Flushed by Susan Laine

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Flushed by Susan Laine
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (75 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

To prove to his annoying older brother that he’s a man, well-to-do sculptor Rupert Pemberton tries to repair his broken toilet. But he has no knack for practical tools and no know-how. After a flood of biblical proportions, he has no choice but to call for help.

A gorgeous hunk of a plumber named Paul Cooper shows up at Rupert’s doorstep with a ready toolbox and a sexy smile. With Paul at his side, Rupert realizes he wants more than a quick fix. After a couple of cozy dates and a few bouts of steamy sex, Rupert wonders how he can keep Paul around for good.

Rupert has a love/hate relationship with his older brother Emery. When Rupert’s toilet needs fixing, he tries to fix it himself, but is nothing close to a handy man and ends up making a bad situation worse. Finally – determined to lie about it to his brother – he admits defeat and does what Emery first suggested and calls a plumber. Paul is nothing like Rupert expected. Delicious muscles and a sexy ass – Rupert struggled to focus on Paul’s words and not just lick him all over. Paul has noticed Rupert too. Shy and attentive, Rupert awakens a deep hunger in Paul. Can a simple call-out job lead to something more?

I found this to be a fun and erotic short story. I loved the instant chemistry between Paul and Rupert and thought when they finally came together it was sensual and satisfying. The pace was fast – there is very little time between Paul and Rupert meeting and them having sex – but the chemistry and being shown both their points of view made it easier for me to believe in their instant attractions. Readers who don’t like “head hopping” might not enjoy the swapping from Rupert to Paul between chapters but I personally found the flow of the story kept moving well and it was easy to follow. I also appreciated seeing things from both men’s thoughts, as it helped solidify their attraction to me in a quick manner.

My only real complaint was that much of the first chapter was spent with Rupert extolling how different he was from his brother – negatively putting himself down next to his “God-like Olympic champion” older brother – and going over a little repetitively how he never measured up. While I understood the need for some background, a whole chapter along this thread felt a little like padding to me. I felt that much of this chapter could have been pared back. Considering the start of any book is so critical to hook the reader and have them salivating for the next page and the one after that, it seemed like a very odd – and not very appealing to me, personally – way to start the story. Once Rupert called Paul and the chemistry sizzled between them I happily got on board and thoroughly enjoyed the ride, but it really did have a rocky start for me in the place where most readers will find critical to getting hooked into the story.

With a whole bunch of secondary characters – Paul is one of six children – there’s plenty of interesting interactions outside the main romance of Rupert and Paul. I found this to be a fun, mostly lighthearted romance with some hot sex and a lot of laughter. A great, quick read.

You’re Tops by Sydney St. Claire

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You’re Tops by Sydney St. Claire
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (78 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When her husband ran off with a perky, much younger woman, Regina Cox got the house, a decrepit car, and her freedom. Divorced, she plans to remain man-free and focus on her career as a writer. Trouble is, the skinny boy next door who used to tease her about her braces is now a handsome hunk and features as the hero in her latest romance novel.

Tucker Owen is a Dom with his eye on the new divorcee next door. His fantasies center around draping Regina over his spanking bench. Too bad she’s a strong woman and not submissive in the least. But when he learns she writes erotica romance and is having trouble getting the research right, he offers a week-long tutorial that’s bound to teach them both a few things.

Regina can’t refuse all the research she could ask for and no strings sex on top. And with the sassy sub, Tucker soon discovers the pleasure that comes when the topper is topped.

Regina might have a dozen books under her belt, but she’s coming up dry when it comes to writing a fun, sexy little Valentine’s Day novella. Deleting bad sex scene after bad sex scene, her spirits are getting low. Worse, she’s now arguing with her fictional hero – a Dominant, Jake – and his high standards and refusal to work with any of the submissives Regina writes is making her crazy. When she takes a break she notices her next door neighbor – Tucker, the physical model for her written hero – hard at work. Sweaty muscles, delicious ass. But when a stray wind tossed some pages of her notes – notes on Dom/sub relationships! – over the fence and into Tucker’s orbit, Regina won’t be able to say no when Tucker offers some very real, up-close research advice.

I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic short story. Drop your brain at the door, switch off any semblance of realism and indulge in this fun, kinky, hot story. I loved Regina’s chattering to Jake-the-romance-hero, and I was delighted when Tucker offered to teach Regina a few truths about his sexual tastes as a Dom. Tucker and Regina have a whole boat-load of chemistry and a sizzling lust between them burns brightly. I loved how Regina’s “research” for her story might have been the opening they needed to get together, but very quickly they both accepted that far, far more was on the table and they both wanted, needed a relationship.

There is some seriously hot sex between them. A fair bit of light bondage play – spanking, toys and restraints – but nothing that I found outrageous or offensive. Indeed I loved how they could both be so sexy and into each other in the bedroom, but not let it effect them outside too much. Tucker wasn’t some alpha macho man who needed Regina to bow to his every whim – their light kink stayed inside the bedroom and I enjoyed watching how it lent them intimacy and trust outside in the rest of their life. This was quite refreshing to see – how they could each be their own person outside but still forge a relationship together, one where they each were fulfilled and had exactly what they needed.

A fun, sexy, steamy read that left me feeling very happy and satisfied.

Fantasy Suite by Kathy Clark

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Fantasy Suite by Kathy Clark
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (129 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Room Service delivers anything you want…no limits.

When Samantha Ingalls checks into the Fantasy Suite at the exclusive Fini Luxury Resort & Spa near Aspen, Colorado, she is struggling to get over a painful divorce. All she wants is to hide away and be pampered at the five-star hotel. What she doesn’t expect is a gorgeous, charming gigolo who knows exactly how to make her wildest fantasies come true.

Frisco Thorne has spent the last few years focused on work. After another failed relationship, he decides to make a dramatic lifestyle change. Being a gigolo is every man’s secret fantasy…lots of sex and no responsibilities.

Samantha and Frisco don’t fight the strong attraction that starts in the elevator and barely makes it to the bedroom. For the rest of the weekend, they explore every inch of each other’s bodies and delight in discovering new ways to create sexual pleasure. They make sure they make enough memories to last a lifetime, since there’s no future for them outside the Fantasy Suite…or is there?

A whirlwind marriage ends in a whirlwind divorce, so Samantha heads to the hills of Colorado to find some peace and make a plan for life after a loveless marriage. A few nights in the Fantasy Suite of an exclusive hideaway with a man who more than knows his way around a woman’s body is just what the doctor ordered.

And apparently the doctor ordered lots of sex. When Samantha decides to give into Frisco’s charm, it’s no holds barred. She needs the boost to her self esteem and Frisco is just the gigolo to give her enough boosts to last a good long time.

I was curious, though, the way he spoke to her and the time he spent with her, it didn’t seem like just a paid companion kind of weekend. He’s very personal and I could feel a bond forming between them so all the sex didn’t just feel like sex, it felt like a beginning. But…he’s a gigolo, he professionally dates lots of women.

I couldn’t wait to see how the author worked it out. Talk about your slick twist endings, this one was good! Very satisfying and seriously made me want to re-read the whole story to catch the subtle clues. Since the story is told in first person from Samantha’s POV, the unexpected ending made more sense. The surprise wouldn’t have been there if I had known Frisco’s thoughts and motivations.

The resort Samantha goes to is really fascinating as well. I hope Ms. Clark writes additional stories set around the amazing and super hospitable Fini. Between the super sexy owner, Blake, the clever Aussie masseuse, Erika, Joshua the bartender, and the rest of the staff, plus all the visitors, there’s plenty of new stories still to be told.

Fini may be where people go when their loves lives end in heartbreak but it’s also the place for new beginnings and this is one reader who hopes that this is the beginning of a new and exciting new series. An easy recommend.

Johnny Two-Guns by Mark Wildyr

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Johnny Two-Guns by Mark Wildyr
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (200 pages)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lilac

When vacationing Denver architect Roger Mackie rolls into a quaint old trading post in Montana’s Bitterroot Mountain Range to gas up his car, it’s the start of a life-changing journey. Lean, handsome Chippewa Johnny Two-Guns is looking for a ride. He’s on a mission to recover some clan treasures. Roger is immediately smitten and drives Johnny all the way to Arizona.

Although the two successfully build a friendship, Roger is unable to initiate the intimacy they both seem to desire. A second visit gives Roger another chance to draw Johnny out of his shell. The payoff is spectacular, leading to a week of sex and discovery, during which Johnny’s innocent enthusiasm shows Roger a new side of love between men. But trouble is on the horizon for the new couple, as fate seems set against them. And what does the sudden appearance of sexy young architect Brad Beaver portend for the future?

An architect meets a gorgeous young Chippewa, and the two take a road trip that changes everything. Then tragedy strikes, and one is forced to try to move on somehow. Perhaps a new love interest will cure the sorrow….

This is not a typical sort of romance. For one, it’s more realistic than most romances where things are seen through rose-tinted glasses and everything is perfect. I loved that. Second, there are three men in this story. They’re not together at the same time, though, so no threesomes here. (Well, one threesome, but it’s between two men and one woman, and it’s non-consensual, so be forewarned.) Third, a lot of time passes in this story, and I mean years. There are no traditional dates here, but mostly work trips and vacations. Some relationships come to life this way, so it was great to see a change from the typical tropes.

Roger is the constant in the story. We only get his point of view, though in third person. His love for Johnny and later for Brad deals more with Roger learning who he is and adjusting to it than a standard romance. Don’t get me wrong, since we get a lot of sex. But they’re more about the men learning truths about themselves than the excitement of two men together. In fact, Roger isn’t described as a gay man coming to that realization. He seems to be more pansexual, attracted to a specific person rather than a gender. I’ve rarely seen that aspect of orientation shown so well.

Since we only get Roger’s POV, Johnny and Brad come off a bit more as caricatures rather than real three-dimensional men. Not all the time, mind you, but occasionally. What was well done, in my honest opinion, was the friendship these men formed before growing into their feelings. That was nice. The story doesn’t delve very deeply into Native American cultural heritage but we do learn a few new things. I did at least. I’m not sure how well it’ll be received, though, that Johnny and Brad are both described as Indians. That threw me a bit. I thought that word was a no-no….

Johnny, as the titular character, comes off clearer, his first stumbling into a sexual life shown well. His shyness and awkwardness, his laconic way of being, his slowly opening personality—it was all wonderful to read. He’s such a sweetheart you naturally feel for him. In contrast, Brad is less clear, much of his self-explorations done off-camera, so to speak, since we’re not given his point of view. Therefore his actions and inactions seemed to take place in a kind of a vacuum. Later he explains how he came to act the way he did but at the time it was all a mystery.

Roger’s character confused me. Mostly because he often referred to himself as old or old-fashioned or having old ways, etc. When much later in the book it turns out he’s only thirty-three, I was flummoxed. From all the self-descriptions, I expected him to be in his late forties or early fifties. Since when is a man in his thirties old? The way he thought of himself as old didn’t match his age. I think that was the author speaking, not the character himself. And that was disappointing.

None of the above poses a major problem, however. Why? Because if you’re seeking a story that makes you feel, then this is for you. I cried on several occasions, and laughed aloud at a couple of others. Like Johnny, Wildyr has a laconic way of writing, focusing more on actions taken and the changes within a person than on labels or defining feelings. That was nice because it felt like the storyline happened organically in a natural progression, giving this a strong foundation of realism.

So, while not a traditional sort of romance, if you’re searching for something that is firmly grounded in realism, then this is for you. Yes, there are the occasional sex-with-women scenes, but they’re done short or off-screen. Remember, this is these men’s journey into self-discovery more than a happy-ever-after romance. This was my first book by Wildyr but won’t be the last.

Frozen Peach by Kaitlin Maitland

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Frozen Peach by Kaitlin Maitland
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (126 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Cara Gentry has no problem walking away from her cheating boyfriend. The tricky part is navigating a mountain road in Montana during a winter storm. When her car winds up in a snowdrift she finds herself in need of rescuing. Fortunately there is a sexy cowboy named Royce close by to lend a hand.

Royce isn’t sure what to think of this delicate woman from the south. She’s sweet and sassy and everything a rancher like him should avoid in a woman. But to Royce, Cara seems like exactly the change of pace he’s been looking for.

Will the sweet Georgia girl be able to weather Montana snowstorms and the disapproval of family and friends to find love for Christmas? It will take compromise, bravery, and maybe a few frozen peaches for this Christmas wish to come true.

One wrong turn in a Montana blizzard leads Cara to the love she had only dreamed about.

Just one of the reasons I enjoy picking up a book by Kaitlin Maitland is that she writes the romantic knight in shining armor rides to the rescue kind of stories that women dream about. They may seem a little convenient and fantastic but that’s part of the appeal. How amazing would it be to be rescued by a gorgeous cowboy on horseback in a snowstorm, be taken back to his cabin and have the most incredible night of your life…and that not be the end of the story?

The second thing I can count on from Ms. Maitland is that the sex is going to be scorching hot! That first scene in front of the huge fireplace was incendiary! That’s only one of many, many scenes. I also loved the scene where Cara arrives back at the ranch. She and Royce see each other for the first time after having been apart. Talk about a happy reunion.

The characters were good. Like Royce, Cara comes from a wealthy family that has expectations. I think having common backgrounds made them more believable as a couple. They have lots of sexual chemistry but it was good to see that they were able to connect on other levels as well.

The story flows pretty smoothly and the author has a good grasp on families. I was curious about Royce’s mother, though. To have so much love in her family, that’s one unhappy woman. There’s an epilogue that ties a pretty bow on Royce and Cara’s future but it doesn’t give any indication of his mother ever reconciling herself to his choice.

Readers looking for a hot holiday story on a cold night should give this book and this author a try. If dreams really do come true, Ms. Maitland knows how to put it in story form. Very enjoyable!

Star Crossed: The Billionaires by Emma Holly

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Star Crossed: The Billionaires by Emma Holly
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (244 pgs)
Other: M/F, Masturbation
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

A.J. Hoyt is as cynical as she is badass, a former cop turned bodyguard. A lifetime of hard knocks taught her not to trust—a handy trait in her line of work. Given the right motivation, she knows anyone will betray their near and dear. Rather than let them betray her, A.J. keeps her shields nailed up.

On the surface, Luke Channing’s life seems charmed. He’s a Hollywood action hero whose looks inspire fantasies. Known for being easygoing and kind to fans, his latest film made him a billionaire producer. Problem is his high profile has attracted a dangerous admirer.

Threats like the one Luke faces aren’t new. A.J. saved his life once already. Now he doesn’t trust anyone but her to guard him. With a deadly enemy lurking in the shadows, this star-crossed pair better pray A.J.’s skills are sharp!

If stimulating and erotic romantic suspense is your thing, prepare to combust. Star Crossed is not only hot but has a solid romance story that fans of the movie,The Bodyguard can’t help but appreciate. In this novel however, the bodyguard is played by a very capable woman and she’s awesome.

Star Crossed has a multilayered emotional plot which includes an assassination attempt, emotional quagmires, personality conflicts, family dynamics and a mystery that needs to be solved sooner rather than later or someone else is going to die. The clock is ticking, plans are in place and Ms. Holly’s writing creates the suspense effectively.

A reader knows pretty much from the beginning just who A.J. (Alexandra) and Luke are to each other because of what happens early in the book. The thing is, neither A.J. nor Luke has any idea just how momentous and devastating that moment in time affected them into the present. I like how Ms. Holly weaves their fates together at points in their lives. A.J. and Luke grow, mature and become what each will need later in life. Then, the author creates the perfect storm that brings them together again and the rest is romance magic.

The mystery of who the shooter was, the motivation and why the criminal was so determined made for some fascinating reading; I couldn’t put the book down. The best thing is that I never guessed who the culprit was. I thought I had a clue or two but I really didn’t. I liked the surprise. The villain was certainly a few cards short of a full deck, that’s for sure.

The most heartbreaking revelation was Luke’s finally telling the full story to A.J. of what happened to him that lead up to that fateful day. That was powerful writing and it affected me. The sad part is, stuff like that really can happen. I wish there were more A.J.s around; people compelled to help someone else in need even when it’s against the odds.

There were a lot of dialogue moments that made me pause and re-read them again just to appreciate just how profound and effective they were. Ms. Holly certainly had moments of pure genius when working with her characters in this novel. I was very invested in A.J.’s and Luke’s safety and happiness.

Fans of Ms. Holly’s erotic works are given a lot of opportunities to experience what the author writes best when it comes to those scenes. What I enjoyed this time around was that all the spice and heat were between the main protagonists. The excitement and titillation helped foster their budding love and romance and I liked that all that sexy passion proved fruitful.

Star Crossed is a very sexy romantic suspense that delivers on the promise of suspense, excitement and love. It’s a great read and an easy recommend.

Something Shattered by Bailey Bradford

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Something Shattered by Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (126 Pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

When something inside him is shattered by an act of violence, Caleb Tomas doesn’t think he can ever be whole again.

Police Officer Jesse Martin has lived in the small town of El Jardin, New Mexico, for a decade, but he’s never seen anything like the mysterious man who moves in in the middle of the night. The house across the street from Jesse’s trailer is no longer empty. There’s a puzzle waiting to be solved there, in the form of one sexy, but decidedly different, man.

Bruised and battered inside and out, Caleb Tomas flees to the town of El Jardin in the hopes of escaping the terror that haunts him. Instead, he becomes more of a recluse, scared of everything, unable to get more than a dozen feet past his porch before he panics. His head’s a mess, and he knows he needs help, but that’s a step he doesn’t want to take. It’s easier, safer, to stay hidden away with only his adorable puppy, Loopy, and the bird-murdering cat, Mix, for companionship.

But Caleb can’t help but notice the sexy man across the street, and when Loopy escapes from the back yard, it’s Jesse Martin who comes to the rescue.

And he might save more than one bouncy little poodle, if Caleb and Jesse are willing to take the risk.

Something Shattered was the perfect name for the book. That’s what first caught my eye, too!

Caleb has agoraphobia. Now the reason why was one of the reasons why this is a suspense book.

The author did a great job in creating Caleb and painting his picture in my mind. The one thing that I did not like about this story was the suspense. Yes, suspense can be good at times, but for me there was too much suspense so in this case it was not good because I almost lost interest in the book.

Caleb is damaged. Jesse is a dominant and a strong personality but is a compassionate lover to Caleb. I saw the slow changes in Caleb and they were good changes. The conflict comes from their relationship possibly being in danger. In this book, life and love is precious. Their love blossomed and grew, but so did more problems. As those conflicts began to brew, Caleb knew what he had to do, he had to try his best. Jesse was trying equally hard to protect their relationship.

Something Shattered is a good romance with passion and chemistry that has the potential to heat you up.

The Key to Happiness by Tina Kay

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The Key to Happiness by Tina Kay
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (77 pages)
Other: M/M, anal intercourse
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

When gifts mysteriously appear on his doorstep, Ben is intrigued despite his dislike of the holidays. Their trail leads him to John – an odd yet sexy man, who brings more to Ben’s life than he ever dared imagine.

Ben has a best friend, a cranky cat, and a job he enjoys. He is satisfied with life, or so he tells himself. But John disrupts everything Ben thought he knew, taking him on an emotional adventure that stirs up his past and challenges everything he planned for his future.

Ben is a sweet guy but he’s kind of in a rut. Life is good, it’s just not eventful. It’s about to get real eventful, though. And it all began with a mystery gift.

This was such a thoughtful holiday story. The ongoing mystery gifts were intriguing but it really hooked me after I met John. He’s like a sexier version of Buddy the Elf from the movie Elf. My daughter would say he was adorkable. Besides being seriously wild about Christmas he alludes to the fact that he’s known Ben for a long time and that they were meant to be together. I appreciated that author had Ben be a little apprehensive, John sounds a bit stalkerish loony but there was just something about him that Ben couldn’t write off. Me either for that matter. I needed to know who he was and why he was so sweetly persistent.

I’m not sure what I was expecting but when John explains their connection, it definitely didn’t garner the response from Ben that he expected. This little short story has a lot of layers. It starts out kind of whimsical but Ben turns out to be more complex of a character than he first appeared. Lucky for him he has a best friend like Karen. She was a fun character because she was plain spoken, especially with Ben, but she was also insightful. Ben needed her to help him see past…his past.

This isn’t the fluffy light-hearted holiday romp I assumed it would be when I picked up. It has plenty of light and silly moments but there’s a whole lot of story under the fluff. It has two characters who shared childhood experiences without ever meeting one another until they were adults. The resolution to the story is well thought out and satisfying that Ben and John will be together for many, many more Christmas holidays done right.

Obsession by Anise Storm

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Obsession by Anise Storm
Nirvana Book 1
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (111 pages)
Other: M/F, BDSM, multiple partners, spanking,
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

The ultimate bachelor meets his match when he sets out to seduce his secretary. What starts off as fantasy soon becomes an obsession.

Thaddeus Remington has everything he has ever wanted—a successful business, wealth and the ultimate bachelor lifestyle—until he meets his new secretary, Hannah Brinkley. Immediately he is intrigued and drawn to her, unaware of the side she keeps hidden until he sees her one evening at a local Atlanta kink club. Intending to turn his fantasies into reality, he sets out to seduce her.

Hannah Brinkley, a transplant from Texas, is unable to resist the lure of once again finding pleasure at the hands of a Dominant and becomes a member at a local club. Once there, she realizes that the man who flirts incessantly with her throughout the day is actually in a position to back up each and every naughty suggestion.

Physical attraction soon leads to a full-blown obsession that leaves them not only questioning each other but also searching their own hearts. Will the answers revealed bring them closer to experiencing nirvana in each other’s arms or tear them apart for good?

Starting over after a bad breakup, Hannah Brinkley needed the satisfaction and security she found in submission and club Nirvana offered that in spades. When her boss, Thad Remington, learns of her need for kink, their work relationship shifts to a whole new level. One with spanking benches, silk ropes and a dungeon full of wicked pain for pleasure toys. She’s not in Texas anymore!

Thad Remington is the consummate Dominate male lead character. He has the looks, the money, the alpha charisma and the love of dark kink that make women willingly obey him. It’s pretty clear up front that he loves his bachelor status and has no desire to change it for anyone. He’s attracted to his personal secretary, Hannah, and I wanted to see how she would handle him outside the office.

Hannah is a very soft spoken, almost too timid, female lead. I know she’s supposed to be submissive and maybe she’s just so overwhelmed by Thad’s personality, but I think I wanted her to be a little more together. Not so “door mat” like in the office. What she likes in the club is pretty extreme. When she gives Thad her very short list of hard limits, I was like “Really? That’s it?”. Maybe what they say about the freedom submission gives a person is true and especially for someone like Hannah. In the club she has the courage to be the stronger person she isn’t comfortable being outside the club. I did like that Hannah seems to grow more of a spine towards the end of this story. I think by the time this series concludes she’s going to be someone who isn’t afraid to ask for what she wants.

Then there’s the whole corporate rivalry angle of this short story. I knew I wouldn’t get the complete picture in this book but what I did get made me very curious as to Finley’s side and how Hannah would be in middle of it all. I totally have my fingers crossed that the last book will bring all three of them together in a menage setting but the level of animosity that Thad has for Finley, has me doubting it. I hope I’m wrong!

I want to really like this series because I’m hooked on the premise and need to see how it plays out. This first book is good. It’s dark and I was a little concerned at how quickly Hannah places her trust in Thad to do seriously naughty things. Yes, she worked for him for a few months but once he confronts her in the club, it’s like she’s known him for years and trust is implicit. This is a short story though so, I guess the author had to move them along quickly to fit in all necessary details that would set up the next two books.

This book ends on a cliff hanger that sets up the next book. I’m hooked and need to see what happens in England and what brings them together in the third book. Readers who enjoy the darker side of BDSM should give this one a try.

Exclusive Access by Ravenna Tate

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Exclusive Access by Ravenna Tate
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (137 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Reporter Julianne Wallis hasn’t stopped thinking about Kane Bannerman since she seduced him to get a story five years ago. Now she’s back for a second story, but this time she wants more than sex from Kane. She wants the secret he is hiding.

Kane is part of a group of friends financing the efforts to put a stop to The Madeline Project. The program now has a mind of its own, thanks to a virus called Tommy Twister. These men have power, resources, and money, but they’re as ruthless and possessive as the storms ravaging Earth.

They call themselves the Weathermen…

It’s 2124 and due to cataclysmic weather events most of the world lives underground. Kane is one of the Weathermen – a wealthy and powerful group trying to do research to help above-ground Earth become inhabitable again. Julianne is a reporter – one who has burned Kane years ago in the past. Even with their rocky history Kane has never forgotten Julianne, so when she turns up again he’s determined not to make the same mistakes twice.

I found this to be an interesting and complicated read. Despite the fact it’s book 4 in a series (and I haven’t read any of the previous installments) I picked up both the plot and world logistics fairly easily. I was surprised and impressed that having no prior knowledge of the Weathermen world didn’t hamper my enjoyment of this story at all. The plot is interesting and somewhat complex, I enjoyed the twists and turns and found it refreshing that a sexy book didn’t rely only on sex and a token piece of conflict. It’s clear to me that Ms. Tate has spent plenty of time and effort both on her world building and the plot.

There’s also plenty of conflict and tension between Kane and Julianne too. They have quite a history and even though they’re both still seriously attracted to each other nothing between them is easy. I loved the sex scenes, I found them smoking hot and filled with delicious chemistry. Kane and Julianne are well matched and deeply attracted to each other. I also thought there was a good balance between the sexy scenes and progress with the plot. The author did an excellent job with the pacing and at no stage did I feel like either the plot or the romance dragged.

A great read, one I thoroughly enjoyed and feel that sci-fi fans and post-apocalypse readers should really like. With plenty of romance and steamy sex thrown in this is a sure fire winner for a broad range of readers.