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Fri
Apr 21 2017 9:30am

First Look: Kresley Cole’s Wicked Abyss (April 25, 2017)

Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole
Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark #18)
Gallery Books / April 25, 2017 / $26.00 print, $13.99 digital)

Note: This review may contain hints at where the story is going, if you don't want to know anything about the plot, turn back and read the book first! We'll be here when you're ready to talk.

It's the year of the demon!  Warcraft brought demon hunters with the new expansion pack: Legion, and Kresley Cole's new book Wicked Abyss returns us to the Immortals After Dark world.  I have to be honest, I was somewhat disappointed in the last two books (not that they weren't good) but the road trips that both Lanthe and Thronos (Dark Skye) and Rune and Josie (Sweet Ruin) were a bit of an exhausting read. In Wicked Abyss, we rarely leave the hero's castle, which, honestly, I can't imagine why you would want to. I love Graven Castle and want to live there!

Lila, or Calliope, is a fey princess, engaged to King Saetth (who appeared in Sweet Ruin) since birth. When we first meet her, she's 13 years old and just witnessed her parents beheading...at the order of her finance.  She's standing on trial for her own life, but is instead banished to the mortal realm.

[Read more...]

Tue
Feb 16 2016 10:30am

First Look: Lexi Blake’s From Sanctum with Love (February 23, 2016)

From Sanctum with Love by Lexi Blake

Lexi Blake
From Sanctum with Love (Masters and Mercenaries #10)
DLZ Entertainment, LLC / February 23, 2016 / $15.99 print, $4.99 digital

Psychologist Kai Ferguson has had his eye on Kori Williamson for a long time. His assistant is everything he’s ever wanted in a partner—smart, caring, witty, and a bit of a masochist. More than a little, actually, but that’s the problem. Kori won’t admit her own desires. She’s afraid of him and what he has to offer. Luckily for her, helping patients face their fears is one of his specialties. 

Kori knows she wants Kai. Her boss is the most amazing man she’s ever met. She’s also smart enough to stay away from him. Having been down this road before, she knows it only leads to heartache. She’s just found a place where she can belong. Another failed relationship is the last thing she needs. It’s better to guard her heart and let Kai think she’s frightened of his dark, dominant nature. 

When Kai is recruited for an operation with McKay-Taggart, everything is turned upside down. Kai’s brother, international superstar Jared Johns, is in town and Kai must juggle his family issues along with a desperate hunt for a serial killer. The investigation throws Kori and Kai together, and they quickly discover the chemistry between them is undeniable. But even if their newfound love can survive his secrets and her lies, it may not be enough to save them both from a killer’s twisted obsession. 

January winter storm Jonas couldn’t have hit at a more perfect time for me, as I just got sent the ARC for From Sanctum with Love, Lexi Blake’s newest Masters and Mercenaries novel.  Needless to say, I finished it within hours.

[A relaxing erotic read ...]

Tue
Feb 2 2016 11:00am

First Look: Kerrigan Byrne’s The Hunter (February 2, 2016)

The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne

Kerrigan Byrne
The Hunter (To Tempt a Highlander #2)
St. Martin's Press / February 2, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

A scandalous proposal...

Christopher Argent lives in the shadows as the empire's most elite assassin. Emotion is something he tossed away years ago, making him one of the most clear-eyed, cold-hearted, wealthiest, and therefore untouchable men in London. But when his latest target turns out to be London's own darling, Millicent LeCour, Christopher's whole world is turned upside down. Overwhelmed by her stunning combination of seduction and innocence, Christopher cannot complete the mission. She has made him feel again. Now, he will do anything to save her life, even if it means risking his own...

A perilous passion...

When Millie learns what Christopher was hired to do, she is torn between the fear in her heart and the fire in her soul. Putting herself in this notorious hunter's arms may be her only path to safety—even if doing so could be the deadliest mistake she's ever made. But how can she resist him? As the heat between her and Christopher burns out of control, danger lurks in the shadows. Is their desire worth the risk? Only the enemy knows what fate has in store...

This is only her second book, but Kerrigan Byrne is quickly becoming a new favorite with me. I’m going to have to learn to stop reading her books in the break room at work, because it’s uncomfortable to explain the crying. Granted, my co-workers are all librarians so you’d think they’d at least understand, but I do get weird looks. 

[An irresistible series ...]

Mon
Nov 16 2015 5:30pm

Masters and Mercenaries: Lexi Blake’s BDSM Series Needs to Be on Your TBR Pile

The Dom Who Loved Me by Lexi Blake

Did you ever wonder what the James Bond series would be like if, instead of being a secret service agent, he was instead a former CIA Operative and head of his own private security firm in Dallas?  Who also runs a super exclusive BDSM club on the side?  I’m guessing you probably haven’t, but Lexi Blake—author of the incredible Master and Mercenaries series—has and this post will be all about why you should be reading this incredible series.

Honestly, if I ever become a multi-billionaire, I will make it my mission to turn this into a TV show.  It would have to be on a premium cable channel, but let me tell you—it would so be worth the money.  I’ve already got my dream cast ready, and would be willing to initiate a Kickstarter, if anyone else is interested (wink, wink). 

Now, if you got a bit nervous when I said these books involved BDSM, just relax.  Yes, they do have BDSM elements in them, but it’s not the main focus of the novels.  It’s obvious that Lexi Blake is either active in the Lifestyle or she has done some incredible research because she explains how BDSM works so incredibly well, even us vanilla people can follow along.  So, if you’re turned off by BDSM, don’t let that keep you from reading and enjoying this series.  It doesn’t take over the book, and normally is either part of or leading up to some of the most erotic sex scenes I’ve ever come across.  Fair warning though, some of these books will end in semi-cliff hangers, so be prepared to get your Amazon one-click settings ready to roll, ‘cause you’re going to want to keep reading and reading.

[You have been warned ...]

Tue
Sep 1 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Christine Feehan’s Dark Ghost (September 1, 2015)

Dark Ghost by Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan
Dark Ghost (Dark #27)
Penguin / September 1, 2015 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital

In the new novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling “queen of paranormal romance,” (J.R. Ward) a wounded warrior and a woman on the run find salvation, passion and unimaginable danger in the ghostly darkness of the Carpathian Mountains…
 
He wasn’t civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.

Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.
 
She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood.
 
In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.
 
Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?

Wounded from his most recent battle with a vampire, Andre goes off to his cave deep in the Carpathian Mountains in order to heal and recover. Centuries of existing only to hunt vampires, Andre has given up on ever finding the other half to his soul—his lifemate. 

[Another dark series novel for craving fans...]

Mon
Jul 27 2015 11:00am

Intro to Ménage in Erotic Romance: Terms, Tropes, and Tons of Recommendations

Their Virgin Captive by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Ménage romance really is a guilty pleasure of mine.  I accidentally discovered it last year, when one popped up as a suggested reading in my Amazon feed.  I’m not sure how it got there, as 99% of my reading from Amazon is historical/Regency romance, with the occasional non-fictional history and work-related book, but I clicked on it out of curiosity.  My Kindle and my credit card haven’t been the same since. 

While I’m positive there are some ménage romance novels that have one man paired with two women or more, the books I read are just the opposite: one girl to two (or more) men. There are some novels that have “mega-ménages” that have as many partners as the author wishes.  Personally, I can’t handle reading anything more than a foursome just because the novels aren’t long enough to properly develop the characters.  And, let’s be honest here, any more than three men and I have a difficult time of keeping track of who is doing what where during the sex scenes. 

So what is the attraction about ménage romances?   Just imagine: two men who love a woman so much that they decide to share her rather than fight each other or force her to choose between them.   Here’s a quote from one of my favorite ménage authors that I think explains what a ménage is:

“They (The men) don’t simply share a woman.  They share a life. They share a family and their problems and their worries. They take comfort in the presence of the other.  It’s a beautiful thing.”
—From “Pure Bliss” by Sophie Oak.

[Grab a cold towel to cool off...]