Under the Mistletoe by Vic Winters

Under the Mistletoe by Vic Winters
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Holiday, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (38 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex, Masturbation, BDSM, Spanking, Voyeurism, Multiple Partners
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Three stories, three couples, all trying to make the season bright. From Brand and Tony exploring a little BDSM in The Present, and Adam and Eddie, both trying to find a little Christmas far away from home in Christmas on the Beach, to Danny and Jeff who plan a very traditional celebration for their first Christmas together in I Got the Booby Prize, these six men just want to have a Merry Christmas.

These guys are hot, hot, hot with a side of mistletoe.

I love MM stories and these were a good addition to the genre. Vic Winters’ books flow well and have engaging characters. I’m glad I picked up the book. Each tale, though short, features something for everyone.

The Present involves two men finding the right balance for their relationship. I liked how the author handled the BDSM in the story. I had a hard time buying into this being a Christmas story–it felt like it could’ve been any time of the year–but that didn’t take away from the read. The characters of Brand and Tony were interesting. The play between Brand and Jack was definitely hot.

Christmas at the Beach was just that–a fun beach read. Adam and Eddie were sweet together. I liked how the author wrote the loneliness of being away from family over the holidays. This was a feel good story that tugged at the heart. I loved the twist ending and hope there are more stories about these two characters.

I Got the Booby Prize was a little harder to get through. The sentiment of this story is cute. The characters though…I didn’t really engage with them much. It was like I read their story, but wasn’t immersed in it.

If you’re looking for a cute read with holiday flair, one to read during a lazy afternoon before the holidays, then this might be the book for you.

Rope Burn by Em Petrova

Rope Burn by Em Petrova
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (179 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

She wants to turn up the heat. He’s got the skills to whip her into a frenzy.

The Boot Knockers Ranch, Book 5

TV food show host Tabbart Tracy works hard to give viewers her best recipes. But while her fans are legion, her personal life is colder than a meat locker. Most men just want her to serve up some pie—in the nude.

One glance at her assistant’s sexy brother, though, and her body skips straight from low simmer to rolling boil. Especially when she tracks him down at a stud ranch. Where he’s the stud.

When a certain little TV foodie personally requests Stowe’s company for a week, he’s flattered as hell. She needs to give up some control, and as a sex therapist otherwise known as the “Dom from Down Under”, Stowe has the leather, rope, and paddles to do it.

Just as Tabbart melts into a puddle under Stowe’s hands, her worst fear chills her back to reality: someone recognizes her. Worse, her Master frowns on opening her checkbook to make it all go away. But trusting him means hanging onto their connection with both hands—while he takes her for the ride of her life.

Em Petrova has written another steamy story that captivated this reader. Rope Burn is the fifth book in her amazing Boot Knockers Series. Let me tell you it doesn’t get any hotter than this series and Stowes book happens to be among my favorites.

I couldn’t help but like Stowe who was known as The Dom From Down Under around the Boot Knockers Ranch. It was lust at first sight when Stowe and Tabbart first met on the set of her celebrity food show. They had an instant connection but Stowe returns to the ranch without making any moves on Tabbart. These two were both feeling restless in their lives for one reason or another. They couldn’t stop thinking about each other but it was Tabbart who sought Stowe out at the Boot Knockers Ranch and paid for his sex therapy services for a week. Her only request was complete privacy because of being a celebrity, and that was where the most trouble came about when someone recognized her at the ranch.

Em Petrova gave these two characters an incredibly real connection. They were fascinated with each other right from the beginning, but their relationship grew into something more than the sizzling chemistry, and somehow the author conveyed that deeper connection in their scenes together. As usual, it was their intimate scenes that burned up the pages. Stowe had all the right moves and toys, cuffs, crops, whips to make Tabbert one very happy girl. Now, readers who are familiar with this series will know that Stowe is known around the ranch as The Dom From Down Under. So there was some lite BDSM. There wasn’t a lot of drama between them until the end, but both of these characters were likeable. Tabbart totally trusted in Stowe, and he was determined to protect her no matter what.

I absolutely love Em Petrova’s books. Her writing style is excellent, the story was engaging and flowed easily. I enjoyed it so much that it seemed to fly by too fast, even. My favorite part, and the one that first snagged my interest, was the strong characters and their wonderful bond. Yes, it was a sensual story but it was that romance aspect that I loved most.

I completely enjoyed this book !

Romantic Takeover: Baby Matchmaker by Rose Chapman

Romantic Takeover: Baby Matchmaker by Rose Chapman
Publisher: TDL Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When her sister and brother-in-law passes away leaving behind a six-month old baby, Lisa was determined to take care of the only family she had left even if it meant working day and night to sustain them both. However, the appearance of Alex Dawson, the baby’s uncle and Lisa’s long time crush turned their life upside down. Unable to reject his proposal to move in with him for the baby’s sake, Lisa wondered if she would be able to fight the smoking hot attraction between them or end up in the playboy’s bed.

Lisa is grief-stricken when her sister and brother in law die in a tragic car crash, leaving Lisa with their three month old infant son, Jason. In this horrible time, the first major complication she needed to face was Alex Dawson, Jason’s uncle and the brother of her brother in law. Lisa might be feeling overwhelmed, upset beyond belief and lost, but that doesn’t mean she thinks that moving in with Alex is a smart idea, not for her or Jason.

I found this to be an interesting short story. While the pace was a little fast for my personal taste, many readers might enjoy the quick read. A lot happens here, Lisa’s whole life gets thrown upside down and while the ending is very enjoyable, I usually like to savor the road there as much as the destination. I had a lot of sympathy for Lisa, I found her to be a very relatable character. Alex was a bit more elusive to me – more of an actions rather than words man – and I would have enjoyed getting to know his character a bit more. The attraction between Alex and Lisa was undeniable though, and their simmering chemistry was always going to explode when they jointly began to care for little Jason.

I thought the conflict in the book was a little clichéd, but it certainly helped nudge the plot along and help cement the relationship between Alex and Lisa. The sex was graphic and the chemistry between Lisa and Alex smoking hot, but I feel it was also written tenderly enough many traditional romance readers will find it deeply satisfying. There’s nothing extreme or envelope pushing here, and I feel many readers will enjoy this extra spice to be the perfect culmination of Lisa’s giving herself to Alex fully.

A well written, emotional read, this is a wonderful short story that should appeal to a wide range of readers.

For Her Honor by Cerise DeLand

For Her Honor by Cerise DeLand
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (81 Pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

When a knight must choose between duty to his king or saving his beloved, the choice is clear. He must take up a sword of passion.

When a king’s man claims a woman he shouldn’t have, he chains her to him anyway with bonds of desire that rival all the king’s men.

Will Dunwick takes one look at lush widow Blanche Bergeron and knows she can never be his.

But when she runs from him—and he chains her to him lest she flee again—he binds himself to her body, heart and soul.

Can Will free himself of his obsession—or will both of them lose their lives for a love affair they should never have consummated?

Cerise DeLand continues her Swords Of Passion Series with For Her Honor. This was another story that I enjoyed.

William Dunwick, the Earl of Greystone, was a loyal advisor to King John, and he was the friend who helped Simon and Elise in the first book of this series. He doesn’t quite agree with the king using his power to force politically advantageous marriages. Still, he was bound and determined to do his duty when the king orders him to escort an recalcitrant, and independent window to the alter. Blanche really does not want to marry, so she tries to run away, only to be tracked down by a clever Will and then chained to his side for a hasty trip back.

Unlike in the first book, I wasn’t as completely convinced of the romance for Will and Blanche. However, the sexual tension was incredible between these two. Despite her anger, Blanche was fascinated by Will, his size, his handsome looks, and bold manner. She wanted him in her bed even as she fought for her freedom. For his part Will was just as attracted to Blanche, so he decides to teach her a few sexual tricks that he picked up along the way. As with the first book, this was a sultry story, with vivid sex scenes, and anal play. Will and Blanche grow even closer and realize that they share common sorrows, but by then their time together draws to an end amidst greedy power plays and political intrigue. Will has a choice to make, either bow down to King John or somehow convince him to change his mind.

I was easily pulled into this story. It was well written and fast paced, and I liked the vibrant, and likeable characters, rich history, and steamy sexual tension. So now it’s on to the third and final book in this exciting series.

At Her Service by Cerise DeLand

At Her Service by Cerise DeLand
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (86 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

The one man Elise Dumond has always craved is the one man she should not have in her bed—or in her heart.

Elise Dumond has always done her duty to her aging husband. But when the lovely Countess learns her dying spouse has paid a bounty to her childhood friend to father a child with her, Elise trembles at the prospect of being possessed by the famous knight who is now a legendary lover.

Simon de la Poer is determined to claim Elise in all the imaginative ways he has yearned for these past ten years. As he teaches her the joys of exotic pleasure, she revels in their passion. Their rekindled love burns fast and bright, inciting their enemies to try to tear them apart with lies—and murder.

I absolutely loved this sexy, medieval romance by Cerise DeLand.

The plot was interesting. Once, long ago, Simon and Elise were childhood friends. Then as young lovers they were forced apart by her father, who maried Elise off to an older man. Now her husband is dying and without an heir, so the Earl concocts a scheme for Elise to conceive a child with another man. He chooses Simon de la Poer who by now is a legendary lover, and the man that Elise still desires. Simon and Elise want each other and now they have her husband’s full approval to fulfill their every naughty desire. They begin a scorching erotic affair, that inevitably gets complicated by greed and political intrigue.

This was a short story, but incredibly rich and vibrantly descriptive. It is romantic because Elise and Simon were in love all along, and the author managed to convey those feelings, so there was a definite emotional connection. It was suspenseful with a betrayal and murder to keep it interesting. It was steamy, Elise and Simon made up for their lost time with lots of hot, vividly detailed sex. I did feel that Simon belonged more in a BDSM novel; he was a naughty dirty talker with some kinky tricks up his sleeve. Lastly, there was a bit of voyeurism, since Simon and Elise had sex while her husband was in the bed with them. This only happened the one time, but it’s still worth a mention.

All in all this short story was an incredibly sensual read, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan

Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (205 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

Finding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex.

No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Heidi Cullinan is easily one of my all-time favorites for M/M small town romance. I enjoy that she addresses the prejudices that can crop up in small town USA and that she meets it head on with characters that aren’t afraid to love each other despite the world around them.

Snow penises, that’s what sold this book for me, the cute way that Kyle and Paul finally saw each other as a possibility, the moment that Paul realizes that Kyle is all grown up. Kyle is the smaller of the two men, but he’s definitely in charge. I loved this about him, he’s not afraid to be everything Paul needs to fall in love and be happy.

The way that a good chunk of the town works hard to help Kyle woo Paul made me smile, and I loved catching up with past characters and the way they supported each other. I so want to visit Logan Minnesota myself, after reading this book, too bad it’s fictional.

For a good small town romance with a MM twist, look no further than Winter Wonderland, it has quirky characters, a warm fuzzy feeling and leaves the reader craving some Christmas cheer.

Cowboy Not Included by Em Petrova

Cowboy Not Included by Em Petrova
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (151 Pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Diapers and baby food are uppermost in Skye Blackwood’s mind—at least until she’s alone at night. Two years is a long time, and her toy collection isn’t all that satisfying. Especially since her battery-operated lovers came from Booker, her ex.

Everyone said they married too young, and they were right. He could be a bigger part of their daughter’s life, though, so she tracks him down—and is shocked to discover he’s working at a Texas sex therapy ranch. She reserves a week of something tall, dark, and cowboy for herself, planning to use her down time to talk to Booker.

When Skye steps onto the Boot Knockers stage, Booker doesn’t hesitate to pull the plug. A giant misunderstanding may have ended things between them, but no way is he letting another cowboy into her bed.

Once alone, their animal attraction flares back to life. But time hasn’t healed the emotional wounds that still run deep. And renewing their old bond could be the biggest mistake they ever made…

I loved this amazing story! It was a panty-scorching read that kept me engaged from beginning to end.

Cowboy Not Included is book six in Em Petrova’s fantastic Boot Knockers Ranch Series. It can be read as a stand alone novel.

This is Booker’s love story, and it was a super hot read that lived up to all my expectations. Now, everyone who’s read this series absolutely knows who Booker is …. he’s the King of sex toys. As the story opens we learn a bit about Booker’s past ; he has an ex-wife that he still loves, and an adorable little daughter that he hasn’t seen in a long time. He’s heartbroken that he lost them both. His ex-wife, Skye, is a good single mom, but lately she’s been thinking about Booker, and wishes that he was a part of little Findlee’s life. She tracks him down to the Boot Knockers Ranch. Booker never stopped thinking about Skye, so imagine his surprise when she turns up at the ranch to talk things over, and looking for some cowboy sex therapy for herself. That’s when he takes control of the situation, it seems that Booker is a very possessive man.

There was a true connection between Booker and Skye, and not just because of the hot sex, or their daughter either. Their love had never died, even though they both made mistakes. Booker was a hopeless flirt and Skye was overly jealous. They got their second chance, and Booker was still reluctant to tell Skye everything about his sexual preferences, until eventually he gave her one eye opening show.

Mercy ! Em Petrova wrote an excellent and steamy story with this one. Cowboy Not Included was a sweet second chance at love romance, but it was sinfully sexy, with all kinds of decadent intimacies. You name it and it was in this book.

In short, I was delighted by this book, and can’t wait for the next one in the series.

Strength of Arms by Danica St. Como

Strength of Arms by Danica St. Como
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (188 pages)
Other: M/F/M, M/F, Menage
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

In the wilds of Maine on her way to complete an assignment, CIA Clandestine Ops agent Lorelei Randall is ambushed and nearly killed. She is rescued by retired Marine scout sniper Adam Stone and his spotter/partner, Lucian Duquesne, and taken to Sanctuary training camp. The men care for her, and sexual heat quickly develops between the three.

Unable to choose between them, Lorelei ultimately accepts both hard, muscled, determined men as her lovers—which puts her assignment, and her life, at further risk. With Lucian as their anchor, Lorelei experiments with both him and Adam, singly and together, realizing she’s been missing such hot, over the top, ramped up sex. Although the men do their best to protect her, she stubbornly insists that she is totally capable of caring for herself. But changing the game plan at the last minute, her stubbornness places her at the wrong end of an assassin’s gun.

If you love erotic romance with a side of mystery, this might be the book for you.

It’s a ménage with a very suspenseful mystery. I found the story portrayed the characters very well and the writing was good enough that it plunged me into their world enough to fall in love with the characters.

The plot and the characters shone through and that is sometimes difficult for me to say about an erotic novel. Why? In many books, the erotic writing and the sex scenes tend to overshadow everything, but in Strength of Arms there was passion, chemistry and sex that worked and a strong story. The main plot offset the amount of heat that these three characters gave off and it was a good balance.

Strength of Arms is perfect for readers who love erotic stories with a little bit of something else as well.

Fortune’s Star by Morgan Hawke

Fortune’s Star by Morgan Hawke
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (154 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

In the heart of the Imperial Stars, past and future collide, as ghosts converge in battle for a fortune-teller’s soul…on Port Destiny Station.

Luxi Emery was perfectly happy with her position as the receptionist for Armored Media Corp. Then her hidden talent for seeing the future awakened–and exposed a black-mailing con-artist haunted by a malevolent ghost. It was a lose-lose situation, and Luxi had only a single shred of hope. Her future awaits on Port Destiny Station. A future intertwined with Amun, the handsome diplomatic telepath, and Leto, a ghost-haunted cyborg with very human carnal appetites. If they can resolve a few…intimate…details. Yet a darker future is chases Luxi: they are not alone, and Leto’s is not the only hungry ghost.

A fast paced novella set in outer space with a love story between three people who find and connect in a world that the future is constantly changing. Both sci-fi with a touch of paranormal because of the ghosts, I definitely loved Luxi as a character. She’s a great character because she knows what she wants from her future, rescues herself and yet is able to bend a bit in order to change her destiny and fall in love.

Amun is suave, capable and definitely in control of both of his lovers. Leto is a unique character because he has a human soul/ghost inside of a cyborg. I kind of loved that about him, that he was very human and yet not. I also loved the way Luxi meets both men separately and yet falls for them both, and it helps the triad work well for them.

This is a novella, set in a world I’ve visited before, yet it is easily read as a delicious stand alone. There is a relationship between all three characters including some very sexy scenes between Amun and Leto. I enjoyed every scene, and I would gladly read a full length story with these three.

I highly recommend this story to fans of sci-fi menage romance who like when all three characters fully love each other.

With Her Kiss by Cerise DeLand

With Her Kiss by Cerise DeLand
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (106 Pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

With Her Kiss by Cerise DeLand
Book three in the Swords of Passion series

Defying his king, Geoffrey St. Claire invades a dungeon to save the woman he loves from cruel death. This time, he vows, he will save her and make her love him—or die trying.

Countess Katherine Harleigh knew her refusal to become King John’s lover courted his punishment. But she never thought he’d try to starve her. Cast into a dungeon—widowed, alone and disgraced—Kat fears no one can save her. Not even the one knight who always promised to love and protect her.

Geoffrey St. Claire serves his Sire as loyally as a sane man can. But when John imprisons the one woman Geoff has always adored, he risks his lands and his life to ride to her rescue. Yet, he knows she will never welcome his aid. She hates him too much for deserting her years ago. But he will not leave her this time.

Now, Geoff plans to save her from death and despair, nurse her back to health and then persuade her to love him as wholly as she once did. Seduction in her bath, her bed, her chamber is his only method and he prays he can restore her love for him before John appears with an army to take her from him once more…this time, forever.

With Her Kiss is the final book in the Swords Of Passion Series by Cerise DeLand. I have to say that I absolutely loved this one.

I was so captivated by this story that I hung on every word of this emotional story. Here was a love story that was rich in emotion and history, for Kat and Geoffrey had loved and been torn apart in the past. Years later, Kat has refused a greedy king’s lust for money, land, and her own body. In retaliation King John had her imprisoned, tortured and starved. This story snagged my attention, and my heart, with Kat’s desperate situation, and Geoffrey risking everything to defy the tyrannical King John and rescue his lost love. So much turmoil was heaped upon these two star crossed lovers in this story. It was truly heart wrenching reading in some parts. Now, as much as my heart broke for Kat, this was also an incredibly sensual story. The intimate scenes were heated with scorching passion, and of all things, raunchy sexual toys.

Honestly, for a short story, this plot was put together perfectly. The author slowly unraveled the intricacies of Geoffrey and Kat’s relationship. It was revealed that their bond had never been broken. They were tied together in more ways than one. I was absolutely delighted as each new secret was revealed.

At heart this was a very romantic story about two people who had to defy a king to be together. For me that is the best kind of romance, and when it all came together for them in the end, I rejoiced for these fictional characters. I really can’t say enough good things about Cerise DeLand’s writing style and the Swords Of Passion Series …. just that With Her Kiss has to be my favorite. I am happy to recommend this book !