Review: Exposure by Annie Jocoby

Photographer CJ Parker has been hiding safely in her own apartment for six months, the outside world is overwhelming and causes panic attacks every-time she tries to stop into it. As her bank account dwindles and the awareness of the situation is a continual reminder, CJ makes a big step and takes a chance on going out. Only to find herself waking up in a mysterious mans apartment.

Billionaire Asher Sloane calms CJ, he also has a way of making her want him on a carnal basis. As they begin to get to know one another, it often seems one sided, for Asher has secrets and once revealed it could mean the end with one another.

Haunting, seductive, and a roller coaster of a read. The way the author describes CJ’s panics are so real, you can feel it in your bones. Asher is intense, I am anxious to read the next book and see what happens.

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Review: Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins

Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins is the first book in the Bend or Break series. This first book kicks off the series with an excellent premise, strong characters and enough angst to adequately describe the every day life of any college student. The story could easily be real life, with situations that a real person may have gone through. Off Campus starts with drama and reads like a roller coaster of emotion, development, drama and eventually love. The romance is given plenty of time to develop and the overall relationship is one that does not happen instantaneously, but instead builds and grows the longer these characters know each other.

Tom Worthington is doing everything he can to finish college after the devastation associated with his father’s ponzi scheme destroys his family. With all of the assets frozen, Tom is working every available hour as a cab driver and living in his car. The money he earns is strictly for his college education. Now that school is starting he finally has a bed to crawl into at night and nothing is going to run him out. Reese Anders is gay and does not exactly appreciate having a roommate. Reese wants Tom gone so he starts dragging home guys in an effort to make his roommate leave. Tom is not going anywhere and as the two get to know each other, a friendship develops and soon the two are learning more about each other and what makes each of them tick. The closer they get to each other, the more the lines blur and soon the two find that crossing lines has a way of forcing things to either bend or break.

Amy Jo Cousins has written characters that are equal parts sincere, damaged and loveable. There is freshness to the story that will leave a reader feeling like they are experiencing something new. This is not the same old storyline rewritten. Reese and Tom are engaging and their individual stories add an additional layer to the overall plot. Off Campus will leave the reader wanting to know more about some of the side characters and yet satisfied with how the story develops.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Buy it Link: www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5287/off-campus

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Review: Manwhore (The Manwhore series) by Katy Evans

It did not take long for me to comprehend the individual for whom MANWHORE is named keeps more than a few secrets. Malcolm Saint certainly does have a reputation for dating lots and lots of women, but there are many hidden layers to his nature that are never revealed to the outside world. As facts about himself are gradually learned when he comes to intimately trust a reporter, I came to realize just how much the past can shape a person, even when it would appear they are always in control of everything around them. Katy Evans begins her Manwhore series with an intriguing story of lusty desire and remarkably genuine feelings. MANWHORE captivates with unanticipated developments and complicated emotional issues.

Upon graduating from college, Rachel Livingston managed to get her dream job. Writing articles for a Chicago magazine lets her use words to entertain others about a particular subject. Unfortunately, her much-loved career may be ending soon if additional people do not start buying the publication. To get others interested in reading the magazine, Rachel’s boss offers her a new assignment, one which could prove she is a competent reporter while also increasing the number of issues sold. Though what she is being asked to investigate is unlike anything she has tackled before, she is determined to get what information she needs to write a spectacular article.

While there are numerous billionaires in Chicago, countless mysteries surround Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Rachel needs to uncover whether the known facts about the playboy bachelor are true or not and what he is hiding. She knows gaining access to the savvy businessman’s personal life will be very difficult, so her actual reason for wanting to interview him must be kept a secret. After Rachel is introduced to Malcolm, she begins to understand there is much more depth to the man everyone likes to discuss yet hardly anyone really knows.

Though Malcolm is a powerful businessman who always gets what he wants, he is also someone who has so much to give if he can just let himself trust. Yes, he is certainly wealthy and has great influence over people, but the way he holds his emotions in check keeps him from getting close to others. Katy Evans has made the hero of MANWHORE into someone who is awe-inspiring yet is still vulnerable at times, even if it is always concealed with indifference. The way in which Malcolm is portrayed throughout the book let me know exactly what type of person he really is and the reasons for his outward behavior. Just because he is extremely rich and should not want for anything, I could not help but feel compassion for him and want his future to be truly happy.

After Malcolm meets Rachel, both of their lives start to change in ways neither saw coming until it had already happened. What began as a professional career move turns into something unexpectedly personal for Rachel, as her sense of right and wrong triggers confused feelings about her actions. During their relationship, enthusiastic sex makes her think nothing could ever be better, but doubts are never far away. I was amazed at how sensual these two could be, yet also how strongly each really felt about their encounters. Malcolm and Rachel have several friends whose presence adds fascination to a number of scenes and conversations. Katy Evans is known for creating dynamic characters that experience heartache plus unbridled passion, and what her compelling couple lives through in MANWHORE will leave you nervously anxious for what is to come.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sultry

Genre: Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1501101533

Page Count: 360

Price: 16.00

Author Link: www.katyevans.net/

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Review: Damon Snow and the Viscount Temptation by Olivia Helling

Damon finds out what temptation truly is in Damon Snow and the Viscount Temptation.

As an incubus and prostitute, Damon Snow knows time is his enemy. With his twenty-first birthday approaching, Damon wants to spend it with Byrne but Byrne has become increasingly distant. When Damon questions him, he claims it is due to business problems. He give Damon the task of seducing his troublesome partner, Viscount Ashton. When Damon visit Ashton, he finds himself in a strange circumstance of being offered a position in the household as his valet. The only catch is that he will never see Byrne again. Since it looks like Byrne will never consider him as more than a paid whore, Damon has a hard choice to make.

Damon is a unique individual – annoying one minute and adorable the next. He wants what most of us want – someone to love and appreciate him. He thought he had that with Byrne, but now he is not so sure. He wonders if Byrne is really teaching him or just playing with him. He wants to be so much more than just a Molly.

Olivia Helling’s Damon Snow and the Viscount Temptation is a short story that will engage and intrigue you. Damon will worm his way into your heart. Beware though, this is a gritty, realistic short story, but well worth your time.

 

 

Star Rating: 4 stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Historical

ISBN: 9780993918049

Page Count:139 pages

Price: $2.99

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

Buy It Link: http://www.amazon.com/Damon-Snow-Viscount-Temptation-ebook/dp/B00SBOMP7S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426445460&sr=8-1&keywords=Damon+Snow+and+the+Viscount+Temptation

Available:  Ebook

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Review: All’s Fair in Mate Bonds and Publishing by Alana Ankh

Killian finds out what that All’s Fair in Mate Bonds and Publishing. It just didn’t think it would be like that.

Killian Marsden enjoys his job as an editor for a romance publishing house. He sees many books come across his desk and finds werewolf romances to be the most highly overrated of all of them, especially the ones with mating bonds. He would know as he is half werewolf himself. He knows that Alphas are not all they are made out to be. His own father was an Alpha and he deserted him. He is just being realistic. Then, werewolf Alpha Brett storms into his life demanding to know the truth behind the rejection of a manuscript. Killian wants nothing to do with him, but for some reason he cannot seem to back away.

Brett never expected to find his mate when he went to investigate the alleged theft of a manuscript, written by someone in his pack. No one treats his werewolves like that and he plans to fully investigate. With the last name of Wolfe, Brett is the epitome of an Alpha – protective, demanding and a bit growly. He never expected to find his mate and decides to show the doubting Killian how much fun being in love can be. Killian finds himself falling for Brett but there are others who also want to claim Brett. Killian finds his life rivaling the books he edits.

All’s Fair in Mate Bonds and Publishing by Alana Ankh is seriously fun and delicious. Killian is sure mating bonds are all a bunch of lies. Then Brett shows up and Killian is shown the error of his ways. Both men are filled with contradiction as they work out the mating bond as well as publishing issues. Heat and humor, danger and adventure make All’s Fair in Mate Bonds and Publishing by Alana Ankh a book not to be missed.

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Paranormal

ISBN: 978-1-63216-465-0

Page Count: 117 pages

Price: $4.99

Author’s Website: https://alanaankh.wordpress.com/

Buy It Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5764

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Review: Reparation in Blood by Ariel Tachna

Ariel Tachna takes us a on quite a ride through the streets of Paris as the war climaxes in Reparation in Blood.

The war is escalating on both sides. The dark wizards have scored an amazing victory in capturing Orlando St. Claire. Alain, torn by grief and worry, refuses to stop the search for his love for any reason. Alain knows Orlando has suffered so much before and is afraid he may not return from this one.

With success uncertain, the alliance needs all the help it can get. Christophe Lombard, an old and powerful vampire, joins the fight. Alain’s old friend, Eric Simonet, realizes he cannot stay with the dark wizards and continue to live with himself. At the same time, Jean, angered at Orlando’s capture, begins to realize his actions will have far reaching effects.

Reparation in Blood takes us into the lives of many wizard/vampire pairings. Some work out wonderfully and others not so much. We find the bonds deepening among many of them. Alain finds himself nagged with concern and determined to find Orlando. The war does not stop for him but is starting to culminate with both sides playing to win. This series keeps you on the edge of your seat as you want to see what happens. One thing you can be sure of – Ariel Tachna has more than a few surprises for us. Reparation in Blood has gone through some minor revisions but is still the enticing, exciting fascinating tale it will always be. Make sure you read not all Reparation in Blood but all of them.

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Paranormal

ISBN: 978-1-63215-667-8

Page Count: 332 pages

Price: $6.99

Author’s Website: http://www.arieltachna.com/?zx=e77ca1a01befd4d8

Buy It Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5562

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Review: Playing Knotty by Elia Winters

Though there are some bondage scenes in PLAYING KNOTTY, it is the moments where emotions take over that really stand out. Elia Winters has interwoven a compelling love story with a refreshingly honest approach to sex to create a captivating book. The whole story is one huge learning experience for Emma Green, as she discovers much about her own sexuality along with gaining confidence in herself. When Ian Cooper becomes more than a frequent customer at her store, the story quickly becomes not only passionate but also packed with a wide range of feelings. Equally sensual and emotional, PLAYING KNOTTY is erotic yet romantically touching.

Being the owner of a small Boston bookstore is not very profitable for Emma Green, and she would definitely like to have more paying customers instead of so many browsers. Since she devotes much of her time to the business, her social life is almost nonexistent. One regular shopper is Ian Cooper, someone she knew in high school. When he inquires about renting an unused section of her bookstore, she is rather shocked to hear he wants to use the space to teach a workshop on rope bondage. Though Emma does not currently know much about the accountant, she does feel comfortable with him and the cash he will pay is certainly needed. So it does not take much to persuade her into letting him use her store.

When the night of the workshop arrives, Ian has everything ready except for a model on which to demonstrate as his usual one had to cancel. With the short notice, he offers the job to Emma. Since the class is for beginners, it will not be too involved and she agrees because of the extra cash plus she is curious. During the demonstration, she not only feels surprising at ease being tied up but quickly realizes how rope play would make sex more passionate.

It did not take me long to comprehend that PLAYING KNOTTY is much more than an erotic story. Yes, the ropes used on Emma throughout the workshops caused lots of titillation for her and the reader, and how Ian used them when they were alone also caused some powerful visuals. But it was the profound emotions these two felt time and again which I cannot forget. Whether Emma and Ian are thinking about their feelings for the other, or if they are discussing their impressions with someone else, every scene comes across as genuine. The growing sentiments they have are not easy to express with one another, and this causes several huge misunderstandings when what is in their hearts is not easily conveyed.

The way in which rope play is so vividly described in the story shows its beauty along with how it can intensify a sexual encounter. Ms. Winters goes into much detail, where the different effects of using rope during sex are shown. The influence it has on Emma is extremely strong, as it is pleasurable plus could bring about a change in her self-image if she will just let it. She has some issues that many people actually have in their lives, and how she handled them is shown with true-to-life behavior, mistakes and all. Ian is a wonderful man, as he can show his caring side right along with tons of passion. Elia Winters makes PLAYING KNOTTY delightfully entertaining with blazing desires and unexpected reactions.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sultry

Genre: contemporary

ISBN: 9781476789620

Page Count: 218

Price: 1.99 (eBook only)

Author’s Website: eliawinters.com/books/

Buy It Link: tinyurl.com/ogk5nyt

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Review: One Warlock’s Story: Last Goode Knight by Shad O. Walker

The supernatural community is in an uproar and they find they may need the Last Goode Knight to survive.

Zander Knight is determined to follow the clues he uncovered leading to problem within the supernatural communities. His efforts have left him in a coma, fighting for his life. Tau, his lover, leaves the very important fight-to-the-death pack trials to be by his side. His friends and family realize that Zander is onto something. The supernatural community is on the verge of change and not all of that is good. Zander is at the middle of the change and he may be the one to save his family and his friends and his lover.

Shad O. Walker has written an incredible series. Not only is it one of the few with cultural diversity, but it contains many different paranormals. The progression of the plot unfolds with mastery and is amazing as it twists and turns and keeps us guessing. Zander is a curious mix of capable and naiveté with a lot of heat thrown in. His relationship with Tau is fraught with confusion and the unknown. But both are determined to over come any obstacle thrown their way. The problem is that more keep appearing. This series is refreshing and gradually evolves with each book. Some things are resolved but other are not. More are to come and we will all be anxiously awaiting the twists and turns we know will be present. Excitement, adventure and danger make the reading compelling but heat, love and romance make it delicious. One Warlock’s Story: Last Goode Knight by Shad O. Walker

 

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Paranormal

ISBN: 978-1-61040-758-8

Page Count: 199 pages

Price: $5.49

Author’s Website: http://www.shadowalkermedia.com/

Buy It Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4196

Available: Ebook

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Review: Chipmunk Drizzled in Honey by Jackie Nacht

Jackie Nacht put her magic pen to work and Chipmunk Drizzled in Honey in the result. Laugh and rejoice as two more meet their match.

Dallas is happy with his life. He has a a popular donut shop called Honey Cakes and now owns the house in which he grew up. What more could a bear want? Then Nikko enters his life. He causes more havoc than one man should but Dallas finds himself confused about Nikko. He is not sure if he wants to kiss him or fire the sassy chipmunk.

Nikko knows just what he wants – Dallas. He does not mind how grumpy he is or even if he keeps his distance. He wants his bear and he will get his bear. Now to convince Dallas.

Chipmunk Drizzled in Honey is part of Jackie Nacht’s Paranormal Dentistry for the Fanged and Friendly series. What a delicious, humorous series this is. There are shifter of all kind and combinations that would appear to be incompatible, but they are indeed. A chipmunk and a bear look for a way to make it work. There may be some issues along the way, but love does conquer all. Hop on for the ride of your life through this shifter village where you never know what will happen next.

 

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Paranormal

ISBN: MLR-1-02014-0326

Page Count: 56 pages

Price: $3.99

Author’s Website: http://www.jackienacht.com/

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

Available: Ebook

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Review: Desires’ Guardian by Tempeste O’Riley

Tempest O’Riley gives us the story of one of our favorite characters in her Desires Entwined series, Desires’ Guardian.

On the surface, Chase Manning is a twink and a party boy, but in reality he is so much more. His best friend, James, knows how complicated and loyal he truly is. James also knows the pain behind the façade. The two men have a close relationship and are very protective of each other.

When Chase meets Rhys Sayer, he makes a pass, but Rhys is not in a good place and responds with insults ruining a chance for a future. Then Chase finds himself in danger and Rhys is the one with the skills to save him. Now the two need to move beyond their disastrous first meeting and build something that can be beautiful.

Chase is quite a contrast and is the poster child for those of us who make snap decisions based on appearance. Chase is so much more than just his appearance. Rhys realizes this but a little too late to take back what he said. He has to work hard to over come the obstacles he himself placed in his own path. It was fun to watch him devise a plan and execute it. The danger to Chase was real and increased as the story progressed. There is a message here that we should not try to be something we are not. You will need to red and enjoy this story to find out what is meant by that. Tempeste O’Riley is a talented writer to leave us with not only a fantastic story but also food for thought. We can all look forward to more of her stories.

 

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Suspense

ISBN: 978-1-62798-927-5

Page Count: 197 pages

Price: $6.99

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

Buy It Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5064

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