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Wed
Apr 9 2014 3:04pm

The Lingerie Shop by Joey W. HillIn 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....

April showers us with love, lust and some dynamic power exchanges as the couples in here explore their boundaries in the bedroom and beyond.

Naughty Bits, Part 1: The Lingerie Shop by Joey W. Hill

Madison is a control freak with one wish—to lose control. Her hidden submissive cravings have led to a string of disastrous relationships. So when she inherits her sister’s North Carolina lingerie shop, Naughty Bits, she jumps at the opportunity to dump her boring finance career and bad history and try her luck down South.

But before Madison can settle in, she catches the attention of the owner of the neighboring hardware store. Sexually dominant Logan Scott can see the hunger for command in Madison’s eyes and is anxious to help unleash her submissive desires. He presents her with three very tempting gifts—handcuffs, erotic cards, and an open invitation to join him at a submissive’s training session.

Faced with the realization that she can’t sell fantasies to her lingerie customers without embracing her own, Madison accepts Logan’s offer. Now, she’s about to discover just how far her desire can take her…

Ooo La La. The first book in Joey Hill’s four book serial, The Lingerie Shop, introduces us to a sexually repressed woman and the kinky sexy dom who wants to make all her desires come true...especially the ones she doesn't even know she has.

[More erotics coming right up...]

Wed
Mar 19 2014 9:30am

Bite Me by Shelly LaurenstonShelly Laurenston
Bite Me
Kensington / March 25, 2014 / $15.00 print, $12.99 digital

Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life’s irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad’s untimely and unexplained demise.

That’s where Vic Barinov comes in—or his house does. Vic can’t step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he’ll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge…

I adore Shelly Laurenston and her delightfully sexy unpredictable shifters. One of the better humor based paranormal romances on the market, Laureston has created a world that balances a well plotted storyline with some of the most dynamic and volatile characters in fiction. They are wild, crazy, humorous, and snarky. Dangerous with a capital D, these shifters and humans are true alphas yet aren’t bogged down by the emotional tragedies that require massive amounts of angst, pity, and turmoil. They go after who they want though the journey to true love is often filled with uncontrollable laughter, sarcasm, and some high-handed shenanigans. What I truly enjoy about the series is the hero and heroine treat each other with respect. Even when one half of the equation is human, they are never treated as a lessor addition to the whole.

[R-E-S-P-E-C-T, got it?...]

Tue
Mar 11 2014 9:30am

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....

March brings out all our dark and lush sexual fantasies when the men and women in the books below decide to throw caution to the wind and take what they want.

Hot Shots Anthology by Anne Marsh, Lynn LaFleur, and Stacey Kennedy

Fired Up by Anne Marsh: Hannah Green watches for wildfires from an isolated fire tower in Sequoia National Park by day and radios Cajun firefighter Cole Henry at night to share carnal fantasies hot enough to start a forest fire. . .

Sizzle by Lynn LaFleur: When photojournalist Maysen Halliday arrives in Lanville to take calendar pictures of the sexiest firefighters in Texas, red hot Fire Chief Clay Spencer makes her want him for her own personal centerfold...

Five-Alarm Masquerade by Stacey Kennedy: With her home destroyed in a fire, Abby has only the muscular arms of a rock hard firefighter to hold her up and the dream of blazing hot nights of pure erotic pleasure to keep her going. . .

If men in uniform light your fire then you can’t go wrong with the Hot Shots Anthology. Three five alarm M/F erotic romances deliver hot sexual encounters, paving the way towards love. Sexy alphas meet their matches when the call of duty goes above and beyond the job.

[March over here, right now! We want more recommendations...]

Fri
Mar 7 2014 10:30am

Patricia Briggs
Night Broken
Ace Hardcover / March 11, 2014 / $26.95 print / $12.99 digital

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

Patricia Briggs does a one-two-POW in the eighth installment in her deliciously action packed and wickedly dark Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series. From book one, Mercy (Mercedes) Thompson, a skinwalker, has struggled to survive in a world that is prejudiced against her kind. Raised by the Marrok himself, (king of the werewolves), Mercy has always maintained a foot in the supernatural and human community, usually despised and distrusted by both.

Mercy has come a long way since meeting her now-husband, Adam Hauptman, and his pack. Her sense of justice and unwavering loyalty towards her friends and family has placed her in some very difficult and often deadly situations. She has survived the Fae, the vampires, river otters, and Adam’s own pack. But in Night Broken, Mercy is tested to the limit by her greatest enemy of all: Adam’s ex wife, Christy.

[Your mate hanging around with his ex would make anyone batty...]

Thu
Feb 20 2014 5:00pm

The Undead Pool by Kim HarrisonKim Harrison
The Undead Pool
Harper Voyager / February 25, 2014 / $27.99 print / $13.99 digital

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now, strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering. Rachel must stop this dark necromancy before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and all-out supernatural war breaks out.

Rachel knows of only weapon to ensure the peace: ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils. And no one know better than Rachel that no good deed goes unpunished . . . 

Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series (also known as the Rachel Morgan series) is one of the top selling urban fantasies series to date, and with good cause. Appealing to readers of all ages and genres, Ms. Harrison’s unique blend of sharp wit and imagination has created an alternative world that is filled with never ending magic and mayhem. Ms. Harrison has kept us laughing and crying since her first book, Dead Witch Walking, released in 2004. This intense character driven series is filled with intriguing suspense, non-stop action, smoking hot romances, biting humor, and some truly heartbreaking scenes.

[Bring it on...]

Tue
Feb 18 2014 5:43pm

Laid Bare by Lauren DaneA successful ménage à trois romance require the author to write a believable polyamorous relationship, one where each partner loves one another equally. That's one of the reasons that menage stories are so hard for me to find successful. It does help if there is a viable storyline, some humor, and a realistic emotional base on which it builds. Here are some ménage à trois romances that make me believe in the power of three.

10. Laid Bare by Lauren Dane. Though not a fan of the female in this ménage à trois, that doesn’t stop me from admitting Dane wrote a powerful love story that convinced me that each person in this relationship loved one another and was committed to one another. It helps, in my book, if the the relationship is all inclusive loving; meaning that the men also love one another and engage in sexual congress.

The way he wanted it. Not gentle, not nice, but hard and dark. Emotion rushed through him as she sucked him into her mouth. Her hair in his fist felt right, so right he had to stop thinking about it because it overwhelmed him. Instead he watched her.

She was so beautiful.

Each time he pulled out, the stalk of his cock was deep red and shiny from her mouth. Her eyes stayed closed, but every once in a while she’d open them and look up at him, shocking him down to his toes.

[+9 more menages you shouldn't miss...]

Fri
Feb 14 2014 10:30am

Bonds of Denial by Lynda AicherIn 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 usually brings to mind hearts, flowers, romantic dinners and desserts best eaten in bed. But the following erotic delights below show us that while vanilla is nice, sometimes sampling extra flavors in the bedroom is exactly what you need.

Bonds of Denial by Lynda Aicher

An escort afraid of love and a man whose family and career has made it impossible for him to indulge his pleasures find each other at their darkest moments and fight for the right to love one another despite the odds. Emotionally satisfying and sinfully sexy, Lydia Archer shows us that love has no boundaries.

It's been twenty years since Rockford Fielding's father punished him for kissing another boy. Now a grown man with a military career behind him, Rock continues to deny his true desires, even while working security at The Den, the most decadent sex club in town. But after a year of watching gorgeous Carter Montgomery come and go on the arms of other men, Rock can no longer resist the cravings he's denied for so long.

Carter has just four months left on his contract with an escort agency, and he doesn't know whether to feel relieved or afraid. Being an escort is all he knows. Adding to his confusion is the way his latest client, the sexy but stoic Rock, makes him feel things he hasn't wanted in years.

One charmingly awkward date turns into two and soon the men are meeting off the clock. But with Rock in the closet and Carter unsure how to pursue a real relationship, how can they build a future both in and out of the bedroom?

[What other erotic romances are new to shelves?...]

Wed
Jan 29 2014 10:45am

Jaded by Anne CalhounAnne Calhoun
Jaded
Berkley / February 4, 2014 / $7.99 print / $5.99 digital

After life as a cop in Denver leaves him burned-out, Lucas Ridgeway returns to Walkers Ford, South Dakota, to serve as their chief of police. He’s hoping to start over with a clean slate and avoid any emotional entanglements—even after his next-door neighbor kisses him senseless. Alana is passionate, dedicated, and most importantly leaving town soon. So why not have some fun?

Alana Wentworth comes from a larger-than-life political family, yet all she wanted was to be a librarian. Then after an embarrassing marriage proposal from Mr. Not-For-Her, she jumps at the chance to live her dream for a few months. She wasn't supposed to get involved with the community—or sexy, troubled Lucas. But when the time comes for Alana to put Walkers Ford behind her, she’s not ready. And Lucas may not be ready for her to go….

Family is at the core of Anne Calhoun’s newest release, Jaded. Our family is one of the most complicated relationships we will ever have, sometimes demanding too much and not always giving enough back in return. A family's expectations can and often do take a person places they hadn't intended to go. But despite everything, family is home. It is the one place to go when there is nowhere else, the glue to hold you together when your life falls apart.

In Jaded, we meet some individuals who, while seeming to be trapped by family obligations, struggle to find a balance that allows them to be true to their loved ones and themselves.

[But if you can find that balance, then life is pretty good...]

Wed
Jan 15 2014 10:30am

Prince of Tricks by Jane KindredIn 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....

It’s a brand-new year and the erotic offerings are plentiful. Fantasies and boundaries are pushed, shoved, and tossed aside as our couples explore all their desires this world and beyond.

Prince of Tricks by Jane Kindred

Prince of Tricks is a spicy boundary-pushing erotic fantasy. Heavy on BDSM and multiple sexual partners, Kindred tucks her burgeoning romance inside an intriguing story filled with deception and betrayal as luscious angels and demons all vie for the ultimate prize. Drenched in a decadence haze of pleasure and pain, discipline and punishment, Kindred's voice captures you in a mind drugging sensuous manner; leaving you panting for more. Readers should know that even though this is the third book in The House of Arkhangel'sk series, it is actually a prequel and subsequent spinoff to that series.

[Read all about it...]

Mon
Jan 13 2014 10:30am

The cast of Bitten

 

Frankly, I can’t wait to watch Bitten, based on the first book in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Underworld series, though I am a bit wary of the overall presentation.

Going from book to television is not the easiest transition to make. Both Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files and Stephen King’s The Dome are shining examples of what happens when the vision can’t be reproduced. Both suffered from the inability to bring the magic from the books on to the screen.

This problem is especially true in urban fantasy. Fans are notorious for not being very forgiving when someone messes with the key components of their favorite books and characters. They are favorites for a reason; don't change them. Also, many authors themselves are filled with trepidation that the director and producers will veer away from the storyline in order to make the show more marketable. Take, for instance, Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series.

[What did we learn from True Blood?...]

Thu
Dec 19 2013 10:30am

Midnight Ink anthologyIn 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....

Below is an assortment of erotics filled with some very naughty boys and girls whose holiday gifts of seduction, kink, and love will leave you filled with holiday cheer.

Midnight Ink Anthology—Boxed Set (New Orleans Kink Love And Ink)

Eight authors come together in one boxed set to celebrate the holidays, New Orleans style. Each story is set around a famous tattoo parlor called Midnight Ink. Each story celebrates the spirit of love and giving with some deliciously naughty kink tossed in to spice things up.

Report For Booty by Jayne Rylon

When Burke Levine got marching orders, he couldn't bear to make his girlfriend Chavon White a military widow. Years later, discovering his name tattooed on her perfect ass via a New Orleans' artist's portfolio confirms his epic mistake. Will Midnight Ink's New Year's Eve party grant them a second chance?

Not So Over Eli by Robin L. Rotham

Paramedic Bart Rigger finally has the life he wants rather than the one his father dictated, thanks to hot new fiancée Rhonda Giannetti. But a whirlwind trip to New Orleans puts it all at risk when he's forced to confront unresolved feelings for his first love, tattoo artist Elijah Bell.

[But wait, there's more!...]

Wed
Dec 18 2013 5:30pm

The Spider by Jennifer EstepJennifer Estep
The Spider
Pocket / December 24, 2013 / $7.99 print, $7.59 digital

How did I end up in a career where I always have blood on my hands? Well, let me tell you a story about an assassin who thought she could do no wrong. . . .

Ten years ago. A blistering hot August night. I remember like it was yesterday. The night I, Gin Blanco, truly became the Spider. Killing people is what I do best, especially now that I’ve honed my Ice and Stone magic. But back then, I had yet to learn one very important rule: arrogance will get you, every single time.

This particular job seemed simple: murder a crooked building contractor with ties to ruthless Fire elemental Mab Monroe. My mentor, Fletcher Lane, had some misgivings, but I was certain that I had the situation under control . . . right up until I exposed my weaknesses to a merciless opponent who exploited every single one of them. There’s a reason assassins aren’t supposed to feel anything. Luckily, a knife to the heart can fix that problem, especially when I’m the one wielding it. . . .

For the first time, the origin of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadly assassin “the Spider” is revealed in full, in a story that pre-dates the other nine books in the series.

[SPOILERS of Gin's story...]

Wed
Dec 11 2013 3:30pm

Reaver by Larissa IoneLarissa Ione
Reaver
Grand Central / December 17, 2013 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital

Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before...to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.

Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's been doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape—her newfound thirst for an angel's blood…

The Lords of Deliverance series is a spin-off of Larissa Ione’s delicious Demonica series. Based on the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, we learn of their respective pasts and the part each plays in the never-ending war between Heaven and Hell. Each Horseman holds a seal that, if broken, will turn them into weapons of complete destruction and hasten the end of the world. Each book tells the story of one Horseman and their path to redemption and happiness. As all four Horsemen's stories are told, Reaver begins to tell the external character’s stories; those who have stood for and/or against the Horsemen. Beginning here, Ione wraps up a major storyline and gives readers some much anticipated answers to questions we’ve held onto since the very beginning.

[Getting answers is always a plus...]

Mon
Dec 9 2013 10:30am

Romance Stories--Interactive Fiction Collection by Christina T. CrooksAs a romance reader, I have certain expectations. I expect a romance to be built between a compatible couple whose journey to their happily ever (or happy for now) both interests and intrigues me. I want to be swept away by the author’s skill and submerged into their imagination. I want to be entertained. I want to be stimulated and titillated.

I don’t want to have to work for it.

Lately, the buzz in the literary community is interactive romances. Interactive stories in general are not a new concept. As a child, I loved the Choose Your Own Adventures stories. By your own choices you were given numerous stories and endings. I enjoyed the ability to pick and choose my own (or the hero's) fate. The appeal of interactive stories is while you are given the beginning storyline, you are essentially put in charge of the character(s), choosing their fate using props and choices given by the author.

Dream Your Own Romance and Make Your Own Romance are two series of interactive teen romances written in the '80s. With such titles as Summer Love and Winning at Love, readers are able to make choices throughout the books that address life choices and romance.

[Acting out your own romance sounds fun...]

Mon
Nov 18 2013 3:30pm

If Only by Cherise SinclairIn 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....

Preparing for the holidays can be stressful, but the men and women below know exactly how to “unwind” after a long hard (so to speak...) day.

If Only (Masters of the Shadowlands #8) by Cherise Sinclair

The queen of BDSM beings us the long anticipated story of the sassy mischievous submissive Sally and the two F.B.I. Doms determined to tame her. Heavy erotic play plays nicely against an emotional and suspenseful storyline.

After the last fiasco, Sally gives up. She’ll never find a Dom of her own. Instead the computer whizz is job hunting in between bending the law—just a bit—to unearth the bastards who’d enslaved her friends. The clueless cops and Feds obviously need help.

FBI special agents, Galen and Vance, have waited to play with Sally for a long time. When the mischievous submissive returns to the exclusive Shadowlands BDSM club after an ugly relationship, the experienced co-tops are pleased. Realizing she’s suppressing her emotions, the powerful Doms push her—only to find that her sassiness conceals a scarred and vulnerable heart.

Shaken by the unexpected emotional exposure, Sally flees the demanding Masters and the Shadowlands. Both Galen and Vance have reasons not to seek a long-term submissive, but when a brutal attack by her ex-Dom sends Sally into their home, the two agents are driven to protect her. To help her. To take her under command. Falling in love isn’t in the plans.

But as the little imp brings light into their lives, they begin to want more…until they discover she’s hacked into an organization that delights in burning people alive.

[+ 4 more sexy reads...]

Wed
Nov 6 2013 5:30pm

Shock & Awe by Abigail RouxAbigail Roux
Shock & Awe
Riptide / November 11, 2013 / $9.99 print, $3.99 digital

After barely surviving a shootout in New Orleans, Sidewinder medic Kelly Abbott has to suffer through a month of recovery before he can return home to Colorado. He’s not surprised when fellow Sidewinder Nick O’Flaherty stays with him in New Orleans. Nor is he surprised when Nick travels home with him to help him getback on his feet—after all, years on the same Marine Force Recon team bonded the men in ways that only bleeding for a brother can. He’s very surprised, though, when Nick humors his moment of curiosity and kisses him.

Nick knows all of Kelly’s quirks and caprices, so the kiss was a low-risk move on his part . . . or so he thought. But what should’ve been a simple moment unleashes a flood of confusing emotions and urges that neither man is prepared to address.

Now, Kelly and Nick must figure out what they mean to each other—friends and brothers in arms, or something even deeper?—before the past can come back to ruin their tenuous future.

Kelly Abbott, a medic for the Sidewinders, was wounded (in Touch and Geaux; Cut & Run #7) and is now on medical leave for a month. Nick O’Flaherty, Kelly’s best friend and fellow Sidewinder, decides to use his time off to help Kelly while he recovers. Being on the same Marine Recon team for years, Nick and Kelly are closer than friends—they are brothers-in-arms and confidantes. In the days to follow, they decide to explore a simmering attraction that will either make them true partners or destroy their friendship forever.

Shock and Awe is the first male/male novella in Abigail Roux’s spin-off series The Sidewinders. Fans of her Cut & Run series all know who the Sidewinders are and sent up a collective shout of joy when we learned Roux would write stories about each of the men in the group. Though these can be read alone, there is heavy character and situation crossover from the main series. Even though it's only 92 pages, this novella packs a heavy punch, as it addresses one of my favorite tropes—friends to lovers.

[Can they make the jump?...]

Tue
Oct 29 2013 3:45pm

Sarah's Child by Linda HowardThe alpha jerk appeals to many women because we instinctively love a challenge—can we be the one that thaws the block of ice that surrounds his heart? Will he let go of his issues and let us heal his ravaged soul? Yet there are some heroes who never seem to change. They are unable to get past their issues and we are forced to read a book that categories all their abuse. And we are supposed to root for them to conquer their fears and realize that the heroine was right for them all along.

Hmmmm.

This breed of heroes (and I use that term lightly) treats the heroine like dirt. These characters can be rude, obnoxious, cruel, and abusive to the supposed love of their lives. We are faced with pages and pages of behavior that in the real world would get them dumped so quickly, they would question whether the relationship ever existed. The heroine makes excuses for the hero’s behavior as though having a crappy or traumatic event in their lives somehow justifies months and sometimes years of sheer agony. What mystifies me and angers me is this all continues until the last few pages of the story when a lightbulb goes off and they're faced with the possibility that the heroine has had enough. The heroine begins to walk away and suddenly we see sad hero. Sorry hero. I’m-a-jerk hero. He mans up and they live happily ever after.

Really?

Well, I’m sorry, but that doesn’t cut it. I recently read a book where a nifty little quote was given. The heroine’s mom told her that you should always watch how the hero treats you in the beginning of the relationship because that is a good indication of how they will treat you throughout the entire relationship. And that is very good advice. Sometimes the hero can’t be saved. Sometimes love isn’t enough. A woman can always try to save a hero but should never give up their self esteem in the process.

Below are some romances where I honestly felt the hero didn't deserve a happily ever after (followed by some examples of heroes that do grow and change enough to eventually earn their HEA).

[Does every hero truly deserve his heroine?...]

Wed
Oct 23 2013 4:52pm

Archangel's Legion by Nalini SinghNalini Singh is the rare author who has not one but two extraordinary series that enthrall and delight readers of all genres. I have been a fan of both series since the beginning, but her Guild Hunters series has always held a special place on my bookshelf. This series was my first time reading Ms. Singh and it made me a devout fan from the beginning.

The Guild Hunter series is dark, lush urban fantasy, steeped in violence and power. Set in an alternative version of Earth, the series revolves around two main characters, Raphael and Elena Deveraux. The romance is more subdued than Singh's Psy-Changeling series, yet still deliciously seductive. There's  fantastical world building, and the alternate world is peopled with dynamic angels, vampires, and humans. Multiple subplots are rich in subterfuge and adventure, allowing the reader to submerge into this wickedly decadent and dangerous world.

Singh brings a few unique twists to the supernatural aspects of this urban fantasy. The the true rulers of this world are angels—not the benevolent angels portrayed throughout history, but gorgeous and ruthless gods and goddesses who rule with an absolute power, untempered by humanity or goodwill. The world is broken into ten provinces, with each one ruled by an archangel. The ten provinces together make up the Cadre. Religion plays no part in this series from makeup to execution.

[Angels with a twist—what's not to like?...]

Sat
Oct 19 2013 10:00am

Unbound by Cara McKennaIn 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....

October ushers in cooler weather but that doesn't stop the sensual flames that ignite between our lovers in this month’s erotic offerings.

Unbound by Cara McKenna

She set out to find herself, and discovered the darker side of desire.

Merry’s lost a lot recently—first her mother, then close to a hundred pounds. Feeling adrift, she strikes out in search of perspective. A three-week hike through the Scottish Highlands was supposed to challenge her new body and refocus her priorities, but when disaster strikes, she’s forced to seek refuge in the remote home of a brooding, handsome stranger…

Rob exiled himself to the Highlands years ago, desperate to escape his own self-destruction. Haunted by regrets, he avoids human contact at all costs…but when Merry turns up injured, he can’t very well run her off. And as he nurses her back to health, Rob can’t resist his guest’s sweet demeanor—or her flirtatious advances. The igniting passion between them rouses a secret appetite Rob has long struggled to keep hidden. But Merry craves nothing more than to help Rob surrender to his desires, and the journey draws the lovers into an entirely different kind of wilderness.

Cara McKenna is one of my top erotic romance authors. Her heroes and heroines are complicated characters whose eccentricities often define their lives. McKenna offers up an erotic delight of an isolated man whose home is invaded by a forward woman who helps to push him into accepting himself and his nature. Though the pacing is alittle slow, the journey more than satisfied this reader.

[+yet more hot reads...]

Thu
Oct 17 2013 11:00am

Bitten posterColor fans happy, happy, happy when the news broke that Kelley Armstrong’s best-selling novel, Bitten, would be adapted for television. Bitten, Book 1 in the Women of the Otherworld series, was published in 2001. It was Armstrong’s first novel, and was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Horror Guild. There is now a total of thirteen novels in the series, with numerous novellas and spin-offs. Coincidentally, or not, Thirteen is also the title of her final Otherworld novel, though the ending suggests that Armstrong may revisit that universe again.

Armstrong has remarked in various interviews that Bitten was inspired by The X-Files. In crafting this series, she chose not to incorporate many well-known werewolf horror elements that we see in other stories. Silver is ineffective. A bullet can kill them. They do not need the moon phases to change. They retain their intelligence and humanity while wolves, but cannot speak nor make their clothes disappear.

Set in modern times, the series revolves around Elena Michaels, an ordinary woman who just happens to be the only female werewolf in existence. The reader gets to follow her life, as well as the trials and tribulations faced by her pack and the supernatural world at large as they attempt to live in a world that knows nothing about them or their gifts.

[What big teeth you have...]