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Review: Jesse

Jesse by Roxanne Byrnes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Stealing money from a company is never a good idea. When the owner of the company is a sexual dominant who doles out punishment to bad little girls, Jesse is in a lot of trouble. Rourke doesn't take well to anyone robbing him. When Jesse not only quits but embezzles money from him, he will hunt her down, no matter where she hides.

From a BDSM hawtness factor, this story is decent. It does contain a bit of nice age-play as well as humiliation and guilty pleasure. Jesse is a sexual submissive who is frightened of Rourke's alpha male aggressiveness. This does explain why she runs. A bit older now, when Rourke catches up to her, she's still not ready to handle Rourke. She is willing to give it a try. Her education into a kinky lifestyle is fast and furious.

This is obviously a BDSM fantasy story. Rourke is not the kind of dominant one would consider to be a "model" one. This is because he is forcing Jesse int…

Review: A Clean Sweep

A Clean Sweep by Tymber Dalton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Watching shows about hoarders may cause a viewer to want to clean their house. One may wonder how these people live with themselves. Many may judge hoarders and their immediate family harshly. How do their families allow this to happen? In A CLEAN SWEEP, Ms. Dalton humanizes hoarders and their families. This story is moving in the sensitivity it applies to family members impacted by hoarding.

Essline Barrone, aka Essie, is estranged from her parents. As an only child, this makes it sadder. The reason she no longer goes home after she escaped through her college years is because of her father's hoarding issue. After trying to stick up for her mother and being slapped down, she's done with both of them. When her father passes away, her mother reaches out to her.

This story is moving because of how realistic Ms. Dalton creates her main character. Learning about Essie's sorrow and rage against her father is painful to witn…

Review: Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher by Daisy Philips

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What would a man do to prove he can be promoted to an executive level? What if he could pass the leadership with flying colours and yet his lack of aggression marked him for middle management?

Dave gave fifteen long years of his life to a company so he could make it to the top. Unfortunately, he is too nice so he's not passing his final assessment. The teacher of the course, Lida, offers private tutoring over the weekend. If he submits to her unconventional coaching, he is sure to be promoted.

This concept is a hawt wet fantasy. There is very little world building or plot. The focus is on Dave and Lida getting it on. Lida is determined to bring the tiger out of Dave so that he can be more forceful at work. The building of the scene for some kinky femdom! What's not to like? This titillating role reversal and exchange of power is sexy. Ms. Philips does a nice job with the erotic heat.

A warning, this is the third book in the …

Review: Extreme Measures

Extreme Measures by Elisabeth Naughton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Female covert operatives are more and more popular. With shows like Alias and Covert Affairs, a strong female lead in stories is inevitable. For those who enjoy spy thrillers, this book is for you. Ms. Naughton is new to me and I'll be keeping an eye on her.

Eve Wolfe is an operative who works even covertly in the Company. She is similar to the Internal Affairs for cops. When her sister is captured during one of her ops, she goes off grid unwillingly. Her former lover, Zane Archer, is a lover scorned and demanding for answers. The two of them come to an understanding quickly when they become public enemy number one.

This story moves at a fast pace. Ms. Naughton does a good job of throwing red herrings to keep a reader guessing. The conflict in this story is trying to figure out the real traitors before Eve and Zane are killed. However, this seems to be relegated to the background and Zane tries to reconcile the Eve he …

Review: Cross & Crown

Cross & Crown by Abigail Roux

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fabulous.  Julian shows up too!  I am really starting to like Nick. 

For some reason, Nick looks like this in my mind.

Even though I know this is a Navy uniform and Nick is Marine.

Battered up White Knight Nick is back in the game! Ms. Roux brings an excellent new installment in her new Sidewinder series. In this second book, it's action-packed fun mixed in with erotic exhibition. Hot tamales is the phrase applied to Nick and Kelly when they get it on!

Nick is back in the game. Kelly convinced him to go back to his job as a Boston cop. It's to give Nick a chance and see if he really wants to give up his job to be with Kelly. Before he knows it, he's tangled up in a homicide where the only witness has amnesia due to a bullet gazing his skull. Just what Nick needs, a crazy case when his hot boyfriend Kelly is visiting from Colorado.

This book is action-packed history. If the history in here is accurate, Ms. Roux is a phenom…

Review: Reality Bites

Reality Bites by Gail Koger

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Strong females who take no orders from men and cause plenty of trouble are trademarks in a Ms. Koger book. Included at no extra cost is chaos, disasters and sexy men with an amazing penis. What's not to like about her books? In Reality bites, yet another Jones female is doing her best to stay off the breeding radar. She and her stepfather don't buy into the protection from the Coletti warlords. They want all aliens gone from Earth.

Bree's specialty is to wreak havoc against these alien overlords as part of the Resistance. She's been brought up on hate for these males. Personally, I find Bree a bit foolish for her cause, but she's been effectively brainwashed by her stepfather. While Ms. Koger tries to show this is all for the good, it's quite apparent, Bree is a fool. She is young, headstrong, impulsive and in need of a good spanking. Lucky for her, Jaylan is more than dominant enough to discipline…

Review: Ocelot of Trouble

Ocelot of Trouble by Zenina Masters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A constant klutz and danger to all men, Mina is doomed to live a life all by herself. Every man who is interested in her ends up hurt. Mina is so much trouble, when her family sends her off to Crossroads, all her ex-boyfriends help to raise the funds for her stay. This is probably the most humiliating day in her life as everyone tries hard to make her go away.

Mina's visit at the Crossroads starts out not much better than at home. Men interested in her fare no better. Lucky for her, the Crossroad workers realize there is something wrong with Mina and it isn't her fault. This bit of twist is amusing. How often have we wished for someone who rejected us to have terrible things befall them? Mina may not have deserved her condition, yet it doesn't stop it from existing. Fortunately for her, the man who falls for her won't give up.

Robar is the opposite of Mina. He attracts women to him like bees to f…

Review: Poisoned Pen

Poisoned Pen by Zenina Masters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not everyone is interested in finding a mate. Sometimes a woman just wants to be left alone to work and enjoy a single life. Ivy is a copy editor who is married to her work. She is a workaholic forced to Crossroads by her family. Finally giving in, she comes up with a plan. She's going to avoid all males and snarl at anyone one looking her way.

Ms. Masters somehow brings a swan and a snake together. Chuck is not just any snake. His background is moving. What Ivy can't resist is when she learns what Chuck does in his free time. He's not just the bartender; he writes books. What kind of books? He writes erotic romances under a pen name. How deliciously right he is for her.

The little dance Ivy does with Chuck is amusing and sweet. When the two of them are together, they light up the page with chemistry. Ms. Masters does another masterful job at showing how a snake and water bird can be together. When Ivy…

Review: Born Cheetah

Born Cheetah by Zenina Masters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rayna is in love with a guy from her high school. Unfortunately, her sister is a no good conniving you know what. Heartbroken, she leaves quickly to live with her in aunt in the city. Now, years later, she's decided it's time to find her mate.

In this Crossroads installment, high school crushes find each other and a spark remains. Rayna may be ready to put her past behind her, but Gregory is looking to find it again. Gregory is the foolish stud chasing after the wrong sister. When the two meet up in Crossroads, Gregory will chase Rayna until she listens to him.

This is a sweet read where deceptions unravel. The premise is a bit upsetting and disappointing. Family, even those created through adoption should stick together. This one, it's a bit malicious and makes me angry. I felt badly for Rayna, the outsider. She is already a bit different being a cheetah while her family of love are otter shifters.

Ms. Ma…

Review: Bearing It

Bearing It by Zenina Masters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Addicted to this series, I've now gone back to find some of the earlier ones to see how they are. They are just as good as the later books. Ms. Masters is consistent in delivering sweet romances between shifters. In this one, another unlikely pairing occurs. This time it is between a bear and an eagle.

With some of these earlier books, a reader learns about Crossroads and how this world came to be. The Crossroad rules aren't fully written yet. The people working at Crossroads aren't all there yet. In Bearing it, Fred is a very strong shifting bear. Predictably, she is a bee keeper who owns a large berry farm. Fred's occupation is what makes her sweet for me. I like how she provides a safe haven to shifters going through their first change.

Usually, in these sweet romances, the male and female meet, fall in love and mate. This one is a bit different as Fred accidentally hurts Hektor who isn't as brutall…

Review: Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad by Karin Tabke

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Living up to a parent's ideal is not easy. When a person's entire life goals are laid out for them by their father, it could go one way or the other. They either purposely fail or die trying to meet expectations. In Breaking Bad, Stevie Cavanaugh is the dutiful daughter. The book sums her up in the very beginning.

A genius, hot as hell, and she had balls. The chick trifecta. -- (loc. 50-51)

Stevie's goal in life is to be either a sheriff or the chief of police. She is given no other choice by her father. It is in their bloodline and she isn't going to break it now, even if she is only a female. As her father painfully taught her, she needs to be the best.

It had been drilled into her that as a woman she would have to work twice as hard for half the respect a man earned just by having a dick. (loc. 76-77)

This book is a hard read for me. I'm a huge fan of Ms. Tabke. Her books are so well written. This …

Review: Cast in Flame

Cast in Flame by Michelle Sagara

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dragons, magic, warriors and psychopaths in a complicated world of intrigue and politics - welcome to the world of Ms. Sagara. This series is phenomenal. Ms. Sagara is hands down one of the best writers of our time. The world she creates is intricate. Every single book builds upon the previous. Her books must be read in order and usually best one right after another. If too much time goes by between reading of the books, it may be a bit hard for a reader to catch back up to speed. In Cast of Flame, Kaylin once again finds herself in the middle of trouble. Between Teela's childhood friends, a dragon queen roommate and an angry dragon king, which one will end Kaylin first?

The children who returned with Kaylin from the West March, what have they become? What is it about them which disturbs the Ancients as well as the Devourer? How are they awakening the avatar of buildings? More buildings are answering their calls an…

Review: Bliss

Bliss by Lisa Henry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clockwork Orange meets Stepford Wives with a m/m twist. Ms. Henry is a favourite author of mine. She writes out of the box. When she teams up with Ms. Belleau, magic happens. In Beulah, the population is blissfully ignorant of how their humanitarian rehabilitation works. The guiding principle of Beulah is to take ownership of one's mistakes and make a correction. Those who go through this program demonstrate their remorse for committing a crime and after they do their time to make it up to the person they transgressed against, all is forgiven. This lovely city-state contains no crime and everyone lives in similar homes so there are no haves and have nots. There isn't even any poverty with hunger. Is this utopia or what? Jaded readers like me won't believe in this mythical place. It all falls apart when crime from an outsider is committed.

Tate Patterson commits a simple assault crime. His punishment is seven year serv…

Review: Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick by Maryn Blackburn

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ménage with a triad where it's m/m/f is truly delicious. Sometimes, one person gets left out and when it's the woman, there is hell to pay.

Natalie and James are a happily married couple who are doing their best to get by. James is a customized bricklayer who is putting in long hours to keep his company afloat. Natalie is a good housewife who takes care of her husband.

The two of them meet movie star Gage and their life turns upside down. Both of them are attracted to him and he wants them just as much. Sometimes, too much isn't a good thing. The threesome starts out a bit awkward and quickly goes into a honeymoon phase. Before this new relationship can bloom, it withers as Gage never calls Natalie and James back. To bring it back into a second bloom is difficult.

Ms. Blackburn does a good job of showing the pitfalls of a threesome. She also show how things fall apart as well as how a happy marriage can tear apart. …

Review: Show Me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights

Show Me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights by Cherise Sinclair

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Naughty girls need love just like strong dominants need support. In Show Me Baby, Rainie is one of the last submissive in training left standing. With each of the other submissives finding a permanent dominant, Rainie is feeling a bit lonely. Sexy Jake is one of the few single dominants. Most of the previously single Shadowlands Masters now have their chosen submissive. When Z mentions something about Rainie's issue as a submissive, Jake is the man to take her in hand.

For those who want a sweet romance, this is the story to read. Jake is Rainie's knight in shining armor. He defends her and protects her. His greatest strength is also his downfall. Ms. Sinclair does an excellent job of creating a character flaw in Jake, making him more real. She does the same with Rainie. Both characters are charming and loveable. This makes for a pleasurable read because the reader doesn't want to keep …

Review: Give and Take

Give and Take by Kira Stone

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sleeping with the enemy is hotter when it's a threesome.

Hannah Baird is an uptight prosecutor who will do everything she can to make those who break the law pay. She sees everything as either black or white. The person who bugs her beyond her ability to stomach is Dennis Rafferty. He defends the slimy jerks who believe a simple slap on the wrist is fine for harassing and sexually violating others. When they are on opposing sides, Hannah is determined to win the case.

This story is a bit odd. Hannah is not a particularly likeable character. She's the stereotypical ball-busting woman who carries a huge chip on her shoulder. In addition, she's sexually deprived. The only thing close to her having sex is the stick up her ass making her snippy and rude. The answer to changing her to something human comes from Dennis, the criminal defender. He makes her take a step back and see more than just right versus wrong.

The underlying…

Review: Spring Training

Spring Training by Roz Lee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When a master submits to a dominatrix without his submissive's knowledge, does it mean he's cheating?

Full disclosure: I haven't read any of the previous books in this series. This book does fine as a standalone. Todd and Brooke's relationship is now past the honeymoon phase. Their D/s part is stalled and no matter what Todd does, he isn't able to get them back on track. Not sure what to do, he reaches out to a well-known master to help train Brooke to be the submissive she says she wants to be. This submissive training takes place while he is out of town, during his Spring Training (Todd is a baseball player).

There are so many things wrong for me on a BDSM level I don't even know where to start. To say the BDSM at the start of this story put me ill at ease is an understatement. Specifically, I didn't like how the training master, Frank, handled Brooke. It's clear to me that Brooke isn't a 24/7 sub…

Review: His Defiant Leopard

His Defiant Leopard by Marie Medina

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Adorable leopard cubs, a sexy vampire and a stubborn adult leopard equals a ready-made family. It's just that the adult leopard doesn't know it yet.

Declan is a secretive and lonely man. His beloved mother is brutalized before he could save her. The only family left, he clings to tightly--his two little brothers who he helped bring into the world as his mother died. When he's separated from them through an ambush, he is determined to get them back.

Thanos is a vampire who is watching his large family finding their perfect mate. A bit envious, he hopes for the woman who will make his life fuller to show up. To his surprise, he trips over his soul mate's siblings. Surprise! An angry man shows up and demands for the release of his imprisoned brothers. To say that Thanos and Declan's first meeting is rocky would be an understatement.

The world building in this story is light. The characters are sweet and easy …

Review: Pets

Pets by Mychael Black

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Placed in a cage for all to see, how humiliating, especially when the other cages don't have humans but other animals. In PETS, Ms. Black twists it around and places Ian Bishop as a pet to be purchased. The way Ms. Black switches the view on how scary it can be to be adopted by a child centaur and left abused really hits home the responsibility of owning a pet.

Ian Bishop is a prisoner of war. He turned himself in because he learned he was fighting an unjust war. Filled with remorse, he surrenders to be enslaved by the centaurs. He is surprised to find himself purchased by Terian, the centaur equivalent of a king. Not sure what to expect, he realizes he must do penance for the crimes his Queen committed.

The concept of this story is fabulous. It hints of possible dark erotica. It also hints of possible physical punishments. None of this happens. In fact, I should know better because Ms. Black writes sweet romance stories. This one is n…

Review: Monkey Business

Monkey Business by Tymber Dalton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Biological warfare is never so scary as when it's combined with drugs to hook people on a fatal addiction. If you enjoyed War World Z, this book will be up your alley. This is the first of a promising ten book series. After reading this first one, I want to read them all. Tango and Doc are part of a twenty-man team. This duo is closer to each other than any of the others in the team. When they are assigned to watch over a troublemaking reporter, Celia Jorgens, a chore becomes something more.

This book is raw in its language. There are acronyms galore and salty language to a sailor's delight. For those who are used to military speak, this book definitely gets into character. This is what I really enjoyed about the book. The men are men. They are aggressive and always situational aware. Ms. Dalton does an excellent job of showing how men in the military can behave. Is this realistic that all twenty men are drop dead gorgeo…

Review: Against Her Will

Against Her Will by Britta Ashley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A dull boring life changed based on one decision - handcuffing oneself to a car. Sarah is a young woman just graduated from college. She's living her mother's dream life and not sure if she wants to stay on course. When her fiancé, Luke, surprises her with a note to handcuff herself to her car door after work one night, her entire world changes. She's forced into a world where nothing makes sense. Sexually violated over and over again, Britta starts to learn her new role in life.

The world building in this story is light. It is a common sex slavery capture theme. The sex slavery organization is called Dragon's Lair and run by the mysterious Dragon Master. The hints dropped about the Dragon Master makes a reader guess who this person may be or how they are affiliated with someone in Sarah's life.

There is decent character building with both Sarah and her supporting cast - the sexual fiends taming an…

Review: Riding Irish

Riding Irish by Sara Brookes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Surfers, bikers and dominants are a powerful combination of sexy goodness. Ms. Brookes kicks off a new series with reformed bad boys and submissive girls.

Avery is a surfer who is hesitant to ever compete in a competition. She practices, signs up for the competition and then becomes a no show. When she meets the famous surfer, Kane, she may change her tune and show up to compete for once.

Avery and Kane quickly fall for each other. They are both water lovers with a shared passion. Kane changed his life by saving lives. The company he started is amazing and if this is really a type of company in existence, I'd love to take classes there. It's an adrenaline rush. The chemistry between these two characters feels like an adrenaline rush, too. They get into it hard and heavy. The sex is kinky, and just when it seems to be going so well, they crash, both figuratively and literally. Avery is in an accident, which whisks her from th…