Review: Size Matters by Stephanie Haefner

When a woman loses her beloved husband, there often comes a future moment when she feels it is time to start dating again. Or if the woman is like the main character in SIZE MATTERS, at least be willing to try and find a man who would be a good sexual partner and then possibly want him for other activities. Bryn Harper already knows one man with whom she can easily talk, but whether they are compatible in the bedroom will need to be physically explored and she is definitely ready to carry out hours of research. What happens after their first intimate attempt is often hilarious but also deeply moving on occasion. Stephanie Haefner shows the ups and downs of looking for a partner, especially when kids are involved or others insist on giving their opinions. SIZE MATTERS is amusing with lots of laughs yet touching at times with realistic drama.

After her husband was killed while fighting for his country, Bryn Harper has not been interested in dating again since his death. Taking care of her children plus running Classy n’ Sassy Lingerie and Love Shop with her best friend have been her objectives for several years. But she is finally prepared to not only go out with a man but perhaps even invite him into her bedroom. A chance meeting with Eli Augustine because of their children led to a number of friendly outings, and now the very tempting divorced cop is someone with whom Bryn feels comfortable. But moving on after such a devastating loss is usually not without personal difficulties, and she certainly has to contend with her share.

Eli likes her and hopes they can see each other besides the instances when their kids want to play. Since his ex-wife was such a shrew, he would be thrilled to have someone in his life that actually cares about him. As time goes on, mixed signals only confuse them both. Yet there seems to be no forgetting what could have been for either of them.

Just because a person wants to have uncomplicated sex, it does not mean the encounter will take place without a problem developing. Bryn is tired of finding pleasure without the benefit of a man, yet nothing seems to work out when she begins searching for the right one. From interfering kids to relatives who criticize to men that are not as they first appear, she finds herself in one unsatisfying predicament after another. Many of the situations are very imaginable, and a huge number of the incidents are very funny. What often happens between Bryn and Eli is equally humorous and distressing. Though I really liked many of his traits and could sympathize with most of her responses, I still thought each of them could have reacted better during a few episodes. But it is human nature to react impulsively when an occurrence is greatly affecting, thus the story showed this couple as true-to-life.

While there is much wittiness in SIZE MATTERS, there are plenty of sexual references plus some sensual moments where genuine feelings come into play. I never knew exactly what was going to take place next, and some of the scenes were a complete surprise. A large group of secondary characters add delight to the story, in particular the kids, and catching up with Mia and Oliver from the previous book was great. With Bryn running a lingerie shop, there are quite a lot of scenes where sexual talk is the focus. Stephanie Haefner interweaves unique humor with emotional heartache to create an enjoyable story about what is truly important. SIZE MATTERS entertains with compelling circumstances and believable characters.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sultry

Genre: Contemporary

ISBN: 9781476765570

Page Count: 288

Price: 4.99 (eBook only)

Author’s Website: thewriterscocoon.blogspot.com/

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Review: In Your Eyes by Cardeno C

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Cardeno takes us another journey as two men come of age.

Samuel Goodwin knew what his future held. He had been born and raised to be the next Alpha of the Yafenack Pack. He devoted himself to learning all he could about shifter laws and customs. He strengthened his body and learned all he could from his father. But Samuel lacked one major thing – he could not relate socially.

Korban Keller is the son of a neighboring pack’s Alpha. From the first day they met, Samuel was uncomfortable. Korban elicited emotional reactions. Samuel tried everything from intimidation to avoidance, but he could never forget Korban.

Then disaster strikes between their two fathers and everything changes. Samuel and Korban are thrown together and Samuel knows he must save his pack. His inability to relate to them on an emotional level could prevent that. Korban could be the key if only Samuel will follow his instincts and not what he studied.

Cardeno C is an incredible writer with his ability to create loveable characters and place them in highly emotional situations. Both Korban and Samuel found themselves in impossible circumstances. Instinct will help them more than books. Watch as Samuel learns this with the help of Korban.

In Your Eyes by Cardeno C is perfect for those of us who love MM stories with paranormal settings and a plot guaranteed to engage our heart. In Your Eyes will have you laughing and crying but above rejoicing when the story ends.

Star Rating: 5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Paranormal GLBT
ISBN: 978-1-63216-069-0
Page Count: 200 pages
Price: $4.99
Author’s Website: www.cardenoc.com/
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Review: A Counselor Among Wolves by Liv Olteano

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Watch as Timothy and Weiss are forced to grow and change in A Counselor Among Wolves

Timothy Sands is a PBI counselor. He has been there for about five years and his crush on Herman Weiss has not diminished at all. The leader murders have escalated with five leaders left dead and arranged in the shape of a pentagram. Weiss’s job is to solve those murders and he needs Tim’s help. That is not his only problem. Weiss is suffering from rages and he needs Tim’s ability to balance his emotional grid. Weiss insists they pretend to be a couple so Weiss can call on Tim’s skills.

The investigation leads to a few major issues. There is a high possibility of the Fey being involved. The Council may have a traitor. And another prominent PBI employee could be implicated. To make matters worse, the Fey King, Tim’s father, demands his return or the Council will suffer. Weiss’s solution is to mate Tim and firmly put him under the Council’s protection. That could backfire though if the Council decides that losing both is a better solution.

A Counselor Among Wolves is Liv Olteano’s second book in her series, Leader Murders. In A Counselor Among Wolves. Timothy Sands finds himself at the mercy of Herman Weiss. He has had a crush on Weiss forever and is not sure he can do that. Their scenes make for some great reading. Adding in that touch of humor makes an excellent counter point to the murders. Be sure and pick up A Counselor Among Wolves by Liv Olteano and immerse yourself in world that is familiar and yet it is not.

 

Star Rating: 5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Paranormal GLBT
ISBN: 978-1-63216-923-5
Page Count: 230 pages
Price: $6.99
Author’s Website: liv.liviaolteano.com/
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Review: Perilous Play: The Real Fifty Shades by Suz deMello

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Take a ride on the wild side with Suz deMello and Perilous Play.

Perilous Play is an intriguing, captivating look at one woman’s experience with BDSM. It is a memoir and gives hints on how to live the life without losing a part of yourself. Suz gives us the down low on what to look for and on what the different types of doms and subs exist. We are left with warning signs that should alert us that getting involved with this dome or sub is not a good idea. Above all, each individual’s wants and needs in the world of BDSM are unique to that person and communication is key between the two adults.

Perilous Play by Suz deMello is perfect for anyone embarking on a life in BDSM. Be sure to read this memoir first to avoid being hurt. You will be glad you did

 

 

Star Rating: 4.5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Memoir
ISBN: B00S4GV3AS
Page Count: 90 pages
Price: $.99
Author’s Website: www.suzdemello.com/home.html
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Review: Labyrinth of Stone by TA Moore.

Take a jog on the wild side with Labyrinth of Stone by TA Moore.

Ten years ago, Will Teller’s life changed when he and thousands of others were transported to a stone labyrinth in what has become known as the Black Rapture. With little choices, Teller becomes a soldier, surviving the only way he can.

Upset and hurt by his lover’s disappearance, General Nathan Kearney decides Teller is just the man to find him and bring him back. If not successful Kearney says Teller will take his place in his bed. For a straight man, that is powerful motivation. But Teller is finding himself conflicted as his thoughts fill with possibilities. Kearney is actually starting to look good. Teller, though, does not want to be just a substitution.

TA Moore has created a unique world for Labyrinth of Stone; then added in some spirited characters, making for some captivating reading. Teller was a bit of a rebel, marching to his own drummer, but he was also highly principled. Kearney was looking for someone to share more than his bed. He lost that with his missing lover and could not find a replacement. The plot was secondary to the characters, but necessary for the telling.

Looking for some unique and different? Filled with some heat and lots of turbulence? Labyrinth of Stone by TA Moore is perfect for you!

Star Rating: 4 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Sci Fi Glbt
ISBN: 978-1-61040-884-4
Page Count: 145 pages
Price: $4.49
Buy It Link: www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4354
Available: Ebook

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Review: Tooth for a Fang by Liv Olteano

Book One in the Leader Murders starts the new series with a bang. Liv Olteano has a winner with Tooth for a Fang.

Running from ancover abusive, now ex, boyfriend, Rick Barton decides to take a vacation. He cannot help but admire one very sexy man on the beach. His admiring is returned but does not yield the expected results. Instead of a fun night, Rick is faced with a few choices. Travis Chandler just about forces him to become a lycan and join the Paranormal Bureau of Investigation. Taking his best option, Rick figures he will have a few weeks to adjust to the changes in his life. But Travis again changes his plans. Travis assures him that if they get mated, Rick will spend less time on boring training and can get right out into the field. It seems Rick is a tracker and the only one they have right now. The latest case is high profile. The leaders of the paranormal world are being murdered and mutilated. With the pressure on to solve the case, Rick has to contend with the impatient council, his sexy new partner, and adjusting to being a lycan. One thing Rick knows for sure, his new life will not be boring.

The mix of humor and serious action made Tooth for a Fang a fun read. It had some uniqueness to it as well that made for even better reading. Travis was quite the character. Snarky and fresh, he made a perfect match for Rick. We meet many new people and will meet them again in the next book. Tooth for a Fang is Book One in the Leader Murders series and I know we are all anxiously awaiting more. Kudos to Liv Olteano for creating a new series for us to relish!

 

 

Star Rating: 4.5 stars
Sensuality Rating: sizzling
Genre: PAranormal GLBT
ISBN: 978-1-63216-037-9
Page Count: 216 pages
Price: $6.99
Author’s Website: liv.liviaolteano.com/
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Review: Strength of the Mate by Kendall McKenna.

Book three of the Tameness of the Wolf series continues with Strength of the Mate by Kendall McKenna.

Running from his own personal demons, Adam Madison winds up in Iraq driving supply trucks for the marines. Outside the gates of the compound, insurgents are a constant threat but inside the compound, Adam must contend with rampaging werewolves.

Dawson Rivers is sent by the True Alpha to assess the situation and bring the werewolves under control. Dawson finds Adam quite helpful and attractive. It does not take long before Dawson and Adam build a relationship that is powerful both physically and emotionally.  Then Adam’s truck is ambushed and their bond is what will keep him going while the search is on.

Adam carried so much guilt from his past that he had closed himself off from family and friends. Before Dawson arrived, Adam was starting to come out of his shell. Dawson helped him to see his own worth. Dawson was there to help the True Alpha and while he worked at discovering the problem, he found so much more.

Kendall McKenna is truly gifted in creating the words that make these two memorable. Watching Dawson and Adam fall in love was a thing of beauty. They had so much to contend with – lack of knowledge, past wounds and the battles. But their love shone bright and the ending will leave you with tears of happiness in your eyes. Reading Strength of the Mate is like being there. Experience it yourself. It will touch your senses and your emotions

Star Rating: 5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Paranormal
ISBN: MLR-1-02014-0257
Page Count: 415 pages
Price: $8.99
Author’s Website: kendallmckenna.com/
Buy It Link: www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=KMSTRMAT
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Review: Throwaway Mate by Ellen Cross

One man’s trash cane be another’s treasure in Throwaway Mate by Ellen Cross.

Aiden grew up knowing he was the different. He spent his life working on machines and had no problem with the greasy outcome. His parents had lived off his talent even as they bullied him for that same talent. But that was not enough for them. They sold Aiden to slavers and planned to use the money to give them entrée into high society. Aiden found himself dumped on a recycling planet where he discovered a discarded, wrecked cargo transport. Using his skills he repaired the transport and planned to escape along with many of his fellow slaves. Unfortunately he was shot during the escape and quickly realized he would not survive the escape. Determined to deliver the ones who escaped with him, he manages to successfully land. Knowing there is no place in the world for him, he locks himself in the cockpit, knowing death is better than the alternative of retuning home.

Jaylon knows love is not for him. He lost his intended many years ago when she committed suicide on their wedding day, unable to face her betrayal of him. Now working as a medic, Jaylon has little time to focus on his past. Sensing a victim in the cockpit, he breaks down the door and finds a young man bleeding out on the floor. Jaylon realizes his second chance at love may never be if he cannot save the young man. Jaylon throws everything he has into keeping Aiden alive. Will it be enough?

They do say one man’s trash is another’s man’s treasure. It could also be said that some do not realize the treasure they have when they throw it away. Aiden was basically thrown away by his parents. Jaylon recognized him for the treasure he is. Your heart will go out to both men as they struggle – one to save his treasure and the other to realize he could be anyone’s treasure. The plot unfolds masterfully and keeps us guessing until we realize what a treasure Aiden truly is.

Pick up Throwaway Mate by Ellen Cross and find a treasure of your own. You will be glad you did.

 

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling

Genre: Paranormal GLBT

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0316-4

Page Count: 63 pages

Price: $3.99

Author’s Website:  http://ellen-cross.webs.com/

Buy It Link:  http://www.extasybooks.com/Throwaway-Mate/

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Review: Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones

In the first book of The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, the life of a woman in hiding is explored. With no one in which to confide, Amy Bensen must make her own decisions, and whether they are right or wrong will determine how her future plays out. The story is packed with unpredictable outcomes, as so many factors influence what will take place in the next phase of her life. By adding in one suspicious set of circumstances after another, Lisa Renee Jones keeps the reader guessing about who is being truthful or if lies are being told. Equally romantic and suspenseful, ESCAPING REALITY constantly enthralls.

After living under a false identity for quite a while, the woman who was once known as Lara feels as though the danger she once feared is now all behind her. With a career in New York City that makes her happy, she hopes there will be no more tragic losses in her life. During a party, a note lets Amy, as she is now called, know the threats have returned. Though she does not want to suffer the nightmare of fleeing, she realizes the risks of staying are too high and plans to follow the directions given to her.

While on a flight to her new destination, Amy sits next to a handsome man, someone with whom she feels a strong pull. But with unknown peril possibly following her, now is certainly not the time to be thinking about enticing men. The conversations she has with Liam Stone are often unnerving because he seems to comprehend more than she reveals. Although Amy thought she would have to start her new life all alone, the very wealthy architect seems determined to be a part of it. What they share right from the start is like nothing she has ever experienced, and for the first time in forever, she has a connection to another person. But being with Liam is only a fantasy, as Amy believes she must face any jeopardy without help.

A book written by Lisa Renee Jones is a compelling read every single time. With lusty passion and numerous mysteries, The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series starts off with a story that is profoundly touching. I instantly felt for Amy and all she has gone through, plus what will happen to her in the days ahead kept me captivated with eager anticipation. The large number of secrets being kept from her just keeps growing, and I could not even come up with some plausible answers for what will be eventually disclosed. Lisa Renee Jones skillfully balances any danger with the romantic elements, and the result is a continuously attention-grabbing story. With so many incidents taking place that Amy cannot fully explain, she suspects a great deal is not as it seems. My heart went out to her during the times where situations caused so much confusion.

How Amy responds to Liam in very understandable, as she has been by herself for so long. His concern for all her needs seems like he is almost too good to be true, yet he proves his devotion to her time and again. While her vulnerabilities are made known from her point of view, the reader also gets to see how Liam can be powerfully affected by an event. With extremely genuine characters, Lisa Renee Jones had me concerned about the main couple in ways I usually do not care. The realism of the story kept me reading once I began, as I just had to see if any pressing questions would be answered. Sex between Liam and Amy is definitely enthusiastic, and though he likes being in control, her pleasure is always on his mind. The way in which the story ended makes me glad the next book is being released very soon. Uncertainties in ESCAPING REALITY intrigue, while the emotional relationship is unforgettable.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sultry

Genre: Suspense

ISBN: 978-1476793825

Page Count: 328

Price: 15.00

Author’s Website: www.lisareneejones.com/

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Reviewer: Amelia Richard

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