December Mystery/Suspense Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Death on Windmill Way by Carrie Doyle

Death on Windmill Way by Carrie Doyle
Publisher: Dunemere Books
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (350 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

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The Hamptons are known for beautiful beaches, luxurious living, millionaire mansions, and now…murder!

Antonia Bingham, a renowned chef and the new owner of East Hampton’s Windmill Inn, escaped to the Hamptons to get away from a harrowing past. Yet now she finds herself in more danger than ever when she discovers the inn’s previous owners may have been victims of murder. Will her overly inquisitive personality be her downfall as she digs up secrets in her attempt to solve the crime?

In the first book of the “Hamptons Murder Mystery” series, bestselling author Carrie Doyle Karasyov (The Right Address; Wolves in Chic Clothing) brings readers behind the scenes for an exclusive glimpse of life within one of the most spectacular playgrounds of the rich and famous. Antonia’s investigation weaves through the lives of the celebrities, year-round locals and the wealthy summer residents who all call the Hamptons home in her quest to reveal a dangerous killer.

Prepare a hearty snack and snuggle in for this compelling but cozy page-turner with mouth-watering food descriptions, nail-biting scenes of suspense, a winning heroine, and a captivating cast of characters who are sure to entertain readers for years to come.


December Non-Erotic Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Three French Inns by Patricia Kiyono

Three French Inns by Patricia Kiyono
Publisher: esKape Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (73 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

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Peter Brown joined His Majesty’s Army in the fight against Napoleon, but when he was wounded, a lovely French woman tended him. She was a recent widow, and they were on opposing sides of the war, so they went their separate ways. But he never forgot his “bel ange” — his beautiful angel.

Caroline Bouchard Duval marched with her husband in Napoleon’s army, eager to leave her sleepy village and see the world. But after being widowed, she returned to her childhood home in the French Alps. When a bloody traveler enters her father’s inn, she recognizes him immediately. Could this man give her another chance to fulfill her dreams?


December Erotic Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ His Very Own Vampire by Sean Michael

His Very Own Vampire by Sean Michael
Publisher: AllRomance eBooks
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

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Love, danger, and a vampire turn Lane’s mundane life into an adventure.

For the last several hundred years, vampire Truelock’s job has protected the various Presidents of Archer Industries, a successful family-run company. Desmond Archer is getting ready to retire and he sends True on a mission to protect his estranged grandson and heir, Lane.

Lane thinks his grandfather is dead and has no idea he’s heir to a fortune. When a handsome stranger steps in and saves him from bodily harm just when he needs it, he’s both grateful and a little suspicious. That suspicion only grows when bad things continue to happen to him following True’s arrival and the claim that he’s been sent by Lane’s grandfather to protect him.

The insane chemistry between Lane and True doesn’t help either of them untangle where the danger’s coming from. Can they figure it out before Lane’s unknown enemies manage to do him permanent damage?


October Erotic Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Fueled by Lust: Geleon by Celeste Prater

Fueled by Lust: Geleon by Celeste Prater
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (319 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

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Hey! Yeah, you! Want in on a juicy secret? Geleon Thaice sure does. Why is the mysterious female of his dreams, wet or otherwise, constantly slipping through his hands? All he craves is to shower her with love and make her his own. Is that so bad? Is it just the fingers of fate doling out yet another allotment of misery upon his head? Or has destiny slyly laid a precise path that’s been waiting patiently for centuries?

Jaelyn Areeda just wants to peacefully survive another day, but the cosmos have her violently colliding with forces out of her control, falling into the capable, muscle-packed arms of a sinfully sexy alpha alien hell bent on inserting himself into her life… as well as her heart, mind, and soul. Will she run—or stay?


October Non-Erotic Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Do You Hear What I Hear? by Margaret Brownley

Do You Hear What I Hear? by Margaret Brownley
Publisher: SMP Swerve
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (92 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

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Welcome to Heywood, Oregon where three lost women find healing, hope and love under the bright light of the town’s old Star Inn this Christmas season.

Two bad things happened to Sally Cartwright that week. Three if she counted the pink slip received at the Home and Family magazine’s annual Christmas party. But nothing was worse than plowing into a snowbank and being stuck in a town she swore never to see again. A town she once called home. Now she must spend the long cold night in the car or follow the bright shining star through the woods to the old Star Inn. She chooses the inn and that’s where her troubles really begin…

Lumber mill owner, Rick Rennick, is in no mood for Christmas cheer. Having recently buried his father, he’s still trying to sort out the financial mess left behind. Unless Rick comes up with a miracle, the mill run by the family for generations is about to shut down for good. That would put a lot of men out of work and impact the future of the town. If things weren’t bad enough he’s now stuck at the old Star Inn waiting for the road back to his cabin to reopen. His luck takes another turn for the worse when he suddenly comes face to face with the past he’d sooner forget. For unless he’s seeing things, the only woman he’s ever loved is standing in front of the inn’s blazing fire trying to get warm. How is it possible that one chance meeting could stir up so many old memories?

Both Rick and Sally regret what happened between them, but his family lumberyard clashes with her tree-hugging ways and neither is willing to try again. It will take the storm of the century, one stage-struck young boy, a certain meddling “angel”—and even a cranky cat—to convince them that in matters of the heart, sometimes the second time around is best.


August Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ The Edge of the Cemetery by Margaret Millmore

The Edge of the Cemetery by Margaret Millmore
Ghost Killer Book 2
Publisher: Creative Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (225 pages)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

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There are ghosts and demons that wander among the living; they do not haunt in the traditional sense. Instead, they plague mankind with diseases and physical deformities, and once a ghost finds its victim it will haunt them for a lifetime. When George Sinclair discovered he could see these ghosts, and more importantly, he could kill them and save their victims, his life changed from ordinary to extraordinary, he’d become a ghost killer, one of the most powerful to be born in some time. George has embraced this new life and now works alongside his new friends, Billy Wilkinson and Phil James. Together they assist the Watchers, an international group of ghost killers and supernatural experts who monitor the world for ghostly sightings and demon infestations to maintain the balance between the living and the dead.

When San Francisco and the surrounding area are suddenly plagued by rogue groups of ghosts and demons, who appeared to have a leader of sorts, a 17th century musketeer demon, the Watchers know it isn’t random, nor was it the usual form in which ghosts and demons prefer to haunt. These monsters were also possessing their victims and forcing them to hurt others, and once the ghost killers arrived, the demons directed their human weapons on them. The question was, who was this musketeer demon and why was he directing these attacks?

As George, Billy, Phil and the Watchers investigate, they discover the 17th century demon is teamed up with a teenage boy, who they come to realize is a powerful ghost killer himself and more importantly, they believe he is being controlled by the demon and is now using its energy to kill people at will. Their search for the teenager and his demon lead them to the discovery of an enemy from their past and a mysterious prophecy. As they decipher the true meaning of the prophecy, they uncover a plot for murderous revenge involving a secret vault containing numerous malevolent souls and a plan to return those wicked dead to human form as directed by Satan himself. Unfortunately, they also discover the true purpose of the demon musketeer’s involvement, which is to become one with the powerful teenage ghost killer, creating a monster that cannot be defeated. With the clock ticking against them, they must find the vault and destroy it before it can be opened and kill the demon and his teenage host.


August Erotic Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ All About the Bear by Bianca D’Arc

All About the Bear by Bianca D’Arc
Grizzly Cove Book 1
Publisher: Liefde Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (67 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

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Welcome to Grizzly Cove, where the sheriff has more than the peace to protect. The proprietor of the new bakery in town is clueless about the dual nature of her nearest neighbors, but not for long. It’ll be up to Sheriff Brody to clue her in and convince her to stay calm—and in his bed—for the next fifty years or so. Yeah, that might be enough. Then again, maybe he’ll keep her forever.


August Non-Erotic Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Broken Survivor by Jennifer LaBelle

Broken Survivor by Jennifer Labelle
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Full Length (410 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Stargazer

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Holly Hewitt is a survivor…

After witnessing her mother’s murder, Holly was returned to her abusive father. Resorting to drugs and alcohol, she ends up landing herself in foster care, where she is separated from her sister and utterly alone.

Zander Harrison is the light to her darkness…

Zander is young, athletic, and carefree, with the support of a loving family. But when Holly is placed in foster care with his brother’s in-laws, she turns his world upside down.

He’s driven to protect her, and to show her the past has made her strong, life is worth living, and love is worth fighting for. If only he can convince her to trust him and stop resisting their mutual attraction.

But sometimes even love isn’t enough to heal a shattered soul.

And all the hard work in the world can’t save…

A broken survivor.


July Non-Erotic Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Devil and the Deep by Julie Ann Walker

Devil and the Deep by Julie Ann Walker
A Deep Six Novel
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (387 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

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Cocktail parties, political fundraisers, and charity events are Maddy Powers’ way of life. But the daring man who appropriated her father’s yacht a couple of months ago is still out there, somewhere, and she wants to pay him back for the scorching kiss they shared.

Behind his suave smile and ladykiller eyes, Bran Palladino carries a dark secret that keeps him from pursuing Maddy… even though he can’t get her out of his head. But when Maddy is kidnapped as part of a grand scheme, it’s time to put up or shut up… because Bran can’t live without Maddy now.


The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels

The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (349 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

American heiress Piety Grey is on the run. Suddenly in London and facing the renovation of a crumbling townhouse, she’s determined to make a new life for herself—anything is better than returning to New York City where a cruel mother and horrid betrothal await her. The last thing she needs is a dark, tempting earl inciting her at every turn…

Trevor Rheese, the Earl of Falcondale, isn’t interested in being a good neighbor. After fifteen years of familial obligation, he’s finally free. But when the disarmingly beautiful Piety bursts through his wall—and into his life—his newfound freedom is threatened…even as his curiosity is piqued.

Once Piety’s family arrives in London, Falcondale suddenly finds himself in the midst of a mock courtship to protect the seductive woman who’s turned his world upside down. It’s all for show—or at least it should be. But if Falcondale isn’t careful, he may find a very real happily ever after with the woman of his dreams…

How the book starts doesn’t give a reader a decent hint as the hilarity, romance and fascinating dialogue that ensues as a reader meets all the players on stage. Piety, Trevor, Miss Baker, Ms. Breedlowe, and the crusty but loveable Lady Frinfrock, are all delightful and I enjoyed every single moment visiting with them.

Piety is the unconventional American heiress who comes to England to escape the machinations of a mother who is a parent in name only. How wretched and callous that woman is can only be appreciated upon reading her dialogue and viewing her actions. The author convinced me that the heroine was wise to run. Add in her evil, icky step-brothers and it’s almost like a twisted Cinderella story.

Trevor is a grumpy bug. His early life was not a picnic and now he’s doing everything he can think of to live as opposite a life as he knows how. On one hand, he’s honest, sometime too honest and that causes one of the conflicts later. And when he becomes less than honest, with the best possible of intentions, well, that causes conflict too. He doesn’t follow his heart and it’s almost his downfall. I liked Trever. I cracked up when he tried to tell himself, not to ask, not to make it his problem, not to look, not to want – but he always does and the results have him falling in love and lust with Piety even more. It was fun to watch.

There’s plenty of internal conflict that both Piety and Trevor have to work through but it’s the external conflict from a man that’s like a Greek mafia boss which really brings the tension and worry to a fever pitch. He’s a great addition because not only does he provoke drama and suspense, he prods the hero to do the right thing, even if it’s one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do. An effective evil villain brings out the white knight in the best of heroes and Trevor passed with flying colors – and a few flying fists. And a knife – can’t forget the knife because the author used it effectively and deserves a mention.

Some readers might think that everyone fell in love with Piety too easily, and their acting so protective of her so quickly and thoroughly was a bit unrealistic. I found her likability delightful and it made this story more upbeat, positive, a pleasure to read. I like to think that the marchioness’s ability to size a person up was razor sharp and she astutely determined that the heroine was worth her trust and sponsorship. Certainly I enjoyed her wit when it came to dealing with Piety’s horrid parent.

The Earl Next Door is truly delightful. Ms. Michaels has penned a winner with characters who are engaging and charming and a story that completely entertains. I enjoyed myself immensely and will not hesitate to recommend this novel to anyone who asks.