Friday, July 30, 2010

Samantha Cayto, Locked and Loaded



Title: Locked and Loaded

Author: Samantha Cayto

Rating: Four Siren Stones

Genre: older woman, younger man

Word Count: Novella

ISBN For Print:
9781419928673

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

Reviewer: Yvette Lowe

Blurb/Summary:

Former army-turned-ER doctor Grace McKinnon is through with going to bed with nothing more than fantasies and a yearning to resurrect her personal life. She’s determined instead to take the Cougar Challenge with a flesh and hot-blooded younger man. She discovers the perfect opportunity steaming up the curtain of exam room four.


Captain Mark Bennington has been locked and loaded—ready for action—since meeting Grace. He’s on a mission to heat up the Boston nights while on leave. This sexy older woman is lighting his way, fulfilling double-time every sex wish he’s ever made. But it’s going to be the toughest fight of his life to convince her to take a chance on more than just a fling.


Review:

This is another book from the Cougar Challenge Series and Samantha Cayto did a great job with the story of Grace, the ex army doctor turned ER doctor, and Mark, her not so nice patient's best friend who is currently on leave to help his friend. Grace offers to help Mark's friend through his rough time, but little does she know Captain Mark wants more than her help. He wants to make all her fantasies come true while he has time to kill on leave.

This is a very hot, steamy story that makes you believe in love at any age or any age difference. You will enjoy the lastest in the Cougar Challenge Series by Samantha Cayto

Leah St. James, Surrender To Sanctuary


Title: Surrender To Sanctuary

Author: Leah St. James

Rating: Three And A Half Siren Stones

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Keywords: Crimson Rose

Page Count: 338

ISBN E-Book: 1-60154-750-1

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Buy-Link: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/surrender-to-sanctuary-paperback-p-4106.html

Reviewer: Nikki

Blurb/Summary:

A young woman is brutally murdered, her body dropped into the sea and carried by the tides onto the beach at a federal park at the Jersey Shore. Hometown investigators believe the woman simply partied too hard and fell overboard, but FBI Agents David Owens and Anna Parker know better.

David and Anna trace the victim's path from a local adult club to a dangerous and shadowed world that forces them under cover, into performances that awaken their own desires, and draw them closer to the killer. Soon they are racing against a clock set by an unknown enemy, compelled to carry out a plan that not only jeopardizes their lives, but tests their very beliefs, and their newfound love.

Review:

While the story was well written, with a great voice, description, and plenty of action and suspense, I had a hard time with this book because of some of the scenes.

Some were quite intense, but on a good note, it means that the narrative and description is good because I had a strong reaction to it. It was a bit too dark in some places for my liking.

Other than that, I did enjoy the story. Leah St. James pens a dark tale of murder, going undercover, and takes the reader places you wouldn't even imagine. I do like the writing style of this author, and hope to read more.


Eric S Brown, How the West Went to Hell

Title: How the West Went to Hell

Author: Eric S Brown

Rating: Four Siren Stones

Genre: Horror

Sub-Genre: Western

Keywords: Demons, Wild West

Page Count: 120

ISBN For Print: 978-1617060120

Publisher: Pill Hill Press

Reviewer: Rhonda J Callum-King

Blurb/Summary:

Eric S Brown, horror author extraordinaire, takes readers on an Old West adventure of epic proportions. A bookish editor travels to Reaper's Valley, a small town set in the Wild West, to finish the macabre manuscript of a recently-deceased novelist. He arrives by stagecoach, where he is introduced to a classic bevy of characters who will join in the fight against the yellow-eyed demon bodysnatchers overtaking Reaper's Valley. A gun-toting, six-gun blazing tip of the hat to both the horror and Western genres.

Review:

How the West Went to Hell was a wonderfully gruesome tale from the very start. I enjoyed everything about it from the quaint western font beginning each chapter, to its amusing zombie like cowboy cover. The story begins with a prologue a year before describing a demonic possession but leaves the reader in doubt as to whether the correct action was taken.

A year later, we jump to an innocent group of individuals traveling west in a stage coach. Here we hear a “campfire” type tale of horror told by a writer/editor to the coach’s occupants. The editor is headed west to research and complete an unfinished story from another author who was found murdered, possibly ritualistically. From there, the tale continuously gains steam and takes the reader on a horrific journey into realms of horror.

This is an excellent example of a fireside tale brought to life and fleshed out. While not for the faint of heart, Eric S. Brown has created a tale worth reading for fans of the more noir genres.


Lissa Matthews, Stick Shift

Title: Stick Shift

Author: Lissa Matthews

Rating: Five Siren Stones

Genre: Contemporary Erotica

Keywords: BBW

Length: Short Novel

ISBN E-Book: 978-1-60737-584-5

Publisher: Loose Id, LLC

Buy-Link: http://www.loose-id.com/Stick-Shift.aspx

Reviewer: Yvette Lowe

Blurb/Summary:

An orchestra musician, a private music teacher, and a homebody, Lily’s a full-figured, quiet woman who lives a fairly simple and solitary life. Aside from music, she has one big passion: stock car racing. She’s been a fan for as long as she can remember and makes the yearly pilgrimage to Daytona as often as she can. When she’s offered a chance to get away to North Carolina and attend two weeks of races, she jumps at it. Little does she know what that chance has in store for her…

Cam Carter is one of the most successful young drivers in the top tier of the stock car racing circuit. All over the country, he’s well known to racing fans, loved by some, respected by a few, and hated by others. He’s arrogant, strong willed, and a consistent winner. What he doesn’t have is balance…until he meets a pretty, very curvaceous, and unassuming fan named Lily.

Lily fears the difference in lifestyles, ages, and personalities while Cam in turn, embraces them. Can they find a way to cross the finish line and take the checkered flag together or will the obstacles push against them until they crash and burn?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse.

Review:

Lissa Matthews has written another wonderful story about a woman who lives a very simple, quiet life very content on how things are as long as she can gets her fill of her passion, which is stock car-racing.

When Lily's friend offers her a chance of two weeks full of racing, she just can't turn it down. What she doesn't expect is to meet the hottest, most successful race car driver at this moment, Cam Carter.

When Cam meets Lily, he feels and wants things from her that he never thought possible. Can he make Lily see through her issues with their age and their personalities?

This is hot and steamy story that you will not be able to put down.


Lisa Bradley, The Proposition



Title: The Proposition

Author: Lisa Bradley

Rating: Five Siren Stones

Genre: Romance


Word Count: 5,786 words

ISBN E-Book: 9781609823238

Publisher: Excessica

Buy-Link (If available): http://excessica.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=385&osCsid=d28eff67334dd3443a29d7df3de822a6

Reviewer: Yvette Lowe

Blurb/Summary:

At age twenty-three, Grace Newell has finally grown tired of her virgin status. With a busy life and little time for romance, she decides the right man to help relieve her of the title is her best friend’s older brother, Tom.

Beneath her cool exterior and the business-like tone of her request is an underlying affection for Tom and the hope that their brief encounter may lead to something more.

Warnings: This title contains graphic language and explicit sex

Review:

Grace is tired of her virgin status and who better to end her problem than her best friends brother Tom.

Tom is in complete shock when Grace shows up on his door step asking him to rid her of her most pressing problem "Her Virginity". When Grace starts to have second thoughts about her proposition Tom is all but ready to help her, but what he doesn't expect is the feelings that she stirs within him.

This is a extremely sexy, and passionate story, with the right amount of tenderness, which will make you fall in love with the characters.

Lisa Bradley has done it again with this great story, if you have not read any of stories this is a great one to start with and you forever will be a fan.


Barbara Elsborg, Digging Deeper

Title: Digging Deeper

Author: Barbara Elsborg

Rating: Five Siren Stones

Genre: Romance

Sub-Genre: Comedy

ISBN E-Book: 9781419921551

Publisher: Cerridwen Press

Buy-Link: http://www.booksonboard.com/index.php?BODY=viewbook&BOOK=688305&v=details

Reviewer: Yvette Lowe

Blurb/Summary:

Archaeologist Beck isn’t expecting much to come out of this summer’s dig. While his colleague spends the summer in Italy, Beck draws the short straw supervising a group of archaeology students excavating on the grounds of Hartington Hall in Yorkshire. Little does Beck realize when he saves a redhead from the attentions of an amorous ram, that this accident-prone female will throw his ordered life into chaos.

The last thing Flick needs in her life is a digger, because some secrets are meant to stay buried. Very deep. But Beck is irresistible. She’d love to get him into bed, though after the incident at the swimming pool, the collapsing wall, the snake bite and the unexploded bomb—a hospital bed looks more likely. As their relationship lurches from one disaster to another, Beck has to delve deep to get to the bottom of this irrepressible redhead.

One thing is clear—you never know quite what you’re going to find when you start digging.

Review:

Digging Deeper is a fantastic funny story of Flick, who is a remarkable woman whose life is full of problems and it only seems to be getting worse.

From taking care of her irresponsible sister putting her through college, to losing her job and working an endless number of odd jobs to make ends meet. So when Flick meets Beck that is exactly what she doesn’t need.

Or is it?

Barbara Elsborg wrote a amazingly funny and sweet story of two people who are very attracted to each other but are not sure is hidden secrets in their lives can be overcome. I went from laughing out loud, to tears filled with emotion of Flick and her troubles.

I absolutely loved this story and recommend it to all you romantics at heart. A definite must read.


Rosemary Indra, Rekindled Love

Title: Rekindled Love

Author: Rosemary Indra

Rating: Five Siren Stones

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Keywords: Firefighter

Word Count: 58,337 words

ISBN E-Book: 978-9845078-0-1

ISBN For Print: 978-9845078-1-8

Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press

Buy-Link (If available): http://www.roguephoenixpress.com/

Reviewer: Yvette Lowe

Blurb/Summary:

When Forest Ridge, Oregon is terrorized by an arsonist, Fire Chief Mitch Chambers vows to do whatever it takes to protect the community--even work with the woman who left him four years ago. Professional sketch artist Abby Denton, still loves Mitch and hopes to regain his trust and respect by working with him. However, she fears when he discovers the truth about their daughter, he will never forgive her. As they work together, Mitch once again falls in love with Abby, but this time he refuses to let her walk out of his life. Can they rekindle the love that burned between them and uncover the identity of the arsonist before he turns their dreams and the town to ashes?

Review:

Rekindled Love is a great story of true love that even through lives ups and down makes you believe love can conquer all.

Abby is truly in love with Nick and even though she betrayed him, things aren't as they seem. Nick will never get over the betrayal from Abby even though he still loves her dearly. Can he ever truly forgive her when she is still keeping secrets?

Rosemary Indra does an excellent job in this story of making you feel every emotion that Abby and Nick go through. From the suspense of when the arsonist will strike again to the love that they feel for one another. There are emotions running high at all times.

This story is a great read and one I will definitely reread again.


Aliyah Burke, Born to Fly: Landing in Love


Title: Born to Fly: Landing in Love

Author: Aliyah Burke

Rating: Four And A Half Siren Stones

Genre: Contemporary interracial erotic romance

ISBN: 978-1-60659-991-4

Publisher: Phaze Books

Buy-Link: http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=Born+To+Fly+Landing+In+Love/exact_match=exact

Author Link: http://www.aliyah-burke.com/

Page count: 72 pages

Heat rating: 3 Novas

Reviewer: Yvette Lowe

Blurb/Summary:

Air Force pilot, Major Erich "Daredevil" Stark runs into a woman
leaving a club and is immediately attracted to her. He wants to know her
better but after a brief and intense interaction she slips away. When they
meet again, he longs to start over.


Bliss Esparza has spent her life doing two things. Dancing and raising her
younger brother, When she meets the handsome pilot she knows he’s
something special.


Erich knows she's the one for him. But one night he finds himself tossed
out of her villa after offering to help her brother with a recommendation
letter for military school. Will he be able to convince her to give them
another chance?

Review:

Bliss Esparza has worked so hard to raise her younger brother Mateo, she doesn't make anytime for herself.

So when she runs into Erich outside a night club she is not expecting the connection that they have to be so extremely strong. He awakens a side of her she wants to keep hidden.

Erich knew from the moment he meet Bliss that she was "The One", but making her realize it is another thing.

This story by Aliyah Burke is a truthful story of what happens in everyday relationships. She does an excellent job with her tale and really brings Bliss and Erich alive. You will be cheering for them in every step and emotion of this story. This is a definite must read.

Bridget Midway, Casual Fridays


Title: Casual Fridays

Author: Bridget Midway

Rating: Four Siren Stones


Genre: Erotic romance

Sub-Genre: Contemporary interracial BDSM

Keywords: BDSM, Loose Id, interracial, Bridget Midway

Word Count: 53000

Page Count: 127 pages

ISBN E-Book: 978-1-60737-573-9

Publisher: Loose Id LLC

Reviewer: Yvette Lowe

Blurb/Summary:

Cherish Burke has it all: a large corner office and a very efficient, if not sexy, assistant. As a high-level executive at Stratum Corporation, and one of two African-American directors, she has her sights set on becoming president of the business someday. In the meantime, she harbors fantasies about someone else taking over all of her responsibilities…but not at work. From the BDSM novels she’s read, she's learned to lust for a Dom who can control her. Who knew that that Dom could be her assistant?

Perry Stone fought to be Cherish Burke’s executive assistant. Who wouldn’t want to work for the woman? She’s made huge strides in the business world. Plus she’s not bad on the eyes. When he catches her after work reading some daring books, he discovers a sexy side of her that he never suspected.

When they start a strictly BDSM relationship, Perry wonders if Cherish can see beyond his status and job to want him to be in her life always. Cherish doesn’t know if Perry is using her just like so many before have done. Can they have a relationship that can last, or should they just keep it to casual Fridays?
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Domination/submission theme and elements, bondage, wax play.

Review:

Causal Fridays is a super hot and super sexy story by Bridget Midway. This is the first time I have read a story by her and I have to say I loved it. She did a great job writing an extremely erotic story of two people whose life in the outside world is completed different to what they hold true to their hearts.

Cherish and Perry are so hot together, you will indeed be fanning yourself off while reading this story. Cherish has to remain in control in her professional life but in her personal life she wants to be controlled, and what better person to handle the job than her assistant Perry.

This story is so hot, it can melt the ink off the pages. This is a story you will most certainly enjoy.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dee Dawning, Blind Date

Title: Blind Date

Author: Dee Dawning

Rating: Five Siren Stones

Genre: Erotic Romance

Keywords: Interracial

Word Count: 23000 words

ISBN E-Book: 978-1-4524-0266-6

Publisher: New Dawning International Bookfair

Buy-Link (If available): http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-blinddate-418293-144.html

Reviewer: Yvette Lowe

Blurb/Summary:

Women’s fashion entrepreneur, Keli Michaels,’ mundane life is about turn topsy turvy. It all starts when her business partner and best friend, Tya, arranges a blind date with her cousin, but fails to tell Keli about it until two hours before their dinner reservations. Despite Keli’s well founded annoyance, Ty convinces her to at least go out with him.

But when he arrives, Keli discovers something else her duplicitous friend failed to tell her. She is shocked to find out Ty’s favorite cousin, Phillip (Trevor) Gordon, has long blond hair, beautiful baby blues and is cuter than hell.


Having never considered dating interracially, Keli, although apprehensive, reluctantly accompanies Ty’s handsome cousin, out on the town in a limo, and enjoys the most wonderful date of her life.


With the stars aligned, inevitably drawing this unlikely pair together, passion ignites and burns hot. But will it evolve into true love or simply burn itself out and fade away?

Review:

This is a hot, sexy must read story.

Dee Dawning has written a great story about Keli who is so tired of her boring life and wants a change, when her best friend Ty sets her up with her cousin Phillip and forgets to tell her until a few hours before she is not sure she should go.

When Keli and Phillip meet, it is spark city from the get go, with a few twist and turns in the story and even a little adventure and action this story will be one of your favorites that you will want to reread again and again.


Suzanne Rossi, All In The Family

Title: All In The Family

Author: Suzanne Rossi

Rating: Four Siren Stones

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Keywords: Crimson Rose

Page Count: 318

ISBN E-Book: 1-60154-726-9

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Buy-Link: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/all-in-the-family-p-4033.html

Reviewer: Nikki

Blurb/Summary:

Gabriella Vicelli is a mafia princess working for an ultra-secret division of the FBI. Fiercely independent, she hates being told what to do.

Lane Hamilton is a former FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the mob, and is now in charge of Gabriella’s activities. He hates operatives who refuse to obey orders.

The two must work together when one of the men she has sent to prison, escapes with vengeance on his mind. Lane’s mission is to keep Gabriella safe. Gabriella wants to put away one more mobster before her cover is blown.

Lane and Gabriella discover they have more in common than they imagined. Love and desire intertwine with constant danger and a mobster’s revenge. Both have secrets that may get them killed. Can Lane and Gabriella survive long enough to fulfill their dreams for a future together?


Review:

All in the Family is definitely an interesting, fast paced action romance.

The heroine is of a different sort. Gabriella is sassy, feisty, and has one heck of a mind. She swears like you wouldn't believe, but underneath all the hard-core, there is a woman who's known tragedy.

The relationship between Gabriella and the hero is sometimes a love/hate, especially on her end, but in all made for a great romance. The suspense is high and the tension is thick.

I enjoyed this book very much. I stayed up in to the early hours of the morning just to finish this. This is my first book I've read by Suzanne Rossi, but this surely won't be my last.