Tue
Mar 29 2016 2:00pm

In Like A Lion...Erotic Romance Best Bets for March 2016

Deep by Skye Warren

In 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 palette and your credit card.

March comes in like a lion and these books will have you ROARING as the passion and love intermingle to form a bond so strong that nothing can tear it apart. No matter how hard the couples below try.

Deep by Skye Warren

Dark. Powerful. Dangerous.

Philip Murphy has all of Chicago under his thumb. Except me.

We met in a perfect storm of violence and lust. He saved me and then disappeared from my life. Now I pretend I never knew that kind of darkness. I focus on midterms and campus parties, as if they can wipe the slate clean.

Then he turns up outside my dorm room—wounded and barely conscious. He’s the head of a crime syndicate, a powerful man, but he needs me now. There are traitors in his midst.

I can help him, but I can’t fall for him.

Not again.

Skye Warren once again takes us into the abyss with a dark, gritty tale of love, loss, obsession, and redemption when a young broken woman finds herself the object of affection of an older man whose climb to the top of the underworld was fueled by pain and perseverance. Kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery for her family’s debt, the heroine, Ella, uses her brain and fists to escape, only to find herself thrust into the lap of the most dangerous man in Chicago- Phillip Murphy. Turbulent emotions, erotic passions, and unexpected revelations rock this couple when the past and present collide in a force that threatens to destroy them all.

[Quench your animalistic thirst ...]

Thu
Mar 17 2016 4:30pm

Who is Jane Yellowrock? Meet Faith Hunter’s Skinwalker

Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter’s best selling dual natured urban fantasy heroine, Jane Yellowrock, has entertained fans since first meeting her in book one-Skinwalker-which released in 2009. With 9 full length novels and 36 individual shorts and novellas, this series continues to grow and expand, both in arc and characters, as it follows it own rules that keeps you guessing until the very end. Told from a first person narrative, we follow Jane Yellowrock’s journey as she discovers more about her heritage while graduating from a solitary rogue vampire killer to a premier enforcer for Leo Pellissier-the Blood Master of New Orleans. Action packed with a steady influx of magic, mayhem, and romance, Jane’s destiny begins the day she accepts a job in New Orleans only to discover herself pulled reluctantly into vampire politics and the steady stream of adventures that fall her way.

Love Jane, Love Jane's Beast

Jane Yellowrock is a skinwalker of Cherokee descent in existence. An infamous rogue vampire killer for hire, Jane doesn't know much about her childhood, having been raised in foster care after she was found as a child wandering around in Yellowstone National Park. After she turned 18 years old, Jane took what little memories she had of her childhood and went back to Yellowstone where she discovered her ability. Jane’s ability allows her to shift into any animal she chooses. She also shares her body with another—a large mountain cat she calls Beast. Jane and Beast are not extensions of one another, but separate entities that share a soul. An interesting aspect of this series is the fact that Hunter uses science in explaining Jane’s shapeshifting. It’s not simply a matter of shifting and allowing ‘magic’ to explain the shifting of forms with no consequences.  Jane has to calculate the mass of what she is shifting into and make sure she absorbs or expels the calories needed to maintain the form. Stronger than most and very well skilled in weapons and fighting forms, Jane is not immortal nor immune to harm. She is vulnerable and though she heals faster due to Beast, she can be hurt and killed.

[You gotta' love her ...]

Tue
Mar 8 2016 1:30pm

First Look: Anne Bishop’s Marked in Flesh (March 8, 2016)

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop
Marked in Flesh (The Others #4)
Roc / March 8, 2016 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital

The escalating war between the Others and the HFL (Humans First and Last) comes to a head when a series of violent acts against the Others and their human compatriots results in tragedy. The Lakeside Courtyard has pulled in all the humans who have become important allies and prepares for what is coming next-the Elders. The Elders are a group of ancient Others who rule the wild country and seas. They have already warned the Others that the increasing human intrusion on their lands will not be tolerated.

The terra indigene shifters like the Wolves and Bears, the Hawks and Crows, referred to these forms as the Elders, a benevolent sounding word for the beings were Namid’s teeth and claws.

Meg Corbyn, a blood prophet who escaped her prison and found sanctuary with the Others of the Lakeside Courtyard, is still struggling with her need to cut. She is now known as the Trailblazer after she was able to help rescue the other blood prophets who had been living under the guise of the “benevolent ownership” of various caretakers, who exploited their gift for profit. She and her human friends have been looking for ways for the girls to predict without cutting, as each cut leads them closer to death. Using various other mediums, Meg and a few other blood prophets are discovering other means that are instinctive to them individually but the journey is not without its pitfalls.

More than a cut, he thought uneasily as he rolled up the part of the sheet that had blood on it. She’d been drawing with her own blood...because she needed that color.

[It's all falling apart and everyone's pov matters ...]

Fri
Feb 19 2016 12:30pm

Stepping Outside the Box: Erotic Romance Best Bets for February 2016

The SEAL's Rebel Librarian by Anne Calhoun

In 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 palette and your credit card.

Not everyone thinks February is all hearts and flowers. Sometimes it’s ugly and heartbreaking. But as the old saying goes...whatever doesn't break you, only makes you stronger. As some of couples below find out, sometimes you have to break in order to see the love right in front of you.

The SEAL's Rebel Librarian by Anne Calhoun

Jack Powell never planned on leaving the Navy, but his final mission as a SEAL left him with a tremor and a bad case of nerves. He's home, taking some college classes and trying to figure out what comes next when he meets Erin Kent, a divorced college librarian with an adventurous bucket list and a mission to get her ex-husband's voice out of her head. Jack guides Erin through skydiving and buying the motorcycle of her dreams, blithely accepting Erin's promise that their relationship is purely temporary. But when Jack gets the chance to go back into the shadowy world of security contracting, can he convince Erin to break her word and join him on the adventure of a lifetime?

Anne Calhoun’s voice shines bright in the second installment of her Alpha Ops novella series. A divorced librarian with a hefty bucket list and a recently discharged soldier suffering from PTSD indulge in a sexy, erotic, extraordinary adventure that gives them both what they never knew they needed. A full bodied novella that will leave you panting for more.

[Sex outside the box ...]

Wed
Feb 17 2016 1:00pm

First Look: Jennifer Estep’s Bitter Bite (February 23, 2016)

Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep
Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin #17)
Pocket Books/ February 23, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Which is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship?

It’s not easy being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far—my real secret is my tight-knit makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I’m the one on the outside looking in.

It’s funny how life works: one minute your best friend is rock-steady, and the next he’s doe-eyed and buying into this whole loving-relative routine to the point of ignoring you. I’d like to be happy for Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the syrupy sweet demeanor and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This person might have avoided the grave once, but I’ll put anyone who hurts Finn in the ground—for good.

Finn, Gin’s foster brother, has been a large part of Gin’s life since his father Fletcher rescued her off the streets and raised her alongside Finn. When a long presumed dead relative appears in Asheville like Lazarus arising from the grave and wanting to reconnect with Finn, Gin naturally has some reservations. Everyone is Asheville has a hidden agenda...Gin just has to discover what theirs is before it destroys Finn and everyone around him.

“Hope for the best but always be prepared for the worse.”

[Finn is vulnerable and we love it ...]

Thu
Jan 21 2016 10:30am

Looking For Love In All The Right Places: Erotic Romance Best Bets for January 2016

Off The Clock by Roni Loren

In 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 palette and your credit card.

January may be frozen on the outside but the love and laughter these authors are bringing to the table will melt even the coldest of hearts.

Off The Clock by Roni Loren

Marin Rush loves studying sex. Doing it? That’s another story. In the research lab, Marin’s lack of practical knowledge didn’t matter, but now that she’s landed a job at The Grove, a high-end, experimental sex therapy institute, she can’t ignore the fact that the person most in need of sexual healing may be her.

Dr. Donovan West, her new hotshot colleague, couldn’t agree more. Donovan knows that Marin’s clients are going to eat her alive unless she gets some hands-on experience. And if she fails at the job, he can say goodbye to a promotion, so he assigns her a list of R-rated tasks to prepare her for the wild clientele of The Grove’s X-wing.

But some of those tasks are built for two, and when he finds Marin searching for a candidate to help her check off her list, Donovan decides there’s only one man for the job—him. As long as they keep their erotic, off-the-clock activities strictly confidential and without strings, no one will get fired—or worse, get attached…

Roni Loren’s once again showcases her talents in a whimsical blend of blazing heat and outrageous laughter with her newest erotic romance about a sex researcher who needs some help with the more physical aspects of her job. Lucky for her, her new boss is more than willing to take her education in hand and teach all she needs to know. As this couple works their way through an impressive bucket list of dirty fantasies, the lines between work and pleasure begin to blur. Can they stay professional or will their growing need for more force them into the open?

[Love in the right places ...]

Sun
Dec 27 2015 11:00am

Top 12 Erotic Romance Novels of 2015 (An Opinionated Opinion)

The List by Anne Calhoun

It’s always hard for me to pick my top reads for the year. It’s like being asked to pick a favorite child. Every book I read has something, be it a character, a trope, or even a small scene, that I form some sort of  connection with. Throughout the year I read a multitude of erotic romances and each month I post a list of erotic recommendations that I feel you all will enjoy. Below are the twelve that I felt are more than worthy of a second, even third look, for 2015.

The List by Anne Calhoun 
Anne Calhoun has a voice that makes me think of rich decadent chocolate. Each of her erotic romances leaves an indelible imprint on your heart but The List goes a step further as she writes of a marriage on the brink of divorce and the extent one will go to for love.

Time Served by Julianna Keyes
A lush erotic second chance romance that shows the complicated volatile emotions between two people whose wants and needs separated them and eventually brings them back together.

Asking For It by Lilah Pace
A dark and edgy erotic romance that reveals forbidden desires for a fragile couple whose past tragedies forces them into an emotional bond neither of them wanted. This the first book in a duology.

[The best spurting scenes, bdsm, and sex of 2015 ...]

Mon
Dec 21 2015 3:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 2

Radiance by Grace Draven

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.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 2 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to check out Part 1, and stay tuned for Part 3 and Part 4:

Maggie Boyd:

My number one pick for Best of 2015 is Radiance by Grace Draven. I've re-read this book numerous times since purchasing it and have recommended it to anyone who stands still long enough to listen. It's the story of an arranged marriage between two different species - Brishen Khaskem is a prince of the Kai, a second son whose only marital worth is to secure an allegiance. Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, is valuable only as a pawn in a strategic marriage. To the Kai, the Gauri look repellent with their round eyes, square teeth and mollusk colored skin. To the Gauri the Kai look like monsters with their razor sharp claws, fang like teeth and eel like coloring. But brave hearts and compassionate souls are the makeup of our hero and heroine and they forge a bond that transcends cultural boundaries and resonates with love.

[More greats reads for the end of the year ...]

Fri
Dec 11 2015 10:30am

Stockings Stuffers: Erotic Romance Best Bets for December 2015

Coming Back by Lauren Dane

In 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 palette and your credit card.

December is a time of joy, happiness, renewal, and forgiveness. The couples below will have to search deep within themselves to decide if the love and passion they feel for one another is enough to survive the firestorm their desires will cause.

Coming Back by Lauren Dane

Arriving back in Seattle after five years, Jessilyn Franklin is done pretending she didn't want two men. She's done letting anything stop her from being with Adam and Mick, now back from the war and working at Twisted Steel, a custom hot rod and motorcycle shop. One night changes everything, but their relationship must strengthen to weather the storms they'll face as they make their way back to one another.

Fans of Lauren Dane will devour her latest erotic romance that offers three best friends a second chance at happiness and love. Emotionally turbulent and wickedly sinful, Dane addresses the hardships and joys of a non traditional relationship. Outside influences and familiar faces only adds to the spiciness of the story as our triad finally succumbs to their hearts’ desires once and for all.

[Erotic romance reads as winter nears ...]

Tue
Dec 1 2015 5:30pm

First Look: Penelope Douglas’s Misconduct (December 1, 2015)

Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas
Misconduct
NAL / December 1, 2015 / $14.00 print, $5.99 digital

Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…

Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.

Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden…

Penelope Douglas is well known for her angst filled, melodramatic, and antagonistic driven YA/NA Fall Away series. In her first adult contemporary, she softens the emotional tone of her characters, giving them a more mature attitude on which to base their story. Choosing the ever popular older millionaire alpha and the younger seemingly innocent heroine, she twists this trope, creating two protagonists who are on equal footing in every aspect except age. Douglas lasers her focus on to her characters, using their strengths and weaknesses to help them find their way at their own pace, without resorting to contrived misunderstandings or over reaching conflicts.

[Go places in this adult contemporary romance ...]

Mon
Nov 23 2015 12:00pm

You Can’t Hurry Love: Erotic Romance Best Bets for November 2015

With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe

In 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 palette and your credit card.

November is about giving thanks for all you are blessed with in your life and that has never more apparent than in the couple's stories below.

With Visions of Red (Broken Bonds, #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the

gruesome, dark world of killers began long before she started applying her analytical skills to investigate gory crime scenes. She gets inside the killers’ heads, breaks them down, relates to them on an arcane level. She prefers it this way—because it’s safer to ally herself with the villain than the victim. At least, that’s how she’s coped ever since she was abducted and tortured as a teen.

She will never be a victim again.

Now, she’s honed her skills in order to bring justice to these ritualistic offenders. Working alongside her colleagues, armed with sharp wit and a SIG,Sadie always catches her sadist. Until one ruthless serial killer gets inside Sadie’s head, turning the tables. He knows her secrets. Her obsessions. The darkest, most deviant part of her soul.

When she meets Colton Reed, dangerous stakes are raised as he threatens to unravel her control and reveal her darkest fantasies. The sexy-as-sin bondage rigger at an exclusive BDSM club pushes her boundaries, forcing her to acknowledge that side of herself she fears. Plunged into a realm of torture and suffering, pain and pleasure, Sadie balances on the razor-sharp edge of two intersecting worlds threatening to swallow her.

This noir romance suspense takes readers deep into the abyss as a former kidnap victim turned behavioral analyst works to find a sadistic serial killer before he strikes again while struggling to justify her own dark erotic pleasures. This is a series so each one ends on a mild cliffhanger.

[Oh! that's just the beginning, but love is always an option ...]

Tue
Oct 20 2015 4:30pm

Truly, Madly, Deeply: Erotic Romance Best Bets for October 2015

Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe

In 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 palette and your credit card.

The month of October offers not only a major change in seasons but also the possibility of new beginnings if our couples below have the courage to seize what is being offered.

Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe

I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.

And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.

His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.

A single phone call opens up the door to an intimate and intensely erotic journey of pleasure and discovery when a young woman finds a cell phone and answers it.  Beautifully written, this richly detailed storyline, coupled with beguiling and complex characters, takes us on an emotionally charged journey filled with lust, betrayal, and secrets. Captivating secondary characters only adds fuel to the fire as O’Keefe sets the stage for two people whose chance meeting opens the doorway to what could be their salvation or personal hell. An incredulous cliffhanger only charges your appetite for the sequel.

[We'll sit on our grabby hands until then...]

Wed
Oct 14 2015 10:15am

An Erotic Education: 15 Must-Read Erotic Romance Novels for All Readers

Cowgirls Don't Cry by Lorelei James

Editor's Note: This post is a little NSFW, but super fun! It will give you an erotic education...literally! We'll be discussing erotic romance and offering some recommendations for the Novice, Moderate, and Hardcore Reader. Proceed with caution and be aware that this post deals with sensitive topics including, but not limited to, Rape Fantasy and Sex Trafficking.

Recently, I read an article on Ever After Romance entitled “Has Erotica Become the Beige Granny Panties of Romance?” It caught my attention because the author discusses erotic romance but identifies it as erotica. In my readings and talks with authors, I have gradually come to realize that erotica is not the same as erotic romance. Erotica is sexually explicit and written for the sheer purpose of sexual arousal. There is generally no romance presented because that is not its goal. Erotic romance, on the other hand, is a romance with eroticia added to it. If you take away the erotica, you will still have a viable romance. Can they be interchangable? Yes, I believe they can. I have read some erotic romances that could sit comfortably on either self.

[What's you type of erotic romance reader are you? ...]

Fri
Sep 18 2015 11:00am

Justify My Love: Erotic Romance Best Bets for September 2015

In 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 palette and your credit card.

September may bring us cooler weather but the heat levels are topping the charts at record levels as the couples below find out that love can come from the most unexpected of sources.

Crosstown Crush by Cara McKenna

The first in a new series from the “wicked-hot”* author of Hard Time and Give It All explores the fantasies of a daring married couple—and those of a stranger invited to play along in their scandalous little games… When he’s working, Mike Heyer is all business—every inch the alpha male, with the hard, capable body to back up his persona. But at home he can be a different man entirely, harboring appetites only his wife gets to glimpse…

When Samira first learned of her husband’s fantasies, she was reluctant, even alarmed. But after witnessing the way they set him on fire, she yielded, and happily indulged. As their games have intensified, so has the rush. And now so has the risk—they’re poised to take Mike’s indecent desires to the next level, by opening their bed to a sexy, brazen stranger. A man seeming custom-made to grant every last one of Mike and Samira’s sinful wishes.

Welcoming someone new into their lives was always a dangerous proposition, but the couple imagined if anything was at stake, it was their privacy…not their hearts.

McKenna offers an erotically charged tour through a seemingly solid marriage where both parties are looking to explore in depth their kinks and secret desires. McKenna examines the fragility and complexity of human nature and gives us a first hand look at the highs and lows of adding a third party to the mix.

[We're loving these erotic Best Bets ...]

Thu
Aug 27 2015 9:30am

First look: Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Enigma (September 1, 2015)

Archangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh
Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunters #8)
Jove / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…  

The Cascade has started and no one is safe from it’s effects as it begins to change the world and it’s inhabitants in ways never seen before. Archangel Zhou Lijuan is now more determined than ever to rule the Cadre of Ten and the world, stooping to unimaginable depths of depravity in order to secure what she feels is hers by right. In order to thwart her, Raphael sends his more trusted and capable tracker, Nassir, to find the sleeping place of the Archangel of Persia and wake him before Lijuin finds him first and makes his resting place his grave. Helping Nassir is a quiet angel whose scholarly nature belays the fire that flames within her.

[The hunt is on...]

Wed
Aug 12 2015 2:00pm

I Want You To Want Me...Erotic Romance Best Bets for August 2015

Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan

In 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 palette and your credit card.

August brings change and with change often comes heartbreak and angst as the following couples must think outside the box in order to find the sexual and emotional connection they crave.

Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan

With the quiet help of his wealthy family, Sebastian “Baz” Acker has successfully kept his painful past at bay. But as the end of college draws near, his friends—his buffer zone—are preparing to move on, while his own life is at a crippling standstill.With loneliness bearing down on him, Baz hooks up—then opens up—with Elijah Prince, the guy Baz took a bullet for last year. The aftershocks of their one-night stand leave giant cracks in Baz’s carefully constructed armor. For the first time, the prospect isn’t terrifying.

Accustomed to escaping his demons by withdrawing into his imagination, Elijah isn’t used to having a happy herd of friends. He’s even less comfortable as the object of a notorious playboy’s affections. Yet all signs seem to indicate this time happiness might be within his grasp. When Baz’s mother runs for a highly sought-after public office, the media hounds drag Baz’s and Elijah’s pasts into the light. In the blinding glare, Baz and Elijah face the ultimate test: discovering if they’re stronger together…or apart.

Cullinan’s third installment of her new adult romance series—Love Lessons—evolves and expands on a subplot from Fever Pitch, using it to boldly highlight the problems LGBT teenagers and young adults face in this world. Emotionally heart wrenching, an unlikely romance blooms between two lost souls whose lives were shattered by the violence that often follows homophobia. Intense sensuality blends well the self deprecating humor to keep the story from dwelling in the darkness for too long.

[Touch me here...]

Thu
Aug 6 2015 4:30pm

So Delicious, So Despairing: When J.C. Daniels Ripped My Heart Out in Night Blade

Blade Song by J.C. Daniels

Emotional and physical abuse often lead to feelings of worthlessness, insecurity, and despair. Today’s delicious despair comes from Kit Colbana, the protagonist in J.C. Daniels dark and gritty urban fantasy series, The Colbana Files. Kit Colbana is half aneira; a magical amazon style warrior, and half human. Brutally abused by her family, Kit ran away and made a life for herself as a private investigator. Through out the series, Kit has struggled to prove to herself she is worthy of love, respect, and honor.

“There’s nothing intimate about seeing somebody’s most painful moments, Mother,” I said quietly. “It’s just another humiliation. Another dishonor.”

Her hand touched mine. “I know you think so…but you were never dishonored, warrior. The dishonor is, and has always been, theirs.”

Pursued by two men, Damian Lee and Jude Whitaker, she finds herself unable to understand what she has that Jude or Damian wants. Kit and Damien find themselves growing closer when Damien’s deadly alpha hires her to find her nephew. Damien and Kit are forced to bond when Jude infiltrates her dreams and attempts to kill her for rejecting him. Kit helps Damien in his bid for Alpha and soon they start dating. Kit finally begins to feel like she may have a chance at happiness.

“Remember what I said. It’s permanent. I don’t give up what’s mine.”

Mine…

It made something warm and sweet bloom inside me. Smiling at him, I tugged my wrist from his grasp and reached up, cupping his face in my hands.

“I kind of like the idea of it, really. And you’re mine, then, right?”

[It's a never-ending battle for Kit...]

Mon
Aug 3 2015 9:30am

First Look: Ilona Andrews’s Magic Shifts (August 4, 2015)

Ilona Andrews
Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels Series #8)
Ace / August 4, 2015 / $25.95 print, $12.99 digital

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

The dynamic writing duo of Ilona Andrews continues to prove that they are indeed the reigning king and queen of Urban Fantasy with the newest installment of their explosive and outstanding Kate Daniels series. Faithful fans will see this book as the beginning of a new chapter for Kate and her fiance, Curran, while also preparing for the end of the series. With only one book left after this one, the Andrews are tightening up the arc, wrapping up seemingly random story threads, and identifying all Kate’s allies and enemies for what is sure to be a climatic finale.

[New adventures for Kate Daniels...]

Wed
Jul 22 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Jayne Castle’s Siren’s Call (July 28, 2015)

Siren's Call by Jayne Castle

Jayne Castle
Siren's Call (Rainshadow Series #2)
Jove/ July 28, 2015 / $7.99 print, digital

In the mysterious world of Harmony, there are places filled with unexplored marvels. But Rainshadow Island isn’t about to give up its secrets…

In the alien catacombs of Rainshadow, there are creatures whose compelling songs lure the unwary to their death. That’s why Rafe Coppersmith, hired to clear out the catacombs for exploration, needs a music talent. He’s knows the perfect one, but she probably doesn’t want anything do with him...

Ella Morgan had once fallen hard and fast for Rafe, but then he disappeared for months…and he’s not about to tell her why. Ella, too, has secrets that only her dust bunny knows. She’s not just a music talent, she’s a Siren: a paranormal singer capable of singing men to sleep—or to their deaths.

But once on Rainshadow, Rafe and Ella will learn that surrendering to passion doesn’t come without risks—and fighting fire with fire only adds to the flame…

Siren’s Call is the fourth installment in Jayne Castle’s Rainshadow series. A spin off of her popular Harmony series, Rainshadow is an island that has become a refuge of sorts to those who don’t fit in with Harmony’s upper class society. People with unusual or dangerous psi talents gravitate to the island, knowing the island tends to protect its inhabitants from outsiders. The island, a hot bed of unexplored alien energy areas, keeps the local talent on their toes. Dry witty humor and a suspenseful mystery go hand in hand to create a well developed storyline that tends to revolve around two “misfits” who band together to investigate the island's unusual alien infrastructure. Personable characters, intriguing plot lines, and vivid world building makes each installment a fun engaging read. Though each book can be read as a stand alone, this series does interact with her Harmony and Arcane series as the three series follow specific families through time.

[Two misfits fight fire...]