Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Contest Winner: Sandy Sullivan

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Contest Winner: Gerri Brousseau

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: Escape from Obsession by Dixie Lynne Dwyer

Escape from Obsession
American Soldier Collection
by: Dixie Lynne Dwyer
$5.99 paperback
Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Erotica / Menage
Released: June 2013

When the police barged into the hotel room in New York City,  Gia hesitated, but only for a moment.  It was her only chance at escape from her possessive boyfriend and his business partner who were in the midst of an acquisition.  The object? Gia.  Her boyfriend wanted to share her with or without her consent.  So she took the chance and ran.

She ran all the way to Houston, Texas and reinvented herself with the help of her cousin.  Finding her niche in the advertising world, Gia keeps her private and working worlds separate until her friends convince her to go out after work for drinks to Casper’s, the hottest bar in town.  She draws the attention of many young men, but all unsolicited.  After everything that she went through in NYC, Gia was  not interested in men or a relationship for that matter.

Garrett McCallister was stunned into silence when the stunning beauty approached his bar deflecting all the male suitors.  With the help of her co-workers, Garrett is drawn into conversation where the attraction is mutual, even after she learns of his ménage family upbringing.  He and his two brothers have craved a woman that they could settle down with, and Gia could very well be this woman. 

When Gia meets Wesley and Gunny McCallister, the men pursue her with all their pent up desire and show her how wonderful a ménage relationship can be.  Work takes her out of town and right into the clutches of a predator, but he did not expect her to fight back and win! The news gets out and Gia’s face is in the limelight.  Her controlling boyfriend from NYC has been looking for her and now he knows right where she is at.  With multiple evils coming for their woman,  the McCallister men use their military training to protect Gia at all costs. 

Now come on, who could resist multiple sexy men devoted to your happiness?  Especially ones who look like the McCallisters!  This was a fun and exciting book with a dash of danger and repetitive dashes of sex…mix and consume.  The brothers are true southern gentlemen who want nothing more than to dote on their woman.  I enjoyed reading this book and swooning with Gia.

Michele gives this book a

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Review: Unexpectedly You by Lily Santana

Unexpectedly You
by: Lily Santana
$2.99 eBook
Carina Press
Contemporary Romance
Released: August 2013

From the moment Mitch came to town trying to build his condos, Emma's made it her life's goal to see him fail.  She's spent the past six months ripping his reputation to shreds, and getting everyone in town to alienate him.  A widow at 30, she likes things just the way they are, and intends to keep them that way, even if it means constantly irritating her oh so studly temporary neighbor. 

Struggling to get her small business started, Emma's devastated to learn how badly her husband had mangled their finances.  Now, if she can't get her hands on a large sum of money and fast, her and her teenage daughter will lose the home that's been in her family for years.  Swallowing her pride, she turns to the one person who's willing to help her, but at what cost?

Emma has been a nagging thorn in his side since Mitch started his project.  Now with her latest stalling tactic, he may have to lay off his entire crew until the city approves the project.  Seething, he confronts her, both despising the woman's tenaciousness but loving their confrontations.  When she comes to him begging for help, he knows he's finally found a way out of his slump.  He tells her he'll give her the money she needs, but only if she can get everyone in town to vote on his project, and make it seem like it was her idea in the first place.  To do that, he tells her they have to spend the entire week together, since that's what new friends do.  The fire burning in her eyes at the prospect makes him wonder what the frumpy clothing and bad attitude are really hiding.  It should be fun to find out.

I'm always on the lookout for stories about two people that love to bicker with each other, yet are drawn to each other despite the animosity.  This story delivers all that and more.  Emma and Mitch start off hating each other's guts, but slowly begin to learn the reasons for that misplaced hate.  Once they come to an accord over the loan, the time spent together starts to bring down walls that have long been in place for both of them, and the healing can begin.  There were times I wouldn't have been surprised to see them try to strangle each other, but the aggravation gave it that sense of realism and depth to the characters. 

Carla gives this book a


Friday, August 23, 2013

Blog Tour: Handcuffed by Her Hero by Angel Payne

Between a rock and a hard place.
To Sergeant Zeke Hayes, the expression has always been a non-factor. There's never been a situation he can't blast, punch, or smart-ass his way out of, which makes him the perfect fit for his Special Forces battalion--and a natural-born Dominant who's made a lot of submissives happy from Mt. Rainier to Vancouver.

That all changes when Rayna Chestain enters his world.

A rock.
From the moment Z snatches Rayna from the lair of a South Asian slave trafficker, his inner grizzly roars to life. This is a huge damn problem, because Z isn't wired to be a one-woman man. Growing up an orphan on the streets of Seattle has taught him that beyond a few hours in a dungeon, trust means disappointment and love leads to agony. But here he is, in the remote wilderness escape he'd promised not to share with anyone, harboring Rayna from a fiend who now wants his pound of revenge flesh from her.

A hard place.
Sheltering Rayna? Z's never done anything more right in his life. But wanting her? Dreaming of her beneath him, surrendering to his passion and domination? It's the most forbidden fruit he can crave...and the only thing he can't stop thinking about.

A new beginning?
This is a dead-end canyon that no rifle, bomb or sweet talk will let Zeke escape from. The only way out is to confront the reality of what Rayna has done to him...the mountain she's moved in his intractable heart.

RomFan Reviews has read the book, and here's what we had to say:

Handcuffed By Her Hero literally grabbed ahold of my heart and never let go.  Zeke and Rayne’s intense bond is forged in fire.  Thick with passion, smoldering looks, and red hot dominating sex, Angel Payne has created a sequel to rival its sibling.  I am anxious for the next W.I.L.D Boy and the continuation of her addicting characters.

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How do you write a very male driven topic such as Military and Dominance, yet keep it feminine enough that the ladies flock to read it?

WOW! I seriously love this question and thanks for asking it. To be really honest, the answer, at least for me, is comprised of a number of layers…
Layer 1: Contrast. Let’s face it, men are simply so many things we are not! They’ve got different striations in their muscles and different fathoms in their minds. The contrast of what they have, as to what we have, is unbearably sexy to me. Watching a man is like watching a sleek, gorgeous wild animal in the forest. They’re so….interesting! And to me, nothing embodies the essence of that contrast quite like “man stuff.” To be honest, ALL those “man worlds,” whether they’re cowboys or gladiators or race car drivers or even space explorers, kind of spark this reaction in me. It just so happens that the world of military men does it even better than the rest, because to me, there’s nothing more heroic than serving your country, your people, as the military does.
Layer 2: “Dominants don’t need anything” is a myth. A BIG one. The dynamic of Dominance and submission is often called “power exchange” for a very large reason—because it’s an exchange. A Dominant is nothing without the communication and dedication of his submissive…and it’s this fact that lies at the heart of turning my big, bold, bad-ass military boys into humans who not only love their women, but need them. In essence, on the surface, it may look like my W.I.L.D. Boys are the ones with all the strength and control…when in reality, it’s just the opposite. Now how sexy is THAT?
Layer 3: On the subject of turning men into marshmallows…*smirk*...well, speaking in emotional terms…nothing makes me grin more than getting the chance to show that even if a guy swings an M4 for a living, he still can be very much a fish out of water, and an adorable one at that, when the right circumstances arise. It’s this contrast that is the sexiest stuff of all for me to write.
I’d love to illustrate this point with one of my favorite examples from “Handcuffed By her Hero.” In this snippet, keep in mind that Zeke, after Rayna’s pleas, has had his merry Dom way with his woman for several hours. After they’ve caught a few hours of sleep, Z wakes up and finds out that Rayna has gotten up in the middle of the night. He finds her in the living room, and here’s what happens…
Moonlight shone through the back deck window, though the silver streams danced with the storm clouds, making the living room look like a mystical rainforest. Rayna, covered again to her knees in his Henley, stood in the middle of it—if that was the proper term for her pose. With one leg raised with its foot braced against her other knee and her hands pressed over her heart in a diamond shape, she reminded him more than ever of a graceful fairy tale bird. She was adorable. Amazing. If he hadn’t been all over her and inside her six hours ago, he would have even doubted she was real.
He couldn’t decide whether to keep staring at her, or order her to the couch so he could redden her ass again for scaring the shit out of him.
Not scratching that itch again, jackass. Remember?
The next moment, she took care of his dilemma, anyway.
“Put down the gun and come join me, Sergeant Hayes.”
Her voice was as ethereal as the light that surrounded her and soft as the smile she tilted at him. The fact that he stood there with the weapon didn’t seem to stun her in the least—which dazed him so much, he complied without a word. She rewarded him by extending a hand, pulling him next to her.
“You should be sleeping, bird.”
She arched both brows as she angled him to stand as she did, facing toward the panorama of cliffs and mountains that seemed to undulate beneath the clouds and the full moon’s glow. “Are you really going to try that one on me, SF boy?”
“And are you really going to call me ‘boy?’”
She turned her face up to him. Her eyes were full of dark emerald solemnity. “Then what do I call you?”
Hell. That was the sixty million dollar question, wasn’t it? He looked away instead of answering her, all too aware of the words that pushed way too close to the edge of his discipline. You can just continue with “Sir.” How does that sound? Or maybe I’ll just tell you how it sounds. Maybe I’ll tell you about all the submissives who have offered it to me in so many scenes, but how none of them filled my spirit with such satisfaction or pumped my body with such need. How it never gave me what your lips did…
“What are you doing?” he asked, instead.
“Just getting the chakras in line.”
She centered her stance again. This time she kept both feet on the floor. Without letting his hand go, she lifted her arms like a swan about to take flight. If his evasiveness ticked her off, she chose to play it close to her vest. Well, her chest. Like he could avoid noticing the sight, between her pose and the deep V of flesh exposed by the neckline of his shirt. Damn it. From his vantage point, he could see all the way in to the dark gold circle of her left areola, including the deep pink streaks left behind by his teeth. He smiled in grim triumph. He couldn’t touch her anymore but she’d sure as hell remember he had, at least for a few days.
It would be so easy to use their handclasp to drag her close again. To ram her against him, devour her in a kiss, shove that shirt up past her waist and—
“Come on, Z.” Her voice fell back into its gentle mist again. “Join me.”
The steamy fantasy bugged out like a greenie grunt under heavy fire. “Nah. Thanks. I’m good.”
“Yes, you are.” She curled a silky smile. “But how’re your chakras?”
He seriously needed to just let go of her. But goddamnit, he couldn’t. As his arm went along for the ride through a sweeping circle of hers, he muttered, “Bird, I don’t do chakras.”
“Really? Because you sure as hell tangled with a few of mine.”
Shit. How did he address that without coming off like an elephant on rice paper?
With a nervous snort, he rotated and adopted the same pose as her. “Is that good or bad?”
He watched her face carefully as she considered an answer. Her forehead crinkled just a little before she replied, “A little of each. So breathe in the next time we go up, okay? Hold it then let it out slowly.”
He rolled his eyes. “I—don’t—”
“In,” she decreed. Up their arms went. He snorted his way through obeying her. “Now let it out. Slowly.”
“Christ,” he grumbled—though damn if the action didn’t spread a nice layer of warmth through him. As she lifted his arm again, he ditched the snort in favor of really filling his lungs all the way.
And sneaking in a stare at her.
And marveling at what he saw.
With her hair a bright mahogany mess, contrasting with the porcelain serenity of her profile, she was as fascinating to him as the first day they’d sat and talked in the garden at the embassy in Bangkok. He took in the little curves at the corners of her lips, the gentle rise of her neck, the straight strength of her shoulders. There always seemed something new to notice about her, something else about her beauty that took his breath away.
And here she was…all his. Dressed in his damn shirt. Still covered in his bites.
Filling his cock with craving her beneath him again.
“Huh?” he stammered. “What?”
“You’re not breathing.”
You see that even a Dom like Zeke can have his balance busted—literally—by being in a situation that’s new and strange for him.
Later in the book, I take this idea to even greater extremes, especially in a physical sense, showing that even the toughest soldier needs the magic of love to be truly whole. Isn’t that what we all want…man or woman? And in that sense, that gives us the greatest connection of all, doesn’t it?
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Review: Handcuffed by Her Hero by Angel Payne

Handcuffed by Her Hero
W.I.L.D. #2
by: Angel Payne
$11.99 paperback
Self Published
Contemporary Erotica / BDSM
Released: July 2013

Plagued by nightmares of her time in slavery under King’s cruel hand, Rayna Chestain fears she will never feel safe again, but when Zeke Hayes reappears in her life nothing will be the same for either of them.  Zeke and his Special Forces Team rescued Rayna and Sage, but not before she put a bullet in King’s head.  His “Ray- bird” as he came to call her drew comfort from him and the safety he offered.

Rayna mistakenly reveals that she knows of his Dominate lifestyle and pleads for him to take control and quiet to voices in her head.  Zeke’s need to comfort Rayna quickly escalated a night of hot sexual claiming.

“I won’t tie you up. I won’t use any kinky toys. But I promise your skin will carry my marks. My taste will linger on your tongue. Your body will remember, for a very long time, exactly who’s been inside it.”

The morning after is overshadowed by an argument and a resolution to remain “friends”, but Zeke just can do that.  He has a date with a bottom that likes the kind of pain he delivers at the Bastille, his play club, and makes it very clear he does not plan on changing for her or anyone else. 

After an emergency session with her therapist, a hypnosis session reveals that Zeke and Rayna’ paths have crossed before in a similar scenario.  Rayna rushes to the Bastille to tell Zeke, but finds him deep in a session with a submissive.  Trying unsuccessfully to talk to him, she storms off only to come face to face with Mua, King’s twin brother who plans to follow through on capture.  Zeke comes to his senses and chases after her only to find her being attacked.  Instincts take over and Zsycho emerges to protect what is his. HIS?  On the run from dirty cops and politicians, Zeke and Rayna disappear into the mountains.
Struggling with her nightmares and no medications to help her, Zeke fears giving her what she needs to deal with the past, but one act of true submission seals the deal.

‘“I— don’t need— the medicine.” The whispers came out between her quaking steps back toward him. When she came close enough to touch him again, she bowed her head. “I need…” She slid to her knees. Then dropped her forehead against his feet. “I need this,” she rasped.

He’d certainly commanded a few submissives to honor him in this way before, but none had ever offered their surrender so willingly, so openly, so perfectly.”
Their time in seclusion is a time of true exploration for both of them,  but word comes that it is safe to return home….or so they thought.  Danger is closer than either realized.   A true selfless act of love will save them both.  Will they both survive? Will the Phoenix rise from its ashes and reclaim what was their’s?
“But the truth was… the bird had landed in your hands. Trusted you with her heart. Given her magic to you. And that made you the bravest fucking warrior on the face of the planet.”


Handcuffed By Her Hero literally grabbed ahold of my heart and never let go.  Zeke and Rayne’s intense bond is forged in fire.  Thick with passion, smoldering looks, and red hot dominating sex, Angel Payne has created a sequel to rival its sibling.  I am anxious for the next W.I.L.D Boy and the continuation of her addicting characters.

Michele gives this book a 

Cover Reveal: Tainted by Christina Phillips

ISBN: 9781419940734
Release date: 28th August 2013
A dangerous love that Rome will never allow…

Driven by the knowledge he failed to protect his king and embittered at losing the woman he loves, Celtic warrior Gawain despises the lust he feels for the beautiful Roman patrician, Antonia. She is everything he’s never wanted in a woman, yet she ignites his passion like no other. Despite the danger of discovery he embarks on an illicit liaison with her, determined to uncover the reason for the infinite sorrow that haunts her eyes.
Newly arrived in Britannia from Rome, Antonia is inexplicably drawn to the cold, tough Celt whose touch stirs a desire she long thought died at the hands of her brutal former husband. With Gawain she learns the pleasure of sex and his unexpected tenderness thaws her frozen heart. But she hides a deadly secret that could be her undoing, and knows her growing feelings for him can lead nowhere. Yet when a shadow from her past threatens her future Antonia is torn between the Empire of her birth and betraying Gawain, the man she’s grown to love.

 Inside Scoop: This medieval romance dabbles a wee bit in the paranormal.


Did he know the affect he had on her? It was a mortifying thought. She struggled to regain control of her senses, the use of her voice. And only then did the scandalous impropriety of his touch finally occur to her.
She should pull her hand away. Stand up. Put distance between them. He might be a kin of her hostess, but he had no right to touch her so. No right to cause such shocking sensations to ricochet through her body with little more than a smoldering glance.
But the shameful truth was, she enjoyed his touch. Even if all it comprised was the tip of one finger tracing across her knuckles. Where, earlier, his lips had also caressed.
Her lips parted, an involuntary response to her parched lungs. Was this how her former friends had felt when they first encountered a future lover? Could she have been tempted, as a young bride back in Rome, if Gawain had sought her out?
“I cannot fathom why you feel the need to tell me such a thing.” She pulled her hand free and resisted the temptation to wrap her arms around her waist in a forlorn gesture of self-comfort. It had taken less than a year of marriage for her to recoil from the thought of enduring more sex from a strange man than she had already suffered from her insatiable husband. “Why should I imagine you might wish to hurt me? You don’t even know me.”
He leaned toward her and a heady essence of wild forests and dangerous passion mingled with the undeniable scent of raw masculine arousal. He was so close she could see amber flecks in his dark eyes, and the sight transfixed her.
“Not yet.” His provocative whisper weaved through her mind, his meaning unclear. Not yet? The intensity of his gaze seared her and through the erratic pounding that distorted her reason, she finally grasped his intention.
Instead of outrage at his presumption, a flicker of excitement danced through her breast. It was insane that this virtual stranger could make her forget the indignities of her marriage bed so easily. But even as she knew she would never succumb to the desire that smoldered through her blood, she acknowledged its heady intoxication.
Perhaps, if circumstances were different, she might have forsaken her good sense and indulged in an illicit liaison with this Cambrian warrior. Perhaps, in his arms, she might finally lay to rest the unending nightmare of Scipio’s demands.
How terrifyingly seductive.
“You presume greatly.” She tore her gaze from his and once again focused, unseeing, on the nearby marble column. That Gawain was practiced in the arts of seduction was clear. That he considered her simply another Roman noblewoman to conquer was also, unfortunately, quite obvious.
She was too old and world weary to fall for his spurious honeyed words. But still, knowing all this, she could not deny how much she enjoyed his undivided attention.
Christina loves writing dark tales of tough, sexy warriors who are brought to their knees by their heroines. A mystical touch of fantasy or paranormal usually weaves its way through her stories, although strangely enough this wasn’t her intention when she first starting writing her Roman/Druid romances. But when ancient gods and goddesses get involved, it’s best just to go with the flow J
She is published by Ellora’s Cave and Berkley Heat and has dipped her toe in the indie pub waters. She is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers of America, the DarkSide Down Under Group Blog and Historical Hearts Group Blog.
Christina is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her family. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Make Mine a Cowboy by Sandy Sullivan

Mesa Arraguso writes about hot cowboys for a living. Being a romance writer has it perks and its drawbacks. She spends a lot of time alone in front of her computer, but she gets to fantasize about incredibly hot men wearing cowboy boots and Stetsons. While visiting San Antonio, Texas for a writer’s conference, she finds herself stranded on the back roads of Bandera only to be rescued by one of the most gorgeous men she’s ever encountered, be it fantasy or for real.
Joel Young is a cowboy. From the top of his Stetson to the tip of his dirty cowboy boots, he’s cowboy through and through. Along with rescuing women when they do silly things like running out of gas miles from town on a dirt road, he spends his days herding cattle, fixing fences and breaking horses.
Can one handsome cowboy and a city-girl from LA find common ground is the Hill Country long enough to see beyond a quick fling?

RomFan Reviews has done a review for this book, and here's what we had to say:

I thoroughly enjoyed this cowboy romance with a touch of kink.  The characters felt real and their playful banter was humorous.  The author has a great start to a new series on her hands and can’t wait to read the next.  Sexually charged characters fighting their feeling explode with dynamic sex…in the shower, in front of the fireplace, in the bed…(giggle). Yeah…it is that amazing!

To read the full review, click here.

Teaser #2
They continued chatting about mundane things as they plodded along. The constant shift of the horse’s rump made her realize how long it had been since she’d ridden. How far was this place anyway? “Joel?”
“How much farther?”
“A mile or so.”
“Somethin’ wrong?”
“I’m gonna feel every step this horse took tomorrow.”
A deep laugh started beneath her fingers and rumbled up his chest until it burst from his lips. “You are too much, Mesa.”
“I’m glad I could make your day,” she grumbled, a little put out by his laughter. “I haven’t been on horseback in ages. My thighs are already screaming mercy.” She felt his body quiver from laughter again. “How do you ride all day without dying?”
“I’m used to it. I ride all day everyday so it doesn't bother me.”
“You live on a working ranch?”
“Yep. Longhorns and city folk.”
“We have what most folks call a dude ranch. We let people come and stay on the ranch. Do ranch work, ride horses…you know, play at bein’ a cowboy for a while.”
“Really? That sounds like fun.”
“How long are you in town for?”
“The conference is over in a couple of days.”
“So you’re flyin’ or drivin’ home afterward?”
“Flying, yes.”
He got quiet for several minutes as the horse continued to walk along under his expert guiding hand. “What kind of books do you write?”
There it was. “Westerns.”
“Oh yeah? Like cowboys and Indians? Louie L’Amour type stuff?”
She shook her head and almost unseated herself from the back of the horse. A fistful of his shirt kept her in place. “No. Like cowboys and the love of their lives. I write erotic modern westerns.”

Teaser #5
“But look at all the stars.” She stopped so she could look up at the night sky. Billions of stars winked off and on lighting up the sky. “Look! A shooting star.” She closed her eyes to make a wish though she couldn’t believe she wished for a kiss.
“What did you wish for?”
“I can’t tell you or it won’t come true.”
“Sure you can. I won’t tell a soul. I promise.”
“All right. I wished you would kiss me.”
She could see the white of his teeth as he smiled. “Is that all?”
“Yes.” The word came out in a soft whisper.
He stepped in front of her and slipped his hand along her cheek to bury his fingers in her hair. God, it felt wonderful. The slight tug on her scalp set her heart to racing a hundred miles a minute. A flutter started in her belly, spreading lower until she felt on fire from his touch. She closed her eyes as his warm breath spread across her lips. Her lips parted on a sigh, accepting the warmth of his mouth. His lips were soft, yet strangely unyielding, like he wanted to absorb her strength through her mouth. One of his hands rested on her hip, pulling her into the curve of his body. His chest felt hard beneath her hands. The soft brush of his tongue on her lips parted them to his invasion. She wanted this, needed to feel alive, needed to be a woman again.
A soft moan escaped her as he took the kiss deeper, bringing both of his hands up to cup her face.
The sound of wolf whistles brought her back to the present as she heard the catcalls from his brothers near the fire. Joel stepped back, breaking the kiss.

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Sandy Sullivan is a romance author, who, when not writing, spends her time with her husband Shaun on their farm in middle Tennessee. She loves to ride her horses, play with their dogs and relax on the porch, enjoying the rolling hills of her home south of Nashville. County music is a passion of hers and she loves to listen to it while she writes.
She is an avid reader of romance novels and enjoys reading Nora Roberts, Jude Deveraux and Susan Wiggs. Finding new authors and delving into something different helps feed the need for literature. A registered nurse by education, she loves to help people and spread the enjoyment of romance to those around her with her novels. She loves cowboys so you'll find many of her novels have sexy men in tight jeans and cowboy boots.

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Review: Make Mine a Cowboy by Sandy Sullivan

Make Mine a Cowboy
Cowboy Dreamin’ #1
by: Sandy Sullivan
$4.99 eBook
Sweet Cravings Publishing
Contemporary Erotica
Released: June 2013

Who knew running out of gas and being caught in a flash flood in Bandera, Texas would bring her a real life hero, or cowboy in this instance?  Romance writer, Mesa West needed an escape from the writer’s convention she was attending, but Mother Nature thought she needed a push into fates path.  When a mysterious cowboy on horseback can to her rescue, she never expected Joel Young to save her in more than one way.

While checking the fence on the family’s dude ranch, Joel Young spotted a stranded car in rising water.  The beauty behind the car door took his breath away.  Safe and dry at the ranch, Mesa meets the Young’s, a warm family and its nine southern gentlemanly sons, but her savior has captured her attention.  Joel, the middle triple, feels the draw, but fights the business rule of not sleeping with the guests.  Smoldering looks, passionate kisses, and gentle caresses bring them closer to one another no matter how hard they fight it. 
They succumb to the pressure of their desires.  Joel shows Mesa his bedroom dominance and is shocked and the positive response he receives.  Will they finally admit their true feelings or will Mesa return home brokenhearted?

I thoroughly enjoyed this cowboy romance with a touch of kink.  The characters felt real and their playful banter was humorous.  The author has a great start to a new series on her hands and can’t wait to read the next.  Sexually charged characters fighting their feeling explode with dynamic sex…in the shower, in front of the fireplace, in the bed…(giggle). Yeah…it is that amazing!

Michele gives this book a

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Guest Blog: Gerri Brousseau

Thank you so much for inviting me to share with your readers today at RomFan Reviews.

I was asked to talk today about the trials and tribulations of being a historical romance writer.  Some would imagine it would be doing the research, but I don’t mind that. So in preparing to write an article, I started to think about what some readers might think about the life of an author. Some think the life of an author is glamorous, but being a historical romance writer is hard work. 
What? Hard work? Yes. When I get an idea for a book and the time period it is set in, and before I ever write one single word, I have to do a lot of research. For example, in writing my most current release, To Kill a Monarch, which takes place in London in 1811, I had to find out what life was like there at that time. What did people of that time period wear? How did they live? Who was the Monarch at that time? Did he have a presence I could work into my story idea? Then, once all the research is done and before every writing one single word, I give thought to how the facts can be worked into the plot I have spinning in my head.  You see, I have found that making changes can be a problem and get the writer into a tenuous situation.

Please allow me to explain. When I wrote A Pirate’s Ransom for example, I changed the name of the Duke. It was fiction, after all, and I didn’t feel as if I wanted to mar the reputation of the real duke. One would think that was okay and no big deal, right? Wrong. I caught flak. An authority in historical romance gave me a talking down for not doing my research. She reviewed the book and gave it a 3-star rating. However, in a private email said if I had kept to the actual name of the real duke, she would have given it 5-stars and went on to say I was a wonderful writer.  There is sometimes a saving grace, and I wasn’t upset, but I am, after all, writing fiction.

“Pirates” was the first book published, and so I guess I had a learning curve. I found that although I did my research and wanted to exercise “poetic license” and change a name, avid historical romance hounds wouldn’t like it. Lesson learned and to those historical romance buffs, some of whom may be your readers, I apologize.

In my second published novel, a time-travel romance entitled, According to Legend, I did a lot of research as well. In this book, my heroine comes into possession of an enchanted dream catcher, which through her dreams draws her back in time to the tribe, and into the arms of the handsome warrior chief. The story revolves around actual Native American legend and encompasses some of the customs of the tribes that inhabited Connecticut, which is where the story takes place. In this book, I did change the name of the tribe, and the area. So far, no one has called me out for it.

In To Kill a Monarch, having learned my lesson from Pirates, I didn’t change a thing. I merely spun a story around the time and imagined what could have happened. Did it ever really happen? There is nothing in history to suggest it. Could it have happened? Yes.

What is To Kill a Monarch about? Here is a little blurb:
Whispers in dark allies say Napoleon’s best assassin, The Falcon, has been sent to London to kill the Monarch. The problem – The Falcon’s identity is known only to the French Emperor. Sir Walter Tinsdale’s new partner, Philip Hamilton, arrives to discover their mission is to find the elusive bird of prey before he strikes. But their nemesis is like a phantom and always one step ahead of them. Enter the lovely Miss Charlotte Winston, the object of Sir Tinsdale’s affections, as well as those of Philip Hamilton. Unlikely alliances, deception, murder, and suicide will keep you turning the pages until the identity of The Falcon is finally revealed. With all the seduction and action of a James Bond movie, To Kill a Monarch is like 007 in 1811.

Would your readers like an excerpt?
Phillip lifted the lid off the terrine. The rich aroma of the thick beef stew rose with the steam that swirled above the heavy pot. A loaf of bread wrapped in a linen cloth still held the heat of the oven and his stomach growled, reminding him that he had not eaten since breakfast.
“Come, Charlotte. I’m famished. Let us dine. And after we eat, I have another surprise for you.”
“Another surprise?”
“Yes, I have a little gift for you.”
She sauntered toward the table only stopping when she came to stand beside him. “A gift?”
“What is it?”
“It’s a surprise. Now come, let us eat.”
“Will I like it?”
“I hope you will.”
“Tell me what it is.”
“You will have to wait until after dinner to see.”
“Phillip, why do you tease me so?”
“As I believe I have already told you, Madam, you have yet to sample the extent of my teasing. But after dinner I intend to give you a full ration.”

If your readers would like to read more of my saucy “caper” tale, releasing on 8/21, they can find it on Amazon and B&N.
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Now for some fun! Today I’m giving away a free e-book copy of To Kill a Monarch. The drawing will be random and to qualify you must leave a comment with your email address. Please feel free to ask questions.  A winner will be drawn on August 27th.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Promo: Lynne Silver

Engineered with superior strength, agility and acumen, the genetically enhanced soldiers of the top secret Program do the dangerous assignments no one else can. Now, they’re tasked with one additional job. Breed.
But finding and convincing their perfect DNA match they are the right men for the job may be their most dangerous mission to date. And the hottest. Good thing, they’re Coded for Love. 
A lead byline and a cover story—that’s what journalist Loren Stanton wants most. Until she meets genetically enhanced soldier Adam Blacker. Team leader of a top-secret covert ops group, Adam never wanted to search for his genetic match, but whenever he gets close to Loren, things turn hot quickly, making him forget every reason he had for retaining his bachelor status. After a scorching night together, neither doubts they’re connected at a DNA-deep level, although both fear the high stakes of what it means to be together.
Loren gives Adam two weeks to prove he’s bred for more than war. He must convince her that he’s also coded for love.
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By day, Lynne Silver lives the suburban soccer mom life; volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines.
She calls the nation’s capital home and lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand.
She is represented by literary agent, Jessica Alvarez of Bookends LLC.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Review: Agamemnon Frost and the House of Death by Kim Knox

Agamemnon Frost and the House of Death
Agamemnon Frost #1by: Kim Knox
$1.99 eBook
Carina Press
Sci-Fi Romance / Steampunk / GLBT / Aliens
Released: August 19, 2013

Forcibly retired from the military when his position was filled by machine soldiers, Edgar now works as a personal servant to the wealthy elite.  His one requirement is he not be paired with someone more interested in themselves than the world around them.  When he's hired for one night as the valet for the dashing Agamemnon Frost, he quickly realizes Frost is exactly the sort of man he detests, yet can't help the quickening of his heart when Frost looks his way.  Relationships between two men are severely punished if discovered, so Edgar tries to keep his attraction to himself.  But Frost quickly sees through the charade, and the sparks fly.

But there's an evil plot afoot, and Frost is right in the middle of it.  Turns out their party hosts are not what they seem, and soon the two find themselves chained in the basement, about to be tortured by an alien race bent on taking over the Empire by turning its citizens into mechanical slaves.  Although Edgar is no stranger to pain, he holds on to Frost's face to keep himself from succumbing to the mind-numbing horror that awaits him in the dungeons of their enemies.

This is the first book I've read that has aliens and steampunk mixed together.  Basically, Martians have come to take over England, and are turning people into part human, part machine slaves to make it happen.  Unfortunately for Edgar, he gets dragged into the middle of the silent war going on, and has to make some quick choices on who to trust, because he can never go back to his old life again.  This book was more about plot and action than romance, although the interaction between Frost and Edgar plays a big part on how the plot plays through.  One of the things I like about Kim Knox is her willingness to go where no author has gone before. 

Carla gives this book a


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cover Reveal: Bind and Keep Me by Cari Silverwood

Bind & Keep Me
by: Cari Silverwood
Release Date: August 30
How far would you go to protect your love and your life?
When two deaths turn his world upside down, Klaus must wrestle with a problem that goes soul deep. With Jodie it was capture fantasy but now he’s made the fantasy real, dragging her along as his accomplice. No one should feel so good about something so wrong.
Maybe his soul is darker than he feared. Maybe the rules shouldn't apply to him.

Dark erotica Mff with BDSM themes, capture fantasy, and dubious consent.  Contains spanking, bondage, caning and piercing and one alpha possessive man about to toss aside his morals and take what he wants.

“I’m not yours.” Her answer was quiet and tremulous.

Such bravery in the face of overwhelming superiority.
I stopped with my palm pressing her upper back down onto the mattress. Enough pressure that she could feel my strength, enough so that she tensed and then, as I didn’t relent, she gave in, her head lowering, her body quivering. Was she a true submissive? I was fairly certain she was.

“You’re pretty, beautiful even. Desirable. Fuckable. I scare you because I like pain more than you can comprehend. I’m not going to kill you. I’m not going to carve off your flesh and eat it. But, little toy, I am going to hurt you more than you think you can take.”
She froze in the middle of inhaling. I smiled and grasped a big handful of those dark locks just above her nape. I levered her head back until she was arched and her breasts were no longer concealed beneath her. So I took one in the grip of my other hand. “Mine,” I whispered. “You’re mine whether you fucking want to be or not.”

I squeezed both her breast and the fistful of hair, and I leaned down to look into her fear-darkened eyes.
“You need to learn not to be afraid of pain,” I murmured. “And you know why?”

She swallowed and I felt her endeavor to shake her head. Long strands of her hair fell across her face.
“If you lose that fear of pain, you will lose some of your fear of me. Not all, some. I’m not your nemesis, girl, I’m just going to be your master.”
Author Bio:
Cari Silverwood writes the way the world should be - dangerous and sexy with bullets piercing the darkness and lovers wrenched close by ropes. When you need escape, when you need that rough lover to bring you to your knees, here you will find stories to singe your fingers. The taste of adventure, the tang of BDSM, the burn of fantasy run wild. Brace yourselves, if you dare to read.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Bring Me Home by Cassia Leo

Claire Nixon is a college student with a past full of secrets and heartbreak. She was saved once by her first love, and rock star, Chris Knight. But when she encouraged Chris to leave town to pursue his dreams, both Claire and Chris didn’t realize it would be the biggest mistake of their lives.

After a devastating year apart and thousands of miles of distance between them, Claire met sexy surfer Adam Parker. With his awful jokes and profound patience, he helped Claire pick up the shattered pieces of her broken heart for the second time.
But now Chris has returned and he is willing and determined to make Claire’s dreams come true—the same way she did for him when she let him go.
With Adam’s former girlfriend in the picture, Claire finds herself torn between the new, passionate love she shares with Adam and the love and family she shares with Chris.

RomFan Reviews has reviewed this book, and here's what we had to say:

Here we go...I knew before my eyes fell on page one that this was gonna be a doozy.  I was so in love with Adam, Claire and Chris in Restless, then my emotions shifted in Pieces of You, and wham-o…upside down in Bring Me Home!  Tears were shed, I will not lie! Heartbreaking, thought provoking, inspiring...shall I continue?

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USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she's not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she's not watching reruns, she's usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading--sometimes both.

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