The Purrfect Predicament by Angela Castle

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The Purrfect Predicament by Angela Castle
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (97 pages)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lilac

Shifter twins, Andy and Hamish, are shocked to discover they have to share a mate. A bigger shock is in store for them when they finally track down their mate. But things are not as they first appear.

Juniper is in hiding form a vicious hit man by taking on a male identity. Opening her back door she discovers a huge, brown panther. But letting the clearly tame, big cat in, leads her to be kidnapped by two sexy brothers.

Juniper learns there is more to the brothers than meets the eye, but can she take the risk of placing her life and heart in their hands, or will her past hunt them down and destroy them all?

A woman on the run, disguised as a man and working at waste disposal, meets two gorgeous men, twins in fact, who abduct her. Add to that peculiar beginning a couple of panthers, and you’ve got one intriguing paranormal ménage in your hands.

Since this part of an established series, Australian Shifters, there’s an existing paranormal setting, and the author can simply implant a story in it without going into too much detail. I had not read the previous books, and therefore was a bit lost in this strange world of Black Town shifters and their mates. Because of that, even though this works as a standalone, I suggest you start the series from the beginning. Might clarify things. Since this is book 3, you’ll have more adventures to read about.

The female protagonist, Juniper, or Jo as her male persona is called, is an annoyingly typical heroine: She has self-esteem and ugliness issues which the heroes, of course, alleviate with wild sex. She’s been through a lot, but honestly, this conventional image of a woman in need of rescue is tiresome, clichéd, and anti-feminist. Nonetheless, considering how alive and frequently used this plot device is in the romance and erotic romance genres suggests, there’s clearly something fundamental and instinctive to it. Besides, I kind of liked Juniper, even with all her vulnerabilities. Her character redeemed her image as a helpless victim the moment she kicked one of the abducting heroes in the groin and took off like a cheetah. Not bad at all!

The heroes, Hamish and Andy. What can one say but they’re animalistic, virile, sexy hunks who any woman would be proud, thrilled, and aroused to call her own. Yes, kidnapping a woman simply because they want her is a no-no, giving off creepy sexual predator vibes. But their protective instincts and gentleness let them get away with it. They also have distinctly different personalities. Andy is more action-oriented and wicked, while Hamish is more controlled and intellectual. And toward the end there was a line of internal monologue delivered by Juniper that made me laugh out loud. You’ll know it when you see it.

The basic plot is not very original either, with predestined mates, a monster from the past who has a serious beef with the heroine (he was a truly despicable character), and ménage sex and shifter claiming that solves everything. Also, there are quite a few editing snafus in the text, with  wrong word use of things like your and you’re, which are not the same. Plus, there is a heck of a lot of comma weirdness, making the sentences sometimes so unreadable you have to go over them several times. This naturally takes the reader out of the story and back to awareness of reading a book.

We don’t really get to know Juniper as a person with dreams of her own which is a shame because it perpetuates the image that women’s sole goal in life is to act girly, fall in love, have phenomenal sex, get married, have a brood of kids, and settle down to do that, and nothing else. That strikes me, an educated woman with a career, as outdated. Still, it can very well be the dream for some women, and Juniper seems to be among them. When she discovers her inner strength in a safe environment, she blossoms. Black Town welcomes her with open arms, which was nice, adding a we-make-our-own-family dimension to the story.

Now that we got the negative out of the way, the story has a certain lure to it. Even though I felt like I’d read the story before, I still liked it. The continuous sensual feel, the slow revelations of what is happening behind the scenes, the threat of going mad without a mate, and all that action made me turn pages in a rush to find out more. In fact, this tale is full of action. The plot is fast-paced, while the danger gathers at the end, when Juniper is in mortal jeopardy, and her panther men get the chance to be heroic and powerful.

Australia is not a setting I’ve read much about, only a handful of romance books over the years. I found the contrast between city and country, day and night, shack and mansion quite thrilling, especially because of the Australian background. It added some spice to the tale, I admit. The paranormal setting I assume was explained in detail in the first book of the series. I personally would have liked to know more about Black Town which seemed like a quaint little town, with a huge majority of feline shifters. This setting definitely has its own charm.

All in all, this is a sensual story with suspense and romance in balanced quantities. Recommended for all fans of paranormal shifter fans and ménage admirers. You won’t go amiss with this one.

Cat Flash by Megan Slayer

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Cat Flash by Megan Slayer
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (58 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Meliana has denied her powers as a witch because she’d rather fit into society. She doesn’t want to stand out, but a woman with blue hair and the power to work magic doesn’t necessarily blend in. She got the cat in an attempt to be normal, but this kitty has a secret and it’s guaranteed to surprise.

I liked this short story. It was a fast read, very short, but I enjoyed every page.

First of all, the story is set in a world where most people are aware of magical beings like witches, shifters and the like. Not surprisingly, there are a few radicals hanging around to stir up trouble.

Meliana, our heroine, is a witch. The story begins when her grandmother, a powerful matriarch witch, gifts her with a kitten that Meli names Chaos. The tricky witch assures Meli that he is a normal kitty cat, and tells her that they will set each other free. Fast forward two years and a broken heart before Meli wakes up to find a sexy stranger in her bed. He clues her into the truth. His name is Adrian and he is her magical shifter mate.

There was some conflict that livened things up in this short story. Meli has been beaten down by the people closest to her, so she has trouble accepting that Adrian’s love. She thinks that he’ll only end up breaking her heart and moving on. She keeps trying to push him away, until it’s almost too late.

Mostly, I liked this story. It was fast paced and fun to read. I liked the characters, easily connecting with them. While I enjoyed it, I felt that it could’ve been better with a stronger plot. Specifically, I had some unresolved questions about the villains and how their plans were thwarted. Also, I would’ve liked more background on Meli, because it was obvious that her life had not been easy. My main complaint is that I wanted more. Not bad for a short book though.

This was my first time reading this particular author. I enjoyed it, and look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

Taming the Mistress by Sindra van Yssel

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Taming the Mistress by Sindra van Yssel
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (127 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

A veteran dominatrix, Mistress Sue goes to Bondage Ranch fresh on the heels of a break-up with a male submissive looking for another to pass the weekend with. She sees old flames and friends who have found partners. Subs offer their services, but she also catches the eye of Dane Kilmer, a different kind of Dom.

Dane isn’t into the latex and leather trappings of BDSM, and he’d rather make love under the stars than in a dungeon, but he’s undeniably an alpha male. For both of them, the other represents a different kind of lover than they’ve experienced. As Sue is drawn to Dane’s tent near the primal bonfire, Dane experiences a tug back. The battle for dominance threatens to drive them apart, and so does Sue’s pride as she decides whether she is ready to kneel to a man after many years on top.

I adore this series, and this is another unique and strong addition to the series. I’ve met Mistress Sue in previous books, but this time, this time it’s different because she meets a man who makes her want to submit at his feet.

Sue, has always been very much into the props that come with dominating men, while Dane is more into just into embracing the primal side. I liked this contrast of styles, and watching them have to work at finding a middle ground.

The only con was that I was used to Sue being this Mistress and watching her becoming a sub was a bit strange. I do feel like the author handled this pretty well, and a reader who picked up this book up as a first time read by Ms. Yssel wouldn’t have this same issue. This book can definitely be read as a stand alone.

I enjoyed being back on Bondage Ranch, and I do hope there are more stories set here in the future. The author is great at writing quick and light hearted BDSM, and I enjoy her skill with novella length stories that still have an emotional punch.

Put A Ring On It by Sean Michael

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Put A Ring On It by Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (26 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Marriage is in the air at the Hammer Club! While celebrating Marcus and Jim’s first year anniversary with them, the question of marriage comes up between Billy and Montana.

Montana is less than receptive to the concept, though, surprising Billy. Not willing to leave it alone, Billy digs until he finds out what Montana’s objections are, allowing the long-term couple to reconnect.

Will Billy put a ring on it? Or is marriage just not in the cards for them?

Billy and Montana are enjoying a party to celebrating the one year wedding anniversary of friends when marriage comes into the conversation. Billy is surprised to find that Montana doesn’t believe Billy wants to marry him. Such a surprising revelation leads to a deep and meaningful conversation between the two men, where they both are honest and discover new things about each other.

I really enjoyed how while Billy and Montana are in a committed, stable relationship, this shows that even the healthiest of relationships need work and constant vigilance. With the author showing the depth and communication needed to keep a relationship on an even keel, I found myself immersed in Billy’s commitment and thoughts. The sex was smoking hot and kinky enough to make me blush. Not for the faint of heart, but I really felt as if the love behind it all make it seem gentler, not as harsh as some other writers might have made it.

Once I realised what the title “put a ring on it” symbolized I had to laugh and laugh. I refuse to spoil the surprise, but I can’t help but feel it’s one of those titles where now, every time I hear the fairly common phrase this is what I will think back to. I’ve read a number of Sean Michael’s stories and he never fails to make me laugh, gasp and squirm. I find him an excellent author and always well worth the read. Recommended.

Having His Cake by Genna Donaghy

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Having His Cake by Genna Donaghy
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (21 pgs)
Other: M/M Anal Play
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Wedding bells are in Matty Strauss’ future. Not his own, of course. He’s about to cater for the biggest event in his career, and the fact he’s had to sell out to do it is just icing on his stress-cake.

Needing to loosen up and forget his worries, Matty takes himself out to his favorite club. Hooking up with a random hottie was part of the plan, but finding out it’s the groom-to-be wasn’t.

Matty can’t help but try to help make Cathryn’s wedding as perfect as she wants it to be. In charge of the food and all-important wedding cake, Matty is determined to use Cathryn’s wedding to help launch him into the arena of big-boys. With one last night of freedom before work will encompass everything, Matty heads to the club to blow off some steam. A mystery man makes all the right moves on the dance-floor, and before he knows it Matty is indulging in a club-fuck. What was supposed to be a no-strings-attached quickie takes a seriously complicated turn when Matty once again bumps into the mystery man.

While I understood Matty’s personal rules about club sex – not giving out his name and keeping them as one-night-stands around the back of the club – I felt that Eaton’s reactions and shyness should have clued Matty in that this wasn’t some common guy used to the circuit. Matty came across at the end of this scene as mean and a little harsh, and this pulled me out of the story. Feeling bad for Eaton and sad for him, and not really liking Matty’s actions had me needing to take a break and step away for a little bit. While I might be a big soft-touch, it’s not common for me to need a breather like this when reading romance, so it was a reaction that really stuck with me.

Having said that, I really enjoyed the emotional depth to the writing. I found this to be a story that brought me both high and low. I became invested in Matty’s character, and fiercely wanted both he and Eaton to find happiness together. I also thought the author wasn’t afraid to hold back. Marriage equality, and issues such as strength of morals and having to compromise were all addressed in this short story. Don’t be fooled by the small page count, I found despite the shortness this story packed quite a punch and hit a few important points.

Despite their rocky start – and the near-unbelievable coincidence of Matty and Eaton meeting again – there is a wonderful Happily Ever After and a wonderful resolution to the story. This is not a book full of realism and lighthearted fun – but it is an emotional and very well written short story. Readers who like a bit of drama and having their heart and emotions toyed with from strong writing will probably find themselves loving this story. A strong, emotional story with two wonderful characters.

Given to the Savage by Natasha Knight

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Given to the Savage by Natasha Knight
Publisher: Stormy Night Publications
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (174 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Fetish, Spanking, Bondage, Anal Sex
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Waratah

In the aftermath of a plague which brought civilization to its knees and left most of the world’s female population sterile, the few women who remain fertile have become a precious commodity. They live in relative comfort, but upon reaching adulthood they must bear children to carry on the species.

Twenty-four-year-old Rowan knows the role she will be expected to play, but when she dares to resist her fate the penalty is severe. After a public chastisement and a thorough medical examination, Rowan is given to a savage from outside the community–a huge brute of a man named Silas.

Against all expectations, Rowan finds herself drawn to Silas. Brave and ruggedly handsome, he is everything the men she has known before were not, and despite the circumstances something deep inside her begs for him to claim her. But while she soon finds herself longing to be his forever, Rowan knows that one day those who gave her to him will try to take her back. When that day comes will Silas fight to keep her at his side even if it means risking everything he loves?

Romance isn’t all flowers and candy when your value is in your ability to repopulate the world.

This book is listed as a dark read, and it is, but not too dark. A Dystopian world that is a bit warped where the natural order of things are not so natural. The upper class can’t seem to produce offspring, and they have a prevalent need for breeders.

I would think that in having the need for something, it would make someone treat it better. Not so much in this case. The breeders are treated worse than animals but yet without them… extinction of their race could be a real possibility.

In the outer rim of the colony it looks like breeding isn’t an issue, they have a decent way of life. But it’s also where the fight for food and medical supplies is constant. A leader of the village is given an offer he will be hard pressed not to accept. Rowan is a new and young breeder, something she always knew she would be. She’s horrified at the thought of being made to leave the colony to breed with a savage.

Ms. Knight sets the scene and builds the tension to the point of being harsh and extreme. Readers who don’t enjoy feeling anxious for the characters might struggle with this one. On the other hand, for readers who want to be transported into the darkness, this is spot on.

Some parts were intense… the exams were humiliating but did just what they were intended to do, keep Rowan, and some extent the reader, off balance and down. But then Rowan thinks of rebelling against what was happening to her but her body seemed to crave and respond.

Silas worked hard at trying to keep detached, his feelings in check. All that was important was the safety of his family and people. Or so he kept telling himself. Since this is romance, I wanted (needed) to like Silas and his reasons for being a part of this. Ms. Knight gives him likability and even though it’s unconventional, the romance is believable.

This was a second book I’ve had the pleasure in reading from this author and I really enjoy her writing. This book was a decent length and so far seemed a stand-alone, which I love. It is a bit dark, a bit edgy and sci-fi to a point. I’d recommend it as a good read for those who look for gritty and not so neatly wrapped romance.

Building Us by Lynn Townsend

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Building Us by Lynn Townsend
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (16 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

As a construction foreman, Eric knows how to build a house. What he’s uncertain of is how to build a life, now that he’s finally found the man he wants to spend his with. Temple, a university professor with a stack of erudite publications as long as his arm has always played the single’s game, until he meets Eric.

Will a roof-top proposal lead to “I do” or will the whole thing fall apart when Eric can’t put a ring on it?

Eric is a working man – a builder and roofer, well used to dirt and construction sites. Temple is a tenured professor, urbane, neat and well educated. Never in a million years did Eric think he’d end up with a man like Temple, but he loves the professor to pieces. Despite delays and disasters, Eric insists Temple come up on the roof and hammer in the last nail, finalizing their new home together. Eric and Temple are solid – as structurally sound as the house Eric’s just built, but that doesn’t mean life can’t still throw them curve balls.

This is a really sweet, softly funny story of two men already deep in love trying to take the next step together, and all the twists and turns life can hand them. I found myself laughing aloud at times, and sighing happily at others. The author does an amazing job, filling both Eric and Temple with life and vibrancy. I instantly found myself attached to both characters, and loving their difference as much as their similar love for each other. Neither man is a cliché, or arrogant, but the strength of their love for each other is a real joy to read.

Hot and sensual, but also really sweet and gentle, this is a short story for those low on time but still wanting some spicy reading. Temple and Eric really captured my imagination and their sweetness and evident love had the romance reader in me deeply satisfied. Light, fun reading, this is a book I can heartily recommend.

Demons’ Captive by Evanne Lorraine

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Demons’ Captive by Evanne Lorraine
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Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (142 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Waratah

One dangerous warrior woman plus two rogue demon males equals a love to threaten an empire. As a d’skeku trooper, Zaynah belongs to the emperor. Duty is everything. She’s sworn to take her own life if she fails to achieve her mission. When demon brothers rescue her from the wreckage of her spacecraft, she faces a heartbreaking choice between honoring her vows or following her heart.

The rebel demons live to exact vengeance from the Emperor Prado in blood. The hated royal ordered the murder of their brothers, sparing them so they would take the blame for the heinous crime. The demons escaped by stowing away on a miner heading for Ranin Seven. The remote moon, rich in the duranium essential hyper-light travel provides the brothers with a power base to bring their enemy to his knees.

After capturing an imperial they have a new weapon–one of the emperor’s special pets, but a d’skeku assassin is a dangerous blade to wield. She might give them the vital edge they need to win or she might destroy their untested Pan-Galactic Alliance.

Zaynah is their mate and a latent dragon on the cusp of shifting and she’s about to become a whole lot more lethal.

It’s the epitome of a “do or die” situation when her Emperor sends Zaynah on a mission, and she thinks she has a better chance of dying then completing it.

The subject of warriors and demons could have been dark and deeply intense but this story came off as more cute and sweet. What’s a girl to do when she finds out she’s not what she appears to be? And what a way to find out!

Zaynah was trained from birth to be a royal guard, it’s all she knows. But she has never felt like she was part of the rest of the guard. Something was missing or different.

Gun and Diablo are fire demon brothers on a mission to bring down the tyrant responsible for killing most of the other demon kind. All their glorified plans are put a risk by one slip of a girl…seemingly a human but apparently not. An enemy… they won’t know just yet, because her not so graceful landing on the planet has left her without her memories. She doesn’t remember who she is or why she was sent. The one thing she does know, is these guys smell amazing! Readers who like the whole “fated mate” concept will enjoy this twist.

Things will get a bit hairy for all three of them. Zaynah will have to come to grips with her transition and she doesn’t have a lot of time. Will her mind stay foggy? Will she remember in time to be of help or be the one they will have to fight against?

It’s a good story when I’m anticipating the author’s next move and actively looking for answers to specific questions that weren’t wrapped up here. The story captured my attention and held it to the end.

I found this book fun and entertaining, both the story and the characters. Even the length of the story was good. It’s a nice, quick read and partly because it flows well. I’ll be looking forward to reading more from this writer.

Tales of the Djinn: The Double by Emma Holly

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Tales of the Djinn: The Double by Emma Holly
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (262 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Masturbation, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

What would you do if the man you loved had a double?

That’s the challenge Elyse faces when a flying carpet lands her and her new djinn lover in the glorious city he calls home. Cade’s people need help recovering from a curse, but this isn’t the only problem they’ll have to fix. Cade’s trip to Elyse’s world created a duplicate of himself, a not-quite carbon copy who firmly believes he’s Cade’s superior.

The most fascinating aspect of this second story of the Djinn is the argument of nature versus nurture, of exploring how experiences in life shape a person and change them from who they are to who they could be. I realize the focus of The Double is on the continued romance between, Elyse and Cade, and now, Arcadius, but I couldn’t stop being fascinated by the differences and similarities between the two men who used to be one man.

The crux of Elyse’s relationship with Cade is trying to resist being interested in Arcadius too. Personally, I couldn’t see how she could realistically expect to be unaffected by the man. He is as Cade was when she first met him. There was something about him then, so Arcadius is like a condensed, purer form of Cade’s former self. Sound confusing? Guess that means this isn’t a standalone read. A reader really needs to read the first book to understand not only what I’m talking about in this review but to also understand the ramifications of the guy with the black tattoos. Very cool stuff.

Joseph’s character, although secondary, is a strong and pivotal plot stirrer. He isn’t what he used to be but he’s much, much better in some aspects. That creates new problems for him that only in this book was I able to understand just what is now at stake for him. It will be very interesting to see what happens next. His sub-story is just as fascinating and complex as the primary plot. And yet, he compliments Elyse and Cade extremely well.

The problem of one or two men to the one woman notwithstanding, The Double also provides a reader with a devious villain with a suspenseful plot that is nasty in nature. In the process of the heroine and heroes trying to solve the mystery before more people die, I learned some more facts about Elyse’s childhood. That cousin of hers was a harridan in the making, a dastardly twisted and self-centered little snot even back then who only got worse as she grew up. How much of that was nature and how much was nurture? With the father she had I’m of the mind that she had the worst of both and, I’m thinking she was doomed to be a prideful, evil, depraved woman. I think she got what she deserved but only time and Ms. Holly knows for sure.

As for the sex in this book, Ms. Holly pulled out all the stops and let the lust fly. Erotic romance readers should be plenty satisfied with the scope, the titillating complexity and the amount of sexy encounters between Elyse, Cade and eventually Arcadius too. There are emotional landmines to navigate, some of which are very unique to this particular book because of the split man/men. It’s a fascinating scenario but plenty hot too.

I remember the cliff hanger from the first book with regards to Elyse’s dad. I’m glad that was explored and explained in this novel. I liked his character. I also find interesting the author’s twisting of faith and religion between a fantasy world and the contemporary world. A few sentences in this tale were a bit hard for me to swallow, but it is a fantasy and fiction so I can’t begrudge an author exploring alternative scenarios to fit her fantastical characters.

Yasmin and Balu were introduced in this tale and they added to the plot conflict on various levels. I suspect that readers will see more of them in a future story. As for this novel, the happy ever after for Elyse and her men is getting closer. There were definite steps taken to make me believe it will happen soon, but Ms. Holly is a masterful storyteller so I’ll wait and see what happens next. There are still some missing people that have to be accounted for, one of which is the insane female who caused the entire ruckus in the first place. This series is addictive.

The Double should not be missed by anyone who read the first book, The Guardian. If fans thought that one was exciting, this one bumped it up a notch. There is a pivotal scene with a special book that almost turns the tide in a different and expected direction. I was biting my nails at that part. But Ms. Holly knows her readers and I am thrilled she chose what she did as the outcome. I’m a happy reader. I would definitely recommend this novel to everyone who read The Guardian but caution new readers – there will be parts that won’t make sense unless the first book is read. It’s worth checking out so they can get the full WOW factor of this one.

The SIS Case Files Stories by AR Moler

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The SIS Case Files Stories by AR Moler
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Three short stories from the SIS Case Files are collected here.

In Fortune Cookies Are Better in Bed, SIS Agent Evan Garrett has plans for his partner, John. Chinese food for two, to start with. Things lead to dessert in the elevator with a bottle of chocolate syrup. When the plan backfires, with embarrassing results, Evan has to figure out how to save the night. Are fortune cookies better in bed?

When you’re stuck in an epic DC beltway traffic jam, how do you pass the time? Frisky, sexy antics are a good start. Read all about them in Chinese Fire Drill.

Lastly comes Mandatory Fun. The head of Special Investigative Services, John Benchley, dreads the holiday season. In recent years, he’s lost two friends and fellow agents. The last thing he wants to do right now is participate in the mandatory Yuletide interagency bash. In particular, he’d really, really like to avoid an old hook-up, the man-eating Madison Carthage. Gabrielle Dichenz and Evan Garrett, his current lovers, promise him a reward for being a good boy and hanging in there. Sexy grown-up presents are good; love and support are better. John’s Christmas season just might take a turn for the better this year.

This is a great anthology of three short stories.

Fortune Cookies Are Better In Bed: Evan is unpacking the Chinese takeout he’s about to share with his work and life partner, John. Dealing every day with the “weird” – vampires, werewolves and the like – makes it difficult to explain things like budget expenditures to the Powers That Be. Still, the two men enjoy their work and wouldn’t have it any other way. What initially starts out as a bit of playful, dominating fun turns into a potentially embarrassing scenario as both men are taken by surprise.

Fun and lighthearted, I found this to be a laugh-out-loud funny story with a sexy, deeply satisfying ending.

Chinese Fire Drill: John and Evan are late picking up their third lover – Gabrielle. Stuck in traffic, Evan and John start by celebrating the end of a long week with a bang. When Gabrielle gets into it, heat explodes between them all.

A smoking hot read that will definitely have me distracted next time I’m stuck in traffic!

Naughty: Mandatory Fun: At a schmoozing party full of various government agencies, Gabrielle, John and Evan try to inject a bit of fun into the annual affair. Dodging frosty ex-lovers and networking with colleagues, it’s a party with many undercurrents – most of the them intriguingly sexy. Finishing the night with Brie, the foursome thoroughly enjoy their night of “Mandatory Fun”.

This is a great collection of seriously sexy stories. Due to the short length I found myself sometimes falling behind, trying to catch up to the various changes in dynamic between the relationships. I’d have enjoyed a little more depth to some of the explanations of the boundaries and settings of John and Evan’s relationship, but this didn’t lessen my enjoyment of their antics. While John and Evan are the main pairing, they have a committed threesome with Gabrielle and all three of them are open to the other possibilities.

Smoking hot, this is a fun, humorous group of stories that I really enjoyed. Recommended.