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Nov 23 2015 11:00am

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

With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palette and your credit card.

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

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

Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the

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

She will never be a victim again.

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

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

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

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

Oct 20 2015 3:30pm

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

Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palette and your credit card.

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

Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 14 2015 9:15am

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

Cowgirls Don't Cry by Lorelei James

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

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

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

Sep 18 2015 10:00am

Justify My Love: Erotic Romance Best Bets for September 2015

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palette and your credit card.

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

Crosstown Crush by Cara McKenna

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 27 2015 8:30am

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

Archangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh

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

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

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

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

[The hunt is on...]

Aug 12 2015 1:00pm

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

Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palette and your credit card.

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

Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan

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

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

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

[Touch me here...]

Aug 6 2015 3:30pm

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

Blade Song by J.C. Daniels

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Aug 3 2015 8:30am

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

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

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

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

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

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

[New adventures for Kate Daniels...]

Jul 22 2015 3:30pm

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...]

Jul 14 2015 10:30am

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...]

Jul 6 2015 8:30am

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...]

Jun 27 2015 1:00pm

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...]

May 26 2015 11:00am

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?]

Apr 23 2015 8:30am

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...]

Mar 25 2015 3:40pm

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...]

Mar 2 2015 9:30am

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...]

Feb 19 2015 3:07pm

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...]

Feb 18 2015 5:30pm

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...]

Feb 14 2015 12:00pm

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!]

Jan 30 2015 9:30am

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!]