Sunday, October 30, 2011

Romance Book Review: Kathy Love's My Sister is a Werewolf

Author: Kathy Love
Series Connection: The Young Brothers

ISBN-13: 978-0758218551
Genre: Paranormal/ Werewolf/ Vampire
Publisher: Brava

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A little more series than the back cover portrays, My Sister is a Werewolf is the fourth edition of the Young Brothers series. More than 200 years ago the Young family was attacked by vampires and the three bothers and one sister were nearly killed. Now the family is completely reunited after all these years.

Elizabeth is finally found in book three of the series when brother Sebastian meets Elizabeth's roommate Mina. Little does Elizabeth know that when Mina and Sebastian become mated, that Sebastian is the brother than she believes is dead along with her other two brothers.

Now Elizabeth takes up residence in West Virginia in the same town as her brother Christian. She spends day and night trying to find a cure, because unlike her brothers Elizabeth wasn't turned by a vampire, but a werewolf. When her, "mate" goes off digging up graves he finds that Elizabeth is still alive. Not knowing what happened to her brothers she takes up with a bad crowd.

Now she will do whatever she can to get away from them and find a cure from being a werewolf.

Jensen has moved back to his home town to help his grandfather with his veterinarian business. Living for grief since the death of his finance, Jensen isn't interested in women, until he sets his eyes on Elizabeth and then he just can't get enough. The two embark on a very sexual relationship each not sure if it is such a good idea to be involved at all.

This book was originally released in 2007 and re-released in September of this year. The story fits the them as the others in the series, but offers a new paranormal creature and all the issues surrounding this fearsome race. Kathy Love has a great style and offers some imaginative insights into the paranormal world. She's definitely a author to read in this genre and this book does not disappoint.

Bad Moon Rising

Elizabeth Young's brothers think they have it rough as vampires? Ha! Two words for them: unwanted hair. What werewolf Elizabeth craves is a normal life with a husband, kids, and less shaving. Unfortunately the vaccine she's researched isn't working yet. Worse, she's in heat—and soon every dangerous wolf pack for miles around will be at her door. To buy time, she needs to have sex, and often, with the first human male she can find

Veterinarian Jensen Adler just meant to drown his sorrows, until a stunning, leather-clad brunette made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Now he's caught up in something really weird, definitely dangerous, and, okay, extremely hot. So his new girlfriend's hiding something (and she's a little freaky about the moon), but Jensen knows true love when he feels it, and this time, he's not giving up no matter how hairy things get.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Romance Book Review: Amber's Muse

Author: Lacey Wolfe
Digital ISBN: 9781937325084
Genre(s): Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press

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Amber and her neighbor Jax are friends, but is he a friend enough willing to do her a favor. Amber wants to write erotic romance but she just doesn't think she has enough experience to make the sex scenes come alive. Maybe Jax is the one to help spark her imagination.

Cute quick read featuring two people who don't really know each other until they take the time to really see each other. I really liked Jax's character. He was willing to do what it took to get Amber to notice him.

Great erotic bedroom scene.

Sometimes it’s the person you least expect who can satisfy all your desires.

By day Amber’s a librarian, and by night she hides away writing erotic romance novels. She has just one problem—not enough sexual experience to pull from. A recent steamy dream leaves Amber wondering if her neighbor Jax might be just the guy who can help her. He seems almost perfect to use as a sexual guinea pig, especially since she doesn’t have to worry about falling in love with him.

Jax has lived next door to Amber for a year and has tried everything he can think of to get her to notice him, but it hasn’t worked. Until recently. When Amber approaches him asking for his help, he’s ready to jump on board. When he learns exactly what kind of help she needs, he’s definitely willing.

Becoming involved with someone like Jax simply isn’t an option for Amber. He barely works, can’t manage his money, and has no ambition in life. So why does he suddenly seem so right for her?

Content Warning: explicit sex

Monday, October 24, 2011

Romance Book Review: Borealis Black Dragon

Author: Vijaya Schartz
Series Connection: The  Borealis Series
ISBN: 978-1-61252-084-1
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Dessert Breeze Publishing

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Captain Czerno Drake is going in undercover to rescue his aging uncle who has been placed under arrest on what has to be a mistake. Knowing the corrupt police who run the planet, Czerno knows he needs not only needs to stake out the location and find his uncle, but raise the funds for the breakout in the best way he knows how--gambling.

Lieutenant Zara Frankel is sent in undercover to find a gambling cheat at one of the planet's casino. She knows he must be cheating..."Nobody is that perfect."

When the two meet it is instant attraction. Czerno needs Zara's help to break out his uncle, but first he must come clean and tell her exactly who his alter-ego really is.

This is the third installment of the Borealis series. The first two books offered six other stories surrounded by the Borealis planet. All the installments are written by different authors. Ms. Schartz offers a sweet romance featuring a rebel hero and a young disillusioned officer. The two together works well, while the story features an exciting plot. I only wish that there was more room in this novella explore the romance a little more.

In orbit over a deserted outpost at the edge of conquered space sits an aging space station under the control of the Trans Planetary Protectorate named Borealis. It is slowly falling apart as the Protectorate funnels its massive resources into the border wars and keeping the outlaying systems in line, as insurrections break out.

A gambler is cheating in a den of the Borealis space station, and Lieutenant Zara  Frankel intends to catch him in the act. She always gets her man, but this one could prove more than she can handle.

Captain Czerno Drake, code name Black Dragon, has come under cover to break his innocent uncle from the most secure penitentiary in the galaxy, on the Borealis space station. He will stop at nothing to succeed, even enrolling the help of the lovely straight arrow TPP enforcer. When Zara realizes that she’s been used by a shrewd but seductive rebel, her reaction surprises everyone, most of all herself.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Romance Book Review: Whatnots and Doodads

Author: Stacey Kennedy
Series Connection: Strange Hollow
ISBN: 978-1-59578-815-3
Genre: Paranormal/ Witch/ Demons
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

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Latest installment in the Strange Hollow series featuring a demon who is no longer interesting in taking souls and a witch who can't make her magic work right. Looking for a place to land and restart her life, Bryanna's car breaks down right outside of Strange Hollow. She has left her coven and the man she thought loved her, but soon finds that it is her money he is interested in.

When she comes upon the town where misfit supernaturals go to fit in, she learns that there might just be a place for her to be herself.

When Zeke first lays eyes on Bryanna, he is completely taken with her. He knows she is meant for Strange Hollow and he can help her save her soul.

On the night Bryanna arrives in Strange Hollow her ex-boyfriend follows her. He wants her to come back with him, by whatever means he can get her back home. Will Bryanna go, or will she realize that Strange Hollow and Zeke is just what she needs?

Stacey Kennedy makes a wonderful contribution to the Strange Hollow series. Both Bryanna and Zeke's characters are well played along the lines of the series misfits and in this book. I liked the way she pulls the two, completely opposite characters together and makes them work as a couple. Add to that hot and passionate love scenes and Ms. Kennedy has a hit on her hands.

For Bryanna, a witch from the Asheville Coven, magic is on the fritz. Shunned by her coven and her boyfriend Layton for her unruly magic, she seeks a new life for herself. It just so happens, fate steps in and brings her to Strange Hallow—a place where being different is not only acceptable, but encouraged.

When Bryanna arrives in Stange Hallow, Zeke, a demon gone good, is butning with Hell's fire over her. Not only can she set his world ablaze, but he's found one should he can save. He's determined to free her from the insecurities that have damaged her soul.

Together they experience lava-hot passion as they weave their way through a tornado of emotions. But when Layton returns for her, will Zeke's attempts to break the unworthy cage woven around her be enough to keep her in Strange Hollow forever?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Romance Book Review: Dragon's Sanctary

Author: Nicole Dennis
Series: McDrakken Warriors
Digital ISBN: 9781616503253
Genre: Romance/ Fantasy

Publisher: Lyrical Press

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After her kingdom is destroyed by a fierce enemy, Queen Jana takes the remaining dragons of her kingdom to find sanctuary with a neighboring kingdom.

While still fighting the enemy, Jana is rescued by the neighboring Captain of the Guard, Taggart. As the Queen of the Ices she can only mate with another Ices, especially now that most of the Dragons of her kind have been destroyed.

When she meets Tagg she knows she wants him desperately, but can't take him as a mate because he is a fire dragon. While the two fight their enemies can they find a way to be together after all?

Dragon's Sanctuary is the third book in the McDrakken Warriors featuring a group of modern day dragon shifters trying to hold their own through a war with dark wraiths who live to destroy all in their path. When Tagg and Janna find each other their trust and live for each other is instant. As true mates they are drawn to each. I like this book and the author is doing a great job introducing the readers to her world of dragon shifters.

Seeking sanctuary for her people, an Ice Dragon Queen ensnares a Captain of the Guard.

On a boring reconnaissance flight for his laird, Captain of the Guard Taggert Stuart spots a pale dragon under attack by wraiths. After the rescue, he learns the dragon hails from the northlands of the Ice Dragons and is their Queen.

Fleeing the destruction of her home, Ice Queen Kristjana McDrakken races to Scotland to seek sanctuary from Laird Liam McDrakken. Sensual feelings flare between Queen and Captain. Both ply for leadership in the bedroom, but an Ice Queen may only mate another with Ice in their bloodline. This doesn’t bode well for a dragon with Fire in his blood.

In the midst of anger, can these two find a way to blend the bloodlines?

CONTENT WARNING: A petite Queen who demands all in the bedroom from an  Alpha warrior. An Alpha warrior who may or may not bend to her demands. No matter who tops, the results are hot, sweaty, steamy sex.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Romance Book Review: Claimed by Pleasure

Author: Jaymie Holland
Series Connection: Wonderland
ISBN: 978-0312386672
Genre: Paranormal/ Sci-Fi/ BDSM/ Erotic Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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In this re-release of a Cheyenne McCray, writing now as Jaymie Holland, short novel, Claimed by Pleasure, Alexi is kidnapped from her home on earth to a foreign plan where men are kings and turn into tigers and wolves. When she meets handsome Darronn she is told that he is her mate and she must be trained to learn her place. As a strong willed woman calling a man master goes against all she is, but she isn't above playing a little with a handsome stranger.

All good fun must come to an end, however, because Alexi has to get back home and find her twin sister who has been missing for a year. Can she leave this strong handsome shapeshifter king to go back to her world, or can she learn to trust that this man will help her and remain in his world?

Not usually into BDSM book, I tend to gravitate towards those that are filled with strong deviant women who know how to hold their own. Alexi is just that woman. The king in these books might be dominants, but he's met his match when it comes to Alexi and he knows it, which makes his character all the more appealing.

Definitely a page turner for those who enjoy a little bondage and a fun tale in the world of the King of Spades.

Formerly titled Wonderland: King of Spades (under the pen name Cheyenne McCray)

Alexi O'Brien is pissed and will stop at nothing to locate her missing twin. When she's abducted into a beautiful and highly sexual world, Alexi is determined to escape and resume her search—even though the dark and dangerous man who captured her excites her in unimaginable ways.

King Darronn prefers his women submissive...his future queen is anything but. Whatever it takes, Darronn intends to convince the fiery and spirited Alexi that her body, heart, and soul belong to him.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Romance Book Review: Tail on the Moon

Author: Sandra Sookoo
Series Connection: Crystal Fall
Genre: Romance/ Paranormal
Digital ISBN: 9781616503260
Publisher: Lyrical Press

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Sandra Sookoo brings readers back to Crystal Falls where things are just not right. With the mysterious Mrs. Wiggins gone and the world finding out about the town special residents strange occurrences start happening. A group of thugs is terrorizing the town and keeping people inside.

Rosemary wants to find her magic, but can't seem to figure out what it is. Luke wants to deny he has any magic worried that what he becomes is more than he can live with. When the two meet it is instant attraction, but Luke can't bring himself to take a mate in fear of what he might do to her.

Can the two save the town before Halloween or will Crystal Falls lose its magic?

I'm liking this series more and more and can't wait to meet more of the residents. Rosemary and Luke characters and work well together within the series.

Finding herself is harder than she expected.

Rosemary Nickles is stressed out. She has no knack for magic, and lives in Crystal Falls, where that just won't do. It's not easy being a plain old human in a town full of magic makers, especially when her sister is incredibly talented in the paranormal department.

Part-time firefighter, full-time hottie Luke Nolin harbors a secret. Every month he turns furry and howls at the full moon. Even living and working in Crystal Falls, he's not comfortable being a werewolf. Years earlier he nearly killed someone, so devotes his energy to hiding his inner lycanthrope.

If Luke can learn to embrace his true self, then Rosemary might just discover there is more to her than even she knows about. Their path to true love isn’t easy—the town is a mess, the resident witch and order-keeper is gone, and a gang of thugs has taken over Halloween. But this is Crystal Falls, where through acceptance and love anything is possible...just remember to watch out for things that go bump in the night.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Romance Book Scene: The Mating

Author: Nicky Charles

Genre: Paranormal/ werewolf/ Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Smashboards

5 Hearts

Free reading through Bluefire Reader Application

The new reading devises out there there are a lot of ereader applications available. Looking around on the ipad I found a program called Bluefire Reader. The program offers a place for authors to have their works viewed, some for free. 

One section on the program is called Feedbooks. This is one place where authors upload whole books, parts of books and sneak peaks. The collection is eclectic to say the least. That is not to say there aren't some good choices.

One choice was The Mating by Nicky Charles. It was a really great find. Written in 2010, this book is the first in a small werewolf/shifter series and not bad.

It tells the story of Elise, the daughter of an Alpha who is sent to mate with a Alpha of a neighboring pack, Kane.

Both Kane and Elise know that their mating is for the good of both packs and do what their duty. While Elise isn't excited about the prospect she decides to go along without complaint and learns to accept her new life. But all is not right in Kane's pack and soon she realizes that Kane is blind to some of his pack's actions. 

This is a nice surprise read and a great idea for authors to encourage people to read their works. I've read a few of Nicky Charles books in the past. She's a descent author and this book shows some good work. 


Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she'd end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn Excerpt: She lay beside him, staring blankly at the ceiling. The deed was done. They were mated. It didn't matter that she had no love for him nor he for her. Political alliances were more important than feelings... 

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Romance Book Review: Beneath The Skin

Author: Amy Lee Burgess 
Digital ISBN: 9781616503239
Genre: Romance/ Paranormal/ Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Lyrical Press

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Written in the first person, Beneath the Skin is the story of two shapeshifters who lost their bond mates and are ready to find happiness again.

Constance is an American shifter who is in Paris attending a big pack meeting. It has been two years since her bond mates were killed in a car accident where she was driving. When she was the only one left behind, her small pack blamed Constance for the accident and kicked her out of their pack. As an outcast now she is attending the great pack meeting in hopes of finding a new bond mate and a new pack.

Liam's is from a pack in Ireland. His bond mate was killed in an accident while pregnant with their child three years ago. His pack is pushing him to find a new bond mate and take his position again as pack alpha. He's gone to Paris to try to see if he can get his life back, but he doesn't believe he can. He knows he will never love anyone but his dead bond mate.

Constance and Liam are thrown together with another pack member is killed. Now they are bonded and set on an mysterious trek.

Amy Lee Burgess spends a great deal of time setting the scene throughout the first few chapters so read carefully because there are some important clues to solving the mystery in this romance. I liked the way she explains the background about the shifter world in her story. There are a lot of twists and turns and great emotional depth throughout the story.

If you could shift into a wolf, what would you discover about yourself?

Two years after the deaths of her bond mates, Constance Newcastle is ready to start over. The problem? The rest of the Great Pack, gathered in Paris to shift into wolves together, is not so sure she deserves the chance. Although the Great Council ruled the car crash an accident, even Constance blames herself. She was driving, after all.

Treated like a pariah by those she longs to rejoin, Constance reunites with an old lover. Everything looks promising until he mysteriously dies. Accused of his murder and desperate to clear her name, Constance joins forces with handsome, confident Liam Murphy, a former Alpha pack leader with a past as tragic and troubled as her own. Guided by the mysterious Councilor Jason Allerton, Constance and Liam discover they are not alone-- throughout the Great Pack, people are dying. Can all the deaths be accidents, or is something more sinister going on?

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Romance Book Review: Secret Weapon

Author: Opal Carew
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-67460-1
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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Janine is not at a loss for a date or a night of hot sex. She's testing her boundaries and going as far as she can. Nothing is going to stop her, not even the man she ran from LA to get away from. She's always had a thing for Sloan, but she's not the one-on-one time and she set to prove that to Sloan.

Sloan knows he pushed Janine away once, but he isn't about to lose her again. If she wants to live on the wild side, he'll go there with her, but can he really stand back and watch or has he lost her for good.

Okay first of all let me say, if you read this book, I hope you like reading a lot of sex with multiple partners. Opal Carew knows how to write a great erotic romance, but I find this one lacking a little in the romance department and really don't see any chemistry between Sloan and Janine. But if one is really looking for a fun erotic romance with lots of position and fun place this is a fairly quick read with lots of imagination.

There’s only one thing hotter than a man in uniform…when he takes it off.

Threesomes and men of the law have always been two of Janine’s biggest turn-ons. So when her boyfriend offers to invite one of his buddies from the police force into their bedroom, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. But when the extra man shows up, the last thing she expects is for it to be Sloan Granger—a man from her past.

Janine is the one woman who Sloan’s never been able to forget, and now that their worlds have collided, he has a second chance to win her back. Even though she refuses to let him back into her life, he’s determined to change her mind—no matter what the cost. His love for her has always been his greatest weakness, but this time, it’s also his most powerful weapon…

Romance Book Review: Still Taking Chances

Author: Roz Lee
ISBN: 9781603107235
Category: Contemporary/ BDSM/ Erotic Romance
Publisher: Red Sage

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Not always a real big fan of BDSM I have to say this one will make one of my favorites in that category this year. It wasn't so much the erotic scenes as the depth of emotion between the characters. Both DEA agent Elgin Huddleston and his new neighbor, Mary Beth Winters, have a past they are trying to hide from. Mary Beth knows an injuried soul when she one and she wants so much to help Elgin even if it means her own heart.

Elgin doesn't want to give in to his demons and let Mary Beth help him, but he can't seem to stay away. Using everything she's learned as a Dominatrix Mary Beth works her magic on him, knowing that he will leave as soon as he's healed.

Those who enjoy BDSM books will like this this story line and the features of that world, those who haven't read BDSM but have been wondering about it might want to give this one a try.

After a mission in a South American jungle goes wrong, DEA Agent Elgin ‘Hud’ Huddleston returns to his boyhood home to lick his wounds. Despite his better judgment, Hud is drawn to the woman across the street, a petite Dominatrix with a freeze your balls off name.

Mary Beth Winters packed away her toys and put the BDSM lifestyle behind her years ago when she realized the men she dominated didn’t need her as much as she needed them. But when a troubled bad-boy, Elgin ‘Hud’ Huddleston, moves in across the street, she dusts off her toy box and risks her heart to help him heal.

Reader Alert!: Bad-boy Elgin Huddleston can’t stay away from the sweet looking Dominatrix who lives across the street; even though Mary Beth Winters is doing everything she can to break him. You’ll want to break out the fan, because things are heating up on Sycamore Street!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Romance Byte: Prowl the Night

Author: Crystal Jordan
ISBN: 978-0758261557
Genre: Paranormal/ Shifter
Publisher: Aphrodisia

They are Panthers, sleek and sultry shapeshifters who survive by banding together and mating for life. Theirs is a world of unmatched power and uncontrollable passion…

Crave Me

As newly appointed heir to his Pride, Tomas Montoya struggles with both his new duties and his new mate. He craves the dark and dangerous pleasure he finds with Ciri but wonders if he can ever satisfy her need for more…

Want Me

Teresa Garcia has seen how loving and losing a mate can drive someone mad and she has no interest in experiencing that herself. But when she meets Rafael Santiago, she wants him like no other. Driven by desire, she hungers for his body with a fierce and feral passion…

Romance Byte: Sexiest Vampire Alive!

Author: Kerrylyn Sparks
Series Connection: Love at Stake book #11
ISBN# 978-0061958052
Genre: Vampire/ Paranormal


Finally, it’s Gregori’s turn!

He was both a playboy and a vampire…and impossible to resist.

At the end of Vampire Mine, a terrible thing happened—a video was released that proved the existence of vampires. Now Vamps fear the worst, the Vampire Apocalypse! Will mortals start hunting vampires down and staking them in their death-sleep? At an emergency meeting, Coven Masters from around the world decide how to proceed. They need an emissary to open negotiations with the President of the United States. They want their emissary to be modern, safe, and harmless. A Vamp who has never bitten a mortal. A Vamp who has been entirely bottle-fed. Their choice—Gregori!

Now Gregori has the fate of the entire Vamp population on his shoulders. He’s given a special assignment that involves taking the president’s daughter on a dangerous mission. Will he succeed and save his friends? Or will he succumb to his playboy ways and doom them all?