Fueled by Lust: Geleon by Celeste Prater

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Fueled by Lust: Geleon by Celeste Prater
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (319 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Hey! Yeah, you! Want in on a juicy secret? Geleon Thaice sure does. Why is the mysterious female of his dreams, wet or otherwise, constantly slipping through his hands? All he craves is to shower her with love and make her his own. Is that so bad? Is it just the fingers of fate doling out yet another allotment of misery upon his head? Or has destiny slyly laid a precise path that’s been waiting patiently for centuries?

Jaelyn Areeda just wants to peacefully survive another day, but the cosmos have her violently colliding with forces out of her control, falling into the capable, muscle-packed arms of a sinfully sexy alpha alien hell bent on inserting himself into her life… as well as her heart, mind, and soul. Will she run—or stay?

She never stood a chance….

From the moment Geleon laid eyes on Jaelyn Areeda, he was determined to make her his. She could deny it, avoid it, even run from it, but there was no escaping destiny. Her essence called to his on a primordial level; it wouldn’t be denied. Despite her strange reactions around him, Geleon felt her attraction and smelled her arousal. But why did something so seemingly simple and straight forward have to be so difficult? He’d read the instructions and watched all the videos on how to talk to Earth women. He could fight monsters and best his fellow warriors in battle, but when it came to Jaelyn, he felt awkward and out of sorts. The last thing he wanted to do was scare her off and lose her forever so he settled on gaining her trust. Just when he thought he was making headway, she disappears.

Migraines and anxiety attacks plagued Jaelyn for years. She blamed it on mounting bills, limited income, and far too much responsibility. Little did she know her medical conditions were the result of something more elemental. The day Geleon walked into the restaurant she knew her heart was in danger. Overwhelmed by her attraction, her reaction to him summoned an onslaught of intense symptoms—none of which were pleasant. She both wanted him to return and wanted to stay away at the same time. After all, what man wanted a woman with all her problems? When a family emergency comes up, she uses it as an opportunity to escape. Her main priority is taking care of her grandmother. Despite her growing feelings for Geleon, she has to leave.

Book nine of Ms. Celeste Prater’s Fueled by Lust series, Geleon proved to be an equally enjoyable read as were books one through eight. In fact, there’s not a single book in the series that I wouldn’t recommend. One thing I noticed different about this installment is a feeling of clarity. I begin so see answers to questions I didn’t even realize I had. I had several “ah ha!” moments while reading. For me, anyway, I feel Ms. Prater really began to tie things together. Ideas and information on how things are and why things are began to take shape. The connection between Earth and Insedivertus clicked, as did my understanding of the Unfortunate One Hundred. Many ideas that Ms. Prater had skillfully planted in her previous installments really melded in this story. While this offered some closure on loose ends, it also opened up new worlds of possibilities, which I hope in turn means a lot more stories—a reader can only hope.

As with most of Ms. Prater’s stories, I was too engrossed to notice any editing errors or typos. If they were there, I was so captivated by the characters and plot that I didn’t notice. The only negative thing I can say about her books is that with each new installment, I find myself more jealous and envious of these women who are lucky enough to have snagged themselves an Insedi Warrior. Um, I’d like one too please, Ms. Prater, if you have an extra you can spare.

Aside from being a gorgeous and yummy hunk of man meat, Geleon is also very attentive to Jaelyn’s needs and is willing to do whatever he can to rectify the source of her pain and heartache. While he can be a bit hardheaded and narrow-minded on some things, he’s not a bull-in-a-China-shop as some of the other Insedi guys are, and he’s open to seeing others’ points of view after he’s able to mull it over a bit.

Jaelyn’s true character really begins to shine after she’s reunited with Geleon and she sees the length he’s willing to go to in order to help her. At first, she accepts his aid because she has no other option, but it doesn’t take long before she realizes the depth of his devotion and the truth of his declarations of affection for her. As the truth of their connection begins to unfold, Jaelyn realizes their meeting wasn’t merely chance; it was fate. Who is she to argue? Especially when it comes in such a wonderful package.

I can’t recommend Ms. Prater’s stories enough. Her characters are so well thought out and multidimensional; no cookie cutter people here. With each one, she manages to introduce new internal and external struggles, as well as progress the reader’s depth and understanding of Insedivertus and the wonderful warriors who reside there. If you love alpha aliens with big hearts, interplanetary travel, and not-so-helpless females that just need a good man in their life, then Fueled by Lust: Geleon is right for you. Check it out; you won’t be disappointed.

Fueled By Lust: Sotarios by Celeste Prater

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Fueled By Lust: Sotarios by Celeste Prater
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (331 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

With an ex from hell haunting his dreams, Sotarios Numida can’t catch a break. Thinking a trip to Earth to seek offspring of the Unfortunate One Hundred might clear his head—he thought wrong. Instead, destiny leads him right to the one woman that forces him to face his past and a secret he’s horrified to admit.

Raine Holter is tough, focused, and dealing with a secret of her own. The last thing she expected to find during her usual daily grind was her soulmate. Especially one that can’t seem to make his mind up on whether to grip her close or shove her away. Undaunted, this little spitfire plans to thaw Sotarios’s frozen heart even if hers has to take a few beatings before he sees the truth.

Book 8 in the Fueled By Lust Series yanks you right back into the lives of the sinfully sexy Insedi. One fast paced, jaw dropping, breath stealing, hell of a ride.

Damaged beyond all repair….

If you were to ask the characters in Book 8 of Celeste Prater’s series, Fueled by Lust, how they would describe themselves, I would imagine the above would be Sotarios’ response of himself. His previous mate, Maratinia, had been crazy jealous, homicidal, and abusive. Though their relationship only lasted a few brief months, it felt like he’d endured an eternity of hell. Even beyond the grave, she continued to torture his mind, heart, and soul. Believing he’s damaged beyond all repair, the last thing Sotarios wants is to find another mate. Little does he know, Maratinia isn’t done torturing him just yet.

Raine, on the other hand, would probably describe herself as being up crap creek with a tiny paddle. While her circumstances weren’t due to an abusive ex, she’d unfortunately become the responsible party for her father’s poor choices. After a tragic accident claimed her parent’s lives, the weight of paying off her father’s debts fell on her shoulders. However, Raine wasn’t one to cry over spilled milk. She was resourceful and used skills her father had taught her to tackle this big load as gracefully as she could. While she also wasn’t particularly looking for a new beau, she wouldn’t deny wishing she could find someone and have the relationship her parents did. Despite his poor judgement on business matters, her father had been a good man.

When a chance meeting in the most unlikely places brings Sotarios and Raine together, Sotarios can’t deny the lure of her essence and the attraction of their energies. Telling himself he’s merely concerned for her well being, he elicits the help of one of his warrior brothers, Geleon, and proceeds to follow her after work. Just to make sure she’s okay, of course. After all, she’s an attractive woman who shouldn’t be out after dark on her own. Telling himself he’ll just make sure she makes it home safe and will then move on with his life, he suddenly finds himself getting far too involved when her trip home takes an unexpected detour.

Raine can scarcely catch her breath when Sotarios breezes through the doors to the shop, along with his equally eye-appealing sidekick. Knowing she’s in no position to start a relationship, she tells herself to enjoy the short few minutes of time with the big behemoth that she can, and then get back to reality. After all, what would a hunk like that see in someone like her? He probably had dozens of women throwing themselves at his feet. What she doesn’t expect is that his attention to detail and concern for her wellbeing would not only make her feel all warm and fuzzy, but would also spark a desire deep within to spend as much time with him as she could before he waltzed right back out of her life. She expected that would be the end result, once he learned about her other extracurricular activities.

As always, Ms. Prater has penned an enthralling book of love, desire, and determination, with no small measure of lust added in, for good measure. Oh yes, Ms. Prater does not disappoint in the lust department; there was plenty of that coming from not only the characters, but me as well. Who wouldn’t lust over one of her Insedi warriors? This golden Greek Adonis could surely melt the heart of any female. Yet, beneath that stunning exterior, you’d find the heart of a gentleman, the devotion of a saint, and a love to last forever. Yep, these guys are the perfect men, all rolled into a comely package.

Once I start one of Ms. Prater’s stories, I can hardly put it down. Her characters draw me in from page one and don’t let go until the end. Moreover, once the wonderful tale is over, I always find myself hoping for another. I did note a few editing errors, which really surprised me as I’m usually so engrossed I don’t see anything beyond the characters and the world unfolding around them. It was nothing to detract from the story, and if I weren’t so eager to keep reading, I may have made note to pass along to the author. As it was, they seemed trivial and unimportant in my quest to see what happened next.

Would I recommend this to anyone who loves otherworldly romance? Absolutely, without hesitance. Every one of the Fueled by Lust editions has been wonderful and I will likely read them all again. Several times, in fact. I just wonder; were I ever to meet one of Ms. Prater’s warriors, would he smell smoke or something a whole lot sweeter emanating from me? And if I’ve created a question in your mind on whatever I could possibly mean by that, well then you’ll just have to read Fueled by Lust: Sotarios for yourself to find out. *wink*

Surrender to Chance by Fiona Archer

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Surrender to Chance by Fiona Archer
Kings Bluff, Wyoming 3
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (292 pages)
Other: M/F/M, M/F, Anal play/intercourse, BDSM, spanking, Menage
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

After a painful divorce, a determined Olivia Fletcher returns to her hometown of King’s Bluff, Wyoming, to rebuild her life. She finds a public relations job at a new, exclusive lodge. But the owners of the lodge—and the on-site BDSM club—are powerful Dominants who are as fascinating as they are unsettling.

Alex and Kane MacKenzie share everything from their international construction business to their home. The two Doms had hoped to find a woman to share as well, but Alex’s past has taught the remote alpha that women are incapable of caring for anyone but themselves. To his surprise, their new PR consultant shows a loyalty that pulls at his heart. Kane, the rebel, is committed to learning the spirited redhead’s dreams and fears. When they discover her suppressed interest in BDSM, the former SEALs set out to convince Olivia that surrendering to them doesn’t mean losing her identity.

But strong men draw formidable enemies. One has targeted the brothers’ weak spot—Olivia—and Alex’s deepest fear—betrayal.

Kiss a stranger in a dimly lit hallway and your wildest dreams will come true. Sounds like a cheesy fortune cookie line but it’s exactly what put Olivia Fletcher on Kane McKenzie’s radar. That kiss though. Ms. Archer knows how to pour so much into the art of describing a kiss. Beautiful! The hard part is going to be getting his brother on the same page. I could tell from my first meeting with Alex that he was going to be a hard nut to crack but so much fun to watch.

Speaking of Alex, Olivia’s first meeting with him was fraught with tension of a whole different dimension. So much for first impressions but it was such a clever set up since Olivia was meeting him for the first time to interview for a job. I felt bad for her but was totally looking forward to the crow he’d be eating once he had time to cool down. On the flip side, Olivia is a worrier. Big time! I liked how Alex and Kane help her work through her issues and bring out the fire in Red (adorable nickname Alex gives her).

That’s one of the reasons I really like the McKenzie men. They appear to be polar opposites, and are different in many ways but, then they begin to focus on Olivia and in that they are single minded and intense. This trio has great chemistry when they all come together or even when it’s just Olivia plus one.

Readers who like clearly defined bad guys are gonna love this one. Seriously, I couldn’t decide who I loved to hate more but Claudette, the guys’ mom, would probably win the prize. She defines cunning, conniving and manipulative. Evil draws evil and so I wasn’t surprised to see who she was ultimately linked to but it made the ending so much sweeter. Tasha, for her treachery and shallowness, runs a close second. Or maybe the ex-fiance, Caroline. Yeah, Alex has plenty of reasons to not trust women in general. Olivia had her work cut out with teaching him different.

There’s a lot going on in this novel. Some issues are simple annoyances and others are down right evil. I had to read closely to see how it all intertwined and catch all the players. As the blurb alludes to a part of the plot has to deal with Alex’s fear of betrayal. That part both broke my heart and yet, I had to love how the author handled it. It felt real, rather than a convenient way to move the characters along.

Word to readers who choose this for it’s BDSM elements. These guys are not soft-core BDSM. They are serious about their kink and the woman who wins them has to be just as much.

I love every opportunity to revisit King’s Bluff and catch up with the Chloe, Reagan and her friends and the men, oh yeah, the men. Nice! Oh and Olivia’s mom, gotta love her and getting to know her back story was actually pretty cool because of the way it tied into the main plot of the book. Also, I can’t wait to read Caleb and Purdy’s story and it looks like their third will be resident Dom Eli. He sounds yummy and can definitely handle the spitfire little music teacher.

Fantastic addition to the King’s Bluff series. The stories are all stand alone and fully satisfying reads. If you haven’t been to Wyoming, they grow they hot and dominate out in the wild. Now is the perfect time to go exploring!

Theirs To Share by Lexie Davis

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Theirs To Share by Lexie Davis
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (176 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Reporter Misty Ramon is in Lucky, Texas to write about the uniqueness of the town for her newspaper column. However, ever since she’s arrived, writer’s block has plagued her. Needing to do a bit of research, she comes up with a plan to seduce her neighbors—Fire Chief Brandon Reed, EMT Easton Cannon, and Deputy Rowdy Ferguson—into showing her the ways of the infamous bondage and menage town.

Brandon, Rowdy, and Easton are three foster brothers that grew up in the system and eventually made it to Lucky to escape the judgmental outside world. They share lovers and love bondage but they haven’t found a woman that has suited them for the long term. While Easton and Brandon instantly hit it off with Misty, Rowdy has his reserves. Trust doesn’t come easy to those that have been battered and bruised, but the sexy reporter has a way of making the men she wants come around. The three men propose a sexual adventure that knows no bounds, but the last thing Misty ever expected was to have feelings for them.

Lucky, Texas is a magical place where love lurks around every corner. Unsuspecting bystanders may be tied up and spanked until they learn that love is what Lucky is truly about.

Misty has been in Lucky, Texas for two weeks now. She’s writing a series of articles in her newspaper column, focusing on how Lucky as a town caters to the bondage and ménage lifestyles. Aside from a few creepy emails, there has been an overwhelmingly positive response from her readers. Misty is also seriously attracted to her neighbors across the street. Brandon and his foster brothers have more than caught her attention. Can they make things work between them?

What on earth should a girl do? Brandon, the fire Chief, Easton, the only EMT in Texas and Rowdy, the deputy Sherriff are foster brothers and more than interested in a ménage. How could anyone possibly say no to that? Misty sure can’t and I don’t blame her one bit. I found this to be a mostly character-driven story. There’s not a lot of plot outside the ménage coming together and working. I did enjoy how each of the men – but Rowdy in particular – were quite complicated, deep characters. I feel the author did a great job of making the dynamics between the brothers interesting and fun, but they still each had their own personality and flaws.

There were clearly lures for other books scattered throughout the story – but I found this could easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I didn’t need any backstory on the town or Misty’s friend and the other stories I presume have been written in the series. I found the sex to be smoking hot and deliciously explicit. I also really enjoyed how it wasn’t just the three men with Misty. They each had alone time with the other and this helped me understand their connections and strengthened their relationship together in my eyes. The BDSM was quite light – mostly a bit of spanking/flogging, toys and restraints. There was nothing I found extreme or overly hard-core and I feel most readers used to erotic romance should find it tasteful and hot.

Readers interested in a ménage story with some hot sex and a little bit of BDSM should find this a fun, entertaining read that ticks all the boxes.

Bunny and the Beast by Heather Rainier

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Bunny and the Beast by Heather Rainier
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (254 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Hard-working, strong, and sassy, Bunny Carrigan desires a simple life, far away from the complications of the big city, posh houses, and materialism. She makes her own rules and has no time for pushy men in fancy suits or playing games.

Joseph Hazelle enjoys taking control and has very set ideas about what the ideal submissive looks and acts like. In fact, his ideas are so set they might as well be concrete. Vibrant and full of life, Bunny challenges Joseph’s preconceived notions and she’s determined that if she submits at all, it’s going to be on her own terms.

Accustomed to being the instructor, Joseph discovers that Bunny has claimed his lonely heart and has a thing or two to teach him. All he has to do is educate her about his world and convince her that she does indeed “do” submission. What could go wrong?

The Divine Series by Heather Rainier is one of my favorite series. I could never get tired of it because of the way the author keeps each book fresh and unique. I have to say that Bunny and the Beast is one of my favorite stories yet.

The main reason that I loved this book so much was how the characters stood out. Bunny was righteously funny and she kept Joseph the big bad Dom on his toes. Then factor in that Joseph was so sweet toward Bunny, and it just melted my heart to goo. Not to forget that for all of Bunny’s sass and charm was a vulnerability that gets me every time. So the author had me hooked with these two characters, and that was before I even got to the steamy intimate parts and the BDSM elements.

Now, as usual, Heather Rainier’s writing style was simply wonderful. Her characterization was spot on, Bunny and Joseph were beautifully vibrant and pulled me right into the story. Bunny was a strong heroine, spunky with a touch of vulnerability. Joseph was honest with her from the start about what he expected from the relationship. The entire story was easily paced and the writing quality was every bit as excellent as I had expected. It was probably the most fun read in the series and I enjoyed it very much.

Bunny and the Beast was a very hot read with the BDSM aspect. It was also a multifaceted read that had more than a few laughs and some serious trope that came along from Bunny’s past. The plot hit all the right buttons to keep me interested. I highly recommend this novel, and the series, to anyone who likes a more explicit read that is still a quality story. I look forward to the next book in this wonderful series.

Lumberjack Weekend by Heather Rainier

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Lumberjack Weekend by Heather Rainier
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (224 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Violet Tyler’s heart was broken after discovering she was the third wheel in her big-city ménage. Relegating the idea of being loved by two or more men to fantasy material, she throws her heart and soul into her business, Violet’s Emporium.

Watching from the sidelines while they renovate her emporium, Josh and Lucas Abbott want her more every day and see the way her former lover chips away at her heart each time he pays her a visit. They’ve stretched out the renovation as long as they can and finally it’s time to claim her or let her go.

Invitations to a fantasy weekend at Hazelle House give the three of them a no-strings-attached chance to make her lumberjack ménage fantasies a reality. But when the weekend is over and the real world—and her former lover—come calling, can her ménage fantasy live in the light of day?

Once again, Heather Rainier has written a sensual romance that is filled with emotions. This love story captured my interest right away.

I loved Violet’s story because I really felt that her character deserved someone who would adore her and heal her broken heart. She had moved to Divine looking for a fresh start after her heart was broken. She had absolutely zero interest in another menage relationship after her last one went so badly and left her with a broken heart and seriously damaged self esteem. Josh and Lucas were secretly in love with her already though after working with her for the past year. A few things happened to help push their relationship into motion. Violet finally said no to her ex-boyfriend’s booty call and Josh and Lucas took their own initiative.

I adored the steamy but playful writing in the plot. I have come to expect Heather Rainier’s writing style to be excellent, developed, and easily paced, and this novel was no exception. The characters were richly developed and ever so likeable. I loved the fantasy weekend and how sweet and protective Josh and Lucas were to Violet. As usual, smokin’ hot sexy times were had by all as the guys did their best to fulfill Violet’s sexual fantasies and to win her heart. I would like to clarify their sexual exploration included some very light BDSM. Also, there were quite a few lighthearted moments and an intriguing glimpse into Joseph whose story is coming up next. His character is so intimidating to say the least, and his lady love was awful cute, so that will be another fun and interesting story.

I really enjoyed this book ! It was a page scorching read like only Heather Rainier can write. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Fueled by Lust: Makar and Baruch by Celeste Prater

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Fueled by Lust: Makar and Baruch by Celeste Prater
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (308 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

A quick mission to retrieve a bag of blood leaves Makar Decanus and Baruch Abella’s head spinning when they stumble upon their potential mate. Unknown to them at the time, this isn’t just any ordinary doctor with sea-green eyes and a tantalizing scent of violets. She might very well be the catalyst leading to the destruction of the Insedi race.

Dr. Keely Anderson thinks she’s on to something wondrous when not one, but three patients reveal they’ve seen men disappearing before their eyes. Undaunted by her prick boss’s demand she stop investigating, Keely finds herself swept into the arms of two overwhelming males that want to see her permanently positioned between their sexy as hell bodies. But will her heartrending past keep them at arm’s length?

Scarred by both physical and mental abuse from her past, Dr. Keely Anderson doesn’t feel she is worthy of love. Every relationship thus far has ended when she let her guard—and her clothing—down. Resigned to her fate of being alone, she’s settled herself into a comfortable routine and thrown herself into work. Intelligent, beautiful, funny, and sexy are not words she’d use to describe herself. No, Keely thought of herself as nothing more than battered goods and mediocre at best. Rather than dwell on the past and how her life may have been different, she focuses on trying to help others. Too bad her education does little to help her. As a psychiatrist, you’d think she’d have it all figured out. But truth be told, she’s killing herself with misery. She needs just as much help as her patients, she just doesn’t know it.

Keely’s boss certainly doesn’t help matter, either. He treats her as though she doesn’t have a single brain cell in her head and belittles her at every opportunity. When she stumbles upon a phenomenon that’s repeated by several of her patients—none of whom know each other—she does her best to try and convince him that there is something paranormal going on. As expected, Mr. Webb practically laughs in her face, then forbids her from pursuing her investigation of these so called other-worldly events. What Keely doesn’t realize is her curiosity is not only a danger to her job, but threatens the well-being of the people of Insedivertus as well. One way or another, she has to stop her investigation. Though, it just might take two Insedi warriors to convince her.

Makar and Baruch are no strangers to love. They’ve had a strong bond with each other for years. Before all the women of their planet were murdered, they shared a mate, Tianus. But Tianus had been spoiled and immature. Unbeknownst to Makar, she had used her affection for him to hurt and torment Baruch. While they both had mourned her passing, they did the only thing they could to get through it: they turned to each other. The idea of having another mate to share seemed like a distant dream. That was until they spotted Dr. Keely Anderson making her rounds in the hospital. As soon as Baruch lays eyes on the shapely doctor, he knows she’s the one to complete their family. It doesn’t take long for Makar to reach the same decision. Now all they have to do is convince Keely that she’s the perfect mate for a couple of love-struck aliens.

I don’t know how Ms. Prater does it. Each story in the Fueled by Lust series is just a good as the one before. She’s managed to weave together this fantastic world of wonderful men who want nothing more than to dote on their mate. Each new tale not only revisits characters of previous installments, but she also manages to skillfully weave in new ones, which I hope means this line will never end. I liked the change of pace with this book by adding in a second male. The presence of M/M love on Insedivertus has been evident since book one. Yet, Ms. Prater has not made this an overwhelming theme. On the contrary, she’s added just enough into the mix to make it feel natural. While Makar and Baruch are indeed a mated pair, they’ve turned to each other out of necessity. They both long to replace that love with a mated female. I’m not a big M/M fan. While I have read and enjoyed some M/M stories, I’ve always preferred M/F. But Makar and Baruch’s relationship felt normal and appealing from the get go. I must admit, I’m envious of Keely. One Insedi male would be a dream come true. To have two chasing after you would be nothing short of Heaven.

Once again, Ms. Prater has managed to engross my attention to the point that if there were any flaws in her editing, I didn’t notice. I absolutely love how she builds on each new story with snippets of past installments. I feel like I know and love these people. Each character’s personality—strengths and weaknesses—continue to add and perfect the makeup of Insedivertus. Ms. Prater has integrated the Insedi race into the people of Earth in such a manner that it just may make you wonder…could it be possible?

While I always hate the final page and the words, The End, I turn my sadness into hope that Ms. Prater will continue the Fueled by Lust series with many more installments to come. No pressure. *smile*

Thank you Ms. Prater for another masterfully penned story with not one but two wonderful Insedi men. I’ve quit trying to pick a favorite; I don’t think it’s possible. The characters of the Fueled by Lust series will surely color my dreams and fantasies for many years to come.

If you dream of Alpha males with tender hearts, realistic females with a flaws to flaunt, and other worlds a heck of a lot more interesting than ours, then be sure to check out the Fueled by Lust series by Celeste Prater. I haven’t read a single one yet that hasn’t garnered my full attention and captivated my heart.

Fueled By Lust: Caelius by Celeste Prater

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Fueled By Lust: Caelius by Celeste Prater
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (316 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

Caelius Meron strips at Heat Seekers Male Revue just so he can find his mate. So imagine his shock when he finds her in a cooking class he was forced to attend. So what’s the problem? There’s twenty-two of them according to Rhia Brennan. Undaunted by her claim that he’s too young, Caelius battles every roadblock she places. But what if one may be too difficult to ignore?

Kallon Aceso knows exactly who should own his heart, but Ulixes Dionysus doesn’t appear to want it. But is it really something else buried so deep that it may keep them apart forever?

Travel with these two Insedi as they both chase their hearts’ desire, only to be thwarted by misconceptions and mistakes from the past. Can they scale these insurmountable walls, or will they have to walk away and forever mourn what they could never have?

A super sexy hunk who knows his way around the kitchen, what more can a girl ask for? At first, Caelius’ attention seems too good to be true. Rhia feels herself falling fast for this Grecian God, but despite her body’s irrefutable attraction, her brain just can’t get past the age difference. Having been down the road to Heartbreak City before, she knows there’s no point in letting her allure override her common sense. However, a night of passion with the understanding that there’s not likely to be anything else doesn’t seem too reckless. After all, at her age, what’s the likelihood of ever having the a man like Caelius’ in her bed again? One look in the mirror reminds her that she’s too old, overweight, and parts of her have started to migrate south. A single night of mind-blowing sex will have to get her through all the long, lonely nights ahead. And after Caelius gifts her with an evening to remember, her expectancies come true. Or so she thinks.

Caelius has long awaited a sign from his conprobatus—his mating necklace—telling him he’s finally found his mate. Yet night after night of dancing at Heat Seekers Male Revue has produced no leads. When he accidently scratches his friend’s hummer and is forced to take cooking lessons as a form of punishment, he discovers that perhaps he’d been looking in the wrong place all the time. As soon as his gaze lands on Rhia’s voluptuous form, he expects that she’s the one. Too bad his necklace doesn’t seem to agree. When he finally manages to get Rhia alone and show her just how attractive she is and how she really turns him on, his disappointment quickly turns his hopefulness into despair. Despite what his heart feels, it seems Rhia is not a compatible mate. Rather than focus on what he can’t have and risk hurting her, he leaves Rhia the next morning and focuses on finding his true mate. Days go by and despite how many wrists he touches, he can’t get Rhia out of his mind. When his futile search for a mate brings him face to face with a psychotic stalker, Caelius decides it’s time to leave town. Perhaps putting some distance between him and Austin will accomplish two things: deter the crazy chick from the club and heal his breaking heart. He’s come to the realization that the problem must be him; he’s broken.

Well, Ms. Prater has done it again. She managed to steal my heart with yet another of her hunky alien men. This story even had a bonus as the good doctor manages to find his mate as well. While her other stories in this line have a hint of male to male attraction, this one has full man on man action so readers of strictly M/F beware. I don’t typically read a lot of M/M stories, but I didn’t mind this time because I already knew the characters so well and I was pleased when things worked out for them. As for Caelius and Rhia, once again I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. Rhia is closer to my age so it was nice to see that us older gals still have a chance at finding the man of our dreams. Despite Caelius’ younger age, his actions and behaviors really show his maturity. Just like all the other Insedi warriors, he knows the value of women and he doesn’t take his role lightly. Despite a lack of response in his mating necklace, he still wants to look over Rhia and ensure her safety. He struggles between wanting to follow his heart and needing to fulfill his purpose on Earth and obligation to Insedivertus. But all hope is not lost, a visit home to see his father and seek his wisdom presents a glimmer of hope that perhaps he’s not the one broken after all.

Ms. Prater has woven another wonderful story of love, triumph, and romance. Book five in her Fueled by Lust line, Caelius’ story most certainly lives up to the precedence set before. As Ms. Prater adds each installment, I find myself totally engrossed in the Insedi world. The characters have become like family and I’m totally eager to see what happens next. Who will find their mate and what obstacles will they face? While this story focused mainly on the internal struggles of both Caelius and Rhia, there’s still a bit of danger in the mix. The ending provides a couple of surprising twists, leaving me on the edge of my seat, anxiously waiting for number six.

For an exciting story full of passionate embraces, endearing confessions, and super steamy sex, be sure to grab Ms. Prater’s latest installment of Fueled by Lust staring Caelius Meron and Rhia Brennan. I loved this laid back tale that took me on an emotional ride as the characters battled internal demons that threaten to keep them apart. If you believe love conquers all, then you’ll be equally enthralled by yet another of Ms. Prater’s masterful fantasies.

Three Men and a Woman: Evangeline by Rachel Billings

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Three Men and a Woman: Evangeline by Rachel Billings
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (240 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by Peppermint

At age six, Evangeline “Evvie” Charles falls in love with three boys. They’re seven—Briggs Henriksen, Giovanni Diorio, and Chase Gregory. They befriend her and give her the only real family she’s ever known. At twenty-one, on a night of grief and loss, she meets each of them at her door. One at a time, she gives them the comfort of her body.

Now it’s eight years since she’s seen them. Over the course of a long weekend, she runs into them, those men who saved her, who she’s loved forever. Finding a certain destiny about it, she spends one night of wild passion in each man’s arms.

One night isn’t enough for any of the men. They find her and discover her secret—a seven-year-old girl who surely belongs to one of them. The men all want Evvie, and they all want Maisy, too. Evvie could never choose—she loves them all. The only solution is to share their love.

Evvie grew up with almost a hero worship towards Chase, Gio, and Briggs, so it seemed only natural that this escalated into a sexual attraction eventually, and made for a intriguing read.

Evangeline (Evvie) was a character that sometimes I found endearing and other I found to be too much of a push over. She did not have the best of upbringings as a child; in fact, the girl couldn’t even read until she met her three knights in shining armor. This background made me immediately sympathize with her, and hope that she could find happiness in her life. While I can understand why this would lead to an infatuation, I really wished she would just stick up for herself, especially in the bedroom.  It seemed like she would willingly do anything they asked, and while it did pleasure her, at times I felt like she was submitting just to make them happy. This is something I struggled with as a reader, because while all of the men had no problem with putting demands onto Evvie, she never seemed to ask for anything for herself. In fact, the few things she did want she seemed to either manipulate the men into giving it to her, or just concede to the men in her life. In the end, I did see Evvie start to coming to herself a little more, and even put her foot down at times, I would have liked to see it a bit more earlier in the story.

Collectively Briggs, Gio and Chase truly entertained me. I think the author had a kinship to Briggs as he seemed to be center stage the first half of the story, and ever the voice of reason when one was needed. Chase, on the other hand, was pushy and demanding at times, but the other guys where always around to rein him in. Gio is the most laidback, down to earth of the three. While he can be determined, it was always done in such a friendly way you just couldn’t argue with him. The three of them really created the perfect man, and I could easily see why Evvie could not help but to fall in bed with them again, and again.

The erotica in this story is on steroids. It is a driving factor behind the relationship development, and plays center stage throughout the entire story. While I really appreciated this at first, after a while it got almost tedious. The men always found a new way to please Evvie, but sometimes I just wanted more story without the characters falling into bed one way or another. I can say, that I enjoyed seeing each man’s personality in the bedroom, as they all were very different, which was something I could truly appreciate.

I love the incorporation of Maisy in the story, and would love to have seen more of her. I think Maisy added a certain level of maturity to the story in all of the characters, and really helped solidity the bond between everyone. I also got to see a different side of Evvie when Maisy was around, which was refreshing because she really seemed to really shine during these scenes.

All in all it was an entertaining story. Anyone in the need for some hot male loving will not be disappointed in this story.

Maizy the Bear Charmer by Heather Rainier

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Maizy the Bear Charmer by Heather Rainier
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (363 pgs)
Other: M/F, Menage, Anal Sex, Spanking, M/F/M/M
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Maizy Owen is living her dream, working as a kindergarten teacher. Her profession gives her purpose, but her personal life is another story. Recently rejected by her fiancé, Maizy struggles to hide a part of her nature that she longs to freely express.

Cody Welsh , Heath Lindsey, and Spencer Ketchum, affectionately known to their friends as “the bears,” have been searching for the mysterious belly dancer who laid claim to their hearts nearly a year ago. Their paths cross on a rainy morning when Spencer can’t take his eyes off of a bubbly, dark-haired beauty with an unconscious urge to dance.

Far from overwhelmed by the bear’s immense combined presence, Maizy finds comfort and acceptance in their arms. They set out to discover if their growing bond can thrive, realizing her dream job may be jeopardized. Thanks to the gossip mill in Divine, it quickly becomes clear that Maizy has a choice to make. Keep her job or lose the men she loves.

What do you do when you have to choose between your calling or true love?

Maizy Owen is a kindergarten teacher in the small town of Divine, Texas. She is fulfilling her calling to shape the young minds of the future. Despite a recent break up from her fiance, Maizy is living a pretty good life. Her brother, one of the heros from the previous book in the series, Lucy’s Revenge, is getting married and is happy. Her new sister-in-law rocks and her nephew is blossoming. And then she meets the three bears.

Cody, Heath and Spencer’s are brothers we met three books ago in Tiny Dancer. Thrown together during their time in foster care, the men formed an unbreakable bond. Did I mention that they are super tall, muscled and sexy? Yeah. When they see a woman performing a mesmerizing belly dance on Halloween, the guys are done for. Hook, line, sinker. But before they can meet her she’s gone from the club. Believing they will find her the men set their plan in action and ready themselves for the love of their life. Thankfully it doesn’t take much to convince their belly dancer she’s the one when they finally meet her by chance.

These three men instantly grabbed my attention when they first graced the page and as a fan of the series I was eager to hear their story. I really enjoyed how the author made the story focus on how strong true love can be if you let it. Heather Rainier again proves what an amazing author she is with her 16th novel in her Divine Creek Series. Ms. Rainier is able to keep her tales fresh and make her fans salivate for more while keeping us in touch with the series favorites. Oh and she’s really great at making her fans hate a character so much we swear at our e-readers.

Again, I applaud the authors recent addition to her ever expanding series and personally I hope to never see it end!