The Good Neighbor by Gina Blake

The Good Neighbor by Gina Blake
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (35 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

It’s Saturday night and the only action Mia Daniels has to look forward to is watching her neighbors having fun through binoculars. When she spies the sexy hunk she’s been crushing on pleasuring himself, there’s only one thing to do—”borrow some sugar.” Will he give her what she asks for or what she wants?

Mia was bored and horny. With no sexy plans of her own, she decides to use her high-powered binoculars and live vicariously through her neighbors. When she catches sight of Brent masturbating after a shower, she settles in for a lovely show.

I found this to be an interesting and steamily written short story. While the prose was a little purple in places for my personal taste (“he’s fiddling with his goodies”) the action was certainly explicit and hotly written. I also thought Mia deserved major kudos for bravery – after watching Brent go solo she decided to go after what she really wanted, and that courage was a delightful surprise.

Leave your brain at the door, throw away logic and reality and settle back to enjoy this sexy romp of a story. I enjoyed both Mia and Brent’s characters, found them refreshingly direct, and the chemistry between them was scorching hot. I was particularly pleased with the happy ending – I feel the author did a great job wrapping up the short interlude and giving both Mia and Brent satisfactory endings.

Readers looking for a short, steamy and very slightly kinky read should find this story enjoyable.

Plaid versus Paisley by KC Burn

Plaid versus Paisley by KC Burn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (209 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Two years after his life fell apart, Will Dawson moved to Florida to start over. His job in the tech department of Idyll Fling, a gay porn studio, is ideal for him. When his boss forces him to take on a new hire, the last person he expects is Dallas Greene—the man who cost him his job and his boyfriend back in Connecticut. He doesn’t know what’s on Dallas’s agenda, but he won’t be blindsided by a wolf masquerading as a runway model. Not again.

Dallas might have thrown himself on his brother’s mercy, but his skills are needed at Idyll Fling. Working with Will is a bonus, since Dallas has never forgotten the man. A good working relationship is only the beginning of what Dallas wants with Will.

But Dallas doesn’t realize how deep Will’s distrust runs, and Will doesn’t know that the man he’s torn between loving and hating is the boss’s brother. When all truths are revealed, how can a relationship built on lies still stand?

Will has gotten himself a good job and although he is happy and comfortable he never forgets why he is where he is now. Will may be happy at his job but everyone including his friends can see that he is burning himself out. When his boss brings a young man names Dallas to help him Will is more than surprised. Add in the fact that Will believes that Dallas is the reason behind his firing and the sparks fly. There is a strong attraction between the two men but Will believes Dallas to be an enemy. Can the two find a way to a truce to help Idyll Fling grow into the company that it can be?

This is book two from the Fabric Hearts series. I am enjoying my visits to this world. Plaid versus Paisley gives us Will’s story. We met him in Raven’s book. Will has a reason for hiding out in the server room and it has more to do with his last job than anything else. I loved getting to see Will’s past and his reasons for his actions. When Dallas arrives we see the attraction that these two have for each other but their past plays a large part in their present. Misunderstandings and assumptions lead to pain and heartache. Can the men figure out that their love worth fighting for or is it too late? I enjoyed watching Will and Dallas find their way. Their love is stronger than they realize and seeing the work that they put into it makes for a nice read.

The author does a wonderful job of moving this story along and keeping the reader interested. Will and Dallas are both strong characters full of emotions. Their story has its ups and downs and it pulled me right in from the start. I was quickly immersed in their story and kept turning the pages to see just what would happen between the two men. Not only did Dallas and Will have a lot to say but the secondary characters also made themselves known making this a well rounded story and I hope that this is not the last time we get to visit this world.

Ugly by Sam Crescent

Ugly by Sam Crescent
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (122 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

In every element of her life, even before she was born, Blake Carson has failed. She isn’t a boy, she isn’t pretty, she doesn’t fit in—she is ugly. That is what she believes. All of her faults make her ugly.

Then he comes along. Logan Black has met ugly head on, and lived to tell the tale. Now he has moved to West County, to get away from both his father and the pain of the past. He never expected to meet his future, but there she sits in the cafeteria at school, accepting everyone’s judgment, and worse, believing them.

But Logan knows she isn’t ugly. She isn’t a failure, and he is about to show her another way. He is determined to be her friend—and more.

Then a fight brings his father to town, and Logan runs, taking Blake with him. But they can’t run forever, and when an accident leaves them no choice, they have to head home and face the consequences of what they did. Can their love survive the real ugly in the world?

I loved everything about this book !

I don’t usually like the new adult genre books or stand alone stories. However, I took a chance on this one since Sam Crescent is an author who always delivers great stories with a real substance to them. I’m so glad that I didn’t pass this one up because it was a truly beautiful story. I was hanging on every word.

Logan and Blake were so perfect together. The troubled couple genuinely connected and stuck together no matter what happened. It was so sweet the way Logan took care of Blake. He had his own demons too, but he was determined to keep anyone from hurting Blake. At first he simply wanted to be her friend but they slowly realized how much they cared about each other. This was one more way that the story was unique to this author. Sam Crescent is known for her steamy sex scenes but this book was decidedly more sweet and just as romantic and touching. I was already cheering for Logan to win the girl but he won my heart when he beat down Blake’s tormentors. I think my favorite part was how Blake told her parents off for their neglect. In a nutshell, this was Logan and Blake against everyone and that was all that they needed to be happy. Sam Crescent put a lot of feelings into this short story. Her writing was so lovely that the story simply flew by and then there was a beautiful epilogue that showed such a happy ending for this special couple. I really enjoyed every page.

I loved this story and look forward to the next Sam Crescent book.

Hot For Heather by Caitlyn Lynch

Hot For Heather by Caitlyn Lynch
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (27 pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 2 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Heather is a quiet classical pianist lacking in a social (or sex) life. One day, she’s utterly shocked to find out that the hot delivery guy she accidentally flashed in the hallway is actually her brand new neighbour, Mike, a soldier recently back from deployment. And Mike’s very interested in getting to know the gorgeous girl next door who makes such beautiful music. He’s especially interested in getting know her on top of that piano. And on the piano stool. And anywhere else in her apartment she’s willing to let him…

Holy piano benches, Batman!

This story sizzled. I won’t lie. There were parts of this short story that had me squirming in my seat. The piano… I’ll never look at a baby grand ever again the same way.

There wasn’t much meat to this short story. The author got right to the point right away. I had to keep reading because I had to know how it would end. Of course it didn’t take long, but still. I had to know.

The premise of the story was hot. Sexy military man and the geeky pianist. Good combination. But there were a few quibbles. While this was erotica, some of the terminology ripped me right out of the story. I wanted to buy in, but I couldn’t… not throughout the book. I had a hard time picturing the hero and heroine together because of the nearly foot difference in their height. I had to reread to figure out some of the choreography. One example: the pianist considers herself short, but not small and wonders how the hero can pick her up, yet he tosses her around. I had a hard time picturing what was going on. The other big quibble was how fast the two characters got together. Some readers might not have a problem with the briskness with which they climbed onto the piano. Others might.

That said, the short story has lots of promise. With a little more editing for content and maybe lengthening the story out a bit more, it could really shine.

If you want an erotic short story that will singe your screen, then this might be the book for you.

Tooth and Claw by Willa Okati

Tooth and Claw by Willa Okati
Omega Wolves 5
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (58 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Lewis, Alpha master of the Wasp Lake wolf pack, knows that finding his mate should be a joyous event. But former army ranger Jacobi isn’t an Omega. Or even a wolf. He’s a grizzly bear shifter, and Alpha to the bone.

Falling for an outsider is risky, especially given Lewis’s secret. He yearns to be an Omega, not an Alpha, and has never met anyone willing to accept the man he really is behind the Packmaster’s mantle. As for Jacobi, it’s been a long time since he’s been loved so well that it made him want to be a better man.

The pair try loving in secret — for a while — but know that’s not going to be enough to satisfy them forever. When Jacobi adopts an orphaned lynx cub and Lewis becomes the toddler’s second father, they realize something has to be done. But what?

Nature is red in tooth and claw — but sometimes true love really does save the day.

Lewis may be the alpha of his pack, but sometimes he longs for something else–especially behind closed doors. When his duties take him to Jacobi’s home, Lewis realizes that he may have found what he needs. The problem is life does not always work out the way we want it to. Jacobi is an alpha himself and, if that is not enough to put a damper on things, he is a bear, not a wolf like Lewis. Yet their attraction cannot be denied. As the two men spend more time together their attraction soon turns into something more. Soon they will not be able to hide the bond that is growing between them. Add in an orphaned lynx cub and the love begins to grow between them all.

While I enjoyed the concept of this story I would have liked a bit more depth to it. I liked the characters but they seemed a bit one-dimensional. The story moves quickly and I would have liked to see some of the parts of the story a little more fleshed out. I really liked Lewis and Jacobi. They made a great pair and understood each other and what was needed in their relationship. You can see just how much they care for each other in everything that they do. Their life is hard and when push comes to shove it was nice to see them step up. I was pulled into their story from the start but wanted more. This was a quick read that whet my appetite for this world and will have me going back for more.

Naomi’s Sexy Thanksgiving by Ruby Stallion

Naomi’s Sexy Thanksgiving by Ruby Stallion
Publisher: Passion Patch Books
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (20 pages)
Other: M/F, Multiple Partners, Masturbation
Rating: 2 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

When a small town girl goes to the big city to focus on her career, she quickly realizes the differences between the people and her small town and the people in the big city. Especially the men!

All Naomi wanted was a Thanksgiving romance. What starts off as a woman settling for someone because she didn’t want to be alone during the holiday winds up being a sexy story of an erotic love triangle between her former love in her small home town and her new big city lover. Self-pleasure, good looking people, holiday spirit and the erotic fantasy mind of Ruby Stallion makes this a good erotic story.

She’s going to make this Thanksgiving one for the record books.

I hadn’t read a book by Ruby Stallion before this one, but I’ve remedied that. This book is definitely original.

Naomi wants a lover who loves her. Seems simple, but in the big city, she seems to find a lot of thorns among the roses. The premise of the story is plausible and interesting.

But I had a few quibbles. First, the tense of the book switched a few times which ripped me out of plot. I had to reread more than a few times. Then there was the way Naomi conducted herself. I’m no prude, but she seemed to waiver a lot. With a bit more editing, this could be a great little story. I realize this is part of a series and is probably best read in order. I say that because the ending seemed a tad too abrupt. Just… done. While this might not deter some readers, especially if it’s known going in that it’s part of series, it was a stumbling block for me.

That said, I did root for Corey. He seemed like he head his head screwed on straight and his heart in the right place. I don’t know what’s next for him, but I hope he gets his own book.

If you want an erotic short story that packs a holiday punch, then this might be the read for you.

Her Protectors by Tamsin Baker

Her Protectors by Tamsin Baker
Peacekeepers, book 2
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (54 Pages)
Other: M/F/M, Menage, Anal Sex
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Jacky is visiting Alaska, on holiday’s with her best friend Karen. She’s just broken up with her horrible ex-boyfriend, and a trip over-seas to see some Polar bears and the beautiful wilderness that America offers, is exactly what she needs.
The last thing she expects when she arrives at a lodge that guarantees every visitor that they will see a Polar bear, is two men who believe she is their soul mate.

Ashten and Raylock get a phone call from their brothers that their mate has arrived. They rush home, assuming it was only Brad’s mate that had been found. Instead, their own red haired goddess is there to greet them on their return.

All is well with the brother shifters when Jacky submits instantly to their attraction and she seems to be falling in love with them. But they have enemies everywhere and when Jacky unknowingly steps off their land, she is taken by some rouge vampires.

Can they get her back in time? Or will the damage their nemesis does to her, turn her against them forever?

A good book and a neat take on shifters.

I underestimated this book. The “fated mates” trope isn’t new but I liked how the author presented Ashten, Raylock and Jacky’s version. It was a hot and fast love at first sight kind of story.

Jacky wanted to see polar bears. So, she came for her holiday to a lodge that promised that she would see one. However, the moment she gets there… chaos ensues.

I read a lot of paranormal and fantasy, however the beginning of Her Protectors seemed to have a little too much drama. Even so, as the pages turned the plot became more interesting. The story of the Peacekeepers and their world is truly intriguing. Since, this is the second book in the series, I could tell that I had missed some big chunk of the world that the author has woven. May need to go search out book 1 in the series to see how it all began.

The chemistry was hot. The action and the plot were well played out. This is a short read sure to heat up a cold night.

Good Little Teacher by Gemma Snow

Good Little Teacher by Gemma Snow
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (38 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

New teacher Emmy Lange is adjusting to life at the Redding Boarding School. She can’t shake the giddy feeling that the handsome headmaster, Marcus Powers, is attracted to her. Underneath his stern and commanding demeanor is a spark that beckons to her. When he asks her to his office to review her progress, she can’t help but wonder if the intimate setting could lead to some sinful discipline, especially when he takes her to task for her improper usage of his title. His deep voice makes her shiver, and Emmy might find it all too easy to enjoy a “hands-on” lesson on how to properly address the handsome headmaster.

Headmaster Marcus Powers watches in on one of Emmy Lange’s classes. Emmy is a newly recruited English Lit professor and despite her rampant fantasies about Marcus, she’s determined to toe the line and retain her job. They have her first-month review over tea and coffee – can Emmy show Marcus just what a good little teacher she really is?

This is a fun short story. The young, new teacher seducing – and being seduced – by the commanding and powerful headmaster is certainly not a new plot, but I really enjoyed the interaction between Emily and Marcus. Readers looking for a quick, naughty and hot short story should definitely find this one delectable. I enjoyed the dirty talk between Marcus and Emily and the sex was blisteringly hot and certainly explicit. A part of me wished that there had been more time to explore Marcus’ character. This story was told from Emmy’s first-person point of view, so while Marcus’ attraction to Emmy was certainly clear and understandable, I didn’t get as good a feel for his character as hers. With such a short story, it is also of course very difficult to get a solid, good feel for what their relationship really is and how they would interact outside of the bedroom.

Sizzling hot and slightly kinky (calling Marcus “Sir” and a bit of light spanking) I believe this short story should appeal to many erotic romance readers. There is a definite Happy For Now ending and I would certainly read more about these characters in the future should another short story come along.

A Gentleman For Hire by Olivia Starke

A Gentleman For Hire by Olivia Starke
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (30 pages)
Other: M/F, Spanking, Light BDSM, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Being this naughty could end her career…

Kimberly works as CFO of a billion dollar company, a career she loves but stress has taken its toll. When an orgasm becomes as elusive as finding a unicorn in the city, she decides to hire her own entertainment during a company convention in Las Vegas. Michael is everything her libido craves: tall, sexy, smart, and delicious.

The naughtiness that follows is off the charts hot, but an unexpected connection sparks between Michael and Kimberly. Will their tryst turn into a happily forever?

Enough sizzling to melt the screen…Vegas hasn’t seen anything like Michael and Kimberly.

This short story definitely packed the heat. The chemistry between the hero and heroine practically leaped off the computer screen. I needed to know what would happen and couldn’t put the short story down.

I liked Kimberly. She’s very much the ball-busting businesswoman. It’s refreshing to read a heroine so in control and composed. Plus, it’s nice for her to be the millionaire-type for a change. I loved reading her struggle for control and the ending…whew!! Hot.

Michael…I had some misgivings about him. His tendency to bite his bottom lip…I don’t know. It pulled me out of the story. But the gesture worked for Kimberly, so no harm, no foul. I liked how he was so masculine and controlled, too. Some readers might not expect some of the things he says or the alluding to being with a man. That might be a turn-off for some readers, but not this one. I liked how this snippet showed his devotion to his job and his willingness to put himself into the shoes of the women he’s escorting.

As I said above, the story sizzles. The sex scenes are off the charts and worth a second read.

If you want a hot, but short book to fill the lunch hour, then this might be the short story for you.

Voracious by Jenika Snow

Voracious by Jenika Snow
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (81 Pages)
Other: M/M/F, M/M, Anal play, Menage
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

She’s hurt, scared…and their mate.

After leaving their community due to an altercation with their shifting council, Alric and Sam, wolf shifters and mates, start their new life on their own terms. But when Dalia, a lost and injured female wolf shifter, pleads for help on their doorstep, the two wolves know they can’t turn her away. She’s hurt, scared…and their mate. With Dalia under their care, it takes everything in their power to curb the beasts inside that demand they claim her.

Running from an abusive past, Dalia will take help in any form. When she finds a cabin in the middle of nowhere, she hopes the inhabitant is her salvation, at least for the time being. What she didn’t expect to find were two savagely attractive wolf shifters who are her mates. As she heals physically and mentally, she finds herself not wanting to fight the powerful pull her mind and body have toward the two males, even if her past could destroy everything.

A Happy Ever After….

Voracious was a story line that I have read before but with the nice surprise of having characters who are memorable.

This is a short story, very well brought together and kept me in the story until the end. One thing that captured me is that this book sounded like a series, but unfortunately, it is not.

The main thing that kept this from being a truly fantastic book is that the background story seemed incomplete. I wanted to know more about how Alric and Sam came together and more about the pack they came from.

When Alric and Sam, mates and lovers, find Dalia in the front of their doorstep they’re surprised. They finally found what has been missing all these years. But their mate is in danger. The story quickly evolves but, for me, it was the perfect speed for a short story.

Alric is the Alpha and Sam the submissive in the relationship, however the relationship between them morphs into both of them becoming protectors with a few other surprising changes. The passion and chemistry between all of them was off the charts hot!

Try this one if you like a short paranormal erotic story with a bit of suspense and romance.