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Jun 22 2016 3:30pm

Into The Long Dark Night...Erotic Romance Best Bets for June 2016

Smut by Karina Halle

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

Love is a fickle emotion that can lift you up to the heavens or leave you lying broken in the street. The couples below all experience the ups and downs of love and learn that the world is theirs for the taking as long as they have the passion, desire, and courage to seize it.

Smut by Karina Halle

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad's ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career. What Blake and Amanda don't want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that's exactly what they both get when they're forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is an arrogant jerk (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her (tight, round) bottom, they fight tooth and nail. That is, until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that's neither here nor there. When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it's not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality.

Halle writes a smart, fun, and oh so kinky story that marries fiction and fact as she examines the art of writing erotic romance, the ins and outs of self-publishing, and the stereotypes that are often associated with it. Your laughter rings true as we watch our protagonists, Blake and Amanda, who are paired together in a creative writing class, leave the classroom and end up in the bedroom as they strive to make their dreams come true in ways they never imagined.

Beyond Ecstasy by Kit Rocha

Beyond Ecstasy by Kit Rocha

The O’Kanes have a reputation for working hard and playing harder—except for Hawk. He joined the gang with one goal: to ensure his family’s survival through the impending war with Eden. It’s been years since he had the luxury of wanting anything for himself. Now, he wants Jeni. From the first moment he saw her, he’s been obsessed with making her his. Not for a night—forever.

Jeni’s been lusting after the former smuggler for months, but he keeps shutting her down. She’s almost given up on getting him in her bed when he offers her the last thing she ever expected—a collar. Accepting it means belonging to him, body and soul. It’s a reckless gamble, but Jeni can’t resist the chance to slip under Hawk’s armor.

The only thing more shocking than the dark, dangerous pleasure they discover is how right it feels. But falling in love is even more reckless when forever is far from guaranteed. Because they aren’t just at war, they’re out of time—and every breath could be their last.

Rocha’s darkly erotic post-apocalyptic Beyond series gears up towards its finale with the second to last installment. Emotions run deep through here as one couple must examine and define their feelings for one another against the backdrop of war. Intense sensuality and lush erotic scenes blend beautifully with the heightened sense danger that awaits them all in the darken sky. When the time for honesty comes, Jeni and Hawk will have to lay their souls bare and speak the truth of their hearts or suffer the deadliest of consequences of their lies.

Hold You Against Me by Skye Warren

Hold You Against Me by Skye Warren

Once upon a time the daughter of a mafia king fell in love with a foot soldier.

This fairy tale didn’t have a happy ending.

My sister and I barely managed to escape alive, and we’ve lived in relative hiding ever since. I’m safe now, but I can never forget the boy who gave his life to save mine.

Except there’s a chance that he’s still alive. And he’s fighting a war.

Even knowing the risks, I have to find him. I have to find some way to protect him, the way he protected me. But he isn’t the boy I left behind. He’s a violent man. A criminal. And he’s been waiting for me—the final pawn in a dark game of survival and love.

When a mafia princess fell for a common foot soldier, he offered his life in exchange for her’s and her sister’s freedom. But freedom always comes with a price and now the time has come for her to pay. Warren finally grants her fans their fondest wish with the story of the couple who started it all in her darkly erotic and passionate Stripped series. This story is a continuation of Tough Love, the prequel to the series. Edgy, heartbreaking, and twisted are just a few words that describe this tale of love fueled by revenge that gives a second chance to a man who has walked through hell for the woman he has never stopped loving. Though some may find their path to redemption hard to read, Warren does an incredible job of being honest to the story and to the characters she has created.

Protecting His Own by Cherise Sinclair

Protecting His Own by Cherise Sinclair

Landscape designer, Beth King survived an abusive husband and built a new life for herself with the help of Master Nolan, the strongest, most protective man she has ever known. She loves him with all her heart, but the one thing he wants, she can’t give him. To her grief, the damage from her abusive first marriage means she can’t bear him children.

As Beth and Nolan change their plans and pursue adoption, they're already imagining a baby girl in the nursery. But when two boys from the local domestic violence shelter see their mother taken to the hospital, they call Beth in a panic. Agreeing to care for them temporarily, Beth soon falls in love with the two adorable boys.

Now Master Nolan has a new problem. How can he protect the children when their drug-addicted mother is released—and how the hell can he keep his sweet submissive’s heart from being broken when they leave?

Beth and Nolan’s story (Breaking Free) continues in this heart bruising tale of love, loss, and hope when a woman’s greatest desire is circumvented by her abusive past. Emotionally poignant, Sinclair’s voice is brimming with compassion and sensuality as she focuses on the toll infertility can take on a relationship and the struggles Beth and Nolen each endure as they strive to discover the final pieces to complete their story. An interesting subplot that weaves it’s way in and out opens the door to new characters and romances assuring  us the Shadowlands won’t be closing it’s doors anytime soon.

The Harder He Falls by Lynda Aicher

The Harder He Falls by Lynda Aicher

Expert whitewater-rafting guide Grady Kelley lives for that rush of adrenaline: at work, as the newest employee of a Portland-based outdoor-adventure sports company, and off the river, where liaisons with anonymous men keep him satisfied. Grady prefers no drama and no strings attached, but when tragedy strikes, fate leads him to Micah Swaine. He’s hot, masculine, distracting—and offers the kind of deeper connection Grady has sworn off, no matter how badly he craves it.

Working at a leather bar, Micah meets a lot of guys, but Grady’s different—and he seems to feel the same way. The trouble is, anything beyond casual sex is too risky for Micah. He’s got secrets he doesn’t know how to share, secrets that would make any relationship a battlefield. No man, even one as compassionate as Grady, would stick around for that kind of trouble. And yet, as physical desire melts the walls they’ve put up, Micah and Grady discover that trusting each other is the most exhilarating adventure of all.

A new series brought to us by Lynda Aicher gives readers a compelling and erotically charged romance that joins together two damaged men whose secrets have convinced them that they are not worthy of love. Explicit sexual scenes mesh well with the internal struggles each man faces as their walls begin to tumble and they are left emotionally raw and exposed. As Micah and Grady face off against their greatest fears, they discover a connection that promises to heal them both.

So tell me, what has your e-reader smoking this month?

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Learn more about or order a copy of the books mentioned in this post:

Smut by Karina Halle  
Beyond Ecstasy by Kit Rocha  
Hold You Against Me by Skye Warren  
Protecting His Own by Cherise Sinclair  
The Harder He Falls by Lynda Aicher  

 

 

 

 

 


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