Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Barbara Elsborg, Rocked

Title: Rocked

Author: Barbara Elsborg

Rating: Four Siren Stones

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Keywords: Ménage, Explicit Sexual Content, Graphic Language, M/M, M/M/F

Length: Novel

ISBN E-Book: 978-1-6118-413-6

Price: $6.99

Publisher: Loose Id

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

Reviewer: Cia

Blurb/Summary:

The Rock

Desired by men and women, Eli’s good looks make sexual conquest easy until he attends a party at the Supernatural Museum, where they land him in deep trouble. He says no to the wrong women, and his punishment is to learn the ultimate meaning of loneliness.

The Stone Maiden

Much to her family’s disappointment, not only is Pepper single but she works a hard and dirty job as an apprentice stonemason. Pepper loves bringing stone to life with her chisel but struggles with the isolation that comes with being different. Then there’s her attraction to her boss, Alessandro, who appears to prefer men. When Eli materializes out of nowhere, Pepper can hardly believe her eyes. Now she’s caught between a rock and a hard place.

The Hard Place

His hands hardened by years training to become a master stonemason, Alessandro is an expert at his craft, but not in matters of the heart. A daily frustration when he’s in hopelessly in love with Pepper and the man of his dreams has disappeared. As Alessandro’s team begins to restore the Supernatural Museum, he, Pepper, and Eli are drawn into the building’s secrets and risk losing everything they hold dear.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, ménage (m/m/f).

Review:

Rocked by Barbara Elsborg is an interesting read. Pepper a young woman works as a stone mason apprentice for Alessandro, a man she is attracted to but doesn’t approach. Her twin sister and family don’t treat her kind. Upon chance she sees Eli who comes to life only inside buildings and returns to gargoyle statue when under the open sky. Alessandro thinks she’s mad, but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing her.

Eli can’t believe he’s stuck in stone or what happened to have him cursed. All he knows is his body hungers for satiation each time he awakens. His blood burns for Pepper and Alessandro if they’ll have him. He also itches to find the supernatural connection to the museum he normally perches on. With people out to take the statue back, Alessandro will find those in his employ he can’t trust.

The three of them find burning passion together and more while working together to make Eli a man once more. Pepper searches to find more about herself and what draws her to the unknown. The end of the story was surprising in a way that made me go hmm. Although I didn’t find the ending plausible it was still ad intriguing read.

Lynne Connolly, Shifting Heat

Title: Shifting Heat

Author: Lynne Connolly

Rating: Five Siren Stones

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Keywords: Shape-Shifter, Dragon, Storm Series

Length: Novel

ISBN E-Book: 978-1419934254

Price: $5.95

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Buy-Link: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9517-shifting-heat.aspx

Reviewer: Cia

Blurb/Summary:

A book in the STORM world.

Andros was a severely disabled geek working for STORM but now he’s a powerful shape-shifting dragon. Still a geek though. Meeting Faye when they’re sharing the same air space is a bit of a shock they quickly overcome in a convenient hotel room. Hot, fast, rampant sex is just what Andros needs. Tangling with Faye between the sheets, against her desk, pretty much anywhere he can have her takes energy Andros now has in abundance. But he won’t let his emotions follow.

Faye never met anyone in her long life as exciting as Andros. But he works for STORM, Faye’s enemy. She’s never had anyone so young, either. But she can’t resist his strength, his determination—or his ripped body. Together they must hunt down a mutual enemy, but to defeat him they have to come to terms with what they are, were and will become.

Review:

Shifting Heat is part of the Storm Series. In this action packed story written by Lynn Connolly, we’re taken into the lives of Fae a misguided strong woman and Andros a young computer nerd. Fae whole-heartedly believes in her cause and acts impulsively on it. She sets out to seduce Andros. Her decision turns into a life altering course.

Andros still remembers himself as the cripple and not the strong man he’s become. Instead of embracing his new found gift, he still slaves away working on a program he’s waited years for to complete. Thrust into an assignment with the woman who seduced him and landed him in hot water leads them on a hunt for an immoral man. Fae and Andros passion and bond continue to grow despite their hazardous occupation.

Andros finds he must go undercover to trick those he’s aiming to find. Becoming the weak cripple again scares him to his core; he can’t risk losing what’s become important to him and gladly becomes the bait. Fae and Andros’ love for one another made me grin big. I only hoped the insanity happening to STORM, the agency he worked for, would resolve and the two sexy shifters could have their time together. I enjoyed this action and thriller packed read filled with fantastic cliff hangers. Up to the end I wasn’t sure what was going to happen and appreciated not having a predictable ending.

Em Petrova, Skin Truth

Title: Skin Truth

Author: Em Petrova

Rating: Four And A Half Siren Stones

Genre: BDSM Contemporary

Keywords: BDSM Theme and Elements

Length: Novella

ISBN E-Book: 978-1419935091

Price: $4.45

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Buy-Link: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9525-skin-truth.aspx

Reviewer: Cia

Blurb/Summary:

When Kat’s boyfriend takes her to an upscale restaurant, she’s certain he’s going to give her the two-carat princess cut she’s always dreamt of. Instead she finds herself being dumped. Thrown into a downward spiral, she ponders his claim that he’s looking for someone who needs him to take control so he can feel complete.

Driven by personal tragedy and determined that she can at least be adventurous between the sheets, Kat embarks on a sexual journey involving titillating phone sex and a growing obsession with the toy catalog. Soon she’s led into the darker world of bondage and whippings, only to be jumped by a group of men with a fascinating and fearless leader. Pushed to her limits, she struggles against the dark seduction. Until she discovers the leader’s secret.

Reader Advisory: Story contains a wee bit of forced sex—or is it?

Review:

Kat is an enigma, but after peeling apart the layers of her psyche totally relatable. My heart plummeted for her when her world came to a screeching halt. I could empathize with what was going on in her head and how she tried to wrap around the ‘whys’ in her head.

At the same time I felt horrible for her ex Dan who never intended to hurt her and sympathised with his reasoning in what he needed from his love interest. By breaking things off he gave her an opportunity to come out of her shell and acquire different tastes, a new way of life. Skin Truth was brilliantly named. I fully enjoyed the story, only not wanting it to end. I did find the moment of truth a bit predictable, however, it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the story.

Lorna Jean Roberts, Chasing Cassie

Title: Chasing Cassie

Author: Lorna Jean Roberts

Rating: Five Siren Stones

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Keywords: Shape-Shifter, Shadowpeak Wolves Series

Length: Short Novel

ISBN E-Book: 978-1419934186

Price: $5.20

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Buy-Link: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-7006-chasing-cassie.aspx

Reviewer: Cia

Blurb/Summary:

Book two in the Shadowpeak Wolves series.

Cassie Callington has finally met a man who makes her insides quiver, her heartbeat race and her body sizzle. And he barely even knows she’s alive. An enforcer for the Shadowpeak pack, Jay Chance is ripped, sexy, a complete and utter hunk. He’s also out of her league and chasing after another woman. Still, there’s no rule that says she can’t look, right?

Except one night she finds herself doing more than looking, she’s touching, tasting, licking…yum. But it was never meant to be. He’s a werewolf and attracted to someone else. She’s a human and on the next bus out of town. Nope, it would never work. But Jay sees things differently, and comes after her, using some very sensual techniques to persuade her to see things his way. And to taste them his way, and to touch…

Review:

Chasing Cassie by Lorna Jean Roberts is one sexy thrilling read. Cassie underestimates who she is and her worth to those around her finding herself wanting what she thinks she’ll never have. Instead of opening herself up to the possibility she attempts to run. Danger is popping up around her; no one knows who the intended target is.

Jay is one sexy dominating male. He has his own demons to fight with wanting a human. He can’t stay away from Cassie and they’re thrust into an inferno charged affair. He aims for keeps though she is only in it for the now. With his pack under attack he has to make choices, ones Cassie is not understanding of the pack law. I found this read packed with emotions and the attempt to balance a relationship with two separate species and norms of society. I do wish I’d have learned more about the blonde stranger appearing and felt it was left unfinished. Hopefully there’ll be more about him in the next installment. This was one great read.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

J.A. Saare, Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between

Title: Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between

Author: J.A. Saare

Rating: Five Siren Stones

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Keywords: Vampires,

Rhiannon’s Law Series

Page Count: 194

ISBN E-Book: 978-1-59426-712-3

Price: $4.99

ISBN for Print: 978-1-59426-713-0

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Mundania Press, LLC

Buy-Link: http://www.mundania.com/book.php?title=Dead,+Undead,+or+Somewhere+in+Between

Reviewer: Rhonda J. Callum-King

Blurb/Summary:

(Book 1 of the Rhiannon’s Law Series)

One bad corpse can ruin your whole day.

No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy. She’s left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance, she’s managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her--until now.

The deliciously good-looking vampire Disco knows her secret, and when he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, she discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no. But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.

Review:

Vampire fans, don't miss this book! Having read many vampire genre stories, this book falls among the best of them. J.A. Saare manages to blend a touch of humour smoothly into the horror genre with a touch of sadness seamlessly. To me, this story was reminiscent of the Kim Harrison, Rachel Morgan series. This author has a similar talent for gentle touches of humour dabbled throughout her paranormal tale. With vampire names like Disco and Cash one just has to smile while reading this tale.

The only slight criticism, which in no way effects this story, would be that these are your standard vampires. I always look for some new trait in a vampire book and did not find one here. Some have talents, some don't, they drink blood both consensually and otherwise, they mark you, live in families and the place you've been bit becomes super sensitive. All traits that have been seen before. However, the story is an engaging, can't put it down type novel that will keep you up at night. In fact, as it ends with a new beginning, you will probably need to run right out and get the next book just to see what happens to Rhiannon next.

Rhiannon is a not too mild mannered bar keep. She just happens to see dead people. This rolls over into dead vampires which makes her a special commodity to the vampire community as that particular ability is extremely rare. Rhiannon, who was an abused child, wants nothing to do with Vamps as she believes that they are hard core killers. The story mentions a past friend that went missing in the company of a vamp, but no more is said in that vein. Because of this, she wants nothing to do with Cash and Disco, regardless of their amazing good looks and vamp pheromones. This story documents Rhiannon's slow acknowledgement that sometimes people need to choose the lesser of two evils. Occasionally, the lesser of evils can even turn out to be just what a girl needs!

Sheila Raye, Siren's Serenade

Title: Siren's Serenade

Author: Sheila Raye

Rating: Four Siren Stones

Genre: Fantasy

Keywords: Faery Rose, Spicy, Mermaid

Page Count: 334

ISBN E-Book: 1-60154-911-3

Price: $7.00

ISBN for Print: 978-1601549112

Price: $14.99

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Buy-Link: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=89_126&products_id=4513

Reviewer: Sally Bibrary

Blurb/Summary:

McFey Treasures Book 2

Love is enchantment without magic...

A mermaid’s instinct...Nissa of the Mer Clan is driven by her instincts to conceive a child, but her undersea cluster does not include males. She must transform into a human-like siren long enough to enchant a mate with her song. Then she can return to the sea. If she fails, she’ll die.

A playboy's desire...Peter McFey, hunky surf bum turned treasure hunter, has never turned down a sexy woman, but the sapphire-eyed siren wants to make him her pet.

In the sensual battle between a mermaid’s instinct and a playboy’s desire, there is no winner. When the siren sings, her mate can hear nothing else.

Enchantment will save her life but leave him...insane.

Review:

Siren’s Serenade is the kind of erotically beautiful fairy tale that I would have cherished as a secret treasure in my teenage years, and one that I probably appreciate even more with a bit of maturity behind me.

Here we have a beautiful sea creature, destined to remain a virgin until she destroys a mortal man with her siren’s song. The only problem is, the man she’s chosen seems to be immune to her song . . . but not to her charms. Nissa is a wonderful character, innocent in many ways (especially in understanding humans), but darkly seductive in others. As for Peter, he’s an interesting enough young man, but he doesn’t seem worthy of her attention. What’s more, his immunity to her song makes him a danger to her entire race.

What elevates this from simply fairy tale to paranormal romance is the quest that takes Nissa away from her home, joining Peter on an old-fashioned treasure hunt to save his captured brother. Constantly challenged by mortal conceits and the oddities of dry-land, she brings a measure of humour and heart to the story. Peter pales by comparison but, then again, I’m not sure any human cold have proven a worthy companion.

This is, as all fairy tales should be, a happily-ever-after tale with a twist. Well-written, romantic, and fun, it’s a great read all around.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kimberly Gardner, Dressed to Thrill

Title: Dressed to Thrill

Author: Kimberly Gardner

Rating: Three And A Half Siren Stones

Genre: LGBT Contemporary Romance

Keywords: Graphic Language, M/M

Length: Novella

ISBN E-Book: 978-1-60737-992-8

Price: $4.99

Publisher: Loose Id

Buy-Link: http://www.loose-id.com/Dressed-to-Thrill.aspx

Reviewer: Sally Bibrary

Blurb/Summary:

Let's celebrate Spring Break!

Dumped. Right before spring break. What rotten timing! But since the trip to Key West is already paid for, Oliver decides that he'll go anyway. Who knows? Maybe he'll meet a hot guy to make him forget his woes. Little does he expect to be drawn to both a gorgeous local and a sultry drag queen that turn out to be one and the same.

Drew knows he has what it takes to be a star. If he has to wear a skirt and stilettos to make it happen, so be it. He looks good as a woman. But then he meets Oliver and has his doubts. He can't tell this terrific new guy what he does with his evenings. Not when they're having such a great time and not when Oliver will be gone in a week. Given the circumstances, where's the harm in a little white lie?

But plans and hearts have a way of changing. When both men’s secrets come to light, their hidden desires become their greatest thrills.

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

Review:

Ollie is a wonderful young man coming off of a painful breakup who finds himself oddly attracted to a drag queen, but who chooses the safer more traditional relationship with the cute guy from the bike rental shop. It takes a while for him to realize they are the same person and even longer for Drew to realise Ollie is definitely okay with Faith, but that humour is a large part of what makes the story work.

Both young men are fantastic characters and there is definitely some real chemistry between them. Both are young with all the insecurities and uncertainties that brings, but it works for the story. Slightly comic but mostly touching, their discovery of each other’s secrets is handled perfectly.

This is a light hearted story, more cute than sexy, but definitely fun. It’s well-written, sympathetic to both characters, and really plays with the confused expectations when gender doesn’t seem to match sexuality. I wish it had been longer, but that’s really my only complaint.

Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid, Le Jazz Hot

Title: Le Jazz Hot

Author: Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid

Rating: Three And A Half Siren Stones

Genre: LGBT Contemporary Romance

Keywords: Graphic Language, M/M

Length: Novel

ISBN E-Book: 978-1-60737-968-3

Price: $6.99

Publisher: Loose Id

Buy-Link: http://www.loose-id.com/Le-Jazz-Hot.aspx

Reviewer: Sally Bibrary

Blurb/Summary:

Handsome Julian Larson is a talented singer and dancer who performs in drag to make ends meet. So when his best friend needs a burlesque act at the last minute for a fireman's birthday party, he calls Julian. There, Julian dances for the birthday boy, Trent Fitzgerald; a too-good-to-be-true heartthrob who is too nice to keep a woman in his life.

Falling hard for the leggy, blond singer--but believing that she's a woman named Julia--Trent tracks Julian down to his apartment where Julian poses as "Julia's" twin in a desperate, doomed ploy to win over the sexy firefighter. When Trent inevitably uncovers the truth, will it mean the end of Julian's chances or a brand new opportunity?

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

Review:

This was one very hot story about awkward circumstances, assuming a costume, playing a role . . . and then betraying the illusion and ultimately being yourself.

It all begins with a budding Broadway star who moonlights as a cross-dressing burlesque dancer. When he falls in love with the birthday boy, an uber-macho yet sexually naïve fireman, things get awkward and amusing, before they finally get arousing.

I loved the turnabout that occurs in bed, with Julian topping the anal virgin with performance issues. Trent is a very likeable guy, with a personality completely at odds with his appearance, much like Julian himself. Fortunately, there are hints all along as to Trent’s closeted homosexuality, so the relative ease with which he accepts that his girlfriend is really a boyfriend isn’t so hard to accept (even with his seeming attempts at macho homophobia).

It also helps that Julian is such a wonderful character, one who never set out to deceive the other man, but who loves the idea of being in love. He’s a man who loves the frills of femininity, but who is quite happy being a man.

Not the most realistic of romances, even with the cautionary touches, but a hot read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dana Pratola, The Covering

Title: The Covering

Author: Dana Pratola

Rating: Five Siren Stones

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Keywords: Edgy, Sweet

Page Count: 358

ISBN E-Book: 978-1-61116-102-1

Price: $5.99

ISBN for Print: 978-1-61116-101-4

Price: $16.99

Publisher: White Rose Publishing

Buy-Link: http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/The-Covering

Reviewer: Nikki

Blurb/Summary:

What do a woman of faith and a heathen biker have in common? The devil, of course.

Tessa is moved to intercede for a man she’s never met. When they do meet, she’s stunned. Gunnar is gorgeous, charismatic, and driven. He’s also hostile, self-destructive, and an unbeliever…and she’s drawn to him like no other. The temptation she feels is as dangerous as it is alluring. She wants to stay away, but God has other plans. He reveals the devil’s intent to destroy Gunnar, and commissions Tessa to keep him covered in prayer. Can she rely on God to keep her from falling…in love, and into temptation? Or will the devil claim them both?

Review:

A sweet suspense story with a very tortured hero...that's what you get when you pick up The Covering. Gunnar is mysterious, dark, edgy and so much more. It made me want to know more. He has a dark past, and doesn't let anyone in. He needs a place to go for a little while, so he asks a friend. Possibly his only friend. And then there's his sister...

Tessa is the polar opposite of Gunnar. She's a believer in God, she's a good girl, and knows she shouldn't get mixed up with the likes of Gunnar. And the two can't seem to get along very well, but yet, they're attracted to one another.

The story is full of tension, a sweet romance and one that will have you turning the pages, needing more. I couldn't tear my eyes away from the book, it had me that captivated.

If you love a sweet faith based romance, a dark hero that captures your attention, then don't hesitate to pick up a copy of this book.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Roni Adams, The Chauffeur Wore An Evening Gown

Title: The Chauffeur Wore An Evening Gown

Author: Roni Adams

Rating: Four And A Half Siren Stones

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Keywords: Champagne Miniature Rose, Millionaire’s Club, Hot

Page Count: 153

ISBN E-Book: d6472

Price: $4.50

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Buy-Link: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=175_133&products_id=4532

Reviewer: Stacey Krug

Blurb/Summary:

Millionaire’s Club

When Erin O'Malley agrees to pinch hit for her brother’s limo service and drive millionaire JR Stone to the Governor's Ball, she has no clue how crazy her night will get.

Dumped by his fiancée on the night he’s to accept the biggest award of his career, Josh Stone convinces his chauffeur to slip into an evening gown and onto his arm. They fool everyone into thinking they are an item, but once they kiss, there's nothing fake about the chemistry between them.

Can a blue-collar girl really appeal to this multimillionaire, or is Josh only playing for the crowd?

Review:

This story has non-stop action that grabs your attention on the first page and won’t let you go! The Chauffeur Wore An Evening Gown is a Cinderella story with practicality and reality woven into the tale.

Ryan and Erin have chemistry together that sparks during a charade. Now they have to figure out if it was just part of the act they were playing or if there is something genuine to pursue. Too bad Erin is really not cooperating with Ryan’s plans!

This is a super page turner that I definitely lost some sleep over. I loved the relationship progression and banter between the main characters and Erin with her brothers. Roni Adams did a great job of setting up Erin’s family dynamics. The characters are so well written and easy to connect with that it makes the story just that much better.

The Chauffeur Wore An Evening Gown is a really fun story. I would recommend this tale of romance. It leaves you feeling hopeful and happy.

Miranda Stowe, Caught in Heat

Title: Caught in Heat

Author: Miranda Stowe

Rating: Three Siren Stones

Genre: Erotic Romance

Sub-Genre: Horror

Keywords: Shape-Shifters

Length: Novella

ISBN E-Book: 978-1600886638

Price: $4.99

Publisher: Cobblestone Press, LLC

Buy-Link: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/catalog/books/caughtinheat.htm

Reviewer: Kristin Boyd

Tagline: When her first mating heat hits, only one man can appease the ache.

Blurb/Summary:

Fearful of how she’ll react during her first mating heat, Riley Bane flees toward a sanctuary, hoping to arrive before her fever hits. But she’s caught in an animal trap set by hunter Shaw Griffin, and her fever begins, consuming her with lust. Determined to wipe out the entire shape shifting race after a wolf pack murdered his family, Shaw snares his first shifter, only to capture Riley begging him to fulfill every wicked desire pounding through her. As things turn hot and heavy, the scent of their mating attracts nearby shifters and soon brings Shaw’s monstrous past to their doorstep.

Review:

The prologue of this book sets the tone for an adventure packed erotic thriller. The graphic and descriptive narrative of a family being attacked by a pack of shifters under the influence of “blood lust” is not for the faint of heart.

The book, itself, begins with the main character and shifter, Riley, being caught by shape-shifter hunter, Shaw. Their instant chemistry and sexual attraction is written so well, it’s nearly palpable. Where the development of the individual characters falls short, carnal eroticism fills in the gaps. One begins to wonder how the prologue will tie into the story, nearly getting lost in all the sexual encounters between this female shifter in heat and her human mate, but when Shaw is alerted that another trap has gone off, the reader is whisked back into action as past and present transgressions collide.

Though Caught in Heat is an engaging read, I hungered for more plot, and as referenced above character development, leading up to the climax of the story. That being said, I would recommend this story to anyone who is looking for a quick read full of sexual heat.

Nancy Jardine, Monogamy Twist

Title: Monogamy Twist

Author: Nancy Jardine

Rating: Four And A Half Siren Stones

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Keywords: Champagne Rose, Sensual

Page Count: 270

ISBN E-Book: 1-60154-965-2

Price: $6.25

ISBN for Print: 978-1601549655

Price: $12.99

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Buy-Link: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=175_133&products_id=4594

Reviewer: Nikki

Blurb/Summary:

Luke Salieri thought he'd seen everything. But when he inherits a dilapidated English estate from a woman he's never heard of—and with quirky conditions besides—it’s a mystery he wants resolved immediately. There must be a woman out there who can meet his needs. But how far will he have to go to persuade her?

Lucrative employment for a whole year? The job of researching the old house and its fantastic contents is enticing – but Rhia Ashton can’t see herself living with gorgeous Luke Salieri and not wanting his body as well. Can she live and sleep with him for a whole year and then walk away? Rhia has her own ideas about what will make it worth her while.

Review:

Who in their right mind would leave such a property to Luke? And with the conditions! But he hesitated to turn it down, for if he did, the house and land would soon fall to shambles.

Then there's Rhia. Their first encounter was anything but pleasant, considering she thought he was a burglar. But this little spitfire catches his attention, and Luke asks for her help.

Monogamy Twist is a light-hearted contemporary with a mystery element that will soothe the reader's soul. This isn't a graphic or violent novel. Instead, this is in the classic type of romance, and it aims to please. Nancy Jardine delivers a wonderful book that will have you turning the pages in awe to find out more. It's beautifully written with great plot, characters, and just the right amount of descriptions that leaves the readers with plenty to imagine.

If you enjoy a contemporary mystery romance, don't miss this book!

Jan Romes, One Small Fib

Title: One Small Fib

Author: Jan Romes

Rating: Four Siren Stones

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Keywords: Champagne Rosebud, Spicy

Page Count: 167

ISBN E-Book: d6408

Price: $4.75

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Buy-Link: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=175_133&products_id=4609

Reviewer: Nikki

Blurb/Summary:

[Millionaire's Club]

Allie Blue's dream of buying the old Smithington mansion and turning it into a bed and breakfast is stomped by a mystery real estate developer with a fancy pen and loaded checkbook. With no bed and breakfast, Allie resorts to one small fib which lands her a flight attendant's job and the task of pampering Upward Airlines' most demanding frequent flyer -- Kiptyn Thomas, III. Something raw and potent snaps between them, but Allie fights the attraction for the guy who thinks he's at the top of the food chain. Kiptyn Thomas is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it. Allie Blue both annoys and intrigues him. Will some well-intentioned fibs, a deep dark secret, and similar personalities draw them together or keep them apart?

Review:

When one fib changes your life, can you really stop there?

Allie never thought she'd meet such a man like Kiptyn. At first, he's rude and unlikable. After awhile, however, he kind of grew on me. Allie's first impression of him wasn't the best, but yet he wanted her to be the one that attended to him while on a flight.

One Small Fib is a wonderful little romance that is bound to deliver a smile to the reader's face. It's full of heart, a bit of deception, and an ending you'll be happy with. I enjoyed the in-depth characterization and for a shorter book it was done very well.

I would definitely check out other titles from this author. If you enjoy contemporary romance, then don't lie. You know you want to get a copy of One Small Fib.

Cari Quinn, Bad Kitty

Title: Bad Kitty

Author: Cari Quinn

Rating: Five Siren Stones

Genre: Erotic Romance

Keywords: Scarlet Rosette, Halloween, BDSM, Graphic Language

Page Count: 71

ISBN E-Book: d6825

Price: $3.00

Publisher: The Wilder Roses

Buy-Link: http://www.wilderroses.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=86&products_id=846

Reviewer: Cia

Blurb/Summary:

Reformed bad girl Nikki Carson has spent the past year trying to forget her boss's Halloween party and the unbelievable sex she had with her boss's hot twin, Patrick Nolan. Patrick hasn't mentioned that night since, much to Nikki's endless disappointment.

Years of following in the wake of his womanizing brother cause Patrick to wonder if Nikki even knows which twin she slept with. He can't believe she could possibly prefer him over her slick, polished boss. That doesn't mean he's been able to stop fantasizing about taking her again. Against the wall. On the floor. Everywhere.

It's Halloween again, and trick or treat takes on a whole new meaning when Nikki and Patrick go for round two. Especially since Nikki's come prepared with a Domme kitty costume meant to drive Patrick wild. And this kitty's ready to show her claws if she doesn't get what she wants...

Review:

If you’re looking for one smoking hot Halloween read, Bad Kitty by Cari Quinn is right up your alley. Nikki is one sexy woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it, but only on Halloween night when she lets her inner vixen out and dares to embrace her innate sexual deviant. She’s sassy and sure of herself. What she’s unsure of is how her intended prey thinks about her.

Patrick is one hot piece of man candy. Not only is he talented and strong, he possesses great skill in the bedroom. The sexual innuendo dripping off his tongue will leave you wet while reading. He personifies swagger on a whole new level. Together sparks fly, apart…sparks fly. Be sure to keep a glass of wine or water near you, you’ll need to hydrate after reading of their naughty encounters.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Joanna Wylde, Dancing with Dionysus

Title: Dancing with Dionysus

Author: Joanna Wylde

Rating: Four Siren Stones

Genre: Fantasy

Keywords: Nymphs, Satyrs, Maenads

Length: Short Novel

ISBN E-Book: 978-1419930645

Price: $5.20

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Buy-Link: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9212-dancing-with-dionysus.aspx

Reviewer: Kristin Boyd

Blurb/Summary:

Once a year, the island of Naxos celebrates the Festival of Dionysus. For an entire month, nymphs, satyrs and Maenads run wild while wise humans stay locked in their homes, praying for mercy.

On the eve of the festival, a young weaver catches the eye of Sabiniano, ruler of the island and son of Dionysus. Her name is Kalliara, and together they will learn what it means to defy a god.

Publisher’s Note: Originally available in the Aphrodite’s Touch anthology.

Review:

Dancing with Dionysus is an Erotic Fantasy that draws the reader in from the very first page with carnal sensuality and concupiscent interaction between Satyrs, Nymphs, and Maenads. The intense debauchery expected only under the spell of Dionysus’ power continues through the tale. Torn between her devotion to her Goddess, Athena, Kalliara’s love for Sabiniano forces her to choose which God she will be faithful to. Will she continue to remain a virgin and forfeit her love for Sabiniano? Will she choose to save her own life and become a follower of Dionysus? Will she allow her heart to embrace her love for Sabiniano and become a child of Aphrodite?

Apart from the war tearing at Kalliara’s soul, there is a much more ominous war raging on Mount Olympus as the three Gods determine the fate of this mortal woman who has won the heart of the son of a God. The climax of the story builds and corresponds appropriately with the sexual climax and resulting victory. This book was a great read. Entertaining with several unexpected plot twists.

Lily Harlem, Slap Shot

Title: Slap Shot

Author: Lily Harlem

Rating: Four And A Half Siren Stones

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Keywords: Hot Ice Series

Length: Novel

ISBN E-Book: 978-1419934612

Price: $5.95

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Buy-Link: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9549-slap-shot.aspx

Reviewer: Nikki

Blurb/Summary:

Book three in the Hot Ice series.

They say a leopard can’t change its spots. They’re wrong, because I did! Now I’m successful and independent and busy heading up my own company. I don’t have time for the complication of a man in my bed—not yet. That plan is years down the line.

Or so I thought. Because when a certain devastatingly sexy hockey captain sets his sights on me, my old impulsive self is determined to make up for two years of abstinence. I had to get sweaty, naked and dirty real quick. Heck to the consequences, regardless of the outcome. It’s all about immediate pleasure and intense satisfaction.

Trouble is, best laid plans never run smoothly and before I know it, I’m working a pole again and running for my life. Just as well Rick “Ramrod” Lewis lives up to his reputation and his name—big, bad and fortunately playing to win!

Review:

It starts with a cheesy pick up line. No, really, I mean it's very cheesy! But Rick Lewis sets his sights on Dana, and despite her every effort to push him away, he keeps coming back, and showing Dana what she's missing by not dating.

Dana has gotten past her wild days. She's now responsible and free of her past. Maybe something in Rick reminds her of those times she'd rather forget. But Rick makes her feel things she hasn't in a very long time.

Slap Shot is another winner by Lily Harlem. The charismatic characters she creates will sweep readers into a charming, hot romance that won't let go. The third book in the Hot Ice series thrills and excites. The conflict, inner and outer, keeps the tension high as the pages turn.

I have enjoyed this book and I'll tell you, if you love contemporary romance with a lot of hot sex and an all around wonderful story, then get yourself a copy of Slap Shot. Go on, enjoy this!

Regan Taylor, The Photograph

Title: The Photograph

Author: Regan Taylor

Rating: Four Siren Stones

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Time Travel

Sub-Genre: Fantasy

Keywords: Time Travel

Page Count: 192

ISBN E-Book: 978-1-58749-213-6

Price: $4.99

Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing

Buy-Link: http://www.mundania.com/book.php?title=The+Photograph

Reviewer: Nikki

Blurb/Summary:

From the time Carrie Taylor discovered the magical worlds of romance novels, she has devoured them one right after the other. She not only thrilled to each new hero, one more dashing than the one before. Carrie clearly saw herself as each beautiful heroine waiting to be rescued

by each daring hero. And then one day, she brought home a photograph. A very special photograph and suddenly her imaginary hero turned into a living and breathing man. Or did he?

At one time Black Eagle scoffed at the girls of his village wishing on a falling star. And yet his one great wish, that of a woman of his own, was never realized. And then one night, he wished upon a star. Can the love of a man from the past help a modern woman with her modern problems in a modern world?

Review:

Carrie has plenty of problems, but she escapes them every time she reads a romance novel. But she dreams, and daydreams of a romance novel worthy hero of her own.

And then there he is. Just like out of a book. But, wait, this can't be. Because fiction is...well, fiction. No matter how much you want it to be real.

Black Eagle comes from a different time. His feelings for Carrie he can't hide. But the differences between them are so great.

The Photograph is a fun-filled time travel romance. The characters are likable and realistic. The magic that is time travel within this book was done beautifully. I enjoyed this book, and wouldn't hesitate to pick up another title with the name Reagan Taylor. Readers, looking for something fun and exciting? Look no further than The Photograph.