The Sea Wife by Naomi Clark

The Sea Wife by Naomi Clark
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (35 pages)
Other: F/F
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Charley and Nessa are from two different worlds. Nessa is a selkie and Charley is all too human. When selkies and humans fall in love, tragedy can follow. For Charley and Nessa, that never seems to matter when they’re together. But when Nessa’s seal skin is stolen, the lovers uncover all the reasons humans and selkies should stay in their separate worlds.

The ocean is calling. Can you hear it?

One of the things I liked the most about Nessa was discovering the differences between how her mind worked and how the mind of the average human usually functions. While she was every bit as intelligent and likeable as her human companion, there were definitely a few things that they perceived in completely different ways because of where they were raised and what they were used to seeing in life. Acknowledging these things was a smart decision as I would have been pretty surprised by a selkie who understood absolutely everything about our society.

There were a few things about how selkie society works in this universe that I never figured out. The narrator’s explanation of it wasn’t as clear as I would have liked it to be. This was especially true later on when some new information seemed to contradict what had been told to the audience earlier. I was never quite sure if this was really a contradiction, though, because of how fuzzy it was to begin with.

The sex scenes were well done. Not only did Charley and Nessa have great chemistry, the background information that was shared about how they met and how long they’ve been together made their time together feel even more special to me. There’s definitely something to be said for stealing erotic moments with someone you really love, especially when a couple is facing as many obstacles to staying together as these two are.

I’d recommend The Sea Wife to anyone who loves selkie stories.

Men For Hire by Tina Donahue, Michelle Roth, Bella Settarra and Jennifer Denys

Men For Hire by Tina Donahue, Michelle Roth, Bella Settarra and Jennifer Denys
Publisher: Luminosity Publishing LLP
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (120 pgs)
Other: M/F, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

An anthology of four delicious, erotic stories, each beautifully crafted for your enjoyment…
Got Muscle? by Tina Donahue (M/F)

It’s so nice to have a hunk around the house…

As a recent transplant from New York, Bree’s certain her company transferred her to the London office because she wasn’t model-thin like the American staff. To rectify that, she’s bought a home gym. Now all she needs is someone to put the bloody thing together so she can sweat herself into a micro mini.

David has muscle to spare. Tall, dark, and sinfully handsome, he’s doing odd jobs until he gets his start-up off the ground. As far as David’s concerned, Bree’s lush curves don’t need improving, just a man who can appreciate them. He’ll definitely give her all the exercise she needs.

Ménage at Mealtime by Bella Settarra (M/F/M)

Naomi Powell nervously prepares for a dinner party where she hopes to secure a lucrative deal with a new publisher. Her ex, Richard, is also attending with his new girlfriend, Naomi’s best friend, Paula.

When Naomi hears a bird stuck in her chimney she urgently calls ‘Men for Hire’ for help. Two gorgeous guys, Aaron and James, come to her rescue. Not only do they solve her chimney problem, they woo her guests and give Naomi the time of her life—ménage-style!

However, when Richard announces that he wants Naomi back, will she follow convention or follow her heart?

Calculated Risk by Michelle Roth (M/F)

Stella Whitman has inherited her mother’s country home. When she finds it in utter disrepair, her cousin suggests that she call Men for Hire in search of a handyman. When he arrives, she’s somewhat shocked to find that his deep brown eyes and rugged good looks are giving her some very inappropriate thoughts.

Despite his instant attraction to Stella, Ian Starling has convinced himself that they need to keep things strictly professional. He’s been burnt before and has vowed never again. It becomes increasingly more difficult as he gets to know her, though. Then one rainy night changes everything…
Marital Duties by Jennifer Denys (M/F)

Delighted her ‘Men for Hire’ business was doing so well, Jennifer wasn’t expecting several of her clients to fall in love with her employees. At least they were getting sex. She was married and didn’t even get that most basic of husbandly tasks.

An idea came to her, and she amusingly completed an employee request form, asking her husband to do his marital duties.

Rob was stunned when he received the form mistakenly sent out by Jennifer’s assistant. Well, if his lovely wife wanted him to perform his duties, he would undertake them. Only, it wouldn’t be what she was asking for…

What if you found the love of your life in a phone call? Each of the authors in this anthology brings us a story of just that. These women are in need of some muscle and help around the house. What they get is not only the help but a happy ever after. Three of the stories show us how the couples come together while the last story gives readers a look at the owner of the company and her adventure. What a great business Jennifer has come up with and the added benefits make it all the more better.

Got Muscle? By Tina Donahue is a sweet story about finding love. Having been transferred to London, Bree has no idea who to call when she needs a man’s strength. When she calls for help and David arrives she is surprised at the instant connection. Knowing that she is a large girl Bree never thought that a man like David would ever look past that and see what she truly was inside. I loved David and seeing their relationship take shape made for a wonderful read. When Bree opens up and lets go of her insecurities, the two burn up the pages.

Ménage at Mealtime by Bella Settarra is a great story. I enjoyed watching the two men find a way into Naomi’s heart. With James and Aaron’s help, she begins to see how beautiful she truly is. Not only did the main characters grab my attention but I enjoyed the secondary characters as well. Love is strong and emotions run high in this story. I loved seeing Naomi blossom and find out what she truly wants and deserves.

Calculated Risk by Michelle Roth gives us the story of Stella and Ian. The two are great together. Their attraction is there right from the start and grows into something much deeper. Ian is a good man and tries to do things by the book but his attraction to Stella is too strong. Not only is she a beautiful woman but she is smart and friendly. It was nice to see the two find their way to a happy ending. Life brings Stella and Ian together but it is up to them to fight for it.

Marital Duties by Jennifer Denys is Jennifer’s story. She and Rob are happily married but it seems that lately they have been too busy and hard at work to do anything but fall asleep once they finish their days. She longs for the good old days when they were carefree and spontaneous. When Jennifer’s assistant emails Rob a contract that Jennifer left on her desk the fun begins. Their story is a sweet story. I enjoyed seeing the two reconnect and enjoy themselves.

I enjoyed each of the stories in this anthology. They are fast paced and hot reads. Emotions and sexual tension run rampant in these tales keeping you interested all the way through. Can you imagine making that phone call and finding love on the other end? This storyline was a wonderful concept and I would not mind coming back for more.

His Diamond Queen by Lena Hart

His Diamond Queen by Lena Hart
Queen Quartette IV
Publisher: Maroon Ash
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (286 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

the forbidden gem…
Rachelle Silva is used to getting what she wants. As the beloved secret daughter of a ruthless crime boss, she wants for nothing–except freedom from her overprotective father. But when her identity is compromised and her life is threatened, Rachelle is given the one thing she’s always hated most: an escort.

Former fighter Jay Price stays connected with Vegas’s criminal underbelly, and for the right price he’ll take on any job. But when he’s hired to babysit self-centered “princess” Rachelle, he finds himself captivated by the beautiful, spoiled socialite–and annoyed by his sudden attraction to her.

Confused by her own attraction to the tattooed “thug,” Rachelle sets out to make Jay as aware of her as she is of him. Unfortunately the threats to her life are all too real, and Jay is forced to bring her into “his world” until the threat is…dealt with. But he has an even bigger fight on his hands–his desire for the one woman he’s forbidden to have.

Two young people with a complex family life find their introduction in His Diamond Queen. Jay Price had a not so fortunate up bringing, while Rachelle Silva has anything her heart desires at her disposal. But is that a good thing when her mother has been a mistress for 25 years? Rachelle’s father is a man of power and status, and this brings about many enemies, which in turn opens up a position for Jay Price as Rachelle’s personal body guard.

Besides their chemistry and attraction drawing them together, I just didn’t see this couple fitting together with conversation of things they have in common nor did I see them growing as a couple. Though the attraction was one that could not be denied the sex scene just seem forced or out of place to me. It was kind of like they realized they were alone and said hey let’s have sex. There was no type of romance or special evening planned just straight to the do. In the first part of the book their relationship wasn’t one I enjoyed reading about. In the beginning they were hating each other as well as denying their attraction; they had sex and then were in love and were inseparable. I would have like to see them spending quiet moments together first and then working their way to the intimate moments. The author didn’t let me down though. After about half way the book is when they started sharing moments, spending time as a couple talking and sharing interest. From that point I did start to like the time Rachelle and Jay spent together at home and the time they spent with Jay’s friends.

I liked the mystery and the suspense of finding out what was going on and why Rachelle was in danger. Finding out who was behind the attempted kidnapping and break-ins was sort of a surprise. I thought someone else was behind it, but I was wrong. It didn’t take me long to read the book, and even though the storyline was predictable it was a cute read. I enjoyed the action scenes as well. Even though this is a love story I appreciate the author including a few good action scenes. The writing is pleasant, easy to follow and moved fairly quickly.

I am a fan of the author but this book didn’t completely win me over like the prior series of Queen Quartette books. The author has the same type formula of women in distress, and attractive men that just happen to be right there to save them. In this series Jay is a former bad boy which added dimension to the character and also brought about the scenario of bad boy meets good girl. The variety of their up bringing brought about an interesting combination and entertaining read.

Though this is one I wouldn’t announce as a must read, it still would be a good read for those that enjoy a book with no cliffhangers and that has a happy ending.

Last Enchantment by L.M.Connolly

Last Enchantment by L.M.Connolly
Agents of C.A.T
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (290 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Forced Seduction
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Magnolia

An agent for CAT, the Central Agency for Talents, Tegan Gibbs was a powerful sorcerer until she was attacked and her virginity stolen along with her powers. Now she’s a normal human being with a thirst for revenge. To discover and capture her attackers, she must work with the Earl of Derrington, the only man to ever stir the desires she so carefully kept tucked away. But he’s an ancient vampire, and while once his equal, she now has nothing. Or so she thinks.

Oliver Derrington aches to bring Tegan back to life and into his bed. What starts as a rescue quickly turns into a passionate affair. They set fire to the night, but with the differences between them, Oliver fears his time with Tegan is limited. Yet, he’ll fight to protect her—and to keep her.

Danger threatens from an unexpected quarter, and if they don’t stop those responsible for stealing power from other Talents, they won’t have a future—together or apart.

A traumatic sexual assault alters a Talent’s identity and sends her on a journey for justice, and exploration of the new life before her.

Trigger warning: Some retelling of prior rape and its effects on the heroine.

Teagan Gibbs is an esteem Talent using her years of training, and sexual restraint to bring others justice until a botch clean-up job leaves her in need of some justice of her own. The effects of her traumatic assault leave her physically and mentally scared, but it isn’t just the intrusion of her virgin body that changes her forever. The effects on her powers are instant and irreversible. As she seeks to prove who the culprit behind her demise is, she is paired with the wealthy, charming, and surprising warm Oliver Derrington (Cransfield). They’ve worked together before, but not like this. Together, they give all of themselves to discover who has committed such a crime against Teagan, knowing what its effects would be and why they would commit such a heartless act. What Teagan discovers along the way is a part of herself she was never allowed to unlock. With every turn, she is freed a little more. With every twist, she comes closer to the woman she was meant to be, for herself and for Oliver.

My initial feel of the book was discomfort with such a traumatic catalyst. I believe it is due to the others uncanny ability to tell the story without aggressive details poured onto themselves. Instead, the reader is instantly focused on Teagan and her ability to pragmatically address her assault. She is clear headed or at least as clear headed as one could be after therapy. She isn’t in denial about what the assault has done to her, and mourns in her own way. However, she is not helpless. She uses the skills she still maintains in her diminished capacity to ensure that she is an active participant in bringing herself closure. She is smart, driven, and accepting of the changes she must make for her new life. Teagan is also practical and often uncomfortable with her emotions. She doesn’t gush over anything. Her admissions are quiet and face value honest as she attempts to understand her new normal. In some cases her fear is palpable, but in others it’s as if she’s never known fear in her life.

Oliver Derrington is a bonus she couldn’t have predicted would be a part of her life again. He is her strongest ally, works to understand how best to help her, and gives her space when she needs it. He reads her well, of course. I appreciated seeing his internal fight as he battled with wanting to protect her but not overwhelm her. He’s the type of hero that will wait for your call, before rushing to your rescue. He isn’t intrusive, feels things much deeper and quicker than Teagan, and trusts her instincts.

In Last Enchantment, first comes attraction then sex then love. Yet, their experiences together are not cheapened to some casual ill-timed fling. Instead, the decision is thoughtfully made and humbly accepted. Language is sexy, provocative, but rarely vulgar. There is more plot than sex, but tension holds true to erotica with warming build up as a constant reminder the hero/heroine attraction. Mild cases of head hopping appear in highly emotional scenes, but mostly as a means to describe something the original POV would not be able to explain on their own. Otherwise, the writing is fluid and each word carefully chosen to properly build attachment to the characters and drive the plot forward. The climb to the climax runs a bit long (over halfway through the book), but it doesn’t fast forward into completion once there. Instead, the descent is a gracefully slope down into what happens next before coming to a satisfying end.

In all, Last Enchantment was more of a complex thrill ride than a sultry erotica for me. The slight differentiation did nothing to diminish my enjoyment of the author’s delicate writing and riveting twists. I smiled, I winced, my heart broke, and I cheered for the complicated win. So I wasn’t disappointed that Last Enchantment didn’t strike me to wake up my husband in the middle of the night for some moonlight and lovemaking. Sometimes, a blush and a squirm is just as sufficient and this was one of those times. I recommend Last Enchantment to any reader who enjoys sexy exploration, with layers of thick plot, and tender romance. A great book club choice as there were multiple points where I would have liked to discuss my theories on the assailant or just commiserate with someone about Oliver’s ability to be all things at once. If you aren’t in a book club, enjoy in total silence with a glass of your favorite wine. Might I suggest a sweet red?

Merry XXXmas by Cori Vidae

Merry XXXmas by Cori Vidae
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (52 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Magnolia

Three sizzling hot Christmas sex stories which are guaranteed to heat up any winter evening.

First a Dom does his deployed friend a very special favour by showing his slave girl some domination over the holidays. Then, the infamous Steffie Sherwood shares a story about her naughty encounter with Santa Claus, and finally you’ll experience the first story over again, but from the point of view of the lucky submissive.

Christmas for the naughty can be just as nice.

The skillful crafting of three erotica shorts offer an enjoyable reading experience threaded together by the Christmas holiday. It pays just as much to be bad as it does to be good for the participants in the hot telling of The Favour and Merry Christmas. The first person telling of The Favour is reversed in the third person telling of Merry Christmas as we peek inside of the sexy Christmas present a dominant soldier rewards his submissive slave girl with whose waiting for him at home. Santa’s Knee deviates from the theme, but still maintains its own titillating twist as our main character Steffi, retells her visit to see Santa in her diary.

I enjoyed the fluid writing of the stories, but was a little disappointed to not have a little more heat. All three stories were sexy, but there was nothing so hot that I couldn’t find it in a regular steamy romance novel.

All play was consensual and the author walks a delicate line as she examines The Favour in a mirror writing from the sub’s perspective in Merry Christmas. I like how the excitement, hesitations, and ultimately the climaxes happened in real ways. It is easy to picture the character’s enjoyment, and the beautiful writing of each setting replaced my home office with the images the author portrayed. My review places this book somewhere in the middle, not because the writing wasn’t good, but because it is a little deceptive to claim three different erotica shorts. There were really two shorts and three perspectives. Merry XXXmas is fun and sexy, but didn’t cause any sparks to fly for me. Minor typos were also present, but nothing my brain didn’t fill in on my first read through. I loved that the stories were fun to read, and not just hot. Erotica should be just as entertaining as it is sexy and Merry XXXmas delivers.

In all, Merry XXXmas is a good eBook to keep bedside when you want something a little spicy. Snuggle in for a good time. The scenes imagined might not cause you to stir into a frenzy, but they are still nice catalyst for a fantasy or two. Maybe even a little role-playing.

Lassoed by a Dom by Desiree Holt

Lassoed by a Dom by Desiree Holt
Rawhide Book 7
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (130 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Just for an instant their gazes connect, then he’s gone. Barrel racer Trish Barton wants to find that mysterious man in black who, in brief seconds, pushed all her buttons. A born submissive, she sees herself on her knees before him, bound by the lasso he’d held in his hand.

Jake Keenan will never forget that one brief glimpse of the woman who set him on fire, a woman he’d give anything to master. How could she have taken root in his dreams after that one brief glimpse?

Then Fate throws them together and gives them the opportunity to fully explore the Dom/sub connection they crave. But Trish isn’t yet ready to give up the rodeo circuit, much to Jake’s dismay. How can he convince her she can both her career and a relationship with him?

Trish is an up and coming barrel racer focused on her career. However, in this love at first sight short, the chemistry between Trish and Jake sizzles and she finds herself trying to decide between her love life and her career.

Fate has somehow chosen for them. In addition to Trish being a barrel racer she’s also a submissive. Luckily for her, Jake is a Dom. I liked that their passion and chemistry is given chance to grow. So often, couples in this situation try to separate their public and private lives but, Trish and Jake are given a chance to be a couple, a sub and her master. And for those who may be wondering if it will be a happily ever after, I assure you it is. Trish and Jake actually make it to that point but not without the normal relationship pitfalls.

As with every Desiree Holt book I’ve read, there’s more that happens than just the impossible-to-ignore-passion that they have going for each other. I have read many Desiree Holt books but this was my first in the Rawhide series. I look forward to checking out the others after this one.

What I appreciated about reading this book was, even though it’s part of a series and there are obviously characters from previous books present, it didn’t hinder or confuse me. This book is totally about Trish and Jake and it could be read as a stand-alone. An easy recommend for readers who don’t have much time but love a good hot read.

Girls Will Be Girls by Lucy Felthouse

Girls Will Be Girls by Lucy Felthouse
Publisher: Ladylit Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (69 pages)
Other: F/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Six sexy Sapphic tales from the pen of popular lesbian erotica author Lucy Felthouse.

Christmas cheer with colleagues, a driving disaster turned good, hot older women, girls in uniform, gorgeous gardeners and naughty fun in a changing cubicle… this collection contains a variety of erotic tales sure to tickle your fancy.

You never know who you might meet when you’re out and about.

In “The Lady Gardener,” Verity unexpectedly meets a woman named Beatrice while taking a quiet afternoon for herself at a lavish public garden. What I appreciated most about it how true to character their first impressions of each other were. Beatrice and Verity’s personalities shone through purely right away. That was a very good thing!

Demelza’s car breaks down at the worst possible time in “Roadside Assistance,” but luckily help is on the way in the form of a tow truck. While I was completely intrigued by the premise of this tale, there was a small plot hole that I really would have preferred to see it fully explained. The characters’ explanation of it didn’t quite make sense given what they’d already shared about their lives.

Attempting to become part of the British Army won’t leave Kerry any time for personal pursuits, right? As the main character in “Basic Training,” she’s about to find out. The chemistry between her and her roommate, Adeline. was well done in this piece. I really wanted them to break a few rules and see what happened, especially once the sexual tension between them began to escalate.

“Bedding Down” showed how Andrea tried to find some Christmas cheer while working late over the holidays. It would have been helpful to have a smoother transition between the beginning and the erotic portions of the storyline, but the dialogue did make it a little easier for me to understand why things were shifting. I did like it overall, though.

Almost everyone has been stuck in a queue that seems to last forever at least once in their lives. Collette and Lynelle have to decide how to respond to this kind of frustration in “Close Quarters,” and their reaction made me smile. This was my favorite story in the collection because of how much I could relate to the characters’ boredom in the beginning.

Cally wasn’t in the best mood when “Returning Riley” started. Dogs can be incredibly mischievous and curious, but she isn’t interested in encouraging either of those traits at the moment. The beginning of this tale came as a surprise to me because it was so unlike everything that had come before it. Once I lost myself in Cally’s attempts to return Riley, though, I soon couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.

I’d recommend Girls Will Be Girls to anyone who is in the mood for stories that are so short they could almost be called flash fiction.

Everything Anise by Natalie-Nicole Bates

Everything Anise by Natalie-Nicole Bates
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (60 pages)
Other: F/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A Victorian-era vampire living in the modern world, Emigh Bennett’s favorite activity is watching people from the window of her little bookshop. When she spots a woman nearly killed on the street outside her shop, she rushes to her rescue, and she meets Anise.
The proprietress of a little home business called “Everything Anise”, Anise crafts one-of-a-kind perfumes all with a touch of her namesake spice, all with the power to intoxicate and delight the senses. She is smart, sexy, beautiful, and happens to be a little bit different.

Although Anise is everything Emigh could ever ask for and more, she can’t quite figure her out. Anise possesses the duality of an innocent angel and a vivacious vixen. Even if Emigh can ever peel away the multi layers of Anise to uncover the truth beneath, what will happen when she finally reveals the truth about herself?

They say that everyone has a soulmate out there somewhere. Does the definition of the term everyone include vampires, though?

There was a nice balance between all of the various elements of this story. It was definitely erotica more than anything else, but the science fiction themes were also stronger than I expected them to be. I was pleasantly surprised by how much detail the author went into about who and what Emigh was. Knowing so much about her background really helped to flesh out her character, so to speak. Writing it that way was a good call on Ms. Bates part.

I would have liked the see things move more slowly between Emigh and Anise. They warmed up to each other faster than I would have expected based on their personalities and histories. Everything I’d learned about them made me think they’d both be cautious about pursuing anything with someone they’d just met, especially since there was so much they didn’t know about one another yet.

With that being said, the chemistry between these characters was phenomenal. Sometimes sparks do fly between two people right away, and the way they flew in this tale were as believable as they were sexy. While I didn’t know if or how everything would work out, I definitely wanted Anise and Emigh to end up together. Seeing how they interacted when they were in same place made me want to see it happen more often.

Give Everything Anise a try if you’re in the mood for something erotic.

The Forsaken by Shiloh Walker

The Forsaken by Shiloh Walker
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (224 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Thistledown

The Unwanted Destin’s psychic gift for tracking down violent rapists is rough on relationships. Caleb was the only man who didn’t think her a freak-and he walked away. But now her boss wants them to work a particularly horrendous case. For Caleb, leaving was an act of self-preservation. Forced to work together one last time, he knows if he lowers his shields for an instant, there will be no resisting the temptation to lose himself in her wild power. But to catch the rapist, it’s exactly what he’ll have to do. The Innocent Jay has journeyed to Hell, Georgia, to pick a bone with the sort-of boyfriend who abruptly severed their hot-and-heavy cyber link. But no touching. Her psychic abilities make physical contact…complicated. With corruption rampant in his town, Linc has no time to nurse Jay’s broken heart. Until he discovers the woman who’s afraid to touch him could actually be his best chance.

Two books to keep you engrossed all night long…

This book was a nice surprise. Two for one and just my kind of read. The first is the Unwanted and centers on Destin, a psychic who tracks down violent rapists. Her love interest is Caleb, a FBI agent who once helped to ground Destin until their nasty breakup. When the two are thrown together to solve another case, they risk everything to catch a rapist bent on terrorizing college girls.

Sexy moments between Destin and Caleb, loads of tension, the thrill of the chase and an introduction to how a psychic agency functions all made this a red hot read I wanted to curl up in bed with. The way the author captured the feelings of the victims, the absolute absorption of each experience by the investigator and the emotional scars felt by each character-wow. I want more.

The second book is The Innocent and centers on a town called Hell, Georgia. Jay is a psychic who gleans information from touching things. Gloves are a must. When she journeys to Hell to find out why her internet love interest has dumped her, she finds more than she bargained for. Linc, the former sheriff is fit to be tied. His daughter is missing and now Jay has come to visit. But is she here for him or his daughter? He can’t be sure-especially when he finds out about her abilities.

This tale is also smoking hot with a love scene that melted my e-reader around the edges. Nice. It was also a page turner for the crime solving aspect. A missing girl in a town known for its crooked players. The elite team that comes in to save them all is epic and I can’t wait for the next installment of this series.

These two novels were jam packed with psychic investigations and a sense that time was of the essence. The author did a marvelous job crafting characters I couldn’t get enough of and each time the book ended, I wanted to start reading again. Hot scenes, spot on dialog, world building that rocked, characters that breathed off the page.

Five star awesomeness! I highly recommend this read.

Another Creature by Valerie Brundage

Another Creature by Valerie Brundage
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (38 pages)
Other: F/F
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Luanne and her husband were planning to renovate a seaside cottage together, but she has moved in alone after discovering Alan’s infidelity. Not that she doesn’t have sexual secrets of her own. But now, distraught by her loneliness and the mystery of the open sea, her dreams are haunted by the vision, voice, and touch of a tentacled creature, the Melusine of lore that has always been rumored in the region.

Is its unnatural touch on Luanne and the seduction in its voice real? Luanne’s lesbian friend Karen comes to console her, and the heat and promise of their past illicit relationship return. But the legend is real, and the Melusine wants Luanne for itself. But Luanne can’t resist Karen’s sexual advances, and she’s not sure who (or what) really loves her, and whose arms will protect her forever.

Some dreams are destined to come true. Others are only meant to be taken metaphorically. Which kind of dream has Luanne been having?

The chemistry between the main character and her love interest was steamy. I particularly enjoyed seeing how it heated up over time. There is definitely something to be said for building the audience’s anticipation in advance. Ms. Brundage did a good job at both setting up the scene and making me yearn for these characters to get together.

This tale included flashbacks that took up a disproportionate amount of space in the storyline. While it was riveting to have these glimpses into Luanne’s past, there were too many of them for something of this length. Cutting back on them would have made it easier for me to focus on what she was doing at the cottage. At times it was also hard for me to figure out what was going on because I couldn’t quite tell if the current scene was happening now or was set in the recent past.

I’d never heard of Melusine before. The descriptions of who this individual was and where she came from were really interesting, especially once I realized that it was all based on a real legend. This was an intriguing way to frame an erotic story. It’s not something I’ve seen done very often, and I enjoyed seeing how all of the pieces fit together.

Another Creature should be read by anyone who likes introducing ancient legends into modern settings.