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