A Mountain Man’s Redemption by Christi Corbett

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A Mountain Man’s Redemption by Christi Corbett
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (129 Pages)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Myrtle

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Eighteen years ago, Philip Grant—overcome with regret for what he couldn’t foresee and memories of what he couldn’t prevent—abandoned all to live the solitary life of a fur trapper. Years spent roaming ridgelines and riverbanks in Montana Territory left his body weary and his confidence weak, so he decides to turn in his last bundle of furs and await the inevitable in a cabin. Alone.

Then a body-shaped lump wrapped in a quilt changes everything.

Philip discovers a battered woman and her infant son, on the run from a ruthless abuser with a penchant for whiskey. Seventy miles of snow-covered mountain peaks and windswept flatlands stand between them and safety—the woman’s aunt’s house.

Can Philip trust in his newfound faith to lead the way?

A fur-trapper who lives on his own in the Montana wilderness during the winter of 1886 is best served when he has only himself to worry about for survival, but when Philip Grant comes across an unexpected duo in need of help, he must decide whether to put his own life on the line to save them, or walk away.

Philip has had a good haul for a fur-trapper this season, but he soon finds himself with only ten days left to get his furs to the nearest fort, more than eighty miles away. It will be a difficult journey, which must be made quickly. But before long, he finds himself challenged with more than just time and distance. The reader will learn that Philip has his own demons in life to battle, but none more urgent that Hannah whom he discovers battered and beaten and clutching a baby in the middle of a harsh winter. Slowly and out of necessity, Hannah begins to explain the circumstances that have driven her, literally, out into the snow without proper gear for herself or her baby. With Philip’s continued prompting, the young mother confides in the fur-trapper, telling a heartbreaking story of abuse by her husband.

Wife abuse is not your average storyline in a historic novel, but maybe we should see it more often. The story is built upon a strong faith, and is historically accurate. It shows us that what we believe to be a modern problem is not at all. The reader gets a vastly different perspective in this well-written story.

This is a quick read, which is what brings me to my only criticism of the story. In the story’s beginning, Philip discovers a quilt in the snow-covered woods, and although we already know he is behind schedule and has an urgent need to get to Fort Matiley before it closes, which involves crossing “the most rugged mountain peaks in Montana,” he moves far too slowly. He spends too much time deciding whether to find out what’s inside the mysterious quilt. There were a few other points in the story where I felt things needed to move more quickly, given the urgency, too. With that said, this story was nearly flawless in its delivery.

If you’re looking for historical fiction, or a story with a 1880s flare, and the theme of a battered woman won’t deter you, then this is a story worth your time.

Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash

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Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Horror, Futuristic (Dystopian), Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (223 pgs)
Rated: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Poppy

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Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

Not quite horror (despite some gore), but certainly plenty scary in parts, Monsterland was a great read.

First off, I have to say this: author Michael Phillip Cash has serious writing chops. From the first line I was plunged into the story with his clear, vivid descriptions and interesting scenes. The characters were so clearly drawn I felt as if I sat right there with them on the couch in the home watching the TV. I was really impressed.

The story was interesting. Occasionally scary, occasionally funny, sometimes desperately sad, I was completely engrossed. Is it an unlikely scenario? Absolutely. Most dystopian-type books that I read I’ll nod and think, “Yep, I can see that happening.” but not so much this one. Did that diminish my enjoyment? Not really. But, honestly, that’s mostly because I was so crazy about the characters. There were a few places where I really had to suspend my belief in reality for this, but I didn’t care. I’d have followed Carter and Wyatt anywhere.

The story does start a little slowly, but it sort of had to in order to introduce us to what’s going on…a town that’s on the brink of collapse, a virus that turns people into zombies, a wealthy businessman who’s going to save everyone with his theme park and Carter’s suspicion of the guy’s motives.

I really loved Carter. He’s trying so hard to be a good dad to his step-kids, both of whom are teens so it makes it that much harder for him to connect with them. They have the “you’re not my dad” syndrome, but he doesn’t give up. He’s a great guy. Despite wanting to slap the boys now and then, they grew on me and definitely did some growing up and maturing during the story.

There is some strong language and descriptive gore throughout, so be warned if that’s not your thing. But if it is? You should definitely give this book a go. It was a winner for me, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more from this author.

Queen of His Heart by Lena Hart

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Queen of His Heart by Lena Hart
Quartette III
Publisher: Maroon Ash
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (306 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

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the heartbreaker…

Judith Bell is comfortable with her quiet, predictable life. After a failed relationship left her emotionally—and physically—scarred, she tries her hardest to ignore Carlos Moreno’s advances. But the sexy, dark-eyed security chief is proving very hard to ignore. When fear and blackmail drives her to compromise her new position at Royal Courts, Judith’s serene life is once again disrupted.

Carlos is captivated by his boss’ assistant. Beyond her beauty is a sweet, gentle woman needing desperately to be loved. But when an internal investigation points to her, he realizes Judith may not be the innocent she appears. Left wondering if he’s been duped by a pretty face and bewitching smile, Carlos finds himself torn between his obligations to Royal Courts or protecting the woman who’s already stolen his heart.

On the run from her past and forced into hiding, Judith is faced with two choices—either let fear define her future or allow love to heal her wounded heart.

This is a story that has been told before but the characterization and in depth dialogue made it one of a kind that surely surpass the average. The humor in the chase of Carlos Moreno, Chief of Security at Royal Courts, won me over. I was so in awe of Carlos and enjoyed his character so much. He was so refreshing, original and a man that you don’t read about often. Carlos is confident and open with his feelings and didn’t mind showing his interest in Judith.

Judith Bell has been employed at Royal Courts for a short time span and she knows she has captured Carlos’s interest but because of her personal reasons she holds fast in not reciprocating Carlos advances. Not wanting to be vulnerable again, but she inadvertent makes a sexier choice in her hair and dress, and believe me Carlos takes notice.

Carlos has let his guard down while on security detail someone has hacked into the system and caused the serves to crash. Carlos has found himself in a dilemma. The question is…Who is responsible?

All I can say is oh my. This book is really hot and much more than what I expected. There is an actual storyline that is well constructed, entertaining and includes the most steamy satisfying love scenes you will ever read. Carlos not only talks a good game, he shows Judith how much he wants her, and he wants to see that same desire for him in her eyes. A man that is willing to please and satisfy and all he requires is that Judith give him her heart. My heart soften just reading about the true protector that Carlos proved to be.

Judith is a woman that has been through a lot in her past. I can understand she wants to live a simple life of just work, and home to her cat, but Carlos has found the queen of his heart and he is not so easily letting her go. Judith is a strong character and yes she made a bad decision under a moment of distress, but overall she is a likable character that I felt deserved happiness.

This is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and hated to see the story end. I will be adding Lena to my list of author’s to follow. I enjoyed her writing style, her character are well developed, her plot is one of interest mixed with suspense, and a tale that is sure to have the nature of all who read it rise. Raging passion and heartfelt emotions, this is a must read, simple as that!

October Mainstream (Non-Erotic) Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Born Wild by Julie Ann Walker

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Born Wild by Julie Ann Walker
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (387 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

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TICK…TICK…

“Wild” Bill Reichert knows a thing or two about explosives. The ex-Navy SEAL can practically rig a bomb blindfolded. But there’s no way to diffuse the inevitable fireworks the day Eve Edens walks back into his life, asking for help…

BOOM!

Eve doesn’t know what to do when the Chicago police won’t believe someone is out to hurt her. The only place to turn is Black Knights Inc—after all, no one is better at protection than the covert special-ops team. Yet there’s also no one better at getting her all turned on than Billy Reichert. She has a feeling this is one blast from the past that could backfire big time…

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October Erotic Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Needing You By Calista Fox

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Needing You by Calista Fox
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (195 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Gardenia

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The most unlikely couple in Hollywood can’t keep their hands off each other!

Silver is a sultry actress with a horrific past that haunts her. Kolby is a sexy, carefree surf champion who lives for the sun, sand and sea. But when Silver’s best friend, a famous indie director-producer, unexpectedly throws them together in a steamy, unscripted scene for his erotic film, the sparks fly!

Kolby is the direct opposite of Silver’s rough, edgy leading men on and off screen. Yet they instantly sizzle together. He’s got a world title to win, but Kolby can’t escape the magnet-and-steel effect he and Silver share. Their hot-and-heavy romance comes with a price when Silver’s ex-lover stalks her. She’ll have to lay it all on the line for her happy ending.


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Needing You by Calista Fox

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Needing You by Calista Fox
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (195 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Gardenia

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The most unlikely couple in Hollywood can’t keep their hands off each other!

Silver is a sultry actress with a horrific past that haunts her. Kolby is a sexy, carefree surf champion who lives for the sun, sand and sea. But when Silver’s best friend, a famous indie director-producer, unexpectedly throws them together in a steamy, unscripted scene for his erotic film, the sparks fly!

Kolby is the direct opposite of Silver’s rough, edgy leading men on and off screen. Yet they instantly sizzle together. He’s got a world title to win, but Kolby can’t escape the magnet-and-steel effect he and Silver share. Their hot-and-heavy romance comes with a price when Silver’s ex-lover stalks her. She’ll have to lay it all on the line for her happy ending.

As I sat and read this book, I was faced with the fact that sometimes we are the ones who resist happiness and seek the drama in our lives. We sometimes are driven to sabotage what we have out of fear or out of guilt for some act in our past, and we seek to punish ourselves.

The subject of domestic abuse is one that is hard to deal with. Reading about women being abused who stay with their partner our fear or lack of courage is particularly painful.

This book deals with the aftershocks … how our children are affected by abuse or mental health problems in their parents.
Two beautiful adults, at the height of their chosen profession (Silver is a movie star and Kolby a professional surfer), meet for the second time in their lives and cannot deny the attraction they always feel for each other. Through one of the sexiest scenes I have ever read, they must come to grips with this attraction.

Only the fear she feels of entangling this nice man into the complications and drama in her life makes Silver try to avoid getting any closer to Kolby. He on the other hand, is so smitten with her; he cannot keep himself in check. He must pursue her, but takes a slow burn approach to seducing her in order to win her trust and affection. This makes for a beautiful courtship and a hot love story — one I thoroughly enjoyed.

Born Wild by Julie Ann Walker

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Born Wild by Julie Ann Walker
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (387 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

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TICK…TICK…

“Wild” Bill Reichert knows a thing or two about explosives. The ex-Navy SEAL can practically rig a bomb blindfolded. But there’s no way to diffuse the inevitable fireworks the day Eve Edens walks back into his life, asking for help…

BOOM!

Eve doesn’t know what to do when the Chicago police won’t believe someone is out to hurt her. The only place to turn is Black Knights Inc—after all, no one is better at protection than the covert special-ops team. Yet there’s also no one better at getting her all turned on than Billy Reichert. She has a feeling this is one blast from the past that could backfire big time…

Of course, I wanted to read this as soon as I saw it was a Black Knights, Inc. novel. The secret operatives in this organization are sizzling. Sure enough, I was whisked away on a spine-tingling adventure from page one and swept along in the action to the very last page. Whether in a deadly situation or in a heart-melting, ecstatic love scene I felt as if I were right there. Julie Ann Walker weaves together another fantastic tale of the men and women involved with Black Knights Inc.

Bill Reichert, an ex-navy SEAL, is ill tempered and drinks Pepto Bismol like it’s his favorite quaff. For over a decade he has defied death, defused IEDs, and did whatever dangerous task came his way. Now a member of Black Knights Inc. he still courts danger. He helped rescue his sister Becky and her rich, socialite friend Eve Edens from Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean about a year ago. Eve is the reason he acquired the name “Wild Bill”. She broke her vow to him when she was nineteen and it broke his heart. He is snarky to her and avoids her if he can.

Eve is at her wits’ end. The police don’t believe she’s in danger nor does her father or ex-husband. Her cousin Jeremy Buchanan who works vice in the police department cannot keep her safe. In desperation she turns to Black Knights Inc. knowing Bill will not be happy to see her. She is still in love with him but understands why he is the way he is. When he went into the military, she caved in to her father’s pressure and married Blake Parish, a rich man who moved in the same social circles as the Edens. Now divorced, a respected marine biologist, and a lots wiser, she longs to set things right with Bill. He is no longer the laughing, fun-loving, sexy, twenty-one-year-old she fell in love with; he is a world weary soldier, hard, impatient, and has a menacing air about him.

Only a few of the men are at Black Knights Inc. headquarters when she arrives asking for help, but they take her in. Bryan “Mac” McMillan threatens Bill if he is not nice to her. Of course, the adorable Ace, who is admittedly gay, pampers Eve, fusses over her, and touches her often as they talk, making Bill angry enough to bite nails. The language these guys use is atrocious, graphic and vulgar, yet it seems to fit their way of life.

Born Wild is chock full of scary, life-threatening happens. The shooting at Red Delilah’s Biker Bar, the search for Dale Pennyworth, a stalker, on the means, darks streets of Chicago, a wild storm on Lake Michigan while Bill and Eve are in her sailing yacht on their way to a hideout, a good-old-fashioned shoot out in a deserted parking lot, and a love scene that raises one’s temperature, accelerates the heart rate, and sends the imagination soaring. “Get-the-job-done” heroes who are also breathtaking lovers and heroines who match them every step of the way make Black Knights, Inc. novels rollicking, riveting, and romantic. Super reading!

Redneck Romeo by Lorelei James

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Redneck Romeo by Lorelei James
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (403 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Dogwood

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Three years ago, Dalton McKay looked across the altar and saw the woman he knew he’d love for the rest of his life…only it wasn’t his bride. That’s when he took the McKays’ love-’em-and-leave-’em reputation to new heights—fleeing the ceremony and Wyoming.

Now a family issue has brought Dalton back to Sundance, giving him a chance to prove to everyone—especially the woman he thought he lost—that he’s a changed man.

Aurora “Rory” Wetzler has fallen for cowboy hottie Dalton’s smooth-talkin’ ways too many times. So he’s determined to convince her he’s playing for keeps this go around? Fine. She’ll call that bluff—she can’t ignore their intense chemistry or resist smokin’ hot sex, but she’s not willing to gamble her heart again.

Dalton has plenty of fences to mend with the McKays, but his biggest fear is that Rory doesn’t believe they have a future. He’ll have to pull out all the stops to show her they belong together for the long haul.

Lorelei James’ books are the number one prescribed literature medication to increase one’s blood pressure, strengthen one’s romantic as well as funny bone and speed up the heart rate. The side effects of reading the “Rough-Rider’s” series is as follows; increased body temperature, mood swings from humorous to dramatic, and intense emotional heart-string pulling as the dynamics unfold. You may also experience long periods of time-loss as some readers find themselves unable to put the book down. These books may also increase one’s imagination, satisfy one’s fantasies and develop one’s creativity. Redneck Romeo contributes greatly to these side effects. One should not read these books while operating heavy machinery. *G*

This story focuses on the sexy Dalton McKay and his childhood sweetie, Aurora “Rory” Wetzler. Rory was the one person Dalton could run to when his childhood life became unbearable. Growing up together, these two sweethearts seemed destined to be together forever, however “real-life” always has a way of breaking young hearts. Now Dalton has grown and matured but is it enough to convince Rory that he is finally ready to play for keeps? When bridges seemed burned, can one go home again?

I have loved almost all of these books in this series and this one is on the top of my favorites list as well. Since these novels have centered around one family, I do recommend reading the series in order if you can to get the feel of the family dramatics in full. We continue in each book to get glimpses of past favorite characters as they continue to interact with our present heartthrobs. These romances are electric and sizzle with extreme heat. When the author reveals the character’s tragic childhood memories, I found myself sobbing for Dalton as well as for his family. I love that this book made me laugh, cry and sigh. Many twists and turns in this well written saga kept my interest piqued and my imagination fueled. Ms. James is an exceptional writer and I am thrilled to be one of the bookworms who has the privilege of reviewing this gripping yet charming narrative.

Quite simply Redneck Romeo is a fantastic read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am definitely a cheerleader in Ms. James’ fan club. I found no editing mistakes and that alone was a “wow” moment for me. I cannot express enough how thrilled I was that this tale continued to enlighten the readers to the McKay’s family past woes. I felt as though I was catching up with old friends as well as discovering secrets from the present book-cast. I applaud Ms. James for supplying this reader with a wonderfully illustrated fictional story that I will want to “pull-out” and read again in the future.

Looking for a hot romantic cowboy who can charm the pants off of his lady-love? Well Dalton McKay may be your dream-man in Redneck Romeo!

Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle

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Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (360 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Daisy

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The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she’s pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate.

Soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding with dreams and memories of ancient times; of a love between two Greeks named Persephone and Hades. But lethal danger has always surrounded the immortals, and now that she’s tainted with the Underworld’s magic, that danger is drawing closer to Sophie.

This is not the usual rehashing of Greek myth in modern terms. It deviates from the main myth so much it creates something new and unique. What if Hades and Persephone loved each other? Ringle re-imagines Greek myth to create this new reality and with it comes a new dimension and facet to the Gods and Goddesses. I was worried this would be a dated idea, something reused beyond passing interest, but I was delightfully wrong.

From the start the book surprised me with its modern setting and problems and then continued to excite me with different dimensions. Gunshots and killer cults are not the norm in fantasy fiction but they work here, partly because the prose is so well written. Molly Ringle has a tight grasp of tension and employs it to keep a reader turning pages. I only took one break from the book when sleep blurred the lines. This is an unusual skill.

In addition, the plot is believable, a mixture of old religion and new. Reincarnation, old Gods and love – purposeful Western and Eastern influences. It is the stuff of an endless romance and provides this beautifully.

Sophie, unlike many paranormal heroines of late, does not take the supernatural way out immediately. She thinks things over, decides what is best for her and takes her time to find the truth of what is going on. She is no fan girl flying by the seat of her pants. She is well educated and has a solid background in plants and trade. Even this background is believable and adds to her solid character. The wish for more spice has been mentioned among celebrity chefs, for instance.

The magic unravels slowly, revealing more and more of this other world and past lives as the story goes on but this never drags. The more that is discovered, the more Sophie and her skills fit into this new world and show her belonging. The only issue I would have with the plot and Sophie’s place in it is the quick dismissal of an individual as a suspected informer. I noticed it and logged it in my mind as something more suspect. Perhaps if she was overlooked for realistic reasons or after a more in depth discussion, this would be more believable and add more disbelief to a later crisis.

However, the novel is not faulty. It even has an impact beyond the story for me. It brings new questions about the underworld, shared language and shared minds or knowledge. There is two sides (or more) to every story and every person and Hades is a character which has had a thorough exploration here. He is no longer creepy (after the first few chapters), nor evil. He is just a man interested in things most the world would deem macabre. Is down bad and up good? Who really knows until we have experienced it? It is a very special ability for an author to subtly encourage me to question my beliefs and Ringle has managed it. She opens the afterlife up for open minds to question – not an easy task.

In short, Molly Ringle has crafted an excellent piece of fiction. She fuses a murder mystery vibe of killer cults and disappearances to create a believable tension and downside to the seemingly problem-less new dimension and paranormal reality created. She couples this with a steamy, age old romance which has enough sexual tension for centuries. Then, we have a story – one which encourages me to cuddle under the covers, knees up, and enjoy the spicy details and tentative renewal of passion.

Wildcat by Cheryl Brooks

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Wildcat by Cheryl Brooks
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (372 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

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Only One Woman Can Tame Him

When horse breeder Sara Shield encounters Jerden Morokovitz riding naked and bareback, she’s stunned by the magnificence of both man and stallion. But Sara came to Terra Minor hoping to get away from all the men.

If She Can Give Up Her Fear…

The murder of Jerden’s lover by a deranged woman has left this former star attraction of the Zetithian Palace brothel shattered in mind and body. Jerden is sure that Sara can heal his anguish—but not unless he can find the key to her heart.

Right in the first chapter, a reader is whomped over the head with a lust-inducing description when the heroine meets the hero for the first time. If that doesn’t hook a reader, maybe the wonderful scenes with the wild Andalusian horse, Danuban, might appeal. Or maybe the fact that the hero, Jerden, is shunned by the townspeople and suffers from debilitating nightmares, might appeal to a softhearted romance fan who enjoys seeing someone who feels unlovable and broken find happiness. And for others that prefer to read about a heroine who is feisty, independent and who can stand on her own two feet but discovers that loving and needing a man doesn’t mean she’s any less of a strong woman than before, this story delivers. In fact, she learns that her inner strength is more than she realized because of the lengths she’ll go to in defense of that love; well, that’s surely a strong hook as well. Wildcat embraces all these themes plus more in this latest adventure from the amazing mind of Ms. Brooks.

What reached my emotions the strongest was getting to understand what haunted Jerden and the realization that his fears and phobia were grounded in reality The shocker came from who perpetrated it, and why. What also made me feel sad was the emotional fragility of the heroine, Sara. Eventually I found out why she is so distrustful and fearful on the inside, while showing a courageous face to the outside world. I appreciated how the author had Jerden learning about Sara, and how they both learned to trust each other. Eventually it allowed both of them to heal, at least enough to handle the villain.

I figured out who the villain might be because his character was so slimy. What I didn’t expect was what happened. That was a clever trick to play on a reader and certainly provided some intense drama and action to shake things up. And then to find out the absolutely crazy lengths he went through just to get his way? What a whack-job. The author did a great job of creating a dislikable character. Lest a reader thinks they figured everything out, there is a bit of a red herring just to confuse and distract, insuring that to really find out what was going on, you’d have to keep flipping those pages. And I did.

I’ve mentioned the drama, the emotion and the kinds of things that get a reader involved in the plot and conflict. What I need to explore is the fun, the sense of the ridiculous and the clever and witty ways in which Ms. Brooks has her characters speak, act and verbally play. Norludians are still quite entertaining in their own oddball way.

Then there are the scenes when Sara gets her first experiences as to why Zetithian men are so delicious and addicting. Using the word “hot” does not do those parts justice. What was refreshing to read was Jerden telling Sara exactly what she could do that would drive him absolutely wild. He was honest, and that barebones telling-it-like-it-is was very sexy. For a male character, he was comfortable in his own skin and didn’t worry about coming across as being in touch with his “female” side. He knew what he liked but he also knew he liked a woman knowing what she liked too and Jerden’s teaching Sara about that side of herself was powerful writing. I enjoyed every moment, especially when he begged her, “Bite me.” ::: fans self:: It was so erotic.

There is one thing I should mention for readers who don’t like men with long, flowing, sexy locks. I adored how Ms. Brooks described Jerden. I thought he was a great example of a virile male. I shared my enthusiasm with my sister and she wasn’t as enamored of Jerden as I was. In fact, her reaction was rather hilarious. My advice? Give him a chance. It’s his story and it’s powerful in its emotion. The writing will convince you, probably a whole lot better than my words to my sister. I would have been better off telling her to read the book.

Another element I enjoyed was the hint of paranormal when it came to Cria. I think the author was deliberately obtuse and sneaky with how she wrote those scenes. It’s left up to the reader to determine if it was real or imagined. Personally, I prefer to believe that it was real and did happen. It makes the whole experience that much richer.

Wildcat is out-of-this-world sexy and Ms. Brooks’ writing brings to life the eroticism that her Zetithian males are capable of, insuring romance fans the ultimate reading experience. Yes, there is light drama and serious conflict that the hero and heroine have to overcome. And there are the inner conflicts that they both need to face and defeat. But there is a pivotal moment in the story where a reader realizes that the author has touched upon every sense, brought the reader into their world so thoroughly that they don’t want to leave, don’t want the journey to end because once they reach the final paragraph, they are forced to say goodbye to new friends. That pretty much sums up how I felt at the end ofWildcat. Jerden and Sara were a wonderful couple whose story made me laugh, tear up a bit and had me reaching for a glass of ice water. It was a wonderful reading experience and I highly recommend it.