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Tue
Sep 16 2014 4:30pm

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 1:30pm

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 2:00pm

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 10:00am

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 4:30pm

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 2:30pm

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 11:00am

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 2:00pm

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 2:47pm

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 9:30am

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 2:45pm

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 9:30am

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 3:00pm

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 4:30pm

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!...]

Mon
Apr 28 2014 12:30pm

From Trixie Belden to Anne Calhoun: A Journey to Adulthood

 The Secret of the Mansion by Julie CampbellReading was my escape from reality when I was growing up. My childhood wasn’t sublime and I spent a large portion of time by myself. So I read. Books were my escape as they didn’t judge, yell, ignore, or hurt me. Romance, straight fiction, mystery, coming of age, fantasy...nothing was out of bounds for me.

Mysteries have always been my first love. I adored watching Alfred Hitchcock Presents on CBS and Mystery! on PBS. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys filled my young literary needs. I discovered Trixie Belden by accident when I was looking for a particular Nancy Drew book, which had already been checked out of the library. The librarian asked if I had ever read Trixie Belden and it was then my love affair started.

[Was it a Happy Ever After?...]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 2:00pm

They Did WHAT??: When Authors Mess with the HEA

Betting the Rainbow by Jodi ThomasWhen a romance author advances her hero and heroine towards a serious relationship, readers expect romance, physical scenes, conflict, and eventually a happily ever after. We are pleased that our couple has survived the gauntlet and reached Eden. But sometimes, the author decides to change things up. Maybe introduce more conflict to our lovers’ relationship. Make them continue to work toward their happily ever after.  As in real life, no relationship is stationary. It must continue to develop and grow or it will stagnate and eventually wither away and die.

Sometimes, though, the author takes a gamble and smashes the couple's happily ever after into a million pieces. That's when things get ugly.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for books and series by Jodi Thomas, Kim Harrison, Lauren Dane, Heather Graham, Jennifer Estep, and Charlain Harris.

There are a few ways an author can break an established or assumed HEA. Cheating seems to be the number one reason, often using evidence of said betrayal in the form of a child. Jodi Thomas chooses this plot device in the latest release in her Harmony, Texas series, Betting the Rainbow.

[Expect the unexpected...]

Wed
Apr 9 2014 3:04pm

Doms, Os, and Demons: April 2014’s Erotic Recommendations

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

First Look: Shelly Laurenston’s Bite Me (March 25, 2014)

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

Coming (In) Like a Lion: March 2014’s Erotic Recomendations

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

First Look: Patricia Briggs’s Night Broken (March 11, 2014)

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...]