No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys by Wade Kelly

No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys by Wade Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (285 pages)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Lilac

What is a sexy soccer stud supposed to do when “following family tradition” falls 180 degrees opposite his closeted ideal?

From birth, Chris Jackson has been schooled on how to land a cheerleader. After all, his father married one, and his father’s father before him. Heck, even his older brother married a stereotypical cheerleader the summer before Chris went off to college. For two years, Chris dodges invasive questions about relationships by blaming his lack of female companionship on grueling practices and heavy course loads. But his lack of interest in girls should’ve given his family a clue. It isn’t until Chris mentions meeting a boy that his father’s synapses short-circuit.

Alonzo Martin is anything but a buxom blond. From his black hair, combat boots, and trench coat to his nail polish and guyliner, the mysterious introvert isn’t easily persuaded to date. Alonzo’s insecurities keep Chris at arm’s length, but Alonzo’s painful past might meet its match in the charismatic jock’s winning smile and sense of humor.

When opposites attract, only cheerleaders and gummy bears can help overcome fear and family tradition.

An outgoing jock who’s still in the closet meets a hurt, withdrawn emo guy he just has to have. Here’s what happens next…

The story starts right away, which is good. Slow beginnings annoy me. Both main characters, Chris and Alonzo, are wonderful guys, so freaking adorable and amiable. Loved them. Their dialogue is witty banter, partly small talk and partly in-depth conversations. I liked the realistic balance of their interaction.

This is a slow-build romance. Alonzo, who’s been traumatized in the past, has pretty legit reasons for shying away from physical relationships. So there’s a lot of kissing and making out, tantalizing little scenes that whet a reader’s appetite for more. Delicious approach in my honest opinion.

The characterization is pretty well done. We get Chris’s first person POV and then Alonzo’s third person POV. I personally wouldn’t have minded if both were in first person, since the two guys are so different in personalities and outlooks. Nonetheless, both men are shown as three-dimensional men coming into their true selves. Chris with his ever-present smile and Alonzo with his habit of avoiding direct eye contact, one optimistic and assertive, the other reticent and melancholy. These portrayals felt sweet and honest.

The writing is easy to follow, the pacing fluid. There was some sports stuff I happily skated over but beyond that I didn’t want to miss a thing. Sometimes the people talk a bit funny, as in too formal or mature for their ages, but these are smart people, so it makes sense. The sensual scenes, of which there are plenty, never cease to titillate and make me go “aww.”

One of the side characters, Doug, Chris’s best friend, has POV scenes too. He’s confused about his own sexuality but also shows homophobic attitudes. I was intrigued by these insights into Doug’s mindset, his bafflement about gayness, at once seeing it as disgusting but also as normal. His frame of mind could easily have become hatred and/or violence but he grows to see that love is love. I was surprised and pleased with how Doug’s situation was handled. His story’s next, I believe.

It was nice to see Ellis and Cole from the first book in the series too. These books are great, and they hold a special place in my heart.

All in all, Kelly is a great writer who has a knack for reaching the mindset of people who are kind at heart but going through angsty times and serious learning curves. There’s humor, fun and games amid the more heartbreaking stuff, which balances the storytelling well. The ending sure left me with a perma-grin and a few happy tears.

I highly recommend this series to all those who love jocks-and-nerds and coming out themes, and relatively low angst levels with plenty of sweet love mixed with spicy sex scenes.

Plus, there are gummy bears.

Cuff Me by Erica Lynn

Cuff Me by Erica Lynn
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (71 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

When Lynette Montgomery’s older sister dies from breast cancer, she quickly steps in to take care of her two young nephews. The boys are sweet, caring, and Lynette has no idea what she’s doing. Terrified of failing her sister, she does everything she can to present herself as the parental figure she feels the boys need, even swearing off the sexy-as-can-be cop she just so happened to have a one-night stand with outside of her best friend’s house.

Robert Barletta is a decorated and respected cop with the San Antonio PD. After having just played a key role in bringing down Houston and San Antonio’s largest drug operation, he should be on top of the world. Unfortunately for him, he can’t get that one night with a smoking hot blonde temptress out of his head.

When he’s forced to take some time off, and the two come face to face, will they be able to keep their attraction on the back burner? Or has this game of cat and mouse just started?

Lynette has organized a surprise divorce party for her best friend, Lexie. About to take on full time responsibility of her two young nephews, Lynette decides to let loose one last time and have a quick skinnydip in the stream behind Lexie’s house. Only Robert had come outside for a breath of fresh air and can’t help his attraction to Lynette. A drug lord’s son and the cop who helped jail Lexie’s now ex-husband, Robert has plenty to overcome and prove to himself. Can he and Lynette find some middle ground and indulge in their instant lust for one another?

I found this to be a fun, quick read. The beginning was a little sluggish for my tastes, the author spent quite a few pages explaining how Lynette was connected to Lexie, and all the background between the ex-husband, the new fiancé and how Robert fit in to everything. It was quite clear to me that this is the second book in a series and initially at least catching the reader up on all that back-story – even though the author kept it fairly brief – really did make the start feel clunky to me. A part of me wondered if it was really necessary, since the rest of the story is Lynette and Robert and the relationship they forge together, I’m not convinced that the history of the previous book is relevant to anything except for linking the world and a few of the characters. I would have greatly preferred this to have been trimmed down a little more so it could have been read completely alone with only a sentence or two to indicate there was a previous story behind Lexie and her new fiancé. Readers who have started with the first story and are eager for more, however, probably would feel completely different to myself – so it’s definitely a matter of personal taste, to my mind.

Once the plot between Lynette and Robert really started moving though I found this to be a fast-paced, fantastic read. I loved how much plot there was, Robert and his history, demons and all, Lynette’s grief over the loss of her sister and taking on her two small nephews, there was a huge number of plots all weaving together and I really enjoyed the magic the author injected into the story handling it all so well. Part of me wondered if this could have been made into a longer length story, certainly I felt there was plenty going on as well as the steamy sex between Lynette and Robert, but other than wishing there’d been more it was hard for me to put this book down.

The sex was explicit and well written to my mind. There was nothing earth-shattering or too over the top, so I feel most erotica readers will find themselves satisfied with both the heat level and the amount of sexiness in the story. I really loved how the author used the sex to deepen the emotional connection between Lynette and Robert, I felt it really added another layer to their blossoming relationship. The fact Robert was a hot-ass cop with a mile-wide streak of protectiveness and a man who could cook – just made it that much more appealing to my mind.

I found this to be a fun and short story with great characters, heaps of plot and a delicious amount of spicy sex. Recommended.

Choices by Em Woods

Choices by Em Woods
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (50 pgs)
Other: M/M, M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

When a rodeo clown, a small town veterinarian and his assistant form a complicated trio, they find it’s their choices that determine who finds love.

When rodeo clown Brandt Collins is forced into retirement by an injury in the arena, he heads to long-time friend Kaden Slater’s hometown to settle down. As far as he’s concerned, if that old flame ignites into a wildfire, then all the better.

Kaden is glad to see Brandt, but a little complication in the form of Kaden’s new assistant, Mike, throws a wrench in all their plans. Sexy, smart and young, Mike wants Kaden more than he wants his next breath.

Soon, misunderstandings and the past conspire to tear the trio apart before they’ve even begun. And now it’s their choices that will determine who finds love—and who doesn’t.

At thirty five Brandt was no longer agile enough to be a rodeo clown. Kaden is a vet and has been one of Brandt’s best friends for many years. After they made their choices to remain close friends and not more, each had scrupulously kept their emotional distance from the other. Mike was Kaden’s vet assistant and while Kaden waited for his cowboy to come home, chemistry sizzled between Mike and Kaden. Can the three men come together and make choices that they can all live with?

This is a really sweet, warm-hearted short story. I loved the three characters of Kaden, Brandt and Mike and was pleased to watch these friends finally act on their feelings and become a threesome. There were some great secondary characters too. I found this to be quite a slow paced, steamy read. There is a delicious amount of chemistry between all three men – Kaden/Brandt and Kaden/Mike in particular – and watching this triangle become a menage was a lovely story. I loved the threesome scene when it finally came about – readers who enjoy a lot of buildup, chemistry and tension in their stories should not be at all disappointed.

I was impressed by the way the author kept the attraction and sexy desire between the three men simmering, with a few hot kisses and I felt the simmering sexual tension was a wonderful way to keep the eroticism of the story high without having endless, meaningless sex scenes padding the story out. This also made that final menage scene well worth the wait and hotter for all the buildup.

I really enjoyed this story and would happily recommend it to readers looking for a steamy, chemistry-strong threesome story.

Bite Me by Jenika Snow

Bite Me by Jenika Snow
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (83 Pages)
Other: M/F/M, M/F/M/M, Anal Play, Menage
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

With no idea where she comes from, or who she is really is, Ruby has gone through life focusing on her passion for science. But for the last seven years she’s dreamed of the same three men.

It isn’t until she’s drawn to barren and icy Alaska for her research that she comes face to face with the men from her dreams…men who are also shifters. They tell her she’s their mate, and the three of them will share her. They’re dominating and possessive, and want her to be their first and only. When they mate it’s for life.

She knows she can run, but Ruby also knows they’ll chase her. What she doesn’t know is if she’s ready to accept everything they want, and everything she finds out.

This was a sweet sexy shifter story. It was short but interesting and I enjoyed reading it.

The plot of this story was interesting and the characters were likeable but I was expecting more than the bit of low suspense. Ruby stood out to me as a very strong heroine who was willing to stand up for the right thing for everyone. She took the situation in stride at discovering her origins and that she would have three shifter mates. Get ready for some hot mating sex in this one. I was fine with that part but felt that the conflict ended a bit too suddenly. I liked the story, but it was missing something for me. To sum up my opinion, it was nicely written but not very exciting. A good read for a couple hours, anyway, and onward to the next book by this author.

I recommend this short sexy book as a quick and satisfying read for those who enjoy hot shifter romance.

Luke’s Redemption by Anni Fife


Luke’s Redemption by Anni Fife
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full (386 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

Chased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart and the only leverage she has against her father. She is left with no choice except to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.

Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he’s in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It’s a promise he can’t keep.

When Katya’s past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.

Wow, what a ride! Luke and Katya basically fall for each other after one hot night together, but lies, duty and betrayal pulls them right apart again.

Katya is horrified her father wants to marry her off to a creepy son of a Russian mobster, so she runs — but not before grabbing a flash drive her father prizes above all else as insurance. I have to admit, if I were on the run from my mobster father, I’d have left with nothing and given him less reason to track me down, so that didn’t gel with me entirely. Still, without the flash drive, we have no story, so I told my niggling voice to shush and kept reading, mostly because I really, really liked Luke.

Luke was awesome. Hot, sexy, smart, caring. His friendships were solid, especially with Gray, and (except when doing his covert job) he was honest and just a good guy. Although I get that he’s tough and a man’s man, it did get old that he used the F word as adverb, adjective and punctuation. After awhile, it’s just annoying. But, since that was essentially his only flaw, I could overlook that.

Katya annoyed me a bit at first. I was wondering why it was okay her father was a horrible human, but it took the threat of marriage to make her leave. She also did some incredibly thoughtless and impetuous things occasionally, bringing her perilously close to the TSTL (too stupid to live) precipice. Still, she did some changing and growing over time, and under it all it was clear she had a good heart, so I was willing to give her a chance. I’m glad I did.

The writing was solid and well crafted, and I didn’t notice any glaring editing problems. Honestly, the only thing that drove me a little wonky was the author’s choice of using third person POV for Luke, and first person POV for Katya. I’m not sure why she opted to write it this way, especially since each POV change has the person’s name noted so we know whose POV we’re in every moment. It was jolting, and off-putting for me. I honestly hope her follow up books don’t use this.

And for those of you who love a hot, explicit sex scene (or ten), this is a good book for you! Luke is an amazing and thoughtful lover to Katya, and she’s one lucky girl!

Kudos, too, for Ms. Fife for creating some wonderful secondary characters, especially those who were part of King Security. Gray was especially awesome, but that may only be because we got to know him the best. I look forward to reading more about all of the guys.  It’s a great set up for more exciting, sexy romantic suspense stories. Well done!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Independence Day by Christiane France

Independence Day by Christiane France
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (138 pgs)
Other: M/M, Multiple Partners, Anal Play
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

Nick Gregorio is at a crossroads in his life. When his former lover, Al Martinsen, came to Vegas wanting to make up, Nick was prepared to listen. For Nick, however, returning to their hometown to resume playing second fiddle to Al’s ambitions was not an option, and he suggested Al move to Vegas permanently.

Six weeks have passed with no word from Al, and Nick doesn’t know what to think. Is Al still considering moving to Vegas, or does his silence say it all? When Nick finally receives news about Al, it sends him reeling with shock, anger and total despair. He knew Al had allowed ambition to dominate his life, but even he found it hard to believe Al would go so far as to commit the ultimate betrayal. There’s no going back for either of them now.

In desperation, Nick looks for temporary oblivion in the form of a night out that turns nasty and violent. Fortunately for Nick, his new friend and boss, Trip Browning, comes to his aid. With Trip’s support, Nick is able to resume work planning the gala opening of The Neapolitan’s newest restaurant. That is, until Trip delivers a surprise of his own and sends Nick’s world spinning in a whole different direction…

Nick is new to Vegas and has spent most of his time since arriving organizing and opening Butterscotch Dreams, a specialty café. After selling his own restaurant and leaving behind his entire life – including his married-for-convenience boyfriend, Al, Nick has taken time to settle down. But Vegas has finally started to work her charms on Nick. So when Al walks into Butterscotch Dreams out of the blue, Nick is shocked and maybe just a little bit happy. Can the two men work through their differences?

I really enjoyed this story. I found the history between Nick and Al to be really interesting and I quickly found myself quite emotionally invested in Nick. While I was a little surprised at how lust for Al clouded Nick’s better judgment, I couldn’t fault him for it as they’d been lovers and partners for many years. Besides, I felt Nick’s love and desire to believe the best of the situation added a wonderful realism to Nick’s character.

While some of the plot was quite easy to guess, the author managed to weave the story skillfully enough that I didn’t mind I could see certain aspects from a mile away. I was also really impressed how the author managed to make Al not appear like a cartoon villain. Sure, Al was in the wrong over a number of points, and Al was certainly a flawed man to my mind (being driven and ambitious to the point of blindness to everything else in particular) but he was not a “bad” or evil man in a traditional sense of a fictional villain. Also, having a few of the chapters told from Al’s perspective really helped me as a reader to get inside his head and understand where Al was coming from.

I also found myself deeply intrigued by Trip – Nick’s boss and only friend in Vegas. A funny misunderstanding meant that the working relationship and friendship between Nick and Trip added an twist into much of the plotline of this story. I had plenty of questions about Trip and deeply enjoyed learning more about him and truthfully he was my favorite character out of the three men.

I found this to be a great read with interesting, complicated characters, a great plot and plenty of twists. Recommended.

The Pirate’s Cove by Michelle King

The Pirate’s Cove by Michelle King
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (83 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

Jamie loves Morgan and he has for years. He just couldn’t tell anyone about it. Now he’s finally free, and he wants to tell everyone. Starting with Morgan. But what if Morgan doesn’t want to commit? After all, he’s been keeping Morgan his dirty secret for years.

Morgan DJs at The Pirate’s Cove on the weekends. It’s the perfect place to meet up with his lover. At least…so Jamie hopes.

It’s been three years since James met Captain Morgan at the Pirate’s Cove Bar and Grill. But after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage, James decided it was time for him to reach out and grab the future he really wanted. Now he had the same rights as a straight man, James no longer feared losing his job — and more importantly, his kids — simply because there was a certain man he wanted to spend a lifetime together with. Can James and Morgan finally make a future for themselves, together?

I found this to be a really emotional, highly charged short story. There’s a whole bunch of chemistry between James and Morgan, but for so long now they’ve both had too much baggage and outside issues both holding them back and keeping them apart. I loved seeing them finally come together and discover what the future can hold for them both.

It was a little disconcerting to find a typo on the front cover (the title reads: The Pirates’s Cove) and while for me personally I found this funny and not off putting, I know a number of readers who are sticklers for such things and would be immediately turned off by this to the point of not purchasing the title for the editing error. The rest of the story seemed well edited and I didn’t find anything else, but as a first impression the cover art is often an important point to note as it’s often what will sway a reader to purchase – or not – a book.

Readers should be aware that most of the last quarter of the book followed the fall-out of Jamie’s coming out to his soon to be ex-wife, Natalie. I was a little surprised at how much detail this part of the plot was given, as it was distinctly non-romantic. Personally, I felt it lessened not just the sexiness of the earlier part of the story, but also for me it acted rather like a wet-blanket. In a non-romance book I’d have been very interested in this aspect of the plot and it was certainly well written. I just had to personally question whether it was mood-enhancing in an erotic romance book and found for myself, it really soured the enjoyment I received from the rest of the story.

The relationship between James and Morgan though was the highlight of the whole story for me. I loved how for most of the story the delicious chemistry sizzled between them, the tension and doubts they each had – making them so very human, realistic and relatable to me. I loved watching them come together and cheered them on every step of the way. The sex was smoking hot and while Morgan and Jamie did have some dominant/submissive aspects to their relationship it didn’t read to me as a classic BDSM style relationship – at least not at this stage. If the author wrote a sequel I’d be interested to see if more of these BDSM elements entered their relationship as they both got to know each other better and built a life together.

A quick and good read.

Speed Demon by Cynthia Sax

Speed Demon by Cynthia Sax
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (38 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

My name is Officer Sargent, Sarge to friends and fellow police officers. You might have heard some rumors about me, but they’re all lies. I’m not gay. I’m not. The reason I watch my partner’s back is because that’s what cops do; we watch out for each other. It has nothing to do with his broad shoulders or trim hips or shapely butt.

My partner Nero is a demon, and he has a sick sense of humor, tricking me into thinking things no straight man should ever think. I’m a genetically enhanced supercop, and I can handle his devilish magic.

That is, until the unthinkable happens.

Nero is the demon who watches Sarge’s back, his partner on the police force. Sarge, a cop to his bones, insists he isn’t gay while he struggles valiantly to deny his ever-growing attraction to Nero. What will happen when they both finally give in?

This is a super short but scorching hot M/M story. I really enjoyed it and found the pace remarkably good. While we do jump into the sex fairly promptly, I felt I was introduced enough to Nero and Sarge to have a good feel for both their characters – and really in such a short story it would have been a shame to drag the introductions out and miss out on some of the delicious sex.

I would have really enjoyed if somewhere (maybe in a short author note or the blurb – just somewhere) the “Nero’s blog/Sarge’s blog” titles for each of the chapters had been explained or discussed. I feel a little left in the dark about this; was there a plot or purpose to it that I missed? Or is this just sortof like each man doing a journal entry in their own perspective? I really enjoyed seeing their coming together from both of their points of view – I feel that was really well handled and gave me a strong understanding of their characters, but admit to being a little lost and confused as to how it fitted into the blog titles for the chapter headings.

The sex between Sarge and Nero is seriously spicy. Nero lives up to his demon characteristics, not one to deny himself – or Sarge – anything. I enjoyed particularly how in a number of respects Nero allowed Sarge to believe incorrect facts, cliché’s that allowed Sarge to relax his “I’m not gay” insistence, even when the cliché’s weren’t actually true. I felt this was quite different to Nero manipulating or deceiving Sarge. I didn’t feel Nero lied to Sarge – and Nero had genuine, deep feelings for Sarge so I wouldn’t have found his being deceitful realistic to the character. But by omission, by not correcting Sarge’s preconceived notions, he actually allowed Sarge to make his own assumptions and act how he secretly yearned to. While this is certainly a fine line, I felt the author did an amazing job explaining and showing this, and it made the story far richer to my mind.

A sexy, seriously hot and explicit romp between a dazzling demon and his not-so-straight policeman partner and lover. An awesome short story I will happily reread many times to come.

Shifting Forces by Cassidy McKay

Shifting Forces by Cassidy McKay
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (71 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

Aurora Monroe has detailed plans for her life — and not one of them includes being barefoot, pregnant and under the thumbs of two decidedly alpha males. But what’s a girl to do when she has two sexy shifters both trying to claim mating rights?

When two paranormals on opposite sides of the war save an injured human, they unintentionally mark her as their wife. Bonded by blood, fire and passion, the gryphon and phoenix shifters do everything they can to keep their new human mate safe.

Getting her to go along with the plan is a different matter. She has no intention of following their orders. Found in defiance of both human laws and paranormal traditions, the battle for their rights turns into a fight for their lives.

Sex between a human and her two shifters can be spectacular, but is it worth risking everything for a chance at forever?

Kender is a gryphon shifter and because he’s part of the military he’s kept his little paranormal secret deeply under wraps. Varick is a phoenix shifter and at loose ends. He lost his house, his job, everything when he admitted he was a shifter. And Aurora is a red headed package of trouble, a human who uses her right to free speech to argue for shifter rights. Caught up in an unexpected brawl, she’s saved by both Kender and Varick – both of whom mark her as theirs near-simultaneously. So what’s a girl to do when claimed by two sexy shifters? Why try a threesome, of course.

This is a fun and interesting paranormal ménage story. I was a little confused initially as each chapter is told from one of the three main character’s points of view, and is oddly titled as part of their blog. Even after finishing the book I’m left quite puzzled as to why their chapters are titled blogs – ie “Autora’s blog”, “Varick’s blog” etc. I presume it’s meant to indicate that each progressive chapter is sort of like a journal entry on how they met and came together, but it’s told in the third person – not first. Blogging/journal writing is usually first person “today I did such and such”. If there was some other meaning behind why the chapters are blogs then it was completely lost on me. So that caused me confusion each time I came to the next chapter – being reminded that I didn’t really know what was going on with that.

I did enjoy hearing the story from all three main characters. This really helped me see not only into their personalities but also helped me understand the very quick attraction between them all. While I felt the chapters were a little short – and thus it felt a little jarring jumping from one to another’s perspective all the time – I think the solid understanding of all three characters outweighs the niggle of the head hopping that happens throughout the whole story.

The sex is smoking hot and really well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel it complimented the plot and world the author described perfectly.

For a sizzling hot ménage story set in an interesting alternative, paranormal world this is a great short story. I feel a broad range of readers should enjoy it and am definitely interested in trying out more of this “Protect and Serve” series myself.

Werewolves of London by Isabella Jordan

Werewolves of London by Isabella Jordan
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Short Story (83 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Masturbation, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Meet Grace Cho, snow leopard — In London on a mission for the coveted Thoth Agency. Born and raised in the Agency, Grace discreetly observes the happenings of the paranormal world and there’s one recent happening that brings her face to face with Carter Annis — A potential murderer.

A hunk of a potential murderer indeed, but still, a prime suspect in the killing of an old and respected Agency member. One of three werewolves vying for the Alpha role in a pack of notorious werewolves in London, Carter meets Grace via a prophecy his pack elders have spoken of since he was a child and with the help of Carter’s burning desire to find “a woman from the East” and perform the traditional mating ritual motivates him to pursue Grace with a vengeance. Carter wants the beautiful Grace for his very own and he’ll do almost anything to achieve that goal.

Unbeknownst to Carter, Grace has placed a profile at the online paranormal dating site to capture a killer. One way or another, Grace is going to take Carter down.

Mating rituals, prophecies and murder, oh, my…

I enjoyed Werewolves of London because there was quite a bit of plot development before the hero and heroine jumped between the sheets. I liked the murder mystery that Grace had to solve, and I like that Carter’s being her mate was not a given. He had to work at it a bit and that hint of uncertainty gave the story a bit of depth it otherwise would not have had.

The conflict is twofold – win the girl and make sure she stays alive. Sounds like a good plan except Grace and Carter have no idea who the killer is. Turns out it’s an age old motive but Ms. Jordan still put it to effective use.

The author put her characters through their sexual paces with effective writing that can cause hot flashes for some readers. Grace had a very fun time with the mating but I liked that when all is kissed and done, Carter remains a hero. I also appreciated the fact that although Carter was a playboy, Grace wasn’t all that experienced. The reason why was fascinating and also a little sad.

There is one niggle that bothered me and that was how the info about Grace got where it did. I have some guesses but I would have preferred it to be spelled out in a more dramatic fashion. In fact a couple of the possible drama points were conveniently explained away with just a few short sentences. I think they deserved a bit more attention, but the author concentrated solely on the romance. Overall, I guess that’s a good thing.

Werewolves of London is a cute sexy romp with just the right dusting of suspense and drama to keep the pages flipping. I liked the relationship between Grace and Carter. It wasn’t a courtship fraught with unnecessary resistance but Grace wasn’t a pushover either. I liked that about her – pragmatic, honest about her own feelings, and not afraid to go after a good thing. I had fun reading this book and recommend it for a quick, happy and sexy read.