Thursday, October 28, 2010

NaNoWriMo Challenge 2010

As some of you may or may not know, November is National Novel Writing Month. There's a non-profit organization online that I just heard of, called NaNoWriMo.  If you go to http://www.nanowrimo.org/, you'll find a writing challenge - to write 50,000 words between November 1st and November 30th. 

Another thing some of you may not know is that I'm an unpublished author.  I've penned three titles, with a fourth in production.  Because I've been seriously slacking in my writing since Annette and I started this site back in June, I've decided to take the plunge back into writing by accepting the challenge.

And because a little competition is good for the soul, I'm challenging anyone who's interested to do the same.  I don't care if you're published or not, heck, I don't even care if you've never even thought about writing a book before, I say go for it. 

If you complete the challenge, the organization will send you a web badge and a certificate.  But I don't think that's enough after slaving away in front of a computer screen, frying your poor brain.  As an added incentive, RomFan Reviews is going to give away gift baskets to the first five people who, at the end of November can prove that
  1. They signed up on the web page
  2. They actually wrote more than two words
  3. And if they hit the coveted mark, proof that they did so.

Because I've decided to take the challenge, I'm going to be off the grid for the next month.  Annette and Franny will hold down the fort, while I spend every waking moment in front of my computer, pounding out a story. 

Yes, I know this doesn't give you much time to whip up a storyline, but I've known about for less than a week, so I'm not much better off.  Thank goodness I've got pages and pages of notes from the books I've already written; those will go a long way in helping me throw a story together. 

To everyone who decides to be brave (or insane) like me and take the challenge, I say to you, good luck and I'll see you in a month.

-Carla

Review: Ral's Woman by Laurann Dohner

Ral's Woman
Zorn Warriors series
by: Laurann Dohner
ISBN#9781419924064
$5.20 ebook
ISBN# 9781419961083
$16.99 trade paperback
Ellora's Cave
Sci-Fi Erotica
Released: September 2009



When Ariel is kidnapped from Earth, she's shocked to learn of the existance of aliens.  What's worse is, after deeming her useless for breeding purposes, she learns she's to be given away as a prize to one of the slaves.  Forced to watch as the slaves known as the Zorn fight to the death for her, she's terrified, thinking she'll soon be joining the losers in death.

When Ral wins the fight, and also the beautiful but petite woman, he's thrilled.  Although she's nothing like the women of his species, there's something about her that calls to him.  Determined to keep her forever, he bonds with her, which keeps her safe from his kin.

Ariel's not sure what to think of her new master.  She's seen him kill to protect her, yet he's never harmed a hair on her head, and has treated her like a queen.  Despite herself, she finds herself falling for him.  When the chance for escape comes, she must decide whether to take her chances alone to find her way back home, or trust in the one man she's learned to care for.

Ariel freaks when she's captured and given to another slave, one that stands over a foot taller than her, with dark skin and razor sharp teeth.  But despite what Ral looks like, he's nothing but gentle with her.  Although she desperately wants to go home, she finds herself thinking that being with Ral is like being home, and that scares the spit out of her.  Ral was a mighty warrior on his planet before he was taken, and he's determined to get back there again, one way or another.  But he refuses to go anywhere without Ariel by his side.



This was a very sweet love story about two people from two different species overcoming several hurdles for the chance to be together.  The one problem I had was that some of the issues they faced seemed to get resolved too easily.  I would have loved to see more of a struggle, both with the plot and with the characters.  Other than that, I really enjoyed reading the story.

Carla gives this book a

Review: Demonic Attraction by Kim Knox

Demonic Attraction
by: Kim Knox
ISBN#9781419921568
$2.49 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Sci-Fi Erotica
Released: November 2009
 






Anya's rotation on an array orbiting a distant moon is nearly over.  Only thirteen more days, and her exile is over.  The first thing she's going to do is go get laid.  But fate has something else in store for her...

The Damianos are a race of pure energy, and they're drawn to Anya's sexual pull.  They also have the unique ability to become multiple entities, leaving Anya in a sexual haze unlike anything she's ever known.

But her trysts with the Damianos are threatened when her boss sends a research team.  Having three men stuck in a small space with her will put an end to her carnal visits with the Damianos.  Or will it?



This is the third book of Kim Knox's that I have read, and I'm officially addicted.  Her books are so hot, you'll need a cold shower after you're done reading to recover.  It's too bad the stories are so short, but she manages to convey so much in just a short amount of time, Kim Knox is definitely going on my "authors to keep an eye out for" list.  Kudos!


Carla gives this book a

Review: Demon's Fall by Karalynn Lee

Demon's Fall
by: Karalynn Lee
ISBN#9781426890680
$2.69 ebook
Carina Press
Paranormal Romance
Released: October 2010





Kenan, an incubus, is an avid collector of souls, especially women's.  When he finds a caged angel for sale at the Hellsgate marketplace, he's determined to have her soul.  After buying her and getting her cleaned up, he's instantly enthralled with her beauty and purity.  When she tells him she got caught while in pursuit of a girl's soul, he's driven to help her.  And when he tells himself it's so he can gain her trust to take her soul, he almost believes it.

As the two work together to find the girl's soul, he finds himself drawn to her more and more, and begins to wonder if his powers of seduction will work on her, when it seems she's the one with the siren's call.  But seduction will have to wait, because they've unearthed a plot by a shadowed player, one intent on starting a war between Heaven and Hell.  Now he must decide whether to let his angel go to keep her safe, or brave certain death to keep her by his side...forever.



I've always loved stories with angels and demons in it, and this book doesn't disappoint.  It's a great love story between two beings where love is forbidden, but neither care for the rules.  He's an incubus, she's an angel, so the two should hate each other, but dire circumstances throw them together, and teach them both what it is to care for another.  Throw in the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and you've got a pulse-pounding, edge of your seat thriller that sweeps you away.

My only problem was that the story was way too short.  I would love to see this book a little longer, or maybe make a series out of it.

Carla gives this book a

Review: Pretty Pleasures by J. Rocci

Pretty Pleasures
Youthful Gods #1
by: J. Rocci
ISBN#9781610400701
$5.99 ebook
Torquere Press
Fantasy Erotica / GLBT
Released: October 2010





Greg has spent the past eight years working the Renaissance faire when it comes to town, and he's depressed that this year will be his last.  Once he graduates college in a couple months, he needs to move on and do the whole "real job real life" thing. 

The one bright point to this year's faire is the chance to see Boone, the handsome armorer who Greg spoke to briefly last year, but can't seem to get out of his mind.  When it seems like Greg's feelings are reciprocated, he's thrilled. 

But things aren't as they seem with Boone, and a shocking revelation will test the tentative bond the two have formed.  Will the feelings Greg has keep him with Boone, or will Boone's secret drive him away...forever?



This was a great m/m love story, set against the backdrop of the Renaissance Faire.  Greg's spent a year thinking about and dreaming of Boone, a blacksmith who travels with the faire.  When Boone shows interest back, Greg thinks it'll be a great summer fling, a grand huzzah to his last year at the faire.  What he doesn't expect is how quickly his feelings for Boone deepen.  When Greg learns Boone's secret, he needs to search his feelings to see if he's willing to stay with Boone.

The character interaction grabbed me from the start, and the wry humor between the two was great.  I was really able to get a good picture of who they were, as well as the world the author built.  I was disappointed to see this book end, and I would love to see more stories set in this world.

Carla gives this book a

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Review: Lady Amberly's Lessons by Meta Matthews

Lady Amberly’s Lessons
by: Meta Matthews
ISBN#9781419930232
$4.45 ebook
Ellora’s Cave
Historical Erotica
Released: November 2009






Lady Melloney Amberly has always been in love with her husband Edmund but when she discovers he still has a mistress because she does not please him in bed she sets out to learn how to keep him only in her bed.

When she seeks out the help of one of Edmund’s ex-mistresses she is soon finding herself blindfolded and a man named Jack showing her things she never even knew a woman was supposed to enjoy.

After several meetings with Jack Melloney is now ready to seduce Edmund to her bed will he be willing to give up his mistress and remain faithful to his wife or will Melloney fail in her endeavor?



Meta Matthews foray into erotica is off to a wonderful start. I really fell in love with this story, I felt Melloney’s pain at learning her husband’s betrayal and even though it was a little easy for me to guess what was going to happen I still could not stop reading until I reached the last word. I look forward to reading more from Meta.

Annette rates this book

Review: The Vampire's Prisoner by Scarlet Blackwell

The Vampire's Prisoner
by: Scarlet Blackwell
ISBN#9781610400305
$2.99 ebook
Torquere Books
Paranormal Erotica / GLBT
Released: 2010






Alex has plans to capture a vampire and use him for his research. As he soon discovers not all best laid plans work the way they should.

Raphael is injured and put in a cage to be poked and prodded for some science project but he has his own plans for Alex.

Alex finds himself drawn to Raphael and is easily seduced into doing whatever Raphael wants as long as Alex also gets what he wants soon it becomes unclear as to who is the prisoner.



THE VAMPIRES PRISONER was way to short for my liking I was wanting more. It was a good storyline seeing a vampire at his weakest but still retain his inner strength. Overall it was an enjoyable quick read and would like to see more from Ms. Blackwell.

Annette rates this book

Review: Possessing Hayley by L. Rosario

Possessing Hayley
by: L. Rosario
ISBN#9781419930010
$4.45 ebook
Ellora’s Cave
Paranormal Erotica / Vampires
Released: September 2010






Hayley was just looking for a good time what she got was left for dead until she wakes to find a stranger holding her and the taste of blood and the overpowering need for sex. Good thing she finds a willing partner.

Alec has been sent by his Master to save the human woman from another vampires screw up. But there is one problem to his saving the woman it will mean a bond that he has never wanted to make with another.

When it is discovered that Alec has turned Hayley but not bonded with her his Master forces Alec to make a choice bond with Hayley or another will. Can Alec bring himself to bond forever to just one person?



POSSESSING HAYLEY is a thrilling and sexy short story I wish would have kept going. Alec is your typical hunky vampire and Hayley is not your typical damsel in distress she is strong and goes for what she wants.  My only problem is that it ended way to quickly for me would have liked to have had more.

Annette rates this book

Review: Chocolate, Tea and the Duchess by Brita Addams

Chocolate, Tea and the Duchess
by: Brita Addams
ISBN#9781605921525
$5.95 ebook
Noble Romance Publishing
Historical Erotica
Released: September 2010






Lady Felicity Linden has set her sites on the Duke of Thomhill and she will do whatever she can to try and win him regardless that he is much older but from the rumors she has heard he is a member of the infamous Sapphire Club so he would be more than able to handle her and teach her all the things she would like to do.

Phillip Allard, the Duke of Thornhill has no intentions on marrying he is perfectly content with his male lover at the club. But when he discovers Felicity in his carriage he has no choice when they are caught but to begin the arrangements for a marriage he did not want. To add to his problems his lover at the club has broken things off with him but he is not long in waiting for someone new when he meets Alex.

Phillip soon finds himself enjoying not only the new man in his life but also his wife. Is it possible to keep them both and remain happy or will he lose Felicity if she learns the truth?



Britta Addams returns us to the Sapphire Club in true fashion with Phillip’s issues of everything being just sex and not allowing his emotions to become involved and Felicity’s tenacity and drive to win her husband’s heart will make it very difficult to put the book down until you have reached the end. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Addams has in store for her readers next.

Annette rates this book

Review: Fang Bangers by Multiple Authors

Fang Bangers
by: Multiple Authors
ISBN#1978607773511
$4.99 ebook
Ravenous Publishing
Paranormal Erotica / Anthology
Released: August 2010






Filled with a variety of short stories that have one thing in common the characters have fangs and are not afraid to use them. A total of fourteen stories by such authors as Cecilia Tan, Rebecca Leigh and Gina McQueen there is a little something for everyone.

Filled with vampires, werewolves, shape shifters and even a tripod and since they are short stories there is no waiting for the hot scenes the authors get right to them. You will find heterosexual couples, ménage, M/M and F/F what you won’t find is boredom.

There were a few of the stories I thoroughly enjoyed okay maybe most of them but I will admit there were a couple that went a little farther than even I could handle and I can take a lot. A couple of my favorites were FORBIDDEN PLEASURES by Rebeccah Leigh a vampire and werewolf coming together against the rules, THE BEST MAN by Elizabeth Thorne which brings a human woman to discover the man she is attracted to is a shape shifter and MATE RUN by Isabo Kelly is about two shape shifters in love who are willing to break the rules. These are just a few of the ones I really enjoyed.

Annette rates this book

Review: In Appreciation Of Their Cox by Janine Ashbless

In Appreciation Of Their Cox
by: Janine Ashbless
ISBN#9781419930836
$2.49 ebook
Ellora’s Cave
Contemporary Erotica / Menage (with 8!  Wow!)
Released: October 2010






Every woman should take up a position as Coxwain just for the chance to watch as eight gorgeous, hard–muscled men row to her tune, but Joanna gets her ultimate dream come true in a fond farewell that makes you wonder…hmmm.

The British truly know how to row and prove it as eight men stroke Joanna’s heart’s desire, all at the same time. Wow, it’s a bit hot in here after reading this tale. Over the years, Joanna, as Cox, sits in the stern of a row boat facing her men and shouting at the top of her lungs to guide them to victory in races.

With her heart aching at the thought of leaving the University to move on with her life, Joanna shares more than she imagines in a final celebration with her guys when she ends up telling them her fantasy: to have them all! None of them argue and set out to make her dream become reality. The experience will leave you breathless as creative desires are fulfilled one after another.

Lucky girl! This story deserves a 5/5. Wonder if it’s possible to have a baker’s dozen? Hmmmm.

If you didn't already guess Franny rates this book

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Review: Slave of Desire by Marly Mathews & Raven Willow-Wood

Slave of Desire
Taken #1
by: Marly Mathews & Raven Willow-Wood
ISBN#9781603944649
$4.50 ebook
New Concepts Publishing
Sci-Fi Erotica
Released: December 2010





All Catriona wanted to do was leave Earth, and her past, behind her.  What she doesn't expect is to find herself kidnapped by slavers and ending up as a sex slave on an alien auction block.  After being bought by a mysterious buyer, she's horrified when she meets him, her hopes crushed.  But just when things seem bleakest, she finds out the horrid creature in front of her isn't her new Master, but the infamous pirate captain Bayne.  Even though the things he makes her submit to are embarrassing, she finds herself drawn to him and submits.

Bayne is furious when he finds out one of his crew bought a slave with his money, and intends to take his displeasure out on the new slave.  When he sees her, however, he's instantly captivated by the fiery-tempered seductress before him.  But will he ever be able to tame her, because if he doesn't, she'll run away from him...forever.



This short story had a lot of plot in it.  Pretty much Catriona is snatched up by slavers while waiting at a spaceport on Earth.  When she realizes she's about to be sold to some alien as a sex slave, she freaks.  When she sees the guy that bought her, she wants to puke.  But when she sees her true Master, she doesn't know whether to break his nose, or submit to him in every way.  I had a few problems with this, most notably with Bayne.  His emotions kept bouncing around, and I had a hard time pegging him.  He just moved around too much from one end of the spectrum to the other.  Catriona was written very well, and I was able to easily get a feel for her.  The world building was done very well, and all necessary elements explained.

Carla gives this book a

Review: The Small Print by Barbara Elsborg

The Small Print
by: Barbara Elsborg
ISBN#9781419929915
$7.99 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Paranormal Erotica / Menage
Released: October 2010






Matty is shocked when she finds herself back in the home she grew up in, without any recollection of why she's there.  To make matters worse, her uncle sells the house out from under her.  Luckily, the small print in the contract allows her to live in the attic, but she doesn't think the new owner will be too happy about that little stipulation...

Turner used to be a vampire historian of some renown, until a past mistake got him shunned from other vampires.  He's long lusted after Milford Hall, and jumps at the chance to buy it.  What he doesn't expect is the sexy little firecracker living in the attic, stubbornly refusing to leave. 

Catch, Turner's former lover, comes to Milford Hall to warn Turner of enemies from the past bent on revenge.  What he doesn't expect are the feelings he still has for Turner, as well as an instant attraction to Matty.  Half vampire, half shifter, Catch's shifter side is claiming both as mate, which is impossible...isn't it?

As the danger grows near, the three are faced with a horrible revelation from within, and the outcome could change them all...forever.



This one sucked me in from the beginning, and the twist the author put in a few chapters in was awesome, making the story even better.  It added another level to the plot, and skillfully blended the two together.  Matty is an amazing woman, unafraid to stand up for herself and what she wants, and she wants Turner.  Turner thinks she's a pain in the rear, and tries to push her away, only to find himself thinking about her nonstop.  Add in an old boyfriend to the mix, and you've got yourself one steamy story.  A couple of the sex scenes got dragged out a bit longer than I liked, but thinking back on it, each one does serve a purpose in furthering the story.  Other than that, I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend this for anyone who likes a steamy m/f/m book with lots of paranormal action, with a touch of violence.

Carla gives this book a

Monday, October 25, 2010

Review: Surrender at Sea by Becca Dale

Surrender At Sea
by: Becca Dale
ISBN#9781102074205
$4.25 ebook
The Wild Rose Press
Contemporary Romance
Released: October 2010






Well slap me in suntan lotion and rev up the engines! This tale of romance on the high seas has a tough as nails female body guard and a hunky junior lover who adores stirring up more than just her anger.

Hired to protect a self-made millionaire from modern day pirates on a private yacht during a two week Caribbean cruise, forty-year-old Jessica Summers soon finds that she’s the one who needs protection…from him!

Though twelve years younger than Jess, Sean McCloud is irresistibly drawn to the petite woman who he doubts can fight her way out of a paper box yet soon finds she’s more than a match for him and anyone else.

When Jess uses her smart mouth to protect herself from Sean’s exciting advances, she soon finds he can stop her struggles with his incredibly sensual lips and has no interest in fighting him. Alas, pirates ruin their day at the beach then Jess springs into action to rescue Sean’s mother and the crew of four.

The thought of losing Jess to a pirate’s bullet drives Sean crazy as he tries to protect her. When she’s shot, he realizes how much she means to him and wants more than a quick relationship. She’s unable to stop him in his quest to secure her hand and falls for him hook, line, and sinker.



This story had a quick pace and lots of romantic action. The ex-husband gives you the creeps and makes you want Jess to deck him! This is an excellent tale, one you should definitely pick up for a quick read.


Franny rates this book
1/2

Welcome New Reviewer Franny

As some of you may have noticed we have a new reviewer who has joined our crazy world.  Some may have even read some of her work (I have) as she is author Franny Armstrong.  To learn more about Franny read her bio in the About Us Section or you can find her at her websites http://www.paranovelgirl.com/  and http://www.frannyarmstrong.wordpress.com/
A big thanks to Franny from Carla and myself for volunteering to help us out we never expected to get so many review requests so quickly. 


~Annette~

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Review: Sex Symbol by Tracey H. Kitts

Sex Symbol
by: Tracey H. Kitts
ISBN#9781419929922
$6.99 ebook
Ellora’s Cave
Paranormal Erotica / Shapeshifter
Released: October 2010






Who’d have thought that a simple rose tattoo could cause so much trouble? While Lucy Harper moons over her lost love after he dumped her, she becomes confused as she finds herself drawn to her new neighbor, a hunky bare-chested silent type. For some reason, he turns her on like no other and strangely enough her libido is burning out of control.

After weeks of staring at the man next door as he digs a huge hole in his yard, Lucy is more curious about what he’s like in bed than she is in what he’s planning on building…or burying. Her close friend, Oz, suddenly seems fit to satisfy her undeniable cravings for sex and they share a night of passion, only to meet up with a true to life werewolf.

When Oz and Eramus Creed, a man as mysterious as his name, meet, Lucy senses a strange friction between the two men. She’s sure that it’s not jealousy since Oz has already admitted to being a sociopath and having no emotional connection to her, yet somehow she gets the impression that Oz knows more than he’s willing to say.

Chased into Eramus’ arms by a werewolf, she’s not sure which of them wants to gobble her up more, fearful when Eramus admits that he’s a werewolf too. Now she has to decide which frying pan to sit in or leap into the flames with him.



The characters in this story are smart-mouthed and sassy, making the tale fun as the passion heats up between Lucy and Eramus who give just as good as they get. Our heroine is a feisty, strong-minded woman who doesn’t shy from a fight, standing up for herself and not taking chances with her life. They are entertaining and lively.

It was difficult not to turn the page and continue reading as the chapters left you hanging to move on to the next one. Only read this if you don’t need sleep because you won’t be able to put it down until you are cross-eyed.

Franny gives this book a


1/2


This story gets a 4.5 out of 5 for its excellent plot, superb characters and spellbinding pace. Well done.

Review: Black Passion by Lorie O'Clare

Black Passion
Black Jag #2
by: Lorie O’Clare
ISBN#9781419929434
$6.99 ebook
Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Released: August 2010





Olivia is happy with the way her life is but when her mother starts to push her towards another jaguar to take as her mate she fights to retain her independence.

Ran and his littermates have moved from their home to Costa Rica where it is peaceful, that is until he meets Olivia. With her family pressuring them to bond Ran is not ready for a family but that doesn’t mean he is not willing to seducing Olivia anyway.

As Ran and Olivia become more involved they soon find trouble has come to their quiet part of the rain forest and Ran will do everything he can to keep everyone safe. In the meantime Olivia is fighting her mother who will do all that she can to make sure her daughter takes a mate one way or another.



BLACK PASSION is one hot, sexy and thrilling story. The constant battle between Olivia and Ran is enough to keep you turning the pages and then throw in the mix an overbearing and controlling mother and an enemy that wants to take control of the jags you will not stop until you have reached the end.

Annette rates this book:

Review: Captain's Price by Lyla Sinclair

Captain’s Price
by: Lyla Sinclair
ISBN#9781419930034
$4.45 ebook
Ellora’s Cave
Historical Erotica
Released: August 2010






Julianna has just discovered the error of her ways when she is found out that she is not a boy but a woman on board a ship. Now she must pay the price the captain has set down for her to pleasure him in anyway he requires.

Drew has discovered the delectable Julianna has fooled them all now she will pay the price for that deceit with her body. But, when he discovers that she is trying to get to her true love in America he must be a gentleman and leave her virginity intact. Now who is paying a price?

Julianna has always been taught that it is sinful to enjoy what happens between a man and a woman but how can she believe that when Drew gives her such pleasure. How is it possible to love one man but enjoy the touch of another?

When their journey draws to an end will Julianna and Drew be able to pull themselves away from each other and move on with the lives or will they find that love was looking them in the eye the whole time.



Wonderful story that I could not stop reading until I reached the end filled with seafaring adventure and romance. Regardless of trying to be strong Drew cannot help letting his emotions get the better of him at times and Julianna is so innocent she is like a breath of fresh air.

Annette rates this book:

Review: Running In Fear: Escape by Trinity Blacio

Running In Fear: Escape
by: Trinity Blacio
ISBN#9781607773559
$4.99 ebook
Ravenous Romance
Paranormal Erotica
Released: August 2010





Jaycee Manz is on the run again and when she seeks shelter with a friend she soon discovers that her friend’s brother has deemed her his mate. What she is not prepared for is that he is not her only mate.

Dane Glassgo alpha and mate to Jaycee at least once he convinces her of that fact.

Pierre LeBlathe bonded to Dane and now finds himself also bonded to Jaycee life could not get any better.

Mark Glassgo is Dane’s brother and soon discovers that Jaycee is also his mate which also makes him bonded to Pierre.

Remi LeBlathe is Pierre’s brother and has always been a loner but now finds himself with his own mate Jaycee.

As her mates all try to protect her from the evil that is trying to destroy her Jaycee must make her own choices does she go on the run again or does she stay and fight for her life and her future with her mates.



RUNNING IN FEAR: ESCAPE is powerful and intense story that has thrills and some very hot steamy scenes. It will take a turn that will surprise you and an ending that will have you wanting more. Trinity Blacio takes us into a world of strong alpha men willing to share the woman they love and I look forward to finding out what will happen next.

Annette rates this book:

Review: Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord
Love by Numbers #2
by: Sarah MacLean
ISBN#9780061852060
$7.99 mass market paperback
Harper Collins Publishing
Historical Romance
Released: October 2010




Lady Isabel Townsend has secrets she cannot let anyone learn but times have become hard thanks to her wastrel father who left her with nothing but a leaky roof. When she has no choice but to sell her most prized possession she seeks out the help of Nicholas St. John well known for his knowledge of marbles.

Nicholas St. John needs to escape London thanks to a paper naming him one of the top Lords to be landed so when his chance to get away is dropped in his lap he is more than happy to leave London behind. When in search of a missing person brings him to the home of Isabel Townsend and something is not right in this home and he is bound to figure out what it is.

Nicholas gradually starts to learn some of the secrets that Isabel is trying to hide and now feels he must do everything in his power to help her but she is so stubborn how is a man suppose to be a gentleman when he can’t decide if he wants to strangle her or kiss her.



TEN WAYS TO BE ADORED WHEN LANDING A LORD is full of humor that it will have you chuckling from cover to cover. MacLean is on her way to a wonderful career as an author and I can’t wait to read her next excerpt in this series.

Annette rates this book:

Review: Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman by Lorraine Heath

Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman
London's Greatest Lovers #2
by: Lorraine Heath
ISBN#9780061922954
$7.99 mass market paperback
Avon Books
Historical Romance
Released: November 2010




Mercy Dawson sets out on a course that could either bring her the ultimate happiness or cause her to lose everything she loves. When she arrives with babe in arms at the home of the man she believes to have died on the battlefield her only hope is that the family will take them in and allow her to remain a part of the child’s life. What she is soon to discover is that the man she loved and admired was very much alive now she can only hope that he will not declare her for being the fraud she really is.

Stephen Lyons has no memory of what happened over the last two years so when a young woman who knew him in those times arrives with his child he will do what he has to not only to try and regain his memory without her knowledge that he has no idea who she is and also to make right the wrong he did her.


PLEASURES OF A NOTORIOUS GENTLEMAN is the second book in the London’s Greatest Lovers Series. Lorraine Heath has always delivered with everything she has written and she continues to do so with this latest addition to her resume. The story is heartwarming and romantic with strong emotions of a man trying to prevent his secret being known and a woman who will stop at nothing to win his love.

Annette rates this book

Review: Passions of a Wicked Earl by Lorraine Heath

Passions of a Wicked Earl
London's Greatest Lovers #1
by: Lorraine Heath
ISBN#9780061922961
$7.99 mass market paperback
Avon Books
Historical Romance
Released: October 2010




Claire Lyons is on a mission, no longer will she stand for her husband keeping her hidden away at their country home while he acts like he is not even married. It is time for her to grow up and take action.

Morgan Lyons, Earl of Westcliffe, is known for his seduction in the bedroom with any woman except his wife who betrayed him the night of their wedding with not just another man but his own brother. Now his wife is in London and demanding her rights as far as Morgan is concerned she can do anything she wishes as long as it does not interfere with his life.

While Claire is on her mission to seduce her husband and bring him to heel Morgan refuses to allow himself to fall for her again that is a pain he is not willing to ever feel again. Will Claire be able to win her husband’s love back or has she lost him forever?



PASSIONS OF A WICKED EARL is the first in a new series by Lorraine Heath that will have you turning the pages. Filled with every emotion possible anger, happiness, jealousy, it is a never ending rollercoaster ride that you will not want to get off until you have read to the very end.

Annette rates this book

Winner of the J.K. Beck Contest

The J.K. Beck contest is now closed.  We've drawn the winner, and it's...

throuthehaze! 

Congratulations!  If you could email me in the next 48 hours, we'll get you taken care of.  Again, congratulations!!


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-Carla

Friday, October 22, 2010

Review: Black Dust Mambo by Adrian Phoenix

Black Dust Mambo
Hoodoo #1
by: Adrian Phoenix
ISBN#9781439167878
$7.99 mass market paperback
Simon & Shuster
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: June 2010




Kallie is a Hoodoo apprentice who is enjoying carnival in New Orleans and was having a great time until the hunky nomad she had waiting in her bed is now dead and his best-friend and fellow nomad Layne is banging on her door. No one is going to believe she had nothing to do with Gabe's death.

When she is taken into custody by the Hecatean Alliance she finds that even they cannot protect her from what is trying to end her life. With the help of the handsome nomad and her friends Kallie sets out to find who is trying to put a premature end to her life and all clues are leading back to her mentor and Aunt Gabrielle.



Annette says:

BLACK DUST MAMBO is a big hit!!! I was engrossed from the very beginning to the very end and still wanting more. Kallie and her group of friends will keep you on the edge of your seat with their humor and the suspense of what can possibly go wrong next. Adrian Phoenix has created a new world in which the readers can venture into the land of hoodoo and the bayous of New Orleans.

I give this book:





Carla says:

This is the fourth book by Adrian Phoenix I've read, and her stories just keep getting better and better.  This new series is an intriguing look into a different culture, and the humor and character interaction was amazing.  I was sad to see the book end, but it was a great setup for book 2, which I can't wait to read.

Carla gives this book a


 
Now for some exciting news......Adrian Phoenix is offering one lucky commentor a signed copy of Black Dust Mambo as well as a copy of her book A Rush of Wings the first book in her Makers Song Series.


Review: No Remedy by Christine d'Abo

No Remedy
by: Christine d'Abo
ISBN#9781419930775
$5.95 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Sci-Fi Erotica
Released: October 2010





Mace is in a desperate race against time to find a cure for her mentor, who's slowly dying of an unknown poison.  Her search leads her to Alec, a prominent scientist who agrees to help her find a cure.  The two quickly develop a friendship, although Mace is pretty sure Alec's interest runs deeper than that.

Things to south when a bounty hunter is sent after Alec.  He's shocked to see his old lover, Byron, is the one sent after him.  He's even more shocked to find out that Mace isn't the quiet scientist's assistant he thought she was. 

The three form a reluctant truce, and focus on finding a cure for Mace's mentor.  But as the old flames from Alec and Byron are rekindled, the two both find themselves drawn to Mace, who fits perfectly into their triad.  But can they convince her of their feelings, or will the ghosts of her past provide too big of a hurdle for them to jump?



In this story, Mace is trying to find a cure for her mentor, the man who raised her after her parents died.  In desperation, she turns to Alec, the best and last hope she has of finding a cure.  The attraction between them is there, but since Alec never made a move, she's not sure if she's reading his intent correctly.  When Byron shows up, she sees the sparks between the two, although it seems like they'd rather kill each other than jump into bed.  She already cares for Alec, but Byron has her initially wanting to bury her fist in his face.  The character interaction was great, and I loved the dynamic between the three.  The problems and emotional baggage are all too real (although sadly, the space travel is not), and I found myself riveted to the story, unable to put it down until I was done.  I was very satisfied with the way the story unfolded, and I plan to keep my eyes open for anything else Christine d'Abo writes, because she's an author to keep track of.  Anyone who loves space travel, science, menage, and a bit of sass should give this book a try.

Carla gives this book a

Review: True Believers by Maria Zannini

True Believers
by: Maria Zannini
ISBN#9781426890673
$5.39 ebook
Carina Press
Sci-Fi Romance
Released: October 2010





Taelen is determined to find the existence of the Nephilim, the gods his people worship.  An alien, he's on Earth with the government's consent, and doesn't plan to leave until he finds what he's looking for.

What he doesn't expect to find is Rachel, head of the archaelogical dig his team takes over.  When a flash flood hits, he's compelled to save her, even though he knows he shouldn't.  When her injuries seem to miraculously heal right before his eyes, he thinks she's somehow been blessed by his gods, and dares to hope he's finally found them.

What he doesn't realize is that Rachel harbors a secret, one that threatens not only her life, but the lives of the gods he worships.  Now the two must race against time to find the cause of this mysterious god-killer before it's too late.



This book had everything I could have hoped for - action, adventure, romance, intrigue, mystery, and amazing characters.  Add a solid plot to the mix, and you have the makings of a great novel.  There were a few times I wanted to slap the characters for their stubborness and failure to see the obvious, but that was also the reason I kept reading, hoping they'd finally realize what I already knew, and I wasn't disappointed.  Anyone who likes a story with aliens, history, romance, and mass mayhem should give this book a try.

Carla gives this book a

Review: Death and Roses by T.J. Michaels

Death and Roses
Hunters for Hire series
by: T.J. Michaels
ISBN#9781419930133
$5.95 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Sci-Fi Erotica
Released: September 2010




After narrowly escaping a murder attempt, Scharsi is content with her new life, staying in the shadows to avoid detection.  But when she comes home to find the only man who ever cared for her lying in a pool of his own blood, she knows her quiet life is over.  Vowing revenge on the ones who killed her friend, she heads out to begin her hunt.

She doesn't expect to run across a man drenched in blood, and wearing her friend's clothes to boot.  After knocking him out and taking him aboard her ship, she learns he was neared killed by the Amalgamation-the people he used to work for.  Even though she suspects him of taking part in her friend's death, she can't help but notice the overpowering attraction to him. 

But personal feelings will have to wait, because she's on a mission of revenge, and the Amalgamation's about to learn what happens when you mess with a bounty hunter.



Scharsi just wanted to be left alone and off the radar, but the return of the Amalgamation ruined that.  Now she's out for revenge, and nothing will get in her way.  When Tanil shows up bruised and bloody, she's not sure if he's a part of her friend's death, or a victim like her.  The two are instantly drawn to each other, although trust is harder to come by.  This was a great story of revenge and redemption, and of setting free a person's true nature.  It's about courage and love, of overcoming all obstacles in your path to avenge those you love.  And the story having bounty hunters just made it that much better.  :)

Carla gives this book a