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Private Pleasures by Vanessa Devereaux

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Private Pleasures by Vanessa Devereaux
Publisher: Forever More Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (27 pages)
Other: M/F, Toys
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Earth was hit by an asteroid, and nothing’s been the same. For Natasha MacKenzie things got a whole lot worse after her husband, Joel, died on a mission to try to salvage valuable resources. Since then she immersed herself in work, thinking her husband would be proud of her doing something that would also insure the future of civilization.

However, Joel’s best friend gives her a letter written by Joel that he’d decided to keep until he felt she was up to reading it.

In it Joel reminds her of his love for her, and has included a gift disk to a virtual reality company called Private Pleasures. They’d often joked about being rich enough to use their services, and now Joel’s insurance money enables her to do just that. He wants her to live out her wildest sexual fantasy, and at the end of the journey, there’s a special surprise awaiting her.

Nearly everyone has fantasies that they’ve never confessed to anyone else. Natasha is lucky enough to get a chance to fulfill all of hers.

The setting caught my attention immediately. Enough details were provided about the society that the main character lived in that I understood why Natasha was intrigued by things that I find completely commonplace. What really kept me guessing, though, were all of the questions that the plot explored without answering. There’s something to be said for leaving certain details up the audience’s imagination. In this case, it worked pretty well.

I would have liked to see much more time spent on the sex scenes in this tale. Natasha was rushed through the different scenarios incredibly quickly. Based on how much time was spent explaining why and how this character was introduced to Private Pleasure, I expected her experiences there to be explained in just as much detail. It was disappointing to see that they were not.

The ending worked really well with everything else that was going on in the plot. I figured out what was coming ahead of time, but it was still fun to have my prediction validated. There seems like there could be room for a sequel here if Ms. Devereaux decides to write one. While I don’t know if this is something she is planning to do, I’d be curious to read it if she does!

Private Pleasures is a good choice for anyone who likes science fiction with a sexual twist.

Country Fever by S. E. Isaac

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Country Fever by S. E. Isaac
Publisher: Forever More Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Struck with grief and disbelief, Kathleen Divinnicci heads to fulfill her Uncle Paul’s dying wish. She finds herself finding more than dying wishes in Blue Mountain, though. Determined to keep her word to him, she is now faced with Sean McCarty, who is the town’s sexy sheriff and Uncle Paul’s right-hand man. Will she stick to the task at hand and then head home to the city, or will Sean’s sparkling smile leave her staking claim in Blue Mountain?

Kathleen’s Uncle Paul had left her his ranch in his will. She’d never been to the country, and the small town of Blue Mountain is completely out of her comfort zone. But Uncle Paul had been as good as a father to her, and Kathleen couldn’t deny his final request to come out into the small town and listen to his last will and testament. But Kathleen is shattered to discover she never knew her Uncle at all, really, and the secrets he reveals alter the course of her life.

To be honest I was expecting a fairly standard “city girl goes into the country to fulfil family will” style story and in many respects this is exactly that. I found many of the familiar boxes ticked. Kathleen is a successful business woman with money (driving a Mercedes into town) and has sold up her life and home to come into the country as her Uncle requested. Also there was the familiar plot-hook of the sexy farm hand (who also here happens to be Sheriff Sean McCarty) who helps her out and turns into the hero of the story. What I haven’t come across before and found quite a strange twist was the close-mindedness and in some instances even outright racism and bigotry of the local townspeople.

I thought it a little odd that Kathleen was the first ever minority woman to have appeared in the town. I found that not only a little beyond belief, but also in another respect quite brave. Throughout the whole story I fluctuated between these two emotions. I was quite disappointed that in this day and age, a large percentage of a group of small town people could be so judgmental about something like the colour of a woman’s skin. I also struggled to accept that no other minority person had ever in the history of the town even passed through. These two things frequently jarred me from the enjoyment of the story.

The chemistry between Kathleen and Sean sizzles immediately and soon explodes between them. They both have secrets and both are strong, stubborn people, so their romance together is proverbially rocky. That doesn’t lessen the intensity of their need for each other and their sex is smoking hot. I found the sex–while hot and good–was quite aggressive, with both Kathleen and Sean being dominant and the aggressor at times. This might not sit well with all readers as I found at times they both could push the envelope sexually.

Readers looking for a hot story filled with sex and romance should find this as enjoyable as I did. While some of the other secondary characters aren’t the usual “supporting cast” I still found enjoyment from that small-country-town feel of story that is hard not to like. A fun, steamy short story with a real twist of surprise at the end.

Copper by Vanessa Devereaux

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Copper by Vanessa Devereaux
Publisher: Forever More Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (40 pgs)
Other: M/F, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Spanking, Voyeurism, M/F/M
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Emma Snow makes her living as an escort to some of London’s richest men. What begins as a routine call to one of her clients ends in his murder. Detective Mark Hargreeves enters her life and is now assigned to protect her, because she is a witness to the crime.

She is immediately drawn to him, and senses like many of her clients, that he is another troubled soul. She wants him, lusts for him, but he still loves his wife who died in childbirth. Emma knows he probably would not want and could not love a woman who makes her living pleasuring other men, but she is willing to do anything to have him as her own.

Emma Snow is about to have a most unusual day. A paid escort to high ranking men, she has a very different life to many, but as a woman alone in the world, she needs to support herself somehow. Blindfolded with one of her clients, she has the sensation that something is different this time, but is blissfully unaware of what, exactly, until she’s readying to leave and finds a macabre sight in his study. Sir Michael had been murdered. Emma’s day is turned upside down, and the man of her dreams – a Police Detective of all things – suddenly enters her life.

This is an interesting and well-written Historical novel. I enjoyed Emma’s frankness about her work and sexual relations. There was no air of “missishness” – which I personally dislike – but also she wasn’t blunt to the point of crudeness. I feel the author has done an excellent job of balancing Emma’s character so she is relatable but still exceedingly sexual for that time period. I was a little disappointed how difficult I found it initially to relate to the hero, Detective Mark Hargreeves, but this was mostly due to the story being from Emma’s point of view, and written in the first person. Seeing everything from Emma’s perspective was interesting, but it did make me wonder at Mark’s thoughts and reactions, how things appeared from his eyes. I felt this became particularly difficult a few times in the story when Mark would seem to change his mind on something – do a complete about-face – and I’d not really feel like I had a proper understanding on why. This also made it harder for me to feel connected to Mark, and I think that was a great shame.

This book is a little bit different from many other erotic romances that I’ve read previously, in that even though Emma’s attraction to Mark is clear from the beginning, their relationship is quite platonic for the first half of the book. Emma continues to see her clients and while I enjoyed this and the progression of the story, die-hard romantics might not be happy to see Emma sexually active with numerous men while being distracted and entranced with Mark. This isn’t a standard hero-and-heroine-fall-in-love and are monogamous style of story and I can understand if some readers don’t appreciate that. I personally didn’t mind Emma’s sexual exploits with her clients – indeed I feel it gave me greater insight into Emma’s character. I felt there were a few small inconsistencies in the plot, particularly surrounding Mark and his past, but overall this was a small niggle and not enough to dampen my enjoyment of the story.

This is a fresh and very different style of historical romance book. Brimming with tons of sex and a very independent heroine Emma’s lifestyle is enough to make me blush at times, but I greatly enjoyed reading of her escapades. There is a wonderful, happy ending that made the romantic in me very satisfied. An interesting, fresh kind of historical erotic novel.

To Win a Hybrid by Marisa Chenery

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To Win a Hybrid by Marisa Chenery
Hybrid Series Book 3
Publisher: Forever More Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (43 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Kaisa has a rule about dating male humans. She doesn’t. A past relationship had left her unable to trust one again. Then Devin comes into her life, and makes her long for things she knows she’s better off not feeling. She tries her damned to push him away, but no matter what she does, he won’t let her.

Devin wanted Kaisa to be his since the day he’d met her. He has no problem with her being a hybrid, half werewolf and half vampire. In fact, he wants her to turn him, if only to prove he’s her perfect mate.

As the vampires who have hunted Kaisa and her brothers for centuries make a move against them, she has to make a decision. Accept Devin into her life or cut him out of it for his own good.

Heart Burned will heal this time around.

This is the third book in this series and I got to say I actually love this one better than the second one.

This third book is all about Kaisa and Devin. It is complete and gives any reader an idea of what it without feeling like they are missing out on anything. All of the books in this series can be totally read as a standalone without having an inkling that this is a series and that is what happened to me.

With the way this book started, I thought that the relationship between Kaisa and Devin was one sided. The writing was exceptional and thankfully portrayed both the characters and the budding romance very well. It is a budding romance which changes to full grown love in these 43 Pages. It is short, but very well distributed between the pages.

Kaisa is an Immortal, an Immortal with a broken heart. Her past has led her to hold her battered and bruised heart under lock and key. It was interesting to see how it would turn out when potential mate comes knocking on her door.

Miss Chenery story is very well written in every way. The ending was a little surprising. This is Ms. Chenery’s strength, her ability to make every character so unique.

Readers looking for a quickie that is totally fulfilling should give this one a try.

Passionate Cravings by Marisa Chenery

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Passionate Cravings by Marisa Chenery
Canyon Creek Wolves #4
Publisher: Forever More Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (47 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

For Memphis, a simple trip to town turned out to be a whole lot more than buying items on his shopping list. Being mate branded and finding his mate in the center of a disagreement with some of the townsfolk within minutes of each other hits him like a ton of bricks. From then on, his life won’t ever be the same.

As a wildlife biologist, and working for a foundation to protect the wild gray wolves, Tori was used to butting heads with those who didn’t agree with her opinions. Having a gorgeous hunk come to her rescue was new, though, and something she liked more than she cared to admit.

Having convinced Tori to stay at his place to study the new species of “wolves” he’d told her about, Memphis soon learns his mate will do anything to protect them. Even if there’s risk to herself.

Memphis is a wolf shifter. During a trip into town for shopping he finds his mate, Tori in an argument with some of the members of the town about the need to protect the wild gray wolves. One thing leads to another and she has a gorgeous hunk for a protector and probably for more than that.

I loved the family and the how the relationship developed between both Tori and Memphis. Memphis wants to be together with Tori but not simply because she is his mate, he loves her.

This is the fourth book in this series and I think somehow I expected a bigger glimpse into Memphis’s family. The ending was wrapped up a little too hastily but otherwise for a short story, this was perfect. I enjoyed this short read a lot more than I initially thought I would. The romance and the passion between Memphis and Tori was what dominated the story at first but I was relieved to find it was not the only element to it.

Shapeshifters, love, romance and family – they are an ideal recipe to wind down with…It’s a good read and worth checking out.

Falling for a Hybrid by Marisa Chenery

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Falling for a Hybrid by Marisa Chenery
Publisher: Forever More Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Being a loner, moving by herself from a city to a small town, is something Rikki is more than capable of handling. Having a strong hunk who offers to help with the heavy lifting was just an added bonus. And one she couldn’t pass up.

Torger had sat at the coffee shop across the street and watched the woman who’d snagged his interest carry boxes out of a moving trailer before he could no longer stay away. His interest in her is a sign his vampire side considered her a mate. Once he had her scent in his nose, his werewolf one agreed.

With his vampire side of the family still hunting him, his sister and brother, Torger knows he puts Rikki at risk, but there is no denying the mating instincts of a hybrid. Even though his closeness to her puts a target on her back.

Torger is a hybrid, half vampire and werewolf. He finds his mate, Rikki, moving boxes to her new house and can’t stay away even though the already precarious position that he is in becomes extremely dangerous for both of them, especially for a human who has no knowledge of his world.

He has enemies willing to kill him and his family, including Rikki. The mating instinct of his hybrid and the imminent danger puts a target on her that she may or may not be able to dodge.

I loved the story line and the characters. The interaction and the close bonds between them is truly wonderful. But there were instances where I felt like I had skipped a couple of books in a series and then started reading this book. I checked around and it appears that this is the second book in a series, the first being Her Ancient Hybrid. It seemed that Falling For A Hybrid had some missing elements or information I needed. I think if I had read the first book it might have filled in some of those blanks. My one regret is that this book finished too fast. It has the potential to be a great full-fledged series. Or even a novel.

For a short story, it was very full. There was family drama, love and then comes the paranormal stuff.

For anyone who loves paranormal, this book is for them.

The Untold Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Ernest Winchester

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The Untold Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Ernest Winchester
Publisher: Forever More Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Length: Short Story (38 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Rumpelstiltskin as you’ve never know. The untold version through the eyes of a troubadour.

Come, dear readers, and let this traveling troubadour reward you with the tale of a lovely miller’s daughter, who had been misled by the exaggerated boasting of her father, and her misadventures at the hands of her king. You may think you know the story, but let me assure you, you know merely a fraction of the tale. Listen as I tell you how the clever lass got the best of king and troll alike.

It’s about time that someone set the record straight. Half of the rumors flying around about Rumpelstiltskin are baldfaced lies!

One of the most enjoyable things about this tale was its character development. The original version didn’t go into very much detail about why the main characters made certain choices, so it was fun to see what could have prompted those decisions. I was especially intrigued by what Mr. Winchester did with the king who orders the miller’s daughter to spin straw into gold.

This story regularly switched between first and third person narration. I would have preferred for the plot to stick with only one of those points of view. At times it was a little jarring to make the transition between them because they were written in two very different manners. If I could only pick one of them, I’d go with the first person narration because the speaker in it had such a dry wit. It would have worked well as a frame for every single scene.

The miller’s daughter was by far my favourite character. She quickly learned how to look after herself even when the odds were clearly stacked against her. I admired her resourcefulness even thought some of her methods were a little cringe-worthy. Seeing how she changed from one scene to the next made me smile. While I don’t know if the author plans to write a sequel, I’d be curious to hear more from her again soon.

I’d recommend The Untold Story of Rumpelstiltskin to anyone who loves retellings of classic fairy tales.

Krystal’s Calling by Melissa Solorzano

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Krystal’s Calling by Melissa Solorzano
Publisher: Forever More Publishing
Genre: Young Adult/Middle Grade, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (142 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Krystal enters adulthood on her eighteenth birthday, and to have her life change forever as Mother Earth marks her as her daughter. Together Krystal and Courtney leave on a calling, unsure of where they’re going or what lays ahead.

Krystal awakens on her eighteenth birthday to discover her life will change forever. Mother Earth has decided to awaken something inside her that the realm is in need of, as dark forces seek to do harm.

As a half-elf, Krystal is now an adult and can make her own choices. Her first calling comes, and she must leave her home to start a journey she hopes will have her following in her father’s footsteps. With her best friend at her side, Krystal rides away from their childhood home to an unknown destination that could shape her destiny.

It’s much easier to focus on the freedom that comes with growing up than it is to think about all of the responsibilities that come with it. How will Krystal adjust to the new rules in her life?

One of the things I look for in a protagonist is someone whose faults could actually have a negative effect on the plot. Krystal definitely fits this bill. Knowing that she isn’t perfect, and, more importantly, that there’s a chance she could make a big mistake that unravels all of the good she’s trying to do was helpful. I liked what the author did with this character’s personality and development.

There was a lot of telling instead of showing in this novella. It was especially noticeable in the dialogue. I learned almost everything I know about Krystal’s importance to her people through conversations with her mother. It felt odd for these two characters to go into so much detail about this part of their lives when no one else was around because all of it was stuff their whole family had been aware of for a very long time.

I’ve always had the impression that elves are absolutely horrified by modern human technology, so it was intriguing to see something written about their race that was set in the present day. Ms. Solorzano struck a delicate balance between portraying the quiet, nature-loving elements of their culture that I’d expect to see while also showing how they might thrive in the twenty-first century.

Figuring out the most appropriate age recommendation was really tricky. Krystal acts much younger than her chronological age for reasons that I never figured out. The writing style included playful plot twists that are much more common in middle grade fiction, yet there were also explicit sexual content that I’ve only ever seen written for mature teens. It’s quite unusual to see these kinds of things included in the same book. I even briefly wondered if Krystal had some sort of learning or developmental disorder due to certain things that happen in the first few scenes. Had the author provided even a brief explanation of what was going on here, I would have felt comfortable giving this tale a higher rating.

If there’s one thing a decent villain needs to be, it’s legitimately dangerous. I was pleasantly surprised by just how frightening the villain in this story turned out to be. The threat to Krystal’s safety is made painfully obvious as the identity of her antagonist is exposed. There is no doubt here at all that this bad guy has terrible intentions.

Krystal’s Calling is a good choice for anyone who really enjoys fantasy stories about elves.

Fixation by Ricardo Mejias

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Fixation by Ricardo Mejias
Publisher: Forever More Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (49 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 2.5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

She bleeds sexuality. Michael doesn’t know her name. He’s never seen her before, and she only appears in his dreams. But she won’t leave, and even though he isn’t sure if she’s a sign of luck or a dark omen, he can’t seem to let her go.

Michael has been dreaming of a woman he’s never met before. He knows she can’t be real, but with each morning the dreams linger, always leaving him with the same question—just who is this person? And why can’t he stop thinking about her? She’s a sexual whirlwind of every pent-up desire and fantasy he’s ever had, and she doesn’t seem to be disappearing any time soon.

Then there’s Lisa, a woman who isn’t imagined, who doesn’t disappear in the daylight and who just might be the one. But is it cheating to be with someone while thinking of another? What if the line between night and day blur? Michael’s about to find out his nocturnal visits may have some very real—and deadly—consequences.

By night Michael has had visits by a sexual being that seems all too real. By day he’s intrigued by a green eyed co-worker. Will Michael’s fantasy girl win or will it be the lady of reality?

The novel opens with Michael having phone sex with an unknown individual. I couldn’t help but wonder if perhaps later in the novel the person would be revealed.

One of the bright points of this short story is that the author does a good job of setting the scene. In the beginning of the novel I was enjoying the author’s writing style and the flow of words. The description of the rain clouds and the description of the bedroom scenes had the making of a four star rating.

I was curious as to why the dream lady was appearing in Michael’s dreams. She introduced herself as Melissa. Michael compared women he knew to the fictitious Melissa. Being with Melissa felt right despite the strangeness of it all. This premise drew me in.

Then I noticed an odd pattern. The author introduced characters without creating a visual or any type of connection to the story. It’s like they were added to the story but really didn’t have any importance, just someone for the main character to converse with.

Lisa wasn’t one of those random characters. Instead, she makes up the third corner of this curious triangle. Lisa is a co-worker who Michael found himself attracted to. They go out on a first date and at the end of the first date Lisa stated she did not think they should move so fast after only the first day. That was fine but then on the second date they start a sexual relationship. This causes a conflict with Michael because he now feels guilty about the two relationships…Melissa the lady that visits him in his dreams and now Lisa the lady he is drawn to in reality.

The relationship between Michael and Lisa was quick. It’s clear that Michael is attracted to Lisa but their relationship was shallow beyond the attraction. I did not get a fuzzy romantic love feeling I like to read in a romance. Michael was acting more on physical desire and the relationship did not develop past the sex. Lisa makes Michael happy, though I’m not sure how since the author didn’t go that deep into the relationship.

The idea behind the plot was unique. A dream lady versus choosing a lady of flesh and blood. The execution lacked depth. I kept waiting for my questions to be answered. At the closing of the novel the author did add a brief paranormal twist that seem kind of rushed and lacked detail. Without giving specifics, I’ll say the ending left me puzzled but it might work for another reader.

This short had some issues but the author had a writing style that appealed to me and kept me reading. It was a quick and interesting read. Readers who enjoy a good puzzle in their books should check this out and see if you can fit the pieces together.