Dutch by Madhuri Pavamani

Dutch by Madhuri Pavamani
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (342 pgs)
Other: M/F, F/F/M, Anal sex, Multiple Partners, Masturbation
Rated: 3.5 stars
Review by Rose

I’ve spent years holed up in the deepest, darkest parts of the city, fighting to keep Death and her Poochas from crossing the dead back to the living. My skill with a blade is bested only by my menace, my despair, my anguish – the strongest weapons I yield.

Then I meet Juma Landry and it all goes to hell.

She is beauty and love and sex and light, everything I am not. And she makes me want things I haven’t desired in years. But the monsters of my life, the evil lurking in the dark corners of my soul, those places craven and vile, bind me to a past I cannot shake free. As the most skilled Keeper for The Gate, nothing and no one can prevent me from excelling at a job I never wanted. I do it because it is my legacy, a fate I cannot outrun, but when Juma becomes my next assignment, each of her nine lives to be ended by my hand, I must decide: the legacy I never wanted or the love I don’t deserve.

This is an adult fantasy and while it’s not labeled as erotic, in this reviewer’s opinion it should be. Before the principles meet, both male and female lead characters in this fantasy romance have engaged in multiple episodes of sex of various types (M/F, FFM, oral, anal, etc). Even after they meet and become cognizant of the attraction between each other, their sexual activities are not limited to the other. So, it’s important that the reader be aware of this, because I would hate for someone to pick up the book and not realize how much graphic sex there was.

That being said, the storyline is very interesting. We learn about Dutch, who is a Keeper of The Gate – the gate separating life and death. It is their job to keep those people who have died from coming back, by killing Death’s Poochas. This is an incredibly dark book, and does include some descriptions of torture.

Death is not the Death we normally think of– this Death is a very sexy woman who is very hedonistic and lives only for pleasure. She allows selected dead people to return to life – aided by her Poochas.

The main conflict comes in when Dutch and Juma (one of Death’s Poochas) meet and discover themselves to be soulmates only to discover that Dutch has been assigned to kill her.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, and you see both Dutch and Juma grow and change quite a bit. Though I was a bit dismayed by the darkness here, I was very invested in these characters. I enjoyed watching their development and look forward to seeing how Dutch and Juma resolve the difficulties that surround them.

FYI, this is the first book in the series and ends on a cliffhanger.

The Garden Rules by Sharon Lynn Fisher

The Garden Rules by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Fantasies in Color: Green
Publisher: West 26th Street Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (65 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, F/F/M, M/F/M/M, M/F/F, Menage, Multiple Partners, Anal Sex
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Sylva swallows an acorn sweetmeat at the Garden of Earthly Delights Fair. No garden-variety recreational drug, the acorn transports her to a fantasy forest where she must successfully face three trials before she can earn the title of Nymph.

Her sponsor and handler for these trials is the faun Leander. He forces her to call him Master, giving her pleasure but refusing her the thing she most desires.

What she views as a temporary escape from her static life becomes a lesson in having the courage to take what you really want.

Sylva acquired an acorn sweetmeat in a fair. A sweetmeat that would transport her to a world that would take her breath away….

I was surprised very much when I started reading this book.  The world that was created was wonderful, though this story was missing most of the background information not just about Sylva but also about the fantasy world. However, that being said it would fulfill the erotic need of a reader. It was short and sexy, so the lack of complete world-building wasn’t missed that much.

The characters were interesting and curious. A nice interpretation of some of the classic characters.

The bondage is very cleverly mixed into the plot. This is a story perfect for anyone who loves hot sex and bondage mixed with fantasy.

Seduction of My Proper Wife by Kristabel Reed

Seduction of My Proper Wife by Kristabel Reed
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (427 pgs)
Other: F/F, F/F/M, Anal sex, Menage
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

Philip Thornton only wanted to help his frigid wife enjoy their marriage bed.

Lillian agreed, but once freed from her past, hadn’t expected such a fierce transformation.

Aria was paid to educate and entice, but what she found was more than she ever dreamed possible.

The Parisian Exposition of 1889…the world is changing and the three of them are caught in its whirl. Philip and Lillian went to Paris to save their marriage and to help Lillian overcome her fears. Aria danced and seduced Lillian, but before Lillian left, Aria found herself seduced, in turn, by the beautiful Englishwoman.

When Philip and Lillian break all the rules and escort Aria around Paris for a week, will it be the beginning of their future? Or will this seductive interlude be nothing more than a dream?

Philip wanted to help his wife warm to his touch, he never expected he’d be the one to get burned.

Philip and Lillian Thornton are newlyweds on their honeymoon in Paris. Philip had hoped that the sights and sounds of the French city would help Lillian loosen up when it came to their marriage bed. Their still cold marriage bed. Whenever Philip comes near or touches Lillian she freezes up and shuts down on him. At the end of his rope, Philip leaves his wife behind at the Parisian Exposition after she refuses to watch an erotic dance show with him. Little did he know that entering the tent would forever change his life.

Lillian loves her husband, but a tragic event in her past stops her from fully opening to Phillip and allowing their marriage to be consummated. Lillian offers to allow him to seek his pleasures elsewhere. But Phillip has other ideas for her and, desperate to please him, she agrees. Enter Aria, a paid companion who is part of the erotic dance group Phillip has seen earlier. After making an agreement with the madam, Lillian has been offered a stay with Aria and learn all the secrets to pleasure so she may return to her husband and be a proper wife.

Once Aria learns the reason behind Lillian’s behavior, the floodgates open and Lillian’s true passionate self shines through. Surprised at the change, both women find themselves lost in a haze of lust and eroticism. But eventually it’s time go back to the waiting husband to share her new findings, and Lillian can’t leave Aria behind. Once home, she begs Phillip to include Aria in their new love life to begin with. Though reluctant, he agrees to please his wife and when the three come together, the sparks fly and lust explodes. What Phillip never planned on were his feelings for the woman who helped bring out the Lillian he knew was hiding.

I’ll admit that while I am not an avid reader of girl on girl loving, this book and the scenes between the women were very sexy and sensual while being meaningful. I really enjoyed the relationship between the two, and then when Phillip came into the picture the dynamic changed yet remained the same. I think the author did a really good job of that. When the three were engaged with each other, you could feel the heat come off the page! Wow! The love scenes had an urgent, almost frantic tone to them. I’m not sure if it was intentional or not, but it worked. My only complaint is that I felt the characters were a little too thin for the depth of emotion we saw.

But overall, it was a very sexy read and I would suggestion a fan and ice water on hand when it’s read. The next in the series should be a fun, hot read, just as this was.

Believing is Trusting by Corrinne Davies

Believing is Trusting by Corrinne Davies
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (167 pgs)
Other: M/F, Ménage, M/F/M, Multiple partners, Anal sex/play, BDSM, F/F/M
Rating: 5 Cherries
Revieweed by Holly

Hazel Cooke is a single mom, leading a quiet life working as a librarian. She doesn’t think she’ll ever find the right man, but then she meets Bacchus Krastos. Bach is gorgeous, charismatic and makes her feel like a true goddess. He’s an ideal lover, but she worries their relationship won’t be anything more.

Bach, Olympus’ original party animal, has fallen hard for the shy librarian. He wants Hazel for a lifetime, but first he has to convince her that not only is he a god, but she can help him stop the Titans from wiping out the universe. She’ll need to accompany him to a Bacchanalia, a sexual ritual in which Orpheus Dark, a powerful god and Bach’s longtime friend, will endow Bach with his power with Hazel’s help.

Will Hazel agree to join Bach and Orpheus at the Bacchanalia for a world of love and intense passion like she’s never experienced before?

Hazel Cooke is a librarian, with an adventurous streak she keeps buried; deeply buried. After all, she is a single mom and can’t afford to do half of the things her imagination comes up with. When she faints in the library, she is caught in the arms of the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on, and her mind goes into overdrive with fantasies.

Bach Krastos is much older than he looks, and he is tired of the life he has been living. Especially since his daughter has settled down with her two husbands-the god of Death, Thanatos and the god of sleep and dreams, Hypnos. You see, Bach is actually Bacchus, and he has decided that he wants to settle down with one woman to love and cherish. When he meets Hazel and her son, he realizes that this is what he has been looking for. But the Gods are restless, and one of them is trying to undermine the whole pantheon. Can Hazel find happiness with an immortal god? Can Bacchus protect Hazel and her son when the going gets tough? Will Hazel trust Bach enough to give her heart to him forever?

This is one time when a sequel is so much more than the first book. Corinne Davies has done wonderful research into the mythology behind her characters, and provides such deeply detailed descriptions, I could see these characters clearly. Hazel is the librarian with an overactive libido, and Bach is just the man (God) to bring out the best in her. In my opinion they were the perfect combination.

The story is rich with myth and history, and yet is completely modern at the same time. I love the way that Hazel is slow to trust Bach, and when he introduces her to his daughter and her husbands, she recognizes them from an incident in her past. When she finally decides that Bach is really who he says he is, can she trust him enough to go through with the ritual at the last Bacchanalia that Bach plans on throwing? It was certainly interesting to find out.

There are a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming, but they fit the story well, and the mystery of who is behind the unrest of the gods is hinted at, although never completely revealed. So I look forward to more books in this fantastic series, and hope they will come soon. I recommend this to all who love the blending of myth and modern romance, with lots of hot, anything and everything goes action.