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Apr
26

Quickie Review: Hot Buzz

Quickie Review: Hot Buzz *NOTE: THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN EDITED on Sept. 16, 2012. This story was originally reviewed under the title “Good Vibrations” and was published on April 24, 2012 as part of the Edge Series by Decadent Publishing. I have updated the links and book information, but the review remains the original review (title of book only change).Hot Buzz Author: KT Grant  Release Date: Sept. 15, 2012 Publisher: Self-Published Genre: Erotic Romance, Lesbian, Novella Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book: Jerri can’t sleep at night. Every night she hears Krysta pleasure herself with her vibrator in her bedroom. Jerri wants to be the one to help Krysta find satisfaction and much more. Then one night Jerri’s jealousy gets the best of her and she confronts Krysta. She’ll prove to her that something like a vibrator can’t give her satisfaction, and only a flesh and blood woman like herself can. What I’m talking about: This is my second Edge story, and once again the short format delivers. For those not familiar, Decadent Publishing has a hot little series, The Edge, of unrelated (or in groups of related) short erotic stories. They are vignettes – views into a romance, but not the whole picture. The stories are not character or plot-driven, but rather snapshots of a few sexy moments. Hot Buzz is the story of lonely Jerri who has pined for her roommate Krysta for 5 years. Fearful of becoming another notch on Krysta’s bedpost, Jerri keeps her feelings hidden. That is until one night while out at a club and both women engage in some buzzed flirtation with other people. For some reason it is this night that the true colors show. They hungrily take one another in a night of passion and vibrators.  Hot Buzz gives us just enough insight into the longing Jerri has experienced over the years — enough to give the reader reason to care and cheer for the couple. Jerri and Krysta are hot in bed, but getting there was a little annoying. The jealous almost “cat-fighting” isn’t my cup of tea, but it brought the two together for an erotic coupling – and that was most certainly enjoyable. And in the end, the reader is left with the notion that everything will work out nicely for these two. I like my happy endings! All-in-all Hot Buzz is an enjoyable, erotic read. My Rating: Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B) Purchase Info: Hot...
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Apr
13

Review: Sleeping with the Frenemy

Review: Sleeping with the Frenemy Sleeping with the Frenemy Author: KT Grant  Release Date: May 2, 2011 Publisher: Ravenous Romance Genre: GLBT/lesbian, Suspense Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book: Deborah Murnay has a life most women would die for. She has a loving wife of four years who gives her anything she wants. But, Deborah hides a dark secret. Her wife Genevieve not only enjoys kinky, dangerous sex, but is insanely jealous and possessive. When a violent argument between the two leaves Deborah bruised and battered, she has no other choice but to run away. Through some intricate planning on Deborah’s part, she’s able to trick Genevieve into thinking she’s dead. Deborah becomes Sharon Wade and ends up hundreds of miles away in the small town of Woodberry Creek where she can start over again, even though she lives in fear that Genevieve will find her and kill her.  When grade school teacher Bridgette Woodberry notices her new neighbor, she quickly figures out Woodberry Creek’s new resident is hiding something. Deborah knows she can’t have a future with Bridgette, but finds herself attractive to the kindhearted redhead whose kisses and warm embrace makes her feel protected. As Deborah turns to Bridgette to help heal her scars, Genevieve is waiting for the right moment to take back her wife and make her pay for deceiving her. What I’m talking about: Sleeping with the Frenemy is a lesbian retelling of the 1991 film, Sleeping with the Enemy, starring Julia Roberts. For those unfamiliar with the story, it involves a wife’s escape from an abusive husband by faking her own death. In Ms. Grant’s version, we witness the extremely HOT yet harmful relationship between Deborah and Genevieve. The women have been married for 5 years, and at first it appears they have a wonderful relationship and ideal life. Yet as the story progresses, we witness the extent to which Gen abuses and controls Deborah. Similar to the movie, Deborah escapes the marriage by faking her death and moving to a small town far away. However, soon enough Gen finds out that Deborah has betrayed her and plots her revenge. The story reads well and moves at a good pace. Even though I saw the movie (many years ago), I still experienced a suspenseful thrill. Although there weren’t any major surprises, Ms. Grant changed enough of the details that kept the book fresh, and she makes it her own story. Even though I knew everything...
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Apr
11

Review: Want

Review: Want Want Author: Ann Mayburn  Release Date: Jan. 16, 2012 Publisher: Decadent Publishing 1 Night Stand Series ISBN: #978-1613331966 Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, M/M Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      Construction foreman Cody McPherson always considered himself as straight as they come. That is until he finds himself falling for the handsome stonemason, Sam Denham, who constantly occupies his thoughts. He wants Sam, badly, and can’t get the man out of his mind. Worse yet, he isn’t even sure if Sam is gay. When he finds out that Sam has signed up with a dating service searching for a guy who looks exactly like him Cody is even more eager, and confused than before.      Sam can’t believe that he’s developed a huge crush on his obviously straight co-worker. Even worse, the job that allowed him to see Cody on an almost daily basis has ended and he desperately misses his buddy in a way that goes far beyond just friendship. In an effort to soothe his aching heart and body, he tries to get a blind date with someone like Cody so he can pretend for just one night that he holds Cody in his arms.      When Cody himself shows up as Sam’s blind date, he is at once elated and afraid of having his heart broken by just another straight guy looking to sample the gay life. He wants to be so much more than Cody’s 1Night Stand and if he’s given the chance, Sam will do anything to prove that love doesn’t discriminate based on gender. What B is talking about:      Want is a sweet, delightfully erotic short story that is a perfect addition to the 1 Night Stand series. I absolutely adored reading about Sam and Cody. Both are grown, successful, down-to-earth men who are strong enough to pursue what they want, yet have lived enough to doubt that they will find it. While both have had experiences with the opposite sex (to vastly different degrees), they want each other and no one else.      Sexually, Sam and Cody are hot. Despite a somewhat awkward walk to the elevator in the beginning, Mayburn doesn’t waste much time with a drawn out learning curve for these men. Instead, she gives their mutual desire, curiosity, and enthusiasm free reign. They are well matched and willing, the attraction they feel for one another having already built to roar during...
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Mar
22

Review: Slow Break

Review: Slow Break Slow Break Author: Sara Brookes  Release Date: Dec. 15, 2011 Publisher: Decadent Publishing Sypricon Masters Book #4 ISBN: #978-16133317367 Genre: GLBT, m/m romance, BDSM, Erotica, Sci-fi romance, Novella Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Jack Cotton thought he’d made the right choice to walk away from Tawse, the only BDSM club on Sypricon. But a life-altering tragedy has shown him the error of his ways. Now, he’s ready to make amends and is more than prepared to kneel before the Dom he left so abruptly. Denton is bound by the rules of Tawse, and he knows Jack’s membership has been terminated. But Jack’s return is all too personal and his actions can’t simply be ignored. Forced to make a choice, Denton does the only thing his instincts as a Dom tell him. After all, some men, like rules, are meant to be broken. What B is talking about: Jack and Denton make a good pair, and while most of Slow Break is told from Denton’s point of view, it is Jack that is most in need of redemption. As a Dom, Denton has an obligation to his sub, as well as a need to see his own value reflected in Jack’s willingness to submit. Jack, on the other hand, has a lot to make up for, and is determined to show Denton he’s ready to face the truths he’d denied so stubbornly before.  Slow Break is one of those stories that that attempts to explore more than just the characters’ sexuality, which I’ve found is true of most of the BDSM fiction I’ve read. As opposed to some other types of erotic fiction, the BDSM lifestyle, as depicted, goes beyond the kink to the underlying needs, and the reasons for those needs, of all participants, both Masters and subs alike.  Brookes explores the themes of loss, guilt, acceptance, and hope in Slow Break, and does so fairly well in a comparatively brief narrative. It works, I think, because both of the main characters have done the bulk of their soul searching before the story itself ever begins. This leaves the revelations of what they’ve discovered about themselves to provide the emotional connection to the scene, and the means for a happy ending.  Sexually, this story covers a lot of ground in a short span of time. Ranging from a variety of interactions, both heterosexual and homosexual, to discipline and submission, Slow Break has a little bit of everything....
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Mar
19

Review: Unshakeable Faith

Review: Unshakeable Faith Unshakeable Faith Author: Lisa Worrall  Release Date: Nov. 28, 2011 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press ISBN: #978-1613722671 Genre: LGBT – M/M Romance Format(s): Paperback (250 pgs), e-book Book Source: NetGalley About the book: Of all the bars in all the towns in all the world, the stranger walks into Brody Tyler’s. With no memory and a name he chose from a newspaper, Nash is a gamble—one Brody is willing to take. It isn’t long before Brody and Nash fall in love, but then a tragic accident shatters their cozy world, resetting Nash’s memory once again. The “new” Nash Walker is a businessman with a bottom line, and he doesn’t care what or who gets stomped on. Waking up in a hospital bed after a hit-and-run with no idea where he’s been for the past six months is bad enough, but someone trying to kill him is even worse. Enter Brody Tyler, accidental bodyguard. Brody’s determined to help Nash remember and bring back the man he loves. Nash thinks Brody’s a drop-dead gorgeous pain in the ass. If only he could remember…. What B is talking about: Brody Tyler has a habit of picking up strays. If only he’d stick to a pet, rather than taking in men who are down-on-their-luck. But when a gorgeous amnesiac with the most beautiful green eyes he’s ever seen walks into his bar, frightened and unbearably lost, he knows two things: that he’s a total goner, and that he just got himself a new roommate. This is one of the funniest, most pleasantly frustrating, yet lovely m/m romances I’ve read yet. Brody and Nash are wonderful together, Brody’s openness and acceptance being the perfect haven where Nash can recreate himself and begin a new life. Brody is the perfect lover, and Worrall writes him so sweetly, that I couldn’t stand to see him hurt anymore than his friends could.  There aren’t any weak characters, save for Nash’s brother, Ben, in Unshakeable Faith, with even most of the minor characters providing good laughs and believable affection. The staff at Brody’s bar is especially entertaining, and his best friend, Wyatt, in particular, is an absolute treat. Hannah, Nash’s housekeeper, is similarly enjoyable, as are his mother and sister. As with any good story, some things must get worse before they can get better, and that’s doubly true of Unshakeable Faith. Nash makes some horrendous mistakes during the second part of his journey, and I wanted to knock some...
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Mar
5

Review: A Bid For Love

Review: A Bid For Love A Bid For Love Author: KT Grant  Release Date: Feb. 12, 2012 Publisher: Decadent 1 Night Stand Story Genre: Contemporary Romance, m/m, Novella Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Anthony Conlin is a forty-one year old workaholic in love with his twenty-nine year old neighbor, Reece Whitmore, who looks like he belongs on the cover of GQ magazine. Anthony longs for Reece to the point of obsession, but doesn’t think he stands a chance because of their difference in age, his graying hair and a less than rock hard physique. When Anthony’s friend, Jagger Castillo urges Anthony to try the matching services of One Night Stand, Anthony still refuses because of his crush on Reece. But Jagger, along with the help of Madame Evangeline, the owner of the 1NS has something up their sleeves to make certain Anthony and Reece finally get together. A charity auction sets the stage and rolls into motion a night Anthony and Reece will never forget. What I’m talking about: Tony and Reese have been neighbors for a few years, both men are completely hung up on and attracted to the other. However, neither is willing to make the first move, that is until Reese decides he will take a chance. But his flirting doesn’t get far, and poor Tony is completely tongue-tied.  When a mutual acquaintance offers Reese a way into Tony’s bed (and hopefully his heart), Reese jumps at the chance for love. This was my first 1 Night Stand (1NS) novella and the second novella I’ve read by KT Grant. I am impressed with her ability to create intimate romances in such a short space. The characters are real enough, relatable on some level, and don’t require lots of background and superfluous details to enjoy the story. We know these two men long for each other, and Ms. Grant is able to quickly build the need and frustration. For those wondering, each 1NS story is independent, using a somewhat mysterious character, Madame Evangeline, as a match maker with a 100% track record in finding the perfect long-term mate. In this book it’s a suitable vehicle used to get the men together in a fairly short span.  I adored Tony and Reece. They both were a bit shy, but once together, passion explodes. And wow–there are some completely sexy scenes involving a hot tub! At times I thought that Tony was too hung up on the age difference and the...
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Feb
2

Review: Daughter of Lust

Review: Daughter of Lust Daughter Of Lust Author: Ann Mayburn  Release Date: June 27, 2011 Publisher: Decadent Publishing For The Love Of Evil # 1 ISBN: #978-1613330326 Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance (M/F, M/M/F, F/F) Format(s): paperback (272 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      Belal, High Prince of Hell and Keeper of the Deadly Sin Sloth, is expanding his power in the world of the 1800s by trafficking opium. He revels in the results, and as sloth begins to overtake the mortal realm, all of Hell suffers. The balance of power in Hell, as well as the fate of the Universe, will be decided by the love of a half-demon peasant girl.     Natalia Shura, the daughter of Asmodeus, High Prince of Hell and Keeper of the Deadly Sin Lust, is unaware of the nature of her birth. When her demonic side begins to awaken, her world becomes dominated by dark passions and deadly craving, and Natalia believes she is losing her mind. But Natalia’s love has been foretold as the only thing that can stop Belal and his allies, and they will do anything to prevent her ascension. Facing assassins, avenging angels, Hell’s deadly politics—and her real father—Natalia must accept the love of more than one man and embrace her demonic heritage as a Princess of Lust. If she doesn’t, all that she loves will be destroyed, and Heaven and Hell will plunge into Chaos. What B is talking about:      Mayburn proves that she is an ambitious storyteller in this novel about love and lust, which plays out in both Russia and Hell in the year 1870. Not merely an exploration of varying forms of eroticism, Daughter of Lust takes on religion in general, a broad and potentially risky topic to say the least. Beneath Natalia’s sexual awakening is the idea that there is nothing, either on earth, in Heaven, or in Hell, that is either purely good or purely evil, and that love is too powerful a concept to be limited to one particular interpretation.      Natalia’s story begins as the factions of Hell are in an uproar, Satan’s disinterest in ruling having created a power vacuum that Belal, High Prince and Keeper of Sloth, intends to fill. Asmodeus, Keeper of Lust and his allies are determined to stop him, and the half-demon daughter he’s kept secret from even his most trusted advisors may be the key to saving them all. Using the opium trade...
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Jan
24

Review: Onyx Moon

Review: Onyx Moon Onyx Moon Author: Ann Mayburn  Release Date: Nov. 21, 2011 Publisher: Decadent Prides of the Moon #4 ISBN: #978-1613331644 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotica, Novella, GLBT Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      Marcus Galin has searched the world for a very special kind of werepuma, a Beta who has also been blessed by the Goddess as a shaman. His prayers are finally answered when Madame Eve of the 1 Night Stand matchmaking service arranges for him to meet a man in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica that fits his requirements. Only problem is that Marcus is terrified of magic and doesn’t know if he can overcome his fear enough to open his heart to a stranger that his pride and his heart desperately need.      Vashan Dulphin has spent all of his life as an outcast among his people. By a twist of fate and gentics at puberty he became a werejaguar much to his family and pride’s disgust. Since then he has lived in solitude among his people, barely tolerated only because of his power as both a Beta and a shaman. Desperate for a chance to find a home where he will be loved, he calls on the aid of Madame Eve who sends him Marcus.      Together the men will have to overcome their fear and self-doubt for a one in a million chance at love. What B is talking about:      As the alpha werepuma destined to take over his pack, Onyx Moon, Marcus is already shouldering much of the responsibility he owes his people. We first met Marcus at the end of Turquoise Moon, the third story in the series, while he was under the spell of the magically-aided, but crazed, Stephen, who was pursuing Kara as she tried to bond with her true mates. Marcus’ own pack has been without a shaman for too long, and it’s his duty to find one young and strong enough to protect the pride. The new shaman must also be a beta who will bond with Marcus, so that there can be no doubt as to the spiritual guide’s motives and loyalty. That alone is no small task, but combine it with Marcus’ fear of magic, and it seems impossible.      Vashan has his share of problems, too. Being the only werejaguar in his insular pack has been a burden; one that’s nearly become too much to carry. If it...
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Dec
15

Review: Ginger Snaps for Two

Review: Ginger Snaps for Two Ginger Snaps For Two Author: L.C. Dean  Release Date: Nov. 13, 2011 Publisher: Decadent Publishing Genre: GLBT Romance, Erotic Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book: Ginger Burke considers herself a hard-assed bitch. She micromanages every aspect of her world, including the subs she controls as a part time, professional Domme. No one has ever been foolish enough to think she has a soft side. Selleck Mathews knows what it’s like to hide behind what others expect, letting down his guard only around the gentle compassion of his partner, Neil Trygstad, who wants nothing more than to love and be loved. Together they are nearly content except they long for someone to laugh at Neil’s jokes and crave Selleck’s gentle dominance. Ginger’s needs ring in her voice and shimmer in her expressive blue eyes. Once the guys decide to break through her shell and find the sweet center, they have no intention of letting up until her control snaps and she settles in their arms for the ideal holiday, perhaps even the perfect forever. What B is talking about: Warning: this e-book contains graphic sexual situations and language, including pressured intimacy.  There’s nothing soft about Ginger Burke. She’s spent all of her adult life making sure of it. Dubbed the “Fire Queen” by the employees at her father’s firm where she’s a partner, Ginger is all business, and Heaven help anyone who gets in her way.  Selleck and Neil are lovers and partners, and entirely devoted to one another. But something is still missing between them, and they long for the love of another to make them feel complete. Neil is fun loving and gentle, and needs someone who can meet him on both counts. Selleck, a natural dominant, wants a woman who is both strong and in need of his sometimes heavy-handed guidance. Once they meet Ginger, they know they’ve found exactly what they’ve been looking for. Some parts of Ginger Snaps for Two I found a difficult to get past at first. A couple of the earlier encounters between the three begin in a semi-forced manner, and although all the scenes end with Ginger’s recognition and acceptance of her desires, the “damsel in denial” angle took some adjustments on my part. What Ginger Snaps for Two really seems to be about is Ginger’s path to her own sexual self-discovery and breaking free of the expectations that seem to come from the pressures of the life...
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Dec
14

Review: Prides of the Moon Series

Review: Prides of the Moon Series Amber Moon Emerald Moon Turquoise Moon Author: Ann Mayburn  Publisher: Decadent Prides of the Moon Series, Books 1-3 Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance GLBT Romance Format(s): e-books Book Source: Publisher About the books: Amber Moon Prides of the Moon #1 Release Date: July, 2011         Sabrina Wayne yearns for the perfect mates to fill the void in her heart. As a werepuma Beta, she is driven to find the strongest Alpha to submit too, or in her case, Alphas. Sabrina craves the delicious softness of a woman as well as the rugged strength of a man. She has almost given up finding the right couple when she takes a leap of faith and allows Madame Evangeline of the 1Night Stand matchmaking service to set her on what Madame Eve promises will be an evening she’ll never forget.        Alphas Nick and Madeline Turea have been searching for a woman like Sabrina for a very long time. After a disastrous relationship with a former Beta female, the couple has been extremely cautious to let anyone else get close to them or the Amber Moon pride. When Madame Evangeline contacts them about a possible match, both are eager to meet the beautiful woman who may complete their family.        A night of reckless desire and burning hot passion leads to an unknown danger that might destroy Sabrina’s one chance at a perfect love. She must learn to surrender to the power of her Alphas and gain their trust before it’s too late. Emerald Moon Prides of the Moon #2 Release Date: August, 2011        Ben Harkil had long ago given up on love, refusing to believe that he was worthy of it. When he is given the gift of a 1 Night Stand blind date he goes into it expecting nothing more than a night of savage pleasure. Instead he finds the missing piece of his heart.      Jude Carson has an impossible task in front of him. He has to convince the man that he hasn’t seen in fifteen years that he still loves him with all of his heart and wants him back. A task made even more difficult by the horrible circumstances that lead to their parting and tore their former pride apart.      Ben will have to learn that sometimes the hardest person to forgive is himself if he wants a second chance at the greatest joy...
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