Saturday, November 30, 2013

REVIEW: Shifting Hearts by Dominique Eastwick

***This book was originally reviewed for Storm Goddess Book Reviews.***
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Summary:

The last of his kind…

Rekkus is the last of the great Black Tiger weres and he is happy to stay that way. Working as security for the Wiccan Haus, a magical spa for inner healing, he has enough danger – and women – to keep him busy. Unfortunately, the Fates are not content with him being comfortable.

Alone and discouraged…

Dana has walked away from all she has known, her fiancé, family, apartment, and job. Now, having a ticket to the Wiccan Haus may be the only way she can move on. But what she finds isn’t what she expects, nor is it what she thought she was looking for.

Meet the unusual residents of the Wiccan Haus. The staff can get a little hairy and not all of the guests eat what’s served in the dining hall. But the proprietors always do what they can to make the resort into a place of healing and peace, using all of their years of practice. At the Haus, where humans and Paras reside side-by-side, everyone in need of the Rowan siblings’ services are welcome.

Thoughts:

Vampires, witches, and weres, oh my! This was a sweet and sexy novella, filled with shape-shifting yumminess and cameos from a couple witches and vampires. I’m partial to the cat shifters to begin with, so the hero being a were-tiger was the icing on the cake. It was also a relief to read a romance, especially an erotic romance, where the heroine wasn’t supermodel stick thin and perfect, but was still plenty sexy. There’s not a whole lot of storyline other than a little background on our main characters, so the focus is all on them as they get very friendly with one another.

My only real complaint is that I want more, because the atmosphere created such a fun story. It is a series, though by different authors, so I’ll have to check out the next one to see how things play out. The way it’s set up, stories could be written for the owners of Wiccan Haus, but from the looks of it, so far it looks like the sequels will focus on guests. It’ll be interesting to see how the different authors depict the same world and incorporate the background characters each time. Overall, a quick, light-hearted, fun erotic read.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

REVIEW: Little Black Dress by Scarlet Chastain

Summary:

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.

Title:  Little Black Dress
Series:  Romance on the Go
Book #: N/A
Author:  Scarlet Chastain
Approximate Book Length:  44 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

Not only was this a sexy romance, but it was also a sweet story. There was nothing instant except the friendship, so the relationship had a nice build up. It’s not a horribly complex plot, but very straightforward making for an easy read. The characters work really well together and have such a great connection that you can feel it – it just comes to life right through your ereader. The love scene was very sensual and the ending was fun, so it was an enjoyable book from start to finish.

Bottom Line:

Pick up Little Black Dress for a really pleasant romantic read about two fun women. Scarlet Chastain has made lesbian romance exciting for me, so if you’re on the fence or curious, give this one a shot!

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

REVIEW: Public Displays of Eroticism by Cassandra Carr, Cristal Ryder, and Jami Davenport

***This book was originally reviewed for My Secret Romance.***
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Summary:

One couple indulges in the fantasy of sex in a public place. Their antics at a park inspire four other couples to admit their own fantasies bringing them closer than ever. Stories of deep love and sexual exploration, Public Displays of Eroticism takes us into the world of both voyeurism and exhibitionism with just a dash of BDSM.

Thoughts:

BACK TO NATURE is the first story in the book and is written by Cassandra Carr. It certainly sets a tone for what to expect from the rest! Our couple is in a firm Dom/sub relationship, which is exemplified beautifully. He decides they’re going to go have some public fun, so they go to a park and do all kinds of naughty things in various locations throughout. The fun thing is that they’re never itching for an audience, nor are they disappointed, or shy for that matter, whenever they get one. Cassandra weaves a story that holds a perfect balance of erotica and loving devotion and it’s really a beautiful thing.

HAIL MARI is the next story, written by Jami Davenport. This picks up from somewhere in the middle of the last story from the point of view of a spectator from one of the locations of a tryst from “the original couple” (I will refer to them frequently, as they are the catalyst for a park full of naughtiness!). Mari and Wyatt meet up once a year whenever he’s in town, always pushing her to venture into more and more unfamiliar territory sexually. After catching sight of a couple on a park bench, they decide to have a little fun of their own. This encounter however, will lead them to a new place emotionally. It starts off seeming like it’ll just be a horny couple, but instead turns into a potentially life changing experience.

TAKING IT OUTSIDE is the third story and the only one written by Cristal Ryder. What disappoints me is that this is the only one by her, as it was my favorite in the book. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed them all, but this one had emotion, heat, and comedy. Val and Tyler have a strong relationship and a healthy sex life – one that encourages a little adventure from time to time. Val sets a sexy picnic in the park and tells Tyler to meet her. While waiting, she sees a shameless couple up on one of the lookouts above the lake. She’s already hot and bothered by the time Tyler catches up with her. They visually follow the couple, and use their antics as inspiration for their own. Little did they realize they weren’t the only voyeuristic people in the equation. They get the surprise of their lives at a café later that leads to a little embarrassment, but many laughs.

A WHOLE NEW WORLD is the fourth story, returning to Cassandra Carr. Once again we’re in the minds of two people who happened to catch sight of our original couple when they actually thought they were alone. It leads to Ross confessing an exhibitionist side, and to Miranda deciding to explore the possibilities. Ross is so respectful of Miranda as he tries to help guide her and ease her into different fun, public situations. Miranda is so adoring in her desire to fulfill Ross’s fantasies, and it leads to her finding a new side to herself as well as Ross. This story is a little different because, the others seemed to be mostly about the man having the most control in any given situation, but this one is more give and take. They push, challenge, and encourage each other. It’s really cute because he may push her limits, but she pushes his buttons and threatens his sanity, driving crazy. It’s also different because rather than spanning just the one outing, this story spans days, as the original couple continues to inspire them without ever needing to be seen again.

IN THE OPEN is the final story by Jami Davenport. In her first one, she introduces two couples, but only follows the one. This follows the other, returning to the moment they’re all caught up in the couple giving the poor park bench a work out. It refers to a little more kink by bringing up plans of handcuffs and blindfolds, and the sex is a little rougher. Jaid and Alex face two major conflicts, his reputation as a player and her being ten years older than him. In the end, both struggles are the last thing on their minds. This is also the most blatantly exhibitionist story in the book. Yeah, they’ve all enjoyed an audience to some extent, but here our stars actually invite an audience and put on show. That being said, it’s also quite possibly one of the most emotional – the ending almost had me in tears!

The bottom line about the book as a whole is that it’s absolutely hot, completely sensual, and oh so very sweet – the authors deserve a pat on the back. In its entirety, it was an utterly enjoyable read, and I will never walk through a park, or a mall parking lot for the matter, without wondering what I’m not seeing. After all, who hasn’t longed to be even a little bit of an exhibitionist or a voyeur (or both)? *wink*


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Just Desserts by Barbara Bretton


Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have Barbara Bretton, author of Just Desserts here today. Welcome!

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Once upon a time, Hayley had believed that a good woman (her) could turn a bad boy (her ex) into a knight in shining armor (pure fantasy). Ten years of marriage had finally drummed the truth into her head. In the real world bad boys didn’t turn into knights in shining armor. Bad boys grew up to be even worse men and the world would be a much happier place if little girls were taught that basic fact along with their ABCs.

Hayley Maitland Goldstein knew all about how these things worked. First a girl giggled, then she sighed, and the next thing you knew she was in Vegas taking her wedding vows in front of a red-haired Elvis with an overbite. You knew you had made a bad choice when Elvis slipped you his divorce lawyer’s business card while you were still shaking the rice from your hair.

But then Finn Rafferty came into her life and everything changed.


The truth is, love really does change everything. It's impossible to fall head-over-heels in love with someone and not be transformed in the process.

Your senses are heightened. Colors are sharper, more vivid. Food (unless you're so lovestruck you can't eat!) tastes more delicious than ever before. Music you'd barely noticed in the past, suddenly awakens all sorts of unruly emotions. And, oh the touch and scent of his skin...

Single mother Hayley Maitland Goldstein had forgotten how it felt to be in love. Her marriage had left her with a child and a mess of shattered illusions and broken dreams. She swore she would never fall in love with another Bad Boy . . . or with anyone else for that matter. She has a bakery to run, a daughter to raise, and a menagerie of pets to wrangle and that doesn't leave time for anything else.

But when Finn shows up at her bakery one sunny afternoon, their meeting sets into motion a chain of events that turns Hayley's life upside down.

Because love isn't the only thing that can make a woman do crazy things. Family secrets can too. And Finn brings with him one of the biggest secrets of them all . . .

Bad boys, good men, hot love scenes, and juicy secrets: Just Desserts has all of that and more. I hope you enjoy it!

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About the Author
Oh, how I hate bios! All of that deadly dull information about name (Barbara Bretton) and date of birth (June 25) and geographical data (born in New York City; lives near Princeton, NJ), marital status (many years married), and hobbies (who has time??). How do you gather up all of those dull, dry facts and turn them into something interesting?

No wonder I tell lies for a living.

I considered weaving a story for you about life on a houseboat on the French Riviera. Or maybe my years as a concubine, hidden away in a golden pleasure palace in the shimmering desert. Then I decided to do the unthinkable and tell you the truth.

When I sold my first book and my life changed forever. I sent in my manuscript on Thursday February 21, 1982 and four days later the telephone rang and I heard the amazing words, "We want to buy your book." How I wish you could have seen me. I was standing by the kitchen door of our North Babylon house, the picture of cool sophistication, as I listened to Vivian Stephens explain the terms of the deal to me. You would have thought I'd sold a first book every single day of my life. Yes, I said. Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for calling. I look forward to our association. That cool sophistication hung on until I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, then promptly threw up on my shoes.

I was thirty-one years old, unagented, unschooled, unfamiliar with anything to do with the business of publishing. To put it mildly, I was in shock. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time (and finishing up his degree at night) so it would be hours until I could break the news to him. This was too exciting to waste on a phone call. I wanted to see his face when I told him that my dream had finally come true -- and came with a $6000 advance!

He pulled into the driveway at midnight. I was waiting in the doorway, holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. I didn't have to say a word. He knew right away and the look of joy and pride in his eyes warms me now, years later, long after the advance faded into memory.

A lot has happened to me in the years since that first sale. I've learned that this is a difficult and demanding business (it takes a tough writer to write a tender book) and that I am happiest when I am most ignorant. I've also learned that a good friend, a writer and pal who truly understands, is worth her weight in good reviews and royalty checks.

I fell madly in love with Skye O'Malley in early 1982 and wrote an unabashedly gushy fan letter to our beloved Bertrice Small. By the time Sunny answered, I had joined the ranks of the published and Sunny became friend and mentor, guide and confidant. She has held my hand through broken dreams, disappointments, family illnesses, and accepted my bizarre need to go underground from time to time with great affection and understanding. Over the years I've come to understand the difference between the writer and her work, that loving the book doesn't guarantee that I will love the author. But what a joy it is when you discover that the author of a beloved favorite is even more wonderful and witty and wise than the characters she creates.

So this bio is for you, Sunny, for being the best of friends during the worst of times and -- even more wonderful -- during the good times as well.

And now for the statistics:

Barbara Bretton is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 books. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in over twenty countries.

Barbara has been featured in articles in The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Romantic Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Herald News, Home News, Somerset Gazette,among others, and has been interviewed by Independent Network News Television, appeared on the Susan Stamberg Show on NPR, and been featured in an interview with Charles Osgood of WCBS, among others.

Her awards include both Reviewer's Choice and Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times; Gold and Silver certificates from Affaire de Coeur; the RWA Region 1 Golden Leaf; and several sales awards from Bookrak. Ms. Bretton was included in a recent edition of Contemporary Authors.

Barbara loves to spend as much time as possible in Maine with her husband, walking the rocky beaches and dreaming up plots for upcoming books.

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Just Desserts

Hayley had sworn off bad boys until Finn Rafferty set out to win her heart...

Once upon a time, Hayley had believed that a good woman (her) could turn a bad boy (her ex) into a knight in shining armor (pure fantasy). Ten years of marriage had finally drummed the truth into her head. In the real world bad boys didn’t turn into knights in shining armor. Bad boys grew up to be even worse men and the world would be a much happier place if little girls were taught that basic fact along with their ABCs.

Hayley Maitland Goldstein knew all about how these things worked. First a girl giggled, then she sighed, and the next thing you knew she was in Vegas taking her wedding vows in front of a red-haired Elvis with an overbite. You knew you had made a bad choice when Elvis slipped you his divorce lawyer’s business card while you were still shaking the rice from your hair.

But then Finn Rafferty came into her life and everything changed.

Hayley should have seen the kiss coming but it surprised her just the same. He had been looking at her with a crazy kind of unfocused intensity and she had been about to ask him if he was having a stroke when she realized she was about to be kissed by a man she actually wanted to kiss back.

Every now and then life handed you a perfect moment but the secret was figuring out how to make it last.


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Dragon Fire by Dina von Lowenkraft


Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I have Dina von Lowenkraft, author of Dragon Fire here today. Welcome!

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First of all, thank you, Buffy for having me as a guest on your blog and a HUGE congratulations on your new baby!! I have two kids and can’t imagine my life without them :-)

I noticed that several of the previous guests here have shared their playlists and I thought I’d share my own experience with writing and music - which, as it turns out, is probably also one of my biggest quirks as a writer.

Many authors that I know have playlists that give the mood(s) of their manuscript or specific scenes (fight scenes, love scenes etc.), but I don’t. Instead, I find music for each character. I actually go out and search for CDs that each character would listen to, or in the case of my angel-like Elythia, that they would sing - and no, they don’t sound in any way angelic! If any of you know the group Tool, you’ll know what I mean.

And when I’ve been unsure, I’ve even gone into a music store and described a ‘friend’ I was buying music for. After one such session, I came out with a couple of Angels & Airwaves CDs that turned into Erling’s voice for me. Although Erling is a secondary character in Dragon Fire, he is one of the main characters in the prequel that I am currently working on.

My other quirk is that I don’t listen to music while I write. So what do I do with all those CDs I buy for my characters? I usually listen to them in the car when I am driving from one place to an other (I live in the country, and do a lot of driving). I really enjoy this time with my characters in the car. It helps me figure out who they are and what they are feeling in the scene I am writing.

As a side, but truly amazing story, when I went back to Tromso in Northern Norway where both Dragon Fire and its prequel are set, I went to the restaurant where I imagined Erling and June going to for their first date (an event that happens in the prequel). The CD that greeted me when I walked in was by Angels & Airwaves. In addition, the green Ninja motorcycle I had imagined for one of their friends was parked across the street. It was as if my world had come alive. Needless to say, I sat down, ordered June’s vegetarian burger and wrote the rest of the scene on a complete writer’s high.

The only character I never found any music for was Rakan, the main character of Dragon Fire. It took me several months of searching to realize that as a shapeshifting dragon who had grown up in an isolated part of Western Tibet, Rakan didn’t listen to music.

How do you use music when you write? Or is there something else that helps you get closer to your characters/the voice of your manuscript? I’d love to hear from you!

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About the Author
Born in the US, Dina von Lowenkraft has lived on 4 continents, worked as a graphic artist for television and as a consultant in the fashion industry. Somewhere between New York and Paris she picked up an MBA and a black belt. Dina is currently the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Belgium, where she lives with her husband, two children and three horses.

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Dragon Fire

Some choices are hard to live with.

But some choices will kill you.

When seventeen-year-old Anna first meets Rakan in her hometown north of the Arctic Circle, she is attracted to the pulsing energy that surrounds him. Unaware that he is a shapeshifting dragon, Anna is drawn into a murderous cycle of revenge that pits Rakan and his clan against her best friend June.

Torn between his forbidden relationship with Anna, punishable by death, and restoring his family’s honor by killing June, Rakan must decide what is right. And what is worth living – or dying – for.


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

REVIEW: A Man Worth Fighting For by Sara Daniel

***This book was originally reviewed for Storm Goddess Book Reviews.***
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Summary:

Shot by a member of his military team, Justin Lawson retreats to the Wiccan Haus. Holly Walters refuses to accept her boyfriend's out-of-the-blue rejection without an explanation, even if getting the answers forces her to be trapped on a bizarre island for an entire week. She's going to use every minute to work Justin out of her system once and for all. Justin's body and spirit begin to heal under Holly's loving ministrations. As she talks about never seeing each other again, he realizes he never wants to let her go. But the rogue assassin who had gone after Justin before is after him again. Before he can fight to make Holly believe in their love, he'll have to fight for both their lives.

Thoughts:

I don’t have any experience reading a series where every book is not written by the same author, so I wasn’t sure what to expect compared to the first book. I was pleasantly surprised! The setting felt consistent with what was set up in book 1, and the staff from the first one were present and still rang authentic. We even get a few cameo appearances from Mr. sexy were-tiger himself, Rekkus, from the first one.

Now in this story, Justin gets hurt on a mission and the person that did it is still at large, so thinking he’s keeping her safe, as well as not getting in too deep with her, he texts Holly to break up with her. Yeah what a jerk, right? A girl’s gotta have more closure than that, so she tracks his ass down! Holly not letting him get away with a short little text as a breakup really made my day. Ok so the sex scenes helped quite a bit too.

I had two problems with this story though. One, Justin was ridiculously stubborn and a bit hypocritical. I wanted to reach into the book and slap him at times for being such a jerk, plus he was a little depressing at times. Two, the overall plot was a little shaky. The villain was ultimately after someone else, but Justin was supposedly a threat and in the way, but after being hurt and in the vicinity of the ultimate target, I can’t help but think how silly it was that Justin remained the target.

Overall, while the plot wasn’t quite solid, the romance is and it makes for a steamy read with a satisfying ending. The best part, however, is Myron, she’s so fun!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

REVIEW: Crashed by Dawn Robertson

Summary:

Emily Taylor is a twenty-six year-old event planner who has made a career out of dating; with the majority of it ending up as a complete nightmare. She is driven, motivated, and rising to the top in her career…but not in her love life. However, a random car accident will change her life forever.

Avery Martin is a country boy stuck in the city working his dream job of being a fire fighter. Over the years he has given up a lot, including dating, to focus on his career. Responding to a car accident one day he becomes overly involved with the woman he is rescuing.

Will these two find love, or will amnesia cost them the future they might have had?

Title:  Crashed
Series:  Beachside Firemen
Book #: 1
Author:  Dawn Robertson
Approximate Book Length:  160 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

Hmm, where to start – there’s so much to say about this story. It was very sweet and had a natural feeling flow. It felt very authentic from the very beginning, complete with the occasional cheesy awkward moment. I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters, especially Gran! The plot is somewhat predictable, but only to a point with a couple surprises thrown in.

My only complaint is the amnesia. I don’t know much about it, but amnesia being SO selective as to be limited to exactly one person seems a little weird. Her reaction to Jared also seems a little farfetched. Early on when she talks about him, he seems like an ok guy that just wasn’t there when she needed him, but now she acts like he was some abusive jerk or something. Don’t get me wrong, he definitely throws out some creepy stalkerific vibes, but it just doesn’t seem to match her panic level whenever she’s around him.

Overall, it was a very sweet, fun, compelling, and endearing read with an adorable ending to which I could even relate to some extent. I really can’t wait for the next book!

Bottom Line:

Pick up this awesome read if you want a romantic suspense that will hold you enthralled from start to finish!

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Shards of My Heart by Nicole Andrews Moore


Stories & SWAG is hosting a cover reveal for Nicole Andrew Moore's Shards of My Heart. I'm here to share that cover and the blurb with you. Happy Reading!


When I took the vows for better or worse, I meant them. Then I started to wonder if there was a limit as to how much worse I was supposed to endure. Am I supposed to stay if worse means that me and my daughter are in danger? What if the worse was because of a mental illness? When is enough simply too much?

This is a different kind of love story. Read Nina’s journals for a tale of hope, strength of spirit, and unconditional love.

~EXCERPT~

Shane loved walking around without a shirt on, showing off his muscular physique. Honestly, I loved seeing him, loved touching his bare skin. In that moment, he leaned his back against the counter and faced me. Without thinking, I walked into his open arms, inhaled his scent to imprint it upon my soul, and kissed the broken heart tribal tattoo on his chest.

Shane: Are you trying to heal my broken heart?

Shaking my head, I responded.

Me: Nope. Just loving you.

Shane: Good. It can’t be fixed.

He looked down and instead of wrapping me up and pulling me closer, he stiffened and stood straight.

Shane: Sometimes, I think you are only attracted to me because you want to fix me.

His demeanor had me tensing up. Somehow, I knew what I said next was going to be really important. Shaking my head, I found the words I sought.

Me: Baby, until I got to know you, I didn’t even know you were broken.

That softened him. My words worked. They were magic. He admired my ability to communicate, to speak eloquently, to make an impact through simple speech. Words did not come easily for him.

He held me close. Bending his head, his chin in my hair, he finally spoke what was clearly bothering him. Shane: You make me want to be a better man, but I don’t want to change. What are we going to do about that? With my chin on his chest, staring up into his pained eyes, I told him the truth. There was only one way I knew to make this work.

me: I’m going to love you through it. No matter what, come what may, I promise I’ll love you the best I can with all that I am.

I meant it, too.

Must be he liked my response because within seconds, his lips closed the distance to mine. That kiss. That love.

About the Author
Nicki has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina with her children for the past twelve years and her husband for the past four. Her journey has barely begun and she has loved every minute of it. Every day of her life seems to bring new adventures, some bigger, better, shinier and prettier than others. She's still getting used to that new life smell she's experiencing, a combination of hope, love, and happiness. (The perfect scents to build a new life on...)

For fun, she spends time with those she cares about, cooks, reads, writes, and especially lives to travel. The current travel goal: visit every Margaritaville. Three down! (Eleven to go?)

In May, Nicki started the blog Stories and Swag to promote authors. Several months later, she started Stories and Swag Tours, a blog tour company offering cover reveals, release blitzes, release parties on Facebook, and blog tours. In addition, she started Dominatrix Publishing, a boutique publishing company, to help other authors achieve publishing success.

Her writing can also be found on Shine, where she is a Shine Parenting Guru and an award winning Yahoo! Contributor on YourWisdom as the relationship and dating expert. In addition, she has been published by McClatchy News in their syndicated papers.

Her books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords in ebook, paperback, and even some audiobooks.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

REVIEW: An Apple Away by Kate Richards

***This book was originally reviewed for Storm Goddess Book Reviews.***
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Summary:

Aislinn never wants to see another doctor. Their painful and pointless treatments have done nothing to improve her rapidly deteriorating health. She hopes that the staff of Wiccan Haus can at least offer a change of scene, if not a return of a little of her former strength. She's delighted to meet Punda, a masseuse, on her arrival and charmed by the cottage in the apple orchard where she will stay. Dr. Hugo Peralta visits the island at the insistence of his boss. The distinguished brain surgeon is in desperate need of a respite before overwork makes him one of his own patients. He is surprised but pleased with the privacy and serenity of his cottage--across the orchard from Aislinn's. An idyllic location on a magical island where love can blossom--if the Rowans can help the trio save Aislinn from whatever is killing her.

Thoughts:

So I was surprised to find this story is a FFM ménage story, as it really doesn’t say anything about it in the blurb, but it was a pleasant one. The connection begins right away between the characters, and it’s really cute how Punda and Hugo worry over Aislinn throughout the book. The illness was handled nicely, and the crisis point dealt with to end happily.

That being said, I felt like the story was a little incomplete, or ended a tad abruptly. Between the end of the crisis and the ending of the book is literally two pages. There’s no resolution, we’re just told how everybody’s moving on and the story ends on that note with no discussion on how the decisions were reached. And while the sex scene was great, I was a little disappointed there was just the one after so much build up.

Not my favorite installment, but still a sweet addition to the Wiccan Haus series, and I look forward to more.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

REVIEW: His Roommate's Pleasure by Lana McGregor

Summary:

It started with an accidental click…but where will it end?

Desperate to turn in a paper, Adam borrows his roommate's computer and mistakenly opens a folder that contains Josh's collection of porn. Adam had no idea that his jock roommate was gay—and into leashes, paddles and domination. And Adam, an inexperienced virgin who's only ever kissed one guy, is surprised to find himself curious about submitting…

Josh can't believe that his roommate discovered his spank bank—and he can't believe that Adam is so turned on by the thought of giving up control to someone. Taking a chance, he offers to look through the photos with Adam…and maybe try acting some of them out.

Night after night, the boys delve into their darkest fantasies of domination and submission. And as lust and experimentation grow into the promise of something deeper, Adam must decide if he's brave enough to tell Josh how he feels.

Title:  His Roommate's Pleasure
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Lana McGregor
Approximate Book Length:  84 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This was a pretty good read. It has a lot of elements such as BDSM, coming out, and some discovery/exploration. There was a nice build up of the relationship and all. I really enjoyed everything they did together, which was steamy even if it was a little awkward at times. The plot was pretty predictable, but still very compelling. There is always an opportunity to play the homophobic element, but thankfully there isn’t much of that so the couple can progress in a considerably more relaxed manner. Overall, a sweet story that left me smiling.

Bottom Line:

If you’re looking for a fresh story about self-discovery and finding unexpected love, don’t miss this gay romance.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

REVIEW: Marooned with the Millionaire by Sandra Bunino

***This book was originally reviewed for My Secret Romance.***
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***These books have been combined into one called Marooned with the Millionaire since these reviews were written.***

Summary:

A nasty storm knocking out the power strands to strangers in a hotel. Stephanie decides to take advantage of it thinking that a hot one night stand is what she needs to get a clean break from her past. However, after they part, Jason and their night together haunt her thoughts. Maybe they could try getting another taste…

Thoughts:

We start off with both parties at a hotel, where they promptly get stuck on an elevator when the power goes out. This gets them introduced and we play voyeur as they spend a single night together. That one night leaves a lasting impression on them both, but Jason and Stephanie certainly have a few obstacles to overcome if they want to explore the passion they’ve shared and experience more out of a relationship than what they’ve gotten in the past.

Having had only one night to worry about, they’ve both kept their secrets, but if they want to meet again, they’re going to have to address the lies and get to know each other better. This will be a lot easier to do with 5 whole days alone. The book leaves us aching for more when the last thing we see is Jason and Stephanie reuniting at a hotel bar, where he discovers a spicy little secret she had no hope of keeping.

It’s a fairly short story, but well done. The character development is present, the plot well paced, and is enjoyable all around, leaving me itching for the sequel, which I believe is due out later this year.

This is a romantic novella that is sexy as hell and leaves you aching for the sequel.

Summary:

Lingering memories of their time in Miami, Jason and Stephanie make plans to meet in Vegas to further explore their chemistry and spend more time getting to know each other. Not all goes to plan when Jason’s ex shows up. No one could have imagined where their Vegas trip would lead them!

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Marooned in Miami, and was so excited for the conclusion to Jason and Stephanie’s story. They had such chemistry in the first one, and for a novella, such depth of character. This continuation keeps up that same quality! We get even more insight into their fears, their desires, and of course we get more of their bold, insatiable lust for each other.

True to the beginning of their story, there was dual layered conflict here with Jason’s ex showing up and causing loads of trouble, and naturally Jason’s and Stephanie’s own inner fears and insecurities wreaking havoc. Their growing love, their emotional struggles, and how they cope with all the trouble is just heart-warming. I love a happy ending, and boy do they get theirs!

Lusted in Las Vegas is a sweet and sensual love story between two formerly broken hearts. The connection between the characters is strong and fiery and just makes them feel so real. Jason and Stephanie are unforgettable, and I recommend any contemporary romance fan go read about their journey!