Karen Marie Moning – Bloodfever

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Series: Fever, #2
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I used to be your average, everyday girl but all that changed one night in Dublin when I saw my first Fae, and got dragged into a world of deadly immortals and ancient secrets…

In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh—a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can’t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V’lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous.

For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them.

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Karen Marie Moning – Darkfever

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Series: Fever, #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

“My name is MacKayla, Mac for short. I’m a sidhe-seer, one who sees the Fae, a fact I accepted only recently and very reluctantly.

My philosophy is pretty simple – any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book. I haven’t had many good days lately. Not since the walls between Man and Fae came down. But then, there’s not a sidhe-seer alive who’s had a good day since then.”

When MacKayla’s sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death, a cryptic message on Mac’s cel phone. Journeying to Ireland in search of answers, Mac is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to master a power she had no idea she possessed – a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae.

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysteriou Jericho…while at the same time, the ruthless V’lane – an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women – closes in on her. As the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: to find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book – because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control both worlds in their hands.

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Rochelle Paige – Push the Envelope

Push the Envelope by Rochelle Paige

Series: Blythe College #1
Source: Personal Library
Gift from the Author
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Alexa is just your average college junior, attending classes and piloting Mile High Club charter flights. Boys haven’t been on her radar for a couple years after a disastrous breakup with her high school sweetheart. Her plans to focus on school hit a bit of a snag when she meets bad-boy Drake Bennett and he sets his sights on making her his own.

Drake transferred to Blythe College for the rugby team, not for a new assortment of college girls. He’s sexy and cocky, and he attracts women like moths to a flame. When he meets Alexa, Drake knows he’s met his match. She tries to resist him, but Drake isn’t used to taking no for an answer.

This does not have a cliffhanger.

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A sweet and steamy New Adult Read!

I loved the “Mile High Club” Twist in this book… I just wish there was more of it…


Flowers… Check
Chocolates… Check

Champagne chilled and ready to go… check.
Noise canceling headphones so I didn’t have to listen to whatever noises were going to float up from the rear cabin… check.
This was so totally not the normal pilot’s checklist.
[…]
Who knew there were so many middle-aged housewives looking to spice up their marriages?

Push the Envelope is a lovely blend of humor and romance, I’m so glad I picked it up. Great characters and fun dialogue came together to form a sweet romance with a touch of heat.

ALEXA HEWETT

“Alexa, you okay?” I heard Drake ask from behind me as his hand skated up my spine.

I turned and smiled at Drake. “yup, everything’s okay. I’m just excited to get back in the cockpit.”

Drake chuckled huskily, “I’d love to hear you say cock in a totally different setting, babe.”

Alexa is a rare bird in the world of Modern NA Romance- A heroine with a backbone and a brain! She’s working her way through business school by putting her hard-earned pilot’s license to use, and flying “Mile High” tours which allow a couple to get horizontal in the back of a private plane.

Between work and school, she has no time for parties and boys…

She’s determined not to fall into bed with the first man who has sparked her interest in years… Even if that man is devastatingly attractive and doesn’t back down from the challenge…

DRAKE BENNETT

“…The gelato is fine. It’s just not what I’m hungry for right now.” Drake licked his lips and flashed a sexy grin my way.

“I’m not touching that comment with a ten-foot pole!” I joked.

“How about a ten-inch pole?” Drake glanced down at his lap and wagged his eyebrows.

Drake your standard smokin’ hot Alpha Male rugby player with his sights set on Alexa. The type of guy who always seems to have a gaggle of gorgeous coeds following him on campus. But he only has eyes for the one girl who seems completely immune to his charms…

This was delayed gratification done right.

Drake makes his intentions perfectly clear, but the two don’t fall directly into bed… There’s a slow burn and a (nearly unbearable) build up of UST before the two hit the sheets…

I know what you’re thinking, but this isn’t your standard “college girl deflowering” story. Odd that when two characters actually take the time to get to know each other before having sex, one automatically jumps to the conclusion that someone is
a) a snow-white pure virgin
or
b) dealing with a tragic previous sexual encounter

Not the case with Push the Envelope. There was a believable progression of their relationship. No instalove BS, no dark past to be overcome… This book was adorable and gave me some laughs and a case of the warm fuzzies, which is nice every now and then!

I had the opportunity to chat with Rochelle Paige at the 2014 Louisville Authors Event, and she is FANTASTIC. I HAD to grab a copy of this book after talking to her.

Did you know that there REALLY IS a place in Ohio that you can charter a flight to join the Mile High Club?


Jae T. Jaggart – Objects Of His Obsession

Objects Of His ObsessionObjects Of His Obsession by Jae T. Jaggart
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Source: Review by Request
Copy provided by Author
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

London, 1898

Lord Benedict Yeats has two obsessions.

One of which has a definite pulse – the seductive and beautiful Evander St John, Duke of Casterwell. A man he has a certain history with.

A man who tells Benedict that he has spent too long amongst sand and dead things. He might not be wrong. Casterwell’s world is one of sexual sophistication and games that Benedict cannot hope to match.

But when Benedict returns from working on a famous dig in Cairo, Casterwell invites him to a country house party that will change his life. An Egyptologist of growing renown, Benedict will also catalogue the famous Casterwell collection of antiquities.

And almost certainly, will become one of Casterwell’s string of lovers. But will he be the one to break through that glittering façade? Or will the scars of Casterwell’s dark, bloody past and his complex and fiercely deceptive private life tear them apart?

Warning: Contains two men wildly obsessed, a lust too long denied, hot m/m sex between a naive Egyptologist and one very determined duke, and absolutely no cursed tombs. Approx. 56000 words.

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L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov – Take It Off

Payoff (Market Garden, #6)Take It Off by L.A. WittAleksandr Voinov
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Series: Market Garden #2
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Turnabout is foreplay.

High-end Market Garden rentboys Tristan and Jared have found their niche. Men are willing to pay good money to watch Tristan tease Jared, and the two of them seduce London’s elite with sex and power games.

Except Tristan is less and less interested in getting money out of the johns these days. He wants his partner in crime, and he wants the seduction to be real. But is Jared just in this for the pay?

When Rolex, the john who started it all, returns to Market Garden, the boys jump on the opportunity to service him—and each other—for a fresh pile of cash. Rolex isn’t the only one itching for a rematch, though. Jared’s been waiting for a chance to get back at Tristan for teasing him so mercilessly the first time.

And for a former stripper, revenge is a dish best served extra hot.

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The second book in the Market Garden series features a particularly brilliant bit of steamy revenge…

…Tristan hadn’t forgotten his own favourite thing about stripping: the sadistic joy of grinding and undulating on a man who had no choice but to sit still and take it.
Sit still and take it, which was exactly what he had to do this time. Oh. Shit.

Rolex is back for more voyeurism – and who can blame him? In book one Tristan teased Jared to within an inch of his sanity… In this installment of the Market Garden Series, Jared has the opportunity to turn the tables…

Tristan has been growing closer and closer to Jared since their first performance together, and feelings are growing deeper. He’s starting to loose control and blurring the lines between performance and pleasure. His particular brand of Dominance and control is being put to the test by Rolex’s new rule: No touching the dancer…

Tristan didn’t have a submissive bone in his body, but if Jared was like this when he was on top, there wasn’t much Tristan wouldn’t do if Jared snapped his fingers and demanded it.

I loved every single minute of this book – watching Tristan go crazy, Jared show his confident side, and the pair of them work over Rolex for an absurd amount of money. I’m absolutely loving this series and can’t wait to read the next installment!

L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov – Quid Pro Quo

Payoff (Market Garden, #6)Quid Pro Quo by L.A. Witt Aleksandr Voinov
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Series: Market Garden #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For the past six months, Jared’s been selling sex at Market Garden, a London club that caters to the better-off. But business is slow in the run-up to Christmas, when businessmen and bankers are too busy bickering over bonuses to rent themselves a little high-class action.

Though Jared’s wallet finds the downtime unnerving, the rest of him rather enjoys the opportunity it gives him to admire Tristan, an old hand in the club whose reputation usually sees him well-booked. Jared has been crushing on Tristan for months—he’s no more immune to Tristan’s cockiness and confidence than the johns, and those are just Tristan’s inner qualities.

Just as Jared’s about to chat Tristan up, a businessman asks for something a little different: he wants to book them both. They agree—and Jared finds himself going from crush to mind-bending lust as he’s made the pawn in a sexual power game. Tristan shows him how a pro handles a john while delivering the top-shelf sex for which the Market Garden is so rightly renowned.

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A short story so hot my Kindle nearly caught fire!

“Help me, I’m trapped in a Harlequin novel titled The Billionaire and His Rentboys,” Jared muttered under his breath.

This was an amazingly steamy erotic short featuring two rent boys (one with a secret crush on the other) and one wealthy voyeur who gives them the perfect opportunity to put on a show…

Maybe he was just one of those corporate types for whom everything was strictly business, including – perhaps especially – sex.

I had so much fun with this, that I immediately downloaded the second book in the series! There isn’t much I can tell you about the plot which isn’t covered in the blurb…

Oh, and did I mention that Jared and Tristan are British?

Jae T. Jaggart – Cash: Angel, Demon, Rock Star

Cash: Angel, Demon, Rock Star (A Seven Deadly Sins Story #1)Cash: Angel, Demon, Rock Star by Jae T. Jaggart
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Series: A Seven Deadly Sins Story #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What happens when a raunchy, bisexual rock star is the prize in a battle between an angel and a demon? And can it matter?

If that dirty, sweaty rock star is going to become a leader and influence a generation, yes.

An angel and a demon have been given a challenge by Management. One or the other must win Cash over. To the good, or to the bad. And when supernatural beings battle, any filthy trick and subterfuge is permitted.

Winner take all. With seven deadly sins to play with, it’s going to get creative. And Management may not approve.

Contains bad behavior, hot m/m action, and a lot of sweaty leather. Approx. 16,500+ words plus bonus material.

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Jason Luke – Interview with a Master

Interview with a Master by Jason Luke

Series: Interview with a Master #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

It’s the interview like no other.
It’s the interview of a lifetime.
It’s THE Interview with a Master.
When Jonah Noble reveals details of his life within the world of BDSM, the tale he tells is intensely erotic, profoundly sensual, and brutally honest.
This is His world. His way.
There is only one question the man will not answer…

(BDSM erotica from a man’s POV, written by a man. Contains some explicit language)

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Mixed feelings for the hotly anticipated Master and his tales of Erotic Exploits disguised as an interview/self-help seminar…

I was drawn to this book because word on the street (and by “street” I mean GoodReads bookclubs) was that the author was experienced in the BDSM lifestyle and would be offering a new perspective… Other than the fact that this was a MALE perspective, I’m not sure how successful this book was in living up to the hype. It was enjoyable… If you’re hoping to read some BDSM-themed erotica from a male perspective, I say go for it… The whole “interview inside a narrative” structure was entertaining and refreshing for this genre… But it wasn’t groundbreaking by any means. It started off strong and began unraveling mid-book.

This is a 3 1/2 star read for me.
It lost half a star for overwhelming arrogance.
It lost a whole star for the last 20% of the book.

I was thrilled to do a Buddy Read of this book with the amazing Wendy (Wendy’sThoughts). Because my experience with this book was shared with her, I must reference a few of the conversations we had while reading together…

She pointed out that the book was split into two narratives:
1. The Erotica / Romancing the reader story line…
2. The Philosophical Men’s Guide to Women & BDSM…

I agree completely. This split structure was both a blessing and a curse. It keeps the reader on their toes and a little off balance as we try to figure out what Master Jonah’s motives are for allowing this interview and for choosing the intern Leticia as the person to document his life.

Reasons to Read it:
1. Some lovely erotic exploits
2. Jonah’s endless opinions – even if you don’t agree, he’s passionate
3. The sinking feeling that this whole thing will end badly
4. The humor sprinkled throughout
3. The quotable “rule book” of Jonah Noble

JONAH NOBLE
America’s elusive, wealthy, notorious BDSM Master…

“It wasn’t about physical domination for me. It still isn’t. It’s about that emotional transfer of power: the command and control. That’s what turns me on, Leticia. That’s what I find so addictive about being a Master. I love the power, given to me by the submissive.”

Jonah is known as a Master of all things. King of his business empire and renowned for his expertise in training submissives.

LETICIA FALL
Aspiring Journalist, Interviewing Master Noble …

“If you’re right, then what you’re about to tell me is the secret to success for the average married man. I’d hate to miss a single word.

The price for an exclusive in-depth interview with Jonah is that he will be granted the opportunity to return the favor – question for question, answer for answer – neither party will hold anything back.

This is where Wendy made a very good point – that this book is part Interview With The Vampire & part Silence of the Lambs:


This book parallels Interview with the Vampire with respect to the narrative structure… One man telling his epic history to a complete outsider who finds the stories amazing and nearly beyond belief…


The similarrity to Silence of the Lambs is found in the calculating and manipulative hero as well as the “quid pro quo” dynamic of give and take between subject and interviewer…

The rest is an ode to Jonah’s male ego.
He spends the entire interview telling stories which highlight his sexual prowess and attempting to demonstrate his expertise of women.

As Master Jonah tells his tales, we are being seduced by him; obviously manipulated. A man telling his own history has complete control of the facts presented…

Jonah’s answers are structured around recalling erotic encounters throughout his life – in vivid detail – which follow his journey in becoming a Master. His anecdotes are often punctuated with his opinions on sex in modern society.

He has very strong opinions on women in general, and considers himself an expert on female sexuality – This is where many readers will find themselves uncomfortable with the broad generalizations which Jonah presents as fact. He knows he is a politically-incorrect jerk, and if you can recognize this facet of his personality, and not get offended, you will handle him as well as Leticia.

The reader steps into the role of Leticia as we listen to Master Jonah’s stories. We are experiencing these erotic stories at the same time, and since the whole story is from Jonah’s point of view, we must assume that Leticia’s thoughts mirror our own.

My thoughts on the Ending:
(BEWARE OF SPOILERS)

I don’t think anybody was surprised that Leticia wound up with a crush on the Master… But I was put off by how quickly her character deteriorated after growing attached to him. She was never very interesting to begin with, so the fact that they didn’t wind up “together” at the end wasn’t so heartbreaking to me.

The whole “I can’t fall in love” stance for a Dominant is such a lame way to go. Trust me, there can be love in BDSM. Jonah’s feelings toward Leticia were so ridiculously angsty for someone who had shown so much aloof self-control toward women in the past. The only thing she did to attract him was listen to him talk. How much ego is required for that to happen?

The entire time I was reading this book I was waiting for the “catch” – Jonah is a calculated man, there must be a good reason he chose to tell his story to Leticia. I was making up all kinds of dark scenarios in my head…
In my most twisted prediction I wondered if Jonah made a bet with the owner of Leticia’s newspaper that he could lure the shy vanilla girl into being his submissive…
So when we discovered that Jonah had a brain tumor and was dying, I was massively disappointed. Not shocked (hello headaches throughout the book) just disappointed that there wasn’t a big ending… A better reveal… A more dark and twisted motive behind his choice to tell his story.

The beginning and middle of this book were so strong, that the ending seemed bland in comparison. Will I read the next book? Who knows… I don’t really care if Jonah & Letica hook up, but I’d love to hear more about Jonah’s saucy past!

Synopsis of Jonah’s entire perspective in GIF form:






This book does have a cliffhanger ending, and as of the date of this review, there is no information on the upcoming second book…

As I mentioned (several times) this was a Buddy Read with Wendy. I encourage you to read her review of this book as well. She’s awesome, and I get more enjoyment of of a book when I have the opportunity to read with her.

Morgan Q. O’Reilly – That Olde Christmas Magic

That Olde Christmas Magic by Morgan Q. O’Reilly

Source: Personal Library
A Gift from the Author
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Start with five gold rings, wrap with ribbons and bows, add a paddle, and let the party begin!

Angels might get wings with every bell that rings, but four couples find that bells and magic this Christmas send them flying on wings of love.
~ Victor and Terri find their spell with five words and Five Gold Rings.
~ Greg and Lisa’s hearts are Tied Up in a Bow and lessons in trust.
~ Sheldon has A Paddle for Patti and she learns every now and again it’s good for the soul.
~ Edward learns All Amelia Wants for Christmas and fulfills her wildest dream.

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First of all, I’d like to say thank you to the author Morgan Q. O’Reilly who sent me an autographed copy of this fun Christmasy Erotica… She’s ensuring that I’m firmly on Santa’s naughty list!

This is a book of Christmas themed erotic short stories which feature different characters, but all intertwine and create a heat sufficient enough to melt all the snow within a twenty-foot radius of my house.

LETS BREAK IT DOWN:

Prologue:
Edward Milbank is putting the final touches on the annual Christmas celebration at the V Club when he’s interrupted by Mrs. Amelia Walker, member of the club and occasional lover of Edward’s. This Christmas she has an offer that Edward cannot refuse…

Five Golden Rings
Terri & Victor are high society fixtures in NYC with naughty leanings. Terri is sporting five impressively placed body piercings for her lover’s pleasure. Victor gifts her with five golden rings, each with little golden bells attached. Their antics at a formal holiday dinner & in the back of a limo ensure that hundreds of angels are getting their wings…

“I want to hear bells,” he said. Hands gripping her hips, he lifted her and let her settle down again, the sound of her bells creating a merry tune. “All of them, keep moving,”

Tied Up in a Bow
Greg & Lisa are visiting the V Club for the first time as a couple. Lisa discovers that she is not alone in her kinky predilections, and she has a safe place to explore her submissive side. Voyeurism, exhibitionism, and a little bit of ribbon bondage & suspension later… and Lisa becomes the perfect gift-wrapped submissive present…

“Terri adjusted the big red bow covering Lisa’s chest. Another bow covered her pelvis. Big, red velvet, flocked bows, like one might put on a front door or over a mantel. Another string of ribbon secured her arms behind her back.”

A Paddle for Patti
Patti Donaldson, secretary for Sheldon Clark was on a mission for her former college roommate Terri (from the previous stories in this book) she needs to find a naughty spanking photo for V Club’s Christmas Newsletter. Here’s the problem: looking up dirty pictures on the company computers is grounds for termination… But when her boss, Sheldon Clark (certified man-candy and member of the V Club) discovers her indiscretion, he has an entirely different form of punishment in mind for his naughty secretary…

“What do you mean by punishment?”
Ah, now they were at the heart of the matter. A punishment to fit the crime. He reached around her and jiggled the mouse. One click brought up the picture of the rosy cheeked elf over Santa’s lap. “This.”

All Amelia Wants for Christmas
The final short-story picks up with Edward Milbank and Amelia Walker…
At the Christmas party for V Club, Amelia has offered herself as a Venus sacrifice… the centerpiece of the evening… to be worshiped and pleasured by the entire club. She’s determined to wring out every last drop of pleasure from the evening before she retires from the scene.

“…he was a man to bring out the inner snarling cougar in any woman. Menopause be damned.”

 

Pamela Palmer – The Dark Gate

The Dark Gate by Pamela Palmer

Series: The Esri #1
Source: Personal Library
A gift from the Author
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Larsen Vale has a secret: she sees things. Terrible things. Deadly things. And her latest vision features a strange albino man…and her own death. Haunted and afraid, she trusts no one, not even the handsome cop who seems fascinated with her. Washington, D.C., detective Jack Hallihan has one mission: find the man who is assaulting young women. But the police have no clues, no leads and no witnesses. And Jack has a deadly secret of his own–a secret Larsen holds the key to.

Time is running out. If Larsen and Jack can’t learn to trust their attraction to each other, the Gate will be opened–and the world will be forever changed…

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I binge read this book. It wasn’t my intention to read cover-to-cover in one sitting; I simply didn’t want to put it down.

The Dark Gate was a satisfying mix of paranormal and suspense. I was pleased with the fresh plot – A being from an alternate dimension has slipped through an ancient hidden portal and is terrorizing his way through Washington DC unchecked and seemingly invincible. – a fun ride from an author I’d never heard of before receiving the book.

“The night air crackled with malevolence. Threat danced on the humid breeze, raking its nails down Jack’s spine while mounting questions pricked his skin, itching like new wool. Never in his life had he felt so off-balance. He’d dealt with rapists before, and murderers. With thieves and car-jackers and gang-bangers. But never had he faced anyone like this – a villain whose powers and abilities defied logic. How in the hell could a man hypnotize cops with a song? One measly song?”

The only thing keeping this book from being five stars was that the romance was a little hit-or-miss in my opinion. The sexual attraction was certainly there for our main characters, but I wasn’t sold on the emotional connection (outside of pity or protectiveness) I’m just not sure that the love was there. Perhaps a little more character development was needed in this respect?

This is the first book in the Esri series, and I can see myself reading and enjoying the rest of the books.