Late Shift by Alexa Sinclaire

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Late Shift by Alexa Sinclaire
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

She knew his name. He was always on the late shift at the construction site she walked past every night on the way home from work. Beyond that, he was a mystery. None of that stopped her from inviting him up to her apartment every night and letting him give her the best orgasms she’d ever had. She couldn’t trust herself to give him anything else. And he never asked for more.

He knew it wasn’t right—night after night he walked her home during his break and she always let him have her, anyway he wanted. She never said no, never turned him away, and she brought him apple pie to top it all off. He knew she deserved more but he wasn’t sure he could give it to her.

When disaster hits, can they confess that they both wanted more?

Tilda works in a diner on the night shift, and while the tips were good the walk home at 2am wasn’t her favourite aspect of the job. When a construction site opens along her route home though, Tilda meets Ryan. Suddenly the night shift and her late walk home gets a whole lot more interesting.

This is a sexy, hot short story and one I enjoyed. Ryan is a rough, working class man and so I found his dirty language believable and not as off-putting as I might have under other circumstances. I was a little surprised that Tilda reacted really well to the hard talk – especially when she was portrayed in many ways as a young, not very experienced woman. Once Tilda and Ryan got into bed though, Tilda really came into her own. While I can’t quite say I felt she owned her sexuality there was a delightful lack of worry and self-questioning which I found modern and refreshing – though not necessarily believable from the character I was initially introduced to. Tilda enjoyed their hard sex and although she worried about the stability and long-term-ness of their relationship I loved how she didn’t fall into most of the usual “I’m sexually active” traps like some heroines do.

I was jolted a little by an editing mistake (Ryan’s age fluctuated from thirty two to thirty one) but for the most part the editing, pace and style of the story kept me interested and reading quickly. Overall, I enjoyed Tilda and found her a sensible heroine. She lost her mind a little during the conflict – believing a clear lie from a character who had already proven himself untrustworthy – but aside from that short bout of “silliness” Tilda seemed a sensible, practical woman with her head screwed on properly. Ryan – for all his roughness – was the classic hero in that once he admitted the depth of his feelings was willing to commit and this helped me really enjoy the happy ending. He showed his care with his actions – not one for soft or sweet words.

This is a fun short story with some hard sex and dirty talk. I enjoyed the pace and characters and was satisfied with the happy – almost romantic – ending.

Saved by the Demon by Ela Stein

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Saved by the Demon by Ela Stein
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (209 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

In a world where gods and demons walk the earth, a pirate attack on a seaside village tears Luna away from the safe life she has known. Thrust on a perilous journey, she is accompanied by a reluctant companion. Dario, a bloodthirsty demon, is tasked with keeping her safe and he is dedicated to his job, but how can he prevail when he is the one person that can hurt her the most?

Forced together against their wills, their attraction and mutual admiration grow with each hurdle they overcome. Although their relationship is forbidden, the strength of their desire just might override all obstacles, including their pasts and the dark forces that conspire against them.

I really enjoyed Saved by the Demon by Ela Stein. It was an original, lightly erotic, romantic-adventure.

Ms. Stein’s writing flowed easily so that I quickly immersed myself into the Steampunk-fantasy world she created. Furthermore, her descriptions were vivid, so that I truly felt as if I were there with the characters.

The two main characters, Luna and Dario, are well rounded, with different, yet similar pasts full of conflict.

Luna, the main character, was a bit naive at times, but made up for it with a good dose of bravery and inner strength.

Dario, on the other side, has a dark side to him, but he is nothing short of sweet. His struggles between what his mind dictates him compared to his heart (and body), made me fall in love with him. He is a true gentleman.

Although, Saved by the Demon is a long novel, Ms. Stein was capable of building the anticipation between the characters. As a matter a fact,, one of my favorite scenes is when Luna and Dario finally share their first kiss. It’s worth mentioning, that when sex does occur it is a mix between oh-so-hot and sweet.

This is such an amazing world that I will be on the lookout in case Ms. Stein decides to revisit it, as the ending left me feeling as if there could be a promise of more adventures to come.

Secrets Dispatched by Raven McAllan

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Secrets Dispatched by Raven McAllan
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (89 pgs)
Other: M/F, BDSM, spanking
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

What’s a girl to do when she finds herself stranded in a snow storm, in a BDSM club in a castle, with a Dom she’s lusted after for years?

At some time in their life, everyone has choices to make.
For Shane, it could be a chance to rediscover her love of kink.
For Ross, it’s the chance to tempt her to be his kitten.

But Shane has to settle some demons before she can move forward.
Until then, well a little playing wouldn’t matter—would it?
However, play can become serious, and decisions have to be made that could change both their lives forever.

This is their chance to be together as Dom and sub or wave goodbye. But at Diomhair, nothing is as straightforward as you hoped, and Ross and Shane have a lot to do, before they can say yes…or no.

Hot and sweet, Secrets Dispatched is a good not-too-long read. Though the novel belongs to the Diomhair series, it can be read as a standalone.

The heroine, Shane, is suffering from past hurts that don’t allow her to move on but at the same time is eager to surrender to Ross and become his sub.

The sexy hero and Dom, Ross, is more than ready to claim her as his and show her his particular type of love.

Though the characters knew each other in their youth, I found the romance between them a little bit too fast paced and hard to believe. Furthermore, though Ms. McAllan does a great job in building the sexual tension, and BDSM is present at the core of the story, in this particular book, its presence is very light.

One thing worth mentioning though is the little mystery introduced into the story. In this book, we still don’t know who the owner of the white van snooping around Diomhair is. Definitely something I’ll be looking to find out in future books.

Secrets Dispatched is a sweet, sexy read with a tinge of mystery.

Boss by Sierra Cartwright

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Boss by Sierra Cartwright
The Donovan Dynasty: Book 3
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (275 Pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Sex, BDSM
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

His erotic demands test everything she believes…

When the fearless, larger-than-life Nathan Donovan becomes her boss, Kelsey Lane’s life is turned upside down. The multimillionaire wants her by his side, but his demands don’t end there.

Kelsey avoids romantic entanglements, especially with overwhelmingly dynamic men like Nathan. But she quickly discovers his attention and sensual desires ignite something deep inside her, leading her on a journey that tests everything she believes.

The youngest, boldest of the dynamic Donovan brothers, Nathan is accustomed to getting what he wants. And he focuses his attention on the smart, sexy Kelsey Lane. He quickly discovers she’s unlike any woman he’s ever known.

She meets him, desire for desire, getting deep inside him, destroying the barriers he keeps around his heart. He wonders, though, if she’s willing to give him the one thing he demands…

Boss… Perfectly Named.

The first thing needed to be said is that this definitely can be categorized as a stand alone book. I have yet to read the first and second book in the series and I wasn’t confused at all. The story is about a boss, his employee and their attraction and the ensuing circumstances that put them together. Talk about hot! Holy moly, it’s steamy!

Kelsey and Nathan are different from each other but somehow when they got together they were the perfect couple. Nathan is a lot of things–including a Dom. He knows what he wants and takes it. No one tells this boss no. When he realizes his new employee signed for the BDSM club he co-owns, he wants her to himself. Like I said, he doesn’t take no for an answer.

From there starts a relationship, somewhat hectic because of their professional relationship, but that part just showed more of the characters to me–like how much independent Kelsey is or how dedicated Nathan is. The love he has not only for his business but for the family as well shined right through.

This is a steamy read that should not be missed.

Debt by K.C Wells

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Debt by K.C Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (254 Pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex, Violence, Toys, BDSM
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Two months after Mitch Jenkins had the rug pulled out from under him when his two-year relationship came to an abrupt end, he is still hurting. A colleague’s attempt to cheer him up brings Mitch to a secret “club.” Mitch isn’t remotely interested in the twinks parading like peacocks, until he spies the young man at the back of the room, nose firmly in a book and oblivious to his surroundings. Now Mitch is interested.

Nikko Kurokawa wants to pay his debt and get the hell out of the Black Lounge—where he is forced to not only have sex, but sometimes suffer abuse to please clients. Earning his freedom isn’t proving easy, especially when he starts attracting interest. Life becomes that little bit easier to bear when he meets Mitch, who is nothing like the other men who frequent the club. And when Mitch crawls under his skin and into his heart, Nikko figures he can put up with anything. Before long he’ll be out of there, and he and Mitch can figure out if they have a future together.

Neither of them counted on those who don’t want Nikko to leave….

The club, the night, the music…and Nikko. It’s a great combination.

Mitch is instantly attracted to him and vice versa, but this is where the plot thickens. Mitch sees there is something bad happening in the club and it’ll take him some time to figure it out. What he does know is the bad is hurting Nikko a lot. Once these two souls find their connection, a journey of trust, love and patience begins. I have to note this story has some hardcore scenes with blood and violence. It might not be for the faint hearted reader.

Once Mitch saves Nikko from the club, he realizes that it may take Nikko some to come to terms with what has happened. The poor man needs to heal now that he is free. There are a lot of plot twists to this story involving Nikko and his freedom. The story is as much about the their relationship as it is about how Nikko ended up working in the club. The author did a wonderful job with eliciting every kind of emotion that could be from me.  The first half of the book was fast and violent unlike the second half. The second half, in my opinion has a slow love story feel to it that I really enjoyed.

Debt was a mix of love, erotic, pain, violence and healing. This is the first time I’ve ever read a plot or a love story like this, but worth the read.

Wolf At The Door by Layne Macadam

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Wolf At The Door by Layne Macadam
Publisher: Syn Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (117 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Jonah Lawson is a wolf with secrets. Fate has dealt him a shabby hand. So long ago, he decided to lead a solitary life, never to inflict his tortured past on any female. He takes his pleasures outside the pack with human women, and that works just fine until the exquisite Camille Robineau arrives at the compound claiming relative status to his alpha, and he knows he’s in trouble.

With his protective armor firmly in place, he treats her with sardonic indifference, but when the headstrong, reckless Camille goes missing, he realizes she’s stolen his heart. His wolf senses ignite and he leads a search party to find her that ends with dire consequences that no one could have foreseen and leaves Camille making a sacrifice that will impact the rest of her life.

This was a great paranormal romance. As a first time reader of Layne Macadam, I can honestly say that she has easily hooked a devoted follower with Wolf At The Door.

This lovely shifter romance is the second installment to the Heritage Series. The writing was excellent and had the perfect blend of excitement, intrigue and sexy romance. The characters were incredibly likeable. Jonah was a great tortured alpha hero who was more believable than most. He had legitimate concerns about something from his past that actually affected the relationship. I hate it when a book boyfriend goes on about his big secret and then it ends up being something that doesn’t matter anyway. Jonah was being sincere with his issue and that made him more real to me. Camille was a hoot as our heroine. She was fearless and courageous and charming. I absolutely loved her together with Jonah. Just as impressive was the intriguing cast of secondary characters. I can’t wait to read about Camille’s brothers, especially Connor, and also to find out more about why their mom had to leave their father. There is a mystery there that I am eager to explore.

Wolf At The Door was an excellent read that left me looking forward to the next book in the Heritage Series. I recommend it to everyone.

Three Wishes by Sean Michael

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Three Wishes by Sean Michael
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length : Full Length (181 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Ménage, M/M/M, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Fetish, Toys, Fisting, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Come to Rainbow Island, where all your sexual fantasies will come true.

In Three Wishes, James, Guard and Damien, bring in three different couples for their special fantasy granting services. Handsome model Benji is tired of being perfect, and he wants to make his body his own. Thor, tattoo artist and piercer, as well as Dom, is just the man to do it. Will Benji find what he’s looking for?

Meanwhile, Alan and Roman are a long-time sub/Dom couple looking to have a few outside Masters give Alan all the things that Roman can’t. Will their relationship survive Alan’s strong reaction to one of the Masters?

The last couple to visit the island are Quinn and Pierce. Quinn has medical fetishes he’s embarrassed to tell his lover Pierce about even though Pierce is a doctor. So he’s going to get it out of his system in this safe environment. At least that’s the plan…

Don’t miss out on these fantasies come true.

Wow. I really loved this book! With four main plots threading delicately together this has plenty going on. It’s a testament to Mr. Michael’s writing skills though that no couple/group gets either overlooked or dwelled on too long. I found the pacing of both the story and the relationships between the couples/groups to be amazing.

Guard, Damien and James run a small island resort for a very select clientele – they allow their clients a safe and welcoming environment where their deepest sexual fantasies can come true. The three men have also been in a ménage relationship until James was hurt. I loved how even though they, themselves aren’t their own clients – their fantasy of getting back together and starting fresh was also clearly one of the longer-term plot arcs. Guard and James are the first characters we’re introduced to – setting up the various fantasies that are about to take place – and I was immediately drawn into their story, curious at the threesome breaking up but also eager for their reunion since it’s so obvious their love is still strong.

There is effectively three proper short stories going on in this book – as well as Guard, Damien and James as a peripheral storyline. Thor and Benji explore a fantasy of body modifications (piercings and tattoos) as well as aspects of the BDSM lifestyle, then Alan and Roman explore voyeurism – Alan submitting while Roman watches – and finally Quinn and Pierce explore Quinn’s medical fantasies together.

While I don’t personally feel there was any “forced seduction” in these fantasties, in a few places the story was being told from the Dom’s perspective. In two instances the Dom/sub pairings were brand new – only having known each other for their time on the island/resort – so the reluctance shown by the subs could potentially be construed as “forced seduction”. There was always safewords though, and never any play rough enough that I felt bordered on abuse – but there is a very fine line between being truly forcing someone and one partner being reluctant in a safe scene. Personally – I feel with the safewords and genuine care shown between all the partners this shouldn’t be on the wrong side of that line, but some of the scenes are quite heavy/emotional and without knowing for a fact the sub is loving every second (ie being told from their point of view) I felt this was worth mentioning. Readers should also know that there is a knife play scene (sensations from the knife – not playing with the blood or full-on harm occurring), and a few medical examination style scenes (sounds, enemas and the like).

All up while there is plenty of fantasy-come-to-life scenes that might push various buttons, I found everything was written in good taste and as sensually as any more regular kinky, erotic story. I particularly enjoyed the characters and loved the different dynamics between couples both brand new and more established. While there might be triggers or parts of scenes that some readers might not find too erotic, I feel this is an excellent book to showcase some of the rarer kinks in a tasteful and safe environment. And just as the icing on the cake – all the fantasy plotlines were resolved with very happy and satisfied endings. There’s also clear hooks for both the next story and for the continuing relationship between Damien, James and Guard. I really enjoyed this and would strongly recommend it if readers are curious about “non-standard” types of kink. A lovely read.

Tasting by Sean Michael

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Tasting by Sean Michael
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (104 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Find out how it all began for Peter and Christian.

Before Toby met Damon, Peter and Christian found each other on the internet.

Still in the army, Christian was inexperienced in not only BDSM, but sex altogether. Still, he has yearnings and furtively explores them in online chatrooms.

Luckily for Christian, seasoned Dom Peter recognizes Christian’s lack of experience and a kindred spirit in the man, and they take their conversations to text messages and Skype calls.

After Christian’s last deployment and only a few months before his discharge, he takes leave and visits Peter so the two men can see if they are as compatible in person as they seem to be online.

This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Peter and Christian have been emailing and Skyping for a while now – having a careful, subtle, code-word-riddled relationship. When Christian gets some leave from the Army, he and Peter finally meet up. Will their relationship continue to be as good in person as it is over the internet?

While the Beer and Clay series have mainly focused on the story between Toby and Damon, Peter and Christian have become more and more important throughout the series. I was thrilled, therefore, when I found that this book would be the story of how Peter and Christian met. I love both the characters of Peter and Christian and seeing how they came to be together was a pleasure.

As usual for a Sean Michael book, the sex is blisteringly hot. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found this book particularly lovely as Christian is not only untried in the BDSM lifestyle, but also a virgin in the more physical sense. I loved how special Peter made their first time and how well he handled Christian and his struggle against himself and his own desires. I thought it was delightfully clear that Peter cared about Christian from the start and had true patience to help lead Christian where they both wanted to go – instead of just ordering him around and dictating. The fact Peter was the Master in the relationship would have made it far too easy for him to simply order and Christian obey. I found the story far richer and deeper for the fact Peter had patience and supported Christian as he worked through his own feelings and demons.

This book was solely focused on Peter and Christian – not any of the other aspects of the Beer and Clay world. While I didn’t mind this, some readers and fans of the series might find it disappointing that there’s no reference or cameos from the other main characters. Of course this also means readers who haven’t read the other Beer and Clay books can certainly pick this up and not be at all lost – this is absolutely a “stand alone” book and indeed could be read as an excellent introduction or “prequel” into the Beer and Clay series.

Steamy hot sex with a lovely bit of kink to it, two wonderful men and strong characters and a whole lot of love make this a wonderful story and one I will happily reread many times to come. Recommended.

The Writer’s Desire by Dorothy Kollat

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The Writer’s Desire by Dorothy Kollat
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (245 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

By day, Simone is a quiet beauty working in a bookstore nestled in downtown Los Angeles. What no one would suspect is that by night she becomes Genevieve Mitchell, author of the buzzed about erotic romance best seller. Writing is her safe outlet for exploring desire, that is, until she bumps right into Derrick, a man who embodies the very alpha traits of her fictional world.

Derrick is gorgeous, accomplished, and he has his eyes set on the elusive Simone. He senses she harbors a secret, but he is determined to have her. Can Simone let go of her fears and make the leap from writing about romance to actually living it?

The Writer’s Desire by Dorothy Kollat was a great novel that had me trapped from page one.

Normally, I’m not a big fan of stories written in the first person, but the author pulled me into Simone’s life without any effort.

The plot: a quiet bookstore clerk writes madly successful erotic romance and bumps into a real life romance hero, is a bit too much at times, but the book offers some interesting existential questions about life, writing and love, which help keep it grounded to the present day.

Furthermore, this contemporary romance feels real thanks to the characters. Simone specially, has a complex life with struggles with which I could connect and identify. My only drawback with Simone, and I guess it’s more of a personal pet peeve, is that she tended to get drunk or slightly drunk very easily.

Derrick, the hero, is an alpha with a sweet streak. He’s hardworking, hot and dreamy. He struggles to understand and bring Simone into his world. As she fell in love with him, inevitably so did I.

The chemistry between them was off the charts and the sex scenes incredibly hot. Oh, that shower… Plus, the author knew how to build anticipation, so by the time something finally happened between them, I was at the edge of my seat unable to put The Writer’s Desire down.

All in all, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read that had me furiously turning pages until the very end and which characters will stay with me for a long time.

The Gazillionaire and the Virgin by Lisabet Sarai

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The Gazillionaire and the Virgin by Lisabet Sarai
Publisher: Excessica
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (150 pgs)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Anal Sex
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

When Silicon Valley entrepreneur Rachel Zelinsky meets reclusive genius Theo Moore, she finds him strangely compelling. Theo is both arrogant and socially awkward, but he has an aura of power that speaks to Rachel’s carefully-hidden submissive side. Disturbed and aroused, she tries to focus on her original objective—a deal to incorporate his Artificial Intelligence software into her company’s popular virtual world. Rachel’s not a woman who lets pleasure interfere with business, but for some reason, she can’t resist Theo’s geeky appeal.

Theo Moore can’t be bought. His past battles with poverty make him deeply suspicious of the billionaire CEO. Still, with her voluptuous curves and brilliant mind, Rachel embodies his ultimate sexual fantasy. Too bad his knowledge about sex derives from extensive research and a stash of kinky porn rather than real-world experience.

That doesn’t bother Rachel, however. In his bed—in his arms—in his bonds—she discovers the bliss of total surrender. Rachel may be Theo’s first lover, but Theo is Rachel’s first true Master—and the first man to truly touch her heart. It seems that love may harmonize their differing goals and values, until Rachel’s unwitting violation of Theo’s trust threatens to tear them apart forever.

Opposites attract…

This one has a plot that is totally different and not what I expected.

I have a read a lot of books where the virgin and nerd is the woman and the gazillionaire or the billionaire is the man. But this is the completely opposite to that. That being the case the author did a very good portraying the characters.

Rachel wants Dr. Theo Moore’s technology or wants to help him develop it. What comes as a surprise is how different these characters are and how well Ms. Sarai depicted them as polar opposites and yet completely compatible.

Theo is a recluse who does not normally venture out into the public. However, he does for the deal between himself and Rachel. The first meeting is where it truly begins to heat up. It starts with attraction between a very intelligent, smart but socially awkward Theo and highly successful and rich Rachel.

This novella was different for me primarily because of the bondage section. How it begins and how it ends wasn’t what I expected at all.

Theo and Rachel’s relationship was in constant evolution in this book. It starts with Theo being the submissive and Rachel being the Dominant in the relationship at first. This changed when Theo realized that he liked dominating and Rachel liked being submissive. Then, the relationship flipped. From that point was where BDSM aspect truly started.

The changes in the relationship roles allowed me to see them move from sexual players to true lovers. Their story has elements of both true love and forgiveness that gave the story a more full body feel than it might have been otherwise.