Saturday, April 30, 2011

Review: Bastian by Elizabeth Amber

Bastian
Lords of Satyr #6 
by: Elizabeth Amber
ISBN#9780758241306
$14.00 trade paperback
Aphrodisia/Kensington
Historical Erotica
Released: April 2011




Bastian and his brothers are the guardians of the gate between Earth and Elseworld in 1881 Rome but it is Bastian’s job to protect and find the ancient artifacts of a lost time and has now set his task to finding the pearls belonging to the Vestal Virgins before it is too late and the protection of Elseworld and their people become known to the humans.

Silvia is one of the Vestal Virgins and it is up to her to get the missing opals to save the rest of the virgins. When the opportunity comes along to integrate herself in Bastian’s digs she is not prepared for the way the man makes her feel. But, regardless of those feelings there is something much more important to protect and she will do whatever she must to do it.


Elizabeth Amber has brought us another page turning hit with her newest Satyr Lord Bastian amazing story full of history, romance and very erotic. Silvia’s ability to take over the body of man, woman or child is wonderful and of course Bastian is strong, intelligent but has a secret of his own he is afraid could cost him everything. I say bravo Ms. Amber for continuing to write such wonderful stories that keeps us all engrossed and wishing for our own Satyr Lord.

Annette gives this book a






 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Interview with Paranormal Romance Author D.B. Reynolds

I would like to welcome to RomFan Reviews talented author and friend D.B. Reynolds. Thank you so much for joining us today. And first can I say congratulations on your RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Indie Press Paranormal Romance for JABRIL. That is so awesome. I can actually talk about it now *whew* one tough secret to keep. I was so excited for you. I just wanted to shout it out, but I was a good girl.



 Tell us a little about your new release SOPHIA which was released April 15th.


Sophia is my first female Vampire Lord. I’ve had female vampires before. Raphael’s Sire, the vampire who turned him, was a woman (and yes, she’s still called his Sire.) But Sophia is the first true female Vampire Lord in the series so far. That’s not saying there aren’t some ancient fem vamps wandering around Europe or elsewhere, but not on this continent. My Sophia is beautiful and seductive, qualities she possessed as a human before being turned. As a vampire, she’s very powerful, but her Sire is a bit of a playboy, so he never tutored her in the ways of power. He was much more concerned with having a good time. So when Sophia finds herself suddenly thrust into a situation where her vampiric power is the one thing that can save her and the people she cares about, it’s a whole new position for her. And one she’s not sure she wants. Sophia comes home to Vancouver to find her Sire missing and three vampires dead, with nothing but a letter that leads her south into Raphael’s territory looking for the killers. What she doesn’t know is that Raphael is also hunting these killers and he doesn’t welcome her intrusion into his territory.



 I know next in the series is DUNCAN will we be seeing more Vampires in America after that? *praying hands* Please!!


My current contract with ImaJinn runs to eight books, so your prayers are answered! At least for three books after Duncan, anyway. I already have a name and a basic plot for the book after Duncan … Lucas will be next up on the Vampire Lord roster of lovelies. He’s a vampire and a cowboy. A cowboy vampire. How cool is that? And, as I keep telling my darling (but sometimes irritating) husband, NO! Vampires do not eat or drink the blood of cows or horses. Sheesh.


 Who is your favorite character to write about? Who was the easiest and who was the hardest?


I don’t really have a favorite character. I love all of my vampires and all of my people, except the evil ones … hissss. But the easiest one to write is Cyn. Certain of my family members say that’s because she’s just like me. If that’s so, then it’s in personality only, and it’s the way I WISH I was. Cyn’s far more courageous than I am, although I have been known to be wild and crazy … all before I was properly married, of course. And the only thing we share in looks is that we’re both six feet tall. As for the hardest one, for some reason the guys are easier for me to write than the women.


 I know some authors do outlines others just start writing/typing whatever their muse tells them to do. How do you prepare for your books?


You know, I used to be one of those who just sat down and started writing. But Raphael was my NaNoWriMo project a few years back and going into it, Kelley Armstrong, the wonderful writer who created and hosts my on-line writing group, gave us a tutorial in Outlining. Raphael was so firmly in my mind, with all of these detailed scenes bouncing around my head, that I decided to give outlining a try. And I never went back. I’m now a firm believer in outlining and do detailed outlines for all of my books. I usually start the rough outline well ahead of time and just add to it as scenes occur, and then before I start writing, I take a couple of weeks to firm it up and fill in any missing pieces. Once I begin writing, though, I’m not wedded to the outline. If the story takes me in a different direction, I’m always willing to go there. The basic plot always remains the same (so far, anyway) but specific scenes sometimes go places I didn’t anticipate.


 What about research, your books take place all around America, hence Vampires in America right? LOL… how do you research the cities the books take place in?


My books take place not just around America, but into the past, as well. And I’m a stickler for accuracy. I personally hate reading a book about L.A., for example, that gets the directions and streets all wrong. It drives me a little nuts and throws me completely out of the book. So, I do try to research all of the places and times I write about. So far, I’ve used cities that I’ve personally visited, although even so I consult topographic and road maps and search out images on-line in different places, using Google maps and Flickr, for example. I do have to take liberties sometimes, but when I do, it’s to make up things rather than mischaracterize things/places that really exist. I’m writing about vampires, after all, so I figure a little fantasy is okay. As for historical accuracy, I’m a historian by training, so that part of it comes very naturally to me, and I always try to make my historical flashbacks as accurate as possible.


 Are you an author that has to have total quiet when writing or do you need that background noise whether it is the TV or music going? If music who are you listening to?


I can write almost anywhere, but I don’t choose to supply my own noise. That means I can write in the middle of a Starbuck’s or a bookstore, or even sitting in a doctor’s waiting room. But I don’t wear headphones and I don’t listen to music, not even when I’m home in the middle of the night and it’s quiet. Mostly because my brain is very detail oriented and has a tendency to focus on the lyrics of the song, which makes it difficult to write!


 Who would you suggest to someone asking you for a good author to read?


I’m a voracious reader! I read all sorts of books and all sorts of authors. I think most writers probably do. But I can tell you a few of my favorites … Adrian Phoenix is one of the best Urban Fantasy writers out there right now. Her Maker’s Song books are intricately detailed and she’s created an amazing universe for her characters. Plus Dante Baptiste is one of the sexiest men in fiction today! Larissa Ione’s Demonica series and now her new Lords of Deliverance are wonderful and truly unique. If you like Romantic Suspense, Kylie Brant’s Mindhunter series is great, as are Cynthia Eden’s Deadly books. And if you like your suspense with a harder edge, Lee Child and John Sandford. And if you like a TRULY hard edge on your suspense, go with John Gilstrap or Mark Greaney. I don’t read much young adult, but I do have a few favorite authors … Kelley Armstrong and Rachel Caine, who also write adult fiction, and my critique partner Michelle Muto just published her first YA, Book of Lost Souls, which is a lighthearted and excellent story for young teens.


 Going to really make you think….favorite movies?


I don’t even have to think about that one, since I work in the industry and am a dedicated movie lover. I have endless rows of DVDs which are breeding at night when I turn out the lights. My favorite movie of all time is Terminator, the first one, although I liked the others, too. Other than that, I thought they did a great job with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, so much so that I actually prefer watching the movies now to reading the books. They’re more accessible. Sliding Doors, a little known movie with Gwynneth Paltrow and John Hannah is just lovely. More recently, the Social Network was terrific (and should have won), so was Inception. But The King’s Speech was also an excellent movie and Colin Firth was superb. Also, going back a couple years, the most recent Star Trek movie (2009) was great! And I say that as a total fan of the one and only, the original Star Trek series.


 Any advice you would like to give to future authors trying to get their start?


The best advice I can give is to WRITE. You have to write All. The. Time. And you have to finish what you start. I know many aspiring writers who start something, get partway through, then go off on another idea. That won’t work. You have to start and finish what you write. Even if it’s not what you wanted by the end, it will have taught you things, discipline among them. And when you do have something you like, you have to SUBMIT. Yes, you WILL BE REJECTED. We have all been rejected and are still being rejected. I never believe writers who say they wrote one thing and it was instantly published. Maybe it happens, but not to anyone I know.


 Where can readers find out more about your books and contact you?


The best place to find me is on my blog at http://dbreynolds.wordpress.com/. All the latest info on my books is there, plus Vampire Vignettes and deleted scenes, and just random thoughts, too. There’s also a contact address, and I love hearing from readers!


Thank you so much D.B. for taking time out of your busy schedule to be here with us today as always I have enjoyed it very much and hope you will be ready to come back when DUNCAN is released.


Thank you, Annette! I love being here among friends and you know I’ll be back!

Read my review of SOPHIA here

Now for one lucky commenter D.B. has offered a signed copy of either RAJMUND or her new release SOPHIA and contest is open internationally.  Please include your email address in your comment.  Contest ends May 1st 11:59 PM EST
Vampires in America Series:





Sunday, April 24, 2011

Review: Pleasures by Aubrey Ross

Pleasures
Enslaved Hearts #2
by: Aubrey Ross
ISBN#9781419931116
$5.20 eBook
Ellora's Cave
Sci-Fi Erotica
Released: November 2010





Elaina knows there's corruption and debauchery going on in New Pompeii, but doesn't have any solid evidence to bring the scandal to light.  Yet.  Her brother is one of the founders, so she accepts an invitation to the gladiator games, hoping while there she'll find the proof she needs. 

While watching the fight, she finds herself drawn to Theos, one of the gladiators.  His strong physique and honorable nature are immediately apparant, so she asks her brother if she can meet with him in private.  Thinking she wants to bed the gladiator, her brother agrees, so long as she doesn't mention that New Pompeii is actually a city surrounded by a technologically advanced society.  Her idea is to talk to Theos and find out if he's being mistreated or abused.  Instead, the sexual chemistry between them flares potent and hot, and she finds herself succumbing to her body's urges.

Can she get the proof she needs to close New Pompeii down for good, or will her feelings for Theos harm not only her mission, but his life as well?



I read this series a bit out of order.  I started with book three and now I've finished book 2.  It was neat to read about the characters and know they did get their own story.  The idea behind the books is a race of humans from another planet came to Earth and evacuated all the people of Pompeii, relocating them to their planet.  But they don't tell the refugees that the race of humans have advanced technology.  New Pompeii is set up so everyone from Old Pompeii would feel more at home.  But the owners of the city aren't great people, and use the Pompeiians for their own immoral gains. 

It's a neat idea, bringing to light people that exploit others for their own selfish and depraved needs.  The story's rather short, but Aubrey Ross manages to add all the necessary ingredients together before time runs out. 

Anyone who enjoys more of a planet-bound sci-fi should give this series a try.

Carla gives this book a




Friday, April 22, 2011

Review: Sophia by D.B. Reynolds

Sophia
Vampires in America #4
by: D.B. Reynolds
ISBN#9781610260497
$15.00 trade paperback
$7.00 eBook
ImaJinn Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: April 2011




When Sophia is called by her sire Lucien back to Canada he could at least be there when she arrives. She should be able to track him but he is faint and she is afraid he is dying and all he left was a letter and dead bodies. Now she must solve the mystery of who is killing vampires and find Lucien which will take her into the territory of a very powerful vampire Lord Raphael.

Colin is a former Navy SEAL and the closest thing to a sheriff Coopers Rest has and when he is called to a scene where shots are fired he soon finds himself drawn into an attack against the local vampires. Now he will have to work with them to find out who is out to destroy them.

As the heat grows between Sophia and Colin a force of evil is doing all it can to end the life that vampires have always known can they stop them in time?



SOPHIA is the fourth book in her Vampires in America Series and D.B. Reynolds does not disappoint. Full of energy, suspense and of course hot vampires this is a must read. Sophia proves herself to be a stronger vampire then she thought she was capable of and Colin is her mate in all ways possible. It also brings back Raphael, Cyn and Duncan as well which is always an added bonus. I am anxious to see what Ms. Reynolds brings us with her next book DUNCAN and takes us again into this amazing world of vampires.


Annette gives this book a






Thursday, April 21, 2011

Review: Captain Grey's Lady by Scarlett Scott

Captain Grey's Lady
Ahoy! series
by: Scarlett Scott
ISBN#9781419933684
$8.90 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Historical Erotica
Released:





An engaging and well crafted yarn of a not-so-complacent widower, Lizzie Winstead, ripe with a longing for the return of the love of her youth. With all the proper pirate fun stuff on board, we are swiftly whisked away on an epic adventure wrought with all of the elements which accompany the treacherous life of a pirate, a life close to the hearts of many a landlubber and scallywag wannabee.

Normally the model of a respectable widow, Lizzie submits herself willingly to the steamy command of the most wanted pirate Captains on the open ocean. Common sense be damned, she launches every part of herself into the world of the notorious, yet vulnerable Edmond, whom she has yearned for since their sad parting many years prior. Our lusty couple wastes no time demonstrating to each other exactly how much they've yearned for each other in fine Scarlett Scott fashion.

Danger, excitement, peril and passion all come together swimmingly in this luscious tale of two lovers reunited who release upon each other the benefits of their longings, desires and raw yearnings many years in the making. Scarlett teases us with this tantalizingly short story, leaving this reader with want of more, more, more.
 
Dave gives this book a




Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Review: Kissing Phoenix by Shona Husk

Kissing Phoenix
by: Shona Husk
ISBN#9781419932175
$4.45 eBook
Ellora’s Cave
Paranormal Erotica / Vampires
Released: February 2011






When Lilith is told by her doctor that she only has months to live, she realizes life just is not fair.  She just found love with a wonderful man, how can she bring herself to tell him that their time together is going to be cut short.

Aidan has been lying to Lilith himself, keeping what he is from her does not sit well with him but he is afraid he will lose her if she knew he was a vampire. Now that he knows about Lilith’s illness there is only one thing he can do to make sure that she lives a long life but it is illegal to change a human but isn’t having the one you love with you worth the risk.

Once Lilith learns who Aidan is she must decide stay human and die or allow him to change her and have eternity with the man she loves.



Wonderful story of love, betrayal and learning to trust again I was hoping for it to go on and would love to see the story expanded into a full length book. It shows the fear not only Lilith’s of dying but Aidan’s of loosing the woman he loves. Shona Husk is one to watch.

Annette gives this book

 
 
 

Review: Quenched by E. Cameron Stacy & Ainsley

Quenched
by: E. Cameron Stacy & Ainsley
ISBN#9781603138772
$5.99 eBook
Whiskey Creek Press
Paranormal Erotica
Released: November 2010






Detective Ethan Harper has a murderer on the loose and bodies with no blood left in them. When he decides to take a break from the case and enjoy an evening with his girlfriend Savannah Oxford he is shocked to discover that the man they have a ménage with could possibly be the murderer and a vampire. But, vampires are not real or are they?

When Savannah becomes a target for the killer Ethan must make a choice to save her life can he become one of them in order to end the killing spree and make sure Savannah lives?


QUENCHED is filled with torrid sex scenes as well as suspense as Ethan and Savannah try to locate a killer. Well written and very erotic I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Annette gives this book a





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Review: Graverobbers Wanted by Jeff Strand

Graverobbers Wanted
Andrew Mayhem #1
by: Jeff Strand
ISBN#9780759927353
$2.99 ebook
Mundania Press
Horror
Released:





All Andrew Mayhem wanted was to make enough money to pay for his car accident.  His insurance would have covered it, if he had active insurance, that is.  When a lady at the bar walks up to him and offers him $20,000 for one night of work, he takes it.  The catch: he has to dig up the woman's dead husband.  Piece of cake, really.

What he doesn't expect is for the corpse to try shooting him once he's dug up.  Turns out the woman's husband wasn't as dead as she thought.  Getting kidnapped and threatened with torture wasn't on the agenda either, but what can you do?

Now Andrew has become a pawn in a serial killer's deadly game.  He has no backup, and no idea what he's doing as he blindly fumbles around, hoping to figure out the killer's twisted riddles before anyone dies.  To top it all, he needs to keep it all a secret from his wife, because if she finds out...well, he'd rather deal with the serial killer.



This was an amazing blend of humor and horror.  The psychological torment the serial killer uses on Andrew is tempered by the author's strong voice when writing the character.  For this story, the humor was the only thing keeping you from screaming in terror and sleeping with the lights on for a week.  It was beautifully blended, and I enjoyed the book way more than I expected to.  Excellent job.

Carla gives this book a





Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Interview with author J.L. Oiler

Welcome all! Today we have with us erotic romance author J.L. Oiler, and she's agreed to sit down and chat with us about the joys (and pitfalls) of writing. We're also going to talk about her new book coming out on April 20th with Rebel Ink Press called Between3. J.L, can you tell us a little bit about the book?


Between3 is a story that takes place in Death Valley. It is about Celeste Drain, a woman preparing to make a public exit of an abusive relationship.  When the break-up goes wrong, two hot strangers come to her rescue. Their one-night stand was the beginning of her new life, a life of self-reliance and inner strength. Now six months later, Celeste has a steady job at the same bar where she met her lovers, a home, and she's building a new existence.


Justin and Craig are part of the guard force known as the Keepers, men charged with protecting the human topside world from the violent monsters that live behind one of the gates to hell deep beneath Death Valley. Given little time topside to relax, Justin and Craig stumble into a one-night stand with a beautiful woman who challenges them not only physically, but also with her quick wit and intelligence. When a large breakout at the gate allows a group of vile Adze to escape to the topside world, Justin and Craig are mortified to discover the woman they thought was just a one-night stand may be a whole lot more and worse, she's smack dab in the middle of what might just become hell on earth.

What made you decide to pick up a pen and start writing?

I have always been an avid reader and enjoyed making up my own stories to entertain friends and family since I was little, writing them down just seemed like a natural transition from that time. However, I never had the courage to submit anything until I took a few trips down several paths in my life.

The road to becoming a published author is a long one. Because there are so many erotica authors out there, did you have more trouble than most breaking into the genre, or is the demand so great you found it easier? And to tie into this subject, would you mind sharing your story with us?

I was lucky actually to have only a single rejection before my first story was contracted. But, finding a publisher and a heat level which best suited my style and philosophy was a lot more difficult.

My story starts in the mountains of West Virginia where I was raised and still live with my husband and children. My father is a amazing reader (one of those people who finish two novels a day) and always encouraged me to read simply for the joy of doing so. Once in school I began to scribe some of my own tales and share them with a close net group of friend who would each add a bit here and there.

Like with every one of us, life decided to steer me down several paths. I was a paramedic for several years before returning to school to become a teacher and had one of those “damn what was I thinking?” first marriages. Raising a special needs child alone is difficult and I am thankful everyday for the support I received from both friends and family at that junction in my life. When love finally found me again I discovered my true knight in shining armor (alright, so it was a good old boy with a ball cap and red pickup truck). He inspired me on several levels. I continued my education (I am a shop teacher) and now hold a Masters Degree and began reaching for my dream to be a published author. Shhh, Don’t tell him, but he also inspires my genre (grin).

We ask this question to everyone because we love seeing all the different responses we get back, and would like to know yours. What is your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite?

I love the beginning of the whole process when you take an idea and just sort of let your imagination run rampant. That’s when it has the most energy and life of its own. The Characters begin to develop their individual voices and express how the stories need to go.


I Hate editing!!!

If we could sneak a peek at your bookshelves, what kinds of books would we find?

I have the complete collections of Christine Freehan, Kresley Cole, Rhyannon Byrd, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. I also have a lot (LOT) of others. My shelf also has a good bit of research books and school text. (Anyone need to know how to change the blade on a band saw?)

In your free time (I know, what's that, right?) what would we find you doing?

I love to be outdoors. Whether it is walking, camping, fishing, hunting, or riding the four-wheeler you can find me willing to get my hands dirty doing it.

Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?

They can visit my author page at www.joiler.weebly.com


Or the blog site I co host with a few close friends http://wickedmuses.blogspot.com/


I am often also found on Facebook!

J.L., thanks so much for taking time out of your day to chat with us. Good luck with your new release tomorrow, and we wish you the best of luck!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: Darkfire Kiss by Deborah Cooke

Darkfire Kiss
Dragonfire #6
by: Deborah Cooke
ISBN#9780451233493
$7.99 mass market paperback
Signet Eclipse
Paranormal Romance
Released: May 2011





Rafferty is determined to defeat Magnus no matter the cost.  During his hunt, he finds a woman trying to break into Magnus's house.  Intrigued, he follows her, only to learn that her desire to bring down Magnus matches his own.  Granted, she thinks Magnus is nothing but an arms dealer, but it's still impressive to see her utter conviction that she can bring him down.  But what surprises him even more is the firestorm that sparks between them.  After waiting untold centuries for his own firestorm, he's at first elated-that is, until he realizes his firestorm is marked by darkfire.  A Pyr legend, he never imagined the darkfire would come for him, nor does he have any idea what damage the darkfire will wreak before it's sated.

Melissa used to be one of the best foreign correspondents there was, until a brush with death left her life and career in shambles.  Still trying to bounce back, she's determined to bring Magnus down and reclaim her former glory.  When she meets Rafferty, she can't deny the sexual tension between the two, although she's leery about trusting him.  After finding out he's a dragon, she does something unthinkable, something with the potential to harm all the Pyr. 

She and Rafferty team up and hunt Magnus, because both are aware of one simple truth-they'll never be truly safe until Magnus is dead.  As to her heart, the longer she spends with Rafferty, the more she's convinced it's her heart that won't be safe around this magnificent Pyr.



I was so glad to see Rafferty finally get his own firestorm.  I felt sorry for him, because he's waited so long, then ends up getting darkfire.  But despite him getting the bum deal, he manages to keep going with a single-minded determination you'd expect among the Pyr.  Yeah, he loses his temper a few times, but who wouldn't in his situation?  Melissa refuses to let anyone, including Rafferty, tell her what to do or how to live her life.  But Rafferty is able to see the hurt she carries with her, and is determined to fix it. 

The characters were great, the world was great, these books are great.  I'm bummed because now that I've plowed through all six books in less than a month, I have to wait in agony until the next one comes out.  Here's rooting for Sloane's turn!

Carla gives this book a




Saturday, April 16, 2011

Review: Whisper Kiss by Deborah Cooke

Whisper Kiss
Dragonfire #5
by: Deborah Cooke
ISBN#9780451230928
$7.99 mass market paperback
Signet Eclipse
Paranormal Romance
Released: August 2010




After the Shadow Academy and the Dragon's Blood Elixer were destoyed, the remaining shadow dragon fled into the night to parts unknown.  Knowing they'd all have to be tracked down and killed, Niall volunteers for the grisly task, knowing it could take years.  He's also taken on the apprenticeship of Thorolf, the newest member of the Pyr.  When a woman decked out in punk clothes and tattoos shows up at his door one day, demanding to know what his intentions towards Thorolf are, his firestorm suddenly sparks. 

And the building comes down around their heads.

After carrying her to safety, he vows to keep his distance, knowing he doesn't have the time to pursue his firestorm the way he'd like.  Besides, his deity must have gotten it wrong.  He would never go for someone like her. 

But sometimes deities know what they're talking about.

Rox is distrustful when Thorolf says he met this Niall guy, so decides to check it out for herself.  She never expected to be bowled over by the raw animal magnetism she feels for this sexy man in tight jeans.  But he snubs her, leaving her with two choices: Let the best thing that's possibly happened to her walk away, or fight for what she wants.

Good thing she's never backed down from a fight.



Okay, I have to admit it.  I finally picked a favorite character out of the series.  Niall's story was awesome, and Rox was a perfect balance for him.  It also doesn't hurt that Rox is a tattoo artist.  I love dragons, and I love tattoos (and have more than one dragon tattoo) so I think that aspect made me fall in love even more.  I know I shouldn't play favorites, but there you go. 

Read the books.  They're awesome.

Carla gives this book a
 
 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Review: The Countess by Lynsay Sands

The Countess
Madison Sisters #1
by: Lynsay Sands
ISBN#9780061963049
$7.99 mass market paperback
Avon Books
Historical Romance
Released: January 2011





When Christiana married the earl, she thought she'd found the perfect marriage.  Turns out she was wrong.  From the moment they both said "I do", Dicky treated her like dirt under his feet.  Miserable, Christiana settled in for a life of misery, hoping against hope he'd quickly die and end her suffering.

Little did she realize her wish would be granted.

When she realizes her husband is dead, she's afraid it will interfere with her younger sisters coming out in society, so she does the only logical thing-puts her husband on ice and goes to a ball.  But when she sees her husband walk into the room, she's sure the evening won't end as planned.

Richard is the true earl.  Cheated out of his title by his scheming twin, he returns to England in time to learn not only is his brother dead, but he's married.  Thinking the best thing to do is step back into his life, he's in for a rude awakening when he realizes the extent of the mess his brother left in his wake.  Not only that, but admitting the truth would cause a scandal, since it turns out his brother's marriage to Christiana isn't truly legal.  Marrying her will be the best thing, but he's not sure if he'll be content with his inherited bride.  That is, until they share their first kiss...



Carla says:

While I've read several books from Lynsay Sands, this was the first historical of hers I've picked up.  I'm thrilled that it didn't disappoint.  There's the perfect balance of humor, intrigue, romance and disbelief to make it a great read.  It was great to see Christiana and Richard floudering about the first day they met, both trying to keep secrets from the other, only to have it blow up in their faces. 

I enjoy Lynsay Sands as a writer because she does an amazing job of seamlessly blending all elements of the story together in such a way that it makes you have to finish the book.  I finished this book in less than a day, start to finish, and I'm thinking of buying the next book in the series, even though I don't buy historical.  Bravo, Lynsay Sands, and keep up the good work.

Carla gives this book a






Annette says:

I was a little worried about reading THE COUNTESS only because the last historical I read by Lynsay Sands disappointed me which has never happened as she is one of my favorite paranormal authors.  Well, she definitely came through this time I loved the story it made me laugh and there was never a lull in the storyline from Christiana and Richard to the secondary characters. I will be buying the next book in the series THE HEIRESS to see what more mischief the Madison sisters can get themselves into.

Annette gives this book




Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review: Winter Kiss by Deborah Cooke

Winter Kiss
Dragonfire #4
by: Deborah Cooke
ISBN#9780451228437
$7.99 mass market paperback
Signet Eclipse
Paranormal Romance
Released: November 2009



After being imprisoned in the Shadow Academy and forced to drink the Dragon's Blood Elixer, Delaney manages to flee, a shell of his former self.  Once he realizes he's being controlled by Magnus, he leaves the safety of the other Pyr, convinced he'll betray them.  He's also convinced he's the only one who can destroy the source of the Dragon's Blood Elixer.  After selling everything he owns and making his will, he heads out on his quest, uncaring if he walks away afterward or not.  The one thing he didn't plan on though, was having his firestorm the night before the attack, nor meeting the women who gives him his first glimpse of hope in years.  Too bad he won't be alive long enough to get to know the woman of his dreams.

Ginger doesn't know what to make of the tall delicious stranger who walks into the bar and makes her heart race.  All she knows is her gut's never steered her wrong before, so she takes him home, never imagining he'd abandon her in the night.  Determined to track him down and force an explanation from him, she's shocked to walk in on a dragon fight.  Never in her wildest dreams would she imagine that the man who held her so tenderly the night before would be a dragon, and one intent on tearing his opponent to pieces. 

Knowing she's setting herself up for heartbreak, she refuses to leave him, even knowing what he is.  But can this haunted warrior be redeemed by love, or will his desire to end his quest also destroy his life?



This is book 4 of the series and it's still going strong.  I've been reading nothing but Deborah Cooke's Dragonfire series for the past week, so I'm fully comfortable in the world and the characters.  I will say though, I wanted to punch Delaney in the mouth more than once.  Stupid man thought the only way to complete his mission was to die, not taking into account what anyone else would have to say about it.  But I kept reading, knowing he'd (hopefully) come to his senses and accept the help from his fellow Pyr.

Deborah Cooke is a master storyteller, one whose grasp of the written word to transform you to another world is beyond phenomenal. 

Carla gives this book a



 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Phoenix Rising
Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #1
by: Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
ISBN#9780062049766
$7.99 mass market paperback
HarperCollins
Historical Fantasy / Steampunk
Released: May 2011





Eliza is a field agent for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.  Well, she was, until her superiors grew tired of all the explosions and building collapses left in her wake.  Thinking to punish her, they sent her to the Archives to work with Wellington, a stuffy no-nonsense man who doesn't like trespassers in his domain.

While helping sort though the files, Eliza finds an unsolved case file worked on by her former partner, and she fears this case is the reason he's now babbling incoherently in the mental ward.  Deciding to avenge her partner, she convinces Wellington to accompany her on the search for clues.

But things are not as they appear.  Now the two must work together to bring down a secret society intent on bringing about a new leadership in England, while staying one step ahead of those trying to silence them...forever.



This was a great start to a great series.  Steampunk-when written right-can be a grand adventure into the past that tells a whole new story of the ingenuity of the human mind.  The banter between Eliza and Wellington, or "Welly" as she calls him, had me chuckling in more than one spot.  The two are polar opposites, but somehow manage to work together without killing each other.  Eliza wears trousers and a steel corset, while Wellington abhors violence but can hold his own in a fight.  There's more to Wellington than meets the eye.  I hope there's a book 2 in this series on the horizon, because I'd love to read more about this unlikely duo. 

I'd recommend this book to anyone who's read Gail Carriger, or has an interest in a good steampunk story.

Carla gives this book a


 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Review: Born of Shadows by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born of Shadows
League #4
by: Sherrilyn Kenyon
ISBN#9780446573252
$21.99 hardcover
Grand Central Publishing
Sci-Fi Romance
Released: April 2011





When Caillen was a boy, he watched his father gunned down in cold blood, and was forced to assume leadership of his family.  It wasn't an easy life, but a promise made to your dying father isn't something Caillen takes lightly.  He'd do anything to keep his sisters safe, even taking the rap for them when they get caught smuggling illegal contraband.  Little did he realize the items his sister was smuggling carried the death penalty.  Mere seconds before the ax falls, he's saved by...his father?

Turns out he was kidnapped at birth, and is actually a prince.  Forced into a life of politics and parties, he's considering going back to his life of smuggling when he sees her.  Suddenly, being a prince doesn't seem all that bad.  Too bad she's got a tongue sharper than any dagger.

Desideria may be a princess on her world, but she's never had anything handed to her.  In her society, you have to earn everything you get, and only by defeating or killing your superiors in battle.  It's not an easy life, but it's the only life she knows.  Then at a conference, she meets a stuck up prince, although he doesn't act like the other diplomats.  His warrior stance and intimidating attitude make her yearn for something she can never have. 

When someone tries to kill her, Caillen doesn't hesitate to step in and save the day, only to end up stranded in a lifepod together and a bounty on their head to rival even the worst serial murderer.  As the two try and stay one step ahead of enemies both seen and unseen, they realize they're not as different as they think, and maybe they might have a shot at their happily ever after.



The League series is about a universe run by assassins, and woe to those who cross their path.  It's a great sci-fi series by an amazing author.  Sherrilyn Kenyon has managed to capture the full range of emotions needed to make not only the characters real, but the world as well.  Caillen and Desideria come from different worlds, but find out they're more alike than they realize.  It was great watching them stumble their way through the story trying to stay one step ahead of the countless assassins out to kill them.  Watching Desideria grow as a person was amazing to witness as well. 

Sherrilyn Kenyon is an amazing author, and I definitely recommend anything she writes, be it her League series or her Dark Hunter series.

Carla gives this book a





Monday, April 11, 2011

Review: The Last Warrior by Susan Grant

The Last Warrior
by: Susan Grant
ISBN#9780373775422
$7.99 mass market paperback
Harlequin
Sci-Fi Romance
Released: April 2011






When Elsabeth was a child, she watched her family slaughtered in front of her by the Tassagons.  Years later, she works at the Tassagon palace as a tutor to the King's children.  But she has an ulterior motive.  The real reason she took the job was to help take down the king, who issued the orders to kill her parents and lock her people, the Kurel, into a gated section of the kingdom.  She'll stop at nothing to see justice served, and her people set free.

Tao has spent years leading the king's army into battle, but now the battle is finally won.  He returns home expecting a hero's welcome, but instead finds the kingdom in tatters, as their king becomes more and more suspicious and fearful of everyone around him.  Falsely accused of treason, Tao is thrown into prison to await execution.  So much for a grand homecoming.

Although Elsabeth resents Tao and what he represents, she knows he's their best chance of overthrowing the king, so she breaks him out.  But when she tells him he'll have to go into hiding with her in the grotto, he refuses, because animosity and hatred have always run deep between the two peoples.  Elsabeth and Tao will have to put their prejudices aside for now so they can clear Tao's name, but that's easier said than done.

 This book is about two cultures that don't understand each other, so resentment and prejudice runs rampant between them.  The Kurel use medicine and are educated, while the Tassagons put no stock in book learning, and consider medicine "witchcraft".  When Tao and Elsabeth first meet, they automatically assume the worst about each other.  Forced to share the same living quarters, they begin to realize they're not so different after all, and begin to see that not everything they've been told about the other is true.



This was a great love story about overcoming prejudice to possibly find a happiness that's eluded them both all these years.  This book could be considered fantasy, but I said sci-fi just because of the reference that the original people came from another planet.  Susan Grant is one of my top five sci-fi authors, and she doesn't disappoint in this book.

Carla gives this book a




Friday, April 8, 2011

Review: Lady Clarrisa's Seduction by Scarlett Scott

Lady Clarissa’s Seduction
by: Scarlett Scott
ISBN#9781419931932
$2.49 eBook
Ellora’s Cave
Historical Erotica
Released: November 2010






Lady Clarissa Darlington cannot believe her father has lost everything and when Pierce Foster shows up to collect his debt he takes Clarissa as part of the payment and shows her what being with a man can be like and steals her heart.

Pierce Foster cannot keep his hands off Clarissa.  Who would have known the rake would fall in love. But what will happen to that love if she finds out what he has been hiding from her.  He has no choice but to tell her the truth before it is too late.


 

A story of first love and betrayal I found myself wishing for a longer story and wanting to learn more about Pierce. Full of sensual love scenes between two people who start out as strangers but find love. If looking for a short story I suggest getting LADY CLARRISA’S SEDUCTION.

Annette gives this book a





Review: Relentless Passion by A.J. Llewellyn

Relentless Passion
by: A.J. Llewellyn
ISBN#9781419931901
$4.45 ebook
Ellora’s Cave
Contemporary Erotica / GLBT
Released: November 2010







When Alex asks his twin brother Zeca to trade him places and pretend to be him Zeca would normally say yes. But, this time he is unsure, just so Alex can go on a date with some guy he just met he wants Zeca to take his place with Antonio, Alex’s new hot boyfriend.

Zeca gives in to his brother and soon discovers that he wants Antonio for himself and his brother can deal with it. But what will happen when the secret crumbles down on him and Antonio finds out the truth? Will Zeca be able to keep the man he has found himself in love with or will he lose him to his brother?



Relentless Passion lives up to its title full of passion as well as humor that will have you chuckling under your breathe. I fell for Zeca and his personality and the love he finds with Antonio is hot. Also, Alex needs his own lesson and I am sure Mr. Llewellyn gives him what he needs in his own story.

Annette gives this book






Thursday, April 7, 2011

Review: Catcalling Catherine by Cheryl Dragon

Catcalling Catherine
by: Cheryl Dragon
ISBN#9781419929892
$4.98 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Contemporary Erotica
Released: October 2010






As a lawyer, Catherine can never allow anyone to know of the sexual fantasies she partakes in through a service.  It keeps her name clean, while satisfying her darker desires.  When the construction workers she passes every day catcall her, she can't help but imagine a pair of muscle-clad men, wearing nothing more than a hard hat and a smile. 

After engaging the service and having a great night of sex with two men happy to fulfill her fantasy, she figures that's the end of it.  Itch scratched, time to move on.

But one of the men has met her before, and has secretly lusted after her since they first met.  Even a night of no-holds barred sex can't erase the image of the fiesty and passionate lawyer spread out before him.  He's never been the type to want more than one night from women, but he's thinking for her he can make an exception.

Now all he has to do is convince her that the benefits of mixing her real life and her fantasy life are worth the risk.



This was a quick and dirty story about how one woman's sexual desires backfire on her when her real life and her fantasy one suddenly become intertwined.  Catherine has worked hard to keep the two separate, but when she meets Tony, she finds the lines between the two blurred.  But is she willing to take the risk and go after what she wants, or will her prim and proper attitude cost her a chance at true happiness? 

The sex was hot, the characters were compelling and real, and the story flowed nice and smooth.  All aspects combined make for a great short story.

Carla gives this book a







Saturday, April 2, 2011

Call out for new reviewers

Do you love to read?  Do you love finding fresh new authors?  Have you ever wanted to tell other people what you thought of a book?  Are you unafraid of voicing your opinion? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then why not consider becoming a reviewer for RomFan Reviews?  We're looking for a few good people to help us out with our ever-increasing backlog of review requests. 

Criteria for becoming a reviewer with RomFan Reviews:

1) MUST be able to read the book and write the review within three weeks.
2) MUST be able to read in ebook format (PDF, ePub, Mobi).
3) MUST be able to write a review of at least 300 words.
4) MUST be able to offer constructive criticism if the book wasn't as great as you'd hoped.  If you like the book, tell us why.  If you didn't like it, what parts bothered you and why?  You can't be mean about it. 

We're looking for people who are interested in reading:

- Multi-genre Erotica
- Multi-genre Romance
- GLBT
- Short stories (50,000 words or less)
- Small press titles
- New authors

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, please email Carla at romfanreviews@gmail.com for more details. 

Writing experience is preferred, but not required.  Serious inquiries only, please.