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Book Review and #Giveaway: FOUND IN YOU (Fixed #2) by Laurelin Paige (@LaurelinPaige)

October 2, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Past Giveaways 0

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Welcome to the Found in You Book Tour! This is the second book in the Fixed Series by Laurelin Paige. Read my review of the book and enter the giveaway for a $50 Gift Card and Fixed Series Gift Packs!

 

CLICK HERE to read my review of Book #1, Fixed on You.

 

About the Book

 

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Title: Found in You (Fixed #2)

 Author: Laurelin Paige

 Release date: October 1, 2013

 Publisher: Mandevilla Press

 Age Group: Adult

 Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Alayna Withers has only had one kind of relationship: the obsessive, crazy stalker kind. Now that Hudson Pierce has let her into his heart, she’s determined to stay away from her past tendencies and develop their love into more than just amazing sex. At least Hudson is as dedicated to her as she is to him, though she could do without his new found jealousy and need to control everything. To complicate matters, Hudson has his own baggage including a penchant for mind games and a hateful alcoholic mother who’s set on destroying any happiness he might find with Alayna.

Needing insight, Alayna turns to an unlikely source—Celia Werner. Celia’s been in love with Hudson herself and knows how to ride the rocky waves of the emotionally closed-off man. But when Celia’s true motivations behind their friendship are revealed, Hudson’s commitment might not be as solid as Alayna thinks, and even their all-consuming passion for each other isn’t enough to fix their mistrusts. This is the first relationship where Alayna hasn’t spiraled out of control. And she might lose Hudson anyway…

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My Review

 

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“Our pasts will always threaten to come between us. But nothing can come between us unless we let it.”

 I was so happy to get to spend some more time with one of my favorite couples, Alayna and Hudson. Found in You picks up immediately where the first book left off and I felt like I had only just finished the first book, though it was months ago. The story and the characters had stuck with me and the author immediately brought me right in to the moment: into Alayna’s whirlwind emotions and the amazingly sexy, domineering presence of Hudson.

This second book in the series completely lived up to my high expectations. We really got to see growth in these two characters as they continue to struggle to find trust and stability and a real, solid relationship. It’s absolutely clear how they feel about each other: the chemistry is beyond sizzling, the sex HOT, and their love towards each other is genuine. Old habits and insecurities get in the way as more past secrets are uncovered. Alayna in particular shows how far she has come in her handling of the precarious situation and volatile emotions. It made me like her even more: she’s far from perfect but recognizes her her issues and does her best to deal with them. She may be neurotic and a little insecure but her strength and determination to move past it is admirable. And Hudson, well he’s Hudson. Sexy as all hell and I can’t help but feel like his dark past makes him even more alluring, especially now that he too is trying to move beyond it.The story holds some definite surprises and I was rooting for this couple all the way through.

This book is romantic, super sexy and moves along quickly and smoothly. It’s not without darkness and angst but it’s well-balanced with humor and warmth. I truly enjoyed getting deeper in to this couple’s lives and reading what felt like a natural progression for these characters. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

CLICK HERE to read my review of Fixed on You (Book #1)

 

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About the Author

 

Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine. She is represented by Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency.

Connect with Laurelin

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Twitter: @laurelinpaige

 

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Book Review: A FIRM HAND (Bound to You #2) by Fallon Blake (@FallonBlake)

September 24, 2013 Adult, BDSM, Book Review, Erotic Romance, Erotica 0

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Title: A Firm Hand (Bound to You #2)

Author: Fallon Blake

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Release Date: June 26, 2013

 

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

About the Book

Book two in the Bound to You series. Can be read as a stand-alone.

After a painful past, Brian Donovan can’t afford to get close to anyone, especially a submissive. His growing lust for a certain mouthy bartender has been easy to keep under wraps, at least until he catches her snooping through his files. Spanking her senseless was not one of his better ideas. Even worse, he entices her into a relationship based on power exchange—no sappy sentiments, no messy emotional entanglements, strictly dominance and submission. He doesn’t count on Genevieve being the one submissive who makes him want to feel again.

Gen Hawthorn’s life is a mess. She’s always late for work, can’t keep a boyfriend and has a closetful of family secrets. When her gorgeous boss offers her a kinky no-strings arrangement, she can’t say no. Being dominated by the star of all her dirty fantasies sounds like what she needs. She just has to remember his most important rule—don’t fall in love.

As their affair heats up, lines are crossed, tears are spilled and they discover just how difficult sticking to the rules can be.

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My Review

“Her defiance actually turned him on, which was unusual. He’d never had the patience or interest for mouthy, willful women, especially those of the submissive persuasion. Lately though, he’d grown bored an uninspired by the sweet, malleable subs he was usually drawn to. Maybe a change of pace was exactly what they he needed. Maybe Genevieve was exactly what he needed.”

This story easily brings together engaging storytelling and breathtaking erotica. The author deftly takes on sadism, masochism, and a complicated D/s dynamic with a book that is edgy enough for experienced readers of the BDSM genre but could still appeal to the newly converted.

I will admit that the beginning of the book was a little slow for me; certainly not the action, the author jumps right in to the relationship between Gen and Brian. It just seemed a little familiar: Dom looks for sub and a no emotions relationship and it seems pretty clear they will eventually develop some sort of feelings for one another. BUT, a little ways in a realized I was totally taken in by the characters, their chemistry, the burning underly emotion, and the extremely well-written BDSM sex scenes. I was hooked and along for the ride, and rewarded with a fantastic story of an intriguing D/s couple: two characters that I connected with and became emotionally invested in. Most of all, I fought for this couple: laughed with them, cried with them, and felt their emotional pain, and Genevieve’s delicious physical pain.

I highly recommend this book for fans of the genre. Fallon Blake has written a story that is original, heartfelt, emotional, AND has incredibly hot sex scenes. I will absolutely read more from this author in the future.

“The blind trust she had in him amazed him sometimes. She reveled in her submissiveness without shame. There was so much more to her than simple obedience. He had no idea what he’d seen in the mindless subs of his past. They’d obeyed without question but also without heart or soul or passion. Pale imitations of his Genevieve, every last one.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

Fallon Blake loves to spin stories that explore the romance of dominance and submission or venture into the realms of the paranormal. When she’s not glued to her netbook writing away, you can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up something yummy or outside playing with her kids. She loves horror movies, has a soft spot for zombies and cupcakes, and reads everything she can get her grubby hands on.Fallon resides in Florida with her family and loves to hear from her fans.

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Author Guest, Book Review, and #Giveaway: TIE ME FREE (Satin Rose Experience #4) by Sandra Bunino (@SandraBunino)

September 21, 2013 Adult, BDSM, Book Review, Erotic Romance, Favorite Books, Guest Post, Novella/Short Story, Past Giveaways 6

Welcome to Tie Me Free Book Tour! I’m super excited to share this new book today AND Sandra Bunino is HERE, sharing a fantastic “off camera” scene with the Mason, the sexy man of the hour! I started reading the Satin Rose Experience series about a year ago… and fell hard and fast. A devoted fan ever since, I’m always eagerly awaiting each new installment in this romantic, sensual, and HOT BDSM themed series. Enough about me… let’s get to our guest of honor!

 

Welcome to Tattooed Book Review, Sandra! It’s always such a pleasure to have you here. 🙂

Thanks for having me today, Gillian! I love visiting your virtual home at Tattooed Book Review! I wanted to do something a little special for your readers and you today. <3 <3 <3

This “off camera” scene gives readers a glimpse at the start of Mason’s love of older women and his desire to dominate.

Here’s a little background first:

Mason grew up poor and lonely in an orphanage in Dublin, Ireland. His last words to his mother were promises to do well in school and move to America. His hard work paid off and he earned a full scholarship to New York’s Columbia University. His quiet, brooding nature, not to mention his great looks and Irish accent, attracted the attention of Rachel Forrey, his forty-something , recently widowed, art history professor.

In this scene Professor Forrey asks Mason to stay after class…

 Mason stayed seated at his table near the back of the class as the students filed out of the room. The note Professor Forrey discreetly left on his desk, which he unfolded, read, and refolded every few minutes during the session, remained tucked into his jeans pocket. His eyes flicked to Professor Forrey as the last student left the room. She stood from her perch at the corner of her desk and walked to the door, closing it was a click.

 Swiveling on her heels, her straight honey tinted hair skimmed over her shoulders as she turned to face Mason. “Do you know why I asked you to stay, Mr. Myers?”

 “Was there a problem with my research paper?” He cocked an eyebrow.

 She chuckled softly and strode to the window. “I’ve always loved New York in the fall. My late husband and I used to walk through Central Park every weekend to watch the leaves change. I’ve been very lonely since he’s been gone.”

 The metal feet of his chair slid across the floor, grinding against hard surface as he rose to his feet. “I’m sorry about your husband. I know what it’s like to have lost someone close.” He walked to the window and stopped behind her. Leisurely, his gaze washed over her creamy blouse and black skirt, which hugged her curves, leaving little to his imagination.

 She nodded. “Did you know you can see Central Park from here? Come closer.” She took his hand and guided his index finger to the corner of the window. “See? Right there.” Her breath blew warm and sweet on his neck.

 “Professor Forrey,” he said in a husky voice. His hands itched to touch her.

 “It’s Rachel. Just Rachel.” Her finger trailed up his arm and cupped his cheek. “We have a lot in common, Mason, and there are many things I can teach you.”

 Mason encircled her wrist with his index finger and thumb, spun her around and pinned her back against the window. Their breath intermingled as he stared into her icy blue eyes full of challenge and excitement.

 “I may have something to teach you, Professor.”

*shivers* Thank you so much, Sandra!

 

About the Book

 

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Tie Me Free (The Satin Rose Experience, 4)

by Sandra Bunino

Release date: September 12, 2013

From Evernight Publishing

 

She’s forty and vanilla…he’s twenty-eight and…not.

Score one for Kate Angel. She’s just signed the hottest erotica author to her start up publishing house, Angel Books, but she needs a crash course in kink to appease her demanding client. Creating a Domsublife.com profile seems like an innocent way to do her homework and satisfy her curiosity.

Mason Myers has lived a lifetime in his twenty-eight years. The product of an Irish orphanage, he grew up fast to overcome his lonely, humble beginnings to become the successful businessman he is today. He’s also an experienced Dom at the Satin Rose Experience, an elite BDSM club in New York City.

A mutual appreciation for modern art establishes their online connection. Mason convinces Kate to meet him at the Guggenheim museum’s erotica exhibit where she reveals her fascination in the art of rope bondage, known as Shibari. Introducing her to the ancient art within the safety of the club, Mason helps Kate surrender her deep-seated hang-ups about her age and body image.

As the physical and emotional ties that bind her into the submissive of his fantasies tighten, can Kate learn to break the emotional tethers ruling her life and embrace the freedoms they bestow?

 

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My Review

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

“…’Remember, you’re in a safe place, just let yourself go and enjoy the journey. You deserve it.’ “

Once again, this author does not disappoint. This installment of the Satin Rose Experience explores the ancient and beautiful art of Shibari. The story is romantic, sensual, and tinged with a burning sexual desire. The reader shares Kate’s transformation from BDSM newbie to empowered submissive, led on her journey by the achingly sexy Dom, Mason.

I adore Kate’s character in this story. She’s sassy and successful, and despite her insecure misgivings about her body, has an air of confidence about her. Even when Mason pegs her submissive tendencies, she refuses to give in right away. Her reluctance to experiment in BDSM gives the story a lovely, slow burn. The attraction between Kate and Mason is evident, strengthening throughout the course of the story, until the outcome becomes clear: all or nothing.

The result of all the build-up is a beautifully sensual BDSM sex scene, focusing on bondage, Shibari in particular. The author artfully portrays the visual and sensual beauty of the bondage, as well as the intense emotions and sexual chemistry of the characters. It’s an amazingly hot sex scene, especially for one that doesn’t involve a lot of actual “sex”.

Tie Me Free is a novella, perfect for a single, sexy sitting. The fourth book in the series, it certainly lived up to the other stories I have enjoyed so much, and I’m always looking forward to the next book in this series. I leave you, dear reader, with a little tidbit from this story that brought tears to my eyes:

“Kate had never been spiritual, but something powerful came over her and she finally understood his statements about BDSM: the lifestyle is not about ropes and knots, paddles and whips, leather and chains, it’s all about the emotional experience which binds two people.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author

 

Sandra Bunino is a numbers crunching business professional by day who stays up past her bedtime thanks to her oh-so-sexy imagination. Who needs sleep, anyway? Sandra is constantly searching for different ways to achieve a heart-pumping, stomach-flipping, breath-catching reaction from her readers.

These days, Sandra lives on a wooded mountaintop not far from New York City with her family. She always looks forward to hearing from her readers and she may be contacted at sbunino@gmail.com. As a social media junkie in need of a ten-step program, you can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@sandrabunino).

Remember, following is sexy!

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Book Review and Excerpt: PURE AND SINFUL by Killian McRae

September 17, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Paranormal Romance 0

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Welcome to the Pure & Sinful (Pure Souls #1) by Killian McRae Book Tour! Enjoy my review and an excerpt from the book!

 

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Pure and Sinful

Pure Souls Book One

Killian Mcrae

 Genre: paranormal romance

Publisher: Tulipe Noire Press

ASIN: B0096SYZMG

ISBN-13: 9780983979784

 

Book Description:

 

When it turns out your ex was actually a sexy demon sent by the devil to seduce you to evil, you’d think the next guy, no matter what he’s like, couldn’t be a worse decision. Enter Father Marc Angeletti, a smooth talking piece of forbidden fruit with onyx eyes and a razor wit, and Riona Dade may as well start packing her luggage for damnation now. But come Hell or… well, Hell, Marc, Riona, and demigod Dee Zitka have a mission: serve as a Pure Soul and vanquish Lucifer’s minion scum from the face of the Earth to protect humanity from evil.

Oh, and don’t get seduced into sin yourself, because a fallen Pure Soul is one of Lucifer’s biggest thrills. As long as Riona and Marc can keep things professional and north of the sheets, no problem, right?

Yeah, that worked out great in the Thornbirds, too…

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The donuts weren’t the only things with holes. Though invisible to the naked eye, Riona and Marc had a matching pair in their heads.

“What the Jim Dandy f- were you thinking?”

Dee struggled with his volume amid the gaggle of middle-of-the-night patrons at Donuts DeJour. Not that he thought any of them gave a damn about anything he was saying. And frankly, a handful of them were suspicious, dark world wash-ups anyways. Failed demons really enjoyed a midnight crueller, from what he heard.

Riona’s expression wore “f-you” like it was the latest thing off the Paris runway. “It was the charm, Dee. You honestly believe someone as green as I could stand up to something Asmodeus himself was dishing out? The demon has been heating things up since the Ice Age.”

“Oh, I’m sorry,” Dee said sweetly. “I didn’t realize you only signed up to fight middle-management evil.” With a blink, the scowl returned to his face. He focused his attention on Marc. “And you, Father Feely. I thought we had this all sorted out with our little powwow the other night? Do you not truly grasp that you were within six inches of damning yourself to Hell and becoming a demon?”

Marc remained nonplussed. Without looking so much as concerned, he pulled a white mug of caffeine sludge to his lips, and rattled off, “About nine inches, actually,” before drawing a sip.

The coffee never reached his mouth. It became a Jackson Pollack-inspired masterpiece on the wall adjacent the table at which they sat.

Dee leapt to his feet, his chair demonstrating the principle of Newton’s first law of motion as he lunged forward and plunged his fist down on the tiled tabletop, cracking it straight down the middle.

“Is this all a joke to you?” he bellowed, drawing Marc and Riona’s gazes back from the mug’s final resting place. “What part of ‘damned for all eternity and serving the dark side as its demon minion’ don’t you get? Yes, someone like Asmodeus is about as hard as they come. You still kicked his ass back to Hell, Riona. Barely. If you’d been ‘distracted’ a minute more, who knows though? You both have got to get a hold of yourselves before things go too far. I refuse to stand by and watch another person I care for get killed for something as silly as love.”

Now it was Riona’s turn to spring. “Jesus H. Christ, I am not in love with the priest here. I don’t know where the hell you and Ramiel get these ideas.”

“Ramiel?” Marc blinked violently several times. “You’re talking to Ramiel about us?”

Dee didn’t miss that dangerous two-lettered word. “Us?”

The witch slashed her hand through the air like a ninja using flies for target practice. “No, there is no us. Marc and I are not a thing. It only came up because Ramiel kept hinting that I have some destined love that’s supposed to shake the cosmos, or start an apocalypse, or melt the polar ice caps, or something. I think he was warning me not to be distracted,” she whipped in Marc’s direction, “by screwing you.”

“Why do I feel like you’re trying to make this my fault?” the priest shot back. “I backed off. I tried to stop. You’re the one who decided to act like a kitty that wanted to climb my tree.”

The witch blanched. “How dare you?”

By this time, even the transient who’d been having a three-way conversation with himself had paused and was watching the trio with utter confusion. Dee, noticing their audience, leaned in over the remaining half of the table and pushed the red-faced Riona back into her seat. Her attempt to resist stood no chance against Dee’s demigod strength.

Narrowing his gaze on the reticent couple, he yelled through a whisper, “It doesn’t matter whose fault it is. You’re both on the hook if something happens; Marc for obvious reasons, and you because you would never subject someone to Hell, if given the choice. That’s it, I don’t see another solution. You two are not allowed to be alone anymore.”

“Seriously?” Riona barked.

“Chaperoned visits only from now on, preferably with Ramiel or me,” Dee confirmed. “It’s as much for your own good, as well as for our mission. I know I’m pretty damned talented, but I can’t fight evil on my own.”

“You’re right.” Brow furrowed, Marc nodded solemnly. “You’re right, indeed.”

But Riona didn’t like the looks of that bandwagon. “Oh. My. God. I am an adult and perfectly capable of putting a kibosh on my own behavior. I do not need to be chaperoned like this is some goddamn reenactment of Victorian courtship.”

Marc turned to Riona, taking her hands in his. The witch dashed a look at him in confusion, trying to figure out from his expression why he would do something so traitorous to their claims. It was when the saccharine words began to fall from his lips that she understood.

“My child, we all fall prey to Satan’s snares from time to time, and acquiesce our better judgment to the darkness. There is no sin in being human, the only sin is failing to strive for purity when we realize the error of our ways.”

She ripped her hand away as if Marc’s palms were a hot stovetop. “Don’t pull the compassionate clergy routine on me, Father. I am not one of your parishioners, and if I recall correctly, your error was about to make a beeline straight for my purity.”

 

About the Author

 

Killian McRae would tell you that she is a rather boring lass, an authoress whose characters’ lives are so much more exciting than her own. She would be right. Sadly, this sarcastic lexophile leads a rather mundane existence in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She once dreamed of being the female Indiana Jones, and to that end she earned a degree in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan. However, when she learned that real archaeologist spend more time lovingly removing dust with toothbrushes from shards of pottery than outrunning intriguing villains with exotic accents, she decided to become a writer instead.

She writes across many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, romance, and historical fiction.

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Book Review and Excerpt: NEVER GONNA DESERT YOU (The Underground Series) by Jessica E. Subject (@jsubject)

September 12, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Erotic Romance, Novella/Short Story, Sci-Fi 1

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Never Gonna Desert You

by Jessica E. Subject

Determined to find and bring back her girlfriend, Brook enlists in the next mission to the foreign planet, Airondelle. But the deception at Planet Core continues, and Brook doesn’t realize the depth of her father’s involvement until he orders her terminated. Struggling to stay alive, she quickly learns nothing is as she believed.

Will she ever find Melina? Or will Brook be stuck light years from home, alone, and with a fierce predator hunting her down?

 

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What Readers are saying:

“I loved reading Brook and Melina’s story. Just be prepared that this is a very quick read but has an well developed plot that will keep you interested in the book.” Regina Ross

 “Their sensual interludes are HOT and nicely paced alongside intriguing sci-fi elements.” – J. Faltys

 

My Review

My Rating: 4 Stars

A short, sexy, and exciting read, Never Gonna Desert You combines f/f romance and science fiction. Brook and Melina’s love for each other is forbidden by Planet Core, but they will do anything and everything to be together, and it may cost them their lives.

Even with it’s short length, I found myself very invested in this story and he characters. The political intrigue of a corrupt dystopian society provides the backdrop for the spicy romance between the two women. Sizzling, stolen moments between the couple mix with scenes where they must run and fight for survival and a nearly impossible love. The plot has some twists and turns and quite a few surprises.

A fun, quick read for romance, sci-fi, or dystopian fans alike, Never Gonna Desert You has the right mix of world-buliding and spicy romance. Though Brook and Melina’s story reaches a satisfying conclusion, the intrigue and action of The Underground is just beginning: I’m eagerly anticipating the continuation of this series.

” ‘I love you. I always have. And I promise you, I will never desert you again. I will be glued to your side for the rest of my life.’ “

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

Excerpt

“Let’s go, Malock.” Jager raised his eyebrows. “Or did you change your mind?”

She stood and released a deep breath. Even with her trepidation, she refused to back out now. Melina waited for her. “No, I’m looking forward to seeing Airondelle for myself.”

Brook spun away and rushed to catch up with her comrades. If she revealed her plans, she’d be stopped before she could find her lover. She would have to hide Melina right under their noses to bring her home. She pushed her shoulders back. I can do this. I have to.

The all-terrain vehicles sat loaded with equipment for the mission in front of the swirling mass of the portal. Her father certainly wasn’t wasting any time getting a team back to Airondelle. Crewmembers already filled the first vehicle, so she hopped into the back of the second.

Jager passed around everyone’s mission directives then shoved in on her left. Thank goodness he was the last to load. With his bulk, he occupied both of the remaining seats.

Before she had time to read her personal orders, they proceeded into the portal. She passed through the spinning matter, her body pulled and stretched in every direction. Unknown forces pushed on her chest, making it difficult to breathe. She gripped the seat, hoping she wouldn’t get pulled out. But the awkwardness didn’t last long. The transporter room light years away, clean, fresh air poured into her lungs. The alien vegetation of the foreign planet lined the rough dirt road they traveled. She yearned to explore the flora and fauna on a more intimate level. And she would, after setting up camp.

She opened the folder with her mission directive inside. Instead of the stack of papers detailing what Planet Core expected of her, she found a single sheet.

Her father’s handwriting scrawled across the page. You can never know the truth.

Hard, cold steel pressed against her temple. A gun. Her breath caught. What the hell is going on? She grabbed her knapsack and launched out of the vehicle.

 

About the Author

Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.

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5 Star Book Review: LITTLE BLACK DRESS by Scarlet Chastain (@ScarletChastain)

September 8, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Favorite Books, Novella/Short Story 1

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Title: Little Black Dress

Author: Scarlet Chastain

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Publication Date: August 31, 2013

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

About the Book

Never underestimate the power of the little black dress…

Paris: The romance and fashion capital of the world. So what the hell makes Jamie Scotts, an IT geek from New York, think the city of lights holds the answers? Driven by need for change, she lies to her boss about her fluency in French and becomes the company’s first international sales person. Fluent? She can barely ask for directions to the ladies’ room.

Jamie’s a duck out of water with her low maintenance style and New York accent. Her unsuccessful sales pitch almost sends her home, until she meets the epitome of elegance, Giselle Bianchi. An unlikely relationship blossoms as the dress designer takes Jamie under her wing. Giselle’s guidance not only reveals Jamie’s missing je ne sais quoi, but also unlocks repressed passion with the help of a little black dress.

 

My Review

” ‘Show me what a real kiss feels like,’ Jamie whispered. She’d made a transformation over the past month, both physically and emotionally. She was ready to let the old Jamie go, spread her wings and allow the person she was becoming to soar free. Starting with this first kiss.”

Another great story from Scarlet Chastain for readers, like me, who enjoy a book girlfriend just as much as their book boyfriends. A sweet and sexy romance set in Paris, a city thought to be one of the most romantic cities on earth, Little Black Dress had me sighing and smiling, and even a tiny bit tearful.

I love the easy, believable comfort between Jamie and Giselle: the way their romance stems from a genuine friendship. And let’s face it, Giselle’s character, the beautiful, graceful, generous blond with the french accent, is one anyone could have a girl crush on, even if that’s not really your thing. I’m not sure if everyone does this, but I give characters voices in my head and Giselle’s french accent got my heart all fluttery. There’s a lovely chemistry between the two main characters, a building sexual tension, and a little conflict to make the story a little exciting and really get the reader engaged in this relationship.

I thoroughly enjoyed this brief and sexy European vacay, complete with a very well done f/f sex scene. The tentative Jamie finds herself and her true home, and two beautiful women find love and romance in The City of Light.

“Home doesn’t have to be a physical place. Think about it. Home is a place where you feel comfortable.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Book Review: JACK STONE- WILD JUSTICE (The Dark Master Series #1) by Vivien Sparx

August 22, 2013 Adult, BDSM, Book Review, Erotica, Romantic Suspense 0

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Title: Jack Stone- Wild Justice (Dark Master Series #1)

Author: Vivien Sparx

Publication Date: June 28, 2013

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

 

About the Book

Jack Stone is the Dark Master.
A tough man. A hard man – and he is sexy as all hell.
When Jack Stone arrives in the small town of Windswept, Arizona all he wants is answers. What he finds is a sexy woman with a lust for BDSM and a secret the locals will kill to keep.

 

 

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A take no prisoners story with a take no prisoners hero. Jack Stone is on a mission. His sister disappeared and he has made it his sole purpose in life to find her. He suspects she has been kidnapped and is tracked in the underground world of sex slave trafficking. His quest for his sister leads him to Windswept, Arizona, a nowhere town where Jack suspect trafficking activity goes on. He blows into town and determined to get to the bottom of things, and potentially rescue two more kidnapped girls.

Fast paced, violent, exciting, and shamelessly sexy, I was glued to the pages of Wild Justice, needing to know what happened next. Jack Stone is a sexy force to be reckoned with, both in and out of the bedroom. He forges an unlikely partnership with local diner owner Lilley Pond, and their chemistry heats up the pages. She also shows herself to be an essential ally when Jack needs it the most.

The story itself is engaging and action packed, and I couldn’t wait to find if and how Jack would save the day, solve the mystery, and rescue the kidnapped girls. When his time in Windswept is over, the strong, solitary Jack Stone leaves the way he came, and leaves the reader wanting more of Jack and his quest for justice.

“She had never known a man like this, he filled her with a sense of awe. It was not only the physical strength of him, nor was it the steady confidence of him. She broke the kiss at last, her eyes wide and fathomless as she explored the the details of his face from the hard, uncompromising jaw line, to the tiny creases and marks of life that had chiseled into features around his eyes and the corners of his mouth that all seemed to heighten the effect of power an strength and determination; the face of a man who lived by his own rules, dictated his own terms to life.”

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A missing woman feared dead, and her sister desperate to find her. How can Jack Stone refuse?
Called to California Stone discovers the sordid secrets of Heston’s Cove and the dangerous man who deals in women, sex and slavery.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: COLLARED FOR A NIGHT by Susan Arden

August 16, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Erotic Romance, Erotica, Favorite Books, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways 3

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Title: Collared for a Night

Author:  Susan Arden

Genre: Erotic Paranormal

Publication Date:  July 22, 103

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All it takes is one mistake to be marked. One bite, she crosses a line…into forever.

Diana Hambre’s body is blazing. For days this leopardess shifter has spun through a body-searing heat cycle. Alone. Her senses reel when Shawn Barclay, her boss, walks into her reserved room at the Downtown Den, a stud club for shifters. He gives Diana a choice: spend the evening with him, give into his every desire, and she’ll find out what it means to quench her heat-crazed thirst—or try her luck with a stranger, one of the club bangers.

Shawn hates when his back is against the wall. One sip of Diana’s pheromone-laced scent is enough to force his alpha hand. The tables have turned and it’s Diana’s back he wants up against a wall, or any other surface for that matter.

As the moon rises toward midnight, Shawn and Diana come to understand the difference between sex and bonding. For a night, neither of them resist their primal instincts, blindly giving into carnal desire. Her wild nature fights being subdued and she risks spontaneously shifting without warning.

Now, bearing Shawn’s bite marks, she can’t simply walk away from him; not when he has the means to teach her to harness her leopardess nature. Shawn accepts the challenge of training Diana to control her untamed cravings. Employing every method available in and out of the bedroom, he discovers he’s on the verge of ensnaring himself in the process.

Warning: Erotic scenes hot enough to peel paint.

 

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My Rating: 5 Big Stars!

” ‘You’re right about this being about sex. But sex is power, make no mistake.’ “

From the intense and sexually charged first pages, to the romantic finale, I LOVED THIS BOOK. It is scorchingly HOT: a fantastic mix of shifters, human emotion, fantastically written sex scenes, all darkly tinged with power, dominance, and submission.

What should have been one night becomes so much more; it becomes everything. Before we even even meet Shawn, the sexual tension in Diana’s first scenes is positively sizzling, and when Shawn enters, the real fireworks start. This book is filled with fantastic sex scenes: at times sensual, and other times edgy and gritty, but always mind-blowing.

I enjoyed every bit of this book, not just the sex. The shifter storyline was woven seamlessly through the human storyline and I soon forgot this was a “shifter book”. Diana and Shawn must face their pasts in order to be together. They must accept their true selves and find a way for two very strong personalities to mesh, despite uncertainties and misgivings. I am crazy about Shawn’s sexy, dominate, protectiveness. He is an extremely strong character; he has to be, if he has any chance at taming the nearly equally strong-willed and powerful Diane.

This book as a whole: sex, plot, action, and romance is intense to say the least. I was captivated from beginning to end. Already a fan of this author, I love how I’m once again impressed by her ability to draw the reader completely in to whichever amazing, unique story she chooses to create for us.

” ‘Your first mistake was believing I’d be fair. When it comes to having you… baby, I’m not playing some game. If there are rules, I’ll break every one of them to get to you. That’s my promise. I get you in the end. I’ll destroy anything -anyone- that stands in my way.’

No more words. Syllables spoken were useless. He kissed her in a way that left them both breathless. He kissed her to remember. He kissed her to make sure she’d find her way back. He kissed hello, not goodbye.”

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“I love to laugh. More than anything in the world, humor is food for the spirit.”

Susan Arden is a third generation Floridian. Previously, a teacher in the field of special education and biology, now Susan pursues her dream of writing fiction with several releases this year. Crafting sweet and spicy tales, she writes hot love stories across romance genres including contemporary erotic, Western, and fantasy/paranormal. Susan also writes under the name of Susan D. Taylor.

Susan currently lives in TN along with husband, two cattle dogs, two crazy cats, a gecko and a corn snake. A mother, RYT200 Yoga Alliance (registered yoga teacher), and avid gardener.

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Book #Review and Giveaway: MANDATORY RELEASE by Jess Riley

August 5, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Past Giveaways, Romance 3

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Welcome to the Mandatory Release Book Tour! Today, I have my review as well as a giveaway with the chance to win a copy of the book!

 

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Title: Mandatory Release

Author: Jess Riley

Release date: July 16, 2013

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Dude Lit / Edgy Women’s Fiction

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With appeal for fans of Jonathan Tropper, Tom Perrotta, and Laurie Notaro, this snarky mashup of Girls and Oz is so painfully honest you might think you’re reading a memoir—except the author isn’t a smart-ass guy in a wheelchair who works in a prison.

Recently paralyzed in a car accident, thirty-year-old Graham Finch spends his days trying to rehabilitate a caseload of unruly inmates and his nights on one bad date after another, attempting to rehabilitate his heart—

—until his high school crush Drew Daniels walks through the prison gates one hot summer morning. On the run from a painful past that’s nearly crushed her faith in love, Drew is a new teacher at Lakeside Correctional. Graham, smitten all over again, tries to redirect his unrequited feelings. But when your heart keeps looking back, it’s not easy to turn it forward.

Amidst escalating violence at work, Drew is forced to confront her secrets, find a way to forgive old sins, and learn how to listen to her heart and her head when it comes to men. Graham must also learn to make peace with his own past. Together they realize that if you’re going to save yourself, sometimes the best way to do it is by saving someone else first. If only finding their way to one another was easier than working with convicted felons.

Loaded with twisted humor and pathos, Mandatory Release is a darkly comic, unexpectedly sexy love story about broken people putting themselves back together. People who learn that no matter what you lock up—a person, a secret, or your heart—sooner or later, everything must be released.

OR, in 25 words: Lad lit meets chick lit in this dark comedy about broken people who work in a dangerous place, finding hope where they least expect it.

 

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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“Have you ever had one of those moments where you just knew the person you were sitting across from could be happy for the rest of her life, if only she spent it with you? Not like you are personally the key to her euphoria or something, you’re not that ego-centric, but she would be happy because you adore her. You complement one another. You’re on the same team. And you know there’s chemistry there because sometimes she looks at you a beat too long, but it’s a look of affection… of easy, effortless kindness. And you can feel all of this in your gut, in your heart, in your bones, in every muscle fiber and every molecule of your body.”

A breath of fresh air in a landscape of heart-breakingly emotional and angsty books, this book uses sarcastic humor and wit to deal with the darkness and tragedy that simply exists every day, in dark corners and all around us.

Told from separate POV’s of two characters who are brought together by circumstances that so many people face at some point in their lives: sometimes things just don’t turn out the way we expected, and now are forced to do the best they can with the hand that life has dealt. In world filled with tragedy, crime, abuse and social inequality, sometimes all we can do is simply move forward, and hope to find a comfortable place.

Though I have never been confined to a wheelchair, worked in a prison, or even spent any time in the midwest, the author creates very real relatable characters and settings. Though the story, experience, and anecdotes are specific to time and place in a way that grounds them in reality, there are also character elements, situations, feelings, and humor that are universal. There’s a familiar normalcy to even the most abnormal moments. She makes you feel like you could be Drew or Graham, or at least that there’s some part of them in all of us. These two characters are incredibly likable, not in a conventional way, but possibly because they’re both survivors, and still possess guarded hope.

The humor is quirky, self-deprecating, and not politically correct, and that’s why I enjoyed it so much. I found myself laughing out loud at things that maybe shouldn’t be funny, but are told with an edge that somehow makes laughter the only appropriate reaction. The book has a few slow moments, but this is far overshadowed by the overall effect of the book. With it’s dark humor, relatable characters, palpable emotion, and unexpected hopeful romance, this is overall a great read.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Jess Riley’s experiences teaching in a medium-security prison inspired the novel Mandatory Release. Her debut novel (Driving Sideways, now in its fourth printing) was published by Random House in 2008. She lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with her husband and nutty Cairn Terrier in a 130-year-old money pit farmhouse. When she’s not writing novels, she’s a Grant Writer for school districts nationwide.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: FIXED ON YOU by Laurelin Paige

August 3, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Erotica, Past Giveaways 1

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Title: Fixed on You

 Author: Laurelin Paige

 Release date: June 2013

 Age Group: Adult

 Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Pierce’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out – move up at the nightclub she works at and marry the manager, David. He’s perfect for her because, although he’s attractive, he doesn’t get her all turned inside out and upside down like some other men have. It’s a safe plan, one that assures she’ll remain in control of her obsessive love disorder.

But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous – the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of his plans to seduce her. Avoiding him becomes impossible after he offers a business proposition Alayna can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull.

Soon Alayna’s charmed by Hudson in every way possible and the control over her old behaviors slip. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

 

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My Rating: 4 Stars

” ‘I’m drawn to you, Alayna. Not because I want to hurt you you or make you feel a certain way, but because your beautiful and sexy and smart and, yes, a little crazy, maybe, but you’re not broken. And that makes me hopeful. For me.’ ”

This is just one of those lovely books, where everything fits, everything flows. It’s a pleasure to read and get lost in for a few beautiful, warm, sexy hours. There’s conflict, strong emotion, tons of fantastic sex, flawed characters, difficult pasts, and questionable futures; but the overall book is an enjoyable ride.

So I’ll start with my highlights: Hudson. Extremely sexy, domineering, successful, damaged alpha-male hero. YUM. Oh, and funny and playful, too. He has so many desirable characteristics for a male lead, and he is made complex by the fact that although, as the reader you want to trust him, it’s difficult to discern whether or not he is truly genuine. When Alayna enters his life, she challenges who is is, or who he as decided he is. She a great female lead: the right balance of vulnerability and strength. I love that in spite of her past, and all of her self doubts, she has the strength to stand-up for herself and to better her life. She can be wishy-washy at times, and she rankled me a little when she became a little too neurotic, but I admired her ability to trust in someone else (Hudson), perhaps even more than she trusts in herself. Her trust (and love?) may be the only chance that Hudson has to move on from his past, and begin to heal. The connection between these two characters is undeniable, and the sex is super steamy.

I was desperate for this couple to make it, to find common ground and the confidence to take a chance on a real relationship. Their romance builds and builds and as I began to realize that the book was coming to a close, I was heartbroken; I simply did not want to let these characters go. Fortunately, though the book has a satisfying conclusion, there is the promise of more to come from Hudson and Alayna.

“I trusted him. In his words, in his actions, I felt fixed. I’d fallen into something that had nothing to do with love. Into healing.

And it was love too. If I could stand to admit it to myself, love was exactly what it was.”

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Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine. She is represented by Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency.

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