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Sun
Nov 23 2014 10:00am

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Is Gin on ice again?]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 8:30am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Okay, we're warned...]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 11:30am

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

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

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

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

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

[Hide and seek, Guild Hunter style!]

Fri
Oct 17 2014 1:00pm

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

Riding Dirty by Jill SorensonIn need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palate—and your credit card....

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

Riding Dirty by Jill Sorenson

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

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

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

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

[We like those sorts of journeys...]

Tue
Sep 30 2014 8:30am

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

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

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

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

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

[Bound to be awesome!]

Tue
Sep 23 2014 3:30pm

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

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

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

Bombshell by Jody Gehrman

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

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

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

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

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

Tue
Sep 16 2014 3:30pm

Concluding the Kerr Chronicles in Jen Frederick’s Taking Control

Jen Frederick’s Hitman and Woodland are sweetly complicated romances that deal with serious subjects matters, using dialogue and dynamic characterization to build rich character based stories that engage the reader to the end. Though dramatic at times with alpha heroes whose need to protect their heroines often causes them to cross some boundaries, Frederick’s keeps her checks in balance, never allowing the hero to go so far as to alienate the heroine nor the reader. A faint new adult tone permeates the stories, giving us that “first love” attraction feeling without the over the top emotional reactions that are common in this genre.

Taking Control is the second book in Jen Frederick’s Kerr Chronicles, an erotic romance series that began with Losing Control, which introduced us to our protagonists and was told from the heroine’s point of view and wraps up the main storyline in book two from the viewpoint of the hero. Though a common enough trope—rich emotionally stunted billionaire finds true love in an economically stymied virgin with a dubious past—Frederick’s twists and tweaks her characters in order to elevate some of the preconceived notions that often accompany said trope.

[Let's put that trope on its head...]

Wed
Aug 27 2014 12:30pm

Second Chance at Love: Lori Foster’s No Limits

In Lori Foster's new release, No Limits, the hero Cannon Colter is an MMA champion on his way back from his Supreme Battle Championship fight in Japan when he receives news that an old friend, Tipton Sweeny, has passed away and Cannon is mentioned in his will. Upon hearing the contents of the will, Cannon is surprised to learn that Tipton has left him half of everything he owns with instructions asking Cannon to help his granddaughter find her way home. Cannon grew up with Tipton’s granddaughter, Yvette, and helped save her life when she was kidnapped by a group of sadistic rapists. Cannon has always known of Yvette’s crush on him but her age negated any reciprocal feelings on his part. 

Yvette Sweeny left town after the kidnapping, hoping to make a fresh start in California. She can’t stand the thought of coming home and having everyone look at her with pity, especially Cannon. Yvette buried her crush on him, likening it to a byproduct of her youth and has come to terms with the fact that any feelings he has for her was due to their shared ordeal and will never go beyond that. She hopes Cannon will allow her to buy him out of his inheritance so she can sell everything off and head back to the life she has in California.

When Cannon sees Yvette again, he notices that their three years apart has changed her both physically and mentally. She is older, even more beautiful, and her scars run deep. Cannon cannot believe the punch of lust and protectiveness that hits him and decides that the time has come to see where this attraction can lead. Cannon is determined to see Yvette come home...and hopefully stay forever.

No Limits is the first book in Lori Foster’s new Ultimate series. I was excited to see her writing a new MMA series as her SEC series remains a favorite of mine to date. Ultimate is a spin off of her Love Undercover series, and in this book, Foster revisits some secondary characters from that series, giving them a voice of their own. Cannon Coulter was first introduced in Getting Rowdy and later again in Dash of Perils. You don’t have to read the Love Undercover series to understand this one, though some characters and storylines do crossover.

[Always great to see familiar faces...]

Fri
Aug 15 2014 1:00pm

Addicted to Love: Erotic Recommendations for August 2014

Beyond Addiction by Kit RochaIn 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....

August brings erotic addicions to a whole new level when these couples find the one they want to spend the rest of their lives with.

Beyond Addiction by Kit Rocha

She’s fought like hell to leave the past behind.

Trix changed her name and her life when she got clean four years ago. Now, she has a new family and a job she loves—tending bar and dancing at the Broken Circle. As an O’Kane, she’s happy, untouchable. Until a nightmare from her old life tears her away from her home and drags her back to Hell—also known as Sector Five.

He’s still living—and dying—in it.

Losing Trix was the kick in the head Finn needed to get sober, but working as an enforcer for a man he hates is slowly crushing his soul. The only thing that keeps him going is his determination to destroy Sector Five from the inside. Then Trix comes back into his life—alive, in danger—and nothing else matters.

Getting her home could be a suicide mission. The only thing deadlier is the old spark that flares to life between them. Soon, Finn and Trix are battling the one addiction neither of them ever managed to kick—each other. And it could cost them everything.

The Kit Rocha writing team goes to Defcon 10, and then some, in the fifth installment of their Beyond series. Pure erotic decadence is layered in sex, violence, and freedom as Rocha slowly reunites two former lovers whose addictions forced them apart. An action-packed storyline with an ongoing arc takes this erotic romance from common place to extraordinary in both writing and presentation.

[+More can't-miss erotic reads...]

Sun
Jul 20 2014 9:00am

First Look: Jennifer Estep’s Poison Promise (July 29, 2014)

Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep
Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin #11)
Pocket Books / July 29, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

In book eleven of her New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series, author Jennifer Estep continues “one of the best urban fantasy series going on the market” (Fresh Fiction).

Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.

There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…

Gin has defeated her greatest foe, Mab Monroe, but now someone is coming to take Mab’s place. Someone who is determined to gain access to Ashland’s underworld—and rule it.

Gin Blanco, aka The Spider, is back and sharpening her knives in Poison Promise, the eleventh installment of Jennifer Estep’s dark and action-packed Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Set in a small town in North Carolina, this ever-evolving world mixes the mundane with the supernatural, as Gin struggles to keep her town and loved ones safe from the darker elements that circle the city like sharks out for blood.

[Assassins are people too...]

Mon
Jul 14 2014 3:30pm

Hotter than a Firecracker: Erotic Recommendations for July 2014

The Highest Bid by Joey W. Hill

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.

July bathes us with sensual steamy heat as new and old relationships are put to the test in this month’s peruals.

The Highest Bid (Naughty Bits Part IV) by Joey W. Hill

To understand her customers’ desires at her lingerie store, Naughty Bits, Madison has been exploring her own deep yearnings with the help of neighboring store owner—and oh-so-sexy Dominant—Logan. After overcoming her fears and allowing herself to truly submit, Madison is ready for her ultimate sexual adventure: an auction where she’ll be offered up to the highest bidding Master.

But when her fantasy brings her face-to-face with her true feelings for Logan, she’ll have to figure out if she’s ready to trust her heart as well as her body to him forever…

Installment four in Hill’s erotic serial has Madison embarking on her greatest sexual fantasy to date and tearing down the last of the restraints that protect her heart.

[More sexy recs ahead...]

Tue
Jun 17 2014 1:30pm

First Look: Jay Crownover’s Better When He’s Bad (June 19, 2014)

Better When He's Bad by Jay CrownoverJay Crownover
Better When He’s Bad (Welcome to the Point)
William Morrow / June 17, 2014 / $13.99 print, $4.99 digital

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

Welcome to the Point is a new series by Jay Crownover. Different from the Marked Men series, this one opens up a world of crime, drugs, violence, and death with a “hero” who is anything but a good guy. Dark and gritty, Better When He’s Bad is a bleak look at life on the streets where only the strong can survive.  A cast of interesting and dangerous characters casually walk the line between good and bad and demand you pay attention as they help to lay the framework for the story.

[That doesn't sound bad at all!...]

Tue
Jun 17 2014 10:00am

Hot Days, Hotter Nights: Erotic Recommendations for June 2014

Bound to Please 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....

June's hot summer days and nights bring forth delicious fantasies and naughty games in this month’s dominant offerings.

Bound to Please (Naughty Bits #3) by Joey W. Hill

Thanks to her new Dom’s exquisitely special set of skills, Madison is discovering how delicious it can be to lose control. Logan is committed to awakening Madison’s long buried desires, and after he shows her the depths of ecstasy they can reach with a little bit of roleplay, he’s ready to take her to the next level.

But when Madison’s old fears resurface, Logan grows wary of pushing her too far too fast. He can sense just how deeply she longs for release from past regrets, but what surprises him the most is the intense yearning his innocent new sub is awakening in him. Now Logan must decide to what lengths he’ll go to convince Madison to give herself over completely…

In the third installment of this succulent erotic serial, Hill has upped the ante between our lovers as they continue to explore and push boundaries in their relationship. When a line is drawn, choices will have to be made that will either give them their heart’s desire or drive them apart.

[What other sexy reads are new to the scene?...]

Fri
Jun 13 2014 1:00pm

The “When Cupid’s Arrow Strikes...It Hurts” Scene From Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dance With The Devil

Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn KenyonInsecurity and feelings of unworthiness can lead to a healthy dose of despair in any storyline, and we see the proof of this in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters series. The entire premise of the series is built on varying degrees of despair, agony, and heartbreak. Everyone pays a price for their lives and some of the prices are unimaginable.

The Dark Hunters come into being through a single act of betrayal. When he or she cries for vengeance against that act, the Gods hear their cry and respond. For this one act of vengeance against the one who has harmed them, the Dark Hunter must give their soul over to the Goddess of the Hunt, Artemis. They are then granted immortality and must serve as her weapon till death. Of course, there is a loophole. Their one chance at redemption. Should their soul be replaced in their body at death by their one true love, then they are granted back their mortality and will live out a normal human lifespan.

One such character in this series who embodies the definition of delicious despair is Zarek of Moesia (Dance With The Devil). Though considered to be an anti-hero in the books leading to his story, it’s only in this book that we learn the truth behind Zarek’s animosity towards everyone he encounters.

[But things are about to change...]

Mon
Jun 9 2014 1:47pm

First Look: Abigail Roux’s Cross and Crown (June 9, 2014)

Cross and Crown by Abigail RouxAbigail Roux
Cross and Crown (A Sidewinder Story)
Riptide / June 9, 2014 / $16.99 print, $6.99 digital

When Nick O'Flaherty arrives at the scene of a double homicide to find he has a witness to the crime, he thinks it’s his lucky day. But when he realizes his witness is suffering from amnesia and can’t even remember his own name, Nick wishes he’d gone with his gut and put in for vacation time.

Then Nick’s boyfriend and former Recon teammate, Kelly Abbott, joins him in Boston, and Nick finds his hands a little too full as the case and his personal life collide. The witness he’s dubbed “JD” is being tailed by Julian Cross, a retired CIA hitman. To complicate matters further, JD forms an attachment to Nick that Nick struggles not to respond to as they search for the key to JD’s identity.

Trying to determine whether JD is friend or foe as they investigate the crime puts them on the trail of a much older mystery. When multiple attempts are made on their lives, Nick is forced to turn to old enemies and new allies to solve a centuries-old crime before he and Kelly get added to the history books.

Abigail Roux’s Cut and Run series started out as a simple male/male suspense romance with dynamic characters and intriguing romances and plotlines. Soon, however, the storylines and characters took a life of their own and fans demanded more. More from Ty and Zane (the main characters) and more from the secondary characters. That's how the Sidewinder series began, a spin-off from Cut and Run that revolves around two best-friends-turned-lovers Nick O'Flaherty and Kelly Abbott.

[What're Nick and Kelly up to these days?...]

Thu
May 29 2014 8:30am

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Shield of Winter (June 3, 2014)

Shield of Winter by Nalini SinghNalini Singh
Shield of Winter
Berkley / June 3, 2014 / $25.95 print, $12.99 digital

Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she'll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

Hundreds of years ago, the Psy decided the only way for their race to survive was to silence their emotions—by whatever means necessary. Throughout Nalini Singh's series (Shield of Winter is the thirteenth full-length Psy-Changeling book), we have watched as this decision has come back to haunt them with horrific results. Severing their emotions only served to breed sociopaths within their race, sociopaths who were allowed to prey on one another as well as other races. As evil began to taint the race, infecting and spreading its lethal contagion, we learn that Silence has completely fallen and now the Psy must disregard everything they ever learned if they are to survive.

[Now is the time to speak!...]

Thu
May 22 2014 1:45pm

If I May, Sir: Erotic Recommendations for May 2014

Bang by E.K. BlairIn 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....

May is a month-long kinky exploration of our darker sides as betrayal, deception, pain, and pleasure only serve to sharpen the bite of the erotic games our lovers play.

Bang (Black Lotus, #1) by E.K. Blair

They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.

But I’m not innocent.

I haven’t been for a very long time.

My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.

Gone.

Vanished.

I never even had a choice.

I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs.

Until now.

I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine.

But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart.

Bang starts out with a bang (!), and never lets up. Don’t mistake this book for an erotic love story, though, because that is too simple a term for the wide range of emotions involved here. One woman’s need for revenge is littered with lies, sex, and violence. Unbearable pain guides our heroine as she maneuvers the minefield that is her life. Warning!!! This ends on a cliffhanger.

[Then we better hang on...]

Tue
May 20 2014 8:30am

First Look: Karen Ranney’s The Virgin of Clan Sinclair (May 27, 2014)

The Virgin of Clan Sinclair by Karen Ranney

Karen Ranney
The Virgin of Clan Sinclair
Avon / May 27, 2014 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Ellice Traylor has a secret. Beneath her innocent exterior beats an incredibly passionate and imaginative heart. She has been pouring all of her frustrated virginal fantasies into a scandalous manuscript. But when her plans for her future are about to be derailed by her mother's matrimonial designs, she takes matters into her own hands.

Ross Forster, the Earl of Gladsden, has spent his life creating order out of chaos. He expects discipline and calm from those around him. What he does not expect is a beautiful, thoroughly maddening stowaway in his carriage.

But when Ross discovers Ellice's secret book, he finds he can't stop thinking about what other fantasies the disarming virgin can dream up. He has the chance to learn when a compromising position forces them to wed. But can the uptight Earl survive a life with his surprising new wife? And how will the hero of Ellice's fantasies compare to the husband of her reality?

The Virgin of Clan Sinclair is the third book in Karen Ranney’s Clan Sinclair series but is structured as a standalone, an amusing heartfelt story that brings together an unconventional young woman determined to get out from underneath her mother’s thumb and a staid Earl who's trying to live down the reputation left by his father. Ranney crafts a delightful romance around two extremely personable characters whose actions hide the hurt buried deep within them.

[Love heals all hurts, right?...]

Tue
May 13 2014 2:00pm

Let’s Get Kraken on Meljean Brook’s The Kraken King Serial

The Kraken King, Part 1, by Meljean Brook

Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series is a rip roaring steampunk adventure filled with dastardly pirates, scary sea monsters, steamy romance, political intrigue, and devious adversaries. In her latest release, The Kraken King serial, Brook focuses on Zenobia Fox, the writer whose imaginative stories about her smuggling brother’s adventures have captured the public's attention. Each part in this serial is presented in the exact same way as Zenobia herself pens her stories. Only this time, Zenobia herself is the heroine.

Each installment reveals more of the circumstances that built the woman we see now. An abusive childhood, coupled with various kidnappings and unwanted advances from fortune hunters, has created a woman whose walls are so high and thick, we are unsure who exactly Zenobia Fox really is—a writer content to sit quietly on the sidelines, or an intelligent, intuitive woman who wants her own adventure?

[Finally, the heroine of her own story...]

Mon
May 5 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Joanna Chambers’s Enlightened (May 6, 2014)

Enlightened by Joanna Chambers

Joanna Chambers
Enlightened (Enlightenment #3)
Samhain / May 6, 2014 / $4.50 digital

Five months ago, David Lauriston was badly hurt helping his friend Elizabeth escape her violent husband. Since then, David has been living with his lover, Lord Murdo Balfour, while he recuperates.

Despite the pain of his injuries, David’s time with Murdo has been the happiest of his life. The only things that trouble him are Murdo’s occasional bouts of preoccupation, and the fact that one day soon, David will have to return to his legal practice in Edinburgh.

That day comes too soon when David’s friend and mentor takes to his deathbed, and David finds himself agreeing to take on a private mission in London. Murdo is at his side in the journey, but a shocking revelation by Murdo’s ruthless father leaves David questioning everything they’ve shared.

As tensions mount and the stakes grow higher, David and Murdo are forced to ask themselves how far they’re prepared to go—and how much they’re prepared to give up— to stay together. And whether there’s any chance of lasting happiness for men like them.

The third and final installment of Joanna Chambers’s historical m/m romance brings a conclusion to this poignant and sensual love story between these two men who defy convention and society’s edicts to be together. Lush emotional scenes and heartfelt declarations only serve to remind us that no matter what gender is involved, love is a gift and should be viewed as such.

[Enlighten us!...]