Justice for Violet by Maia Dylan


Justice for Violet by Maia Dylan
Retribution, Book 1
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (113 Pages)
Other Content: M/F/M, M/F, Menage, Anal Play/Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

There’s a war being fought on the streets of Chicago between an organized crime syndicate and a feline shifter pride resolute to stop them. Mason and Jacob Williams are Leopard shifters in the Black Ridge pride, fighting to protect the city they call home and avenge the loss of two of their own.

The shifters are sent to look for a woman their Alpha believes can help them. Thinking she’s in danger, they rush in to rescue her only to discover that Violet Riccitelli is not a woman in need of any assistance. While she’s kicking the ass of three potential attackers, they recognize her as their mate, the one they must protect above all else.

Violet is known to the people of Chicago as someone they can rely on to help when things get bad. But Violet sees herself as a woman out for justice against the man who took everything from her twelve years ago.

Can Mason and Jacob convince their mate that a future with them is worth risking everything, or will Violet’s need to see justice served end their chance before it’s begun?

I was smiling by the end of the first chapter because of Violet.

Wow…. It has been a long time since I have read a novel where the female character was self sufficient in and out of violent situations. I will try not to go into much detail but the first chapter started with Violet beating the daylights of some gangsters and having fun doing it. 😀 I am all for female characters like this, but this was not the only reason for me falling in love with these characters. Mason and Jacob were understanding and patient with her. That, for me, was rare since in some of these shifter books, the passion and the chemistry outweighs everything else.

From the get go, I realized she is a tough woman with a past. She holds grudges easily and harbors a lot of guilt. I wasn’t sure if the bond between Mason, Violet & Jacob would be permanent. Will Violet trust her mates and let them in or push them aside?

Mason and Jacob highlight the importance of mates in various parts of the book quite often. So much so that I was kind of annoyed by the repetition. As the story progressed, I was able ot look beyond this quibble. I should mention there is a lot of violence in this book. Be prepared. For me, though, book was worth it. I could not put it down.

Rock My Body by Lee Piper


Rock My Body by Lee Piper
A Mondez Novel 2
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Length: Full Length (256 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: M/F
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Twenty-two year old Riley Sears promises herself never to fall in love unless it’s with a guy who is long-term boyfriend material. She’s not crazy, her psychologist reassures her of that, but when faced with situations she cannot control, well, her anxiety skyrockets.

Enter Dominic Mondez, the hottest creature ever to grace pecs and abs. The notorious playboy propositions Riley with the best sex of her life—his words. However, after learning he never sleeps with the same woman twice, Riley’s decision becomes remarkably simple.

No. Way. In. Hell.

Sadly, traversing the murky waters of friends without benefits is far from simple, especially since Dominic is the lead guitarist of local rock band, Mondez. He is also tempestuous, a womanizer, and—even worse—inexplicably jealous. Dominic is bad for Riley in every possible way. Bad, bad, bad.

If only her body would listen.

Rock my body (A Mendez novel) by Lee Piper is a must read. It’s as easy as that. I finished the book last night after two days of binge reading and I’m in love. First with Dominic, then with Riley and with everything that has to do with this book.

Granted, I’m not a fan of first person point of view, but Lee Piper surprised me. She has mastered the art and I was drawn into the book and into Riley’s character from page one. I immediately connected with her. Her anguish, happiness, love, lust, I could feel all of it in my own bones.

The chemistry between the characters is insane and Ms. Piper knows how to draw it out. To say I squirmed a few times is an understatement.

But there is more. Though there is obviously a strong sexual connection between the characters, we see so much more. They are characters with flaws, good things and bad, tragic stories, which made my heart ache.

This is the kind of book that once finished made me crave for more. I’ll be reading Levi’s story next (although apparently I should have done that first) and can’t wait for the rest of the series to be released.

Canary for the Dragon by Angelique Voisen


Canary for the Dragon by Angelique Voisen
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (61 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Sky’s a canary prince that’s been kept in a gilded cage all his life. As a breeder for his dying people, it’s his job to find a suitable mate and continue the bloodline. All he wants to experience is a one-night-stand with a stranger he’s attracted to, before someone puts a permanent lock on his cage.

Rex’s a century-old Alpha dragon shifter trying to make it past each day. Losing his mate tore his soul in half. As a result, his dragon’s broken beyond repair. When Rex meets Sky, he realizes he’s been given a second chance at love. But things are never that simple.

Sky’s powerful avian family wants their breeder back and Sky’s terrified for Rex. Little does Sky know who the real threat is. When a dragon finds his mate, the hunt never ends until the Alpha claims his mate.

Sky is looking for safety and love. Could Rex be the man to give him that? Can a canary find a way to save a dragon? Rex lives in his own prison, one of his own making. His daily trips to listen to a beautiful bird’s song gives him a little peace in his life. When fate has the two crossing paths Rex can do nothing but step in to save Sky but in the end it just might be two men saving each other. Will love win in the end? Can Rex and Sky be what each other needs?

I really enjoyed Sky and Rex’s story. The author does a wonderful job of bringing these men to life and filling them full of depth. Each man has his own pain to deal with and maybe even try to overcome. Alone they only survive but together they fight. Sky is a small shifter but he is ready to stand up for himself and others of his kind. Rex is mighty and when he wants something there is no stopping him. The two make a wonderful pair and I loved seeing them fight for their love. Each one believes the other deserves better and the two must make some hard choices if they want to find their happy ever after. Love is a special thing and it should always be fought for. Rex and Sky learn this lesson the hard way. Their story is a fast-paced adventure that shows us the power of true love and what it can do. I enjoyed my trip to this world and cannot wait to return for more.

Prude by Jordan S. Gray


Prude by Jordan S. Gray
Labeled: Book One
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Full Length (270 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Stargazer

Rebecca Washington is a girl in control. Well, at least when it comes to acing her college classes. The rest of the time, she seems to be at the mercy of everyone else. Like when she’s dumped in front of her peers, hit on right afterwards by a jerk for some stupid bet, and then paired up with the same jerk for a lit project.

In order to maintain her perfect GPA, Rebecca will need to give a stellar presentation while ignoring the prodding eyes that will be staring at her. When her partner, Derek, starts to ease her fears of public speaking with his laid back attitude, she’s forced to confront her new feelings about him and his charming smile. Rebecca knows falling for a guy who teases her for being a prudish nerd can only end badly, but what if it’s just another thing out of her control?

Rebecca Washington is your “typical” smart girl, good grades, attention to detail and a love life that fits neatly into an organized schedule. In fact, the schedule is so neat that her boyfriend decides that old married couples have more spontaneity and publicly breaks up with Rebecca, drawing her much unwanted attention. This includes attention from a strikingly handsome man in her British Literature class. With her life in chaos, Rebecca’s friends try to help her see there is more to life than just class and good grades.

Prude is a look at life from a controlled perspective, that is, until life becomes uncontrolled. Rebecca finds herself drawn to Derek, who happens to embody the exact opposite of everything that Rebecca is interested in. As the story unfolds, we see the many different layers of Derek and this lines out much more in Rebecca’s true search for herself.

While I enjoyed the psychological complexities of Derek; Rebecca had some subtleties of her own that come out throughout the book. Shayler and Ansley, Rebecca’s best friends since high school, make many appearances throughout the book, but I feel that we only get to know them on a superficial level. Even with Rebecca’s point of view throughout the story, we only get a glimpse of what makes up her persona. I felt that by the end of the book, I knew more about the backstory behind Derek and his character development than I did even with Rebecca being placed as the main character.

Some scenes of the book felt strained and rushed, almost as though there was a race to get to a more interesting part coming up. There were several stereotypical occurrences and some stilted dialogue which disrupted the flow of the story from time to time. The story development and plot twists did fit well, but still felt a bit forced.

Overall the story had a general easy to read flow. While I felt the overall character development and backstories could have been stronger, the core plot and twists throughout the story did make for an interesting read romance.

If you are looking for a fun story to give you a glimpse into the world of a prude, then be sure not to miss Prude!

Beyond New Haven by Angelique Voisen


Beyond New Haven by Angelique Voisen
Publisher: Evernight publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (61 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by Mistletoe

Dom Medina is in a rut. Left by his lover, Dom looks for meaningless fights, makes horrible pick-up lines, and his cholesterol levels are off the charts. When his cousin, the Alpha of the New Haven pack sets him up on a blind date, Dom decides to clean up and start doing some cardio. He’s dead-set on making Parker his, even if he has to fight a war on his own.

Omega wolf Parker is desperate. Rogue shifters have killed off his pack and taken over his town. When he reaches out to the powerful New Haven pack, he never expected the Alpha to send out his best man. Except Dom seems to think this is a date, not a job. Parker needs to focus on his vengeance, but Dom’s making it hard. The dominant wolf fights like a demon but is terrible at the dating game. Despite Dom’s flaws, Parker’s beginning to fall for the rough, but unexpectedly sweet dominant wolf. If he’s not careful, Dom might just end up owning both his body and his heart.

Dom has come to New Haven seeking a place to regroup and hide away after his last painful break up. His cousin Carlos has taken pity on him but Dom’s latest night of drinking and fighting may end up being his last. Everything changes when Carlos sends him to Parker. Dom is finally ready for the date yet when he arrives to see Parker nothing is what Dom thought. Parker is trouble and not the good kind. Dom must make a choice; stay and help Parker and take another chance with his heart or leave and never try again. Can Dom take another hit or is Parker the one?

Two shifters are looking for different things but discover that they want the same thing. Dom is a good man who has gone through some pain in his life and needs the things that Parker can give him but Parker is not looking for a date he is looking for help. Yet it seems that help comes in the package of a man named Dom. When the threat to Parker rears its head, Dom takes matters into his own hands. I enjoyed seeing Dom and Parker find their way. It was nice to see the two fight for each other and what could be. Parker may not be a big bad alpha but he more than ready to do what he can for those that are left of his pack and for the man he has grown to care for.

Their story is fast paced adventure that pulled me in right from the start. I loved Dom and watching him come back from the dark place that he was to the wonderful place with Parker was a nice read. Love is always worth taking that chance and both men learn this lesson as they heal and learn to love again.

Sergeant’s Secret Baby by Paige Warren


Sergeant’s Secret Baby by Paige Warren
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (118 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

When Shiloh Anderson’s ex left her stranded in a bar, with no clothes, no car, and no money, the last thing she expected was to have a one-night stand with the sexiest man she’d ever seen. But the soldier left more than just a lasting impression with her, he left her pregnant.

Sergeant Drake Edwards is a lot of things, but he’s never been an asshole. Until the nameless woman from his one-night stand sends him an email claiming to be pregnant with his baby. Demanding a paternity test seemed reasonable enough to him, but he didn’t count on how damn stubborn she could be.

When Drake is injured and is forced to return home, he’s brought face to face with Shiloh once more, and her beauty nearly takes him to his knees. Facing death changes a man, and Drake is determined to do whatever it takes to claim his baby—and the woman he can’t stop thinking about.

Sergeant’s Secret Baby was a wonderful book that had me captivated from page one.

Life had taught Shiloh Anderson some very hard lessons. When her bad news boyfriend ran off with everything she owned and left her stranded in small town bar that was when things started looking up for this very independent girl. She found herself befriended by a friendly bartender and then knocked up by his sexy Army Sergeant brother after a smoking hot one night stand. Drake Edwards didn’t forget the mysterious beauty he hooked up with the night before he shipped out to complete his last tour of duty. However, he was stunned when she contacted him a few months later to break the news that he was about to become a daddy. He did not take it well, at all. He made a big mistake that would later have him working very hard to earn Shiloh’s trust.

This book wrecked me. It was heartbreaking in that I could feel Shiloh’s frustration as fate seemed to be conspiring against her. She had nearly given up on anything good ever happening in her life. She faced blow after blow and still worked so tirelessly to provide better for her baby. So when Drake came back into her life and wanted a relationship it really was nearly impossible for her to put aside her pride and accept his help. For his part Drake was actually a good guy which in the beginning it didn’t look that way. He was relentless in trying to do right by Shiloh and the baby.

I loved this story. The writing was perfect as the author unveiled a believable relationship that began in lust but then gutted my emotions as the she provided a window seat to watching this couple slowly take that fall into love. I will be recommending this one to all of my friends.

Sinner’s Possession by Sam Crescent


Sinner’s Possession by Sam Crescent
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (159 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

At Master’s hands, Lola went through hell. She was rescued, and she healed her body, but she never healed her mind. Everywhere she goes, Sinner is constantly concerned that something will trigger the darkness inside her. She can’t do that to the man she loves, and right now she can no longer be the woman for him. She has to find the woman that is strong enough to deal with what happened to her, so she can have a future with Sinner.

Sinner can feel Lola pulling away from him, and he doesn’t know what to do. He loves her more than anything, so when Lola tells him she’s going, it takes every ounce of strength he has not to keep her locked up. If he loves her enough, he has to let her go.

Being in Piston County without Lola kills a part of Sinner. He cannot sit around and wait, nor can he go and force her back to him. So, he leaves the club and heads out to the Chaos Bleeds: Nomad Chapter. It’s the only way.

Some relationships don’t follow the same paths. Not everything is easy. Can Lola and Sinner’s love survive the space that her mind clearly needs?

Sam Crescent strikes again! Sinner’s Possession is the ninth chapter in the fabulous Chaos Bleeds Series. I’ve read and loved them all but this one is definitely the best book yet. It’s incredibly captivating, emotionally raw, and a page turner all the way.

Sam Crescent is one author who never lets me down. This book was complex with a gripping plot and wonderfully rich characters who tugged at my heart. Sinner and Lola were a fantastic main couple who went through a lot of turmoil. Lola had been kept prisoner and raped by the evil Master/Andrew but she still hadn’t fully moved past the horrible experience. She needed to the freedom to face her fears on her own so she left Sinner and her Chaos Bleeds family. Sinner was a really impressive biker hero. He never tried to control the situation. He let Lola go because it was what she needed. He left his club family and rode Nomad with some old friends while waiting for his woman to come back to him.

This is where the story got even more intriguing for me because I am really hooked on the series. I remember in the first book that not all of the Chaos Bleeds MC was ready to settle down in Piston County. The Nomad crew were the wilder ones who rode out on their own. Well, now Sam Crescent brings them back in this special book. Let me tell you that these guys are a special breed who really need their own books. Especially Lucius who absolutely tore me up in this story. Sam Crescent left me crying and craving for a next chapter with Lucius.

This author is a perfect master at hooking readers with a vivid world, the absolute richest characters and fast moving exciting drama. I did not put this book down for anything, and I already want the next one now.

Rako’s Treasure by J.J. Lore


Rako’s Treasure by J.J. Lore
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (39 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Banished from his planet, Rako wanders the edges of known space looking for salvage, longing to find his mate. When he spots a weak signal from an ancient crash, he isn’t sure if the scavenge is worth the time and fuel. But in the smuggler’s hold on board, he finds a stasis pod with a beautiful woman inside and loses his heart.

Alyce was kidnapped by villains over a century ago, so when she’s awakened by a formidable male of a race she’s never seen before, it takes some adjustment.

Doing the right thing, Rako takes Alyce to an inhabited station, where she can begin to rebuild her interrupted life. But when descendants of the beings who originally captured her attack, Rako’s protective instincts emerge, along with the extreme body morphing of his kind. He wins the fight, but misplaces Alyce in the process. Will he be able to find her before he’s exiled back into the cold of space?

Anything can happen in the far reaches of space.

The author spent a lot of time describing small details and showing the audience exactly what was happening. I noticed this for the first time in the very first paragraph when Rako first stepped foot onto a desolate planet whose very air was toxic to him, and that attention to detail only grew stronger from there. This was something that I appreciated in both the erotic and non-erotic scenes because of how easy it made it for me to visualize everything that was going on.

I would have liked to see the characters have more time to get to know each other before they had sex. They jumped into bed together so quickly that they weren’t able to develop much chemistry at all together before taking their relationship to the next level. This made it difficult for me to root for them to end up together because they knew so little about each other.

Rako had a foot fetish that was talked about a few different times in this tale. While it wasn’t included in the actual sex scene, it was briefly brought up again in a sexual manner later on in the plot. It wasn’t something I was expecting to find when I first started reading, but I thought this was an interesting way to explore his sexuality and flesh out his personality nicely.

Rako’s Treasure was a quick read that I’d recommend to anyone who wants to jump straight into the action.

The Nanny by Sam Crescent


The Nanny by Sam Crescent
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (49 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Leo Cole has a problem, a beautiful, charming, sexy as hell, curvy problem, and all he can think about is fucking her—but she is his kid’s nanny.

For Cassie Owens, Leo changed all of the rules. He wanted her near him, to keep her safe, and to make sure no one else could steal her away. His daughter loves Cassie, and so does he. Now, he’s going to own every single part of her.

He knows she wants him, and he’s not willing to take no for an answer. After waiting six months to have her, Leo is not backing down. Cassie is his. She belongs to him. It’s about time this woman learns exactly what she signed up for.

He doesn’t want a nanny. He wants a wife!

I really enjoyed this sweet and sizzling sexy short story from Sam Crescent.

The Nanny is a brief but very well written and meaningful novella. It’s a stand alone that features the older man/younger woman scenario that works so fabulously for Sam Crescent. Leo was a single dad who had been lusting after his daughter’s nanny for quite a while. It was about more than the smoking hot sex though. Leo already knew that Cassie was the perfect woman for him. He wanted to have a family with her, and Cassie shared the same dreams. The plot had low drama and loads of scorching hot sex scenes. It was a lovely story that flew by at a super fast pace.

Sam Crescent never lets me down. I read this one in one afternoon and enjoyed every minute of it.

Some Sugar by Sam Crescent


Some Sugar by Sam Crescent
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Faith Bryant has two problems. One, she can’t stand her neighbor, and two, she can’t stop thinking about him. Hunter Graham is sexy, sinful, and totally off-limits. For a year, he’s played the main role in all of her fantasies. Only now, she doesn’t want him there. After seeing a few women—and a couple of men—leave his apartment crying, she knows he’s a bad guy.

Then he even wants to borrow some of her sugar. How dare he?

All he wanted was a cup of sugar!

Hunter is a life coach. He breaks all the rules to help his clients any way that he can. When it comes to his beautiful, curvy neighbor, he’s played the gentleman, even though he wants to do nothing more than fuck her.

Now he thinks she’s a bitch, and she thinks he’s a womanizer. When the truth is revealed, who will cave first? Can two people overcome their first impressions to find passion beneath, and maybe even love?

Faith’s apartment was on the same floor as Hunter’s. Even though the man was seriously handsome, she was sick and tired of seeing women coming in and out of his place at all times, some of them even sniffling or crying. He was a pig, clearly. Hunter had been interested in Faith for far too long. Finally deciding to bite the bullet, he pops over to ask for some sugar, only to seriously screw up the whole situation. Can they find their way together?

This is a fast-paced story that I really enjoyed. I was particularly pleased that Hunter called Faith out on her being so judgmental. Instead of asking what was happening – or even checking if the crying women (and men) were okay or needed help – she just assumed Hunter was a jerk and monster and stewed in her own resentment of him. I was glad when Hunter and Faith hashed out those assumptions and cleared the air. They were also both clearly attracted to each other, so their confrontation helped them both look at things from the others perspectives. For such a short story, I was pleased that there was a decent amount of plot and growth before they both jumped into the bedroom.

When Hunter and Faith finally did make it to the bedroom there is some super steamy sex. Dirty talk and two grown adults not afraid to ask for exactly what they want – Faith and Hunter really scorch up the pages. Some readers mightn’t like the insta-love style of progress of Faith and Hunter’s relationship, but considering the short length of the story I didn’t mind it too much. I loved the classic “happy ever after” style of ending and found the story overall well rounded and lots of sexy fun.

For a short, really fast read that has plenty of steamy sex and a good moral about not making snap judgments on your neighbors, this is a good short story that ticked a lot of boxes for me.