Bind Me by Stacey Kennedy

Bind Me by Stacey Kennedy
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (57 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Gladiolas

Four best friends embrace their fantasies and make a pact of seduction to live out their deepest and darkest desires. The women place their lives in the hands of fate and one short straw declares Marley will be the first to awaken her secret wishes.

Reed, a Dom at sex club Castle Dolce Vita, has lived the BDSM lifestyle for awhile, but has yet to find a submissive that suits him. That is until he meets Marley, a woman seeking to indulge her fantasies.

As Reed guides her through a night of pleasure, Marley brings more to him than a perfect submissive–she stirs emotions in him long ago lost. By binding Marley, he runs up against his own limits, and now he has to choose between his self-protective barriers or surrendering to the wildfire Marley has reignited in his heart.

Four friends, a pact and sexual fantasies come together to create a whole lot of sexy. Bind Me, Book One of the Pact Seduction series, introduces us to best friends who want to fulfill their darkest desires.

First up is Marley, a newly minted twenty-five year old who wants to discover what it’s like to be dominated by a man. Although slightly hesitant, she realizes she can’t back out of her promise to her friends once it’s been made. Not to mention she’s eager to explore her submissive side with a man who makes her heart race and her blood boil. Thankfully the dominant who responds to her ad is all she needs and more. Reed is gorgeous, in control, and wants to introduce Marly to the scene. Despite his determination not to fall into a relationship, there is something about Marley he can’t deny. Together they explore desires and test limits. When the night ends will they move on with their lives? Or will they take a chance on something more?

Bind Me introduces you to the protagonists of the first book while setting up future stories in the series. This aspect is intriguing, as is the promise of future fantasies brought to fruition. There is a lot to look forward to, especially if a reader is drawn in by a particular fantasy. The setup is promising and the characters that will appear in future books are carefully introduced. Sadly, the first book in the series never quite hit its stride. The primary problem is Bind Me is written with a lot of tell and little show, making it difficult to connect to Marley or Reed. Sexual tension ramps up the heat, but heartfelt emotions fall short. That being said, the sex is steamy. Reed is more than willing to initiate Marley into the world of BDSM, and Marley is only too happy to explore her submissive side.

For those who enjoy sizzling hot erotic romances, Bind Me is certainly worth considering. The foundation of the Pact Seduction series will undoubtedly prompt readers to return in order to learn what happens to Marley, Reed, and her best friends.

Suite 69 by Sahara Kelly and S.L. Carpenter

Suite 69 by Sahara Kelly and S.L. Carpenter
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (123 pgs)
Other: M/F, toys
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Iris

Redefining room service…

The Zephyre Corporation’s annual convention may be designed to let colleagues kick back in the Florida sun, but Riley McGuire doesn’t plan to let anything interfere with her chance to shine for corporate management. Not even the devastatingly sexy guy playing air guitar—naked—in her hotel suite.

Oliver Wilson expected to share a deluxe suite with what he assumed was an amiable Irish-American beer drinker, not an acid-tongued Boston beauty who can’t hold her liquor.

Their agreement to muddle through is shot to hell by a tug of attraction that, in the convention’s decadent atmosphere, grows too strong to resist. Oliver discovers there’s more going on under Riley’s suits than good marketing ideas. And Oliver’s gentlemanly teasing gets under Riley’s skin…in a sexy way.

Behind closed doors, lust explodes between the sheets. But is a pair of vibrating panties a temporary pleasure, or the start of something that doesn’t require batteries?

Boy, do I want to work for THIS company! Well, I’d like to at least go to their corporate conferences! Between the toy party, the “Christmas” party and the bachelor auction – not to mention an organized shopping trip, I don’t know how anyone got ANY work done!

The perfect fantasy relationship for anyone stuck at a boring corporate event, this story pairs male Oliver and female Riley in the appropriately named suite 69. Although it is a mistake, without someone moving to a hotel far away from the conference, there is no way to rectify the situation other than them both remaining in the suite.

Bitter, vengeful and horny co-workers make the conference interesting. And the interference keeps throwing Riley and Oliver together.
Everything centers around sex – from the owner’s wife’s new “career” to the “extra curricular activities” of the conference attendees,

This is a fast paced book, and is quite enjoyable throughout. It’s a hot way to spend an afternoon. Be sure to pick this one up and have it ready when you just want to “get away”!

Three Days of Dominance by Cari Silverwood

Three Days of Dominance by Cari Silverwood
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (178 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, Fisting
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Gladiolas

When a man with mint-green eyes steps from a lake and offers to rescue Danii’s dog in exchange for three days of total obedience, it’s obvious he must be either joking or crazy. She must be the crazy one, though, because somehow, she ends up saying yes.

Being a police officer, she usually knows how to handle the crazies, but when it comes to Heketoro, she’s the one being handled. Each day their lovemaking becomes wilder and Danii discovers exactly how far this man can take her. Though the tattoos drawing themselves on his body make it clear he’s not quite human, to Danii what’s more important is their burgeoning love for each other.

To Heketoro, what’s important is one last ritual of love needed to break an ancient curse that prevents him from returning to his world. But as the time draws near, his enemies return and threaten to destroy him by using his only weakness — Danii.

Three Days of Dominance is a story full of heat, passion, and intrigue. Author Cari Silverwood has managed to create something unique in the paranormal genre, combining elements of BDSM with fantasy. The result is something that is refreshing, although certain elements fail to reach their full potential.

The heroine, Danii, is a police officer who has no problem standing on her own. Her job isn’t easy, so she turns to alcohol to dull the pain she experiences. Fortunately, happiness exists in her life in the form of her companion and dog, Killer. One day while walking Killer she finds herself in a spot of trouble. To her shock, a man offers to help her in exchange for three days of obedience. Thinking he’s a bit confused and out of sorts, Danii agrees, although she has no idea what exactly it is she’s signed on for.

Several elements of Three Days of Dominance ensure a reader will keep turning the pages; namely the hero, Heketoro. He seems to exist at the lake where Danii encounters him, but ultimately he is a mystery. As
his story unfolds and you learn of his history the book takes on a paranormal/fantasy edge. At this point Danii has to reconcile her feelings for the strange man she can’t stop thinking about, decide if she believes he is what he says he is, and choose whether or not she wants to help him. These portions of the story are heightened by sizzling sex scenes that erotic romance fans are sure to enjoy. Although it should be stated that the scenes, while containing dominant and submissive undertones, do not delve too deeply into BDSM play.
Never fear, however, as the chemistry between Danii and Heketoro is explosive.

While there are many positive things to state about Three Days of Dominance, there are negatives as well. First and foremost, there are scenes within the book that, at first glance, appear to serve a purpose. However, they are never fully explored or utilized to the fullest extent. For example: the reader is told on numerous occasions that the ceremony that must take place to return Heketoro to his realm is very dangerous and could put Danii’s life in danger. There is a lot of build up to the actual scene, in which the reader is informed Danii will have to show absolute obedience. Yet when the scene arrives, it’s extremely hot but disappointing. Likewise the ending leaves much to be desired. While the Danii and Heketoro have their happily for now, their journey begins anew. Perhaps Three Days of Dominance is part of a series, which means readers will discover what occurs at a later time. Considering the genre and source material it is worth noting that, while the book does resolve the primary conflict in Three Days of Dominance, the ending appears to be the beginning of a new story.

The technical aspects, such as writing, pace, and style is solid. Ms. Silverwood has a lovely voice and an ear for dialogue. The interaction between her characters feels very organic and her sex scenes sizzle. As an added bonus her world build is fascinating and she’s laid the foundation for a very compelling series if she decides to take Three Days of Dominance beyond one book.

I would recommend this novel to fans of erotic fantasy with BDSM elements, particularly those who enjoy stories involving magic and mystical creatures. If you’ve not read Three Days of Dominance this just might be the story you’re searching for.

Hardcore Cowboys by Stacey Espino

Hardcore Cowboys by Stacey Espino
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (157 pages)
Other: Mild BDSM , M/F, M/F/M, F/M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Kennedia

Samantha has one week off work to explore the country, never expecting a snowstorm to nearly take her life. Nor does she expect to find love and salvation with the three Carson brothers. Her cowboy saviors have no problem sharing, pulling her deeper into their world of erotic pleasures each day she remains on their ranch.

Wyatt and his twin brothers, Cord and Val, need inspiration in the worst way. When Samantha comes into their lives, she gives them a purpose and fulfills all their desires. There’s no way they can let her return to the city. But can they convince the independent brunette to let them take care of her—forever?

Yeehaw and giddy up, three cowboys for one city girl! Hardcore Cowboys is a ménage a quatre story, the first in Stacey Espino’s Ride ‘Em Hard series. Three cowboy brothers from the Alberta plains and one city girl meet under unusual circumstances and the sparks start to fly, after the guys save her from freezing to death.

Stacey Espino gives a detailed account of her characters in this story especially what is going on in their minds; however I found it difficult at times to keep up with her as she jumped from on character to the next often. I give her credit though; it has to be difficult to write a story with four main characters in a romance rather than the usual two.

I really liked Samantha, and could identify with her frustrations with her job and the monotony of her overall life. Samantha just wants something to change and to have some adventure in her life, and does she ever get that with this story. Ms. Espino makes the heroes, the Carson brothers, Wyatt, Val and Cord, of this story real. Yes they are the usual hot cowboys we all want, but at the same time they are very human, with doubts about where their lives are headed and what they really want for their futures.

I found this story was a little difficult to settle into because the author spent a lot of time setting up the scene and bringing all four of the main characters together. Once Samantha and the Carson brothers were together, though, the book moved along at a brisker pace. Ms. Espino did a good job of developing the relationships between Samantha, Wyatt, Cord and Val. They all had different feelings about their relationship and the dynamics but at the same time they all wanted the same thing. Samantha is conflicted, she is not sure whether the brothers really want her as a woman or just want to take care of her out some sense of cowboy nobility.

Ms. Espino writes very descriptive love scenes that were hot and exciting; however I was disappointed that there were so few of them. The ménage scenes were well written and tastefully done. There are some light BDSM elements in this story, mainly spankings and some bossing around during the sex scenes but not enough to turn an erotic reader off even if they do not usually read BDSM.

Although this story takes a little time to get moving, it was a good romance with two of my favorite things: cowboys and a ménage. For those readers who enjoy romantic stories about cowboys and like a little erotic action without too heavy of a plot this is the book for you.

The Widow’s Revenge by Rue Allyn

The Widow’s Revenge by Rue Allyn
Publisher: Red Sage
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (159 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Maggie Winters blames Carter Enterprises CEO, Alec Carter for the death of her husband. She believes that revenge is the only way to regain the joy she once had in life, including an active and adventurous sex life. Lacking resources to match those of rich and influential Alec, Maggie plots to lure Alec into a sordid sex scandal which will ruin his business reputation. Just as he puts plans in place to rescue his company from the brink of disaster, Alec Carter becomes obsessed with a mystery woman who lures him into a weeklong sexual tryst. Both Maggie and Alec are unprepared when lust promises to become love. Both must learn to trust if they want the promised lifetime of love and loving.

Maggie is on a mission of revenge. Her target is Alec, CEO of Carter Enterprises who she believes is responsible for the death of her husband, David who was killed while working for him.

Ms. Allyn plunges you in at the deep end with this story. When it opens we are introduced to Maggie and learn that she is setting a trap for Alec. When the story switches to his POV, you sense that Maggie will have a tough time staying angry and vengeful toward him for long. He’s sexy, borderline charming, very intriguing, and because of all these qualities you want to turn the page to see how this will play out.

Best thing I liked about this story was the dialogue and the secondary characters. The pacing was also just right for this length of book. The only thing that stopped me from thoroughly enjoying this tale was the language used for different body parts, for example “rod”. It had the feel of “purple prose” and was jarring and I think took the edge off the sexiness of this tale.

However, if you’re looking for something a little different than the usual boy meets girl type story, or if you enjoy books with characters who seem destined to be enemies for eternity, this might be a good pick for you.

Club X Megabook by Shauna Hart

Club X Megabook by Shauna Hart
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (524 pgs)
Other: M/F, voyeurism, BDSM, spanking, anal play, masturbation, sex toys
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed By Dianthus

When Jade Monroe’s sister, Ruby, is murdered, she vows to find her killer. But coming to New Orleans means facing the one man she has never been able to get over, her sister’s ex-boyfriend.

Clay Devlin stole more than just a kiss years ago. He stole a piece of her heart. Now, he is her only link to the life her sister led. But Clay wants Jade to leave New Orleans. And the closer she gets to him, the more she begins to wonder what he is hiding.

As Jade investigates, she discovers that Ruby had secrets. Secrets she kept hidden from the people around her. Secrets she indulged in a private club. But Club X is not your average club. It’s a sex club that caters to all kinds of tastes, no matter how dark or forbidden. As much as she tries to deny it, she is pulled deeper into a world where fantasy is reality.

Will she discover the truth before it’s too late? Or will her passion become the ultimate weapon against her?

Mara Templeton may be a bestselling erotic romance writer, but deep down, she knows her identity’s a lie. She’s never come close to experimenting like her characters. Weeks from a deadline, she’s desperate to find inspiration. So when she accepts an invitation for a private tour of Club X, a club known for its exotic pleasures, she knows she is in way over her head. But nothing can prepare her for the club’s sexy owner.

Joe Gates sees right through Mara’s cool façade. He’s made a business of learning people’s secrets in Club X. And he’s good at what he does. He sees the unsatisfied desire in Mara’s eyes. And he’s more than ready to show her just what she’s been missing.

But someone else is watching, too. Someone who will stop at nothing to claim her.

Cal Rutledge never expected to see Emma Lake again after she walked away from him fifteen years ago. She was the daughter of his father’s worst adversary, and getting involved with her had been a mistake, a mistake he couldn’t make again. But when she walks into Club X, a club he secretly owns, logic and reason seem to disappear.

Emma Lake has lived a lie for the past fifteen years. Ever since she walked away from the only man she ever loved to marry someone else. But now the only thing she wants is to get her life back together.

Fifteen years ago, they kept their affair a secret. But someone else knows the truth. Someone who is watching them.

Someone who will do anything to keep them apart.

Looking for a place where you can let all your inhibitions go, shed your social disguises and just be your prime sexual selves without fear of ousting? Sounds almost too good to be true, but it’s not. Club X is such a place, and more than just kink is served up on the menu……love is the specialty of this book. This book is three separate stories and, as such, many of the characters overlap and interact with each other, and without all the players the stories wouldn’t be complete. But since each story is a capsule until itself this review will attempt to showcase that.

Book 1: The Pleasure of Sin

After the death of her younger sister, Jade goes back to New Orleans to find out who her killer was and make sure that justice is given to her sister. But going back means opening old wounds and sometimes once a wound is healed its best to leave it alone least it reopen and make the pain of the past worse. But will seeing Clay again make Jade want all the things that she knows she shouldn’t want. Can she be strong enough to resist him, or will giving into Clay be the final piece to the puzzle in solving Ruby’s murder? For so long Jade has repressed what she thought were desires no one ever needed to know about, but once she learns her sister had the same desires things get harder to resist and in the end Clay could just end up being the savior Jade never realized she needed.

Clay Devlin, has been in love with Jade since he met her younger sister Ruby years ago. After indulging in stolen kisses and caresses, Jade ran away from Clay and the temptation she found in him. But now that Ruby is dead, Clay is determined that Jade won’t walk away from him again. He means to have her at any cost, body and heart. Can having Jade in his bed be enough for now, or will tasting her once, like before, be like a match to kindling. But when Ruby’s killer discovers that Jade is on to something, will she become the next target of his sadistic rage, or will she be able to outsmart this killer in time to have a future with Clay and the good memories of her baby sister?

This was a great opener to this series. Not only were the characters well thought out but they also all had their own voice that Ms. Hart let them grow with. Each character was able to tell their own story and make the reader want to know them better. Meeting Clay and Jade was like actually meeting real people, the story was so well written. Not only did Shauna Hart make the reader fall in love with Clay and Jade she also gave you sneak peeks into the dynamics of the relationships from the next two books without giving the whole story line away. All in all this was a great starter story and one that I will definitely read again. This is a story that can be read even out of order of the series and still be a great stand-alone read. Very well done!

Book 2: Den of Desire
Writing about erotic romance can only be truly believable if you have some knowledge on the subject yourself, or at least this seems to be the case for Mara Templeton. She is an erotic author with nothing to compare to her characters’ lives. She needs new material for this deadline that is coming way to fast and sees only one way to have that happen. She needs to get inside the notorious “Club X” and see what she can learn, and maybe experience some for herself. But can the pleasure she is sure to find in this club enough to die for, or is Mara doomed to die before she knows true passion and love?

Giving private tours of his club isn’t something that ever happens and Joe Gates isn’t sure what changed his mind this time. Mara Templeton isn’t someone who you would call attractive in an obvious way but something about her draws Joe. Will showing her the ropes to his lifestyle make her run screaming in the other direction or right into his arms (just where he wants her to be)?

But someone is watching Mara, threatening her, and if these actions are any indication of things to come, it’s about to get ugly for Mara and Joe if they can’t figure out who is after her and why. Will the thought of losing Mara make Joe see that she is everything that he needs in his life or will she be better off without him?

This was a great follow up story to, The Pleasure of Sin, introducing two new characters Joe Gates and Mara Templeton. Shauna Hart continues to impress with her writing ability and making the characters so lively that you would expect them to be real people that you personally know. The story line for Joe and Mara was very realistic and makes me want to read more about them further down the road as maybe a story bringing all three couples together in a fourth for this series. I have yet to be disappointed by her work and Shauna Hart is a definite go-to author if you are looking for a good fun read.

Book 3: Shadows of Ecstasy
Living in the shadows of your father can never be easy, especially when the man you love is the son of your father’s enemy. Emma never meant for this to happen, but fall for Cal Rutledge she did, and what a great fall it was. Only when she has to choose between Cal and what her family wanted she turned away from Cal and lock away apart of her heart that would always belong to him. But when Emma can find Cal again, will time have healed their wounds or has it made the schism between them too great to cross. Finally listening to her heart could be the most liberating act and the most damning one Emma has ever done.

Cal Rutledge never expected to see Emma Lake outside of the society pages, until one night she walks into his club and wants to explore her dark side with some random man. Like Cal would ever let that happen… If only he could keep his hands off her for five minutes his questions about their past might be finally answered. All those years ago when Emma walked away from him, she ripped his heart out and never gave it back. But now that she’s returned, does Cal have the strength to give her the option to hurt him again? And now that that someone is after them both is that what is keeping them together or is it fate calling?

Cal and Emma were meant for each other but let family duty stand in the way of love and let fifteen years go by without each other. Now that Emma is divorced and Cal is man enough to stand up to the scrutiny of both family, will their love be strong enough to weather the storm of two powerhouse families and a stalker bent on stealing their happiness?

This was great way to wrap up the series, even though if any more books come out of this club I would happily change that sentence! Shauna Hart delivered again and I am happy to say that I got to review this book along with the others in this series. Ms. Hart has steadily moved up my list of favorite authors to watch out for and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with. So far all of her work has been gold and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!! This series will not disappoint and neither will this author in the future.

Unbridled and Unbound by Elle Saint James

Unbridled and Unbound by Elle Saint James
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (188 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Stella Gilbert, lowly file clerk for a law firm, wants to pay off her secret debt incurred right before her mother died. Her pride won’t allow a man to pay her bills, unlike her mother, who had no problem with a man, any man, paying for everything.

Dominick Hunter and Tyler Wilson want to see to the completion of the newly constructed DRMC headquarters and sexual playground in Ryder, Colorado before moving back to their own property up north. They expect to enjoy their membership even more with the new “Stadium” for their annual live sex shows. But a beautiful, stranded accident victim, found outside the gates of the DRMC property, with excellent cooking skills and a strong curiosity about their unbridled lifestyle makes them reconsider their plans of leaving the state.

When Stella finds herself stranded on an icy road in the middle of the biggest and strongest snowstorm in years, she could never have anticipated the wonderful men that came to her rescue. Old and dear friends, Dominick and Tyler come across Stella and her broken down car and offer her the warmth and safety of their ranch. As soon as Stella finds out what kind of ranch it is, she becomes curious and ready to indulge in a few ideas of her own. The question is, will it all be too much for Stella or has she found the men of her dreams?

Dominick and Tyler are totally different men, from physical appearances to personalities, yet they are great friends that love the same thing: Stella. Both are wonderful men and I would be hard pressed to say one is better than the other. Both men made an impression on this reader.

Although I loved the men, I didn’t really connect with Stella. I can’t say specifically what it was about her that didn’t mesh with me. Perhaps it’s like when some people become best friends while others stay acquaintances. Stella is like an acquaintance to me. Stella is written as a smart and strong woman determined to make it on her own. Yet she begins to realize she has feelings for the two men and strives to do something about it. The three are wonderful together and it was nice to see them all fight for their love.

Clay, the other man staying at the ranch with Dominick and Tyler, is the one that really made an impression with me. He does a wonderful thing that not only helps Stella but also helps him deal with some of his pain from the past. He is a strong man who fights for those that he cares about and I hope that he gets his story told.

Not only do we get to see the romance between the three main characters but we also get a nice storyline. Stella has a job and bills she must pay and the men have lives as well. The author does a nice job of intertwining their separate lives and their romance.

Seduced by the Moon by Morgan Fox

Seduced by the Moon by Morgan Fox
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary, paranormal
Length: Short Story (134 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, menage
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Dogwood

Brie Ferguson, an attorney with a prestigious legal firm in Dallas, quickly finds herself in the protective custody of the gorgeous and possessive McCarthy brothers after a convicted murderer threatens to kill her.

Coming to terms with her sexual attraction for both Sebastian and Jonah McCarthy, she’s unable to resist sating the desires burning inside her. The fierce men weaken her resistance and steal her breath as they set fire to her body in ways she’d only fantasized about.

Now, Sebastian and Jonah must find a way to put an end to a murderer’s threat and uncover the secrets of Brie’s past. Secrets she herself hadn’t even known existed.

Can the McCarthy brothers keep Brie safe from the clutches of the monster stalking after her and convince her that the wild wolves they harbor inside themselves are meant to be her mates—forever?

Sexy and gorgeous hunks, Sebastian and Jonah McCarthy are not only brothers who work together at their own law firm, but they are also werewolves who know that they will someday share the same mate. Sebastian who is alpha of his pack, recognizes that mate in the new attorney who is now working for him, Brie Ferguson. When Jonah persuades Brie to act on her feelings for Sebastian, Brie makes a daring move on him, but with guilt, as she is in love with both brothers. Soon the brothers do reveal that she is suppose to be with both of them and that there is no turning back.

Brie Ferguson is a good attorney. So much so in fact that she has placed criminals in jail while working in the office of the District Attorney; however one of those dangerous murderers escapes and is now determined to go after Brie. When the sweltering hot McCarthy brothers decide to protect their mate, many secrets about the world of shape-shifters come to the surface, including one ancient prophecy that involves the lovely Brie.

Morgan Fox has done a good job of spinning an interesting tale of intrigue as well as erotic romance. I enjoyed her characters and I found myself looking forward to reading her second book to finish the tangled-web of these three interesting characters.

I did find it a bit unusual that you have to read both Seduced by the Moon as well as Tempted by the Moon to fully see what unfolds with these characters’ lives, but even so this story was fascinating and held my interest throughout the entire book. Still, it does not stand alone, and I do highly recommend reading the two stories together.

I love that the villain was horrendous! It made the story more exciting. Couple that with smoking hot loving and this story sizzled. I did discover quite a few editing mistakes, but overall I really enjoyed this tale and will be keeping it in my “to-read again in the future” folder.

Need a midnight thrill by the moonlight? Well this book might be right up your alley! Hot, sexy werewolves and their mates…”oh my”!

Mistress in the Making by Lynne Silver

Mistress in the Making by Lynne Silver
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (77 pgs)
Other: M/F, light bondage
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Dianthus

When genteel poverty strikes Lady Charlotte’s family, the innocent virgin puts herself on the auction block at Madame Bella’s school for mistresses in a desperate bid to provide a Season for her younger sisters. For her plan to succeed, she must show auction winner, Lucas Morgan, what a valuable prize he’s won. Morgan may have only bid on her to thwart his hated twin brother, but she’s going to prove she’s worth every pound.

A mistress in high society is something frowned upon by the entire ton, but what if your mistress is really a high born woman trying to make a better life for her siblings? And once a mistress, can she rise from that title or will she never be allowed to darken certain doors again? What happens when her protector is someone that she falls in love with? Can he ever learn to love her or are she doomed to die of a broken heart?

Charlotte, a high bred women from the country, is willing to do whatever must be done to give her three younger sisters the chances that she never had, and by anything she means anything; even selling herself as a mistress and doing all that it takes to please the man who purchases her. What Charlotte doesn’t expect is for a man like Lucas Morgan to want her, especially at the high price he paid for her. She is willing to give everything she has to make him happy, but in giving herself away she may just get the heart of Mr. Morgan? Will Charlotte know what to do with his heart if he is willing to give it away?

Lucas, lost twin of the Earl of Westhunt, is on the prowl for a mistress. Specifically, one that his twin had once had his eye on. But the woman Lucas buys is nothing like what he is expecting. But will the hunt for his brother’s killer lead these two down a path that can’t be unwalked? And if Lucas falls for Charlotte, can she learn to love him or will he lose her to the next highest bidder?

This was a wonderful tale that showed the underbelly of high society, all the corrupt natures of the ton while still showing that love can survive even the worst of circumstances. Lucas and Charlotte’s story was wonderful because of the story line itself, not only the suspense but the unexpected blossoming of feelings that happens between the main characters.

As a reader, I would love for Ms. Silver to work this story into a series. The characters were so great to “meet” and interact with and I’d love to read more about Charlotte, Lucas and Charlotte’s three sisters. Author Lynne Silver spun a wonderful story and anyone who picks up this book will not be disappointed. She will definitely be on my list of authors to read in the future!

Dessert First by Emily Cale

Dessert First by Emily Cale
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (20 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Playing perfect daughter at her mother’s parties isn’t Alexis Arnette’s idea of a good time. She always leaves grumpy and hungry. Unimpressed with the spread laid out in the living room, she sneaks off to the kitchen to find something a little more satisfying. What she discovers is chef Morgan Crane, a man who is even more delicious than his baked goods. When one taste of his creations leads to more and her good girl demeanor dissolves, would the boring evening turn into one she’ll never forget?

Alexis has been forced to attend one of her mother’s fundraising parties but it’s not all bad. When she heads into the kitchen and meets the caterer Morgan, things start to look up for her.

From page one I felt sorry for poor Alexis. Not only is she at a stuffy party, but her mother comes across as the relative from hell. When she meets up with Morgan you start to feel happy for her. And when things between the two of them start to heat you’re overjoyed. Morgan is portrayed as a very sexy man and what woman wouldn’t fall hard for a guy with the killer combination of good looks and the ability to make mouthwatering desserts? Alexis getting together with him at party and basically right under her mother’s nose, was the perfect revenge for how badly she’d been treated.

Dessert First is a short read, maybe too short for me because I would have enjoyed seeing Alexis and Morgan get together again and maybe develop their relationship instead of just seeing a quick bit at the beginning. Despite that it’s an enjoyable story that can be read in ten or fifteen minutes and perfect when you want a hot reading fix but don’t have the time.