Sunday, January 30, 2011

Review: My Immortal Assassin by Carolyn Jewel

My Immortal Assassin
Immortal #3
by: Carolyn Jewel
ISBN#9780446563864
$7.99 mass market paperback
Grand Central Publishin
Paranormal Romance
Released: January 2011





Grayson has one thing on her mind - revenge against the mage who destroyed her life.  So when the opportunity presents itself she takes it, only to be stopped by an imposing demon with smoldering eyes and a chiseled body. 

Durian is impressed with Grayson's determination, but since he's charged with keeping the peace between the mages and the demons, he can't allow her to kill the mage.  What he can do is show her how to control the wild magic coursing through her veins.  For a price, that is.

Grayson is shocked when Durian offers to teach her to wield her magic, but in return wants her magically bound to him.  She doesn't see the harm, even though the attraction she feels for him is both dangerous and wrong. 

Now the two must learn to work together and quickly, for there are forces at work determined to use Grayson's magic for their own evil ends, and they'll stop at nothing to see their goals reached.



This is the third book in the Immortal series, and Carolyn Jewel only gets better and better.  The world is well-laid and believable, and both Grayson and Durian are plagued with enough heartache to make me want to give them both a big hug.  After being captured by an evil mage, Grayson escapes and vows revenge.  She doesn't plan to stop until he's dead, knowing that will be the only way to finally lay the past to rest.  But once she meets Durian, she begins to realize that revenge isn't always the answer.  As he shows her how to use the untamed magic she possesses, she finds herself drawn to this sexy uptight demon.  But once her life is on the line, will she be able to trust him to back her up?  This was a dark, steamy novel, with enough sexual tension and character bantering to keep me eagerly turning the pages. 

Carla gives this book a





Review: Dragon's Tribute by Margaret L. Carter

Dragon's Tribute
by: Margaret L. Carter
ISBN#9781843606956
$1.99 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Fantasy Erotica / Shifters
Released: November 2003





Every year, the dragon requires a virgin sacrifice from the local village as payment for not destroying them.  Because of the villagers' mistrust of her, Rowena is the lucky girl picked this year.  As she stands there tied to the post, she hopes the dragon will at least give her a painless death. 

When the dragon shows up, though, it's not a fiery death he delivers, but rather sexual rapture the likes of which she's never known.  When she's informed she's the dragon's mate, she's not sure whether to embrace it with open arms or run screaming into the night. 

Virid is thrilled to finally find the one woman he can spend his life with, and as such doesn't understand why Rowena is torn between staying and running away.  Sure, she misses her family, but that's no reason to try and escape.  Guess he'll have to punish her with his tongue, and he knows just where to start on her luscious body...



This book is about a woman who's sacrificed to a dragon and ends up developing feelings for him.  But as much as the dragon might mean to her, she finds herself missing her family more and more each day.  Plus there's a dark family secret Rowena holds that could spell disaster for her family if anyone ever found out.  This book had a good plot, intrigue, all the emotions you'd expect while reading a romance.  But despite all that, I just couldn't get into the story.  I had a hard time with Rowena's behavior and thoughts throughout the book.  It just didn't seem like she reacted the way you'd expect.  I can't elaborate because I don't want to give the book away.  I just couldn't get into it, despite it being well written (editorially speaking).  However, those of you who like dragon shifter stories might find it more enjoyable than I.

Carla gives this book a



 

Review: How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling

How to Marry a Duke
by: Vicky Dreiling
ISBN#9780446565370
$7.99 mass market paperback
Grand Central Publishing
Historical Romance
Released: January 2011






Tessa Mansfield has no need for a husband.  Independently wealthy in her own right, she has decided to take on match making for the wallflowers of society. Imagine her surprise to find a Duke asking her to help him find a wife.

Tristan, Duke of Shelbourne, has an obligation to his title so he must marry to have his heir but he is tired of the constant fans dropping and giggling from the young debutants he is finding himself surround by, except for one beautiful woman who manages to match wits with him. He soon discovers the woman is a matchmaker things could not be better.

Tessa decides the best way to find a match that meets all of Shelbourne’s requirements she creates a contest of sorts. But, things begin to get out of control when it is Tessa that Tristan wants and as much as they fight the attraction she has a job to do and he has a duty to his family.

As they soon discover hiding their growing feelings and not acting on them is about to backfire on them while Tristan has made his choice in bride can he convince the woman who has stolen his heart they belong together.



In this debut book for author Vicky Dreiling she is off to an amazing start, HOW TO MARRY A DUKE as all the elements needed romance, humor, and two stubborn pig-headed people and their friends and family who love to help complicate things. I could not put it down it kept me turning the pages to see what kind of mischief Tessa and Tristan would get into next. I look forward to her next book.

Annette gives this book





Review: Dragon's Fire by Tielle St. Clare

Dragon's Fire
Shadow of the Dragon #2
by: Tielle St. Clare
ISBN#9781419900143
$5.95 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Fantasy Erotica / Shifters
Released: November 2009





Tiana is content to keep her head down and run the Keep for the Queen.  As a witch with no powers, it's not like she has much of a choice, anyway.  When the princess captures a prince from a neighboring land and brings him to the Keep, she doesn't think anything of it.  After all, the princess is constantly capturing sexual slaves, although why the princess would risk a prince is beyond her. 

Once she sees Prince Rainek, however, she completely understands.  She's instantly drawn to his masculine beauty, not to the mention the muscular body as it strains against the restraints.  He brings out a longing in her she never knew existed.  But touching the sex slave of the princess is considered treason, so the most she can do is stare and dream.

Prince Rainek has spent years looking for the mate, the one woman both he and the dragon who cohabits his body can agree on.  When he's captured as a sex slave, he's irritated that his search has been interrupted, but not worried that the chains will hold him.  But once he sees the woman sent in to bathe him, his quest no longer matters, for in her he knows he's finally found his mate.  Now all he has to do is break out and take his mate with him, then try and convince her why being mated to a dragon is a good thing...



This is book 2 in the series, and I have to say it's better than the first, Dragon's Kiss.  Tielle St. Clare puts a lot of work into the character development, and it shows.  The characters are believable, with real problems we face (minus the dragon kidnapping, of course) and manages to create a real, vivid world in your mind.  I plan on adding Tielle St. Clare to my list of authors to keep an eye on.

Carla gives this book a




Review: Destiny's Dream by Delia Latham

Destiny's Dream
Solomon's Gate #1
by: Delia Latham
ISBN#9781611160505
$4.99 ebook
White Rose Publishing
Contemporary Romance / Christian
Released: January 2011





Is a little respect too much to ask at a parent's funeral?

Apparently it is for Destiny May. Her mother's "going away party" is crashed by a totally irreverent stranger. Clay Gallagher is built like a small mountain and far more vocal than is fitting. When it turns out he's not even at the right funeral, Destiny demands retribution in the form of an escape from the day's dreary proceedings.

Their relationship has some kinks – starting with Destiny's determination to found a Christian dating service in their conservative town of Castle Creek. Clay has little respect or patience for such a frivolous profession. But when Destiny is threatened by an anonymous caller who deeply resents her and what she does for a living, Clay makes it his business to keep the saucy redhead out of harm's way. Trouble is, spending time in her company weakens his defenses…


 

A fun, sweet story that has it’s own sharp-witted dialogue. Delia Latham creates a balance containing humor, theology, philosophy, and danger through the pandemonium of Destiny’s and Clay’s lives. Destiny’s Dream will really make you rethink or think about the concepts presented. Latham takes you through all the emotions from sadness to anger. By the end of this story, you are looking over your shoulders to catch a glimpse of your own guardian angel’s wings. I would recommend this book to anyone in the mood for a light story. I’m looking forward to book two.

Moriah gives this book a



Sunday, January 23, 2011

Review: Dragon's Kiss by Tielle St. Clare

Dragon's Kiss
Shadow of the Dragon #1
by: Tielle St. Clare
ISBN#9781843605201
$5.95 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Fantasy Erotica / Shifter
Released: November 2004




Because of her research on dragons, Lorran's given a wide berth by the townsfolk.  So when a troop of the king's guards bring her a man ravaged by a dragon's bite, she's both thrilled at their trust in her, and grieved by the wound.  For she knows better than most the hopelessness of the situation.  She vows to do her best, hoping it will be enough, and that this time she can figure out a way to save him before it's too late.

A seasoned dragonslayer, Kei is shocked when he wakes up to find his fate sealed by the wound in his chest.  In two weeks' time, he'll turn into one of the beasts he's hunted all his life.  The one bright spot is Lorran, who cares for his wounds, uncaring of who he is and what he'll become. 

As the days go by, the attraction between them grows, until Kei is nearly out of his mind with lust for Lorran.  But knowing his fate, can he risk succumbing to the fire burning between them?



I've loved dragon stories for years, and I'm always on the lookout for a good dragon shifter story.  And if it happens to have romance in it, so much the better.

Well, let me tell you, Tielle St. Clare has superbly delivered on all counts with this book.  The characters were well written and believable, and the sex scenes were hot enough to fog up my glasses.  The portrayal of dragons was great, and I ended up staying up way past my bedtime to finish this book.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good medieval dragon shifter love story.  I'll be keeping my eyes open for this author in the future.

Carla gives this book a


 

Review: Brock's Hellion by Nicole Austin

Brock's Hellion
part of the Corralled series
by: Nicole Austin
ISBN#9781419931468
$5.95 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Contemporary Erotica / Western / Menage
Released: December 2010




Tink thought she had life figured out.  Sure, she has a crappy job, but she's in control of her life, and that's all that matters.  All that changes when she meets Brock.  He's sexy as sin, but has a way of making her torn between choking the life from him or riding him like a stallion. 

Brock's darker desires have always been held in a tenious grip, but once he meets Tink, the walls he's built come crumbling down.  She drives him crazy with her in-your-face attitude, but deep down he senses her desire to find someone she trusts enough to submit to.  Problem is, she doesn't seem ready to give him the time of day, let alone control of her body.

But one night of explosive passion between Brock, Tink, and two other sexy cowboys changes all that.  Now Brock must try and convice his wildcat just what she's missing without scaring her away. 

Does he have it in him, or will she run screaming for the hills?



This was a story about a woman who's so afraid of losing control she keeps everyone at arm's length.  Tink doesn't trust easily, and is afraid of giving anybody power over her, even if it is a hunky cowboy she falls instantly in lust with.  Brock's battling his dominant nature because he's afraid of breaking Tink's spirit.  What he doesn't realize is just how strong she really is.  There was lots of bantering between the two, although it wasn't as much as I'd hoped based on the book blurb. The story was good, but I guess I was hoping for more verbal sparring with the characters.  It was a hot, quick read, and anyone who enjoys a story with sexy cowboys should give it a try.  Oh, one thing though, read the story before this.  If you don't, then the first story will be ruined for you. 

Carla gives this book a



 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Review: Enemy Overnight by Robin L. Rotham

Enemy Overnight
sequel to Alien Overnight
by: Robin L. Rotham
ISBN#9781419922565
$6.99 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Sci-Fi Erotica / menage
Released: November 2009




After a brief run in with a group of sexy aliens on their ship, she makes it back to Earth, where she vows she'll stay.  She's got a dark secret, one that could spell her death if the aliens ever found out.  But fate is cruel, and she suddenly finds herself back aboard the Heptoral, facing down the same group of aliens she'd sworn to avoid.  And one of them has a bone to pick with her...

Shauss blames Jasmine for almost costing him his mate, and vows revenge in the most erotic way.  Panicked, she makes an attempt to escape, and fails, leaving her to his mercy.  And what better way to punish her than to not only mate with her, but have two of his fellow warriors join in the fun?

But claiming her isn't as easy as he'd hoped, since she seems determined to thwart him at every turn.  Not only that, but the two warriors he picked as bondmates are quickly becoming a thorn in his side.  One can't seem to stop puking when he's around Jasmine, while the other takes great pleasure in trying to rip his mental shields down to psychoanalyze him.  Guess he'll have to show them all just who's in charge...in the bedroom, as well as out.


This book is a little darker than the usual storyline, in that it gets a little into the D/s lifestyle, but with an emphasis on domination using sexual punishment.  There isn't any rape or anything like that, but those who are easily offended shouldn't read this book.  That being said, it was a good story, with lots of drama and action (both in and out of the bedroom).  Shauss has a very dominant personality, and it shows in his interactions with not only Jasmine, but the two other men in the bond.  There's not only m/m, but a f/f scene as well, but it doesn't overshadow the story in any way. 

Carla gives this book a



 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Guest Blog with author Lila Munro

What They Don’t Tell You

I cyber met Carla out of chance a few months back when I was peddling my first baby, The Executive Officer’s Wife, out for reviews. I think I may have startled her with my realmantica style. I sort of march to the beat of my own drummer and she accepted that I do. She seemed very pleased with my work and was honest enough to point out the areas I needed to work on, which pleased me very much. You can’t improve your craft if you don’t know what needs improvement. When my second novel released, Bound By Trust, she was one of the first people on my list to send it to. Not only did she agree to review Bound for me, she invited me over for an interview. I quite enjoy being here in her RomFan world and was more than excited when she invited me to guest blog for her today in conjunction with announcing the release of my third novel, A Slower Lower Love. I eagerly accepted and asked her if she had anything in mind that she’d like me to talk about and she suggested something in the way of advice for newbies about writing and/or publishing.

New writers are always looking for advice, anywhere and from whomever they can get it. And I think part of the reason that seems to be the case is because of what they don’t tell you. Who are they and what don’t they tell you? Well, they are other people in the writing industry, and what includes the fact that the marketing portion takes up more time than writing and is quite frustrating if you don’t know what to do. I still consider myself a novice at it, and believe me it will take you down if you let it.

It all seems so easy at first. You finish and polish a new manuscript, you submit it to a press or several presses, you wait, and almost as if by magic a contract offer appears in your email one day. Delusions of grandeur fill your imagination and you see your name in lights. But, wait a minute. How exactly how do you get from a contract offer to seeing your name in lights? Marketing. I for one, as well as countless others, have learned the tools of marketing the hard way, by trial and error. Maybe I was looking in all the wrong places at first, but it seemed to me that information was scarce. It was almost like when someone knew a trick to making things easier they patented it as their own and kept it in a vault. Some of the questions I had were, how do I go about getting a review, how do I get a guest spot on someone’s blog, and where can I post my work for little money or no money and get the most attention. Now granted there are endless resources out there for each of these things, so many in fact, they may seem daunting, but the how’s of it all were the problem. Not to mention, some of the websites out there host some heavy hitters and the thought of being in the same arena seemed almost sacrilege to me as I was a nobody.

Let me tell you a secret. You are not a nobody—you are a somebody. Don’t be afraid of getting out there and don’t be afraid to mingle with the heavy hitters. Someday you’ll be a heavy hitter, too and when you are I hope you pass on your knowledge to the next generation of newbies. Like I said before, I’m still a novice and the business is still very new to me, but I’ve decided that for the next year I am dedicating part of my blog space weekly to revealing little secrets I’ve found along the way. They’ll include resources I’ve found, websites I find useful, reviewers that are amiable, how to write a review inquiry letter that will get attention, and how to find a home for your work that you can live with and work with in a nurturing relationship. I don’t want anyone else to go through marketing hell alone if I can help it. It can be a wonderful experience if you have the right tools and sharing tools is one way I can help. Stumbling around blindly trying to figure it all out alone can be quite painful, and at this point I would like to say thanks to Carla and others like her. I stumbled across her and I couldn’t be more grateful. It was by finding her and others like her that I was able to overcome the stress of it all and move forward instead of quitting.

So, just how does one go from bobbing like a cork on the literary sea, to gliding smoothly into port? The first bit of advice I would have to give is don’t be afraid to ask questions. In my opinion the only stupid question is the one unasked. Take notes of the questions you have so you don’t forget them when the time comes to ask. And who do you ask? Anyone that will listen. Ask your publisher, you have a working relationship and deserve answers. Don’t be daunted because they are the publisher and you the newbie writer. Everyone started at the bottom and the only way to know is to ask. Their success is pending on your success and a good publisher will be happy you’re marketing and asking questions. Ask other writers. Networking is one of the best ways to glean information. If you see one of your writer friends has a guest post up somewhere, it’s okay to ask them who they contacted and how they went about getting the spot. No one has the corner market on guest spots and once you become acquainted with a few folks around the e-book circuit you’ll find that they are more than willing to host you. Lastly, ask the source directly. If you find a website or blog you find you’d like to participate in, ask. Find the contact link and zip the owner an email. The worst thing that can happen is they say no, and frankly I think you’ll find that rarely happens. This is definitely not the business to be in if you’re shy. It takes a bold personality to get out there on a soap box and shout, “Hey you, e-book world, here I am, pay attention!”

Once you start establishing contacts and making e-friends with other writers and bloggers, take notes and stay organized. I have a notebook filled with contacts, their web addresses, email addresses, and I also have a column where I mark down what type of experience I had. I use that to determine whether I want to go back there in the future or try something new. Before I got my notebook system going my desk looked like someone had whacked a post-it piƱata over my head—do not use that system, for your own sanity buy the notebook. And don’t be stingy with your information. I find if I pass on a useful tidbit to someone, most of the time they’ll pass on a useful tidbit back. Networking to market—learn it, use it.

I guess I must have learned and used it pretty well. A Slower Lower Love is published courtesy of Rebel Ink Press. After talking about my marketing methods with them, I’m now their part time PR assistant. It had been my experience that many small publishers typically lack the resources needed to provide much help in the way of marketing to their authors. That coupled with the fact that most small presses are run by regular people that have regular daytime jobs to deal with leaves them little room to do the ground work needed to successfully mass market their writers. Rebel Ink shares my philosophy in that the writers’ success marks the publisher’s success, and that success depends on getting that writers name out there. While we don’t do everything for the writer, we do (depending on the length of the work) send out for reviews, send out a press release, post the work in several different arenas to include Manic Readers, offer group ad opportunities through a coop founded by a few prominent websites, and we give them a list of marketing tools and resources and how to get started using them. I’ve never seen anything like it in small publishing and am proud to be a part of it.

As I mentioned, I will be dedicating a portion of my blog this year to marketing and resource finds and advice. If you’d like to follow me and see what I come up with please earmark me at http://www.lilamunro.weebly.com/. I’ve also started hosting guests this year, don’t be shy, email me and ask for a spot. I’d be happy to have you: lilasromance@gmail.com. Also, if you’d like more information on Rebel Ink Press please visit them at http://www.rebelinkpress.com/.  Now I’d like to share with you a little bit about my new work that hit e-shelves today, A Slower Lower Love.

When running isn’t the answer,

Cait O’Kelley loved Bryce Delaney with all her heart. But loving him scared the hell out of her. She didn’t want to settle for being married to a cop and having his children. She wanted more. Unfortunately, more came with a price. After leaving her small home town for more glamorous life and working her way up the corporate ladder, a whirlwind affair with the boss’s son tears her world apart. On the brink of losing everything she’s worked for, she had to make a decision.

and going back seems impossible,

After eight years of living without her, Bryce finds himself tasked with the job of watching over Cait during her week long stay at her parent’s beach house in Bethany. She’s come there to sort her life out and while she’s contemplating her future, they discover the fireworks are still there. But can they ever go back to where they once were? As his secrets begin to surface, he sees only one way to save her. He disappears without a trace leaving Cait behind to pick up the pieces and deal with a whole host of new problems. One of which she can’t explain away or hide.

can you find middle ground?

With Bryce out of the picture, his brother, Kurt, finds what he’s wanted a lifetime handed to him on a silver platter. After watching Cait and Bryce toy with each other for fifteen years, he steps up to the plate. He’s always wanted her and now is his chance. But is he strong enough to ground Cait and keep her from making yet another mistake? Which brother will win her heart and show her that a slower lower love is enough?

Here’s a sneak peek of A Slower Lower Love:

“You know, you’re beginning to burn.” Bryce looked at the half-moons of her firm ass peeking out from beneath her coral bikini bottom. “If you don’t put some sunscreen on soon, you may not be able to sit down for the rest of the week.”

“Why do you care if I can sit or not?” she retorted.

“Suit yourself. I see the big city life hasn’t broken down your will to do what you think is right, whether it is or not.”

Same old Bryce. Only one way, his.

Same old Cait. Stubborn as ever.

Although Bryce could see that her attitude hadn’t wavered, physically, Cait had evolved into someone even more attractive than he remembered. She wasn’t a gangly, boney girl anymore. Where angles used to meet and jut out, soft, feminine curves had sprouted. And damned if they weren’t in places where a man needed something to hang on to. Places he'd like to hang on. Maybe agreeing to their mothers’ plan wasn’t such a good idea after all. If Bryce were smart, he'd go next door, repack, get in his car, and drive away before Cait took off dragging half his heart through the gravel behind her again. But, he’d promised their mothers he would stay next door and do what he could to help her get through this latest roadblock in her life. They weren’t asking much were they? Especially since Cait still held him in her palm. Too bad she could close her hand and squeeze him to a pulp again at any minute.

They’d been an item once, dating off and on for three years before Bryce graduated from Seaford High School, and for two more years steadily after that. He was almost finished with college by the time she'd been out of school for a year and was still trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life. Bryce had assumed after he graduated and got a decent job with one of the local police forces they would marry, settle down, and have a few kids. They were good together, at least in his assessment.

In between the summer and fall session of his senior year, they'd stayed at this same house for a week together talking about their future, which in his mind, meant making plans. Bryce planned on asking her to marry him the last day they'd spend here. The day he woke up and found her and her suitcase missing.

By the time Cait finally called everyone to let them know where she was, it was too late to stop her. She’d also informed him not to follow her and that if he did, she would disappear again and not call the next time. After repeated attempts to contact her without response or reply, he’d given up hoping that someday she would come to her senses and return. He tried to move on. He’d had a few flings over the years, but none of them satisfied him the way his relationship with Cait had. Tired of trying, Bryce eventually gave up. He just couldn’t commit to anyone else.

He tried to get her attention again. “Mom tells me you’re in between jobs.”

She let out an exasperated groan. “Bryce, why are you here?”

“I think you know the answer to that question.”

“No, I mean why are you really here? You’re a grown man.” One that could make me do things I haven’t thought about in a long time. “You could have easily told them both to beat the bushes. Why are you really here?”

“They both told me you’re going through a rough time. I thought maybe you could use a friend.”

“We haven’t been friends or anything else in a long time, Bryce. And how is it that after what I did you would want to help me anyway?”

The elephant in the room.

“Cait, I forgave you for that a long time ago. In fact, I should be the one to ask you to forgive me for not understanding you and for needing more than you could give,” he finally answered.

“There’s nothing to forgive. It had nothing to do with you or what you expected. I’d have ended up hurting you anyway at some point. And for the life of me I can't understand how you could have forgiven me when I wasn’t even sorry.” Liar. It had everything to do with him and his expectations.

“Are you sorry now?” he finally asked as she lay there quietly. “I still think you should put something on your back.” He didn’t push the issue that she’d introduced to begin with. “I wouldn’t be off to a good start at being the friend I think you need if I didn’t insist.”

“Well, if you aren’t going to let it go, fine.”

She rose up on her upper arms squeezing her breasts together and thrusting them nearly out of their thin coral confinement, producing cleavage that he couldn’t help but stare at. The rest of him noticed as well. Luckily he had on board shorts. If he were naked the beach patrol could have come by and hoisted a rip tide warning flag up him and swimmers as far as Fenwick could have seen it. For God's sake, Bryce didn’t know if he could make it seven days pretending that being friends was enough for him when his feral instincts sensed the presence of his life mate the minute Cait stepped foot on his turf.

She dug around in her beach bag and retrieved a tube of sunscreen and handed it to him. “Here, since it’s your idea, you put it on.”

“SPF 8? Like that’ll do you a bit of good.”

“Are you going to argue about it or put it on?” she snapped. “Quite personally, I don’t give a whit one way or the other.”

He shook his head, squirted the creamy, coconut lotion in his palm, and rubbed his hands together. She wasn’t going to make any of this easy at all. Apparently she still insisted on making everything much harder than it had to be. He wondered how she managed to build a clientele that way. He figured businesses wanted quick solutions to their problems, not a list of talking points outlining why everything was a bad idea.

Bryce heard Cait’s breath catch the minute his hands touched her back. He was pretty sure it wasn’t because the temperature of the lotion was several degrees lower than the temperature of her flesh. Could her body have recognized his familiar hands right away and responded? He noticed a tiny spot on her throat flutter as her pulse quickened. He smiled at the knowledge that after so long he still had this effect on her. But, they were two different people now. Was going back even possible?

Careful not to let proof of his arousal brush up against her leg, Bryce continued to smear the lotion. He didn’t want to piss her off and send her running again. If she even suspected he still had feelings for her other than the friendly sort, his plans for the week would be a complete wash. And he most definitely didn’t want that. He didn’t wish to experience round two of her taking off never to be seen or heard from again for another eight years. At that rate, they would both grow too old and gray to enjoy each other before he could convince her they were right for one another.

“Why do you have to be so stubborn?” He gave her shoulders a good work over as she clearly held a lot of tension there from whatever was going. His mom, Anne, and her mom, Margaret, had been sketchy about the details, but from the feel of the tension lodged between her shoulders, whatever it was weighed on her heavily.

“Why do you have to make me so hot?” she murmured. Did I say that out loud?

“What did you say?” He’d heard her perfectly clear but played it off. It was good to know he wasn’t the only one that felt the electricity that still popped between them.

Oh God, I did say it out loud. She cleared her throat loudly. “I wanted to know how hot it’s supposed to get today. I’m already rather warm.”

“I’m not sure.” He was sure about one thing, however. The heat between them easily surpassed whatever the forecast held. “But, I have a feeling it could get a lot hotter before the week is over.”

Cait rolled over abruptly, knocked Bryce back onto his own towel, and stood all in one fluid motion. “I think I hear Bella, I have to go.”

“Who’s Bella?” he shouted behind her.

“My baby,” she tossed over her shoulder as she ran up the steps to her parent’s house.

Baby? If Cait had a child, that was a part of her problem that Margaret and his mother failed to mention. When Bryce decided he was back in control of his emotions, he took a quick swim before bracing himself to go offer her help if she needed it. But still, they could have warned him. Not that he minded kids. In fact, he wanted a bunch of them, when the time came, with the right woman. He just liked to know ahead of time what he was getting himself into.


You can purchase A Slower Lower Love at http://www.allromanceebooks.com/, http://www.amazon.com/, and http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/. Thanks so much, Carla for hosting me today. I had a great time sharing and hope we can do it again sometime.

-Lila Munro




Sunday, January 16, 2011

Review: Deadly Heat by Cynthia Eden

Deadly Heat
Deadly #2
by: Cynthia Eden
ISBN#9780446559263
$7.99 mass market paperback
Forever Books
Romantic Suspense
Released: January 2011





As the blazing inferno surrounds agent Lake, firefighter Lora Spade pulls him to safety.  Once she gets a glimpse of him, though, the heat of the fire is not the only thing burning. 

The investigation draws two lives into not only danger, but lust as well.  The arsonist wants to destroy them and everything they care about. 

Lora's strength and being the target of a madman makes Agent Lake more determined than ever to solve the case before he loses someone he cares about.



This book was very well written, and I enjoyed the plot and the suspense of waiting to find out who the arsonist was.  I felt that there could have been a bit less sex, but that's more personal preference than anything bad against the author. 

Cindy gives this book a



 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Grand Opening PNG-StockPics!!!!

Today our very own Franny Armstrong launches her new website PNG-StockPics a site for Every Culture. Every Genre. Every Dream Come True. at http://www.png-stockpics.com/  What is PNG you ask well a brief description:

PNG-StockPics, is a one-stop-shop for all your romance, fiction, and non-fiction image needs.  We are here to provide photos of models of many cultures in every genre, still pics, trailer videos, banners, websites, book covers and so much more.

If you are a publisher, author, or into web design this is the place for you to shop for that next cover or book trailer which have become so popular. 

If you happen to work on the other side as a model, photographer or graphic artist this may be the place for you to showcase your work.

Join Franny tonight on her BlogRadio show as we celebrate this new adventure at www.blogtalkradio.com/FrannyArmstrong the number to call in for comments or just to wish us luck is (347) 934-0113 come join the party tonight at 7PM EST

~Annette~




 

 

Review: Ascension by Caris Roane

Ascension
World of Ascension #1
by: Caris Roane
ISBN#9780312533717
$7.99 mass market paperback
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Paranormal Romance / Vampires
Released: December 2010




Alison has always been different.  Cursed with supernatural powers her whole life, she's only been able to grit her teeth and ignore the burning need to find someone to love who she won't inadvertantly send to the hospital in a moment of ecstacy.  But she never expected her carefully constructed world to come crashing down with the appearance of a winged man, one who claims to want her blood.

Kerrick is a Guardian of Ascension, a winged vampire who protects his kind against the death vamps, as well as protecting those who choose to ascend.  Weary of fighting, he shows up at a routine death vamp call, only to find a woman who can not only see his kind, but who stirs his blood like no other woman has in centuries.

Now Kerrick is tasked with protecting Alison as she begins her own ascension, but it's not easy.  Ever glance, every innocent touch makes him slowly forget his vow to never love another woman.  As the two try to stay one step ahead of the enemy, he begins to wonder if he's strong enough to withstand her allure.



Carla says:
This book has a great storyline.  Basically, there are multiple dimensions, or planes of existance.  There's earth, where we live, then the next step up is inhabited by winged vampires with supernatural powers.  Nobody's really sure what's on the next level up, but there are those on the second plane who'd like to find out, and claim the power.  I had a few issues with this book, namely (to me) that the emotions of the characters were drawn out longer than needed to be.  Towards the end of the book, I was about ready to throw it across the room, because I wanted them to just get on with it and tell me how it ended.  If this book was shortened a bit, it would be great.  But as it stands, I wanted to beat the characters senseless because it was mostly about how they couldn't love each other, and here's why in detail.  The story was great, but it was just a bit too much for me.

Carla gives this book a

 
Annette says:
Who doesn't love a hunk with fangs and wings and can't forget the kilt!! The storyline and plot were good but I found myself putting the book down and doing something else, it did not hold my attention.  It would hit a peak and I would turn the pages excited to see what was going to happen next just to be let down and frustrated. I fell in love with the Warriors and as I stated the storyline is a good one it just has more than is really needed.  I am willing to give the series another shot with the next book and hope that it gets better.

Annette gives this book a


 

Review: Songbirds by KJ Reed

Songbirds
by: K.J. Reed
ISBN#9781419929663
$4.45 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Contemporary Erotica / Menage
Released: November 2010






Cross Strickland, a man who thought he had everything a music empire, fame and fortune. The only thing missing was love. Yeah sure he could have gotten any female he wanted but it was never love. That is until Hobbs, one of his scouts found Ava Monroe and Knight McKay.

Ava and Knight, best friends and former lovers, work in a bar and sing at the bar when they can. All that changed when they met a man named Hobbs. On orders from his boss, Cross Strickland, Hobbs offered Ava and Knight a chance to record for Imperial Records. Both Ava and Knight wanted to think about the offer so they asked Hobbs if he could give them a day to make the decision. By the end of the night they made the decision to go for it.

Once Ava and Knight meet Cross they all have a instant attraction to each other. Cross is fine with the attraction he has for Ava but he is not so comfortable with the attraction he has for Knight. It scares him so much he tries to distance himself from them both, but one night he stops by the hotel Ava and Knight are staying at and everything changes.

Cross puts as much distance between him, Ava and Knight. Feeling abandoned Ava and Knight turned down the recording contract that was offered and go back home to their old life. A little while after both Ava and Knight got back into the swing of things at home they get a phone call letting them know that Cross was injured and is in critical condition. Both Ava and Knight are hurt but they agree that they should return to Cross and help him with his recovery. Cross has to make the decision to either let his fears take over or let love and happiness complete his life.



I really like the drama and the conflict of feelings between the characters and loved how things ended. And even though it is a short read it is worth it.

Sarah gives this book a




Review: Montana Glory by R.C. Ryan

Montana Glory
McCords #3
by: R.C. Ryan
ISBN#9780446548649
$7.99 mass market paperback
Grand Central Publishing
Contemporary Romance / Western
Released: October 2010





When accountant Riley Mason is sent to Lost Fortune Ranch to help get everything in order she had not planned on finding a man she could easily fall in love with if only she did not have her secrets and a daughter to take care of.

Zane McCord is back where he belongs on his grandfather’s ranch that was left to him and his cousins. With all three of them back home they decide to pick up where their grandfather left off and search for the lost gold that they believe is real and somewhere on the ranch. But, things are about to change when Zane meets the beautiful accountant is he ready for a family and what is she hiding from?

When Riley’s past catches up with her she is determined to protect not only her daughter but the people she has come to love at the ranch but it may be too late and they will all have to stand together and hope that they can stay alive.



I have never been one for contemporary books but have always had a passion for the wild west so imagine my surprise to find a book that took me back to my passion and thoroughly enthralled me. The chemistry between Riley and Zane was inspiring and fun. The storyline kept me intrigued to discover the secrets Riley held and to find out if there was really any hidden gold on the ranch. Trust me when I say I am going out and getting the first two books in this trilogy I need to know the cousin’s stories now.

Annette gives this book



Review: Duchess of Sin by Laurel McKee

Duchess of Sin
Daughters of Erin #2
by: Laurel McKee
ISBN#9780446544764
$7.99 mass market paperback
Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
Released: December 2010





Lady Anna Blacknall was always looking for trouble so when she finds herself at the Olympian Club she did not realize she would come face to face with her past but that voice and those eyes could he be the man she knew.

Conlan McTeer, Duke of Adair knew even with her mask that the woman he saw was Anna, the one who he would have done anything for and owned his heart. Now it is two years later and she is in his club, what was she thinking coming here?

As the battle to free Ireland continues so does the battle of wits between Anna and Conlan but when Anna is caught in the danger that follow Conlan he we will do what it takes to protect her anyway possible and still keep his heart intact.



Fell in love with this story of course it is Ireland and it has a handsome and strong hero and woman who manages to hold his heart. And don’t worry about it being the second book in the trilogy it is very much a stand alone and tells its own wonderful tale, although I will admit I will be out buying the first book as soon as I can and I look forward to the final book. If you enjoy a good historical with some true to fact settings then this book is for you.

Annette gives this book a





Review: The Heir by Grace Burrowes

The Heir
Duke's Obsession #1
by: Grace Burrowes
ISBN#9781402244346
$6.99 mass market paperback
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Historical Romance
Released: Dcember 2010






Gayle Windham, Earl of Westhaven has a responsibility as the next to inherit his father’s title Duke of Moreland to marry and produce an heir. Is it not enough to his parents that he has brought them from the brink of poverty why do they need to push him into a marriage he does not want? Unbeknownst to Gayle is that his life is about to be turned upside down by none other than his own housekeeper.

Anna Seaton was lucky to have obtained the job as housekeeper for Westhaven and then she had to go and mess things up by hitting him over the head when she thought he was making advances on one of the servants. As penance she waits on Westhaven hand and foot and finds herself falling for the man but, she has her own secrets and cannot let him know who she really is.

While Gayle realizes his housekeeper is more than she pretends she is well educated for a housekeeper and widowed he thinks not he sets a course to find out who she really is not knowing that he is about to bring danger to his doorstep and risk losing the one woman he could see a future with.



THE HEIR is the debut book from Grace Burrowes and what a great beginning. I was captured in the story from beginning to end. She brings not just a couple of lead characters but her secondary characters have you wanting their stories told as well. Full of romance and emotion this is one for the keeper shelf and I look forward to her next installment in the Windham family.

Annette gives this book a





Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Review: Secrets by Aubrey Ross

Secrets
Enslaved Hearts #3
by: Aubrey Ross
ISBN#9781419931253
$5.20 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Sci-Fi Erotica
Released: December 2010





Princess Naloni has heard of the atrocities commited at the Festival of Venus, and vows to put a stop to it.  Sneaking in, she's stunned by the blatant carnal acts performed out in the open, and is strangely turned on by them.  And when she sees two men wrestling in the arena, naked, their bodies glistening with oil, she can't help but be affected by the sight.

Little does she know they're planning an escape attempt.  In the chaos, she's taken hostage, and dragged away with the two men, one of which she one shared an erotic interlude with. 

Max had no idea his friend was going to attempt to escape, and he never expected his friend to take Princess Naloni as a hostage.  He's never stopped thinking about her, even though she's a princess, and he's just a lowly enslaved gladiator.  Now he must stay one step ahead of her father's guards, while trying to ignore the burning need he has for her.



This is book 3 in the series, and you can tell when you read it.  While the story was fairly easy to follow, they do make mention of past characters and events, so I'd recommend starting with book 1, just to make the story flow better.  It was a great love story with intrigue, action, adventure and lots of sex.  I enjoyed it.

Carla gives this book a



 

Review: Mated by Ria Candro

Mated
Mating Ritual #1
by: Ria Candro
ISBN#9781419931741
$5.20 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Sci-Fi Erotica / Menage
Released: December 2010





Natalie is stuck in a rut.  She's content with her life, but she longs for something more.  What she doesn't expect is the hunky guy who pops into her house and claims she's the mate of not one, but three aliens.  Whisked away with the stranger, she's caught between panic and lust, especially when she meets the other two aliens. 

Due to the shortage of women on their planet, Spygian males spend years searching the galaxy for their perfect mate, and they believe they've found theirs on Earth.  Natalie is everything they've ever hoped for.  The challenge will be showing her just how much she means to them, but they're more than "up" for the task.

As the long days and steamy nights go by, Natalie begins to realize this is what she's longed for.  But is she willing to take a chance and stay with her dream guys, even if it means leaving Earth...forever?



This was a steamy book about three guys who use their bodies to show Natalie why she's the perfect mate for them.  On their planet, because women are scare, there are three men picked for each pod, and then they search the galaxy for their mate, often taking years to do it.  The sparks fly when they meet Natalie, and they know they've found their mate.  Natalie can't believe how much she loves surrendering to the three hunky men, but is unsure whether or not she can leave her life behind, even if it wasn't that much of a life to begin with.  It was a short story, and I was a bit bummed because it didn't seem complete to me.  I would have liked to see the book a little longer, maybe show a bit more backstory for Natalie. Regardless, it was a quick read, and I enjoyed it. 

Carla gives this book a



 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Review: Slower Lower Love by Lila Munro

Slower Lower Love
by: Lila Munro
ISBN#9780983151623
$5.99 ebook
Rebel Ink Press
Contemporary Erotica
Released: January 2011






When they were young, Cait and Bryce were in love, and Bryce thought he'd found the one woman he would marry and start a family with.  Unfortunately, Cait balked at the idea of settling down, so one night she takes off for the city to make a life for herself, leaving Bryce confused and heartbroken.

Eight years later, a disastrous engagement with a coworker leaves her life in shambles.  Not knowing what else to do, she heads back to her hometown, hoping for some peace and quiet while she gets her life in order.  What she doesn't realize is her mom has sent Bryce to keep an eye on her for the week she'll be back in town.  The last thing she wanted was to see her old flame, especially when the love she once had for him blazes to life when she sees him again.

Bryce agreed to watch over Cait, but his mixed feelings over her abandonment of him vaporize when he first sees her lying on the beach, clad only in a skimpy bikini.  As the two get to know each other again, he thinks the Fates may have given him another chance to be with the one woman he's ever truly loved.

But will the secrets he's hiding from her ruin their chance at a fresh start, or will they realize that a slower, lower love is just the way to go to achieve their happily ever after?



Lila Munro writes with a style she calles "realmantica", which basically brings the characters to life in a way you can relate to.  The trials and tribulations the characters face in their lives is something that could happen to any one of us, and as a result, it allows us to connect with the characters in a way we previously might not have. 

I have read several of Lila's books, and while I usually shy away from contemporary, I'll gladly read hers.  Her characters have a way of speaking to me that, while occasionaly I want to slap them for their blindness and stupidity, just means that I've fallen into the story and seem to be with the characters as they go through whatever plot Lila's set up for them. 

Anyone who likes realistic contemporary with a bit of spicy red hot action should give Lila's books a try. 

Carla gives this book a





Friday, January 7, 2011

Review: Desert Destiny by Mardi Ballou

Desert Destiny
by: Mardi Ballou
ISBN#9781419931628
$5.20 ebook
Ellora’s Cave
Fantasy Erotica
Released: November 2010






“Her find of a buried scroll will boost Marisol Murray’s career and impress her arrogant project head, Grant Drury. Then the earth moves—and she’s face-to-face with two eunuchs and a prince. April Fool’s? Not.

Suddenly, feminist Marisol is headed to a harem in sixteenth-century Indurlia! She’s slated to become the king’s latest concubine, a sexual toy for male pleasure, only Marisol meets his hot son, Prince Grentoori, first. Instantly attracted, they break with tradition and have lots of heated sex—the forbiddenness of their actions driving them on. But when a traitorous general discovers the prince’s sexy transgression, the battle is on. Grentoori can’t leave Marisol, so the prince escapes with her in a carriage that becomes caught in an earthquake…

Marisol comes to in a transformed Grant Drury’s arms. Could it be? Is he the insolent boss she left behind or her sixteenth-century lover?” (Quoted from Ellora’s Cave book blurb)


 

Desert Destiny shows a side of harem life that I have never considered, but should have realized, that these women were not always given a choice but forced into the harem or that their families would consider it an honor to be chosen for this duty. Marisol is a full character and mixes well with Grent, the prince. Much of the story is from Marisol’s point of view but it does shift to others in the story. It pulls you in just as the jar does that Marisol finds. Desert Destiny gets hot, sizzles, and is a full story. It makes you want to take your own spa marathon. You the reader try to figure out the palace intrigue that goes on; guess what will happen next, and when the jar will jerk Marisol back to her own time. Once Marisol is back in her own time, the story jumps but quickly ends. I personally would like to have had a little more time with Grant, the project head, and Marisol to see what happens between them. The story is worth getting and reading, I just wish it was a little longer and did not end so quickly.

Moriah gives this book a