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Jan 31 2017 1:00pm

Don’t Lose That Loving Feeling with These Erotic Romance Best Bets for January 2017

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.

Note: Not every story I recommend are current month’s releases. Some are from previous months.

2017 starts out with a bang as we make new friends and reconnect with old friends in the first month of the new year.  Don’t worry though, while things may start out a little chilly, these lovers bring the heat and more in the following stories.

Jacked Up by Samantha Kane

Jacked Up by Samantha Kane

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Linebacker Sam Taylor feels like a ticking time bomb. He left the army with emotional wounds as fresh as the scars on his back. Sam’s been living like a monk, but his best friend, defensive lineman King Ulupoka, wants to get him laid. Easy for him to say. The larger-than-life Samoan is a hard-bodied, tribal-tattooed fantasy. Sam agrees, under one condition: King stays to watch.

ER nurse Jane Foster is done being a good girl, and nothing says wild like picking up two of football’s sexiest players and bringing them back to your hotel room. Trouble is, she can’t decide which one she wants more. Sam is hot, sweet, and vulnerable. Jane’s more than willing to ride him into oblivion. But King’s intense gaze from across the room promises that the best is yet to come.

Sure, King has had his choice of girls and guys in the past. That doesn’t mean he’ll jeopardize his relationship with Sam over a case of locker-room lust—until a naughty nurse pushes them both out of their comfort zones. Seeing Jane and Sam together turns King on more than he ever imagined. If they’re game, he’s ready to tackle a three-way play.

Two is nice, but three can be oh so much better. Samantha Kane is back with a pair of sex on a stick Birmingham Rebels football players who discover that sometimes all it takes is the right person to show you just how right you can be together. Erotically and emotionally charged, this threesome learns that normal is relative and the only people whose hearts and opinions they need to worry about are each other. A strong plotline centering around PTSD and veterans gives the story a serious and appealing base.

[More Erotic Best Bets Ahead...]

Jan 10 2017 9:30am

Where Are The Charmed Ones?: All the Questions We Have About a 1970s Charmed Reboot

A reboot of Charmed? How...charming. The CW has announced that a new Charmed series is in the works and will be directed by the executive producer of Jane the Virgin-Jennie Snyder Urman. According to TVLine, this is not a reboot per say but more of a prequel. The new series will be, set in a small New England town in 1976, the series features a new trio of witches—Annie, Tina and (curiously) Paige—none of whom are related by blood. Also, via TVLine, were unofficial character analyses for the new power trio.

There's no mention of the Halliwell sisters making an appearance though I see similarities in the characterization between the new characters and old characters. Tina's reserved and standoffish? Sounds like Prue. Piper and Paige could be twins with their all-American girl personas and strong desire to be married. Phoebe's devil may care attitude and fashion sense seems to have found a new home in Annie. As the CW has always been a ‘let's toss it all into the pot, stir, and see what happens’ kind of channel, this could all change.   

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Dec 27 2016 2:00pm

The Best of the Best: Erotic Romances Best Bets for 2016

I’m a lucky girl in that my job is to read romance. Every month I offer up a list of erotic romances that I feel best represents the genre. Not only do I look for a well-crafted romance with realistic erotic elements but also a viable storyline that could stand on its own should those erotic elements be removed. As we are about to exit 2016, I have not only picked my erotic romance best bets for December, but also my best bets for the year.

My Erotic Romance Best Bets for 2016

True North by Tamsen Parker

True North by Tamsen Parker

The fourth installment in Parker’s Compass gives readers a sweet, sensual, heartbreaking, and humorous second chance romance that uses BDSM to give two people a chance to learn more about themselves and their places in this world. Parker focuses on communication, acceptability, trust, and forgiveness as she helps her hero and heroine find their happily ever after-one kinky scene at a time.

Black Listed by Shelly Bell

This lusciously erotic and suspenseful romance elicits a strong emotional response when it forces a couple to deal with their greatest enemies-themselves. A woman with a hundred identities must pay the piper when her husband finds her after she disappears without a word. She demands a divorce. He demands answers and plans to get them with unfettered access to her body for seven nights. Passion and pain war together in a whirlwind of sensual delights when a woman’s secrets and desires are flayed open by the only man she has ever loved...and the only man she can never have.

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Dec 11 2016 10:00am

First Look: Tamsen Parker’s Due South (December 12, 2016)

Due South by Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker
Due South (Compass Series #5)
Tamsen Parker / December 12, 2016 / $13.99 print, $3.99 digital

Lucy Miller and Chanoch Evans have worked together for years but have done nothing more than pass each other in the hall, murmuring the occasional sorry and excuse me. Lucy, a transplant from a small ultra-religious town, came to California seeking fame and fortune behind the camera. When that didn’t pan out, she took a secretarial job and slowly worked her way from coffee maker to the boss’s right-handwoman.

Chanoch Evans, whom everyone refers to as just Evans because they can’t pronounce his name correctly, works for the same company and has always had a bit of a crush on Lucy but his innate shyness has him keeping his feelings well under wraps. He doesn’t feel he has anything to offer her at this time in his life, especially since his time and paycheck goes towards helping his family.

When a once in a lifetime chance appears...will Lucy and Evans be brave and seize the moment? Or will they let their fear overrule their desire?

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Nov 23 2016 9:30am

Don’t Stop Believin’...Erotic Romance Best Bets for November 2016

What are November's best erotic romances?

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.

Love is a fickle emotion. Sometimes we hold on to it tight and sometimes we let it go in fear. But when it’s meant to be, nothing can stand in its way.

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

Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher

Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher

(Amazon | B&N )

“It's now or never.”

Cali Reynolds knows in her bones she's a submissive. And now that she's free from her passionless marriage, she's going to explore each and every fantasy she's ever had at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town.

Jake McCallister knows what he wants and won't accept anything less from a partner. But when a beautiful divorcée shows up at his club looking for fulfillment after years of denial, he's intrigued—and takes it upon himself to initiate her into the pleasures she's been missing.

As their play intensifies, so does their bond. Now Jake doesn't want anyone but Cali, but is he ready to officially claim her? And will she submit to being his forever?

**This is a reissue of a previous full-length novel**

Wicked Play by Lynda Aicher is an emotional full bodied story filled with twitchy sexual tension and erotically charged scenes. This is a 10 part serial that revolves around the club and various couples. Aicher builds a strong foundation for Aicher’s first  couple’s sexual journey as she brings together a woman who's looking to rediscover herself after ending a sexually dead marriage and a man whose inability to commit to anything speaks of dark issues in his past. The chemistry is outstanding and the eventual romance a foregone conclusion as the emotions that Aicher draws forth from both protagonists are intense and prophetic. Introductions to some interesting secondary characters and the BDSM club this world is built upon only adds to the sense of adventure.

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Nov 20 2016 1:00pm

Its The Final Countdown to the Goodreads Choice Awards Best in Romance 2016

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It’s that time of the year again. Time for readers, bloggers, authors….everyone to pick their favorite books in the annual Goodreads Choice Award. Every year Goodreads picks the top books rated in multiple genres and lets readers vote until a winner is picked.

Entering into the final round, the ten choices for romance are as follows:

  • Paper Princess by Erin Watt
  • The Beast by J.R. Ward
  • Beard Science by Penny Reid
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  • Obsession by Nora Roberts
  • One With You by Sylvia Day
  • Storm and Silence by Robert Thier
  • Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat

Of course, since I and fellow blogger, Nat, have not read all ten titles, we decided to pick our favorite and champion why it should hands down win the coveted title of Goodreads Best in Romance for 2016.

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Nov 16 2016 9:30am

First Look: Cara McKenna’s Brutal Game (November 22, 2016)

Brutal Game by Cara McKenna

Cara McKenna
Brutal Game (Flynn and Laurel #2)
Cara McKenna / November 22, 2016 / $2.99 digital

The long-awaited sequel to Cara McKenna’s Willing Victim has arrived and fans will delight in the range and depth McKenna uses to explore a relationship that started on a whim and built itself emotionally and physically among the tangled veins of a dark and gritty sexual fantasy. Honesty and trust have been the mainstays of this unconventional relationship, evident in book one where Flynn consistently tells Lauren that she holds all the power in their scenes and that she must tell him what she wants and how she feels for them to continue enjoying their times together. Willing Victim ended with Flynn and Laurel agreeing to see each other exclusively.

Cara McKenna is an auto buy for me. I adore her strong, no-nonsense writing and blue collar protagonists. Her romances are unique, smart, and rooted in a sense of realism so intense that the reader often finds themselves slightly uncomfortable when McKenna choices to address issues that often plague our own lives. She doesn’t grant us absolution, escapism, or promises of a happily ever after.

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Oct 29 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Heart (November 1, 2016)

Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh
Archangel's Heart (A Guild Hunter Novel, #9)
Berkley / November 1, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

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Oct 22 2016 10:00am

Screaming for More: Erotic Romance Best Bets for October 2016

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.

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

October brings readers a rich harvest of erotic delights when the strong must submit in order to fully experience the passion and desires that await them.

Savage Mafia Prince by Annika Martin

Savage Mafia Prince by Annika Martin

Where is Kiro?

He’s the lost Dragusha brother, heir to a vast mafia empire—brilliant, violent, and utterly savage…and he’s been missing for years.


I'm supposed to be doing simple undercover research at the Fancher Institute for the Mentally Ill & Dangerous, but I can’t keep my mind off Patient 34. He’s startlingly young and gorgeous, but it’s not just that. He’s strapped way too tightly to that bed. And there’s no name or criminal history on his chart. What are these people hiding? My reporter’s instincts are screaming.

Here's the other thing: the staffers here believe he’s so sedated that there’s not a thought in his head, but I catch him watching me when nobody’s looking. Our connection sizzles when I enter the room. When our eyes meet, I know he understands me in a way nobody else ever has.

I’m supposed to follow my editor’s orders—I have secrets, too—but everything about Patient 34 is suspicious. How can I not investigate?

The third and final installment in Annika Martin’s dark mafia romance finally gives the answers fans have been waiting for. This erotic romance suspense will keep readers on their toes when a man’s alpha tendencies roar to the forefront when confronted with his mate. A family continuously searches for a long lost relative while an unknown man suffers in an institute for the criminally insane. His only hope is a young woman who has her own reasons for being there. Though she helps to free him from his physical restraints, he will use whatever it takes to keep her tied to him forever.

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Oct 18 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Susannah Sandlin’s Black Diamond (October 18, 2016)

Black Diamond by Susannah Sandlin

Susannah Sandlin
Black Diamond (Wilds of the Bayou #2)
Montlake / October 18, 2016 / $12.95 print, $3.99 digital

For some people, the untamed beauty of the bayou is a place to hide. For Louisiana wildlife agent Jena Sinclair, it’s a place of refuge—one where she can almost forget the tragedy that scarred both her skin and her soul. But when the remains of yet another fisherman turn up, Jena realizes that Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is not safe for her…or anyone else.

The mysterious deaths aren’t her only problem. A dangerous drug known as Black Diamond is circulating through Terrebonne Parish, turning addicts into unpredictable sociopaths. Jena’s investigation leads her to Cole Ryan—a handsome, wary recluse struggling with his own troubled history—who knows more than he’s willing to admit. If they want to stop the killer, Jena and Cole must step out of the shadows of their pasts and learn to help each other…before the evils lurking in the bayou consume them both.

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Sep 28 2016 2:00pm

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.

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Sep 24 2016 1:00pm

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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Aug 29 2016 4:00pm

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!]

Aug 25 2016 8:30am

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?]

Jul 29 2016 2:00pm

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.

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Jul 28 2016 12:30pm

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...]

Jul 21 2016 3:30pm

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?]

Jul 8 2016 11:30am

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...]

Jun 22 2016 3:30pm

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...]

Jun 9 2016 11:00am

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!]