Saturday, October 11, 2008

Witchy Business

Witchy Business Under His Spell\Disenchanted?\Spirit Dance
Witchy Business collects three Witch paranormal romances, these stories are connected by a clinic for disfunctional witches, who have either lost or not gained their powers due to love denied, love repressed or love rejected.

The first story, "Under His Spell", by Julie Leto was my least favorite of the bunch. Witch Regina St. Lyon and witch hunter Brock Aegis have a history. He romanced her and then tried to kill her, and she got even by banishing him to hell. Now he's back and he claims he was given a chance at redemption but only if he can keep Regina alive as the head witch hunter is out to get her. Since we jump into an established relationship there is no buildup and no time to get to know Regina and Brock. Regina quickly overcomes her distrust in the name of lust and Brock consequently is just the shadow of a character and not well fleshed out, so it is hard to care too much about what happens to these two.

"Disenchanted?" by Rhonda Nelson is much better. We get a real feel for Benedict DeWin the only powerless member of a famous witch family and Bryony Flynn also a witch misfit who has been banished by her family to avoid messing up the arranged-since-birth marriage of her sister - to guess who, Ben. This pair has an attraction that sizzles and they may just find that the magic of love is a cure to all their problems - except for the fiance one.

The last story, "Spirit Dance", by Mia Zachary. Has hereditary witch Siobhan Silverhawk heir to great powers - with Celtic witches on one side and Dine medicine women on the other - but she too has yet to come into her powers. Pilot J. B. Pendleton doesn't believe in the hocus pocus stuff, but finds himself under Siobhan's spell. Only the ghost of his dead wife is determined to keep what's hers, so Sioban better watch out. Both Siobhan's and J.B's growing desire for each other is done very effectively and I liked the scenes where Siobhan is performing the Dine ceremonies. You may recognized these if you've read any of Linda Conrad's Shadow Warrior series.

An ok book, of the 3 stories, Under His Spell, by Julie Leto was the best and the other 2 were so so.

Overall I'd rate this one a 3/5

Mr. Cavendish, I Presume

Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn
Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham for as long as she can remember. Literally. A mere six months old when the contracts were signed, she has spent the rest of her life waiting. And waiting. And waiting . . . for Thomas Cavendish, the oh-so-lofty duke, to finally get around to marrying her. But as she watches him from afar, she has a sneaking suspicion that he never thinks about her at all . . .

It's true. He doesn't. Thomas rather likes having a fiancée—all the better to keep the husband-hunters at bay—and he does intend to marry her . . . eventually. But just when he begins to realize that his bride might be something more than convenient, Thomas's world is rocked by the arrival of his long-lost cousin, who may or may not be the true Duke of Wyndham. And if Thomas is not the duke, then he's not engaged to Amelia. Which is the cruelest joke of all, because this arrogant and illustrious duke has made the mistake of falling in love . . . with his own fiancée!

I had high hopes for this book. I loved the first book and even rate it a 5/5, but this one failed to deliver on all that promise.

It builds from the previous storyline, but instead of giving us any new insight or storyline this is literally a retelling of the exact same story from a slightly different view point and simply does not work. There's little new information, there's very little character development, and the plot is ... very blah.

Sadly I give this book a 2/5

Side By Side: The Journal of a Smalltown Boy

Side By Side: The Journal of a Smalltown Boy by Mioki
SIDE BY SIDE is the story of Evan and Rick. Fast and close friends since their kindergarten days in a small town their friendship evolves into the love of their lives. They move to the big city where they meet Billy and Charlie and these four friends are soon inseparable. Mioki presents a moving portrait of gay life with all its highs and lows. Drawn in a sure style and masterfully incisive, Mioki's comic is a joy to read, is moving and the sex also doesn't get short shrift. A charming comic for the young and the young-at-heart.

Oh my, if you like gay comics this is a must buy. Its not as exaggerated as those drawn by Patrick Fillion, but equally arousing.

Its a simple tale of 2 boys from the same small town who grow up and move to the city and fall in love with each other. Excellent artwork, and I hope Mioki does a 2nd and 3rd and more books.

At the Bride Hunt Ball

At the Bride Hunt Ball by Olivia Parker
To Snare a Bride . . .

To Gabriel Devine, Duke of Wolverest, the bonds of marriage are nothing more than shackles. But if he's to remain a lifelong bachelor, that leaves only his younger brother to carry on the family name. Inviting the ton's most eligible ladies to an elegant ball, Gabriel is certain any one of them would be all too eager to become the next duchess and provide an heir—leaving Gabriel to continue his ecstatic pursuit of pleasure.

To Catch a Rogue . . .

Her social-climbing stepmother would give anything to have Madelyn Haywood betrothed to a future duke. But Madelyn believes the brothers Devine to be nothing more than heartless rogues—especially Gabriel, whose rakish reputation precedes him. He is nothing more than a slave to passion, and she will not be conquered by his caresses­—and yet his wicked ways tempt her so . . .

A pretty good book and fun read, but sadly another forgettable historical romance.

I rate this one a 4/5

Wild Card

Wild Card by Lora Leigh
It was supposed to be simple. All Navy SEAL Nathan Malone had to do was rescue three young girls from a Colombia drug cartel, then allow himself to be captured just long enough to draw out a government spy. That was before his mission went disastrously wrong…and before his wife, Bella, was told that Nathan was never coming home.

Bella’s mourned her husband’s death for three long years. But she has no idea he’s still alive. Forced to assume a new identity, the man Nathan was is now dead. If he can get back to his wife, can he keep the secret of who he really is…even as desire threatens to consume them? And as danger threatens to tear Bella from Nathan’s arms once more?

I simply loved this story. Guy finds love of his live, is forced to be dead, lives his life on automatic pilot. He is finally forced to reenter her life when she's in danger and they fall for each other again.

If you don't like slightly weepy stories, this might not be for you, but its hot and emotional. A good read.

I rate this one a 4.5/5

The Darkest Kiss

The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter
She has tempted many men… but never found her equal.

Until now.

Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death—a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.

But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining.…

I'm still on the fence about this whole series. But this specific book was pretty good. A minor goddess and the incarnation of death getting together.

The covers of this series is excellent, and this book is a decent read.

I rate this one 4/5.

Pleasure Unbound

Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.

Two lovers will dare to risk all.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul . . .

Talk about original, A demon who's a doctor, a world where demons are hunted by humans. A hospital for demons only but modeled after the human world. It goes on and on. Individually the various plots are not unique, but together it's a world that I've not read about in several hundred other books.

Oh and this is also a very hot book, did I mention that the demon doctor is rare kind of Incubus? So he's perfect male specimen and he's built to satisfy women, need I go on?

I give this book a 4.5/5, and subsequent books might very well be a 5.

The Wedding Challenge

The Wedding Challenge by Candace Camp
Lady Calandra should have suitors beating down her door. But her overprotective brother, the Duke of Rochford, has managed to scare off every suitable gentleman. Every man except the mysterious Earl of Bromwell, that is. Callie finds herself drawn to the enigmatic earl, despite her brother's almost violent protestations.

In defiance of her brother's wishes, Callie devises a plan to see Bromwell again, enlisting the help of matchmaker Francesca Haughston. But when shadowy secrets about the duke and the earl come to light, it may be too late for Callie to see that she's walked straight into a trap.…

I believe that this is the third book in the Matchmakers series by Candace Camp. The Matchmakers series revolves around Lady Francesca, a widow whose husband died leaving her almost nothing. To survive she plays matchmaker and in return people gift her with token of their esteem (jewelery) and she pawns them to pay the bills. And its obvious that she and the Duke of Rochford are meant to be together but... they never have.

Ms. Camp has a talent for writing beautiful historical romances, and this book was a delight. It deals with the Duke of Rochford sister and the earl of Bromwell who hates the Duke, after all its rumored that the Earl's sister was the Duke's mistress at one point. But things are not always as they seem.

A highly enjoyable read, but even more important is that the next book is FINALLY about Lady Francesca and the Duke of Rochford!

A give this book a 5/5

Dark Light

Dark Light by Jayne Castle
Tabloid reporter Sierra McIntyre wants a scoop when she interviews Ghost Hunter Guild boss John Fontana about the disappearances of retired, homeless hunters. She doesn’t want to trust the physically and psychically powerful man, but her intuition—and her dust bunny companion—give her the green light. To uncover the conspiracy within his own organization, Fontana proposes…marriage. And though it’s purely a business arrangement, there’s nothing pure about the attraction that sizzles between them.

I won't bother with a detailed review. Jayne Ann Krentz writes under the pen-name Jayne Castle only for books about the world Harmony. Filled with Psychic powers and Ghost Hunters.

Its one of the best paranormal series out there and if you've never read any of the Harmony books, you're missing out.

This is an automatic 5/5 and I finished it in one sitting. I just wish she would write more books for this series.

Hostage to Pleasure

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh
Ashaya Aleine was separated from her son, forced to create a neural implant that will forever enslave her psychically gifted Psy race. After fighting a desperate battle to save her child and escape the PsyNet, she’s lead not to safety, but into the lethal danger of a sniper’s embrace.

Nalini Singh came out of nowhere a few years ago and create a unique world where there are 3 major races. Humans, Psy, Changlings. Since then she's enthralled countless people with her books, and I am happy to day that book 5 (Hostage to Pleasure) is an excellent addition to the series.

Readers might remember Ashaya Aleine from the previous book, the Psy scientist who's working on Protocol I, this is the first book where it starts dealing with the wars between the 3 races on a global level (or attempts to). It makes the stakes and the dangers that much more obvious and adds to the excitement of the book.

Dorian (The Hero) has been mentioned in several of the previous books. A protector but unable to change into his cat form. A very interesting hero and as alpha male as all the rest of them.

I enjoyed the book a whole lot both on a plot scale and on the romance anglee, I highly recommend it.

I rate this book a 5/5

With Every Breath

With Every Breath by Lynn Kurland
When medieval laird Robert Cameron pounds on Sunny Phillips’s door, he isn’t paying a social call. He’s braved a trip onto enemy soil to fetch the MacLeod witch, a crone renowned for her healing powers. But the woman who opens her door to him is enchanting and young... and not from his century.

If you're read any of Lynn Kurland's other books you'll be familiar with her time travel stories. This follows the same vein and even beings several former character's into the fold.

Its a fun read and not her best work, it does have its own magic. Robert Cameron is definitely a hero to fall in love with, however I must say that he's a terrible laird because the condition of his court is a shambles in my opinion. So the only down side and confusion I had was over the condition of his court and leadership abilities. But since we don't spend much time there before coming back to the future (or present) I can happily recommend this book.

I rate this book a 4/5.

A Distant Magic

A Distant Magic by Mary Jo Putney
When Nikolai Grigori is a homeless urchin in Malta, the visiting Macrae of Dunrath recognizes his magical powers and offers to foster him. But on the voyage to England they are attacked by pirates, and Macrae does nothing to stop them from taking Nikolai as a slave. Years later Nikolai exacts revenge by kidnapping the late Macrae's daughter. Jean, a Guardian, saves the day, first when their ship is attacked by pirates, and later when she adds her magic to Nikolai's to survive a horrifying storm. Adia, a woman from the future who survived the Middle Passage and went to England at the end of the American Revolution, turns up on Nikolai's private island, Santola, with the message that Jean and Nikolai must travel to the future to ensure the success of the abolition movement. As they travel through time, they use both African and Guardian magic and discover the synergistic effect of intimacy on their paranormal powers. Not the page-turning escapist fare readers usually expect from Putney, this tale features admirable characters and a fascinating approach to slavery and the abolition movement. Tixier Herald, Diana --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

I wish that I could strongly recommend this book. After all the premise is original, there's magic involved and the characters are likable. But the latter half of the book is mired in abolishing slavery and going through time to fight the unseen evil that is promoting slavery.

Not exactly romance material and it really detracted from the story. It almost felt like a story about slavery instead of romance. Not a good mix at all. I think the intention was to make it an epic love story that spanned ages but it failed on that front.

I give this book a weak 2/5

Seducing Mr Darcy

Seducing Mr. Darcy By Gwyn Cready
Mr. Darcy just isn't Flip Allison's style. She prefers novels with hot sex on the bathroom sink to the mannerly, high-tension longing of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. That is, until she pays a visit to Madame K, who promises a therapeutic massage with an opportunity to "Imagine Yourself in Your Favorite Book." Somehow, on the way to a sizzling sink-top session with a Venetian Adonis, Flip lands right in the middle of Regency England -- and dangerously close to handsome Mr. Darcy. So close, in fact, that she discovers a side of him even Jane Austen couldn't have imagined.

Waking from her massage, Flip is on top of the world and ready for her upcoming book club -- that is, until she notices a new scene in which Darcy and spunky heroine Lizzy Bennet are arguing over...Flip Allison? Her rapturous liaison with Darcy has had disastrous consequences for Austen's characters -- not to mention millions of Pride and Prejudice fans! Flip has twenty-four hours to put the story back on course, and Magnus Knightley, a sexy but imperious scholar whose brooding good looks and infuriating arrogance are decidedly Darcy-like, is the only one who can help. The only problem is, Flip can't keep her hands off him, either....

This was an enjoyable read. The Premise was fun and different, getting a massage and being transported into a book and "changing" the story. But things go very wrong and when Allison awakes, she finds that the actual book is being re-written based on her experiences.

Naturally she has to try and rectify this along with the unwanted help from a current day professor of literature. Fun ensures.

I can't say that I'm now a devoted reader of Gwyn Cready, her writing style is still a little unpolished and her plot lines could be tighter. For example little knowledge is given to the person giving the massage and we just take it on faith that its there to make the story work instead of woven into the story. Still, very innovative and I will definitely check out her next book.

I rate this book 3.5/5

The Storm

The Storm by Jean Johnson
Sixth book in the must-read series from a national bestselling “fresh new voice in fantasy romance.”( Robin D. Owens)

Eight brothers, born in four sets of twins, two years apart to the day—they fulfill the Curse of Eight Prophecy. Though no longer trapped in exile, their growing family faces new problems. Now Rydan, the tormented sixth-born son, must find a way to trust his Destined bride, Rora, a woman who possesses her own secret power—one that could bring them together or annihilate their world forever.

If you've not read the previous books, don't read this one, it will only confuse you. This book relies a lot on the other books to make sense especially the previous book as the heroine is a twin and her story is heavily intertwined with book 5, her sister's story.

If you have been following the series, then why are you bothering reading a review, just get the book already. Rydan and Rora's story might not be my absolute favorite but knowing all the backstory and seeing new twists she's laid out for the remaining 2 books is such a treat.

I rate this book a 4/5

The Millionaire's Inexperienced Love-Slave

The Millionaire's Inexperienced Love-Slave by Miranda Lee
Adrian Palmer, a millionaire architect, always had a beautiful woman in his bed. When he met Sharni Johnson, a pretty young widow, she seemed perfect for his wicked brand of seduction. And wicked it was; he was blown away by the intensity of their lovemaking.

But Sharni was not a one-night-stand kind of girl. Adrian was prepared to do anything to have her—but there was one problem: he was the spitting image of Sharni's late husband….

The synopsis seemed interesting but while the first half of the book was promising, the latter half was a disappointment interms of character development and plot. Lover all a fair read.

I rate this book a 3/5

Death Angel

Death Angel by Linda Howard
A striking beauty with a taste for diamonds and dangerous men, Drea Rousseau is more than content to be arm candy for Rafael Salinas, a notorious crime lord who deals with betrayal through quick and treacherous means: a bullet to the back of the head, a blade across the neck, an incendiary device beneath a car. Eager to break with Rafael, Drea makes a fateful decision and a desperate move, stealing a mountain of cash from the malicious killer. After all, an escape needs to be financed.

Though Drea runs, Salinas knows she can’t hide–and he dispatches a cold-blooded assassin in hot pursuit, resulting in a tragic turn of events. Or does it?

Left for dead, Drea miraculously returns to the realm of the living a changed woman. She’s no longer shallow and selfish, no longer steals or cheats or sells herself short. Both humbled and thrilled with this unexpected second chance, Drea embraces her new life. But in order to feel safe and sound–and stop nervously looking over her shoulder–she will need to take down those who marked her for death.

Joining forces with the FBI, supplying vital inside information that only she can provide, Drea finds herself working with the most dangerous man she’s ever known. Yet the closer they get to danger, the more intense their feelings for each other become, and the more Drea realizes that the cost of her new life may be her life itself–as well as her heart.

This was actually a fun read and with a unique perspective. Its not often than the main hero/heroine are not on the up and up character wise. If you enjoy Linda Howard's writing style and don't have an aversion to morally ambiguous main characters, this is the book for you.

I rate this Book a 4.5/5.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Return to Summerhouse

Return to Summerhouse by Jude Derverux

Magic most definitely resides in the Maine summerhouse where the mysterious Madame Zoya has granted the innermost wishes of its visitors. Now, three women have come to this special place with one thing in common: a painful past they would each like to rewrite. Amy, who hides a heartbreaking loss behind her seemingly perfect marriage and family...Faith, a widow in her thirties whose deepest grief is for a man from years ago...and Zoë, an artist shunned by her hometown for reasons she doesn't know, after a traumatic night erased her memory. With their mystical powers, Madame Zoya and her sister Primrose are about to transport the trio to eighteenth-century England to alter Amy's ancestry. But although surprises await each of them, will stepping back in time bring the women the happy endings they seek?

I didn't read the first book Summerhouse but this is a Jude Derverux book and I do like her books, her writing style is easy, accessible and fun. This didn't read like a squeal but as a stand alone book.

Its about Amy who seems to have the perfect marriage but after a miscarriage seems to be in a downward spiral. Circumstances lead her to agree to stay at a Summerhouse for a week and enter Zoë and Faith, 2 other troubled women.

They are offered a one time trip to the past and fix an event in their lives which will carry over into their current lives. There's disbelief and finally acceptance and so they all go on the adventure. I won't give anything else away expect to say that its an enjoyable read and quite satisfying.

I give this a 4.5/5


Blush by Opal Carew

Hanna Lane wishes she could shed her inhibitions and unleash her wild side in the bedroom. When she meets J. M.--a Kama Sutra and Tantra master--they embark on a sizzling path of discovery, exploring the ancient sensual arts and discovering new techniques that allow Hanna to unlock her naughtiest fantasies and make them a red-hot reality. But when Hanna’s exboyfriend Grey re-enters her life determined to win her back, Hanna longs to share herself with both men. But can she tell J.M. and Grey her most taboo fantasy? And who will win her for keeps?

To my knowledge this is Opal Carew's 2nd novel but after reading her first book, I knew I had to get this one. Make no mistake that despite a storyline this is definitely an Erotica book. Heavy emphasis on the bedroom scenes, although most of the naughty scenes don't occur in the bedroom.

Essentially Hanna, had a great boyfriend but also a big problem, She can't achieve an orgasm. This leads to a break up with her current boyfriend. She then meets a new very sexy guy and ... achieves orgasms. Back comes the old boyfriend who still loves her and wants her back, and we discover he didn't break up with her because of her problem. 2 very hot men and a very satisfied lady, how does a gal choose?

A must buy for all erotica fans, rated 5/5.

Elevated Lust

Elevated Lust (A Boner Book) - Jardonn Smith

These five stories contain no ropes, no chains, no leather. They are devoid of stretch racks, whipping posts, crosses of crucifixion, for there is no interrogation, no torture, no torment of milking or orgasm denial... well, scratch those last two items. These are lust stories, and the only bondage of tortured heroes comes from the imagination of my victims.

This author Jardonn Smith, seems to specialize in niche gay sex genre. This book is all about alpha men who willingly have gay sex but pretend that they are being forced into it.

As long as you know what you're getting into, the stories are very hot.

I rate this erotica a 5/5. But not for plot lines. **Grin**

A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey by Jami Alden

An Anthology with 3 stories:
"Stripping It Down". Kit Laughlin writes a column on sex on the Internet though she has not had a decent tumble in her mind in centuries. Now the last hunk to make her orgasm Jake Donovan wants back in her life, but though she still loves the rat she does not trust the man who hurt her.

"A Taste of Sin". With her beloved dad ailing, Dr. Kelly Sullivan returns home to be with him. Her high school boyfriend Nick Donovan wants to be with her as he never forgot the taste of his sweetheart.

"Kiss Me twice". When former sweethearts Mike Donovan and Karen Sullivan see one another, both realize their attraction remains strong; perhaps even more so this second time around. However, will they give it a second try since they cannot keep their hands off one another?

What can I say, if you're looking for a quickie and lots of hot steamy sex scenes, this is a good bet.

I rate it a sensual 4/5

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey
Aleksia, Queen of the Northern Lights, is mysterious, beautiful and widely known to have a heart of ice. No one would seek her wisdom except as a last resort. But when she's falsely accused of unleashing evil on nearby villages, she realizes there's an impostor out there far more heartless than she could ever be.

And when a young warrior following the Tradition disappears, leaving his sweetheart and mother to fear the worst, Aleksia's powers are needed as never before.

Now, on a journey through a realm of perpetual winter, it will take all her skills, a mother's faith and a little magic to face down an enemy more formidable than any she has ever known.…

This is book 4 of Mercedes Lackey's Tales of Five Hundred Kingdoms. Like all her other tales of Five Hundred Kingdoms books this was top notch. However while there was romance in the previous books, this one did not have that angle. It focused more on the story and the life and growth of The Snow Queen and her struggle against the evil self-styled Snow Queen importer.

This is a solid book and expands the vast world and lore of Five Hundred Kingdoms, however, I can't say that its my favorite. I would have liked to see a more epic conflict resolution. But regardless, a great read even if it was released in hard cover (ie. more expensive)

I give this book 4/5 stars.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Shattered by the CEO

Shattered by the CEO by Emilie Rose
CEO Rand Kincaid had never been coerced—until his entire future was at stake. Under the stipulations of his father's will, Rand had to rehire Tara Anthony as his assistant. It was either get along with the one woman who'd dared to leave him first, or lose his family empire.

But before Tara would accept, she gave Rand her own demands. She wanted a second chance, with Rand back in her home and bed as her lover. And nothing prepared him for where this arrangement would lead.

An enjoyable read, the plot's a little thin (but then this is a "red book"). Overall I like the author's writing style and her characters are likable. I'll definitely be watching out for the 2 siblings in "The Payback Affairs" series.

Overall Rating : 3/5

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fortune's Fool

Fortune's Fool by Mercedes Lackey
The seventh daughter of the Sea King, Ekaterina is more than a pampered princess—she's also the family spy. Which makes her the perfect emissary to check out interesting happenings in the neighboring kingdom…and nothing interests her more than Sasha, the seventh son of the king of Belrus. Ekaterina suspects he's far from the fool people think him. But before she can find out what lies beneath his facade, she is kidnapped!

Trapped in a castle at the mercy of a possessive Jinn, Ekaterina knows her chances of being found are slim. Now fortune, a fool and a paper bird are the only things she can count on—along with her own clever mind and intrepid heart.…

Ahhh another book in the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. I'm in love with this fantasy series. There might be romance aspects but honestly the reason to read it is to see how Mercedes twists well known fairy tales into her world of Five Hundred Kingdoms where the ever present Tradition tries to force ever one into one of the usual paths.

Another must read.

Overall Rating : 5/5

The Cat

The Cat by Jean Johnson
Amara is wary of mages––they chased her out of her homeland. Yet there is something about the mage Trevan of Nightfall that Amara can’t resist. But can he be trusted with her most fiercely guarded secret? Courting such a pretty yet prickly outlander won’t be easy, but Trevan is determined to try. She may be fierce, proud, and from a different culture, but after all, he is the Cat, and none but the most fascinating and challenging of women could satisfy him…

Like all the other books in "the Sons of Destiny" series, this is another winner. I don't know how Ms. Johnson does it, you'd think that after 4 books, this one, the fifth would be more of the same. But here's the best part, there is an over arching storyline and plot for the whole series and each book and each brother's bride we see more and more of this storyline. Even better is the way she brings the older characters into the fold. They are not merely background flavor but active participants of the story.

If you're just jumping on the wagon, start with book 1, The Sword, its the best way to enjoy the series.

I'm hooked on this series and have already pre-ordered the remaining 3 books. Now if they could just be released sooner.

Overall Rating : 5/5

The Lost Duke of Wyndham (The Two ukes of Wyndham)D

The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn
Jack Audley has been a highwayman.

A soldier. And he has always been a rogue. What he is not, and never wanted to be, is a peer of the realm, responsible for an ancient heritage and the livelihood of hundreds. But when he is recognized as the long-lost son of the House of Wyndham, his carefree life is over. And if his birth proves to be legitimate, then he will find himself with the one title he never wanted: Duke of Wyndham.

Grace Eversleigh has spent the last five years toiling as the companion to the dowager Duchess of Wyndham. It is a thankless job, with very little break from the routine . . . until Jack Audley lands in her life, all rakish smiles and debonair charm. He is not a man who takes no for an answer, and when she is in his arms, she's not a woman who wants to say no. But if he is the true duke, then he is the one man she can never have . . .

Julia does it again, this is one of the best historicals I've read in quite a while.
The premise is actually quite original, our heroine is held up by a highway robber who turns out to be the real duke of Wyndham. This obviously causes problems for the current duke, hence the title (The Two Dukes of Wyndham). A charming tale that I just breezed through and I can't wait the the sequel, Mr. Cavendish, I Presume (Two Dukes of Wyndham, Book 2)

Overall Rating : 5/5

Not Another Bad Date

Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson
What does a gal have to do to get a good date in this town?

Adele Harris can't even begin to answer that question. She's had so many lousy dates that she's sure she's cursed. Why else would every man she goes out with suddenly act like he's lost his mind—and his manners? Adele thought life couldn't get any more confusing . . . until she learns the marriage of her seemingly Miss Perfect sister is on the rocks. So she goes back to their hometown to give her a shoulder to cry on, only to run smack into Zach Zemaitis . . . the one who got away.

Texans love God, family, and football, though not always in that order

Zach, a former pro star, knows all about football. As for the other two, well, he's doing his best. But when Adele comes charging back into his life—still all lush curves and beautiful, big blue eyes—he wonders if his best is good enough. After all, he did her wrong. Can a woman with her track record ever really believe that he's serious this time . . . or is he destined to be another bad date?

Another Rachel Gibson book, and this one is pretty good. Not memorable but good. worth a read, but nowhere near her best.

Overall Rating : 4/5

Dark Desires After Dusk

Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole
A seductive beauty he can
never have, yet can't resist...

Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.

A tormented warrior she
should fear, but can't deny...

Raised as a human, Holly never knew that some frightening legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon who inexplicably guards her like a treasure. Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the demon's wicked touch.

Surrender to dark desires...

Yet just when he earns Holly's trust, will Cade be forced to betray the only woman who can sate his wildest needs -- and claim his heart?

OMG. The world Ms. Cole created is chock full of immortals of all sorts, vampires, furies, witches, ghosts, etc. Cadeon is a wonderful character, tortured and in pain after centuries alone he finally finds solace after finding his mate.

I can't wait to read more of her Dark Desires series.

Overall Rating : 4/5
Sizzle factor: 4/5

A Game of Chance

A Game of Chance by Linda Howard

On the trail of a vicious criminal, agent Chance Mackenzie found the perfect bait for his trap: Sunny Miller. So Chance made himself the only man she could trust—and then arranged for her long-missing father to find out about them.

What Chance hadn't foreseen was that Sunny had reasons of her own for hiding from her father—and now Chance's deception had brought them both one step closer to the end of everything they held dear.…

I loved this book when I first read it years ago, so I had to get it again when it was reissued. I'm glad to say that this is a Linda Howard keeper.

Overall Rating : 4.5/5

Sunday, May 25, 2008


My Fair Captain by J. L. Langley
Talk about a compromising situation! A storm of political intrigue, murderous mayhem and sexual hungers is brewing on planet Regelence. Swarthy Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins ran from a past he had no intention of ever reliving. But when his Admiral asks him to use his peerage, as an earl and the heir to a dukedom, to investigate a missing weapons stash, hes forced to do just that. As if being undercover on a Regency planet where the young men are supposed to remain pure until marriage isnt bad enough, Nate finds himself attracted to the kings unmarried son. All Prince Aiden Townsend has ever wanted was to be an artist. He has no interest in a marriage of political fortune or becoming a societal paragon. Until he lands in the arms of the mysterious Earl of Deverell. One look at Nates handsome face has Aiden reconsidering his future. Not only does Nate make a virile subject for Aidens art, but the great war hero awakens feelings in Aiden he has never felt, feelings he cant ignore. After a momentous dance at a season ball, Aiden and Nate find themselves exchanging important information and working closely together. They have to fight their growing attraction long enough to find out who stole the weapons and keep themselves from a compromising situation and certain scandal.

I won't say much about this book. Its simply amazing and fabulous and hands down, one of the BEST romances I've read all year. Get it, read it and wait impatiently for the next book in the series.

Overall Rating : 5/5
Sizzle factor: 5/5

The Fortune Hunter

The Fortune Hunter by Jasmine Haynes
It appears that insecure heiress Faith Castle's dreams of having a baby are close to coming true. She's finally been proposed to! But Connor Kingston happens to be as honest as he is handsome, making plain that his offer is purely a career move. A marriage of convenience is far from romantic, but Faith agrees- after all, she's getting what she wants as well. She has only one caveat: she requires his absolute fidelity. But her randy fiancŽ wants to be free to come and go. What transpires is the sexiest and most unpredictable love story of the season.

I was hesitant about the premise, a male gold digger after a plain rich woman. Hmmm.... but the plot is not quite so cut and dried. He's upfront about everything, she's not really plain, just not super skinny as dictated by our fashion magazines. and the chemistry between the 2 of them is very very hot.

I highly recommend this book and will definitely read more books from Jasmine Haynes.

Overall Rating : 4.5/5
Sizzle Factor: 5/5


Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich
One autumn day Megan Murphy meets Pat Hunter, the handsome owner of a rabbit--who eats dresses. Hunter, the new pediatrician, is given an infant to care for, and Megan falls for both of them. Their attraction grows in leaps and bounds, especially when everyone they meet thinks they're married. C.J. Critt keeps the action moving and the laughter flowing as Megan and Pat care for the baby, the rabbit, and each other's hearts. Critt's warm performance recounts a joint Thanksgiving, including an especially warm kitchen, and a romp through the town's historic village.

A short novel from Janet Evanovich. Its chock with her usual brand of humor and wit. Not very deep or memorable but a fun and enjoyable read. Perfect for lifting your spirits for a few hours.

Overall Rating : 4/5

The Third Circle

The Third Circle (Arcane Society, Book 4) by Amanda Quick
Leona Hewitt, disguised in men’s formal evening clothes, has secretly made her way into Lord Delbridge’s private museum to retrieve a relic stolen from her family. But someone else is in the dimly lit gallery on the same errand: a tall, blackcloaked man whose very voice is enough to cause her to fall into a trance.

Thaddeus Ware, a mesmerist with psychic gifts, is accustomed to fearful reactions from others—women, in particular. After all, a man who can control the minds of others could rob a lady of her virtue—completely unbeknownst to her. But Leona shows no trace of hysteria in his presence. A gifted crystal worker, she exerts a rather hypnotic power over the hypnotist himself. And she is determined to keep the coveted crystal they manage to recover by giving him the slip at a run-down London inn.

Thaddeus, on assignment for the Arcane Society, knows the menace Leona is courting by absconding with the crystal. A source of remarkable energy, it holds the potential for great destruction. Lord Delbridge has already killed to acquire the crystal, his key to membership in the elite, shadowy group known as the Third Circle. And, with the help of a ruthless hunter of preternatural skill—dubbed the Midnight Monster by the press—Delbridge intends to find Leona. With the stolen crystal in their possession, the danger is only beginning.

The Arcane Society series by Amanda Quick is unique in that it could be either a historical or contemporary novel. But always with a paranormal sub-plot. I personally love the series and Amanda Quick's writing is excellent as always.

In this installment, Leona Hewitt is a woman with the power over crystals, and meets up with Thaddeus Ware who is a master hypnotist. Both are "level 10's" meaning among the most powerful on the arcane society's rating power scale. A wonderful read and highly recommended if you enjoyed the previous Arcane novels.

Overall Rating : 4.5/5

The Darkest Night

The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member – a man cursed to die every night, only to awaken the next morning knowing he has to die again later.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments. . .and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love . . . .

I finished this book in one sitting. Its a very interesting storyline, a group of immortal warriors who used to guard the gods were slighted when the responsibility for guarding a box (Pandora's box) that houses great demons is bestowed upon a female warrior named Pandora. In revolt, they try to gain control of the box, but end up losing it and releasing the demons within. Because the box is now lost, their punishment is to house each of the demons within themselves. A curse they have carried till now.

There has been an upset in the heavens, the titans have escaped captivity and enslaved the gods (greek). A new order is coming to pass. And it seems... things are changing for the cursed warriors as well.

I loved the plot, and cannot wait to read the next novels. As a first novel it did an admirable job of introducing the world and the players. The romance is also decent and endearing. I think this is a must read for paranormal fans.

Overall Rating : 4.5/5

Never Trust a Scoundrel

Never Trust a Scoundrel by Gayle Callen
A pact with the devil . . .

Miss Grace Banbury was in shock. Her mother put her up as a prize in a high stakes card game, and now the gentleman who won is ready to claim her! But Grace has other plans. She just needs the dastardly rogue to go along with it . . .

A notorious rake from a scandalous family, Daniel Throckmorten has no use for blushing virgins. Yet there's no denying the attraction for the beauty standing before him, proposing an enticing wager: He will use all his charm and wit to seduce her into his bed . . . and she only has to resist. If she succeeds, she wins enough funds to secure her own future. If he wins . . . she'll be his. Daniel has never been so tempted—and he has no intention of losing . . .

A decent historical romance. Its best assent is that Gayle Callen is a good writer and made the story flow smoothly. A good read but non very memorable.

Overall Rating : 4/5

Now Alex pens his first novel, taking his blog fans back to his "early" days in college and discovering how he became the hot gay stud he is today!

With so many memories and fantasies still lingering from college, Alex gears up for a satisfying trip down cock memory lane. With his friends Lizzie and Tommy, he wants to find out who got married, who came out, and of course, get some tail while he's at it...

The adventures begin when Alex sees his old flame with a new boytoy--and hooks up with both of them. But where there's history, there's complication, and Alex's never-ending pursuit for great cock takes him on a no-holds barred journey of guy-swapping, seducing straight dudes, mind-blowing orgies, and marathon-sex sessions that only rev him up for his next wild encounter...

The Great Cock Hunt by Alex

The cover is awesome, the title is enticing, what about the actual book? I would say that its decent. Its got more of a solid plot line that Mark Stone: Secret Agent and reads a little like a blog because that's where the author started out from.

Overall an interesting read and hot. I would say its an interesting experiment in novel writing.

Overall Rating : 3.5/5
Sizzle Factor: 4/5

Mark Stone: Secret Agent

In the shadowy world of international espionage, there exists one man who stands between the western civilization and the dark forces that threaten to destroy it. A man with drop-dead looks and come-to-bed eyes, whose weapon is always loaded and who knows exactly where and when to use it. A man whose existance is denied by the British Intelligence, but who is always called upon first wherever trouble looms. A man who secretly protects his Queen and country from disaster, and whose services are immediately enlisted when the famous Germaan chemist, Heinz Kriechbaum, is kidnapped by the revolutionary "Crimson Army", threatening the entire world with chemical annihilation. That man is: Mark Stone: Secret Agent.

Mark Stone: Secret Agent by Marc Holland

I bought this book with one main reason, because it sounded fun, a gay 007 with tons of sex. The sex part was delivered but aside from that, I'm sad to say the plot was ... a string of sexual encounters with a flimsy plot tying the whole thing together.

Its hot but buy it knowing that the plot is very very weak.

Overall Rating : 3/5
Sizzle Factor: 4.5/5

Play With Me

Catherine Maderis, sedate museum archivist, finds herself in a sticky situation after making a pact with her two best friends Kallie and Gina, to meet again in one year, after they've each made their wildest, naughtiest fantasies come true. Catherine has set her sights on Phillip Trent, a long-time friend who has been asking her out for some time. Phillip intimidates Catherine with sheer potent maleness; he is an alpha male to the core and quiet, reserved Catherine has been just too shy to go out with him. Catherine proves to be a provocatively sensual woman underneath the delicately cool facade and Phillip finds himself struggling for gentlemanly restrain whenever he is around her.
Kallie Bradshaw sets out to seduce her best friend, Beau Donovan, in keeping with the pact she made with Catherine and Gina. Kallie has wanted Beau for more than just a friend for a very long time. This seduction could prove difficult seeing how Beau treats her like a sister. Little does Kallie know that Beau is equally interested in her. He had just decided to do something about it when Kallie shockingly makes the first move. The odds seem to be against the young lovers and both begin to question their relationship, and whether they can successfully take it to the next level.
Gina McCutchen reluctantly agrees to go on a cruise in an attempt to keep her end of the three-way pact made with her best friends Catherine and Kallie. They both took their chances at love and came out on top. Gina doesn't have high hopes for this cruise to be the shoehorn for her glass slipper, but she's determined to give it her best shot. When Trey Lipman ends up on the same cruise, Gina is briefly convinced that her trip is destined for certain ruin. An encounter with Trey a few years earlier left Gina shamed and humiliated. It turns out that Trey's rejection of Gina before was simply an effort to protect himself because he cared for her. He still cares for her but isn't sure that there will be time on this cruise to get through the barriers that Gina has put up around her heart.
Janice Maynard has put together an excellent collection of stories that mesh well together. Her characters are always extremely likeable and so well-suited that you can't help but give them a mental push towards each other.

Play With Me by Janice Maynard

Let's face it 3 stories loosely based on a pact that 3 friends made to indulge in their deepest and naughtiest fantasuest before their 30th birthday, all the 3 stories are about fulfilling that fantasy and happily ever after. The book is hot and highly recommended.

Sizzle Factor: 4.5/5

Zoe Clare is a medium who has no trouble communicating with the dead-or with real live fairies, for that matter! But she can't seem to get her feelings across to her landlord-slash-manager- Magnus Monroe, Fairyville, Arizona's most eligible bachelor. She's tired of his erotic antics with every woman in town but her. So when her high school flame returns to town, Zoe is more than a little vulnerable to his charms. How Alex broke herheart is a scandal no one in Fairyville has forgotten. But even if Zoe isn't ready to forget, she's willing to forgive. The rules they're about to break will bring out the jealousy in Magnus-and the astounding truth.

Fairyville by Emma Holly

Every Emma Holly book is a must read for all erotica fans. In Fairyville this is especially true if you also like M/M romance. There are 2 love stories here. One is a M/M and the other a M/W relationship.

If you know Emma Holly then there's 2 way, 3 way and everything in between. Magus is male but he's a fairy so sex is in his blood, Alex the other main guy is 1/2 fairy even though he does not know it. Hot is an understatement. If you like erotica then this is a must read.

Overall Rating : 5/5
Sizzle Factor: 5/5

Dark Needs at Night's Edge


Néomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers -- until she encounters a ruthless immortal even more terrifying than Néomi herself.


To prevent him from harming others, Conrad Wroth's brothers imprison him in an abandoned manor. But there, a female only he can see seems determined to drive him further into madness. The exquisite creature torments him with desire, leaving his body racked with lust and his soul torn as he finds himself coveting her for his own.


Yet even if Conrad can win Néomi, evil still surrounds her. Once he returns to the brutality of his past to protect her, will he succumb to the dark needs seething inside him?

Dark Needs at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole

I've steered clear of Ms. Cole's books because there'ss a huge glut of Vampire novels on the market. And most are not that good. The main reason for reading this one is because the cover was very enticing, and the sypnosis was interesting. A ghost and a mad vampire? Hmmm...

I'm glad to report that the world that Ms. Cole created is very interesting and this book in particular was excellent. I loved the premise and was root for both Neomi and Conrad. The plot line was a little shaky towards the end but its perked my interest enough to want to read more about this world with its myriad of immortals.

Overall Rating : 4/5
Sizzle Factor: 4/5


Special ops agent Dillon Gavin is taking a break from his demanding schedule when his life takes an unexpected-and complicated-turn. Her name is Jordan Kane, a beautiful artist. Legally blind, she paints with her inner eye- which affords her an uncanny, and sometimes breathtaking, clairvoyance. What she sees in Dillon-comfortable in an unpredictable world of intrigue, espionage, and brute violence-is the kind of man that an artistic, gentle soul like Jordan never experienced before. Her sixth sense tells her that Dillon wants her. Her common sense says stay away. But from his first sensuous touch in the dark comes an irresistible urge that dares to take Jordan where's she's never gone before.

Enticed by Kathleen Dante

I've always had a soft spot for stories where one of the characters was blind. for an erotica this was definitely a change. More-over this book had secret agents and psychics and magic. I was instantly hooked.

This is a must read and a definite 5/5 all the way. This is my first Kathleen Dante book but not my last. I can't wait to read more of her books and I hope she sets it in the same rich world that she's created.

Overall Rating : 5/5
Sizzle Factor: 5/5

The Mane Event

One of the hottest new voices in paranormal romance, Shelly Laurenston knows how to do it all, delivering tales that are wickedly funny, action-packed, and scorch-your-fingers sexy. With The Mane Event, she proves just how delicious love can be once you unleash your inner beast...

Christmas Pride

How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. It isn't just the way he stares at her with those too-sexy gold eyes--as if he could devour her on the spot. Or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal bod-o-death. It isn't even that he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle. It's more about that disconcerting, shifting-from-man-to-lion thing that unhinges her...and makes her want more. Mace likes making Dez crazy. In fact, he likes her any way he can get her--in bed, on the desk, here, now, again. Together, they'd always been trouble, but Dez has no idea just how good trouble can feel...

Shaw's Tail

Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves. He didn't think he'd survive the night, much less find the woman of his dreams. And he never thought the woman of his dreams would have a Tennessee accent and wear cowboy boots. Once he sets his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go. Ronnie Lee Reed is ready to change her life, and New York City is the place where any girl--even one who runs with a Pack--can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion-shifting, oh-my-what-big-um-paws-you-have men. Then again...

The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

A very HOT cover. And I must admit that the plot line was interesting. Shifters living in New York and the gangs/prides that they form. A must read and very hot read. I can't wait to read more about the world that Ms. Laurenstion has created.

Overall Rating : 4.5/5
Sizzle Factor: 5/5


Rent-A-Stud By Lynn LaFleur It isn't Jade Talmage's idea to accept her daughter's offer to hire an escort for the hospital gala. But the absence of her brother Paul—her usual companion—leaves her with no choice. Enter Zachary Cooper, one-third owner of Coopers' Companions, a professional escort company. Despite his good looks and sex appeal that make her hormones scream, Jade has no intention of being the next in a long line of the rent-a-stud's conquests. A weekend of mind-blowing sex has Jade's heart crumbling. Zach is exactly the type of man she wants in her life. Yet she's sure a relationship with a man ten years her junior would lead to nothing but heartache. Zach doesn't care that Jade is older than he. He wants a lifetime with the woman he's fallen for so desperately. All he has to do is convince Jade that he's much more than a rent-a-stud…he's the man who loves her.

Rent-a-Stud by Lynn LaFleur

An older woman with a younger man, this is a very hot book, and believable. The premise, the storytelling excellent. A must read.

Overall Rating : 5/5
Sizzle Factor: 5/5

Laird of the Game

Alexander MacKenna has one month to convince Melissa they are destined for each other. She's an American tourist who just happened to stumble into a Celtic Warrior Reality Game. Melissa is certain she has stepped through the magical mist of Scotland - to go back in time. He captures her heart from the first moment they look at each other. For Alexander's six brothers, it's a game of deception as they convince Melissa she is in the 18th century. Along with two hundred and fifty warriors, they battle against the challenging Prince. It's a game of wits, and it's anyone's guess who will win. Alexander, their greatest warrior is smitten, and they are honor bound to keep his secrets.

Laird of the Game by Lori Leigh

The synopsis for this book made me get it. Sadly plot wise it does not follow through. However as an erotica it does deliver. the sizzle is there but only at the suspension of belief. It is enjoyable but if the writing and plot was better this could easily have been a 5/5.

Overall Rating : 3/5
Sizzle Factor: 4/5

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

2 March 1810 . . .
Today, I fell in love.

At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever.

But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . .

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
by Julia Quinn

A good historical like most of Ms. Quinn's books but not her best storyline. It felt a little slow at points.

Overall Rating : 4/5
Sizzle Factor: 3/5

Bedded By The Billionaire

Duty demanded Max DeLuca take care of pretty and very pregnant Lilli McCall. She was carrying his late brother's baby, and every DeLuca instinct cried out for Max to protect her unborn child. But the cost of bringing Lilli under his roof was Max's carefully controlled emotions. Never had the billionaire experienced such searing passion and such a desire to cherish a woman.

Then Max detected a secret Lilli seemed determined to keep hidden. Would the truth bring him to his knees…or send him running for the door?

Bedded By The Billionaire by Leanne Banks

Typical red book fare. Not very memorable but a fast and entertaining read.

Overall Rating : 3.5/5

Every Night I'm Yours

At twenty-six, aspiring novelist Avis Copley intends to wear spinsterhood as a badge of honor. But when she discovers a volume of erotica that ignites a searing fire within her, Avis realizes just how much she doesn't know about the actual pleasures of the flesh. Determined to learn more, she devises a daring plan...


Avis chooses Emory Billingsworth, a fellow novelist-not to mention a beautiful specimen of manhood-to instruct her in carnal pleasure. But when the brash earl of Selby, Banning Talbot, a man she has known for years, unearths Avis' true intentions, he claims she's made a dangerously bad choice. Volunteering his services for one wicked night of reckless, abandoned passion, Banning promises he will satisfy all of her deepest longings. Yet Banning cannot begin to imagine the effect his willful, voluptuous, and very eager student will have on him-or how far an innocent lesson in desire can go...

Every Night I'm Yours by Christie Kelley

Good Effort and decent story line. but...

Overall Rating : 3.5/5

Suddenly You

In this feisty and frolicsome historical, Kleypas (Where Dreams Begin, etc.) proves that turning 30 can signal the beginning of an exciting new decade, even for a 19th-century spinster. Free-thinking Amanda Briars, who writes scandalous tales of romance and intrigue, has resigned herself to a life of solitude, but she feels that her lack of a husband shouldn't preclude her from being intimate with a man just once. On the night of her clandestine meeting with a male prostitute, however, handsome and unscrupulous publishing tycoon Jack Devlin appears at her door instead. Mistaking Jack for the man that she sent for, Amanda shares an amorous moment with him before she recovers her senses and pushes him out the door. One week later, Amanda encounters her nighttime visitor at a London soiree and is mortified to learn that he is her new publisher. A series of delightful exchanges follows as the two attempt to reconcile their need for independence and their growing passion for each other. Although both Amanda and Jack are fully developed characters, it is Jack, the half-Irish bastard son of a lord, who truly shines as he struggles to overcome his dark past. Brisk pacing, witty repartee and memorable protagonists will ensure that Kleypas's newest is well received.

Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas

I simply loved this book. Lisa Kleypas is an amazing writer and while this is a historical romance, its not about the nobility which is actually a plus. I highly recommend this book, Jack is a character that simply shines, definitely worth a 2nd read soon.

Overall Rating : 5/5
Sizzle Factor: 4/5

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Off Limits

Off Limits (Harlequin Blaze) by Jordan Summers

ATF special agent Delany Carter despises flying... yet she's landed an undercover gig as a flight attendant! Unfortunately, all the bags of nuts in the world can't disguise the fact that she's the worst in history. But when her assignment - former arms dealer Jack Gordon- boards the plane, Delany suspects that being trapped in a hunk of airborne metal at 30000 feet isn't such a bad idea after all.

Delany has her orders, recruit Jack and find out everything he knows about an upcoming weapons sale. But then she finds herself gloriously tangled up in Jack's bed. Lack of judgement? No, sirree! She's just doing her job - over and over and over...

Not a great book, but entertaining read. Oh and yet it is quite hot. I'd rate it a 4/5.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Deal With This (The Goddard Project, Book 2)

Alan Hyatt could do his job in his sleep, and when the Goddard Project sends him to investigate a case of high-tech espionage in the Vancouver film industry, he finds a perfect reason to work in bed. But sizzling actress Jillian Carlyle also happens to be his landlady, and she's got a hard-and-fast (so to speak) rule that keeps her from dating her renters. While Alan's cover as a reporter gets him close to all the suspects on the set of Jillian's sci-fi show, playing a background actor at her suggestion to get his story? Well, that's something else--but he's not about to turn down a red-hot redhead, even if she keeps throwing him curves...

Jillian just can't understand it. Sure, Alan is six-feet-something of chiseled ruggedness with gray eyes and an irresistible growl in his voice. But hello? She doesn't do relationships--even of the casual kind--with men who impact more than her senses. No one is getting a chance at her heart. Especially not one of her renters. Still, there's nothing wrong with enjoying Alan from afar--but not too far, or she wouldn't be able to fully appreciate his rock-hard abs when he's working out in the home gym. If only he didn't make her feel safe and oh so right when they touched...
Deal With This - Lucy Monroe

If you've read Lucy Monroe's books before then you know what's in store for you, especially with the very hot cover for this book. I'll admit that the cover and the author made this book a must buy but I was a little leary about the plot. However Ms. Monroe drew me into her web and made me care about Alan and Jillian, both very likable characters and very easy to fall in love with.

This book is easily deserves a solid 4. But with the cover and steamy scenes, I'll give it a 4.5

Overall: 4.5/5
Sizzle: 4/5

Every Frat Boy Wants It

At eighteen, Jeff Morgan is the quintessential all-American boy--blond, blue-eyed, and a star jock at his small Kansas high school. Enrolling at California State University-Polk, Jeff plans to become a writer. He also hopes that the macho nature of fraternity life will help him get over his lifelong attraction to other men. The reality couldn't be more different...

Through Blair Blanchard, the drama major son of divorced movie stars, Jeff discovers the Beta Kappa fraternity, and enters a world where alcohol and drugs serve as an excuse for covert trysts between frat brothers...where the pledging process becomes a sensual, S&M-fueled bacchanal...where weekends in L.A. and Palm Springs are no-holds-barred adventures in sexual exploration...and where Spring Break is a boys-gone-wild porn movie come to life. Through every encounter, from intense couplings with older frat brothers to sizzling three-ways with hot new pledges, Jeff also deals with his increasingly complex feelings--for Blair, for a handsome new arrival, and for life within Beta Kappa itself.
Every Frat Boy Wants It by Todd Gregory

I won't lie, this book is a guilty pleasure. In a word its all about Jeff Morgan, a boy from a the mid-west and his first year at college. He meets up with Blair Blanchard, pledges to a frathouse, has gobs of sex, drugs, and booze with several members of the house and finally falls in love.

OK, the book isn't quite as sleazy as my summary makes it out to be. Its a fast read, pretty brainless and somehow has a unique charm that makes you liek Jeff and root for him and Blair. Of course it does help that the sex is hot. Highly recommended for a sinful weekend read.

Oh and a must watch for Todd Gregory if you like M/M novels.

Overall: 4.5/5
Sizzle: 4/5