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Book Review and #Giveaway: FEELING DEATH by D.T. Dyllin

May 29, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Erotic Romance, Erotica, New Release, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways 2

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About the Book:

 

Title: Feeling Death
Author: D.T. Dyllin
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
Release Date: May 27, 2013

Samantha Bevans is having the best sex of her life—but it’s not with her husband. Fortunately for her marriage, the affair is all in her mind. Isn’t it? As an empath, she senses other people’s emotions. But her connection to the man with the the chiseled face and haunting eyes seems so real.

There’s no time for fantasies with a serial killer loose in Pittsburgh. The killer is targeting dancers at a strip club where Samantha used to bartend, back when drugs were the only cure for the torment of her abilities. As a member of a special task force, Samantha uses her talents to sense the victims’ final thoughts. Just when she thought the case was complex enough, she discovers one of the victims was thinking about her fantasy man when she died.

Who can Samantha trust when she can’t trust her own mind? An empath feels the emotional environment around her…and Samantha is surrounded by death.

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My Review:

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

Who am I, where am I, and WTF happened? Dark, gritty, and sexually charged, Feeling Death is an engaging read with a very unique concept.

From the first sentence, I was intrigued… and confused… and based on the author’s style, pretty sure I was going to be entertained. I was not disappointed. The plot has so many twists, turns, flashbacks, flash-forwards, and cartwheels, I was reeling a bit, but hopelessly hooked on the story. The author takes her time in unfolding the story, and answering the reader’s (and the characters’) questions, managing to impart information at critical moments: keeping this complicated plot flowing smoothly.

I’m not in love with Sam’s character, but I don’t need to be. Even though she’s an empath, she’s real and relatable and I felt a connection to her story just the same. In some ways she’s just a girl… with some problems. She’s battling demons, real and imagined(?), has a powerful supernatural gift, makes mistakes, and shows both vulnerability and strength. She’s fortunate enough to have two very sexy love interests in Nixon and Austin. Nixon is the steadfast protector and Austin the irresistibly sexy but dangerous bad-boy. I won’t spoil who she chooses to spend most of her time with but their sex scenes certainly steam up the pages!

The supernatural elements to the story are very well done. There were times, especially early on, where I couldn’t decide whether I was reading paranormal suspense or a twisted psychological thriller: I love that I was constantly guessing. This is an imaginative and intense read, twisty and sexy, with an ending that grants some closure, but leaves the reader eager for a next book in the series.

“But I had no fight left in me. How can you fight for something when you don’t even know what you’re fighting for? I had so many unanswered question. My life, my memories were all unclear to me. Before I could fight for myself, or anyone else, I had to get the answers to who I really was. And at this point, I didn’t really care where they came from just as long as I got them.”

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

 

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About the Author:

 

Cynical-Optimist.
Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Romance Junkie.
Self Imposed Insomniac. Animal Lover. Writer.

 


Author Guest, Excerpt and My #Review: BELLA KEY by Scarlet Chastain

May 17, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Guest Post 0

I am so, so excited to share Bella Key with you! I’m even more excited that author Scarlet Chastain is here today to share with us why she writes F/F romance “for women, about women”. I love a sexy alpha male and a book boyfriend as much as the next girl. But, I love my book girlfriends, too! Don’t forget to read my review and an excerpt from the book…

 

Take it away, Scarlet…

 

Sizzling romance for women, about women…

This is the tagline I chose for my new pseudonym, Scarlet Chastain. You see, I also write M/F under Sandra Bunino where the first part of the phrase fits perfectly. Sandra writes oh-so-sexy Alpha heroes who sweep their heroines off their feet. I’ve covered delicious Doms in my Satin Rose Experience series. Men like club owner, Asher Cane, CIA agent, Jackson Reid, and motorcycle riding Wall Street wizard, Braxton Malone, know exactly what they want and stop at nothing to get it. I love these types of men and enjoy writing their journey to an explosive HEA.

Scarlet’s stories are a little, well, different. That’s where the “about women” comes into play. One look at my cover will tell you Scarlet Chastain writes female/female erotic romance. Whoa. Really?

Yes. Really. I’m proud to be a fan of F/F. However, while quality M/F, menage and M/M erotic romances are easy to find. F/F fans have to dig to find lesbian stories with well developed characters and a great story. Much of this sub-genre is filled with books heavy on the sex and light on the story. I can’t help but think of those books as being geared toward the male reader.

Men and women follow the same four stages of sexual arousal; excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution but we get there in different ways. Men tend to react to physical cues and experience sexual desire more spontaneously. Women, on the other hand, tend to react to their circumstances. That’s why there’s a direct correlation between the quality of a woman’s relationship with her partner and her feelings of sexual attraction. We understand each other on a deeper level.

That deeper level is what prompted me to write F/F. I love exploring those additional layers of emotion unique to a female/female relationship. However, I can’t stress enough that Bella Key is first and foremost a love story. It just happens the main characters are both women.

So whether you read F/F, are F/F-curious, or just enjoy a heartfelt love story, check out Bella Key. Who knows? You just may find a new sub-genre to love!

 

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About the Book:

 

Maddie Jacobs must be crazy. At least that’s what her mother thinks. Professionally, she’s confident and secure; personally, she’s a hot mess. Not even a marriage proposal from a man who adores her can quell her search for something more

In need of an escape, Maddie flees to Key West’s most southern island, Bella Key, to rest and recharge at Casa Bonita. She almost gives up on weekend retreat when the Bed & Breakfast is closed for repairs until Sunny Rojas, the inn owner, extends an offer of friendship, sweet tea and a room. Still reeling from a breakup with her longtime partner, Sunny is thankful for the diversion from her own broken heart.

The arrival of a fierce storm forces the women’s emotional journey to a head and leads them into each other’s arms. But can Maddie throw her hangups to the wind and go with her heart? The magic of Bella Key teaches her that passion cannot be placed neatly into boxes labeled right and wrong, because love knows no boundaries

 

My Review:

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

A quick, easy, and breezy read, Bella Key is a warm, sexy, emotional, and heartfelt romance. When Maddie takes a quickie vacation to Bella Key, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever, and her secret fantasies are about to come true.

Chastain does a beautiful job of creating the chemistry between two women. There’s an easy friendship and connection, tinged with plenty of sexual longing and desire. It isn’t long before Maddie and Sunny act on their growing feelings for one another, resulting in beautifully written, sensual and passionate love scenes.

The story itself is entertaining and engaging, with a dash of humor, plenty of romance, and just enough conflict: brought on by Maddie’s questioning of her own desires and sexual identity. The setting is beautiful and magical, a place where people go to find contentment and their true selves. People like famous romance author Jules Quigley, whose character I absolutely adore, and just so happens to hold the key to Sunny and Maddie’s future. A lovely HEA tops off a story to be enjoyed by all romance fans.

” ‘Feelings and emotions can’t always be placed neatly in little boxes. Straight and gay are simply labels we place upon ourselves. Happiness is what we all strive for. Open your mind to what and who makes you happy.’ “

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

 

Excerpt:

 

“Good shower?”

 Maddie stopped in the doorway, holding the knot of her towel to her chest. Wet strands of hair produced rivulets of water streaming down her shoulders and chest. “Like a new woman. Although, my northern skin can’t handle the tropical sun. Look at my shoulders!” Sunny’s gaze moved from one shoulder to another. Maddie was right, she was more than sun-kissed. Her shoulders practically glowed. “Oh, chica. That’s an angry burn you have there. I have some aloe —” Sunny picked up and put down five different bottles from her dressing table. “—ah, here it is. This’ll ease the pain and cut down on the peeling, too.”

 Sunny flipped the top and squeezed a quarter-sized dab of the green gel into her palm. She nodded toward her bed, signaling Maddie to sit. Rubbing the aloe between her palms, she rested one knee on the bed beside her. Maddie gathered her wet hair and flipped it over her shoulder to allow Sunny access to the other. Her body shivered under Sunny’s hands.

 “Sorry, this stuff’s cold. I tried to warm it up a little.”

 Maddie closed her eyes and tilted her head to the side. “It’s not that. It feels good on the burn. You have a gentle touch.”

 Sunny chuckled. “Scooch over a little so I can get your other side.”

 Maddie shifted, lifting her feet onto the bed and tucking them under her legs Indian style. Sunny guided her head forward and massaged the aloe along the base of her neck to her shoulder blades, and down to the edge of the fluffy towel. She bent her knee, providing an anchor for Maddie to lean upon. Her inner thighs grazed the thick towel. Sunny closed her eyes and focused not only on Maddie’s sunburned skin, but also on loosening the muscles along her shoulders and upper back.

 “I have a confession to make,” Maddie said quietly.

 “Other than this is the best massage you’ve ever received?” Sunny snorted.

 “Mmm. That too. I-I watched you last night.” Maddie went a few seconds without taking a breath.

 Sunny didn’t waver. “I know you did. You were outside of my door.”

 “You knew? Why didn’t you stop or say something?” Maddie kept her eyes closed but turned her head toward Sunny as she spoke.

 Sunny added another dab of aloe to her palm. “I liked that you were watching me. It turned me on that you enjoyed it too.”

 “Never in my life had I thought I’d be attracted, you know, sexually to a woman. It’s different with you. Many things are different with you.” Maddie’s hand trembled as she touched Sunny’s leg, tracing an imaginary line up and down her calf. The rapid rise and fall of Maddie’s back matched the pounding in Sunny’s chest.

 Silence filled the room. Sunny had decided against bringing up the episode from the night before unless Maddie did. Now that it was out in the open, Sunny could find out how Maddie felt for sure. “Different, how?”

 “You make me feel so focused and honest and alive. I’ve never had that with anyone else before.” Maddie turned and kneeled in front of Sunny. “Would it be forward if I asked you to kiss me?”

 Sunny swallowed hard. “Yes, but I like forward,” she whispered as she cupped Maddie’s face with her palms. Dragging her thumb over Maddie’s bottom lip she realized how many times she wanted to taste her lips and explore her mouth over the past two days. Sunny lowered her face and brushed her lips once over Maddie’s. She drew back to study Maddie’s reaction.

 “Again,” Maddie whispered, her eyes remained closed.

 

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About the Author:

 

Scarlet Chastain is the semi-secret pseudonym of a multi-published, best selling author of sensual erotic romance. Scarlet’s focus is female-centric sizzling stories written about women, for women.

She lives in the suburban shadows of New York City but her heart belongs to the beaches of Key West. Scarlet can usually be found in her favorite chair of her newly acquired writing cave with her maltipoo, Coco.

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Book Tour and #Review: TRUST: A NEW BEGINNING by Cristiane Serruya

May 16, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance 3

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Welcome to the Trust: A New Beginning Book Tour! Read my review of an intriguing new Erotic Romance…

 

About the Book:

 

Title: Trust: A New Beginning

Series: TRUST #1

Author: Cristiane Serruya

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Publisher: self-published

Format: Ebook, Paperback, Hardcover

Length: 393 pages

 

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They are beautiful. They are rich. They are strong willed and successful. They have everything, but love. And each one of them has a dark secret looming in their past.

Sophia is a 25 year old Brazilian widow. Intelligent and ravishing, she flees from her own country after a tragic incident. Hiding from everyone and everything, she remains alone, torn between the love for a dead man, the torment of living without part of her memory and the fear of moving on.

Ethan is one of the most important tycoons in the steel industry. As the memory of an awful evening in his adolescence haunts him night and day, he keeps looking for an elusive woman whom he could love – and who would love him – as he never has in all his 35 years… Until he finds Sophia.

Alistair is a 34 year old powerful banker, searching for one–night stands with women who will warm his bed. And that he can punish physically to abate his anger for his late wife’s black deeds and his own guilt for being such a debauched man for so many years. Any woman will do, and he has many to choose from, as they all fall instantly for his manly, devilish charming ways.

In Europe, in the months after October 2009, their paths will cross and clash.

This is the first book of the trilogy TRUST, this is an adult contemporary romance lavishly set in a billionaire’s Europe, deriving its strength from realistic and dramatic character interactions in their hunt for trust and love.

Contains strong language and graphic sex scenes.

 

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My Review:

 

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

WOW! What an emotional roller coaster! Trust took me for quite an amazing ride; I couldn’t put it down.

The story is beautifully told in such exquisite detail, I felt I was with the characters: Living in their amazing homes and traveling to luxurious European locations in a plush private jet. And yet, I did not feel alienated by the characters’ extreme wealth. They remained accessible, their tragedies, triumphs and emotions real, palpable, and relatable: it did not interfere with their humanity. Serruya shows that even the most privileged are not immune to darkness, loneliness, and despair.

As did nearly every man she comes in to contact with, I fell in love with Sophia. She’s brilliant, stylish, stunningly beautiful, and a survivor. I wanted nothing more for her to find love and happiness, and after struggling to end an abusive and controlling relationship with Ethan, I was thrilled when Alistair came in to the picture. I may be in love with Sophia, but I’m certainly in lust with the super-sexy Alistair: handsome, rugged, dark, and dominating with a rare but present soft side. Serruya creates absolutely explosive chemistry between Sophia and Alistair from the moment that they meet. Throughout the entire book, she writes scenes that are incredibly emotionally charged, and I was often left breathless and stunned. When Sophia and Alistair were alone together the first time, I thought I might pass out! Their respective pasts bring many conflicts to their relationship, further complicated by Alistair’s possessiveness and his desire for a submissive, a need which Sophia fears she can not fulfill.

This book has so many elements: completely engaging characters, sizzling romance, achingly intense sex scenes, plenty of drama, touching stories of  heart-breaking tragedy and loss, and a the chance for healing and redemption. Along with all of this is an intriguing plot that is just getting started; Sophia’s past is not gone and the journey is just beginning. I am anxiously awaiting the next chapter in this saga!

“The power she had over him: intoxicating, terrifying, and glorious. Instead of stopping him, she wrapped her arms around his neck and moved her breasts toward the scorching heat of his chest. She rubbed against him to quench a wild thirst she had never acknowledged before. She felt caught in the middle of a storm she couldn’t control. Alistair’s deep groan transmitted the longing he felt. Longing for her body, longing for her soul.”

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

 

About the Author:

 

I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with my husband and two daughters. I’m a lawyer, who specializes in cases of sexual abuse and violence against children and women. I also have a Masters in Business Law and a BA in Fine Arts.

I’ve always loved to read, write and listen to music. I lived and studied in England, France, Italy and Switzerland. Traveling is one of my passions – as is keeping fit and healthy.

After twenty-two years of practicing law, I decided to give writing a go. And – amazingly – it was just the piece that was missing in my life.

 

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