Taking It All by Maya Banks

taking it allTitle: Taking It All

Series: Surrender bk 3

Author: Maya Banks

Genre: Erotic Romance

Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. And loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business the success it has become, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappier with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give. Or they stand to lose it all

Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number one priority. But lately she’s seemed unhappy, and he’s worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.

But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy’s safety, his concentration, his wife’s faith in him as her husband, a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he’s going to lose her—has already lost her—he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he’ll get her back. And prove to her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she’ll allow him to prove himself one more time, he’ll take it all. Everything. But he’ll give far more back. Himself. His undying love. Read more

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Series Saturday: Wicked Play by Lynda Aicher

Today’s series Saturday spotlight is a new to me author but one I’ve been assured is fantastic. In fact after meeting her this past week-end at RomCon I’ve moved up on my TBR list. 

bonds of trustAfter ending her passionless marriage, Cali Reynolds is eager to live out her forbidden fantasies. Her first step is attending new members’ night at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town. Perhaps here she can find a man who understands her desire to be dominated…

At first, Jake McCallister thinks Cali has come to his club for the wrong reasons. But when he discovers she is seeking fulfillment after years of denial, he’s intrigued—and takes it upon himself to initiate her into the pleasures she’s been missing.

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Beyond Solitude by Kit Rocha

beyond solitudeTitle: Beyond Solitude

Series: Beyond bk  4.5

Author: Kit Rocha

Genre: Erotic, Dystopia

When a motorcycle accident leaves Derek Ford riding a desk at the O’Kane compound, the last thing he needs is a sexy new assistant upending his office and his life. But Mia isn’t scared of her domineering boss. The friction between them generates an undeniable heat—but Mia will not be kept, and Ford will do anything to protect what’s his. 

A few notes:

Unlike Beyond Temptation, this story stands separate from the main series plotline, with a tight focus on the hero and heroine as they travel through some parts of the Sectors we don’t usually get to show

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Sunday Snippet: S.E.C.R.E.T Revealed by L. Marie Adeline

sunday snippet One of the best parts of this job (who am I kidding this isn’t a job it’s fun) is to share with everyone new to us authors and books. When I was asked to review a new series by an author I’d never heard of I went sure, the book sounds intriguing. And it was. Then came book two in the series and I was all over that like a book-a-holic in bookstore the size of Macy’s on Fifth Avenue. By the time I finished the second book I was happy, excited, furious, and anxious. How in the world was Adeline going to tie up this series. Would Cassi and Will get their HEA and what about Solange? In Revealed all of those questions are answered. I have to admit things didn’t play out as I thought they would, but exactly how they needed to for Cassi, Will and Solange. This is one series that needs to be read all at once. And it’s one that I think all women should read. Whether you like romance or not. This snippet comes from Solange’s pov. 

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Friday Giveaway: The Professional by Kresley Cole

I have a Friday treat for everyone. We’ve been given THREE SIGNED COPIES of The Professional by Kresley Cole. If you haven’t read this erotic story you are missing out on one hot very protective Russian. How do you win one of these copies? It’s simple. Tell us who you’re favorite Alpha Romance Hero is. No Beta’s. We WANT ALPHA HEROES!!


The Professional (Game Maker, #1)

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Letting Go By Maya Banks

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Title: Letting Go

Series: Surrender Trilogy #1

Author: Maya Banks

Genre: Erotica

Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her. Dominance. Lonely and searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find is the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend. Dash has lived in an untenable position for years. In love with his best friend’s wife and unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more. When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to..

 

Josslyn has been widowed for three years. She has grieved the loss of her beloved husband, but the time has come to move on, she is lonely and ready. She makes the decision to explore the one thing her husband was unable to give her. She has fantasized about being dominated and seeks this at an exclusive club known as the House. When Dash, her husband’s best friend discovers her at the House, he is furious and whisks her away. He has secretly loved his best friend’s wife, and vowed to take care of her but seeing her be submissive with another man unravels him. When Josslyn shares with him her darkest desires the tale that unfolds is powerful, sweet, intense and, unlike anything either of them have ever known.

Josslyn is a strong character who knows what she wants, Honest to a fault and pulls no punches. Josslyn was so in love with Carson she was able to suppress her need to be dominated husband but now she is ready to fulfill her desires  and I respected that. Dash is definitely swoon-worthy, and their chemistry was good. The friends to lovers’ stories are always a good one and when you add in dominance and submission it can get downright HOT. Maya did an excellent job of exploring their sexual desires, and I liked the balance she gave us between tender love making and heated edgier exploration. The world of Dominance thoroughly explored. We meet a cast of secondary characters that were interesting and supportive.

Letting Go was a novel that I devoured. The romance progressed quickly with a few twists towards our HEA. The tale had a nice flow to it. I love all of Maya’s books.

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Unwound by Lorelei James

A1+qKJ+ioTL._SL1500_Title:  Unwound

Series:  The Mastered Series Book #2

Author:  Lorelei James

Genre:  Erotic

BlurbWhen sensei Ronin Black first encounters Amery Hardwick, the fire in her eyes ignites a sexual spark a thousand times better than the primal rush he used to get from mixed martial arts matches. She accepts his darker edges and admits to him that her desires aren’t as wholesome as he believed. And before long Ronin is grappling with emotions he’s never felt before….Yet despite demanding Amery bare her body and soul to him, Ronin holds a part of himself back. When she learns Ronin’s secret and walks out, his life begins to unravel. To regain her trust he must let go of his pride and prove to her that it’s more than passion binding them together.

Thoughts:  After having absolutely fell in love with Bound, the first book in this series – and having it end on such a cliffhanger – I could not wait to read this one!!  I definitely recommend reading it before you start this one – not just because of the background and insight you really get to the story and the characters, but because you simply shouldn’t miss it!  It was that good!  But this one does pick up where the other leaves off, so I think it’s really crucial to read it.  As for this book, in some ways it met my expectations – after all, how could it be anything other than good after the last one?  In some ways however it exceeded those expectations- and in others it was a little disappointing.  That’s not say it wasn’t any good – quite the opposite!

This one had a little less build up when it comes to the relationship between Ronin and Amery, but we also get to experience a bit more of Ronin emotionally than we were exposed to in the first one.  I was a bit disappointed though, simply because in some ways Amery’s character suffered a little bit.  To me – if I took it out of context without the background of the first book – she can come across as a little bit of a nag.  I loved, loved, LOVED this characters, and it was kind of sad getting that vibe from her, but thinking back to her character in the first book helped – it just made me really wonder if that was the way Ronin felt sometimes.    That was really my only fault with the book, and that could be simply a matter of perspective.  Regardless, I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the first – but only slightly.

No matter what though, this series gives you a whole new perspective on bondage.  It’s fresh, original, scorchingly hot, and passionately emotional.  The whole series is awesome, and I definitely recommend both of these books!  Even if you are a frequent reader of erotica, you’ve never read anything like this!

Rate:  A-

Sunday Snippet: Theirs to Cherish by Shayla Black

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Today’s snippet comes from the latest book in Shayla Blacks Wicked Lover’s series. If you’ve read the other books in this series then you have been just as anxious for this book as we have. Be warned this scene is for mature audiences only. So if you are under 18 I’m putting you on the honor system to not read this snippet. 

Sean reached for a blanket in a nearby stash, wrapped it around her, then pulled her into his lap. “Don’t beat yourself up. Yes, I wanted more. But tomorrow will come.”

Not for them, it wouldn’t.

“I could share myself more readily if you shared with me,” she ventured. At least it sounded like a good excuse.

Settling back on the bench with a raised brow, he drew her against his chest. “Is that so?”

“What we have feels so . . . one sided. I don’t know anything about you.”

He drew in a sharp breath. “I was raised by my grandparents in Scotland. My father served in the military in far-flung parts of the world. My mother preferred London to parenting. I attended local schools, finished university, learned how to hold my own in a fight and drink a few pints without getting too pissed. I work in project management.”

Callie gathered up her courage. “Are you married? Taken?”

Sean let loose a hearty laugh. “Has that been worrying you all this time? No, lovely. I was engaged about a decade ago, but I was already married to my job by then. We ended things amicably. I’ve been alone since. And my life was empty as hell without you.”

That shouldn’t get to her. He shouldn’t. But damn, he did. She might as well be honest about this, too. “I didn’t know how much my life was missing until you walked into it. I need more of you.”

If they had nothing beyond tonight, she wanted him in every way he would give himself tonight.

Scrambling off his lap and between his feet on the concrete floor, Callie braced her hands on his knees and glanced at his cock. Then she blinked up at him, pouring her desperation into this one entreaty. “Please . . .”

 

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SEAN stared down at Callie, his breath trapped in his chest, his cock about to explode. Her blue eyes, framed in thick black lashes and silently pleading, pierced his chest. Hell, they dug into his heart. He had to hold his fucking head together. But he wanted her more than he thought possible. More than he had words to express.

Of all the damn women to fall for . . .

Normally, he’d remind her that he was the Dom, and she shouldn’t wheedle for the terms she wanted. He knew a pretty piece of manipulation when he heard one. But Callie wasn’t herself tonight. Her breakthrough actually worried him. On the one hand, he’d finally peeled away layers of armor to reveal the soft woman beneath her bratty attitude. On the other hand, everything about her—especially that haunted look in her eyes—reeked of desperation. Of good-bye.

His gut twisted. Had something spooked her? Or someone, like him? There were a lot of reasons that letting her go wasn’t an option. If he had to rearrange his priorities, so be it. But no matter what, he must keep Callie beside him.

“Lovely . . .” He didn’t know what to say. His throat felt tight. His breath thickened as her fingers dug into his thighs.

She didn’t reply, just silently beseeched him with those sad eyes. How much unhappiness had she known to be so walled off from everyone? Right now, Sean could only imagine, but he wanted to know. And he wanted to heal her.

If he put her off now, she’d only bolt sooner. As it was, he suspected that she planned to be gone when he came back for her tomorrow. But if he gave in to her tonight . . . That was the wild card.

He’d ask her if she planned to flee, but she would only deny it. He knew Callie so well in some ways, yet she remained the most intriguing mystery in others.

Sean swallowed his doubts down. Fuck it. If he had this one chance to keep her, he was going to take it and deal with the metric shit ton of consequences later.

“Never mind.” She began to scramble to her feet, the unmistakable hurt on her delicate face wrenching.

He braced a hand on her shoulder and pushed down gently. “Stay. I haven’t said no.”

Her gaze skittered away. “But you didn’t say yes. I haven’t earned it.”

“That’s not true. You gave me a great deal of effort tonight. You fought through fears and surrendered a part of yourself to me. I appreciate how hard that was for you.”

Holding his breath, he reached for the snap of his trousers. He was crossing a dangerous line, but he silenced the concerns screaming inside him and focused on Callie. On growing his bond with her and giving her what she needed. Right now, he suspected she ached to feel wanted.

His zipper went down in a nearly silent hiss. Her gaze fell between his legs as he reached in to shove cotton out of his way and take his cock in hand. Fucking hell, he couldn’t remember the last time he’d been this hard or desired a woman so much. Something about Callie had tugged at him from day one. Sean wished he could say it was the sheer challenge of conquering her. He’d always liked using his wits or brawn to overcome obstacles. Who didn’t like winning?

But Callie had become far more than a conquest.

Slowly stroking his erection, blood rushed south to engorge him even more as her wide gaze fell on him, imploring. He tingled just from her longing stare.

“Do you want to touch me, lovely?”

She tore her gaze away and zeroed in on his face, then she nodded. God, this could make everything go sideways—fast. Any time he resisted Callie, it was something of a miracle. He should have known his willpower wouldn’t last.

Slowly, he eased his hand away. Within moments, she wrapped her own around his length, and he sucked in a hissing breath at the contact. Her skin was so warm, her touch soft yet deft. It was a tease. Seeing her silken fingers on him, her stare taking him in . . . Fuck, it was beyond heady. Nearly seven months without a woman, and he was so ready to blow. But he had a deep suspicion that if any other perched between his feet, he wouldn’t be half so moved.

With her elbow braced on his thigh, Callie glided her fingers up and down his cock, that gaze of hers boiling his balls. But it was the yearning wonder on her face that truly seared him.

On her knees now, she leaned in. She didn’t ask first, just opened her mouth to him…

theirs to cherish The perfect place for a woman on the run to disappear…

Accused of a horrific murder she didn’t commit, former heiress Callie Ward has been a fugitive since she was sixteen—until she found the perfect hideout, Club Dominion. The only problem is she’s fallen for the club’s Master, Mitchell Thorpe, who keeps her at arm’s length. Little does she know that his reasons for not getting involved have everything to do with his wounded heart…and his consuming desire for her.

To live out her wildest fantasies…

Enter Sean Kirkpatrick, a Dom who’s recently come to Dominion and taken a pointed interest in Callie. Hoping to make Thorpe jealous, she submits to Sean one shuddering sigh at a time. It isn’t long before she realizes she’s falling for him too. But the tender lover who’s slowly seducing her body and earning her trust isn’t who he claims…

And to fall in love.

When emotions collide and truths are exposed, Sean is willing to risk all to keep Callie from slipping through his fingers. But he’s not the only man looking to stake a claim. Now Callie is torn between Sean and Thorpe, and though she’s unsure whom she can trust, she’ll have to surrender her body and soul to both—if she wants to elude a killer.

Beyond Jealousy by Kit Rocha

beyond jealousyTitle: Beyond Jealousy

Series: Beyond bk 4

Author: Kit Rocha

Genre: Erotic, Dystopia

She’s been looking for the perfect man. She found two. 

When Rachel Riley sacrificed a life in Eden to protect the O’Kanes, she earned her place in the powerful Sector Four gang. But the former crime princess is tired of being everyone’s sweet little sister . It’s time for her to get wild, to embrace her fantasies as only an O’Kane can—with a delicious exiled soldier and the gang’s wickedly sinful tattoo artist.

A saint… 

Lorenzo Cruz is a warrior, taught by his commanding officers in Eden that involvement equals distraction. Emotion is a liability, and desire a sin. In Sector Four, he finds decadence, shameless sex—and his own dark urges. No battle strategy prepared him for how Rachel makes his heart race…or the way his rival for her affections sets his blood on fire.

…and a sinner. 

Ace Santana has a dirty reputation and a mind to match, especially where his new lovers are concerned. He’s eager to help Cruz embrace his dominant side, and to explore the lines between pleasure and pain with Rachel. But corrupting them quickly becomes an obsession, a need he can’t deny—and a love he never imagined.

Three hearts on the line means a hundred ways their ménage a trois could go wrong. After all, even O’Kanes do forever two-by-two. One of them could be the missing piece that makes them all whole…or a temporary diversion destined for a broken heart.

Thoughts: I have a lot of thoughts about this book, because well it’s THIS book. But the number one thought I have about this book is this…..GO BUY THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW! I MEAN IT RIGHT NOW! YOU WILL THANK ME LATER FOR IT I PROMISE!

Now for why it’s THIS book for me.

From the moment Ace showed up on the page in Beyond Shame I was in lust with him. Every time, and I do mean every freaking time he was in a scene I fell a little bit more for him. By the end of Shame I was just a little bit in love with him. Then came Control and my feelings for him grew. Then there was that novella Denial, that I’m convinced was written to torture us, but that really began to show a little bit of who Ace really was. Then came Pain and oh my…I was in trouble. I was completely in love with Ace.

Ace is one of those characters that will complete consume you as a reader. You won’t care about anyone or anything but him. Why? Because of his story. Not just his current story, but his back story. Why he is the way he is, why he does boneheaded things that make you want to reach into the book and smack some sense into him, at the same time you are crying because you get why he reacts they he does and your heart is breaking for him.

Cruz, oh Cruz. You make my heart sing. I’ve adored Cruz ever since he left Eden and joined the O’Kanes. What he did wasn’t easy, but it was right. He’s had a lot thrown at him in a short time, and has had to completely change they way he thinks, feels and behaves. Some things he’s fine with, the cage fighting, the patrolling, the protecting. The rest though, it’s causing him a lot of internal grief. Throw in his feelings for Rachel and Ace and well he’s not above doing everything in his power to make them his.

Rachel, now she’s a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. Unless his name is Ace. Then there’s her growing feelings for Cruz, and well she’s barely keeping her head above water. When Cruz and Ace decide they’ve had enough and the only way any of them will be happy is for all three of them to be together and she isn’t sure she’ll survive the coming pleasure.

But not all is champagne and roses with these three. There’s some serious stuff going down, and the whole sector is in for trouble from unknown sources. As the three of them learn how to be in a committed relationship, they each have to make some choices. When one of their choices almost destroy’s them all, one of them does everything in his power, even going so far as to broker deals with one of the most powerful men in the area to save them.

Then there’s the sex. And OMG is there a lot of it. And it’s dirty. So very very dirty. And so very Ace, Rachel and Cruz. I will say this, if you thought the cage fight between Ace and Cruz was hot, you haven’t seen or read anything yet. You will need several ice cold glasses of water, a fan, and no interruptions for this one. This book is by far the hottest book in the series so far. These three put anything that Noelle and Lex can come up with to shame.

Bottom line, if you’re a fan of this series and have been waiting for this book it doesn’t disappoint. It has everything that we’ve come to expect from this amazing series. If you’ve not yet picked it up, well just head on over to Amazon or B&N and buy Beyond Shame now, and while you’re at it, get the other’s in the series as well.

Grade A+

P.S. The cliffhanger at the end of this book leading to Beyond Addiction will have you wanting to find a hacker to break into Kit Rocha’s computers to find out what is going to happen.

Spellbound by Sylvia Day

spellboundTitle: Spellbound

Author: Sylvia Day

Genre: Erotica, Paranormal, BDSM Elements

Her desire becomes his pleasure…

Max Westin. Sex incarnate. She could smell it, feel it with his proximity. Everything about him was a little rough, a little gritty. A primitive creature. Just like she was.

He held her hand a little too long, his thickly-lashed gaze clearly stating his intentions to have her. To tame her…

“Victoria.”

Her name, just one word, but spoken with such possession she could almost feel the collar around her neck.

“It’s in your nature,” he murmured. “The desire to be taken.”

In this game of cat and mouse, everything is an illusion but the passion is as real as it gets.

Thoughts: If you’re a fan of Sylvia Day’s then you will love this collection of novellas about one couple.

In the first novella we meet Victoria and Max and the sparks fly between these two. Max has one assignment, to see if Victoria can be saved and brought back to the fold of their race. He never planned on the intense sexual feelings he has for her.

Victoria is consumed with the need to avenge her lovers senseless death almost two hundred years ago. She’s known the ruling body for her race would eventually send someone to try and bring her back. She thought she’d be ready for whoever they sent. She never planned on Max.

I really enjoyed the journey that Max and Victoria go on, from adversaries to lovers. Each of the three books shows them at different times in their relationship. My only complaint was that the novellas were to short. I would have liked to see more of their relationship and the struggles they go through. As the the time between each of the books is between a year to two years.

Overall though, this like all of Sylvia’s books is a great read and one you shouldn’t miss out on if you’re a fan of her paranormal stories.

BLOG TOUR: Need You Tonight by Roni Loren

91xiCkhwo-L._SL1500_Title:  Need You Tonight

Series:  Loving On The Edge Book #5

Author:  Roni Loren

Genre:  Contemporary, Erotic

BlurbShe’s making a wish list, and he wants to be on top.  From foster kid to trophy wife, Tessa McAllen is about to reinvent herself all over again—and defy every insult her cheating ex-husband ever used against her: Selfish? She’s championing a charity. Stupid? She’s getting her degree.  Boring in bed?  Kade Vandergriff can help her with that one. When they encounter each other at a singles event held at one of his restaurants, Tessa blurts out that kink is for girls who try too hard, and Kade instantly wants to show this sassy stranger how thrilling a night under his command can be…but when he learns her name, the game changes for both of them.  In high school, Tessa was the popular girl who stuttering, awkward Kade fell for. But she chose another. Now, as she eagerly learns lesson after lesson, he’s going to make sure she never forgets him again.

Thoughts:  Loving On The Edge is right!  This book definitely has a bit of an edge to it, and in more ways than one!  I loved this book, and I loved even more how Tessa and Kade didn’t immediately recognize each other.  They kind of had a chance to be together without being hit with all the baggage from their past.  And, while neither of them were perfect and made their share of mistakes, they were both immensely likeable as characters.  I also loved how neither of them started playing the blame game – they accepted the past, tried to understand each other’s viewpoints, and moved on.  It was fascinating to watch them fall in love all over again.  I was honestly surprised at the depth of the storyline.

This book was over 400 pages, and one of my concerns was that it would wind up a little long winded with parts that really lagged.  That was far from the case, thankfully.  The author did an exemplary job with keeping the story constant, fresh, and interesting.  I do feel the need to warn you though that there is a rape scene toward the end of the book, that is not only more descriptive than I have usually found, but also not quite like any other that I have come across.  To be honest, it is truly heart wrenching and will bring tears to your eyes.  While it is utterly horrible, I thought it was important to the overall story and that it really increased those character connections.  However, if that is a sensitive issue for you, you might want to pass on this one.  Even though the book is a series, it is also fully able to stand on it’s own without making you feel lost.

Rate:  A

 

BLOG TOUR: Theirs to Cherish by Shayla Black + Giveaway

81B6pqFBTcL._SL1500_Title:  Theirs to Cherish

Series:  Wicked Lovers Book #8

Author:  Shayla Black

Genre:  Erotica

BlurbThe perfect place for a woman on the run to disappear…Accused of a horrific murder she didn’t commit, former heiress Callie Ward has been a fugitive since she was sixteen—until she found the perfect hideout, Club Dominion. The only problem is she’s fallen for the club’s master, Mitchell Thorpe, who keeps her at arm’s length. Little does she know that his reasons for not getting involved have everything to do with his wounded heart…and his consuming desire for her.  To live out her wildest fantasies…Enter Sean Kirkpatrick, a Dom who’s recently come to Dominion and taken a pointed interest in Callie. Hoping to make Thorpe jealous, she submits to Sean one shuddering sigh at a time. It isn’t long before she realizes she’s falling for him too. But the tender lover who’s seducing her body and slowly earning her trust isn’t who he claims…And to fall in love.  When emotions collide and truths are exposed, Sean is willing to risk all to keep Callie from slipping through his fingers. But he’s not the only man looking to stake a claim. Now Callie is torn between Sean and Thorpe, and though she’s unsure whom she can trust, she’ll have to surrender her body and soul to both—if she wants to elude a killer…

Thoughts:  I am a fan of Shayla Black, particularly her Doomsday Brethren series.  I am not as familiar with her other works, but I thought I would take the opportunity to explore more of her writings.  And once again, Shayla Black has proven herself.  No matter she puts her hand to – be it magic and myth or erotica – she can do no wrong.

Let me say that for an erotica novel, the plot was way more in depth that I expected.  More than just simply erotica, this book has intrigue, as well as government subterfuge, and more than enough drama to keep you interested.  Once you became caught up in this storyline, it was really hard to put it down – even for a few moments.  One of the great things about it though, is that even though it is part of a series, it stood on its own as a stand alone just fine.

Another thing I really loved about this book?  The intricate relationships.  The two men despise each other at first, and only wind up working together when they have to in order to find Callie – before someone else does.  And even though it is sort of a love triangle that eventually develops into a ménage, they don’t just fall into it like you see in some other books.  They each deal with it in their own way, yet still manage to work through various issues, circumstances, and insecurities.  And the depths of emotion behind that are what really makes this story.  Sean and Mitchell both are their own strong, individual personalities, who each have their own different relationships with Callie. Yet it all comes together in a beautiful and touching way.

On the downside, it could be a little too lengthy at times, and some of the ‘action’ and ‘intrigue’ parts of it just didn’t ring true or plausible.  But it is make-believe after all…lol…..I just prefer when no matter how far fetched it seems, when you’re caught up in the story – it all just seems perfectly plausible!  All in all, stuff that could be easily overlooked.

Theirs to Cherish definitely stands out from the typical erotica/BDSM romance, and it’s well worth a read.  Thoroughly enjoyable!

Rate:  B+

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Seduced by Fire by Tara Sue Me

seduced by fireTitle: Seduced by Fire

Series: Play Partners bk 1

Author: Tara Sue Me

Genre: Erotic Romance

ulie Masterson craves a taste of danger.

Despite being familiar with the different games people play in the bedroom, she’s never given in to her curiosity about putting her body in someone else’s power—until a chance meeting with Daniel Covington, the seductive Senior VP of Weston Bank, draws her into a titillating new world of sexual experience, one that she never knew she desperately needed.

Daniel is highly respected within his community, but he hasn’t had an exclusive relationship for over two years. Yet Julie’s eager innocence is driving him to the brink of ecstasy, making him rethink his feelings about commitment.

As their sizzling connection heats up, Daniel is ready to take Julie fully under his command. But when the dangerous side of their play rears its ugly head, Julie will have to decide if she trusts him enough to surrender completely—or if she should escape before she gets burned.

Thoughts: When I received this book I was a little leary about reading. I’d loved The Submissive, but didn’t enjoy the next two books in the series. After having the book on my nightstand for a while I decided to pick it up and read it. I didn’t read it all in one sitting, but over a couple of weeks.

What I really liked about this book was the fact that it wasn’t told in first person. We got to see both Julie and Daniel’s POV’s.

When Julie meets Daniel he’s just a guy she’s attracted to. She has no clue about his kinky side, and that it will bring out the desires she has never allowed to come to light. After an amazing night together all she knows is she wants to spend more time with him. When she attends a local meeting of the BDSM community and sees him there it rocks her.

When the woman that Daniel has started seeing shows up at his BDSM community meeting with another submissive he’s both irritated and excited. He’s irritated that the submissive who brought her did so, because it makes it look like he’s hiding who he is, which is not the truth. He’s also excited when he finds out she’s been curious for a long time and her friend has been asking her to come to the meetings for months.

As their relationship progresses, they begin to explore the submissive side of Julie. Everything is going great until something happens to someone they both know in the BDSM community. This sends Julie into a spiral and causes Daniel to break it off with her, as that is what he thinks she wants.

The journey that these two characters go on is complex and full of emotions and self-discovery.

If there was anything I found lacking in this story is that while we got Daniel’s back story, we never learned anything about Julie and hers. And I really wanted to know a little bit about her back story.

The secondary characters in this story are such that I found myself wanting to know more about them, and hoping their stories come next.

Grade B+

New Release Tuesday

It’s a book lovers favorite day of the week New Release Tuesday. This week is giving us some great reads. 

AS hot as it getsSea, air, land, the bedroom…this SEAL is always in command.

An Out of Uniform Story

After watching his teammates settle down one by one, Navy SEAL Jackson Ramsey is ready to say goodbye to the single life. He’s even met a woman who intrigues him, challenges him, and turns him right on—Mia Weldrick, the funny and beautiful gardener he can’t wait to get to know better.

Except Mia isn’t interested in dating him, which means it’s time for Jackson to unleash his Texas charm and do some serious wooing.

With a teenage brother to raise, two jobs, and, frankly, a complete disinterest in sex, Mia has no room in her busy life for a six-foot-five SEAL with a naughty streak a mile wide. But one hot kiss from Jackson has her imagining all the dirty ways she could fit him in.

It isn’t long before their no-string fling transforms into something more. As desire unearths emotions and deeply buried secrets, Mia has to decide whether to give love a chance to grow, or let it slip it away.

Warning: This Southern gentleman is wickedly ungentlemanly in the bedroom. He likes it rough and kinky, and he’s not afraid to make his sexual demands known. Anal, spanking, voyeurism, and other surprises await you in this last and dirtiest Out of Uniform installment.

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crimson twilightIt’s a happy time for Sloan Trent and Jane Everett. What could be happier than the event of their wedding? Their Krewe friends will all be there, and the event will take place in a medieval castle transported brick by brick to the New England coast. Everyone is festive and thrilled . . . until the priest turns up dead just hours before the nuptials.

Jane and Sloan must find the truth behind the man and the murder—the secrets of the living and the dead—before they find themselves bound for eternity—not in wedded bliss but in the darkness of an historical wrong and their own brutal deaths.

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misbehavingWanted: Adventurous, open-minded man willing to try anything…

As a popular sex blogger, Beatriz gets paid to have orgasms. So being on deadline the week of her sister’s wedding isn’t as rough as it sounds. There’s just one hitch: Bea’s assignment is to write a review of a sex position manual, but she doesn’t have a plus one to play with.

The good news: Ben, the one who got away back in college, is also attending stag–and he’s as temptingly gorgeous as ever.

The bad news: Ben turned down Bea’s offer of graduation night sex five years ago.

The best news: He’s not planning on making the same mistake twice.

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A red-hot retelling of Much Ado About Nothing for people who love Shakespeare but thought his plays could use a few more sex scenes.

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bear nakedTo win a frightened heart, you have to bare your own.

Any woman would be eager to be Ryan Williams’s mate. Any woman but Glory Walsh. The sexy bear shifter is beautiful, strong and persistent, she’ll give him that. But Glory’s past taught her one simple truth: people leave. She can’t get past the fact he left her once before. Okay, so he had a good reason, and he did come back. Try convincing her emotions.

When Glory finally agrees to a date, Ryan feels like shouting hallelujah. He only left his mate to hunt down the man who’d shot her, but convincing the stubborn woman she has a permanent place at his side is tougher than he thought.

Their date takes a turn for the bizarre when Glory thanks Ryan for the series of romantic gifts—gifts Ryan never sent. It seems her past is coming back to bite her, and before it has a chance to sink its teeth in and tear her out of his life, Ryan will have to bare it all, right down to his soul, to protect the woman he loves. Even from herself.

Warning: This title contains explicit sex, graphic language, a blue-haired heroine, and a hero who isn’t afraid to get all kinds of naked.

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alone with youWhen waitress Darcy Vaughan’s friend asks her to help out with the launch of a fledgling restaurant, she’s happy to oblige. Little does she know the owner is Jake Holland, the perfect guy who slipped through her fingers after their one night of passion. But for Darcy and Jake, one touch was just not enough.

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scandal on the sandNathaniel Ivory is known in the tabloids as “Naughty Nate,” and this son of a huge, wealthy family that’s often referred to as “American Royalty” has done everything he can to earn that nickname. Nate’s penchant for trouble has kept him from fully earning a respectable spot in the many family businesses. He’s forever destined to be the black sheep whose scandals need to be swept under the rug. But Nate is determined to change all that through his new position as the manager of the minor league baseball stadium and team that he and his friends are launching in Barefoot Bay. All he has to do is avoid even a hint of scandal.

But then he meets irresistible, blue-eyed Liza Lemanski, who makes some claims about his past that rock him to the core. Liza maintains that Nate has a son that is a result of a fling he had with her best friend, who died in an accident. Liza plans to adopt the child, but wants to eliminate any chance Nate will claim paternity rights. No problem…he doesn’t even believe he has a son, and thinks the whole thing is probably a scam. Until he meets four year old Dylan and recognizes every Ivory gene in the child. All he has to do is give up his child to save himself from a scandal he can’t afford to have, but suddenly Nate is looking at life differently. As he and Liza dig to find out the truth about Dylan’s father and mother, their attraction turns to fire and, without a doubt, someone is going to get burned.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Dane takes you into a brand new world in ALL THAT REMAINS. Summer Killian falls fast and hard when Charlie arrives in Paradise Village. But the heat turns all the way up when she learns Charlie is also with Hatch – the man she loved three years before. While she’s not sure she’s cut out for a triad, neither man is going to give her up.

Take a ROCKY RIDE with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Vivian Arend as she leads you back to the Six Pack Ranch. Anna Coleman might be the law around Rocky Mountain House, but bad boy Mitch Thompson knows that under the stiff RCMP uniform is a woman with a passion for speed and pleasure that matches his own, and he’s not giving up until she’s his.

Kit Rocha returns to Sector Four in BEYOND TEMPTATION. A promise to a dying friend backfires when Noah Lennox finds that the girl he was supposed to rescue is all grown up–and wearing O’Kane ink. He wants to protect her from the secrets of their past, but she wants him. And an O’Kane woman always gets what she wants.

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Book Watch: Letting Go by Maya Banks

Maya Banks is one of those authors who has the ability to consistently deliver a compelling story with characters that we fall in love with and want more of, from the main characters to the secondary characters.  In the series starter of her latest series Surrender, Maya once again is giving us great characters who compel us to keep reading to see what happens with these characters.

Helen is currently reading this book and tells me she can’t put it down so look for her review in the next couple of weeks. This is definitely a book you won’t want to miss.

Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy, #1)

Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her. Dominance. Lonely and searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find is the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.

Dash has lived in an untenable position for years. In love with his best friend’s wife and unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more.

When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to