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Review: Wuthering Nights: An Erotic Retelling of Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Nights: An Erotic Retelling of Wuthering Heights by I.J. Miller

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

A fan of kinky sexed up reinterpretation of classics, I looked forward to this book. I've never read Wuthering Heights, but I've always been told of the story's intense repressed sexual undertones. Since the Victorian age seemed to be filled with these sublimated perversions, it would be a treat to have them completely brought to light in an erotic tale.

In this retelling, it just didn't work for me. While Ms. Miller did try hard to keep the tension and the star-crossed lover feel, it came across as a melodramatic soap opera for me. I didn't like any of the characters. I felt pity for Heathcliff at first. Then it turned into disgust. Even his quasi-BDSM didn't arouse me. He's not a Dom. He's a sexual abusive asshole. While there are probably many men and women who think Heathcliff's brand of BDSM is how it is, and maybe some even practice it t…

Review: Night Rogues

Night Rogues by Leah Brooke

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reading people's minds and being able to see the future is a hot commodity. Especially if this said person can give an advantage over competitors.

Serena Abbott is essentially all alone in the world since her mother passed away. She does have an aunt and a female cousin, but they don't have anything to do with Serena. Since being around people gives Serena a migraine, she's better off isolated in her home, painting to her heart's content.

The only thing disturbing her life is a recurring premonition of meeting her dream man. He's the one who will finally connect with her. She's not sure when she will meet him, but when her absent female cousin invites Serena to her wedding in New York, it all becomes clear. It is fate for Serena to find her man in New York.

The thing with premonitions is it's not always accurate and not every detail is in high definition. Serena is thrown for a loop when she discovers her …

Review: Room at the Edge

Room at the Edge by Jane Davitt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Delicious triad Liam, Jay and Austin return after their happily ever after. What happens after a first book ends beautifully in a happily ever after? Real life is what happens. This second installment is painful to witness because it is all too plausible. The realities of a triad between two young gay men and an older previously heterosexual male contain many obstacles. These obstacles come in the packages of family and judgmental outsiders.

Ms. Davitt and Ms. Snow do an excellent job of showing how a complete triangle ménage runs into issues with the real world. Add a mix of BDSM and the misconceptions multiply. Now that Jay and Austin find their perfect Dom, they want a deeper connection. Since Jay and Austin have different needs from a Dom, it is not easy for Liam. Liam is also unsure of where he stands in the relationship. He doesn't want to interfere and break up the loving couple. He's still up to the challenge and …

Review: To Catch A Fox

To Catch A Fox by Geoffrey Knight

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Intrigue, murder, betrayal, suspense and new love, what else can be crammed into this story?

Jon Fox is a rich trust fund baby who's been a rebel without a cause. Angry at the loss of his parents, he spent years finding trouble and causing mischief. As an adult now, he's cleaned up and settled on a job as a private detective.

Duo authors Mr. Knight and Mr. Day captures the reader's attention from the first few pages. The description is distinctive and in high definition. One can easily see the scene play out as a movie. For those who have seen Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, this setting matches the movie style perfectly, just as it's referenced in this suspense tale.

It seems Jon is plagued with bad luck. He just wants to solve cases yet his last case and current one are both crazy. Both involve death and oddly enough, a large white alligator. The way these two authors weave in every little detail, i…

Review: Silent Running

Silent Running by Mychael Black

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Is there no end to betrayal? In the third book in this fast paced series, the reader is treated to an unexpected delight - a menage. This series started with m/m lovers and now added an extra element with a female enjoying the pleasure of double penetration. Jordan is the curvaceous pilot for the spaceship Coriolis. She finally decides to make a move on Second-In-Command, Eric Kane only to have her past show up.

Kyle Cortez is the man Jordan fell for back when she was in school. Years apart, just as she lets him go, he returns. The timing is just right as the three mix it up with some smexy positions. This story seemed to be more focused on the sex rather than the plot.

Ms. Black sparingly doles out details about the world and why this crew is hunted. Since it is a short story, it is understandable why the reader is told instead of shown why the Revenant are chasing after Ash. If more can be revealed about the Revenant…

Review: Winter's Tale

Winter's Tale by Emma Holly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bad girl meets bad boy and the fireworks begin! WINTER'S TALE is a hawt erotic novel which will melt all the snow in winter. December Worth is a bad girl with authority issues. She's in her rebellious stage, which is evident through all the boarding schools she's been kicked out of and is now stuck at Rackham's School for Young Ladies.

This is the most desolate place for December. December susses out the queen bee at this place and easily surpasses her in coolness. It helps that December is very experienced in assessing people and what makes them tick.

This story could be just a bad girl getting back at daddy and her catfights with the girls at this new school. Instead, a mystery is involved. Something supernatural is going on and revolves around a sexy male statue in a graveyard. The statue is a frozen Hans Winter who crossed the wrong queen - an irrational faerie queen to be exact.

Ms. Holly always delivers a sp…

Review: Too Stupid to Live

Too Stupid to Live by Anne Tenino

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A tall awkward college boy who loves romances falls for a hunky Highlander look alike. Sam is a sweet man studying literature. True love literally tackles him on a rugby field. Ian is the gorgeous manly stud who accidently takes him down when Sam takes a shortcut to get home.

With a title "Too Stupid to Live", my expectations of were rather low. Main characters who make stupid choices annoy me. What is funny about this story is Ms. Tenino intentionally plays on this type of character. Sam is an amusing character who sees his life as a romance novel. He paints Ian as a laird who will whisk him away.

This tongue in cheek poking fun of tired romantic tropes made this story both appealing and fresh. Ms. Tenino is witty as she presents her characters as both humours and tortured. Sam is adorable with his insecurities and romantic ideals. Ian is an interesting character. A near death experience opens his eyes and…

Review: Love You So Hard

The M/M Romance group on Goodreads hosts another year of quality free short stories.  There is no other group on Goodreads which coordinates this as well for their members.  It's an amazing group.  One of the first stories offered is by the talented Ms. Lain. 

Love You So Hard by Tara Lain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great short story. It's so sweet and a real uplifting piece. I'm not a fan of whiny low self-esteem main characters. While Craig does have low self-esteem, he wasn't whiny. He was lost in a haze of grey fog. He was cruising through life in the slow lane, letting things pass him by. With a shift kick in his ass by a a credit stealing co-worker, Craig comes to what I call, a little mid-life crisis. This is wonderful because he's hit rock bottom and now he can only go up from there. He decides to make a few changes with the help and encouragement of Jesse.

Ms. Lain does an excellent job writing a beautiful tightly woven story. The plot is s…

Review: Fisted!!!

Fisted!!! by Jack Brighton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This title is accurate and the book is a delight to read. This book is the final straw for me to create a new bookshelf - sbank. I really enjoyed reading the couple of hawt graphic fisting scenes.

As a lover of all things anal - the enema, fisting, cherry popping and other items shoved into the ass of a big manly guy is delightful! Mr. Brighton wrote a hot smexy tale with a clear focus and some cute characters.

The plot here is obviously very light but really, who cares? I just want to read the reactions of the virgin anal slut and his corrupting roommate. Adding a petite Asian guy in contrast to a burly Brit is well done. A few other characters added to this story helped enhance the heat. Now if this was all non-con, I probably would have had a melt down and lost several hours to the book. Instead, it's all consensual and just a pleasure to read. If only all of Mr. Brighton's books were so graphic in detail with t…

Review: Eighty Days Yellow

Eighty Days Yellow by Vina Jackson

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This is a story which left me puzzled. Many of my friends have raved about this awesome love story and the great BDSM in here. What I found instead was a travesty in how BDSM is displayed. If this is what people believe occurs in a BDSM lifestyle, then it's no wonder those who are just getting their kink on, are getting hurt. In addition to protocols being violated through outed in public, there is a distinct lack of communication and trust. All of this is unappealing and leaves me a bit disgusted.

Summer is a foolish little bohemian with nary a thought in her head other than her obsession for playing the violin. Through a couple of unrelated events, it combines into a gateway into the BDSM world. Her introduction is through Dominik. Dominik is some kind of well-off professor at a university in London. If the story was just the dynamic between Dominik and Summer, it may have rated a two star - just okay. The last…

Review: Solar D.A.R.E

Solar D.A.R.E by Tianna Xander

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A woman who is literally on fire manages to catch her dragon mate.

In SOLAR, the next set of dragon sisters is introduced. These are ones with quite a bit of fire power. Solar is constantly absorbing energy and having difficulty with controlling her powers. No longer under human suppression, she and her four sisters hide in another world. Unfortunately they don't realize they are harming the indigenous population.

More information is revealed about their mother. Interestingly enough, there is another set of males who are interested in these dragon swans. They have powers which are complementary to this set of sisters. After learning more about how this dragon world works, it doesn't bode well for the remaining unmated sisters. It also doesn't look good for the humans who have their mother captive.

It would be interesting to see if there is a change to the formula to this matching. Will the sisters find their perfect ma…

Review: Kithra

Kithra by Dani Worth

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Two men and one woman on a planet for a year alone, what could possibly happen? SEX SEX SEX! Well, okay, a little sex. This is a promising new author for me. Ms. Worth is writing in a genre I very much enjoy. There is menage and it's sci-fi/fantasy. Delicious! This story is more a 3.5 star, however I truncate on GR so it is at a 3 star.

The world building in this story is light. It's a federation type universe with different aliens as well as humans. The alien in question is a male Gwinarian. Gwinarian are known for their ability to love cross gender and with more than one partner. This would be okay if it weren't for the history between Gwinarian, Egan Lothburn and the human Kol Frega. Caught in between is Lux Moyans, the captain who is attracted to both males.

The story is a bit confusing at first. For the first chapter, it was not clear to me if Lux is a male or female. With the story in first person, it took …

Review: Confession

Confession by Selena Kitt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Philandering priest, naughty nuns and teenage trollops are the themes of this book. With a title like "confessions", it conjures up dirty little secrets similar to the HBO series "Taxi Ride Confessions". Ms. Kitt doesn't disappoint in her deviant disclosures.

This second book threw me a little with the first chapter. The last time the readers saw Leah, she was shocked by her mother's reveal to Mr. Nolan. In this one, Leah is in a delicate condition which requires her to be whisked away at night.

Ms. Kitt does a good job of showing how females who don't follow societal rules are treated. It's a bit extreme and yet in some ways, it was a lesson for other females - lesson in "what not to do". One can't help but contrast how females were treated in the 50s to how it is in this new century. With the onslaught of trashy reality shows, what was once shameful is a ticket to fifteen minut…

Review: A Token of Time

A Token of Time by Ethan Day

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love transcends time is the theme of this book. Mr. Day never ceases to wow me with his breathtaking and moving romance novels.

In A TOKEN OF TIME, I'm moved to tears several times. At first, the story starts out slow and sluggish. The reader is treated to a freaked out young man, Zachary Hamilton. He's from a family of great wealth, yet he's on the run, hiding from them. As the story unfolds and his past comes to light, it's both strange and disturbing. The pace of the book speeds up and becomes a page-turner.

Zach possesses a psychic ability to see an object's "memories". Basically, he can hold a pocket watch or picture frame and see what happened in a moment in time from the perspective of someone who is close to the object. Essentially, he slips on someone else's memories and is able to feel the emotion while seeing a past event.

This ability is tied to the firstborn daughter in his family. For …

Review: Toxic

Toxic by Belinda McBride

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another wonderful tale from the talented Ms. McBride. In Toxic, there are shifters, tampered humans and a mysterious nefarious corporation. This could be a simple tale of soul mates finding each other. Instead, in classic Ms. Bride style, the reader is treated to an interesting world with interesting characters.

Ms. McBride teases us with a little strip show as she stingily tosses us tidbits of this new world she's created. The reader learns a little about Abraxas. This group is after Briony and her brother, Kendall. What happen to these kids? The reader can make a few educated guess, but nothing is confirmed.

Ms. McBride adds in some shifters and great sexual tension. With a damaged pack, it seems Briony's little family will fill in the gaps. This is where Rico, the hunky wildlife ranger comes in. The surprising kinky interludes between Rico and Briony are smoking hot. Ms. McBride is a cock tease as she keeps hinting…

Review: Frat Boy and Toppy

Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Romance, humour plus a "coming out of the closet" event equals a great read. Ms. Tenino is a new to me author. In FRAT BOY AND TOPPY,  she's definitely hooked me into her books. Brad is the frat boy who's a football jock. With the moniker of Alpha Dawg, his reputation with the ladies makes other guys envious of him. What is sad about this story is that Brad isn't happy with his life because he's missing something. He is living a life based on what others think it should be. He is pigeon holed to be a lady's man muscle bound frat boy. When it comes to light why Brad thinks he is straight, it tugs at my heart strings. Ms. Tenino does a great job balancing this piece of information with the support showered upon Brad by Brad's family and friends.

Ms. Tenino does an excellent job of setting up the story both from a character standpoint and world building. Creating Brad to be in college w…

Review: Sapphire D.A.R.E

Sapphire D.A.R.E by Tianna Xander

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Finally Galen meets his mate! Galen is the sweet Don Juan healer of the dragon world. Those who find him an easy prey because he heals instead of fights is in for a rude awakening. Sapphire is the last in this set of missing dragon swans. She actively sees her male because it is a life or death situation. Poisoned, Sapphire is close to death when she finds her way to Galen.

Another change up in the plot of this series is a delight. While the underlying theme of boy and girl find their soul mate still remains, the circumstances of how it comes to fruition is different. I like when it's changed up in this manner. Sapphire also seems to be the more stubborn and violent of the five sisters. All of these sisters can be bloodthirsty, yet Sapphire puts them to shame.

In this story, Ms. Xander and Ms. Grace up the ante by showcasing a closer partnership between the dragon mates. Galena and Sapphire complement each other so well. My…

Review: Out of the Shadows and into the Darkness

Out of the Shadows and into the Darkness by Senta Holland

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I didn't like this book at all which is why I'm rating it a 1 star. There was nothing in here I could enjoy. However, since I'm reviewing it for a book review site and they have specific criteria for ratings, I'm also posting those below. This way, it will be clear how the ratings could be different.

Sting (Kink) Rating: ★★✰✰✰
Story Review Rating: 2 Paddles

The realities of BDSM can be harsh. Senta finds this to be all too true in her journey of self-discovery. This story is written in a "stream of conscious" prose. It's neither poetry nor lyrical. It comes across as a young girl writing in her diary. The question is, can the reader trust what the girl is writing in her diary or is everything a fabrication of her imagination?

Senta is a supposed British ex-patriate living in Bangkok. She meets the man of her dreams. This man is a wealthy American living the high…

Review: Opalite D.A.R.E

Opalite D.A.R.E by Tianna Xander

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A slight change in the formula for book 4 in the D.A.R.E. Project series is a welcome surprise. In this one, Opalite isn't being wooed by the hunting dragon males. Instead, she comes across an imprisoned male who is being tortured. The humans Opalite is retrieving are caught in the crossfire.

It's a pleasure to see a shift in the plot. Instead of a happy meeting with boy chase girl, this one involves a bit more intrigue. It also furthers the world building, hopefully bringing us closer to the end game. The reader is also treated to more insight as to why the dragon swan mother allowed herself to be captured and her daughters separated from her people. It seems politics permeate all civilizations.

While there is a bit of a change to this installment, the end result is still as satisfyingly happy. Another succulent addition to this lovely dragon shifter series. Looking forward to the next one! Recommended for dragon lovers…

Review: Under His Command

Under His Command by Kristine Cayne

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Love ignited after five years of tortured existence is the hope many unhappy couples dream about, especially if it is a shotgun wedding. Jaime is a feisty firefighter sexual Dominant. A blazing hot one-night stand completely changes his life when it ends up with a knocked up woman. Rickie met Jaime in a bar and in the spur of the moment, hooks up with him for some kinky nasty sex. After-morning regrets is never so strong as in this case.

Fast forward five years later and it's a freaking train wreck. Jaime and Rickie have been separated for a year. Rickie filed for divorce because she wasn't getting her needs met by her husband, Jaime. Basically, she wanted to kink up the sex, but after years of giving Jaime the cold shoulder to kinky sex, he's stopped trying.

Let's stop for a moment. Unfortunately women like this are in abundance and they are an embarrassment to the rest of us sane women. Rickie is the classic…

Review: Astronomical

Astronomical by Silvia Violet

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sexy kilt-wearing professor and an OCD librarian, how does this work? Very well, as it turns out. It's serendipity as I happen to be vacationing in Edinburgh where there are plenty of men wearing kilts. Not sure if the kilt-wearing Scottish men enhanced this lovely story or if the handsome professor Greg enhanced my experience in Scotland.

Greg is Blake's new neighbor. Greg is the astrologist who shows interest in the once-bitten-twice-shy Blake. Blake's last relationship several years ago left him disillusioned and feeling used. Blake is very hesitant to even make new friends, let alone find a new lover. At the heavy handed prompting of his family, he meets up with Greg.

This story is a sweet romance featuring a shy Blake learning how to date and trust a lover again. Add Blake's conniving yet supportive twin sister and niece, and it's a recipe for a romantic comedy.

Ms. Violet pens a feel good story with two …

Review: Beyond Redemption

Beyond Redemption by India Masters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Two people who save lives, one by killing and the other through healing, meet up time after time.

Angelique Vernet is a doctor who saves lives in war-torn countries. As a rich beautiful blonde female, this is a very risky career choice. She's worked in Darfur during the latest atrocities. Human cruelty knows no bounds which Angelique - Angel - sees and experiences first hand. Angel keeps administering to the poor and damaged, despite the threats to her life. She's one of those people who are not only idealistic but force others to live in her world.

One such person is Mitch Acosta who is with the US Special Forces. Over the years, they meet as Mitch is usually in one of the teams sent in to literally save her and the rest of the medical staff's ass.

In the last go around, they spend a bit of time for a fuckfest downtime. It is said that life-threatening situations tend to spark the basic instincts of humans to reco…

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