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
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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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Alyssa Turner – Polished (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

Polished by Alyssa Turner

Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

It seemed like they had everything, but they didn’t have Jack.

Without question Spencer Hartley burns hot for his girlfriend, Rory, but his other desires are hidden down deep. He might blow things up for a living and climb mountains for kicks, but the scariest thing in his life is the truth about his sexuality.

Jack Rothman works hard and plays dirty. After long, demanding days in his family’s engineering firm, he indulges in the pleasures of silk restraints and fine wine. Lots of hot meaningless sex helps him forget that he’s suffocating, with no one to give him a reason to breathe.

When a catastrophic accident traps Spencer in a flooded subway tunnel with Jack, they need each other to survive. But something strong stirs down there in the darkness, and it’s more than their desperation to live. There’s a spark between them that’s impossible to ignore.

Rory Campbell would love to give Spencer the one thing he doesn’t have, the freedom to explore his secret desires. But how does that fit into her picture-perfect relationship? When Jack invites the couple to his sprawling Hamptons beach house, Rory realizes that she has secret desires of her own–the kind only Jack’s Dominant hand across her bare bottom can satisfy…

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Zoey Derrick – Redeeming Kyle (Review & Exclusive 69 Bottles Trailer launch)

Redeeming Kyle by Zoey Derrick

Series: 69 Bottles #3
Source: Review by Request
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My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Falling in love was the easy part…

For Talon Carver, the commanding and charismatic lead singer of the rock band 69 Bottles, life has never been better—or worse. His heart’s at a full 11 for Addison Beltrand, his feisty PR rep. But admitting it was a much different tune. The dilemma’s even more complicated when adding his other lover to the mix: Kyle Black, the band’s handsome, sweet and sexy manager.

Why ruin a good thing, right? Things are pretty damn perfect for the trio—in and out of bed. But just when they find their best rhythm with each other, a rocky night in Minneapolis forces all three to reexamine their feelings—and take their relationship to new levels.

But can love be enough?

The band’s soaring popularity, along with the pressures of maintaining an unconventional relationship on a high-profile rock tour, start to take their toll. When Addison starts to fall apart, Talon and Kyle must come to terms with how important she is to them both.

Can Addison find the strength to be their glue once more?

What happens when the world goes on…but yours suddenly stops?

When everything looks like it’s going to fall apart? Is love enough to bring Talon, Kyle, and Addison back to each other’s arms…and with it, the magic that true redemption can bring?

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Bey Deckard – Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas (Review & Excerpt)

Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas by Bey Deckard

Series: Baal’s Heart #1
Source: Review by Request
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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Sheltered and lonely, Jon’s life changes drastically when a strange ship sails into the harbour of his small port town one day. Trapped between the possessive pirate captain and his murderous first mate, he must learn to adapt or he will lose himself completely. An epic tale of love, treachery and revelation, this first installment of the Baal’s Heart trilogy brings you into the lives of three men so bound together by jealousy and lies that they must sail to the very ends of the earth to find forgiveness.

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Zoey Derrick – Craving Talon (Review, Exclusive Excerpt, 69 Bottles Playlist, & Giveaway)

Craving Talon by Zoey Derrick

Series: 69 Bottles #2
Source: Review by Request
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My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Rock hard once again with Zoey Derrick’s sizzling hot rock & roll series!

The story picks up as 69 Bottles continues their tour, riding a surge of success thanks to an impromptu duet between Talon and Addison.

It’s a crazy turn of life for Addison Beltrand, who’s always lived to work and worked to live. Now, everything is shifted upside down—and that’s not a bad thing. Stepping on the 69 Bottles tour bus has banished the heartache of her past, and feels like a rocking new beginning.

Talon Carver and Kyle Black couldn’t agree more. The band’s lead singer and manager are falling hard for the beautiful rock chick, and will do anything to keep her in their bed—and between their bodies—forever.

The trio’s blissful bubble is popped by a danger nobody has anticipated. The band’s security team, always watchful for fan attacks on the members, isn’t prepared for what happens to Addison during this leg of the tour. Will Kyle and Talon be able to help save Addison? Or will her fear force her to pack her bags and return to LA?

Everything hinges on her decision…

Two men. One woman. A rock band. A tour bus. One Wild Ride…

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Ophelia Bell – Nexus (Review & Excerpt)

Nexus by Ophelia Bell

Series: Sleeping Dragons #5
Source: Review by Request
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My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Born to a race of creatures that strictly polices its presence among humans, Kris possesses a gift only one dragon in each generation may possess – that of a human form that requires no magic to maintain. Only to Kris, his form is a curse because it means he has spent his life without the touch of another since he left his mother’s breast.

Graced by his mother with the mark of his race and raised by a reclusive sect of monks, Kris learns his destiny, and the means to shed his affliction, lies within the slumbering depths of a long forgotten temple in the Sumatran jungle. To fulfill his destiny, he must lead a group of archaeologists there to awaken his brethren.

Kris has been a patient observer during the ritual, watching while the dragons of the temple’s court gathered sexual energy from the humans. But finally his part of the ritual is at hand. His task is to receive that gathered power through the same means it was taken, and serve as the conduit through which that energy will awaken their Queen.

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Ophelia Bell – Gemini (Review & Excerpt)

Gemini by Ophelia Bell

Series: Sleeping Dragons #3
Source: Review by Request
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My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Dimitri and his twin brother, Alex, always led a charmed life. The inseparable twins were were good looking and smart. They grew up in an idyllic part of the world on the island of Crete. They studied hard together at university and graduated from a prestigious school with honors. But tragedy struck and Dimitri’s other half was wrenched from his life.

After that Dimitri struggled to fill the emptiness his brother’s death left behind. He had girlfriends. He had boyfriends. But nothing ever clicked, so he focused on being an award-winning anthropologist just hoping to distract himself enough from his loss to eventually move on. Then the offer of a lifetime fell at his feet, an expedition the likes of which he’d never imagined and just outrageous enough to spark his interest.

After a two-week trek through the Sumatran jungle, Dimitri’s wildest dreams are trumped by what he finds inside the dragon temple. Twin golden dragons await inside a dark chamber for him to awaken them. Will he be able to satisfy them both? All he knows when faced with the dilemma is that his sanity might just depend on it.

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Ophelia Bell – Tabula Rasa (Review & Excerpt)

Tabula Rasa by Ophelia Bell

Series: Sleeping Dragons #2
Source: Review by Request
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My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Camille’s smart, bookish, and very shy demeanor has left her in the dust where men are concerned. But she loves her job as a linguist specializing in lost, ancient languages. When she gets chosen for an expedition into the far reaches of the Sumatran jungle the likes of which no one has attempted before, she jumps at the opportunity. Along the way, she becomes enamored of the geologist, a beautiful man named Eben, but is too shy to approach him and he seems to keep his distance.

Something inside the dragon temple awakens a deeper part of her and soon she learns of the ritual to awaken a long-forgotten race of creatures the world hasn’t seen in thousands of years. Her research tells her she’s a key. A virgin sacrifice. But it doesn’t tell her what that means. The magic in the temple reveals only that the dragons must awaken for her to earn Eben’s attention.

She sheds her inhibitions in one dark, heated moment to make it happen. What follows is pleasure beyond her wildest and dirtiest dreams.

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Zoey Derrick – Claiming Addison (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

Claiming Addison by Zoey Derrick

Series: 69 Bottles #1
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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

For Addison Beltrand, PR rep for Bold International, Inc. climbing the corporate ladder is all that matters in life. Her hard work is finally rewarded with the promotion she’s worked her ass off to earn—but the gig comes at a price. She leaves in two days for a twelve-week tour with America’s hottest alternative rock band, 69 Bottles.

Talon Carver, lead singer of 69 Bottles, has no problem with women–as long as they’re gone by morning. When Addison shakes up his world, it’s a huge problem—compounded by the fact that Addison’s not the only one he wants.

Kyle Black, manager of 69 Bottles, has a secret. He and Addison are closer than she thinks, but telling her could keep her away. When Talon sets his sights on Addison, Kyle uses his secret to push her into Talon’s arms, only to discover she isn’t the only one he needs.

Two men. One dilemma.

Talon is wild, reckless and loves control.

Kyle is calm, collected and loves passion.

The perfect balance…or Addison’s ultimate undoing?

Talon and Kyle push their boundaries and Addison’s, but can they throw their reservations to the wind and claim her together?

Two men. One woman. A rock band. A tour bus. One Wild Ride…

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Patricia A. Knight – Hers to Claim (Review & Giveaway)

Hers to Claim by Patricia A. Knight

Series: Verdantia #4
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A prince from the Nyth Uchel mountains … a healer from the Oshtech desert …

Scornfully rejected by her desert lover and uncertain of her place in the world, Adonia traveled a perilous road to the fabled mountain-city of Nyth Uchel. She came to heal the sick and dying, but in the arms of highborn prince, Hel, Adonia found the answer to saving herself.

Descended from nobility, once great kings of Verdantia, Hel willingly bore the burden of his dying city and its people on his shoulders. Watching helplessly as a malingering evil attacked the very soil under his feet, he crushed his pride to summon help. He’d been staggered to discover the answer to saving his city and perhaps all Verdantia might lie behind a heavy fall of chocolate hair and shy brown eyes.

As their entire planet faces an encroaching black death, two seemingly disparate individuals forge a partnership of love and sacrifice that will alter their future forever. All of Verdantia will be tested.

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Absolutely splendid.
A fantastic addition to the Verdantia Series!


(Mild Spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books in the series)

The fourth book brought back all of the characters we’ve come to love from this series – Ram & Steffiana play a huge role, and Hel’s bickering with Ram was a particularly delightful aspect of the book:

“Bring it on, dickless wonder […] Your wife inspires more fear in me. You aren’t half the man she is.”

In addition, all three members of the Royal Tetriarch are featured heavily. Even Eric and Sophi pop up for a few scenes – so basically, everyone but Tok had a few moments to catch the reader up on life after their book.

Speaking of cameos and awesomeness – Patricia A. Knight included a feature I’d not seen before (but appreciated the wisdom of) a live-linked Easter egg embedded in the dialogue. Doral whispers something in Ari’s ear… The reader clicks the link (and is asked to sign up for Patricia A. Knight’s newsletter) and the page reveals the secret whispered.

Was it an epic secret? Nah.
Was it amusing? Sure.
Was it a genius marketing ploy? Absolutely.

I did a full breakdown of the intricacies of this high-fantasy Sci-Fi world in My review for Hers to Command. Rather than rehashing all of that, I’ll simply encourage you to catch up with that post.

However, I want to remind you of one important fact: The Planet Verdantia is sentient; She has feelings, and interacts with her population. That interaction occurs when certain Verdantians have sex… Crazy, sweaty, kinky, burn-up-the sheets sex…


All this awesome sex helps the planet flourish – it keeps the lights on, makes the crops grow, and it powers the shields which protect the Verdantia from outside forces…

Only Verdantians with a specific set of genetic markers are capable of performing the sexual rites, and they were systematically slaughtered during the war with the Haarb. Only a handful of Magistras survived the decimation of Verdantia… It was assumed that all of the female survivors (who are of age) had already been paired up…

Turns out, we were wrong.

ADONIA

What will I be at the end of this journey? Someone different I suspect.

We met Adonia in Hers to Choose. She is a warrior and a healer who traveled with Sophi’s deadly First Arrows. She was raised with a loathing of the high-bred Verdantians who performed rites. Toward the end of her time in the desert with Eric and Sophi, she discovered she had much to learn about Verdantian Magicks.

She began to travel with Sophi and Eric as they made their way across the planet. She suffered nearly irreparable heartache when her betrothed, Klaran, cast her off – telling her that she wasn’t feminine enough and that he used her in order join the service of Ducca DeStoria.


She obviously needed to get away from Klaran, so she fled to Sylvan Mintoth and began advanced study in the healing Rites. She hoped to become a more proficient healer despite the fact that her common Oshtesh genetics would never allow her to actually attempt the sexual rites. She was keeping to herself and watching over Queen Fleur (who is pregnant with her fourth child) when a scraggly, smelly, fur-covered nobleman storms into the throne-room.

HEL

“You are a light for my dark soul – a gift from our Great Mother…”

Though the Haarb have been eradicated, Verdantia is still under attack. A mysterious force threatens the planet on the metaphysical plane – a darkness has descended across the remote regions of the planet. We’re talking poisoned soil, plagues, mutants, and zombies… The kingdom of Nyth Uchel has taken the blunt force of this attack, and Prince DeHelios has come to Sylvan Mintoth to beg for help.

He has lost his wife,
his young children,
his friends,
and has little hope left.

He needs the Tetriarch to provide him with a healer and brite-weed to combat the illness which has claimed the lives of so many. He needs a magistra to return to Nyth Uchel with him and perform the Great Rite if there is any hope of restoring light to the darkness which has enveloped his kingdom…

The Tetriarch agree to part with copious amounts of healing herbs and with their beloved medica Adonia, but there are no magistras left on Verdantia…

Hel leaves Sylvan Mintoth with a heavy heart – with no magistra his hopes of saving his city are nearly nonexistent. He must put all his faith in a healer who has little faith in herself… The road to Nyth Uchel is long and treacherous, the Tetriarch insist that Ram and Steffiana accompany Hel and Adonia on their journey…

Along the way they will face mutants, evil soul-sucking ghouls, and a steadily encroaching winter. They attempt to decipher the riddles of rambling mystics and soon learn that Adonia is not precisely what she seems…

Verdantia works in mysterious ways, and the group has a great deal to prepare for if they hope to succeed in the coming war against an intangible enemy…

There was a lot going on in this installment:
We learn more about the history of Verdantia, and of the first Tetriarc.
a few riddles,
lots of action,
symbiotic cephalopods,
a particularly kinky Prince,
some hilarious alpha-male bickering,
and an epic battle for Verdantia herself!

Another exciting feature:
Patricia A. Knight has included a glossary of terms with pronunciation to assist the reader with acclimating to this richly detailed Sci-Fi world.

The only drawback:
I’ve grown quite fond of the bad-ass female main characters in this series, but Adonia had a nasty habit of putting herself down and generally believing that she was unworthy despite all evidence to the contrary… That being said, her attainment of self-worth was a good source for character progression…

Overall, it was another fabulous installment of the Verdantia Series, and I’ll be the first in line for book five when Patricia A. Knight blesses us with one!

***I was provided an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review***

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