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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...]

Tue
Jul 14 2015 11:30am

Baby, You’re A Firework: Erotic Romance Best Bets for July 2015

Call On Me 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.

The month of July ignites some serious sparks and quite a few fires as the couples below light up the night sky with their blazing passion.

Call On Me by Roni Loren

Oakley Easton wants two things: to be a good mom to her daughter and to ditch her less than ideal night job. Hooking up with bad boy drummer Pike Ryland? Not on the agenda. She needs a promotion. Not sex, tattoos and rock ’n’ roll.

Pike isn’t about to let Ms. Prim and Proper shut him down so easily, especially when he stumbles upon Oakley’s sexy night job. She’s only playing a role on those late night calls with strangers, but when he gets her on the line, all bets are off. He won’t stop until that sultry voice is calling his name for real.

But as they move from anonymous fantasies in the dark to the flesh-on-hot-flesh reality of the bedroom, the risk of falling in love becomes all too high. And the safe, quiet world that Oakley’s worked so hard to create is about to be exposed to the one person who could ruin it all.

Grab some ice and a fan ladies because Pike Ryland is in the house. The 8th installment in the Loving on the Edge series brings us the heat and humor we have come to expect from this author but Loren focus shifts more onto the hero and heroine in this one with a few twists and turns that guarantee you will fall head over heels with this bad boy rocker and the woman and child who steal his heart.

[And ours along the way...]

Mon
Jul 6 2015 9:30am

First Look: Stephanie Tyler’s Viper’s Rule (July 7, 2015)

Viper's Rule by Stephanie Tyler

Stephanie Tyler
Viper's Rule (Skulls Creek #2)
Signet / July 7, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Even though he’s no longer a U.S. soldier, Talon “Tals” Garrity hasn’t lost his desire for living on the edge. As the enforcer for the Vipers Motorcycle Club, the eternal bad boy is always getting into trouble—especially with the ladies, who can’t seem to resist him. But when Maddie Wells returns to Skulls Creek, he’s shocked that she can’t seem to keep her hands off him either. Good thing Tals doesn’t mind playing with fire.

Growing up with her family’s prestigious name and money, Maddie could never indulge a bad-boy biker like Tals. Now that she’s back, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But if Maddie ends up getting what she wants, they might both be sorry. Because some very dangerous men are hot on her trail—and Tals and his MC will have to put their lives on the line to protect her.…

Second chance romances are a guilty pleasure of mine. I love reading about a couple who comes together after years of separation and watching as they acquaint themselves with one another and rediscover all the things that made them a couple in the past. Often, the issue that separates them is a misunderstanding that has one or both running for the hills, refusing to even entertain the notion of stopping and calmly evaluating what has happened.

[She wants him back and she is not giving up so easily...]

Sat
Jun 27 2015 2:00pm

Feels So Good Being Bad...: Erotic Romance Best Bets for June 2015

Asking For It by Lilah Pace

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 June brings hot day and even hotter nights as the couples below explore every decadent and wicked fantasy they’ve ever had.

Asking For It by Lilah Pace

Graduate student Vivienne Charles is afraid of her own desires—ashamed to admit that she fantasizes about being taken by force, by a man who will claim her completely and without mercy. When the magnetic, mysterious Jonah Marks learns her secret, he makes an offer that stuns her: they will remain near-strangers to each other, and meet in secret so that he can fulfill her fantasy.

Their arrangement is twisted. The sex is incredible. And—despite their attempts to stay apart—soon their emotions are bound together as tightly as the rope around Vivienne’s wrists. But the secrets in their pasts threaten to turn their affair even darker...

Reader Advisory:Asking for It deals explicitly with fantasies of non-consensual sex. Readers sensitive to portrayals of non-consensual sex should be advised.

While fans of Cara McKenna's Willing Victim are sure to see some parallels, the reasons behind the protagonists actions are darker, resulting in a deeper mental and emotional baseline. A smooth flowing storyline addresses multiple subjects lines while slowly peeling back the layers of two extremely complicated characters. Pace handles these subject matters with grace and careful handling as both parties are far more fragile than first assumed. Sexually explicit scenes only add to the edgy intimacy that permeates the book. Though we aren't left with an HEA, Pace leaves readers with a sense of hope these damaged individuals could have a viable future together.

[More Erotic Romance Best Bets for June 2015...]

Tue
May 26 2015 12:00pm

When Opposites Attract: Erotic Romance Best Bets for May 2015

Taken by Charlotte Stein

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 palate—and your credit card....

Taken by Charlotte Stein

It was just a prank I didn't want to be a part of. I never meant to hurt anyone, least of all Johann Weir. You wouldn't know that he sells literature for a living. He has these wild eyes—eyes that light something up in me—and he must be twice as big as I am, with strong, warm hands. Hands I try not to imagine everywhere.

He scares me. And thrills me.

But now the deed is done, and I have to face the consequences. He says he just wants to hold me here until the police come, but it's been hours and I'm still here.

Chained to a pipe in his back room like a prisoner.

The only person I have to talk to is Johann, and I tell him dark, shameful secrets—secrets that involve the metal around my wrist and him standing over me. But I can't stop. I need him to know everything. I need him.

Johann has his own secrets—ones he wants to tell me too. And more than anything, I want to listen. And maybe, before he sends me away, he'll punish me.

Just a little.

Just enough.

Though this is the third installment in Stein’s Under the Skin series, this stand alone has a lighter, more humorous tone than the first two; revealing a shy awkward hero with a kinky side he fears and a quirky sexually uninhibited heroine who wants everything he has to offer. Laughter and erotic escapades enhance this pseudo-captive scenario as romance and kink offer the perfect base on which this couple finds love.

[Who says kink and happily-ever-after can't go together?]

Thu
Apr 23 2015 9:30am

First Look: Jennifer Estep’s Cold Burn of Magic (April 28, 2015)

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep
Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1)
Kensington / April 28, 2015 / $9.95 print, $7.99 digital

There Be Monsters Here. . .

It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's blood-iron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call—get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her.

I love Jennifer Estep’s writing. She is one of the few authors I have read who was able to cross from adult fiction to youth adult with no missteps or awkwardness in the transition. She has a powerful appealing voice that resonates through her characters. Her stories contain a good balance of normal everyday normal life with strong magical world building. Estep’s unique twists and turns keeps the pacing steady while witty dialogue and dynamic characters keep you entertained.

Jennifer Estep’s latest urban fantasy adventure revolves around a magical and deadly version of Disneyland and a reclusive teenager whose reluctantly dragged into a long standing family feud. Action, intrigue, suspense, and a healthy dose of snark introduces a new world that blends modern sensibilities with magical charm.

[Lose yourself in the magical land...]

Wed
Mar 25 2015 4:40pm

Love Is A Battlefield: Erotic Romance Best Bets for March 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 palate—and your credit card....

Even though it’s only March, this year is already showing signs of being the hottest ever and thanks to the offerings below...it’s about to get even hotter.

Time Served by Julianna Keyes

I've never forgotten how it felt to follow Dean—dangerous, daring, determined—away from the crowd and climb into his beat-up old Trans Am. I was sixteen and gloriously alive for the first time. When I felt his hand cover my leg and move upward, it was over. I was his. Forever.

Until I left. Him, my mom, and the trailer park. Without so much as a goodbye.

Now Dean's back, crashing uninvited into my carefully cultivated, neat little lawyerly life. Eight years behind bars have turned him rougher and bigger—and more sexually demanding than any man I've ever met. I can't deny him anything…and that just might end up costing me everything.

Fans of Cara McKenna are sure to enjoy this steamy, complicated, multi layered story that addresses the need to outrun one’s past; especially when it comes back to stare you in the face. Emotionally plump with well developed characters and a strong well plotted storyline, Keyes builds a lush, erotic, and at times volatile second chance romance between two broken stubborn souls whose innate fears cause many a stumbling block.

[But they'll have one another to catch them when they fall...]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 10:30am

First Look: Anne Bishop’s Vision in Silver (March 3, 2015)

Vision in Silver by Anne BishopAnne Bishop
Vision in Silver (Others #3)
Roc / March 3, 2015 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital

The Others freed the  cassandra sangue  to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…

Anne Bishop reaffirms her title as the Queen of Fantasy with the third installment in her epic and utterly captivating Others series, Vision of Silver. This complex urban fantasy series takes the sensitive issues of racism, discrimination, and abuse disguised as caring, then showcases them inside a vibrantly magical world that nevertheless has a realistic core. Teeming with intrigue, suspense, heartbreak, and hints of romance, Bishop’s literary skills continue to astound and enchant.

[Step back into the world of the Others...]

Thu
Feb 19 2015 4:07pm

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s The Deal (February 24, 2015)

The Deal by Elle KennedyElle Kennedy
The Deal (Off-Campus #1)
Elle Kennedy / February 24, 2015 / $4.99 digital

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Elle Kennedy's New Adult debut, The Deal, addresses some serious subject matters with heartfelt emotion, drama, romance, and humor. I’m a huge Elle Kennedy fan, and was delighted to hear she was writing New Adult in addition to her adult erotic romantic contemporaries. Fans of her previous work will not be disappointed with this outing. Kennedy's gift is her appealing voice and her ability to make her characters realistic and three dimensional. While we do see some drama and angst, it’s not overwhelming or used as merely a plot device. She digs beneath stereotypical behavior and gives us the real story behind it.

[Let's help with the digging...]

Wed
Feb 18 2015 6:30pm

Shot Through The Heart: Erotic Best Bets for February 2015

Driven by Fate by Tessa BaileyIn 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....

February may be the month of love, but sometimes even Cupid needs a little help when matching couples together. Lucky for us, the authors below are more than willing to help cupid push these couples towards their path of sexual and emotional awakening.

Driven by Fate by Tessa Bailey

Francesca “Frankie” De Luca always pays her debts. Even when it means stepping inside Serve, the sensuous Manhattan club that caters to particular adult desires. For Frankie, it's a taste of something she's always wanted, and never received. Until a sharply dressed Brit orders her into his room, and instructs her to undress before delivering the carnal punishment she so desperately needs. Then he offers Frankie a deal she can't refuse—and the only thing she owes him is submission... 

Tessa Bailey continues to work her magic with two delightfully combustible personalities who come together by chance for an erotic adventure into the thrilling domain of dominance and submission. The only question is...who is submitting to whom?

[Our favorite type of question...]

Sat
Feb 14 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Jennifer Ashley’s Bear Attraction (Feb 17, 2015)

Bear Attraction by Jennifer AshleyJennifer Ashley
Bear Attraction (Shifters Unbound)
InterMix / February 17, 2015 / $1.99 digital

As the military liaison between the human Shifter Bureau and Shiftertown, Walker is often stuck trying to appease both sides—and angering both. So when bear-Shifter Rebecca is captured taking a run in a restricted area, Walker comes up with a compromise: if Rebecca helps him find a missing woman—thought to have been abducted by a Shifter—she won’t be charged and executed.

As a bear used to roaming for miles, Rebecca hates being confined, distrusts anything involving humans, and—worst of all—the strong and handsome Walker starts triggering her mating need. They have no choice but to work together but both Walker and Rebecca find it hard not to mix business with pleasure…

Ashley’s Shifter Unbound series, a well-blanced blend of the paranormal and real world, is one of my favorite paranormal romance series. In this series, she addresses and explores real world topics of racism, prejudice, and bigotry in a no nonsense fashion. Well developed characters, off the cuff humor, devious plots lines, steamy hot romance, and engaging dialogue all add up to keeping readers hooked and wanting more. Though you know your happy ending is coming, the path that you follow to this conclusion is often fraught with peril and pain and all you can do ride it out. 

[Bear with it!]

Fri
Jan 30 2015 10:30am

First Look: Cara McKenna’s Give It All (Feb 3, 2015)

Give it All by Cara McKennaCara McKenna
Give it All (Desert Dogs)
Signet / February 3, 2015 / $7.99 print, digital

Bar owner Raina Harper can’t say for sure what Duncan Welch is to her. With her small Nevada town under siege by a ruthless casino development and still reeling from a spate of murders, she knows that trusting the public face of the corporate invaders is risky to say the least. Though, damn, it’s one fine-looking face.…

Duncan may be a mercenary when it comes to getting the job done, but he’s no villain. In fact, the calculating fixer soon finds himself in the bad guys’ crosshairs, framed and facing professional ruin. To clear his name, he’ll need help from Raina and her roughneck motorcycle club, the Desert Dogs. Gaining their trust won’t be easy, and the molten sexual tension between Raina and Duncan only makes things more complicated—especially since Miah Church, Raina’s friend and ex-lover, would sooner strangle Duncan than shake his hand.

One thing’s certain, though: If they don’t deal with their incendiary attraction soon, the whole damn town might go up in flames.…

The appeal of Cara McKenna’s heroes is that they don't hew to the usual romance hero model. They aren’t always model GQ handsome or uber rich. They aren’t happy go lucky individuals. Often dark and broody with a gritty past, they offer no excuses for their actions. They do what needs to be done and will maybe ask for forgiveness afterwards but don’t hold your breath. Yet even with all the warning bells that go off in your head, there is something about them that makes you look twice. Besides the unbelievable sensual heat that rolls off them, promising you a night in heaven should you decide to dance with the devil, there is a trace of reluctant honor behind that gruff exterior. Their boundaries between right and wrong maybe be blurred but there is often a very good reason they walk in the gray area. They may not be your knight in shining armor but sometimes what a woman wants and needs are two very different things.

[Give us more!]

Thu
Jan 29 2015 1:15pm

Come On Baby Light My Fire: Erotic Romance Best Bets for January 2015

Under His Touch by Jeffe KennedyIn 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....

January might bring us harsh temperatures and cold blustery weather but there is nothing cold or harsh in the men and women who brave the unknown for their chance at happiness.

Under His Touch by Jeffe Kennedy

Amber Dolors knows better than to get involved with her boss. Devastatingly handsome in his sharp suits and sexy beyond belief, he possesses an air of command that fuels her darkest fantasies. But she's worked too hard to get this job, and keeping it will lead to a brilliant future. She won't cross that line—even if his way of giving orders and demanding her best performance gives her delicious warm shivers.

Alexander Knight prides himself on his integrity and self-discipline. After all, he hasn't risen to the position he enjoys by indulging his whims over ambition. He also isn't blind. He's certainly noticed his sharp, young assistant is hot as hell. His self-imposed sexual hermitage doesn't stop him from watching her. And endlessly fantasizing.

The day Alec's cool reserve cracks and Amber catches a glimpse of something simmering beneath his apparent indifference is the day everything between them changes. Alec gives her what she's been looking for sexually—as masterful in the bedroom as he is in the boardroom. He finds himself in the grip of an affair that tests even his boundaries, while Amber's new role as willing student pushes them both past any consideration other than mutual longing.

A tried and true trope blossoms under Jeffe Kennedy’s deft hand as she slowly builds the heat and passion between a young assistant and her seemingly indifferent boss. When the dam breaks, our lovers cling to one another, hoping to survive the onslaught of emotions that threatens to consume and destroy them both.

[Hold on tight!]

Wed
Nov 26 2014 2:00pm

Turkeys Are Not the Only Thing Getting Stuffed This Month: Erotic Recommendations For November 2014

What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte

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 palate—and your credit card....

The coming chill of November melts under the onslaught of the lust and pleasure-filled games couples play in the following offerings.

What To Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte

Mike McCauley had his soul mate for a precious time before she died giving birth to their son. She left him with the best boy a guy could want, so why is everyone playing matchmaker? He's sick of it...until he meets Delilah Webster.

For some reason, the foul-mouthed, tattooed mechanic sets his motor running. He sees the loving woman buried within. But the closer they get, the more the pain of past wounds throws a monkey wrench into a future he's not sure he can handle...

Second chance love gets a boost from a pint size cupid when a “bad boy” meets his match in this sweet, emotional, and humorous romantic contemporary that examines love, loss, and misconceptions. When two seemingly opposite people hook up for all the wrong reasons, they will have to convince their families and themselves that sometimes two wrongs do make a right.

[This way to more can't-miss erotic reads...]

Sun
Nov 23 2014 11:00am

First Look: Jennifer Estep’s Black Widow (November 25, 2014)

Black Widow by Jennifer Estep Jennifer Estep
Black Widow (Elemental Assassin)
Pocket / November 25, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

The twelfth installment of Jennifer Estep’s high octane urban fantasy Elemental Assassin series takes a different tone than normal from the other books in this series. Rather than the usual blood and multiple kills, Gin and her friends are forced to fight on a more emotional level as their battles take them through a tangled web of deceit put in place by a woman who is hell bent on making Ashland her territory and making herself its queen. The heavily character driven plotlines continue to bode well for an exciting future of the series and its heroine, Gin Blanco.

[Is Gin on ice again?]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 9:30am

First Look: Ilona Andrews’s Burn For Me (October 28, 2014)

Ilona Andrews
Burn for Me
Avon / October 28, 2014 / $5.99 print, $4.99 digital

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

The writing team of Ilona Andrews is back and bringing their A game to a new urban fantasy series featuring a powerful and unscrupulous alpha billionaire who is used to always getting what he wants and the small time private investigator who is forced to work with him.

I’d like to start off by saying that while this is being marketed as a paranormal romance, I found it more suited as a urban fantasy with it's low key romantic elements and no HEA or even HFN. 

[Okay, we're warned...]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 12:30pm

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Shadows (Oct. 28, 2014)

Archangel's Shadows by Nalini SinghNalini Singh
Archangel's Shadows (Guild Hunter)
Jove / October 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.
This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

Fans of Nalini Singh’s dark and sensuous Guild Hunters series have waited impatiently for Ashwini and Janiver’s story. We were briefly introduced to them in the Angel’s Pawn novella, where we learned that their “frenemy” status belays a deep attraction played out in a continuous game of catch me if you can. Ash, a hunter for the Guild, has spent years hunting Janiver, a sexy infuriating vampire who often escapes his contract with his master just to get Ash to chase him. Singh builds their relationship slowly throughout the series, giving us teasing little clues as to their whereabouts and their growing feelings for one another.

[Hide and seek, Guild Hunter style!]

Fri
Oct 17 2014 2:00pm

Tricks, Treats, and Thrills: Erotic Recommendations For October 2014

Riding Dirty by Jill SorensonIn 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....

Magic premeates the air when our lovers find themselves getting more then they bargained for in the following offerings.

Riding Dirty by Jill Sorenson

Psychologist Mia Richards wants revenge. Her new client, tattooed Cole “Shank” Shepherd, provides the perfect means. She just has to manipulate the felon-turned-informant into eliminating her husband's killers—members of Cole's rival motorcycle club. The first step, seducing Cole, is simple. As for walking away before she falls hard—it's already too late.…

Dirty Eleven practically raised Cole, and he plans to double-cross the cops rather than sell them out. But smart, sexy Mia is an irresistible distraction. While she's evaluating his mind, all he can think about is her body… until he discovers her true intentions. Walking a fine line between desire and betrayal, they'll have to outrun her past, his enemies and the law for a love that's dangerously real

A one night stand turns into something more when a single night of exquisite no holds barred passion spills over into the light of day.

Set in the violent unpredictable world of onepercenters, Sorenson builds a erotically charged romance suspense between a woman bent on revenge and the ex con she chooses to as her weapon. Dark and intensely sensual, deception and betrayal where our hero and heroine’s journey begins. 

[We like those sorts of journeys...]

Tue
Sep 30 2014 9:30am

First Look: Larissa Ione’s Chained By Night (September 30, 2014)

Chained by Night by Larissa IoneLarissa Ione
Chained by Night
Pocket / September 30, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital

Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction—or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation.To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.

But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?

Vampires and humans being at odds isn’t a new storyline in paranormal romance (PNR). You can easily swing a stick in a bookstore and hit a multitude of books with that exact storyline at any given time. But what makes Larissa Ione’s take on the storyline both unique and engaging is her character dynamics; while the arc is invigorating and written to maximise the story’s ability to branch off in a multitude of directions, giving us the security it won't be ending soon, it’s her characters who make this series what it is.

[Bound to be awesome!]

Tue
Sep 23 2014 4:30pm

I Want To Sex You Up: Erotic Recommendations For September 2014

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 palate—and your credit card....

As lovers embark upon new and exciting paths towards sexual and emotional fulfillment, issues of control and submission lend new meaning to the term “letting go.”

Bombshell by Jody Gehrman

Copywriter Ruby Sugars is in a rut. Her life consists of the following: long hours, boring neutral colors and regular fat-shaming from her stick insect-looking boss. But Ruby isn't really a Bland Betty—she's a complete Bettie Page hottie, with an enviable collection of vintage couture and very naughty vixen lingerie. Now if only she could channel that girl into her real life….

Cue Ruby's best friend, whose recent fixation is “fantasy matchmaking.” She's decided that all Ruby needs is one night with a sexy, delectable man—one with a serious thing for curvy pinup girls. And “Lancer” is hot enough to make any girl's fantasy come true.

For one night, it's pure, X-rated hotness. But come the next morning, this brand-spankin'-new bombshell will get the shock of her life when the man she vowed to see only once shows up again…as her new boss.

A one night stand turns into something more when a single night of exquisite no holds barred  passion spills over into the light of day.

[Do we need to call a special meeting about that?]