Just Call Me Angel by Jack Greene

ANGEL
Just Call Me Angel by Jack Greene
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (41 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal sex
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Seeking funding to complete his breakthrough research, Ben meets Chase Mitchell, billionaire CEO of Mitchell Industries.

Chase agrees to fund Ben’s research, but what Ben didn’t count on was how handsome Chase is, or how much Ben wants him.

Just one touch and I was hooked!

I’m a sucker for Jack Greene’s books. When I see he’s got a new book out, I’m there. I couldn’t read this book fast enough. The writing is clean and the story line tight. There are twists and turns I didn’t see and I had to know what would happen next.

Ben is a scientist. He’s synthesizing rare earth metals from silica. Sounds a tad over my head, but Mr Greene explained the character more like I was listening to my friend talk. Very good. Ben is sweet and unsure, although once he’s talking about science, his strength shows. I liked him right away.

Chase is a piece of work—in a good way. He’s the investor ready to help Ben with his scientific endeavors. He’s flawed and I could relate to him.

I liked the way Mr Greene worked these characters. Even when things come easy, they don’t really end up being easy at all. Yes, I was emotionally invested from page one.  The heat sizzles off the page when Ben and Chase are together. I felt their connection and rooted for them to get a happily ever after.

If you like characters who are memorable and sweet, but flawed, then this might be the book for you.

Sinful by Marie Rochelle

SINFUL
Sinful by Marie Rochelle
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (185 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

“Have you ever tasted something so delicious that you are still dreaming about it days later? If not, Sinful Bakery is the place for you. Our assortment of rich, baked goodies will have you coming back for more and more. Whoever said being naughty couldn’t have a fulfilling sweet side?”

The moment Jensen Lowe read that flyer stuck behind his windshield wiper on his car, he knew his gym, Fitness 24, was in for some trouble from the new bakery that moved in next door. He couldn’t believe someone would be crazy enough to actually place a calorie-filled dessert shop in his part of town. He couldn’t wait until he met the owner to give her a piece of his mind.

Maymi Monroe couldn’t believe her neighbor confronted her about her bakery ‘Sinful.’ Why was it any of his business what she sold out of her own property? If he thought his stupid warning was going to scare her away, then he was out of his gorgeous mind.

She was determined to stay put and fight off drowning inside Jensen’s sexy bedroom eyes every time he looked at her. He had her thinking of several sinful things and none of them had anything to do with baking.

Jensen Lowe had been trying to acquire the property next door to his gym Fitness 24 for months so that he could expand. The owner of that property refused to sell; instead he sold it to someone else who, to Jensen’s horror, used that property to open a bakery. Who would open a bakery next to a gym and what could he do to get rid of them? After all he didn’t want his clients packing on the pounds after working them off in his gym.

Maymi Monroe realized her dream when she opened Sinful bakery. Little did she know that she would soon be visited by a huge angry man telling her she had to pack up and leave, because he couldn’t have his clients gaining weight by buying her sweet treats. However, she was here to stay and no one not even the gorgeous angry gym owner was going to run her away.

Sinful by author Marie Rochelle was a good story, I enjoyed the interaction between the main characters as well as the supporting characters. I thought that this was a story within a story because you had the budding romance of the main characters Maymi and Jensen but then you had the hint of a story between Maymi’s best friend Jazmaine and her client Akito Mashiro. I actually thought that Jazmaine and Akito’s story was going to be told as well, but I realized after a few pages that it was only a teaser.

One of the things that can distract from a story is grammatical errors and this story was peppered with them. Many times I had to reread a sentence to get the gist of what the character was trying to say. A good proofreader would have been able to pick up these errors which would have made this reader’s reading experience better. It is a big distraction to have to keep rereading a sentence because words are either left out or the wrong word is used or misspelled.

However, even with those errors, the story was still enjoyable. Marie Rochelle is a good story teller and I look forward to reading other books by her. Hopefully the next book will be about Jazmaine and Akito so I will finally find out if they kept their date.

Obsession by Paige Bennett

OBESESSION
Obsession by Paige Bennett
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (21 pages)
Heat level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

It is New Orleans, 1850, and Blanche Paradis, a free woman of color has carved out a good life, including a job she enjoys, and a man she loves, gambler Bart Donovan. One small blemish mars her happiness, the obsessive interest of a mysterious aristocrat, Lucien St.Clair.

In a moment of weakness, Blanche falls into Lucien’s bed, sealing her fate and that of her lover. For Lucien is much more than he seems, and his lust for the beautiful Blanche knows no bounds.

It was not love…it was lust…fueled by too much champagne.

Obsession is a fitting title that expresses obsession from two characters in the book. One is a vampire tale of passion. The second is a tale of a lovers revenge. Lucien St. Clair, a mysterious blue eyed, blond mane of thick hair, lacked feelings of stimulation and sensation for over 300 years, that is until songstress Blanche Paradis becomes the object of his desire. Blanche refuses Lucien’s advances being that she is committed to her involvement with Bart Donovan. One night this commitment is tested. Bart is away on business and isn’t able to attend Blanche’s performance, but her admirer Lucien is there and feeling confident that tonight will be the night that Blanche will choose him.

While on stage in song Blanche finds herself caught in Lucien’s avid gaze and feels her heated desires rise. Something about Lucien’s persistence and obvious desire flatters and arouse Blanche’s curiosity. The events that night leave Blanche satisfied but full of guilt and shame. When Bart returns she begs for his forgiveness after she confesses to him her discretion. As with all love triangles they can get complicated and when dealing with a vampire someone is likely to get bit. Lucien isn’t one to give up and makes Blanche “like him” in hopes that she will come to him willingly. This obsession that Lucien has for his Cherie (Blanche) fuels and starts the obsession for Blanche to seek solace in the vengeance she has for Lucien.

I am not sure if the author is playing a cruel joke, but I found myself cheering for Lucien to win Blanche’s heart over. I felt the passion and the attraction and was pushing Blanche on to do the same. I feel in love with Lucien’s distinctive qualities and his swag. The passion between the two was so real and so much more than what she shared with Bart. What really made me enjoy this novella is the 1850 setting in New Orleans, the strong attraction and desire that Lucien has for Blanche but he wasn’t over barring in his confidence to where he was conceded and a turn off. I enjoyed the thrill of Blanche being torn between Bart and Lucien. Her fighting the passion and lust that was obviously there. I think the author did a great job in incorporating a few French lines which really added to the context.

I would highly recommend reading Obsession by Paige Bennett. It’s a short magnifque read of one man’s desire and passion for a woman who is already spoken for.

Wild Horses: Cold, Cold Winter by Asha King

HORSES

Wild Horses: Cold, Cold Winter by Asha King
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (50 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed By Fuchsia

Six months after the events of Wild Horses, blogger Danyiah Jackson happily lives in the country, loving—and often shocking—her broodtastic horse wrangler boyfriend, Adam Cooper.

But her surprise Christmas present for him, done as a prank for her blog and to spring some life-changing news, incites an argument months in the making, bringing the insecurities and vulnerabilities of the pair to the forefront. Adam wants more than he fears she’s willing to give, and Dani has a secret of her own that she fears will tear everything apart.

Is a happily-ever-after really possible for an opposites-attract romance?

Danyiah is head over heels in love with Adam, and this Christmas she wants to give him a special surprise gift and tell him about two secrets she’s been keeping from him. Danyiah is not sure how he will take the revelation but she knows that since they love one another all will be fine.

Adam is a laid back kind of guy and is trying to accept the fact that the woman he loves enjoys blogging about their personal lives. He just wants some things to be private but he loves Danyiah and does not want to crush her creative spirit.

This short story was a nice follow up to the original book, Wild Horses. The characters are still as engaging as ever however the story for this reader wasn’t as fulfilling or entertaining as the original. This book cannot be read as a standalone because it is a continuation; you have to read the original book in order to understand some of the references given in this one. The chemistry between the characters was lacking maybe because the author was trying to show the distance that had developed between them. However, the author still showed Danyiah lighthearted and humorous personality and Adam, Danyiah’s love interest was still as devoted to her as ever, even though you saw how frustrated he was with her.

Wild Horses: Cold, Cold Winter is a pleasant story, and it was nice to revisit these characters to catch up with them. I just thought that the story needed something more, maybe more pages to flesh it out.  Asha King is an entertaining writer; I have read other books by her and have enjoyed them, and I look forward to reading more of her work. If you have already enjoyed the first Wild Horses, I would suggest that you pick up Wild Horses: Cold, Cold Winter and see for yourself, if anything you get to read about Adam and Danyiah again.

Fluid Motion by Darien Cox

Fluid Motion by Darien Cox
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (103 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Fern

Darcy James’ life blew up in her face after her husband disappeared with her newly acquired inheritance. All she has left in the world is the White Birch Inn, formerly run by her grandmother, so she takes over operations in the mountain ski village.

Still damaged from her husband’s betrayal, she has trouble connecting with men. But while her emotions are damaged, her libido is not, and she begins spying on a gorgeous tenant who’s moved into one of her suites at the inn.

But things become complicated when she discovers her tenant is not what he seems, possibly not even human. And that she’s not the only one stalking him…

Darcy James is deeply intrigued by her new renter, Baxter Smith. With his smoking hot looks and voracious reading habits, even after a month of them being in such close proximity he remains almost totally a mystery to her. When they finally bump into each other neither feels like they make a particularly good impression. But when Darcy is approached by a pushy stranger blackmailing her to dish information on Baxter, she suddenly has to choose sides. While I found the start of this book meandered a fair bit the author manages to get a lot of plot hooks and questions bubbling in my mind.

This is a really interesting twist on a shape changer/other worldly style of story. The background is quite well thought out and explained in detail and certainly has a unique look to it. The long scenes of discussion, however, tend to slow the pace of action and romance, but the fresh outlook makes up for much of this. The sex is hot and the characters attraction to each other is well written and believable. There are also some amazingly unforeseen good reasons to have sex in the bath with Baxter that made me both curious and giggle.

Overall this was a fun story and definitely not your standard erotic romance. For readers who think they’ve read it all or are looking for something a little different – this is the perfect book to sit back and relax with.

The Wolf Who Loved Her by Kasey Moone

The Wolf Who Loved Her by Kasey Moone
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (43 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Frumpy bookstore owner, Joni Watson, can’t seem to catch a break. Business is bad. Her love life sucks. And a customer is seriously stressing her out with his bad attitude. Fortunately, he’s gorgeous and sexy and willing to protect her from rogue werewolves bent on murdering her.

To werewolf Ian McNeal, Joni is a mystery he can’t solve. She’s talkative, clumsy, and human, not his usual style, but her scent is intoxicating. Why not seduce the mocha beauty? No doubt she’d satisfy his lustful cravings…in more ways than one.

Jonalle Watson runs a small, independent book store specializing in magic and clairvoyance. One night Ian McNeal, alpha werewolf, visits in search of a particular book. Sparks fly between them and despite his arrogance Joni is attracted to his raw sexuality. Contrary to his “no sex with humans” rule, Ian also finds himself drawn to Joni. He’s determined first to avoid her and then only use her for temporary pleasure, but neither can deny the depth of their attraction when Joni is pulled into pack politics. Her store is attacked and her life is at risk; Ian finds himself desperate to protect her. Joni struggles with Ian’s over-protective tendencies and Ian has to work hard to keep his control when he realizes Joni isn’t just another lover, but his mate.

This is a short story with some steamy and explicit sex. A good, quick read it’s perfect to fill in a short space when one is in the mood for a sexy alpha werewolf story. There were a few editing issues – such as “kick her cautious life to the curve” – instead of curb — and others like it, but not enough to ruin the story for me. Readers also need to keep in mind Ian is written as very much an alpha werewolf male. He isn’t some charming, sweet modern man and so his thoughts might set up the backs of some women.

Having said that, the plot wasn’t just a throw-away thing to fill in between bouts of sex. Even though this is a short story it was detailed and the tension of the bad guys was real. The characters were also well drawn and not cardboard cut outs. The sex was steamy and their attraction and connection believable. A good, quick read for a lunch break or short sample of this authors work.

Sweet Surrender by Jack Greene

Sweet Surrender by Jack Greene
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Historical, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (28 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex, Multiple Partners, Masturbation, Dirty Talk
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Siris was being trained to be a pleasure slave, when, on the eve of his auction, his captors are attacked by a band of mercenaries.

Legar, a handsome and noble guard, fights with the leader of the mercenaries, the barbarian Rakurr over Siris. Before they kill each other, though, Siris convinces them to come to a mutually beneficial agreement.

He’s a hot commodity in more ways than he realizes.

I love a book that grabs my attention and holds it there until the last page. Jack Greene writes those kind of books for me. Once I open the file on my reader, I’m snagged. Why? Greene writes with a fluidity I enjoy. The words leap from the page and make me feel like I am right there. I care about the characters and am totally on board for the ride. This book is no different.

Siris is a pleasure slave. He’s there to make his lovers happy–except he’s very young (eighteen) and he’s a virgin. The idea of a pleasure slave that’s been trained but is still virginal is interesting. I felt his fear when he’s up at the auction and held my breath at each twist and turn. He’s young, but he’s memorable. I liked that. I thought about Legar once the book concluded as well. The guy is there to protect Siris and takes his job seriously. He has some scenes with Siris on a horse that let me tell you, you will need ice! I felt the depth of his caring for Siris and enjoyed their pairing. The third in this story is Rakurr. I could picture all three characters quite well, but holy moly, he’s yummy. There’s a level of trust between the three men that Greene writes with a tenderness and it’s great to read about.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all smiles and sunshine in this book. There are moments of tenseness and some twists I didn’t expect, but all in all, I am glad I got to read this book. If you want a book that’s got plenty of heat and heart, then this might be the book for you.

Jaleesa’s Pleasure by Erosa Knowles

Jaleesa’s Pleasure by Erosa Knowles
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (152 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

Jaleesa, a real estate appraiser, meets Niko Talinos, a real estate developer living in Miami, Florida. Sparks fly–the attraction is hot and immediate. After returning a piece of valuable equipment to her office that she’d left at her inspection, the two finish exploring the attraction and decide there is enough to pursue additional time together.

Niko and Jaleesa fight through her family issues and wade the treacherous waters of his job. The company he is a partner in has been trying to purchase a particular piece of land from Jaleesa, and someone is stealing from Niko’s project to the point they are willing to kill him to keep it a secret.

Despite the odds, Jaleesa believes she has found the man of her dreams, no matter how scary it is for her. Niko agrees that the risks to his heart are worth having the love of life, he just needs to survive to prove it to her.

Jaleesa Greer is a property appraiser in Coral Gables Florida, she owns ‘Your Favorite Appraiser’ which used to belong to her uncle James before she bought him out. It is late in the day and she has one more property to appraise, and being that its Florida, it is hot as hell and all she wants to do is finish so that she can go home to a shower and a glass of wine. As she’s checking the outside of the property, the door opens and there stood the most gorgeous man. She soon finds out that he is the nephew of the homes owner and she is completely drawn to him.

Niko Talino didn’t expect to see a beautiful black woman staring back at him; he was expecting someone entirely different when she told him she was the appraiser. When she told him that she had to come inside to check it out and Niko was more than happy to let her in. The attraction was so strong that after checking her work he asked her out. Before she could answer, Niko was kissing and touching her and she was doing the same to him.

The chemistry between these two characters was explosive, it was the kind of attraction that most women crave and very few experience. Niko and Jaleesa burned up the pages, with their interaction both verbal and sexual. This story wasn’t just about sex, it was about love at first sight, trust and respect two people developed for one another. There were also villains, people who were out to kill Niko, and someone who wanted to harm Jaleesa. I found it amusing when Niko’s estranged mother met Jaleesa for the first time. Wait until you read it… I bet you laugh.

Jaleesa’s Pleasure had everything I enjoy in a story: likeable main characters–even the secondary characters were engaging–a little mystery and of course, a very endearing love story.

Erosa Knowles has won me over and I look forward to reading more from her, and I think others will enjoy reading Jaleesa’s Pleasure. Pick up a copy and judge for yourself, you won’t be sorry.

Cherry Red by Jack Greene

Cherry Red by Jack Greene
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (22 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Tom works as a bouncer in a gay club, but he’s not gay.

Or so he claims, until gorgeous male model Andre needs his protection.

Tom tries to hold back but he can’t deny his desire for Andre.

A whole lot of hunks in one room. I’m telling you, the place sizzles.

I’m a sucker for Jack Greene’s work. I am. Greene doesn’t pull punches and gets right to the heat of the story while tossing in a fine dose of heart. The writing flows well and I don’t want to put the story down. Cherry Red is no different.

Tom isn’t your average bouncer. He works very hard at being the muscle in the gay bar. The story opens with him not even sure he’s gay. I liked seeing the struggle in his head. There’s man meat all over the place, but he’s not affected. It’s awkward and sexy at the same time. Then there’s Andre. This guy oozes sex. He’s a model and knows what he wants. Well, he thinks he does. Like Tom, there’s a hint of confusion in him. Strong emotions are all over the place and it was nice to see an erotic story where there’s more build up to the sex. Sounds strange? Not really. Its a short story and in many short stories, the characters jump right into bed. The tension and build up in this one makes it a refreshing change.

Now on to that sex. WOW. Hot. Holy cow. Andre is nicely sexy and pouty. Tom is clumsy and Greene writes this with a tenderness that made me feel for Tom. I liked seeing things through Tom’s perspective. He comes across less stiff and more human. Both characters are the kinds I could identify with, but Tom more so than Andre because of Tom’s hesitation. I finished this story with a smile on my face and ready to read it again and again.

If you like a white hot story with human elements, then this might be the story for you.

Divine by Jack Greene

Divine by Jack Greene
Publisher: Phaze Books
Length: Short Story (20 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

In the classical myth, Zeus, the king of gods, kidnaps the beautiful youth, Ganymede, to live with him on Mount Olympus.

In this modern retelling, Zeus is from the stars and lusts after rock star Ganymede. In any setting, their love is legendary.

Once a rock star, always a rock star?  Not if Zeus has his way.

I love a Jack Greene story. Why? They’re short, quick, and so sexy. In just a few words, Greene conveys a slew of emotions and has me right in my seat needing to know more. I liked the character and the way they ended up in the same room.

Zeus and the other gods are not just gods, they are there to observe the humans. Keep them safe but don’t get involved. It’s a novel idea. The gods aren’t the gods in the usual trope in this short and it’s a good thing. I like the change. Ganymede, the rock star, was easy to relate to. He feels like he’s living in a fishbowl. He wants to be himself and love who he wants. But there’s a few issues. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. When he and Zeus come together…whew! Hot.

My favorite character was Eros. Now there’s a guy I want to see a story for. Heck, I wanted to see him jump in the fracas with Zeus and Ganymede. Talk about hot. That would’ve been so good. I liked the ending, just throwing in my two cents.

If you want a hot read that’s quick and simple, then this might be just the book for you.