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Review: Head of the Family

Head of the Family by Keiko Alvarez

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you want your mind blown from killing to erotic sex, this is the book for you. Ms. Alvarez brings another stunningly crazy story with character Zoe Dunham. Zoe is married to a no good, idiot criminal and abusive man. When he gets out of prison, his first stop is to humiliate his wife and spew his anger at her stinginess. The setup of this story just emphasizes the problems with getting knocked up by a jerk and shotgun weddings. In my humble opinion, it should have been a shotgun funeral. Fed up with her husband, Zoe loses it in a fit of rage.

It's hard to categorize this story. Ms. Alvarez defies any labels. Her unique writing style may best be likened to black comedy. This story gives a Heathers vibe with Zoe offing her loser husband. What happens next is what boggles the mind. What more can a book need than sex, violence and money? Losing the albatross of a deadbeat husband, Zoe's life starts to turn around. Her …

Review: The Undying Legion: Crown & Key

The Undying Legion by Clay Griffith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Demons, demi-gods, warring sorcerers  and conspiracies abound in the second book of this series.  Events turn darker as Simon and Kate decides to investigate suspicious murders.  For those who have not read the first book, do not past go.  This is not a standalone.  Understanding of previous events will help to make this book easier to follow.

Against Nick's advice, this Victorian Scooby-Gang decide to figure out why women are being killed in key churches.  More importantly, why are the dead rising?  Malcolm the monster hunter struggles with his own demons as he is not in favour of the latest addition to this motley crew.  The only good werewolf is a dead werewolf.  It doesn't matter that said werewolf is a thirteen year old girl who doesn't want to change.  Or that she's adorable and pitiful at the same time.  When she changes, she is an uncontrollable beast bent on destruction.  Of course, this …

Review: The Butcher and the beast

The Butcher and the Beast by Sean Michael

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pirate fantasies are fulfilled with this growly Sean Michaels book. Stephen is a proper gentleman who is a doctor. He scoffs at his fearful sister's worries about pirates circling their new island home. So to his chagrin, when he's captured by pirates and forced to heal the captain of the pirates, he realizes he should have heeded her warnings. John, the pirate Captain, is gleeful in his capture of a doctor who is both young and attractive. A devotee of manlove, John delights in the corruption of virginal Stephen.

The sex in here is as expected from a Mr. Michaels book. It's deliciously raw and filled with primal grunting. There is no pussy footing around here. There is only stalk and prey. Stephen's debauchery into taboo carnal pleasure is fun to witness. He protests as much as he likes, but it makes no difference because he loves the hard anal thrusting orgasms. His newly initiated hole ca…

Review: Misery's Way

Misery's Way: A Kit Colbana World Story by J.C. Daniels

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ever watch the movie "Leap of Faith"?  A fan of Supernatural?  Misery's Way is a mix between the movie and one of the Supernatural episodes dealing with faith healing.  Frankie is a new character in an offshoot of the Kit Colbana files.  For those who have read that series, this story will contain nuances and references to enhance the enjoyment of the book.  For those who have not read the series, this can be read as a standalone and may entice you to read the series. 

The story starts out straightforward and then it takes unexpected twists and turns.  Trying to figure out how Frankie fits into this world and guessing the kind of supernatural being pulls me into this story.  I like Frankie.  She's ballsy and opinionated.  The secondary characters in this story are also interesting.  Their back and forth friendly arguing reminds me of an old married couple.  I wish this story was long…

Review: The Merchant of Death

@LisaHenryOnline @jarockauthor #BookReview The Merchant of Death by Lisa Henry

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pretending to by one's twin is a rite of passage for most twins.  What happens when the set of twins are opposite sex?  How well does this work and how will they pass for each other?  Henry pulls Mac further away from his straight and narrow law enforcement life.  Henry's raison d'être is finally revealed.  It's a tragic story and one filled with abuse, regret and guilt.  Still, Henry tries to do the right thing and as they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

I'm not sure what I expected with this series.  The author names lured me to read this book and frankly, if it wasn't these authors, I don't think I would have read this series.  Ms. Henry and Ms. Rock write seamlessly together.  I can't tell who is writing which piece of the story.  This story flows beautifully from beginning to end.  The depth of the characters brings out strong…

Review: Beck & Call

Beck & Call by Emma Holly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Holy smoking bedsheets! Ms. Holly can always be trusted for a steamy erotic romance when she writes a ménage. In this latest ménage, the reader is treated to an exhibitionist and voyeur's delight. Mia Beck and her co-worker Jake are going undercover to spy on Damien Call. Why? Because he's being accused of corporate espionage. To capture Damien's attention and get close to him, they audition through a little sex show.

For those who are tired of billionaire stories, this is one not to be missed. Sure, having money at a young age, being super smart and looking like Adonis is a fantasy. It's a fantasy that Ms. Holly makes a reader wish it would come true. The characters in this story come alive. Mia is adorable. It's easy to see why men fall for her. Her innocence and straightforward manner is alluring. Jake is a sexy and dangerous man. The fact that he is heteroflexible and good with bondage and dominan…

Review: Three of Hearts

#Bookreview full buffet with delicious tidbits to tantalize a pansexual @KristinaWrightThree of Hearts: Erotic Romance For Women by Kristina Wright
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

When I see the names of Giselle Renarde, Tiffany Reisz, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Kristina Wright, it is a MUST read.  This three of heart is not to be missed. Every type of combination for a threesome is explored.  This is anthology which lives up to its name.  Three hearts can be difficult at times but it is possible.  Some of the stories are sweet and other are erotically hot.  The ones which speak to me most are obviously the kinky ones with BDSM elements.  There are so many good stories to pick from and not enough room to discuss all of them. 

My favourite one is The Mistress in the Brat by Skylar Kade. Ms. Kade is a new to me author who pulls me into her sensual scenes.  This is one where the ménage involves a bratty submissive who switches to be a mistress to another female submissive.  One of my favourite …

Review: Roar of Magic

Roar of Magic by Zenina Masters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The fey are magic and when they mate with shifters, it's electrifying.  Leroc is a fey without a mate for centuries.  When he finds Anessa in a spell-supply shop, he's intrigued.  He's sure she is a shifter yet there is something odd about her he can't figure out.  Anessa insists she just human even if she knows about the supernatural world.  An unwanted orphan, she is well adjusted and likes where she is now.  So when Leroc shakes up her world with news that she isn't expecting, she is happy to have him help her navigate in the new world.

Ms. Masters writes another sweet and loving mating tale with a complicated magical mix.  This variation is a new combination yet still with a similar baseline of an unknown childhood.  Filling in the blanks for Anessa is what makes this story interesting.  One wonders what will happen with the next set of mates pairing off.  At one point, surely Ms. Masters will run out of shif…

Review: A Master Trade

A Master Trade by M. Garnet
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Family loyalty is the undoing of Margaret. She clings onto the only family member left--her younger cousin who gets into trouble more often than not. When his last stunt forces Margaret to do something unethical and illegal, it may be the last straw. Because the reckoning Margaret expects is not one of law. Instead, she is now under the thumb of her sexually dominant CEO, Brad Kanter.

This story could have been a tantalizing BDSM non-con with an abuse of power. This is a pretty hawt concept and a masturbatory fantasy for many. Surprisingly, Ms. Garnet goes with the romance side of it. This is done nicely as it shows BDSM in a positive light. It also shows how Brad is a dominant who doesn't need to force a woman to submit. He can seduce and entice purely on his kinky ways. The BDSM in this story is light with more emphasis on D/s. It's sweet and good for those who want to explore romantic kink with a rich male d…

Review: Saints United

Saints United by Rhiannon Ayers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ménage lovers who look for kinky BDSM triad, this series is for you. This story can be read as a standalone although my guess is it would be more enjoyable if the first two books are read in order. In this one, AJ is computer geek who is heavily conflicted about his desires and what he wants to do. He's a submissive male who loves kink but it has burned him so badly that he's in denial. He is currently on hold with his life and just barely making it through the day.

First, the BDSM in this story is erotic and delicious. The sex slave auction is a bit exaggerated compared to reality but it could happen. What is alarming about this book is how well Ms. Ayers captures the problems of being in a triad or in the lifestyle. There is a lot of prejudice and outright hatred for those who are not conformist to society's rules. This means there can be a huge negative impact to jobs and even breaking up a family. The worst possib…

Review: Master of No One

Master of No One by Tricia Owens

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When a race as a whole is supposed to only be alpha dominant males, how does this work? Aleksander is a shape-shifting Chimera who holds the dangerous position of "Poisoner". This is a hereditary job which he took over from his mother. This job does mess with the mind of the Poisoner. They become paranoid and seem to lose their mind. The way to keep their humanity is for a submissive human to ground them. This grounding helps a Chimera keep control over their human form.

This story could be just a kink fest of sexy ménage. It encompasses more as Ms. Owens includes betrayal, conspiracies and revenge. It is a good thing this is only the first book in the series because even though it is a good length story, there are many questions left unanswered. Just as the story's plot moves forward, the story comes to an end quickly. It feels like coitus interruptus.

The erotic power skirmish between a powerful b…

Review: Hollywood Royalty

@TSMcKinney1 #bookreview New Adult readers who enjoy enemies to lovers theme
Hollywood Royalty by T.S. McKinney

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

New adult lovers who want a little kinky play, this is the book for you.  Victoria Winstead is the only child of two famous movie stars.  She is young, melodramatic and impulsive.  Her world is filled with allies versus enemies.  If someone disses her mother, she will stab that person because she believes in an eye for an eye.

This book is not for me.  The characters bothered me.  The first person is too much for me.  It's not my preferred reading material.  I confess I nabbed the book because of the author name.  The blurb also came across as something of interest to me.  What I didn't expect was an indignant female whose inner thoughts were a constant justification of her poor decisions.  What really annoyed me is the writing style where the characters in the book are talking to the reader.  This is a personal preference and I don't lik…

Review: Helena's Demon

Helena's Demon by Charisma Knight

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Your own personal demon, how is this for a family tradition? Helena is the final female in a long line of witches cursed to never find love and tied to a demon. Helena's personal demon is Cyn. Cyn's twisted history with the line of Pearsalls is with his mother who struck a bargain with Helena's first ancestor to cause the curse.

Is there a prior book to this one? Because this book is a bit all over the place. It is as if the author sees the entire world but only gives out pieces. The pieces don't make a full picture and it leaves the reader feeling unsatisfied. The plot device of the story is pretty clear and laid up front in the beginning. It's what happens in current day which comes across clunky. There are certain secrets which neither Cyn nor Helena are privy to, even at the end. The reader is also left out in the cold, not quite sure what the end game will be. When certain pieces of information ar…

June 2015 Book Recommendations

#recommendation #June2015@EMMAHOLLY1 @TymberDalton @CandaceBlevins @KristinaWright @BlushingBooks
June is whirling right by so fast. Here are the books I want to specifically mention because they caught my attention.

Beck & Call by Emma Holly is the one which caught me off guard. Anytime I see the word "Billionaire" I admit I scoff a little. I realize these books sell because there is a fan base. Usually, I'm not included in this fan base. This one, I ended up really enjoying. It is book 2 in the series. It can be read as a standalone. For those who enjoy menage, this one is a good one. Hawt! My review

Three of Hearts: Erotic Romance For Women by Kristina Wright is a great collection. The focus is on threesome permutations. There are some familiar authors we love in this book. And I found a few new ones that I want to keep my eye on. The BDSM in here is LITE. It's the menage dynamics which are of interest. Obviously, the stories with more kin…

Review: Fallon's Capture

Fallon's Capture by Ravenna Tate

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Earth girls are horny sluts waiting to spread their legs for alien masters. This is what the Tyranns aliens believe, which is why they steal female human for their carnal pleasure. Where do I find my horny slut to abuse?

Fallon Myers is in the at-risk age group. She is ripe for the raping as she's the right age, cute and makes the mistake of walking by herself exposed in New York. When she wakes up, she is off world and forced to exhibit her body for the voyeuristic pleasures of the sexually crazed Tyranns. Her fellow inmates are Cord and Arlo. These two male aliens are fighting against the Tyranns who are trying to destroy the alien culture.

The premise of this world is interesting. There are two main alien factions showcasing the extremes. One is the sexually repressed Regum. The other is the recently sexually liberated Tyranns. One would think the Tyranns would be more progressive. Not so. They are asshats …

Review: Click

Click by Tymber Dalton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Those yearning for more scenes with the kinky Suncoast Society community will enjoy this collection. In CLICK, many of the couples from the books in this series make a guest appearance. Whilst most of the tales are maledom in nature, there is also a femdom one with switch couple Abbey and Gilo.

Each one of these stories revolves around a simple concept--click. It could be click of a lock. It could be a moment in time for a profound epiphany. Each one of these stories is an intimate look into the erotic dynamic between two people. It does expand in a few cases to those who are outliers to the main couple. A couple of the moments are a little too intimate for me and I felt a bit uncomfortable witnessing something that should perhaps remain personal. And this is why Ms. Dalton excels as an author. She creates such realistic characters that it almost feels like I would know them if I met them at a club. There are two relationshi…

Review: Hot Alphas

Hot Alphas by Lora Leigh

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Why are alpha males so attractive?  Four talented authors show us why romance readers are attracted to them.  I picked up this book specifically because of two authors: Lora Leigh and Shiloh Walker.  Both are marvelous authors who write steamy romances.

In Erin's Kiss, those familiar with Ms. Leigh's trope will find this one to be a bit of a letdown.  When I first started reading Ms. Leigh, she created a very erotic series, Bound Hearts.  The kinky stories in there pulled me in and captivated me.  This one, it seems as if Ms. Leigh has lost her erotic mojo.  The characters Turk and Erin are cookie cutter and forgettable.  The chemistry between the two characters is lackluster.  It is disheartening to see a talented writer recycling an old and worn trope. 

In Mistaken by Ms. McGee, I thought I'd stop this anthology and graciously decline reviewing the book.  I'm so disgusted with Jaylene Kim in this book. Sh…

Review: Crafty Bastards

@TymberDalton Crafty Bastards by Tymber Dalton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Hooked on a feeling…high on believing…you're in love with me." This is what Ms. Dalton should sing about me. I am a devoted fan and her Suncoast Society Series works for me. I love them and I can't get enough of it.

In CRAFTY BASTARDS, I'm over the moon as Ms. Dalton features two kinky men who make BDSM furniture. The fact that these two men are also bisexual looking for a third in their triad only makes this story better. Max and Sean are first roommates and then lovers with a past. They went through hellfire together and survived an abusive dominant. Shy to add in another female to their partnership, they have been cruising along and just enjoying life without drama.

Why do I enjoy these BDSM stories so much? It's because of the humour, kink and characters. This series is as close as I can see to real life contemporary BDSM living. Sure, Ms. Dalton smooths out the rougher edges of kink, …

Review: Found

Found by Tara Crescent

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A great start to a new serial from Ms. Crescent.  A fan of assassin stories, this serial is for you.  For those who enjoyed the TV show Alias, this one will trip your trigger as Ellie "Rachel" takes revenge on those who kidnapped her and tortured her. 

Since this is only book one, the setup of this criminal world is only partially revealed.  There is a criminal mastermind dealing in human trafficking.  What he doesn't know is that his world is going to end as two separate parties are interested in his death.  Rachel and Marc have crossed paths before. What they don't know is that they both have the same goal.

The writing in this story is smooth and captivating.  This is genre is different from Ms. Crescents more erotic ones.  I thoroughly enjoyed this bite size suspense.  I only wish there would be more and quicker.  Serials are not my favourite kind of books.  Still, despite being a serial, this is one wh…

Review: Day Shift

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A fan of Sookie Stackhouse, I squealed to see a new series from Ms. Harris.  I missed the first book in this series and figured I could dive into the second one as a standalone.  That could have been a mistake.  This series did nothing for me.  I couldn't figure out who exactly was the main character.  Is it Manfred or Olivia?  After about a third of the way through the story, I didn't care. 

The world building here is confusing.  Perhaps it's all been explained in the first book.  In this second one, Midnight is a shell of a town with no rhyme or reason for surviving.  Every resident is special in their own way.  There are different threads to this story going on at the same time and few are resolved.  The main thread is about Manfred and how he's accused of stealing jewels from a rich customer.  The story didn't really make much sense.  The story felt like a stream of consciousness spewing forth in random mom…

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