So I Married a Werewolf by Kristin Miller

So I Married a Werewolf by Kristin Miller
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (191 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Carter Griffin, enforcing officer for the Seattle Wolf Pack, has a problem. He’s been offered the promotion of his dreams…if he can find a wife to prove he’s over his playboy ways. But Carter’s already walked the matrimonial road and bought the stinkin’ T-shirt. Besides, a werewolf only gets one fated mate. Been there, done that.

All werewolf dog trainer Faith Hamilton wants to do is earn enough green stuff to put her younger brother through college. Okay, okay, so she also totally wants Carter, her sexy next-door neighbor, to look at her as more than a friend. It’s too bad size 12 and plain isn’t his type. At all.

The two friends strike a deal to help one another out. They must face a variety of challenges from a psycho ex-girlfriend to a Yorkie with a shoe fetish…and that pesky problem of only having one-fated mate in a lifetime. Will a relationship ruin their friendship…or spark a love neither anticipated?

It never crossed my mind to wonder what it would be like if a werewolf HAD to find a mate in order to get a promotion. With so many books out there using the “scent” thing, it was refreshing to find a spin that was a bit more believable and challenging for the characters.

Ms. Miller does use the fated mate scenario but it’s not so clear cut and personalities do play a role. The revelation of how it all works, especially when one dies, is amazing and a very creative solution to a perplexing issue. Instead of magically making things work out, the author made the knowledge confuse her hero which I found a fascinating and effective reason for conflict.

This novel is told in third person point of view and is a character driven romance. There are no villains to fight, no dire threats to overcome and Faith and Carter do not have to save the world. They just need to stop a puppy from trying to make every day hump day, and how to get the things they want out of life without losing the best thing they have, each other.

Faith is a sweet heroine. She has a heart of gold but doesn’t have the funds to support it. A reader gets a sense of her loyalty, her sense of humor and most importantly, her sense of self. The belief in who she is gets tested in this novel. What I saw was a heroine forced to face her fears, and in doing so, grow and reach her true potential. At times it was painful and others, fun. It seemed the storyline wallowed in her shortcomings a bit too long in some spots but fortunately the action picked up and the plot moved on. I liked her spunk and her determination to make an edible casserole.

Carter is a very conflicted man. He knows what he wants but it’s not what he wants. It took a perfect stranger to figuratively wallop him over the head with the truth and make him see that his worst fear was a self-fulfilled prophesy. Carter had to get out of his own way. That being said, he really was a dear. He’s funny, earnest, dedicated and focused. Many times I got the hint of his true feelings for Faith but he cluelessly attributed it something else – always something else. He’s dense but not stupid. Carter comes around in a typical man-like way and I was amused. He also can be very romantic, which was a bonus.

When Carter and Faith finally do the physical tango, it doesn’t produce magic. It muddies things a bit because their heads weren’t in the right place. That was a heart wrencher but it also gave me hope. There’s more than a spark there and I enjoyed watching it eventually flame into an inferno. The sensual build up tormented them and I was entertained.

So I Married a Werewolf is a treat. It’s the perfect story for readers who enjoy the “friends to lovers” scenario. Naturally it has the typical worry about messing things up with their friendship because they don’t want to lose each other, but it’s how the author worked and manipulated their worry that made this book easy to read and enjoy. Faith and Carter are wonderful together.

If a reader wants to kick back and read a nice romance story between two people who just happen to turn furry and howl at the moon, So I Married a Werewolf is a good choice.

February Erotic Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Pressure Head by JL Merrow

Pressure Head by JL Merrow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (260 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

Some secrets are better left hidden.

The Plumber’s Mate, Book 1

To most of the world, Tom Paretski is just a plumber with a cheeky attitude and a dodgy hip, souvenir of a schoolboy accident. The local police keep his number on file for a different reason—his sixth sense for finding hidden things.

When he’s called in to help locate the body of a missing woman up on Nomansland Common, he unexpectedly encounters someone who resurrects a host of complicated emotions. Phil Morrison, Tom’s old school crush, now a private investigator working the same case. And the former bully partly responsible for Tom’s injury.

The shocks keep coming. Phil is now openly gay, and shows unmistakable signs of interest. Tom’s attraction to the big, blond investigator hasn’t changed—in fact, he’s even more desirable all grown up. But is Phil’s interest genuine, or does he only want to use Tom’s talent?

As the pile of complicated evidence surrounding the woman’s murder grows higher, so does the heat between Tom and Phil. But opening himself to this degree exposes Tom’s heart in a way he’s not sure he’s ready for…while the murderer’s trigger finger is getting increasingly twitchy.


February Non-Erotic Romance Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Midnight Heat by Sarah Grimm

Midnight Heat by Sarah Grimm
Black Phoenix #2
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (223 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

The unconscious man wheeled into Dr. Rebecca Dahlman’s ER is sexy-devilishly sexy-and injured. This isn’t just any patient in need of medical help. He is the only man she’s ever loved-the one who still haunts her dreams.

Black Phoenix bassist Dominic Price made a mistake three years ago when he walked out on Rebecca. A mistake he plans to rectify. But first he has to convince her to open her heart to him again. One touch of his calloused hands reignites their passion.

Can they rekindle their trust as easily, or will her fears cause her to lose him again…this time to a man bent on revenge?


Tell Me a Secret by Ann Everett



Tell Me a Secret by Ann Everett
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (295 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Quince

Jace Sloan has it all. He’s smoking hot, a college football star with a storybook family, and he’s never met a woman he couldn’t charm. He’s also never met one who makes him want to be a better man…until he meets Maggie. Now, this self-proclaimed geek with wild red hair and the greenest eyes he’s ever seen has him thinking all kinds of crazy thoughts. Like settling down and being a one-woman man.

Maggie Fielding is anything but Jace’s type. For starters, her IQ is bigger than her chest size. But Jace is panty melting hot, and she’s having a hard time remembering that he’s bad news. If only she could stop telling him her secrets, because her answers to his questions just might have both of them falling in love for the first time.

Tell Me a Secret starts as a typical New Adult story with typical NA characters. She’s a virgin, shy, geek, insecure. He’s a player, super-hot, confident. But in the second part it turns into contemporary romance. This was a nice surprise for me, because the author allowed a peek into what happens once that couple is married.

Writing in this story is simplistic; sentences are short as well as dialogues. There are no large and detailed descriptions, so the pace of the story is pretty fast, which is a plus. Beside this and the twist there are other things I liked about this story. I liked the interaction between hero and heroine and how they slowly fall in love, and how that love changes them. I loved the second part of the story, where heroine showed great initiative, and took the matter into own her hands.

But there were also things I didn’t like. The characters:  if they are real people I wouldn’t like to hang out with them. The heroine is too insecure for no reason, and co-dependent on the hero. The hero is too stubborn and too alpha for my taste. Although they are not my type of the people it is good that they are not perfect. The writer made a great thing showing to the readers their weaknesses and that way she makes them human.

In spite of these issues, Tell Me a Secret is worth reading, especially if you are a fan of this genre and you are looking for a story with a twist.

Tell Me a Secret is not the best New Adult book that I read, but it is worth reading, especially if you are a fan of this genre and you are looking for a story with a twist.

Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon
Publisher: Forever (Hachette Book Group)
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (278 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Hawthorn

The Bad Boy Is Back

Evan Downey needs a new beginning. Since the death of his wife five years ago, the brilliant tattoo artist has shut himself away in a prison of grief that not even his work can break him out of-and what’s worse, Evan knows his son Lyon is bearing the brunt of his seclusion. Moving back to the lake town of Evergreen Cove where he spent his childhood summers is his last chance for a fresh start.

Charlotte Harris knows she owes it to her best friend’s memory to help Evan and his son find their way again, but she can’t stop her traitorous heart from skipping a beat every time she looks into Evan’s mesmerizing eyes. Charlotte is determined to stay strictly in the Friend Zone-until a mind-blowing night knocks that plan by the wayside. Now, if they’re brave enough to let it, Charlotte and Evan might just find a love capable of healing their broken hearts . . .

Jessica Lemmon has a knack for character portrayal. The characters in Bringing Home the Bad Boy come to life on the page. Even Rae, who died four years prior to the opening pages of the novel, felt alive and still very present, albeit only in the minds of the other characters. She was like a shadow between Evan and Charlie.

I really liked how Evan, unlike Charlie, had reached an inner peace that allowed him to pursue Charlie. He didn’t obsess over his deceased wife and the fact that she had been Charlie’s best friend. He honored her memory by being the best dad he could be to their son Lyon, but he didn’t let his past stop him from trying to be happy and to create a good, safe family environment for Lyon.

Charlie on the other hand was, understandably to a point, more hesitant and more riddled with guilt. A large part of that, I felt, was due to her having had a crush on Evan back when they were all just teenagers. But her indecisiveness reached a point where her guilt and insecurity bordered on obsession with Rae and how Charlie had no right to be happy. This was a result of how her ex boyfriend Russell had treated her, and it made a lot of sense, but I think the way he and his current wife were portrayed as entirely negative characters was too simplistic.

A very positive aspect of the story was the ending. This portrayed her as a smart and emotionally mature woman. She was also great in her interactions with Lyon. But the truly wonderful scenes were the ones with Lyon and his father. The author presented Evan as a truly great dad: flawed, but well-meaning and wonderfully loving and dedicated. I don’t think I’ve seen such a wonderful father figure in a book in a very long time.

Bringing Home the Bad Boy is an emotional read, with plenty of angst, but also filled with hot romance and tender emotions that grow into a strong, passionate love.

Love and Other Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, Kara Leigh Miller


Love and Other Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, Kara Leigh Miller
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (242 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Hawthorn

LOVE AND OTHER GAMES is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Kara Leigh Miller.

Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze

Amy Pierce, the klutzy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart, is used to being invisible. But when a friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village, Amy catches the eye of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper. It’s a magical night, but an awkward next morning has her running.

Everyone knows Erik Andresen’s best shot at an individual medal was back in 2010, before an injury pulled him from the competition. He’s there for his team, but a hot night and a remarkable final training session have him wondering if a gorgeous good-luck charm could give him another chance at the podium.

With a little bit of luck, these two might have a shot at something worth more than gold.

Trouble with Gold by Melinda Dozier

US snowboarder and notorious prankster, Ty (Trouble) Madsen is only getting a taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence wearing nothing but his boxers.

Reception and protocol volunteer, Nadia Hoffman, gets up close and personal with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him, but she’s not the kind of girl who lets her hormones get in her way. A professional performance could help her land her dream job at Olympics Committee Headquarters, but her new assignment supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult. Can she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the warm heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?

The Girl behind the Gold by Aria Kane

Greek aerial skier Lia Milonas’s parents are about to lose the family farm. Saving it means medaling and landing a huge sponsor. While her no-nonsense attitude has her well on her way to a medal, it hasn’t won her a place in fans’ hearts.

“Come back with a story that will make readers cry, or don’t come back.” This is what Brandon James’ boss told him before he left New York to cover the Winter Games for Moment Magazine. With a wink and a smile, he can charm his way into any invite-only party, but that career-making story is nowhere to be found – until he meets Lia.

The two strike a deal that should get them both what they want – but neither would have guessed they’d also find what they need.

Ice Gold by Kara Leigh Miller

Colton Campbell thrives on the fast paced, adrenaline rushed lifestyle of being an Olympic hockey player.

Despite Brenna Jessup’s abhorrence for the games and the athletes, she’s hand-picked as the official photographer for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.

When a faux pas by Brenna almost costs Colton his career, she owes him. Too bad for her, Colton doesn’t want apologies — he wants retribution! And he knows just how to get it — and her — in the process.

Although the most recent Winter Olympics are behind us, Love and Other Games is a fun read that will get you in the mood for some sweet, sporty action.

This new adult collection of four short stories is a quick read, but despite the stories being relatively short, they’re not rushed. The four authors managed to get their characters across well, with enough detail and development to sound real and intriguing.

My favorite story was Trouble with Gold because of the cute banter between Nadia and Ty. But the other three stories weren’t far behind. What I really enjoyed with this collection was that the authors showed the reader that while the athletes work hard for their success, they also know how to have fun. On top of that, the Olympic village being the setting adds an additional charm. The Olympics are the height of any athlete’s career so they are bound to involve tension and heightened emotions. All this was very obvious in the stories.

The stories are linked by a legend about a lucky torch that brings the gold medal to the athlete that finds it in the village. I felt that was a lovely touch that entwined the stories together. Also, the writing styles of the authors were similar enough so that the differences between them didn’t feel disruptive. The stories had enough conflict and drama to intrigue the reader but not too much for their length.

Love and Other Games was a nice surprise that has me craving more Olympics stories.

A Savage Exile: Vampires with Napoleon on St. Helena by Diane Scott Lewis

A Savage Exile: Vampires with Napoleon on St. Helena by Diane Scott Lewis
Publisher: Books We Love Ltd.
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (127 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Isabelle, a young French maid, follows her notorious mistress to the island of St. Helena after Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo. She discovers quickly that a “beast” roams this remote island, and people are vanishing or found drained of blood. She falls in love with Saint-Denis, Napoleon’s valet, but this enigmatic young man hides a deadly secret. Hudson Lowe, the island’s governor—a vampire himself—plans to destroy the French. Isabelle rushes with her lover to stop the vicious outcome, and save her own life.

Can Isabelle earn her independence before the beast claims her?

Isabelle certainly is in a predicament. She has little desire to follow her mistress into exile with Napoleon, but Isabelle couldn’t turn down the amount of money the Countess de Montholon was offering to pay her. At first, the countess seems silly, but harmless. However, as time passes, Isabelle begins to see a change in her mistress. I really felt sorry for Isabelle. She desperately wants to get away from her mistress, but as woman on her own, Isabelle doesn’t have many options. Her best hope is to continue to serve the countess for a while longer until she can earn enough money to safely make her own way in the world. I couldn’t help but wonder if the money Isabelle was earning was enough to risk her safety by staying on an island inhabited by a vampire.

Isabelle is a strong woman with a plan for her future. The one thing Isabelle never counted on was falling in love. Saint-Denis, nicknamed Ali, wiggles his way into her heart. Unfortunately, Ali is a man with secrets that he isn’t comfortable sharing. Isabelle has a very hard time trusting Ali and even though she professes to be attracted to him, she never seems comfortable around him. Consequently, I thought the chemistry between fell a little flat for a majority of the story. This does improve a little bit toward the end as Ali opens up a bit, and Isabelle slowly learns to trust him.

There are several villains at work in this tale, and I’m honestly not sure who the worst one is. Isabelle’s employers are truly terrible and have no redeeming qualities. The Governor is a dark figure as well, but he doesn’t seem to be entirely bad. Even though he has little regard for human life, he does seem to care for his wife and her daughters. However, the Governor definitely has some evil plans regarding the French. While I was certain his ultimate goal wouldn’t be accomplished, I couldn’t help but wonder if Isabelle would be a victim of one of his schemes.

Overall, I thought A Savage Exile was a good book. Isabelle is likable heroine, and I enjoyed watching her make the best of a bad situation. Anyone who enjoys historical romance with a paranormal twist might want to check it out.

An Irish Promise by Isabella Connor


An Irish Promise by Isabella Connor
Publisher: Choc Lit.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (414 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Art historian, Rachel Ford has returned to the Irish village of Kilbrook intent on keeping her promise to take revenge on the school bullies who ruined her childhood and destroyed her family.

Australian actor Finn MacKenzie sets hearts fluttering when he turns up in sleepy Kilbrook to help his aunt with a school production. He seems to have a charmed life, yet his confident façade hides heartbreak and tragedy. Although Finn isn’t looking for love, when he meets the mysterious Rachel, there’s a definite spark between them.

Rachel is torn between her desire for revenge and this new love affair. She doesn’t want to deceive Finn, but can she trust him to keep her real identity a secret? And will he understand why she must keep her promise, no matter the cost?

An Irish Promise is a story of revenge, remorse, guilt, and secrets with love having a hard time getting a toehold.

Rachel returns to Kilbrook, where she’d lived as a child with full intentions of hurting bullies. She soon realizes her plan could hurt innocents also. But she reads “The Diary” each night to remind herself why she returned to this place of remembered miseries. It strengthens her resolve.

Father Daniel Quinn has returned to Kilbrook for a very different reason. His efforts, emotions, allegiance, and, finally, his honesty, with himself and others intrigue. His gaining enough courage to do what is right for himself and others is an intricate part of the plot.

Finn Mackenzie returns to Kilbrook, supposedly to help his Aunt Helen, but he, too, has a secret agenda. He has reinvented himself and is a successful actor, but it wasn’t easy. Now, he wants, in some way, to atone for a cruel wrong he was a party to in his miserable youth.

The primary antagonists, Mellissa and Jay Cole, were bullies in school and continue, as adults, to use people, giving no consideration to the damage they are doing. Of course, there is a back story about them that explains their behavior, but it is not enough to excuse their actions.

Rachel and Finn’s relationship evolves and he gives her a pendant with the Claddagh, an Irish design of two hands holding a crowned heart that symbolizes friendship, loyalty, and love; yet each of them have secrets they have not revealed to each other.

Deceit is a major element in An Irish Promise. I even felt deceived at one point. But love is tenacious and hangs on through a multitude of conflicts.

The Playboy of Rome by Jennifer Faye

The Playboy of Rome by Jennifer Faye
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (250 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Hawthorn

Taming the Italian playboy…

Lizzie Addler’s dream of working in Italy is about to come true—that is if she can convince passionate Italian chef Dante DeFiore to keep his side of their bargain. Dante might be hotter than the Italian sun, but he’s as cool as ice toward Lizzie…

Dante hasn’t the time to pander to Lizzie’s dreams of culinary fame—he has a restaurant to run! But as Lizzie proves herself to be a spectacular addition to his kitchen—and to his life—Dante wonders…can he keep her forever?

The Playboy of Rome has an appealing premise: a hot Italian chef, a young, aspiring cook and the fiery tension between them, all filmed for a reality show.

The novel starts off very promising. There were great scenes with the chef, Dante, especially the scenes at his family home. His interaction with his grandfather, father and brother were intense and very revealing of his character. But unfortunately, they were also far more emotional than his scenes with Lizzie. I simply couldn’t feel any chemistry between the two of them despite the fact that I liked them as individual characters.

Perhaps this was due to the slow progression of the story – we get to see some action in the kitchen only in the second half of the novel, while in the first half they more or less only talk. I felt that the instant attraction between Dante and Lizzie was a bit overdone, a slower start would’ve been more believable. However, the deep feelings that they both feel towards the end made their break-up even more painful and angsty.

Lizzie’s character and her strength were heart-warming. She was a foster child and the neglect she’d experienced in her early childhood explained many of her characteristics, but towards the end this storyline became a bit too repetitive. However, I liked her gentleness towards Dante’s grandfather and father; it showed clearly what family meant to her.

Despite the protagonists being chefs, The Playboy of Rome focuses more on their romance and not on the cooking. However, their love story under the hot Italian sky is delicious nonetheless.

The Boys Club by Angie Martin


The Boys Club by Angie Martin
Publisher: Indie World Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (241 pgs)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Growing up a homeless juvenile delinquent left its mark on Gabriel Logan. He lived a throwaway existence until a former FBI agent recruited him for a fringe organization for boys like him, ones who could operate outside the law for the sake of justice. As an adult, he sets an example for the others and is slated to take over their group, until his work results in the murder of his pregnant wife.

Going through the motions of everyday life, Logan does only what’s required of him with one goal in mind: kill Hugh Langston, the man responsible for his wife’s death. When he’s handed the opportunity to bring Langston down, he jumps at the chance, but the job will challenge him more than anything in the past. Not only does he have to save Langston’s daughter from her father’s hit list, but the job seems to have come to them a little too easily. Logan must find a way to not only rescue the one woman who can take down his biggest enemy, but also look into the men he trusts most to discover which one of them is betraying The Boys Club.

Assisting the law by using their own method of justice, The Boys Club has an evoking plot that drew me into the suspense in the first chapter.

Gabriel Logan’s life has been the definition of unfortunate circumstances. One of those earlier unfortunate circumstances is what leads him to meet Jim Schaffer, which ultimately introduced him into the boys club. The Boys Club is an organization created to help troubled young men and put them on the right side of the law.

When his life seems to have taken a turn for the better, his world is shattered when his pregnant wife is killed. Years later Logan still hasn’t dealt with the lost of his wife. He is still heartbroken and the break is even deeper knowing the man that killed his wife is still free. Has his chance for vengeance drawn near when he is assigned to protect the daughter of man who killed his wife?

The Boys Club is well written in a writing style that I enjoy. It’s a great story that isn’t wordy or filled with unnecessary dialogue and description. This is the second book I’ve read by this author in which I enjoyed her writing in that novel as well, Conduit. Her writing is satisfying. Her stories flow and have a sense of realness. The character she create have personality and feelings. This type of writing is one that I enjoy and find pleasure in reading.

For some reason I thought there would have been more action; maybe the title, the awesome book cover or the line of work that Logan is in gave me that impression. But personally I found this book to be a heavy percent more geared towards romance. Not saying that as a bad thing because the author’s writing is written where I could see the actual scenes played out as I was reading. And yes the book did include some action scenes that I had to squint my eyes while reading. There also was a scene where I noticed my heart rate increased in anticipation of how things would play out. I wanted new love to prevail and the bad guys were interfering with the ‘happy ever after’ ending I had in my mind for the main character.

With the attraction between two lost souls I couldn’t help but find myself hoping the best out come for them. Sara Langston is pretty much a loner besides her best friend, Mary Flynn. Sara is the daughter of a wealthy and powerful man, Hugh Langston. With an arranged marriage lined up and a job picked out for her along with her own personal security detail, Sara longs to rebel at being controlled so much by her father and fiance. Now that her wedding day is approaching she is hesitant and questions herself about the marriage and the future that has been planned out for her. Will she stand up and voice her true feelings before it is too late?

I enjoyed Sara’s character because I felt she was a strong woman, but she was unsure of how to cut the string that her father had on her. For some reason I thought Logan could have been stronger; it seemed he was wallowing in grief still and not really dealing with his pain. Meaningless sex, risking his job, for a moment I thought that he would lose his sorrows in temporary satisfaction of the bottle. I was glad to see that Sara opened up places in his heart that only his wife touched. He was dealing with unresolved pain, and obviously he had a void in his life that he was trying to fill.

I enjoyed the story and for some odd reason I can see a series continuing The Boys Club, with the life of Logan and Sara as their story continues on.