Review: Charade (Swept Away) by J.S. Cooper

A dangerous game was started before the events that transpire in the book, ILLUSION, as Bianca London wanted to uncover the facts about the past. What takes place in this Swept Away novella reveals background information which led to the circumstances in the first book of the series, where some details are made clearer while other realities become more puzzling. J.S. Cooper helps the reader to better comprehend why Bianca is so intent on getting to the bottom of what really happened to her parents, and I found the knowledge learned will be helpful in understanding the upcoming book, DISILLUSIONED. Mysteries are solved in CHARADE, while new dangers seem imminent.

After her mother was killed in a car crash, Bianca London and her father grew even further apart. Much of his time was spent working on new inventions, so she turned to books plus movies and eventually became a historian. Her father has recently died and though all his money was gone, he did have his lawyer give her two boxes. Upon opening them, she discovers a cryptic letter written by her dad which raises several questions. He hinted that her mother could have been targeted, and it is possible he was cheated by the corporation where he worked.

To get the information she needs concerning Bradley, Inc., she must get close to those who run the business. Bianca has never been assertive, but feels she must or the facts about her parents will remain a mystery. A plan is set in motion to meet David Bradley, because he is the brother of the corporation’s CEO. Though he seems nice, she must remember the reason she wants to get close to him.

When an average person goes up against a successful business run by a powerful man, the consequences may not always go according to wishes. Bianca just wants answers to the baffling letter left by her father. But her desire to gather this information may change her life in ways she never imagined. ILLUSION definitely needs to be read before CHARADE, as the reader will then know the price she will have to pay after implementing her scheme. Though there are still lots of unanswered questions, what drove her to take action is more evident.

How Bianca interacts with David shows she is not used to being in control of a situation, and her communication skills with men are certainly not the best. After reading this story, I now realize some of the causes for her behavior during much of the first book. I cannot wait until more of the mysteries in the Swept Away series are exposed. The anticipation builds as J.S. Cooper fills CHARADE with looming threats.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sensuous

Genre: Contemporary

ISBN: 9781476791012

Page Count: 100

Price: 1.99 (eBook only)

Author’s Website: jscooperauthor.com/

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Reviewer: Amelia Richard

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Review: All of Me (Inside Out) by Lisa Renee Jones

Between their first meeting and eventually getting married, Chris Merit and Sara McMillan have been on a journey of highest highs and lowest lows. The way this couple has grown emotionally makes them feel better about themselves, as each was on a rather dark path when they met. There have also been some devastating losses for both of them, where their personal feelings have been greatly influenced because of these tragic events. How Chris and Sara have changed over the period because of their involvement is clearly shown in the concluding story of the Inside Out series. Honest revelations delivered with intensity make ALL OF ME profoundly emotional. Lisa Renee Jones makes you deeply care about her romantic couple.

When Sara and Chris initially began seeing each other, she believed the only thing ever linking them would be sex as neither was ready for any kind of lasting relationship. Yet after Sara reads some very private journal entries written by a woman named Rebecca, she implemented some major changes in her own life. Now she and Chris are preparing to get married, but a high-profile investigation forces them to leave San Francisco for Paris in order to keep from being constantly harassed. While in France, he speaks with someone with whom he has a volatile history and painful memories resurface.

Before Chris had a relationship with Sara, his reactions to upsetting ordeals would not have been to turn to someone for support as he now does with her. As they work through what could have been a crisis, the couple enjoys their time together sexually satisfying each other. Before they return home to finish planning their wedding that takes place on Valentine’s Day, a huge development related to Rebecca’s murder takes place. Hopefully, this will help to bring them some closure as they are finally ready for the next step in their lives.

The Inside Out series has been an emotional roller-coaster, where feelings have been conveyed with a rare openness. With lots of sincerity behind their responses, the lives of many characters have been exposed to the reader. An equal amount of good times countered the bad moments, and any situation involving sex is always depicted with much enthusiasm plus gratification. Lisa Renee Jones has truly mastered the erotic genre. Regardless of where Chris and Sara have sex, every thought they have and all of their actions are focused on the fulfillment of their partner. Seldom have two people been as attuned to each other as this couple has become, and they are definitely learning to not hold back on what they are presently feeling.

In ALL OF ME, there are numerous scenes where very real emotions are displayed. How Chris and Sara support the other proves their committed devotion, and I was very touched by their comments during several of the more moving situations. Though he is a dominant person, she does not feel threatened by him and their relationship works because of this fact. There is one scene in the story where Mark talks to Sara, and I was very affected by his out-of-character earnestness. There are to be more books about what actually happened to Ella, and I am anxious to discover all the mysterious details. Lisa Renee Jones has created an outstanding erotic series, and everything is perfectly wrapped up in ALL OF ME.

Star Rating: 4.5 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sultry

Genre: Contemporary

ISBN: 9781476793917

Page Count: 160

Price: 3.99 (eBook only)

Author’s Website: www.lisareneejones.com/

Buy It Link: tinyurl.com/lsd8zht

Reviewer: Amelia Richard

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Review: Foundation of Trust by A.M. Arthur

Foundation of Trust by A.M. Arthur is the fifth book in the Cost of Repairs series. Although the book can be read as a stand alone novel, there is a certain richness that comes from reading this book in the proper reading order. There are characters that cross over and it makes for a better appreciation of the characters and the world itself if the books are read in order. There is also the fact that this book is a contemporary story that very easily could be someone’s life. The characters seem so real and vibrant that it is easy to picture these people actually existing.

David had it all. He was in a relationship with a man he loved, a child and a future he was looking forward to. Then everything changed and a terrible diagnosis left him with his life shattered. After four years he is still trying to pick up the pieces of his life. He has a new business opportunity that is giving him a new purpose but his private activities include dangerous hookups that leave him bruised for days. When the man that left him walks back into his life, David’s entire world is once more turned upside down. Owen never wanted to leave David but now he is back and free to get back the man he has always loved. There is more to David’s pain than what happened with Owen and sometimes love is not enough.

A.M. Arthur has crafted a story that is compelling and brutally honest. The characters are fascinating in their interactions with each other and how well they mesh. There is a truthfulness to the story that also adds depth and major layers to the overall plot. Foundation of Trust is a must read that will leave any reader looking forward to the next book by the talented author.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sensual

Buy It Link: www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5176/foundation-of-trust

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Review: Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren

During one of the sexual romps for which Sara Dillon and Max Stella are widely known, a precious little girl was created. BEAUTIFUL BELOVED is about her and how she changes the focus of her parents toward family matters instead of finding gratification for themselves. Her mommy and daddy may have always been the most daring out of a close group of friends when it came to sex, but making time to explore their always steamy fantasies is not easy to achieve now. The clever writing team of Christina Lauren is spot on when depicting the consequences of trying to balance lusty cravings with a new baby, and the mental pictures visualized are often priceless. BEAUTIFUL BELOVED causes hysterical laughter over and over again, with a few emotionally touching moments scattered about.

Once Max Stella and Sara Dillon met, their lives were never the same. Both enjoyed sex, and they found their longing to express any desires in often unconventional ways was mutual. Then she discovered they were going to have a baby together. Learning about the pregnancy brought them much joy and did not entirely stop their more adventurous behavior. But after the baby was born, Max saw Sara differently. He did not like seeing her suffer during the delivery, and he now takes special care to not cause her discomfort of any type.

After several months, their adorable girl is finally sleeping more, thus giving them more time to once again be intimate. Though Max’s body still wants Sara with all the passion they had before the baby came, his mind keeps telling him to be careful. Yet just because she seems happy after they make love, it does not mean he is fulfilling her every wish.

The Beautiful series is up to the seventh installment, and each one has been rewardingly delightful. With the story once again being told from two views, the reader gets the inside scoop on what thoughts are going on inside the minds of Max and Sara. While her feelings are usually honest, sometimes she is not always completely straightforward and this is when he has to watch her actions instead of listening to her words. This couple is so in tune with the other, and they make being in love comes across as the most wonderful thing in the world. They work well together and support each other, and the sex between them is off the charts when it comes to heat and imagination.

While there may be situations in the story where sincere feelings are shared, there are lots of incidents containing total merriment. Some involve the baby, and others are about grownup circumstances. Since the good friends of Max and Sara all show up from time to time, there are crude comments from the guys and quick-wit from the women to keep laughter coming. Two scenes in particular, one with Will and another with George, stand out and will long be remembered because of their comments. The brother of Max is introduced, and I am definitely thrilled to know Niall gets his own Beautiful story coming up next. Christina Lauren perfectly balances amusement with real feelings, creating a captivatingly sensual story. BEAUTIFUL BELOVED is hilariously entertaining, blazingly passionate and deeply emotional.

Star Rating: 4.5 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Contemporary

ISBN: 9781476791654

Page Count: 80

Price: .99 (eBook only)

Author’s Website: www.christinalaurenbooks.com/

Buy It Link: tinyurl.com/ljr37g9

Reviewer: Amelia Richard

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Review: Coral Were His Bones by Barbara Geiger

Barbara Geiger takes us into one man’s broken life with Coral Were His Bones. You will also meet the man who hopes to put it back together.

Finn grew up knowing and seeing how selkie’s lives ended in tragedy. Finn knows his will as well. A selkie can literally lose their heart as Finn did to his sadistic master, Paul. Living and sleeping with him has left Finn more dead than alive. He cannot help but relive old memories that cause him nothing but more pain. His dreams of living his life with Devon, the boy next door, at his side is just not to be.

Devon is shocked at Finn’s condition. He knows if Finn returns to Paul after his annual one day off that the likelihood of seeing him again are slim. His plan to save Finn is not well thought out. In fact, it is hardly thought out at all. An impossible storm, a one eyed shark and an unknown selkie all seem to working against them. Devon is determined but Finn seems to be another obstacle. He is not used to having his dreams come true and is sure this one will shatter as well. Devon is trying hard to help him heal him but will it be enough?

Your heart will really go out to Finn as he tries to sort through the wreckage of his life. He wants to be with Devon but is sure that it is not to be. Devon is just as determined that it will be, but he has a long hard battle ahead. We know there is more coming to this story and cannot wait to see how it turns out. Looking for something a bit different, pick up Coral Were His Bones by Barbara Geiger and find out how quickly you can fall in love with these two heroes.

Star Rating: 4 stars

Sensuality Rating: sizzling

Genre: paranormal

ISBN: 978-1-62300-177-3

Page Count: 231 pages

Price: $5.99

Author’s Website: http://barbarageiger.me/

Buy It Link: http://www.loose-id.com/coral-were-his-bones.html

Available: Ebook

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Review: The Sergeant by Christa Tomlinson

Christa Tomlinson show how difficult BDSM can be if not fully understood in The Sergeant.

Sergeant Logan Pierce is head of Houston’s elite SWAT squad. He runs the squad with calm efficiency and ensures all the men and women on his squad are safe. He does an excellent job of leading the squad, taking down criminals with ease. His squad has been called upon to train others in SWAT techniques. But Logan has a secret. Not only is he gay but he is also a Dom. He has controlled many submissives but there is only one he wants to control – Corporal Clay Foster. Clay has noticed Logan’s admiring looks and one day a shared kiss leads to so much more. Clay is new to the D/s world and finds himself in too deep too fast and he backs off. Logan is sure Clay really wants to continue and does not give up but Clay is scared. It will be up to Logan to show Clay how satisfying a D/s relationship can be.

Clay had never been dominated before but finds he enjoys submitting. But his past makes him difficult to accept that part of himself. Logan wanted Clay like he had never wanted someone before and as a result rushed things. Christa Tomlinson accurately portrays the pitfalls and the beauty of a D/s relationship. Logan and Clay had some work to do before they worked out their problems but Logan would not give us. In short, The Sergeant by Christa Tomlinson is the story of two men’s journey down a very bumpy road to fulfillment. If enjoy BDSM stories, The Sergeant by Christa Tomlinson is perfect for you.  Beware: this one is quite hot!!

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

Sensuality Rating: Super Sizzling

Genre: Contemporary

ISBN: 978-0996037006

Page Count: 586 pages

Price: $15.00

Author’s Website:  http://christatomlinson.blogspot.com/

Buy It Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Sergeant-Christa-Tomlinson/dp/0996037004/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1420977733&sr=8-1

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Review: With Proper Maintenance by C.V. Madison

Steampunk is an amazing genre and C.V. Madison knows has just the right touch With Proper Maintenance.

Ethan Cole is delighted to have been named the youngest head engineer in the company’s history. Setting out on the Platinum Bow will allow Ethan to come out from behind his father’s shadow and stand on his own merit. Then along comes Cecil Goode and wheedles the position right out from under him. Discouraged but determined, Ethan stays on board. The ship is not long into its voyage when it is hijacked and Ethan and Cecil are left with the pirate’s dying ship. Will they make port safely? Or will they crash and burn before they can get to safety?

Ethan was quite upset when Cecil strutted in and took over. He was also determined to hang in there and see if he could prove himself. Cecil had an ulterior motive for what he did and it was a good thing as the two needed each other when they were stranded on the poorly maintained pirate vessel. A short story, With Proper Maintenance is engaging and just right for all of those Steampunk lovers out there. C.V. Madison effortlessly wove steampunk and romance into With Proper Maintenance.

Star Rating: 4 stars

Sensuality Rating: sizzling

Genre: Steampunk

ISBN: 2940150659742

Page Count: 30 pages

Price: $1.99

Author’s Website:  http://cvmadison.com/

Buy It Link:  http://jupitergardenspress.com/shop/with-proper-maintenance/

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Review: Finn by Angel Martinez

Angel Martinez brings some paranormals to visit with Finn, Book one of Endangered Fae.

In spite of being hurt in the past, Diego cannot resist helping someone in need. The man he finds on the rail of the Brooklyn Bridge definitely needs his help. He just wants to get him warm, out of the traffic and then he plans on taking him to social services. But Finn is more than just a wounded homeless man. He is actually a pooka, slowly being poisoned by New York’s pollution. Diego takes him to New Brunswick where Finn can enjoy the pure air and heal. Finn, though, somehow wakes up an evil spirit, a wendigo. The two band together to fight the evil before it can take Diego while at the same time their attraction to each other blazes out of control. There is no way a modern man and centuries old pooka can have a relationship, even if they do survive the wendigo.

Finn was able to see that Diego was a pure soul. He accepted his help and really needed his assistance. He was unfamiliar with this modern world and found it hard to deal with all the conveniences. The things that happened as a result made for some fun reading. Diego was trusting and wanted to help the individuals living on the street and that extended to Finn. Finn was much more than Diego ever anticipated.

Emotions ran the full gamut with Finn. One moment there is laughter as Finn experiences new things and the next, terror as the wendigo arrives. Diego and Finn were amazing heroes. Neither one was mean or malicious but giving and kind. The plot kept our interest as we travel from New York to New Brunswick and experience the beautiful woodlands through the eyes of Finn and Diego. Angel Martinez has penned a story guaranteed to amaze and captivate. This series promises to be a best seller.

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Paranormal

ISBN: MLR-1-02014-0241

Page Count: 227 pages

Price: $6.99

Author’s Website:  http://angelmartinezauthor.weebly.com/

Buy It Link:  http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=A_M_FINN

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Review: The Third Kingdom by RJ Scott

RJ Scott bring the 6th book to life of the Supernatural Bounty Hunters series with The Third Kingdom, a happenstance long time coming.

The final battle has arrived with all factions converging on Aberfan. It began as a simple Retriever case and has built to the battle to end a thousand years of evil. The vampire twins are set to deal with Cassius while the wolf shifters are prepared to take down Niceros. An alpha must accept his role and a blood demon must become the king everyone knows he can. The vampire twins must find a way to end everything and fulfill the prophesy. With all the turmoil, Ethan and Reuben are reunited and prepare to help end the terror known as Ludovik Peitrol.

The Third Kingdom is the sixth book in the Supernatural Bounty Hunters series by RJ Scott. All forces are amassing for the final battle but winning will require sacrifices if the evil is to be defeated. All our beloved heroes are present for the final battle and we are on the edge of our seat as the battle progresses. Who will win and who will lose becomes the question but what will it cost? This final book brings a lot together and produces a story that is very satisfying. Don’t miss this final story. It is well worth your time.

Star Rating: 4 stars

Sensuality Rating: sizzling

Genre: paranormal

ISBN: 978-1-77111-924-5

Page Count: 108 pages

Price: $4.99

Author’s Website: http://rjscottauthor.blogspot.com/?zx=c2fbf0cbe8a93ed5

Buy It Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/the-third-kingdom/

Available:  Ebook

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