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Wed
Sep 28 2016 3:00pm

Erotic Romance Best Bets for September 2016... Love Me Harder

What erotic romances heated you up in September?

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 literary palate and your credit card.

Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

A change in weather isn’t the only changes September brings. Courage takes on new meaning as the couples below all find themselves being offered their deepest fantasies if they are willing to submit fully to their innermost desires.

NOTE: Not every story I recommend in these posts are always the current month’s releases. Some are from previous months.

Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

It was a devastating dirty trick—Joey Silvia just found out her boyfriend of two years is married. What. A. Dick. Joey knows her best chance to get over one guy is to get under another. Of course, heading home to her family's remote cabin in Oregon poses some challenges in the “available men” department…until she discovers this cabin comes with its own hot handyman!

Holy crap, Chris Steffensen. When did her brother's best friend turn into a hard-bodied pile of blond-bearded hotness? He's the perfect Halloween treat—and a surprisingly dirty rebound guy. For a couple of weeks, anyway. Except that Chris has other ideas…like proving to Joey that this blast from the past is a whole lot more than a naughty Halloween hookup.

The first in Tiffany Reisz’s holiday trifecta from Harlequin Blaze will leave you laughing and loving this adorable couple’s second chance romance. This sexy, funny, and deliciously naughty erotic Halloween based romance takes trick or treat to a new level when a woman tricked and on the rebound from a broken heart gets some decadent adult treats from an old friend.

[Read more...]

Sat
Sep 24 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s The Goal (September 26, 2016)

The Goal by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy
The Goal (Off-Campus Series #4)
Elle Kennedy / September 26, 2016 / $4.99 digital

 

She’s good at achieving her goals…

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a benchwarmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

The fourth installment in Elle Kennedy’s sexy, humorous, charming, and mildly angsty new adult Off Campus series, The Goal, brings together two secondary characters—John Tucker and Sabrina James. More serious than the last three installments, Kennedy write  a rommance that develops amidst the  struggles of life when things don’t go as planned and showcases the strength it takes to stay in command your future. Well written with a steady pace and witty, revealing narrative, Kennedy gives us a engaging opposite attraction romance between two people whose differences are merely stepping stones on their path to happily ever after.

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Mon
Aug 29 2016 5:00pm

Something Old, Something New...Erotic Romance Best Bets for August 2016

Burn Down the Night by M.OKeefe

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 literary palette and your credit card.

August is the transitional month where we wave goodbye to the hot lazy days of summer as we step through the doorway towards the cooling relief of fall. The couples below are all at the crossroads of life where they are offered a chance to change their lives if they are strong enough to walk through the flames of their passion to the other side.

NOTE: Not every story I recommend here are this month’s releases. Some are from previous months.

Burn Down The Night by Molly O’Keefe

The only thing that matters to me is rescuing my sister from the drug-cooking cult that once enslaved us both. I’ve run cons my whole life, and I’ll use my body to get whatever I need. Max Daniels is the last connection I have to that world, the one person reckless enough to get involved. Besides, now that his brothers have turned on him, he needs me too.

The deal was supposed to be simple: a place to hide in exchange for rescuing my sister. Now he’s my prisoner. Totally at my mercy. But I’m the one captivated. Enthralled. Doing everything he asks of me until I’m not sure who’s in control.

We both crave the heat. The more it hurts, the better. But what if Max wants a different life now, to leave the game . . . to love me? I thought I knew better than to get burned. Now I’m in too deep to pull away. And the crazy thing is . . . I don’t want to.

Molly O'Keefe is the queen of creating characters so broken you are certain they will never survive the journey towards their redemption. Joan and Max have spent their lives fighting against themselves. Self-recrimination and shame is the theme of this story as a chance encounter leads them down an emotionally charged erotic and dangerous road that will either grant them the forgiveness they so desperately crave or consign them to the hell they feel they deserve.

[More recommendations ahead!]

Thu
Aug 25 2016 9:30am

Sosie Frost Makes Secret Babies Fun Again

Bad Boy's Baby by Sosie Frost

There aren’t many tropes in romance that annoy me. Second chance, insta-love, best friend’s little sister, May/December, etc...they all have their moments in the sun. When paired with a well-rounded storyline and dynamic characters, I’m hooked. One trope that often leaves me dismayed and irritated is the secret baby trope. So much in fact that I have actively avoided it for years. In my honest opinion, there are really only two reasons why the heroine shouldn’t tell the hero he is going to be a daddy. Either the hero is dead or is abusive and  the child is better off not knowing them. The majority of the reasons for the heroine’s not revealing their pregnancy that I have come across are often fueled by either jealousy or hurt feelings. Not to say those don’t have their place, just not on my bookshelf.

Lately, I have found myself gravitating back towards sports romances that feature the secret and/or a surprise baby. I’ve have noticed a change in the trope, a maturing of sorts with a more involved storyline, realistic characterization, and some added twists that make it far less formulaic than what we have seen in the past. The heroines aren’t portrayed as helpless, naive women who are instantly struck deaf, dumb, and blind by the fact a good looking man looks and flexes at them. These protagonists are older and more settled. They have been around the block a few times. They have mortgages, IRAs, and college degrees. There is still some juvenile behavior but the reader knows it is more in reaction to *GASP* falling in love then their actual age.  

Sosie Frost has redeemed this trope for me. She has re-fostered my love for the self-absorbed alpha men and the women who stand toe to toe with them and chisel away at their incredibly large egos.  She was recommended to me through word of mouth. Reviewers I trust were claiming that Frost does a sports based secret/surprise baby romance that reveals well and is slightly twisted in its formula. And they were right. Frost’s babies aren’t secrets from the fathers but rather each one is a “secret” for another reason altogether.

[Secret babies anyone?]

Fri
Jul 29 2016 3:00pm

Bang, Bang, On The Door Baby...Erotic Romance Best Bets for July 2016

Bound Beneath His Pain by Stacey Kennedy

What were the best erotic romance in July?

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.

July gives readers more bang for their buck as the couples below experience some intense fireworks in their relationships and learn that those bright fleeting sparks can often be used to build a lasting flame.

Bound Beneath His Pain by Stacey Kennedy

Real estate mogul Micah Holt exerts absolute control over all aspects of his life. He keeps his dark side hidden away from the press, who will chase down any hint of scandal. He’s always in command of his world, careful to expose his closely guarded secrets only to those he knows he can trust. Then Allie Bennett shakes his legendary discipline. She’s beautiful, pure, untainted. But is Micah willing to sacrifice her innocence for his own selfish obsessions?

When that sexy smile makes her body burn, Allie tries with all her might to ignore it. For one thing, Micah’s her new boss. For another, he’s as complicated as he is devastatingly handsome. Still, Allie can only fight so much before she gives into his dangerous games. She knows he’s got dark secrets. But when she discovers the true depth of his pain, Allie must decide how far she’s willing to go to light the way for love.

Fans of Stacey Kennedy’s Club Sins series will enjoy this spin off that gives new meaning to the saying, “you can’t always get what you want...but sometimes you get what you need.” Intense emotions overflow and cascade around you as a romance of epic proportions is built between a man determined to retain all the control and the one woman who has the ability to make him lose it. Light BDSM elements flavors the storyline though it isn’t as defining in the relationship as you would expect from this author.

[Read more...]

Thu
Jul 28 2016 1:30pm

First Look: Faith Hunter’s Blood of the Earth (August 2, 2016)

Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter
Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1)
Roc / August 2, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her. Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville. Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nelland the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…

Faith Hunter’s powerful voice and exceptional skills comes through crystal clear in her latest urban fantasy series that expands upon her very popular Jane Yellowrock world. Blood of the Earth stars Nell Ingram, a young woman who wields a dark and potentially deadly elemental power rooted deep in the earth itself.

“I am not a witch. I am something far more dangerous. "

[Dark and deadly...]

Thu
Jul 21 2016 4:30pm

First Look at Tamsen Parker’s True North (July 25, 2016)

True North by Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker
True North (Compass #4)
Tamsen Parker / July 25, 2016 / $3.99 digital

Four months ago, Slade Lewis got to fulfill his wildest, long-repressed BDSM fantasies during a one-night stand. Since then, getting more has been the only thing on his mind.

When Slade manages to earn the keys to Reyes Walter’s kinky kingdom, he finds himself face-to-face with none other than Pressly Allwyn, the pearl-bedecked love of his life whom he pushed into divorce six years ago.

Now she’s back, and the fetish he was afraid would drive them apart instead draws them together. They indulge in their common kink together, but past hurts and old insecurities complicate any relationship outside their erotic exploits. Caught between the worlds of hot-button politics and even hotter bedroom games, Pressly and Slade will have to decide how far they’re willing to go for a second chance at happily ever after.

True North is the fourth book in Tamsen Parker’s The Compass series but can also be read as a standalone. This bewitching, humorous, erotically intense and emotional series introduced us to the hero -Slade Lewis- earlier and left readers with a less than stellar impression of him. Redemption of a character is a tricky trope to pull off.  You have to not only convince the reader the character is worth redemption but also give them a reasonable explanation for their previous behavior and a believable reason for the change. Finding the love of their lives isn’t always a good enough reason and when you make it a second chance romance, some readers will inevitably side eye the author and scoff BRING IT!

[Is he worth redeeming?]

Fri
Jul 8 2016 12:30pm

Mobsters in Love: Making An Offer They Can’t Refuse

Ivan: Her Russian Protector by Roxie Rivera

Whenever I hear the word Mafia (referred to as the Costa Nostra in Sicilian) my thoughts automatically turn to Marlon Brando and his epic role as Don Vito Corleone in the cult classic—The Godfather.  A dark drama laced tale of family, loyalty, and honor that is fueled by the violence, greed, and murder it inspires. It’s a brutal movie that bears witness to the almost religious fanaticism this culture embraces. This movie spans a generation, all centering around the heir apparent Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) and his meteoric rise and fall from power. Though over 42 years since it first released, this movie is still considered the world’s most definitive look into the inner sanctum of a once secretive world that only those born and bred to could be a part of.  

Romance has had a long and torrid affair with the mafia, infusing the violence and criminal elements with themes of love and redemption. Ultra-alpha men dominate these romances, choosing to walk an unspeakable path all in the name of family, loyalty, honor and power. Some walk willingly...while others walk in order to protect those they love and care for. I’ve always been a voracious reader of these particularly dark and volatile stories that offer a taste of the forbidden and gives readers a plethora of anti-heroes and heroines whose dark deeds and difficult choices only serve to endear them deeper into your heart.

This world is not limited to the Italians though it is where it was born and bred. Each nationality has its own version of the mafia though it goes by different names from the Russian Bratva to the Japanese Yakuza. Even with the varied differences in power structure and recruitments, their objectives remain similar. They are organized crime families consisting of born and made men who rule their territories with iron fists drenched in with blood. And once your're in... death is usually your only way out.

[Once you're in...]

Wed
Jun 22 2016 4:30pm

Into The Long Dark Night...Erotic Romance Best Bets for June 2016

Smut by Karina Halle

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.

Love is a fickle emotion that can lift you up to the heavens or leave you lying broken in the street. The couples below all experience the ups and downs of love and learn that the world is theirs for the taking as long as they have the passion, desire, and courage to seize it.

Smut by Karina Halle

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad's ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career. What Blake and Amanda don't want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that's exactly what they both get when they're forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is an arrogant jerk (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her (tight, round) bottom, they fight tooth and nail. That is, until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that's neither here nor there. When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it's not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality.

Halle writes a smart, fun, and oh so kinky story that marries fiction and fact as she examines the art of writing erotic romance, the ins and outs of self-publishing, and the stereotypes that are often associated with it. Your laughter rings true as we watch our protagonists, Blake and Amanda, who are paired together in a creative writing class, leave the classroom and end up in the bedroom as they strive to make their dreams come true in ways they never imagined.

[Smart, sexy, fun...]

Thu
Jun 9 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Allegiance of Honor (June 14, 2016)

Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh
Allegiance of Honor (Psy-Changeling #15)
Berkley / June 14, 2016 / $27.00 print, #13.99 digital

The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling.

To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

The world is in the midst of a shocking transformation. Silence has fallen resulting in the birth of the Trinity Accord-a group consisting of Psys, Humans, and Changelings. The first Psy-Changeling child in decades has been born, alliances are made, enemies are circling, and the major power players in the world now stand uneasily constantly shifting ground. Where before the Psy were considered the most powerful beings in the world, the humans have made it known they aren't weak, and the Changelings have stepped up and won the trust of the general public. Regardless of the huge strides made, there is still plenty of mistrust between the three races, and everyone is constantly on guard. Since the Trinity Accord was constructed out of both haste and need, there are a lot of work that needs to be done to make it a true, solid partnership.

[We like the sound of that!]

Wed
May 25 2016 1:30pm

Oh, What Tangled Webs We Weave...Erotic Romance Best Bets for May 2016

Mister O by Lauren Blakely

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.

May is a month of many faces and that is never more apparent than with the people below who choose hide behind masks and the passion and desire that sets them free.

Mister O by Lauren Blakely

Just call me Mister O. Because YOUR pleasure is my super power.

Making a woman feel 'oh-god-that's-good' is the name of the game, and if a man can't get the job done, he should get the hell out of the bedroom. I'm talking toe-curling, mind-blowing, sheet-grabbing ecstasy. Like I provide every time.

I suppose that makes me a superhero of pleasure, and my mission is to always deliver.

But then I'm thrown for a loop when a certain woman asks me to teach her everything about how to win a man. The only problem? She's my best friend's sister, but she's far too tempting to resist—especially when I learn that sweet, sexy Harper has a dirty mind too and wants to put it to good use. What could possibly go wrong as I give the woman I've secretly wanted some no-strings-attached lessons in seduction?

No one will know, even if we send a few dirty sexts. Okay, a few hundred. Or if the zipper on her dress gets stuck. Not on that! Or if she gives me those f*&k-me-eyes on the train in front of her whole family.

The trouble is the more nights I spend with her in bed, the more days I want to spend with her out of bed. And for the first time ever, I'm not only thinking about how to make a woman cry out in pleasure —I'm thinking about how to keep her in my arms for a long time to come.

Looks like the real Adventures of Mister Orgasm have only just begun....

Fans of humorous, smoking hot, erotic romance contemporaries are sure to love Lauren Blakely’s latest adventure—Mister O. Friendship, love, and titillating shenanigans go hand in hand in hand when a self-proclaimed sex god meets his perfect match in the most least likely person. Nick Hammer is a man who knows his way around women. He loves every aspect of them and his goal is to always satisfy them with the ultimate O-orgasm. But when his best friend’s sister, Harper Holiday, asks for his help in learning how to seduce a man, Nick puts his best, errr, foot forward and ends up losing his heart in the process.

[And we lose ours...]

Tue
May 17 2016 9:30am

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Duke of Sin (May 31, 2016)

Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt
Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane # 10)
Forever / May 31, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Duke of Sin is a darkly humorous and lushly sensual historical romance that attempts to redeem of one of the series most diabolical and debauched secondary characters to date-Valentine (Val) Napier, the Duke of Montgomery. Fans of this series have seen Val sweep in and out of the series like a plague, causing mayhem and slowly planting seeds of discourse. A libertine whose mercurial attitude and fluid sexual appetites only increases his appeal. A diabolical chess master who uses his skills to play a dangerous game that only one person will be allowed win-him. His utter lack of morals and conscience allows him to do whatever it takes to whomever he wants to increase his inventory of blackmail material.

“I am vengeance I am hate. I am sin personified.“

[Ok, Batman...]

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 ...]

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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 ...]

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 ...]