Connie Cliff – One Kink at a Time (Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway)

One Kink at a Time by Connie Cliff

Series: Amanda’s Kinkdom, #2
Source: Review by Request
Copy provided by Author
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This the sequel to the best-selling Whose Kink Is It Anyway.

Follow Amanda as she plunges into new sexy thrills. In the second installment of Kinky Adventures, she walks in on her husband, with not one — but two lovers. She gets entangled (quiet literally) in an affair with her neighbor, who’s got his own set of kinks. And she even gets to indulge in a threesome of her own. After all, if her husband can do it, why can’t she?

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Bey Deckard – Fated: Blood and Redemption (Review & Excerpt)

Fated: Blood and Redemption by Bey Deckard

Series: Baal’s Heart #3
Source: Review by Request
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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

With the captain’s mind in shambles, Jon and Tom set out to find the passage home through the black mountain range, hoping to find a cure for Baltsaros’s madness. However, when the men are forced to part ways, darkness takes root in the schism created; fate, lust, and vengeance become obsessions threatening to tear apart the fragile bonds holding the three together.

Following on the heels of Sacrificed, Fated takes the pirates on a quest to find those responsible for the captain’s bloody beginnings. But can they survive what awaits them where past and present meet?

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Liz Crowe – Love Garage (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

Love Garage (Love Brothers, #1)Love Garage by Liz Crowe

Series: Love Brothers #1
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Family Saga with humor, heat and heart–not to mention beer, bourbon and basketball!

Antony Love is the quintessential responsible oldest brother of a boisterous, Italian/Irish family, placed in charge at a young age by his parents who are busy running the family business. He manages his siblings with a fair but iron hand, until his life is shattered by personal tragedy leaving him the shell of the man he once was.

When outspoken matriarch Lindsay Halloran Love becomes ill, the youngest brother Aiden shows up at Antony’s garage, having dropped out of school (again), needing work and a place to crash. Antony provides both, with three caveats: “Don’t smoke in my truck, don’t be late for work, and don’t mess with my girlfriend.”

But Aiden Love, budding novelist, gets one glimpse of Rosalee Norris, young widow of Antony’s lifelong best friend and all bets are off.

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Vanessa Fewings – Enthrall Her (Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway)

Enthrall Her by Vanessa Fewings

Series: Enthrall Sessions #2
Source: Review by Request
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My Rating 4.5 of 5 Stars

This is the escalation of the forbidden. This is the power of Enthrall.

Deemed too feisty to train. Too defiant to dominate. Mia’s journey into the world of the forbidden takes its next step.

Richard Booth, her master, must make the crucial decision…let her go or give her over to the only man who can her truly subjugate her, Cameron Cole, Director of both Enthrall and the preeminent BDSM manor Chrysalis, and a connoisseur of the dark arts. Cameron’s gift with shaping blossoming submissives will ensure Mia reaches her potential, a destination that may take her too far.

Mia’s choices will lead her to places both within and without that she never dreamed possible.

But when her training is complete, will Cameron be able to return her to Richard, or will her transformation have bewitched him beyond repair?

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S.L. Jennings – Taint

Taint by S.L. Jennings

Source: Personal Library
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

This no-holds barred, sexy New York Times bestseller pushes the envelope like no other novel has as it spins the titillating, enticing tale of one man who teaches women everything they need to know to make their partners happy in the bedroom…while making their own wildest fantasies come true.

Right now, you’re probably asking yourself two things: Who am I? And, what the hell are you doing here? Let’s start with the most obvious question, shall we?

You’re here, ladies, because you can’t f*ck.

Oh, stop it. Don’t cringe. No one under the age of 80 clutches their pearls. You might as well get used to it, because for the next six weeks, you’re going to hear that word a lot. And you’re going to say it a lot. Go ahead, try it out on your tongue. F*ck. F***ck. Ok, good. Now where were we? If you enrolled yourself in this program then you are wholly aware that you’re a lousy lay. Good for you. Admitting it is half the battle. For those of you that have been sent here by your husband or significant other, dry your tears and get over it. You’ve been given a gift, ladies. The gift of mind-blowing, wall-climbing, multiple-orgasm-inducing sex. You have the opportunity to f*ck like a porn star. And I guarantee, you will when I’m done with you.

And who am I? Well, for the next six weeks, I will be your lover, your teacher, your best friend, and your worst enemy. Your every-f*cking-thing. I’m the one who is going to save your relationship and your sex life.

I am Justice Drake.

And I turn housewives into whores. Now…who’s first?

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Alessandra Torre – Black Lies

Black Lies by Alessandra Torre

Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 6 of 5 stars

Brant:
Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years.
Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.

Lee:
Cuts grass when he’s not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his cock. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.

Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.

If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t.

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Ben Burgess Jr. – Monster

Monster by Ben Burgess Jr.

Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tormented while growing up for being dark-skinned, and the son of a womanizer who deserts his family regularly, Ken Ferguson longed for that feeling of being loved. Ken promised himself that he wouldn’t be a manipulating, deceitful man like his father, but after being cheated on and dumped by the girl he thought he would one day marry, he begins his transformation. Fueled by anger, and tired of being the “nice guy”, Ken drowns himself in one-night stands, threesomes, affairs with married women, and sleeping with one conquest after another. He adopts the philosophy of having no commitment and no attachments, but meets his match with Ashley, a girl that makes him want to stop his promiscuous ways. But Ashley turns out to do even more damage to his ego and his heart, wounding him deeply. With his philosophy reinforced, Ken spirals out of control and becomes a MONSTER. Sleeping with and mistreating random women he meets at bars and clubs, Ken uses sex to forget about his insecurities, his anger, and his sadness. Will Ken learn to let go of his heartbreaks, or will he be consumed by them and continue to be a MONSTER?

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This is an intriguing and thought-provoking story of one man’s downward spiral.

“…trust me I’d have you speaking in tongues.”
In the past I would’ve never said anything like that. I would’ve thought it was rude, but the old me wasn’t working so I needed a change.

First of all, thumbs up to the blurb for this book – it really draws you in without spoiling anything. I cannot, in good faith, categorize this as a romance. There’s a lot of angst and self-discovery in this book. It’s erotica with a bite.

21 year old Ken is a hot mess in the wake of a failed relationship…

He’s tired of feeling inferior,
Not good enough,
Not handsome enough,
Not wealthy enough,
Not strong enough…

He’s learned a hard lesson.
Nice guys finish last and he’s done losing.

KENNY

“It sounds blunt, but it’s the truth. At some point we will all use somebody, and we will all be used by somebody.”

He drowns himself in every debouched sexual encounter he would have dismissed or despised in his previous life.

He’s not Don Juan… He’s a misguided college kid with a HUGE chip on his shoulder.

The dialogue was a little awkward and stilted.
Most of the story existed within Kenny’s mind…
– things piss him off
– things turn him on
– things stroke his ego
I’m willing to excuse the lack of grace, because I feel that the choppy nature more accurate reflects the thought structure of this young man.

As good-guy Kenny deteriorates before our eyes, the sense of impending doom looms ever closer.

It doesn’t take long before he becomes the perpetrator of all wounds he had once fallen victim to… He’s acting like a kid with nothing to loose…

Meanwhile, he’s watching his parents’ toxic relationship deteriorate. Ken’s devoted mother is wilting under the mistreatment of her husband… While Ken’s father’s behavior disgusts him, he can’t seem to draw the correlation so easily presented to the reader.

Time goes by for Kenny & he’s going through women like water. By the time he’s finishing his bachelors degree, he has a job as a personal trainer.

He finds himself wrapped up in a pseudo-giggalo role – fucking his female clients while their husbands watch…


The absurdity, angst, and sheer time involved are taking their toll on Kenny. He’s beginning to wish for that one perfect woman… Getting envious seeing happy couples around him… He’s built himself a house of cards and the collapse is epic.

This book is a stand-alone novel, written from the male POV, by a male author. It is brutally honest, emotional, and will leave you feeling raw at times. We start out rooting for Kenny the underdog, but as he transforms himself into a callus womanizing monster, the reader struggles to maintain hope that Kenny will pull himself out of the hole he has created.


Monster contains many subjects and situations which some readers may find objectionable:
Infidelity – lots of infidelity,
Promiscuity,
FFM Ménage,
Voyeurism,
Exhibitionism,
Hotwifing,
& several others I won’t mention to avoid spoilers.

If you’re looking for something a little different, this might be the perfect book for you.

Blakely Bennett – Bittersweet Deceit

Bittersweet Deceit by Blakely Bennett

Series: Bound by Your Love #2
Source: Review by Request
ARC Provided by Author
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lainie is a thirty year old, full-figured woman entrenched in a love affair with a married man. Although Lainie loves Mason desperately, she vows never to say those three little words while he remains with his wife.

Stay, an enigma in Lainie’s close-knit group of friends, has been circling her with interest, trying to garner her attention. When circumstances make it clear who’s blocking his way—Mason—Stay goes full-court press in pursuit of Lainie. 

Lainie doesn’t see Stay as relationship potential because she is blinded by her love for Mason. However, the more she learns about Stay, the more she comes to realize she never really knew him in the first place. 

An unexplainable mystical connection evolves between Lainie and Stay and she has to choose between a man she so hopelessly loves and a man who offers her everything she needs.

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I slipped into the jacket and latched the repeating circles onto my wrist. The bottom of the coat stopped just where the broad lines of the dress changed from horizontal to vertical. “What do you think?” I asked Samantha.

“You look stunning,” a deep male voice responded. I turned around and found Stay smiling at me. 

“Wow Stay,” Sam said before I could respond. “Looking mighty handsome. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think this is a date.”

Stayman looked sharp in his black dress pants, matching coat, and dark-gray dress shirt. I gazed at him but was at a loss for words. We stared at each other for a second.

Sam saved me by saying, “Stay, there’s a wire mannequin in the attic that I’d like brought down, and Lane and I can’t lift it. I wondered if you could do that for us. Not now. I wouldn’t want you to mess up your clothes, but—”

As he removed his coat, he said, “It shouldn’t take long and I’ll just take off my shirt.”

He started unbuttoning as both Samantha and I watched as he slowly revealed his chest. Stay slipped out of his shirt and laid it neatly on top of his jacket. 

His smooth, lean torso was highly defined and I got caught staring at his chest. He winked at me and then said to Sam, “Come on and show me the way.” 

Once they walked away, I glared into the mirror and said, “Don’t even think about it.”

Minutes later, he had managed to carry the mannequin down.

“Let’s put it in the back,” I said, leading the way. “It needs to be cleaned up before it can be out on the floor.” I showed him where to put it. Scanning his physique from his head to his shoes, I noticed that he continued to let his golden-brown hair grow in and chose to where black boots instead of dress shoes. To make matters worse, his five o’clock shadow was incredibly sexy. Damn, he looks hot. Look away girl, just look away!

“Here,” I said, holding out a lint roller, but not making eye contact.

Some dust had settled on the front of his pants just over the zipper area. “You don’t want to help?”

I turned away and said, “Go get dressed.”

“Are you sure that’s your final decision?”

“Very sure.” My rapidly beating heart settled down once his clothing was back on. 

“Are you ready to go?” he asked.

“Let me go grab my clothes bag and my clutch and I will be.” Sam followed me into my office.

“He looks hot!” she exclaimed. “He must really like you. I’ve never seen him dressed up before.”

“Stop it,” I said, making sure my dress lay straight.

“Forget about MM for the night,” she said to me with a serious expression. She pulled the tag off my jacket.

“That’s not possible. Thanks for closing up and helping with the outfit.”

“No problem.”

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About the Author:

Blakely Bennett grew up in Southeast Florida and has been residing in the great Northwest for over eight years. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in psychology, which accounts for her particular interest in crafting the personalities, struggles, and motivations of her characters. She is an avid reader of many genres of fiction, but especially erotica and romance. Writing has always been her bliss. She is attracted to stories of self-struggle and ultimate recovery.
Blakely is married to a wonderful, loving and supportive husband, also a writer, who helps to keep her grounded. She is a mother, a communitarian, a lover of music (always on while she is writing—thank you, Pandora), and a good friend. An advocate of love and female empowerment, she is a facilitator for a women’s group. She loves to walk and hike for exercise and finds that, since moving to Seattle, WA, she is now one of those “crazy” people who walk in the rain.
Bittersweet Deceit (erotic romance) is her 6th novel. She is also the author of the dark erotic suspense, My Body Trilogy (My Body-His, My Body-His (Marcello) & My Body-Mine) and co-authored the contemporary romance, The Demarcation of Jack with her husband, Dana Bennett.

***I was gifted with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***

Blakely Bennett – Stuck in Between

Stuck in Between by Blakely Bennett

Series: Bound by Your Love #1
Source: Review by Request
Copy Provided by Author
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jacqs is a twenty-eight year old woman caught up in an on again, off again relationship with Bond, who is her best friend and the one who causes her the most heartache. She succumbs, yet again, to his powerful charisma, but vows not make it into more than it is, a great night of sex.

Bond, too sexy for his own good, wants Jacqs for himself as he “dates” his way through the female population of South Florida. He selfishly doesn’t see the conflict of interest.

Red, Bond’s best friend, has watched Bond take Jacqs for granted for way too long and soon stakes his own claim on her.

Will Red and Jacqs budding relationship pull apart their tight-knit group of friends and will Jacqs survive being Stuck In Between.

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Sometimes a book just rubs me the wrong way…
THIS is one of those books…

“I’m not sure why you need so much drama in your life, Jacqueline. My advice is to forget them both and move on.”

Let me be clear: I have never ‘DNF’d a book before, but I came dangerously close to closing this one for good.

The writing had multiple rough edges which could have been smoothed out with the use of an editor or even careful proofreading.

The dialogue was awkward and stilted, there was questionable sexual innuendo, and completely unbelievable (to the point of mood-killing) pillow talk…

There were a ton of superfluous details regarding makeup, clothing, etc which managed to turn a story about a group of people in their late-twenties / mid-thirties, to a story about obnoxious teenagers.

This sophomoric vibe was enhanced by the endless angst which dripped from every page…

I might have been able to handle all of those detractors if not for one VERY IMPORTANT fact: The three main characters were completely unlikable.

I couldn’t get invested in this twisted love triangle because I didn’t have a desire to see any of these people happy. Why should they be rewarded for making ridiculous decisions over and over again?

I guess the only redeeming thing about this entire book is that these three deserved each other.

I don’t remember ever wanting to strangle a fictional character as much as I did with Jacqueline.

JACQUELINE

“This can’t possibly end well and I know you are smart enough to know it.”

Jacqs has herself stuck in a love triangle between her cheating asshole ex-boyfriend Bond and her ex-boyfriend’s domineering best friend Red…

Some might be inclined to believe that these two men are taking advantage of the dim-witted Jacqueline… But Jacqs got herself into this ridiculous position… She seems particularly adept at lamenting all of the self-inflicted problems in her life, yet seems incapable of making any positive decisions for herself.

BOND

“When will you understand that my dating other women doesn’t take away from my love for you?”

Yeah… No… Bond & Jacqs have been on-again-off-again for almost a decade. He cheats, she’s helpless to refuse his charms, she keeps going back to him, he keeps fucking everyone else.

And I’m supposed to understand Jacqueline’s love for him?

RED

“Thank you.”
“What for?”
“Loving me back.”
“You didn’t give me much chance to refuse.”

Apparently Red has been in love with Jacqueline for a long time and it’s been killing him to watch his best friend treat her like shit… So in oder to hide his feelings for her, he’s been treating her with a combination of hostility and complete disinterest for years… Sounds like a knight in shining armor to me…

I can’t recommend this book to anyone.
I can’t think of a single reason to enjoy so much absurdity…

***I was gifted with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
If you ever wondered how honest my reviews are for books I’m provided, you now have your answer.

Kitty Mulholland – Fierce & Fabulous Volume One

Fierce & Fabulous Volume One by Kitty Mulholland

Series: Fierce & Fabulous #1
Source: Review By Request
(ARC Provided by Author)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leah is a middle-aged divorcee on a carnal voyage of discovery. Join her in a collection of lustful adventures brought to you in one handy volume.

Leah and Dylan’s relationship has been turbulent of late. The romantic holiday they have planned to a swinging lifestyle resort can’t come soon enough. Can the deliciously erotic encounter in Double Dutch provide the extra spice to give their love another chance?

Following the breakup with Dylan, Leah could use a little Tender Loving Care. Enter Alex, her on-off ‘Friend With Benefits’ of twenty years, who knows exactly how to make her feel special. A dinner date turns into an erotic outdoor tryst in Inbetween.

An unnerving encounter at Leah’s local gym has her hormones racing to uncontrollable levels. Will she succumb to the stranger who follows her into the sauna? Find out in Turning up the Heat.

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So much sexy fun in this little collection!

It’s always an exciting experience kissing someone new. You never really know until that moment whether there’s going to be any chemistry between you.

This is an absolutely perfect steamy summer read for your naughty pleasure. Three erotic short stories, all centering around the same female lead.

It was light-hearted and sinfully sexy. There might be one or two themes which might be objectionable to to some readers – one story deals with swingers, another mentions some infidelity…

But overall it was a fun read!

DOUBLE DUTCH

“Would you rather be alone, or would you mind if we joined you?”

Leah and her boyfriend Dylan are looking for more than the average tourist interests and R&R on their vacation… The swingers have their eye on a gorgeous Dutch Couple staying at the same resort. When a little sex on the beach turns into a show for the objects of their lust, the result is a MFFM sexual situation which will leave you panting…

INBETWEEN

That is the ultimate power of the inbetweener. You can have no expectations of them because they will consistently fail to achieve them. Instead, you must be pleasently surprised at the occasional attention and take it for what it is; a single night of passion and romance and nothing more.

The inbetweener is the kind of guy which Leah insists that all women have on speed dial – he’s the guy you call for hot and sweaty rebound sex after a bad break up. No feelings, no relationship, just hours and hours of sex to shock yourself out of break-up mode… Leah tells us all about her inbetweener in this spicy short story…

TURNING UP THE HEAT

“Oh you dirty girl.” He bared his teeth, like a wolf about to devour his prey. “Look at what you’ve done to me!”

Yeah, I think I have to call this one my favorite. Leah is doing laps in the pool at her local gym when she discovers she’s caught the eye of a much younger man. She retreats to the peace and quiet of the sauna to calm her thoughts, but that incredibly hot guy joins her… Now they’re all alone in the sauna, and it just keeps getting hotter…

Each story was different, and they call came together to present a variety of erotic delights.
I’m looking forward to reading Fierce & Fabulous Volume Two when it comes out!

***I was granted an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***