Shess Amadi patrols villages on the edge of the veld, keeping people safe from magicians. Magic spreads like a contagious and fatal disease, but Shess is an Immune. So when she finds a man who’s infected, it doesn’t matter how handsome he is, not when his face shows the Mark that signifies magic. She draws her knife.
A short brutal fight ends with a kiss that’s equally ruthless, and not short at all. Then the magician, Ryard, lets her go, claiming he’s in that village to protect people too. Shess doesn’t trust a word out of his sensuous mouth, but when they’re both targeted by a common enemy, she has no choice but to escape with him.
Ryard knows she’s the worst possible person for him, because his death is just what she needs to return to grace. She’s not patrolling border villages for fun. But his touch won’t infect her, even if it has other devastating effects. And whether they’re hiding inside a baobab tree or cooling off in a waterhole, an explosive attraction may be the most dangerous thing either of them will fight—or be defeated by.
After her big screw up, Shess is on a mission to regain her status as a respected Immune. Her job is to hunt and destroy Magicians, and protect any more humans from becoming infected. Falling for the enemy was never in her plans.
After getting an unexpected tip from one of the villagers that a Magician had recently been spotted going into a hut, Shess prepares to confront, capture, and kill the man before he can infect anyone else. When the dwelling owner demands she leave his property, she quickly renders him unconscious, then moves inside. It doesn’t take long to discover her quarry. If she had any doubts about him being a Magician before, they quickly dispel when she sees the indicative marking on his face.
Her skills are a bit rusty and before she knows it, the man has her pinned to the ground, her life literally within his hands as the tips of his fingers close around her throat. This wasn’t how Shess imagined things turning out. She had not only misjudged her opponent, she’d let down her guard, which allowed him to get the drop on her. That mistake would cost her dearly.
Ryard didn’t have time to mash words or wit with an Immune. Unlike many of his kind, he truly cared about the wellbeing of humans. He certainly didn’t want to infect anyone. Sneaking into his uncle’s hut during the day had been foolish, he knew that. But it couldn’t be helped. A coven of Magicians lay in wait just beyond the village walls. Unfortunately, his presence hadn’t gone unseen. Now he had an Immune to deal with. Talk about bad luck. Her skills were decent enough, but he had more important matters to attend to. The group of Magician’s hanging around the outskirts of the village posed a bigger threat than the woman before him.
As much as he’d rather secure her aid in dealing with a possible Magician invasion, it seems she’s Hell bent on fighting instead. While he must admit, he certainly admires her skill; he doesn’t have time to play around. After a quick tussle, he moves in for the kill. It should be easy. With his hand wrapped around her throat, his fingers itching to close even tighter and cut off her air, he does something that surprises them both.
Shess is desperate to get back into her boss’ good graces. She has a lot to atone for. At first, Ryard seems to present the perfect opportunity for her to do so. Even when the opportunity presents itself for her to end his life, she can’t do it. Shess isn’t sure why—and she knows she’s just digging her hole on Malleus’ crap list even deeper—but Shess starts to rethink her previous attitude about all Magicians. As the book progresses, both Shess and Ryard begin to see things differently. While Ryard accepts his feelings for Shess much quicker than she does for him, both begin to open their heart and look beyond what they’ve been told and taught.
Marked by You quickly piqued my interest and I found myself eager to see what happened next. I thoroughly enjoyed how Shess and Ryard start out as mortal enemies, but both are forced to take a good hard look at their own biases and opinions and see past the category they’ve each been placed in. Had Shess acted on her trained impulses, she would have missed out on what Ryard has to offer. And had Ryard chosen to kill Shess at their first meeting, the whole village would have suffered. Separate, neither has the ability to deal with the threat posed right outside the village walls. Together, they’re able to use their skills to accomplish what needs to be done.
In most cases, Magicians don’t care who they infect. A simple touch is all it takes and most are more than happy to share their misfortune, knowing it’s a death sentence one way or another. Immunes have no sympathy for Magicians. Once infected, they must be killed. Both Ryard and Shess defy all that they know because their hearts tell them each has so much more to offer.
Over all, I enjoyed the story. Ms. Perera has penned some truly interesting characters. Her definition of magicians and how they spread their “disease” is definitely different than anything I’ve read before. I like her creativity and ability to think outside the box. Nice work, Ms. Perera. I’ll certainly watch for other titles from this author.
Think you know what a magician is? Think again. Marked by You offers a whole new perspective of the world of magic and what it means. If you’re like me and want your sexy hero and kick-butt heroine, then rest assured, Ms. Perera doesn’t disappoint. Marked by You offers everything you’d expect to find in a steamy romance, plus a whole lot more.
Victoria and the Alien Doctor by Jessica Coulter Smith
Intergalactic Brides 2
Publisher: Changeling Press, LLC
Length: Short Story (84 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
Doctor. Hero. Alien.
Time is running out. Victoria Mathers has tried everything. Her daughter has a rare cancer that hasn’t responded to any of the treatments human medicine has to offer. If she can’t convince the sexy alien doctor to help her, she knows she’ll watch her child die. Victoria will do anything to save her daughter, even if it means bonding with an alien for the rest of her life.
Per Earth’s rules, Xonos isn’t allowed to treat humans, unless they’re one of the new human-alien pairs. However, looking at the small human child who is obviously suffering tears at his heart. It’s been his life’s work to save people, and he isn’t sure he can stand by and watch an innocent child die when he might be able to help.
What starts as a simple arrangement quickly turns into something more as Xonos and Victoria grow closer. It isn’t long before she realizes that she yearns for his touch and she wants so much more from him than he may be willing to give. Love was never mentioned when they struck their bargain, but now she’ll settle for nothing less.
This is a melt-your-heart kind of story because the impetus for the plot is a mother’s passionate pursuit of trying to find a cure for her little girl. The author invested a lot of time into showing a reader just how precious and special the heroine’s daughter, Evie, is. It presented the perfect platform for two total strangers coming together to form a family. The depth of emotions between mother and child was well documented and well written.
That being the case, it’s not a huge surprise that the alien doctor, Xonos sees that past the pain of a desperate woman and instead realizes that the person he has before him is a woman of strength, courage and who possesses a deep capacity for love. But, can she love an alien? That is the question.
I really enjoyed this short story because it touched my emotions and made me feel. Granted, Xonos was almost too perfect in what he was willing to do and what he did do for the two new females in his life. Every obstacle was steamrolled over and in a way, the hero came off as an alien knight in shining armor – the conquering hero who doesn’t use a sword but a stethoscope and science to save the day. Once I realized that, I just relaxed and allowed myself to be entertained by a book that embodies the best of romance. The focus is on the people – their trials, their sacrifices, their hopes and dreams and the hope of a better tomorrow. It all works.
My favorite part is when Victoria sort of had to teach Xonos how to do a few things. I found that really sexy and a turn-on. She might have started off blushing but ended up screaming with delight. More than once. For a change, I was really happy when the hero and heroine burnt up the sheets. It wasn’t all thrusting lust, but fireworks of love.
Victoria and the Alien Doctor was incredibly romantic. It’s a story that makes a reader feel good. If you are having a rough day and need a break from stress and the frenetic demands of life, then this is a sweet book to take a short break with. I’m happy I read it.
Constant by Megan Slayer
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Length: Short Story (97 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Fetish
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe
He demands his submissive’s body and soul…but can he accept his sub’s heart?
Roddy Green never planned to fall in love and certainly not with his Dom, but every time he goes into Darkness, a fetish club, he falls for Vegas all over again. Being in love isn’t the same as being loved in return. Vegas is there to do a job—not to build a romance. But what if the main constant in Roddy’s life is the one person he can’t live without?
Andrew Vegas knows his job. He’s a Dom. But there is more than one side to him and he’s tired of keeping the other parts of him hidden. One man makes him feel safe and comfortable enough to open up—his pet, Roddy. But will Roddy, the producer of a local news broadcast, want to be with a man with secrets?
Roddy has been going to the club Darkness for years now. He knows that he should not have feelings for the Dom that he sees but it is too hard not to. Roddy has known for some time now that he wants more than just a session with Vegas but he is smart enough to know that he is just a client and nothing can ever come from their sessions. Little does Roddy know but Vegas has had some feelings of his own for Roddy. Both men are not sure if the other wants the same thing or not but someone has to take that first step and try for something more. Will it lead the men to a happy ever after or will someone end up with a broken heart instead?
This was a sweet story about taking that chance on love. Roddy and Vegas work well together and make a good couple. They are both strong men who know what they want. Although each has been hurt in the past the two try to overcome their fear to try for love once again. The men are hot together and their feelings shine through in all that they do. Watching their attraction turn into something much deeper made for a nice read. Each man must be careful and avoid the stigma that comes with their lifestyle. It was nice to see others stand by the men and encourage them to fight for the right to their own private lives. As the two men work through their relationship, outside factors come in to play and the men prove what stand up men they truly are. They prove love is worth fighting for whenever you can find it.
Tigers Are Forever by Khloe Wren
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (38 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Menage, Anal Play/Sex
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
Siberian Tiger shifters mate for life in sets of three. Cooper and his best friend, Jaxson, have had their hearts set on Ebony since high school.
Life hasn’t been kind to Ebony. By the time she was twenty-one she had no family left and had decided life was easier alone. If she didn’t care about anyone, she couldn’t be hurt if they left her behind.
While visiting her parents’ grave, Ebony gets into trouble…until Jaxson and Cooper come to her rescue. But can the sexy cop and dominant commando coax her out of her shell and seduce her into their bed? Will they be able to prove they will never leave her behind?
Who’s up for some Siberian Tiger loving? This latest from Ms. Wren is loaded with lots of sexy scenes for erotic romance fans to drool over.
I liked how the author set up their relationship in the beginning. The three protagonists, Jaxson, Cooper and Ebony have a history. Ebony’s is rather sad and tragic so it makes sense that she is the sweet cream in the middle of two crusty, tasty cookies like the two heroes. They’ve wanted her for years but the timing had to be just right. It took the actions of some bullies for the guys to realize that the time is now and they’d better act fast. Once the motivation was in place it was a fast moving romance.
It’s good that Ms. Wren had her characters know each other prior and had them yearning for what they were too afraid to reach for, for various reasons, early on. Why? Because once the hurdles were shoved out of the way, the author wasted no time in switching gears and having Ebony fall the rest of the way in love with Jaxson and Cooper by means of physical expression. A LOT of physical expression – the kind that erotic romance stories are known for. At that point the story is focused only on them. The bullies are gone, external conflicts are gone; only Ebony, Jaxson and Cooper are on stage and readers will get their sensual fill.
Tigers are Forever gives erotic romance readers exactly what they look for – desire, passion, and the bedroom door blown wide open for all to enjoy. It’s a short story that gets right to the heat of the matter. If a sexy short-shot that can be read in one sitting is what a reader has a hankering for, this book delivers.
His Wicked Seduction by Lauren Smith
The League of Rogues Book 2
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: Full Length (321 pages)
Other: M/F, toys, spanking
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle
Can the League’s most wicked rakehell be tamed? Or has this Rogue fallen too far?
The League of Rogues, Book 2
Horatia Sheridan has been hopelessly in love with Lucien, her brother’s best friend, ever since he rescued her from the broken remains of her parents’ wrecked carriage. His reputation as London’s most notorious rakehell doesn’t frighten her, for under his veneer of cool authority she has glimpsed a man whose wicked desires inspire her own.
Lucien, Marquess of Rochester, has deliberately nurtured a reputation for debauchery that makes every matchmaking mother of the ton quake with fear. His one secret: he is torn between soul-ripping lust for Horatia, and the loyalty he owes her brother.
That loyalty is put to the test when an old enemy of the League threatens Horatia’s life. With Christmas drawing near, he sweeps her away to his country estate, where he can’t resist granting her one wish—to share his bed and his heart.
But sinister forces are lurking, awaiting the perfect moment to exact their revenge by destroying not only whatever happiness Lucien might find in Horatia’s arms, but the lives of those they love.
The heart wants what the heart wants. Horatia has been in love with Lucien from the moment he played hero to her young heart. Now she’s a woman on a mission to convince him that they have a love worth facing the League’s most treasured second rule over. If her brother doesn’t kill him first.
There’s something about a good regency romance that draws me into the time period wishing to attend a beautiful ball or a holiday house party. Ms. Smith painted the London city streets and the bawdy entertainment district with such clarity. I could picture myself in the elaborate homes as well as the dark pleasure gardens.
I loved the spirit and tenacity Horatia shows in her pursuit of Lucien. He’s downright mean to her sometimes but it’s clear he’s fighting his own attraction. He doesn’t think he’s worthy of someone so pure. Luckily for him, Horatia doesn’t have the same hangup and she has no problem taking charge. Actually, one my very favorite scenes in the book is when Horatia truly takes charge. Hot, steamy goodness.
There’s a bit of intrigue in this book that likely originated in the first book in the series. A very bad man has it out for the gentlemen of the League and he’s intent on revenge. This man has no boundaries when it comes to evilness. His plan really starts playing out towards the end of the book and there’s a situation that had me a little perplexed. Without giving away major plot lines, Lucien is hurt and Horatia and her brother, Cedric, are in danger. There’s a lot going on in the scene but at one point, after she’d just been rescued by Lucien from a burning cottage, he goes back in to find Cedric. She comes barreling back in to rescue them both. There are a lot of characters available in this section, many grown men including Lucien’s brothers, who could have been a part of the rescue. It didn’t make sense that she would be the one to go back in after having just been brought out unconscious. Because of the way men during this time period tended to shelter and protect their women, it felt out of character for her to be in that position.
Truly, it’s a short scene compared to the rest of the book. What happens after the fire pulled me right back into the story and held me to the end. It also has me anticipating the next book. I have to know how it all plays out. Especially for Cedric.
Readers who enjoy the regency era stories with some a dash of spice and intrigue will find lots to enjoy in this novel. Personally, I’m going back to read the first book, Wicked Designs, to see how Emily and Godric found their HEA. If it’s as tension filled and exciting as His Wicked Seduction, it’s going to be another good read.
Fortune’s Favor by Lia Connor
Publisher: Changeling Press, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (55 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, masturbation
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
Nicky thinks she made the biggest mistake of her life four years ago — falling into bed with her best friends. Not that it would have been a problem if she hadn’t heard them regretting what they shared the next day. Since that night, Nicky’s been eating her heart out.
Something’s got to give. Anyone with eyes can see Nicky and her men belong together. A couple of helping hands from unlikely, magical sources give Nicky what she needs — a second chance to claim her men — if only she’s got the courage to take what she wants…
This is a story for fans of friends to lovers. What I liked about this story was the progression and format. It starts off with a memory which established a history between Nicky, Taylor and Ross. Then comes the fateful moment when the heroine hears something that devastates her. Next comes the time of just existing, where the heroine, Nicky, lives a half-live of unrequited love. She values Taylor’s and Ross’s friendship too much to ever do something to destroy their relationship. She’s dying a slow emotional death. I liked that aspect, the focus on their humanity and feelings – she cares and has respect for the two men in her life, even if it hurts. At that point, all a reader wants is for Nicky to be happy.
I wasn’t the only one, and this is where the paranormal aspect comes in. There are two helpers in this romance that can only come from the woo-woo side of fiction. It’s never confirmed if the woman is a witch or not but the man/beast left me in no doubt that there’s something other going on. It’s what was needed to get all three protagonists to wake up and TALK. It turns out that the heroine could dress sexy and speak sultry and huskily all she wants but the real turn on is when all three talk and the unvarnished truth comes out. That’s when the cementing of the romance takes place and the sex explodes. From then on the writing is hot, frenetic and delivers what erotic romance readers enjoy.
One part of erotic writing that doesn’t work for me is the technique of using fantasies with masturbation. It’s not a plus for me but for many readers it is and they enjoy it. If that’s the case for a reader looking at this review, then it’s an endorsement because the writing is well done and the author does have a good imagination. Certainly the scene makes clear that Nicky really is head over heels for Taylor and Ross.
Fortune’s Favor has a well-executed happy ever after that fully satisfied the romantic in me. It’s a quick read and has what fans of short erotic romances look for – passion with a purpose. It’s worth checking out.
Bewitching The Vampire by Selena Illyria
Book One of the Flushed and Fevered Series
Publisher: Etopia Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (183 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint
A stubborn witch vs a vampire king…who will win on Halloween?
Bridget is a witch who has been given a sweet deal nab a rogue vampire and score a big payday, but she must deliver him within twenty-four hours. She’ll need help from Joe, the local vampire liege, to find the rogue vampire fast. Joe agrees to give her the information…if she agrees to play a few hands of poker with him. For each hand, she must reveal a bit about herself. And for each hand she wins, he’ll answer any question she asks. But Bridget isn’t sure she can keep things objective—not when Joe gives her that seductive grin.
Joe has always had an interest in the little witch. She defies his expectations and surprises at every turn. But despite his natural inclination to help her, he decides to make her work for the information she needs in the most delicious ways. With a little bit of seduction and a little bit of bondage, he tests her resolve to play the game…and tests his own self-control to contain the blood beast inside him. The stakes are sky-high, for both of them. But on Halloween, the most powerful night of the year, which one will be the winner?
Bridget and Joe seem to have a magnetic pull towards each other, and it has nothing to do with the fact that she is a witch and he is a vampire. Hopefully, they can still manage to get some work done, since their lives may depend on it.
Bridget is a strong and capable women which is clear to me from the beginning. She has her things together, and has avoided Joe cause he can distract her in ways no man ever could. I absolutely adore this inner strength of hers, and so does Joe. This latest job however leaves her spinning in more ways than one, and she needs to keep it together if she wants to protect herself and the ones she love.
Joe comes off as your typical cocky vampire, yet there is more than what meets the eye with him. He seems to really have soft spot for Bridget which I like. I would have loved to have seen a bit more of a protective vampire instinct in him however. He clearly cares for those around him, and as the leader in the vampire community for that area I just felt he should have been more furious. He certainly seemed to have the ability to take control of Bridget in the bedroom, and care for her once they were done which left me smiling.
All-in-all I enjoyed the story. The plotline keep the story going. I did not even realize it was as long as it was, since it read so easily. I would definitely recommend it to someone, especially if the witch and vampire relationship intrigues you the way it did me. Not often you see these two unlikely creatures to get involved with each other which I appreciated. Add to it the antagonistic conflict and you got yourself a winner. I look forward to reaching a future installment of the Flush and Fevered Series.
Beneath the cold can sometimes lie the hottest of heats.
Aminta Tran is a helicopter pilot sent to Alaska to fill in as a replacement until the rescue team gets a new pilot. The man who comes to get her is Dex Collins, the team’s second in command. While there’s instant attraction between them, she remains focused on doing her job and finding her artifact.
Dex isn’t sure what to make of the newest team member. They’re sharing space and each day it’s harder for him to remember the line between professional and personal.
When it comes to light he’s who she is destined to be with, will they be able to weather the storm brewing both between and surrounding them?
Aminta Tran is one of the six chosen to be part of the Astral Guardians, protectors of the world. Her sign is the Ram and her first love is flying… until Dex Collins comes into the picture. There is an instant attraction, one so strong that neither one can ignore it.
Dex Collins was sent to pick up the pilot that was going to temporarily fill in for his rescue squad in Alaska. He never expected the pilot to be female and so little. He even wondered if she had the strength to handle a chopper, all he knew is that thoughts of seeing her naked ran rampant through his mind.
Aminta Tran is a strong female who is capable, sarcastic and fearless, however, there is a vulnerability to her that the author lets shine through so that you can really invest in her. The chemistry between Aminta and Dex is explosive, and I loved how he respected and admired her strength, but showed his alpha side when needed.
The other characters in the book complemented one another and reading the other books in the series helped to enhance this story. Aliyah Burke is one of my favorite authors; she is a story teller, she creates stories that capture your attention from the first paragraph. Her female characters are strong and the men that fall for them are their complete match in all things.
Dex and Aminta was like that, they complimented one another and when he found out what she was he embraced it even though he didn’t completely understand it. That alone made me root for this couple.
This is book four in the Astral Guardians series; it can read as a standalone however I would suggest that you start with the first book which is Keeper of the Stars. That way you can become familiar with all the characters and won’t feel lost.
Branded by Frost is a must read, between the helicopter rescues, the demon fights and the love story between Dex and Aminta, and it is a true love story, you will have many hours of pure entertainment.
The McGilley Trilogy by BJ Wane
Publisher: Pink Flamingo
Length: Full Length (205 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/F, M/F/M, Menage, Multiple Partners, Spanking, Toys, Anal Play/Sex, Voyeurism, Exhibitionism
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel
Rumors had circulated for years in the Lexington area about horse breeders Brett, Colin and Donovan McGilley, especially about the activities that went on above their popular night club, Casey’s. Kayla Holden was at Casey’s to celebrate her twenty-sixth birthday and in the mood to do something wild and crazy and what could be wilder and crazier than enticing sexy, older Brett McGilley into inviting her upstairs for an up close and personal look at the sexual activities she had heard so much about. Even though Brett was attracted to Kayla, his taste for spanking and exhibitionism was not for someone so young and inexperienced. But Brett had no idea just how determined Kayla was to not only explore his sexual kinks, but to do so only with him.
Colin McGilley had fallen for his best friend’s wife, Olivia Hammond, the moment he met her and when Doug asked him to help gift her with a ménage on her birthday, he couldn’t resist. The next three years, Colin carried the guilt of Doug’s sudden death that next day while Olivia struggled with grief. But Olivia’s need to find another Master to give her what she so badly craved sent her to Colin, this time asking more from him than friendship.
Donovan McGilley has struggled with his quick temper ever since his rescue from the Iraqi’s seven years ago, his worry over preferring rough sex keeping him from seeking a relationship outside of the few women who liked sex hard and usually with two men at their private club. But when veterinarian, Anna Kingston saves one of his beloved mares and he see signs of abuse on her body, he simply couldn’t turn her down when she approaches him to explore the sexual fantasies that had led to ending her marriage.
Meet the McGilley Brothers who like their sex kinky and on their terms, but try to do the right thing by turning down the women brave enough to take them on. Women who refuse to take no for an answer.
The story is a very cleverly written in the way that it tells the love story of the three brothers all in a single book. It took some time for the main plot to really develop but then it takes center stage in the third brother, Donovan’s, story. This trilogy had a little bit of a suspense feel to it but not enough to be categorized as one.
All three brothers are different in style and what they like, though their love for horses is one thing that is common between them. Each brothers has their own conflict to resolve within the book.
Brett is attracted to a woman half his age. But with a failed marriage under his belt he does not want subject an ‘innocent’ to his brand of kink or sex. However, Kayla is not willing to take no for an answer.
Colin is a Dom who is in love with his departed best friend’s wife who happens to be be a submissive. After years mourning for her husband and Dom she wants to get back into the scene. She wants a Dom. But not just any Dom, she wants Colin. But Colin has guilt that could break apart their relationship and Olivia as well. Colin’s relationship with Olivia was at first complicated to understand. His guilt over something that happened was understandable but it conflicted with his desire for Olivia. It was obvious early on to this reader how he truly felt about Olivia, even though she couldn’t see it. Not at first. It was wonderful to see their relationship evolve from acquaintances to lovers
When Donovan meets red-headed vet Anna, he knows that Anna has suffered abuse. He also feels something for her that he thought he never could. Together they learn to live and love. It was enlightening to see Donovan help Anna get over the abuse. Their relationship was fiery from the first scene. Donovan likes a lot harder sex than what a lot of females are willing to give. But in Anna he finds compatible in every possible way imaginable.
All three of these couples are so different but their chemistry was hot and spicy readers who enjoy a little more hardcore erotic romance should definitely give The McGilley Trilogy a read.