Bleed For Me by Cynthia Eden

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Bleed For Me by Cynthia Eden
Loved by the Gods 1
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Paranormal Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (76 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Waratah

The Greek gods are alive and well. But, unfortunately for the gods, the humans have all but forgotten their glorious existence…and this fact really pisses off the all-powerful, immortal beings.

Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, takes one look at the mysterious Terese Lafitte and knows that he wants her. Even in this modern century, a god takes what he wants. But Terese isn’t a mortal, not any longer. As a newly turned vampire, her attraction to Apollo is downright lethal because desire arouses not just her body, but also her bloodlust.

But Apollo likes a woman with bite, and now that he’s found Terese, he’s not about to let the little vampiress out of his sight or out of his bed. When Terese’s psychotic vampire ex begins to stalk them, Apollo knows that he will have to use all of his strength to keep her safe. Lucky for Terese, Apollo has more power than she could ever have imagined.

When you trifle with the sun god, you will get burned.

Sun god looks to take a mate, vampires need not apply. Unless you happen to be really smoking hot and give good chase.

Loved it! Both of my favorites wrapped up in one hot cute sexy love story. When you mix a Greek god and a vampire that just has to lead to some hot times. Most ironic though is that Apollo is the Sun God and the female he happens to want to claim is a vampire.

I adore alpha men and Apollo has all that in spades. He’s bossy, arrogant and protects what he claims as his. He’s just bumping around looking for a good time and bored out of his mind. In walks Terese (love her name) a walking vision in pale skin and dark hair, looking to feed after she has spent quite a bit of time talking herself into it.

It was very intriguing that a vampire thought that maybe a god could be harmed. This short had some awesome banter between all the characters. I had a lot of fun with this, the characters and the story. This seems like the first book of a potential series, but I don’t see a second one listed anywhere. Thankfully this story was a good standalone.

A few scorching scenes mixed with a bit of danger then topped off with some sweetness. Again, it’s a winner for me and I would love to read more from this writer. Do I recommend it? Yes!

Broken by Erin M. Leaf

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Broken by Erin M. Leaf
Planet Alpha 2
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (79 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Menage, Anal Play, M/M interaction, Fetish, Knife Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Waratah

When Sky finds a critically injured Xyran warrior, she can’t just let him die. She drags the unconscious alien home and dresses his wounds. He’s difficult and arrogant, but she’s more than enough woman to deal with him until he’s gone. So what if he intrigues her? The last thing she can afford to do is fall for an alien.

Jaxt knows the betrayers who left him for dead on Earth will not live long: his bond-kin, Zoen, will paint the warship’s walls with their blood. All he must do now is wait for Zoen to come. Unfortunately, the human woman who found him rouses his deepest instincts… Instincts he’d forgotten he had.

When Zoen finds Jaxt on Earth, he’s not sure he approves of the female who cared for his kin. However, when Sky kills a Xyran about to attack, he understands Jaxt’s insistence that she is their mate. Any female who shows such courage is worthy of his blood, and maybe even his heart.

Sky is living on her own, on an Earth that is hard to imagine being real and yet it, for her, it’s very real. All of a sudden she isn’t alone anymore and she’s not sure how she feels about that, much less what she’s going to do about it.

See, men are very smart, especially Xyran warriors. They know how to get the girl all hot and bothered and then ask the important questions. I don’t mind saying the writing in this short story is sexy and had me reaching for a fan as well.

At first, Sky is all too eager to give her acceptance and worry about the repercussions later. I just adored Sky. She had spunk and brains. There was some humor in this one when the men went all he-man alpha male to impress Sky and it had the opposite affect. Seriously, it didn’t go over big with Sky. But they know what she hasn’t accepted…yet. On a world where women are coming up missing and telling the good guy from the bad isn’t as easy as it might seem, Sky will have to be careful. On that same note though, Sky isn’t helpless. Not even close. Did I mention the spunk? This girl is fierce!

The heroes weren’t hard to read about either. Alien warriors, alpha male to a fault and they share. The chemistry is heavy between Jaxt and Zoen. They’re bonded and I could feel their connection in the looks and touches.

There was a nice hot scene with a knife. I loved it!! A few other scenes were just as hot and well written. My next book in the science fiction world will be Proposition, the 3rd book in this series. I hope she chooses to really go deeper into the characters and the whole back story of Earth’s demise over the next book or so. This one was fast paced, almost too fast in areas that glossed over opportunity to insert details. Still, it was a good read in that it kept the story progressing from the first book and had me yearning for more. So, yes and yes, I’d recommend it and I enjoyed it. Props to you Ms. Leaf.

Camille’s Capture by Evanne Lorraine

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Camille’s Capture by Evanne Lorraine
New Eden Chronicles 3
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (184 pgs)
Other: M/M/F, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Waratah

Camille, a plump, sweet-natured breeder, is caught in New Eden’s endless war with Baldor. Her mates, Jaxon and Aegis, need cunning and courage to rescue her. They need a miracle to capture her heart.

Warning: This story contains two searing hot alpha males and a sweet, but very determined and lushly curved woman. There’s also plenty of violence, red-hot sex, alien naked naughty bits, male/male intimacy and multiple partner interludes.

Camille is a Sister of the breeding order…taught to believe in one thing and when things don’t happen as planned; Camille takes her destiny in her own hands. It’s not very often that I pull that strongly for the heroine in a story, but with Camille, I couldn’t help myself. Her personality was contagious.

This is a pretty quick read. It’s the third book in the series but even though I hadn’t read the others before it, I couldn’t tell that it was part of the series. It felt like a complete story that wasn’t relying on prior books to prop it up.

The male characters where hella hot and awesome. Aegis and Jaxon are both total alphas but each has his own unique personality. The story line along with the characters interaction with each other just made this a fun read. The hot scenes were an added plus. The way the author came up with the “demon” parts was wow… interesting, loved it!

Watching how quickly the characters melded together for each other was enjoyable. It’s what made me really like the book. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet sci-fi love story with some serious heat.

Becoming The Lion’s Queen by Jade White

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Becoming The Lion’s Queen by Jade White
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (82 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Waratah

The Lion Must Make Her His Mate, He Must Make Her His QUEEN….

After being cast aside as a child, curvy Miranda always felt that she had a greater purpose in life then most. However, she simply had no idea just how big that purpose really was….

That was until she met the impossibly handsome and muscle toned Cedric. Cedric is the Alpha Lion shifter of his pride and he has a big secret to reveal to Miranda. A secret so big that the fate of his whole pride depends on it and she is the only one that can help him.

To prove how serious he is, he must first make her his princess. Only then will Miranda have what it takes to fulfill her destiny of becoming the next Lion’s Queen.

A destiny is foretold and waited upon. A young lioness with her own past locked away is waiting to have that destiny told to her. Miranda will step away from the old, harsh life without much love, to something new and she will never be the same.

This was a quick read with not a lot of background dragging down the pace. The plot, while unique and attention grabbing, felt a bit incomplete, almost as if this were written in outline form. I think that if Ms. White had given me a better idea of what the characters looked like and where they came from they would have felt more real. Having said that, both Cedric and Miranda become endearing fast.

Cedric has a sincere need to find the woman who would eventually be his Queen and Miranda needs to feel that she’s loved for herself even though life dealt her a pretty intense blow to her self-confidence. The situation Miranda finds herself in will only make her strong enough to handle the next ones. I don’t if the heat increases over the rest of the series but this was one, while sensual, wasn’t very spicy.

Ms. White weaves a world of magic, shifters, danger and love. This is the first book and it really is more of a introduction to the characters and a lead up to the real plot that will be played out over the next two books. In short, this is one has a cliff hanger. The good news, the other two parts of this story are already out so it’s not like readers will have to wait months to see what happens next. This is an interesting read. For readers who don’t have a lot of time to read but want to dive into the beginnings of a potentially good series, I would recommend Becoming the Lion’s Queen.

Lead by Kylie Scott

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Lead by Kylie Scott
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (238 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Hawthorn

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it’s booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.

Lena’s not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.

Jimmy Ferris may seem arrogant and rude at first glance, but he is far more complex and intriguing, as Lena soon finds out.

The third novel in the Stage Dive series features the lead singer, former alcoholic and drug addict and all around jerk, Jimmy Ferris. Lena Morrisey has the task of keeping him clean and sober. If Jimmy seems like the sort of a guy who lets no one tell him what to do, Lena is certainly the sort of a woman who can change that. It shows pretty fast into their ‘business arrangement’ that he can’t help but accept her help with her smartass comments, her pugnacity and gentle intelligence. They are an unlikely pair, but turn out to be surprisingly similar and compatible.

Lead is not as laugh-out-loud funny as Play since Jimmy is a far darker character than Mal, but this infuses the story with a delicious sort of tension. It’s not just the conflicts between Jimmy and Lena and her growing feelings for him that draw the reader, it’s also that as a spectator you’ll root for Jimmy to find his peace and to cope with all the pain and self-loathing. Lena, of course, is just the feisty girl that can help him with it.

Due to the complex situation between Jimmy and Lena, the first love scenes appear only well into the second half of the novel, but they are that much more in character and fantastic. Despite the way they come to happen, they don’t feel forced. Besides, they lead to the major conflict at the end, leaving the protagonists heartbroken, and the reader hungry for a happy resolution.

What made this novel less good than Play was the ending. Seeing what a dark, troubled character Jimmy is, I had difficulty envisioning an ecstatically happy ending for him and Lena, so the conclusion felt a bit rushed. Maybe with a slower finish, a longer build-up to it, it would have felt more believable. I was also bothered by the number of typos that appeared throughout the novel; they were quite distracting.

With Lead offering another sinfully delicious insight into the world of Stage Dive, I now eagerly await big boy Ben’s story, Deep.

Restless Spirits by Shyla Colt

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Restless Spirits by Shyla Colt
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (87 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Thistledown

Ghost hunting just got sexy.

In love with his childhood best friend, Demi Fox, for years, Pierce Lane has kept his emotions a closely guarded secret. The truth is revealed during a carefully planned weekend away at a historic haunted Inn, where passion ignites among flashlights, investigation, and paranormal activity. While they burn up the sheets, and work on an unexpected case, Pierce searches for a way to convince the gun-shy beauty what they have is worth exploring after the trip.

After watching her father wither away once her mother died, Demi Fox swore off love. Then her best friend drops a bombshell she never saw coming during a trip of a lifetime. While fulfilling her dream of ghost hunting, a brush with a restless spirit changes her outlook on life. When it’s time to check out, she decides to give love a chance, only to find out they have way bigger problems on their hands.

When Pierce takes Demi to a haunted hotel for a weekend getaway, there are more things than the spooks that go bump in the night.

Pierce has been in love with his best friend Demi since he could remember. He’s had enough of waiting and he wants to tell her how he feels. He sets up a ghost hunting expedition at a nearby haunted hotel and gets everything just the way Demi would want it, down to the music playing on the MP3 player. Whisking her away, the two collide in a passionate realization of their feelings for one another.

A ghost is waiting for them at the hotel and she picks up on Demi’s erotic nature and hangs on for the ride. Sex, sex and more sex fill the couple’s time at the hotel. There is some investigating but it leads them back to bedroom exploration and the realization that they both like things a little bit kinky.

The only fly in the ointment is Pierce’s realization that Demi doesn’t do relationships. She stays on the surface. Can he delve beneath her armor and save his damsel from the ghost before none of them have a happy ending?

This story was a cute weekend getaway type of set up with a ghost hunting expedition thrown in for good measure. There were some reactions from both characters that felt over the top and I had a hard time identifying with either one of them. Pierce was too nice-setting everything up without demanding anything from Demi. She was a whirlwind of nature and kind of a sex kitten without much happening behind the scenes.

The chemistry between Demi and Pierce was undeniable and author Shyla Colt does a great job playing them off on one another. Using the male POV so the female reader can try and connect with the hunky hero was a win. Every girl wants to be whisked away for the weekend for kinky sex and it was nice to see things from his perspective.

Overall, this was a fun paranormal romp especially nice if you are in the mood for a short, quick read.  It’s ghost hunting on the go with some sexy adventures under the sheets.

Instinct by Lizzie Lynn Lee

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Instinct by Lizzie Lynn Lee
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (57 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

In the Aeon Empire, the bloodline rules everything…

Radek Nikolaev, alpha of the packs, whose ancestors were conquered by the vampyres, vows that enslavement of his kin doesn’t come without payback. As retribution, he wants to plunder the Aeon King’s most prized possession, his only daughter and heir, Vita, as he leads his pack out from Aeon.

Vita Petrienko has always harboured deep feelings for the outcast wolf prince. When Radek kidnaps her, Vita is more than a willing participant. She has always wanted a taste of the forbidden.

But neither of them anticipate the uncontrollable fire between them once their passion is unleashed. Primal instinct draws them to each other’s arms. When they are torn apart, will their instinct reunite the two star-crossed lovers back together?

His plans weren’t going as expected. His prisoner should be crying with fear, begging for mercy, and pleading for her life. Instead, she perched on the bed as though her predicament wasn’t dire. Her people, vampyres, hated his kind. By all rights, as a lycan, he should despise her. But try as he might, he just couldn’t bring himself to feel the anger and need for revenge that set him upon his present course. The ideas of ravishment and plunder flew right out the window when he looked upon her innocence and beauty and felt something more than vengeance come to life.

Maybe he’d forgotten, but Vita had not. Despite the rivalry between their species, she’d loved Radek since childhood. Circumstances had torn the young lovers apart, but his absence had only strengthened her affection. He’d made her a promise and she’d waited years in eager anticipation of him fulfilling it. She didn’t care if Lycans were considered slaves among her kind; to her, Radek’s beast was beautiful, fascinating, and rugged. She’d dreamed of the day he’d come for her, and finally that time was now. Despite his ulterior motives and his reservations, she intended to remind him of the feelings they once shared as children, and hoped he’d now act upon them as a man.

Radek was at a loss. This was not how he’d planned things out. She was his pawn for safe passage out of Vampyre territory, nothing more. Though his brain kept telling him to refuse her advances and deny the desire growing within him, the beast inside demanded he take what she freely offered, and more. Within moments, Vita breaches his defenses and has him molded like putty in her hands. He knew he should send her back to her father, virtue intact, but the thought of her marrying another man set his blood to boiling. He may have suppressed the feelings he’d had for her when they were young, but it took scarcely a touch of her hand to remind him fully how much he loved her. While his brothers and fellow Lycan’s weren’t too keen on the whole idea, Radek decided that no matter where they went, Vita was coming with them.

Ms. Lee has penned a tantalizingly sweet little tale full of big bad wolves, vampyres, and a little bit of magic. The journey for these lover is rocky, to say the least. Seems fate is always against them. Just when freedom looms on the horizon, Vita is forced to make a decision that changes her dreams of being with Radek forever. Radek’s pain at her loss is palpable. Angry at the turn of events, I ached with him. But all is not lost. A surprising twist at the end left me with a smile and a heart full of warm fuzzies. While some of the plot seems a bit cliché—Lycans subservient to Vampyres—Ms. Lee has taken the idea and added some little surprises into the mix. It’s always nice to see something new and this quaint little tale didn’t disappoint.

Vampyres and Lycans, it doesn’t get much better than this. If you’re an avid reader of paranormal beasties and you like a good measure of steamy sex in your stories, then you’ll probably enjoy Instinct by Lizzie Lynn Lee. It’s a quick read with a fast pace that wastes little time in getting to the good stuff. My only complaint? I wanted more. Perhaps Ms. Lee plans to expand on her characters in future installments. I know I’ll be quick in line to read them.

Stately Pleasures by Lucy Felthouse

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Stately Pleasures by Lucy Felthouse
Publisher: Xcite Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (247 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Anal Play, Menage
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Clover

Three’s a magic number in this steamy love triangle set in a British stately home. Alice Brown has just landed her dream job. Property manager at Davenport Manor, a British stately home. It’s only a nine-month contract to cover maternity leave, but it’s the boost up the career ladder she so desperately needs. Unfortunately, things don’t get off to the best start, when Alice finds her boss, Jeremy Davenport, in a compromising position. Far from being embarrassed by what’s happened, Jeremy turns things around on Alice and makes her out to be the one in the wrong. So when he and his best friend and head of security, Ethan Hayes, throw an ultimatum at her, she’s so stunned and confused that she goes along with their indecent proposal. When the dust settles and Alice has time to think about things, she realises that perhaps it isn’t such a bad thing. There are worse things she could be doing to advance her career, after all.

A romp in the countryside is perfect for spicing up a girls love life especially when not one but two men want in on the action!

Stately Pleasures follows the story of Alice, a graduate who has taken up a managerial job in an English stately home. She’s thrilled with her new role that will help her up the career ladder. But when she catches her boss Jeremy in a compromising position things get awkward. Even more so when his head of security Ethan joins in with the escapade and the two men give her an ultimatum she just can’t refuse. There’s a touch of blackmail going on here but…well, it all makes for a fun premise!

This is a face paced book – which suits me – with well rounded characters and a delicious ‘Downton Abbey’ setting! The sex scenes are hot but they take a while to get going making it believable, and then once they do, oh my goodness, ereader on fire time!

I liked the maze scene. I enjoyed the dialogue and banter between the three characters. The sex grew in intensity as did the characters feelings for one another. There’s lots to like in Stately Pleasures and I’ll certainly be reading more from Ms Felthouse who gets erotic romance just right – it hits the spot!

Hell on Earth by Ally Blue

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Hell on Earth by Ally Blue
Hellscape #2
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (280 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal sex, Rimming
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

Two prisoners. One forgotten planet. A secret that twists justice beyond all recognition.

Hellscape, Book 2

All Sandman wants is to get away from his violent past on Hell’s End, but trouble follows him, leaving him with more blood on his hands and a one-way ticket aboard a crewless prison transport on a pre-set course for Deimos.

By the time he realizes the transport’s actual destination is a mystery, there’s only one other prisoner he can trust. He doesn’t like it, or the things Vijay makes him feel. Caring makes you weak. Makes you easy to hurt. And Sandman’s never been easy, or weak.

Vijay is focused on what he’s always done best. Survival. But Sandman is an enigma, fearless in battle yet terrified of tight spaces. Vijay finds himself longing to break through the fierce young warrior’s shell.

After crash landing on an uncharted planet, they stumble on the justice system’s dirty little secret—the Farm, where prisoners go in but never come out. When the Farm’s threat gets personal, Sandman and Vijay each test the limits of endurance to protect the man at his back—and in his heart.

One’s man hell can be another man’s paradise. Sandman is eager to leave Hell’s End behind for a new start on Mars. Except before his new life can begin, he becomes embroiled in a political tug-of-war and ends up crash-landed on Earth. The only other survivor is Vijay, a man who’s presence in the same craft is kind of Sandman’s fault. However, they both have to put aside their feelings of mistrust to navigate a new and scary world on Earth. With no one to trust and rely on besides each other, Sandman and Vijay must learn to survive and maybe even thrive in the new and hellish world.

Hell on Earth is book two in the Hellscape series by Ally Blue, however, newcomers to the series do not need to read the first book to understand this one. The first book in the series introduces the main character Sandman but focuses more on other characters and the political climate of Hell’s End. In this book the same world building applies but it’s used in much more general ways. It’s still a dystopian/futuristic world where politics are too confusing to follow, though the general vices of greed, cruelty, and heinous acts to the poor still apply. The focus on this second book is the relationship between Vijay and Sandman as they navigate through unfamiliar lands and people. The plot keeps the tension high and action nearly constant to help cover some of the holes in the world building.

If the world building isn’t as strong as it was in the first book, the characterization is better this round. Both Sandman and Vijay leap off the page with their complexity and hot passion. There are a couple of scenes that threw me, mostly because I am not a fan of rimming and I couldn’t stop thinking about how hygiene in a post-apocalyptic world is simply non-existent so… we’ll just say that didn’t work for me. Other than that I really quite enjoyed the couple together and was quickly invested in their outcome as individuals and a couple. They are very nuanced characters with a lot of depth. Thankfully the same can be said of the supporting cast. Although quite large, I identified most of the secondary characters and could remember them as well.

I actually liked the second book in the series more than first because I connected with the protagonists as a couple much more. Plus the non-stop action really kept the pages turning and my attention nearly glued to the story. I would sit to read for 10 minutes and not look up for an hour or more, unaware of the time flying by. To me, that’s a great story. I always look for those stories that I can engage and immerse myself in the created world. I personally love post-apoc fiction so keep that in mind but science fiction fans would probably really enjoy this offering. You don’t need to have read the previous book to catch up and follow along on this one and arguably; this is actually a better book to start. At least in my opinion.

Summer Job, Summer Love by Berengaria Brown

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Summer Job, Summer Love by Berengaria Brown
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre Contemporary
Length: Short Story (32 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Clover

Bronwyn needs a summer job and thinks being a life guard would be fun. In class she’s surprised to find there are twelve men and only three women. She’s even more surprised when Ross and Jake monopolize her attention and want to date her. But this is only a summer romance. It can’t possibly last longer than the ten life guard lessons. Can it?

A summer of fun and hot men is simply perfect to heat up a woman’s life!

In need of a summer job to fun her studies Bronwyn takes up a position as a life guard. It’s a fun job and her work colleagues are pretty easy on the eye too. But when Ross and Jake both start paying her attention, lots of attention, exactly what do they want from her? What should she do?

Summer Job, Summer Love is a steamy little romance that consists of a couple of big ménage sex scenes and is held together with a viable summer orientated story. Yes, the sex happens quickly into their meeting, and yes, double penetration isn’t for everyone on a first date, but it is for Bronwyn and the story is super hot because of it.

It’s nicely written, I liked the quirkiness of the heroine and of course the deliciousness of the two heroes and certainly no details are left out when it comes to the bedroom scenes.

It’s not a long involved plot, it won’t pass a lazy, hot, sunny afternoon on the beach, but if you want a little raunchy ménage a trois on your coffee break, you won’t go far wrong with Summer Job, Summer Love.