Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Roped by Ann Jacobs (Heart of the West - book 1)
Sexual dominant Jared McTavish returns from war a wounded man, missing part of his leg. He figured he'd never be able to satisfy any submissive with part of his body missing. He's haunted by his dreams of a submissive woman with the face of his nurse, Ninia. But the nurse he knows is not like the submissive in his dreams until he catches her in a vulnerable moment.
Ninia Barker, a widowed submissive, sees in Jared the master she needs to fulfill her life again and when he's released from the hospital, she asks a friend to send him an invitation to a local dungeon. Accepting the invitation, he arrives and spies Ninia waiting for him to supply her with his dominance. He now knows she is what he's been craving all along and that he's the man to satisfy her pleasure.
If you're looking to read a story of BDSM that is not real hardcore, this is the book for you. It shows a relationship between two passionate people that are drawn to each other out of necessity and quickly turn to love. You feel Jared's pain as he deals with the loss of his leg and what he thinks this loss does to his manhood and Ninia's, as she finally says goodbye to her deceased husband of four years and lets herself become a part of another man. This is a captivating short story and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Take Me Out by Gabrina Garza
Ty Parker, independent pro baseball player, has strived to hide his sexuality and keep his private life separate from his teammates. He's even got a "girlfriend" but his life has always been missing something. So when his roommate is injured and replaced by a new player, it turns his world upside down. From the moment he lays eyes on Jaegar Wise, Ty can only think of him and what he could do with him.
Jae Wise joins the team temporarily, replacing an injured player and can't deny his attraction to his new roommate. When they come off the road, Ty's girl London invites Jae to stay with them for the week he'll be in town and that's all it takes for Ty and Jae to move beyond teammates. But now where does this leave them?
Together Ty and Jae make a sizzling pair and this is an extremely hot story. They're attracted to each other but feel they must keep their true feelings hidden for fear of being ostracized by the baseball community and the game they love. Ty and Jae's chemistry makes for a great read and I look forward to reading more by Ms. Garza.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Target of Deception by Jennifer Cole
Originally published through Dark Eden Press (currently not published)
Alexis Ranier began stripping when her life turned upside down. She needed a lot of easy money since she was having to pay for the cost of keeping her brother in a nursing home on life support and caring for her niece. One night after she was finished stripping, a police detective tells her he's been assigned to protect her. She doesn't trust cops now that her brother, a former police detective was shot and left to die while on assignment. Slowly, she begins to trust Adrien with her niece and her heart.
Adrien Spence was assigned to watch over stripper Summer Rain (Alexis Ranier). He's was never told by the police chief why he must watch over her but as time goes by he finds himself wanting to be closer to Alexis and her niece. Then the chief stops the assignment saying her life is no longer in danger. When Adrien questions him further he admits he's been trying to get some evidence that Alexis may have in her possession to help find her brother's assassin. Should Adrien help the chief or risk losing Alexis if she finds out what he doing?
Target of Deception is an exciting story. Alexis is a smart mouthed heroine and I really like her attitude when she calls Adrien "cop." Adrien is a sexy man who can protect me any day. Miss Cole kept me intrigued throughout the book and the sex is hot and never boring. If this book is ever published again, read it and you'll be as thrilled with the story as I was.
Tequila Truth by Mari Carr
Kylie Halston has been playing the game of Tequila Truth, with her roommates Colt and Heath, since they were freshmen in college. They pour shots of Tequila, ask a question and truth is the only exceptable answer. On Heath's 25th birthday, he asks what everyone's ultimate sex fantasy was. Heath has a bondage fantasy, Colt a spanking fantasy but Kylie's fantasy combines the two. She wants a menage with two men that includes bondage and spanking.
Six months later, the guys are still thrown for a loop by Kylie's declaration but don't have the courage to act on it until Kylie puts herself into several dangerous situations. After the last one, they propose to Kylie one no-holds-barred, anything you want sex weekend starring them. Will they be able to go back to just friends when the weekend is over or will any of them want more?
What a hot story this one was? I love friends turning in to lovers stories and this one doesn't disappoint. Colt and Heath are two men that combined together would make one perfect alpha male. Kylie shows a vulnerability but puts her men in their place. Mari Carr was a new author to me and after reading Tequila Truth, I'll be seeking out more of her stories.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Spanish Topaz by Regina Carlysle
When Graciela Fuentes got a phone call from old friend and lover Cash Carter to return home, she wastes no time in getting there. He told her he'd found something she'd be interested in since she is an art curator. Gracie has always been close to Cash, even as a small child growing up on his family's ranch where her parents worked. Gracie would sneak into Cash's room after her vivid dreams would awaken her; he was her safe haven.
Cash vowed to never let Gracie go again once he got her back home. But then he produces the topaz-studded danger he found in the creek bed and what he knows suddenly changes when Gracie touches the dagger handle. Appearing before them is Miguel de Castillo, a Spanish conquistador. Gracie realizes the voices and the dreams she has are of his long-dead bride and knows she must do whatever she can to reunite their souls once again, even at the expense of her own and what it could do to her relationship with Cash.
Regina Carlysle has become an autobuy author for me. I hadn't even read the blurb of this book before I bought it. What a surprise I got when: a) I was reading it and it flowed right into a menage and b) it was a paranormal. I haven't read a great deal of paranormals so I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I really couldn't figure out while reading how Grace and Cash were going to work this out and keep it all together. Regina kept me captivated with Cash and Gracie's hot sex and then with the introduction of Miguel, the sex was even better. Regina, you did it again!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Cowboy and the Thief by Lora Leigh (A Wish, A Kiss, A Dream anthology)
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
In Jack Riley's travels, he's searched for something elusive to him. While visiting Ireland, he's offered ownership of an ancient Torque. Legend has it the Torque must be owned by an Irish lass but worn by the man of her heart. It's been passed down through the same family for ages. At first Jack has no desire to own such a piece until he meets the daughter of the man selling the Torque. It's supposed to be bequeathed to her since the death of her mother. But Mr. Manning decides to sell and Angel is fit to be tied.
Angel Manning knows the legacy is hers because of her dreams in the night but how will she get it back? She decides the only way is to break in to Jack's home and steal it and Jack grabs her before she can find it. She pleads with him to give up the Torque to no avail and he bribes her to stay with him or go to jail. What's she going to do now that Jack won't give it up? And she's afraid if she stays long she'll lose her heart to Jack but gain nothing in return.
Cowboy and the Thief is another great short story by Lora Leigh. Jack and Angel have great chemistry and if they're not fighting, they're making love. It's a recommended read.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Cowboy and the Captive by Lora Leigh (Cops and Cowboys anthology)
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Luc Jardin had a grudge against Maria Angeles since she almost got his friend Jack and him killed. He's been seeking revenge against her ever since so he decides to kidnap her with the help of her brother Joe. But unbeknownst to him, Maria has a twin sister, Melina.
Melina's family (except for Joe) has forced her to live in her older sister's shadow. She's paid the price more than once for her sister's mistakes and the last time almost killed her. So when her parents ask her once again to take her sister's place, she can no longer risk her life; she wants more. What she wants is Luc Jardin, the man her sister came close to killing with her drug deals.
Melina met Luc when he came to her parent's to inform them about their daughter and what she'd done. While he was there, her parent's introduced her as Maria. She was made to portray her sister then and Luc had no idea there were two Angeles daughters. Now to make Maria see the error of her ways, Luc has kidnapped her. Melina tries to tell him who she really is but Luc doesn't believe her. After all, she's lied to him before. Little things force Luc to see that everything's not quite what they seem and he's determined to find out what's going on and who he's falling in love with.
This was another good story by Lora Leigh, not quite in the league of the Bound Hearts series, but good none the less. Melina is a fighter after what she's been through with her despicable sister and parents. Luc is just the man to finally love her as she deserves and thank goodness for her brother Joe to get her out of the clutches of Maria.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Loving Lies by Lora Leigh (Men of Summer series)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Slade Coulter has wanted Jessie from the time she was 16 years old and shared a dance. From that moment on, he considered her his although he knew he must wait until she was of age to claim her fully. The weekends in Loudoun, Tennessee were filled with drinking, fishing and all around good fun as everyone camped around the riverbank clearing and Jessie's 21st birthday was celebrated on one such weekend.
Jessie Benton loved Slade for as long as she could remember and on the occasion of her 21st birthday, she decides the time had come to seduce him and make him hers forever. She stows away in the back of Slade's RV when he takes off in it to his quieter camping place. When he finds out she's with him, he can no longer control his desire for her and they spend a whirlwind weekend of sex and loving together. He's ready to make his full commitment to only her.
But when Slade arrives home to grab some clothes before heading back to Jessie's for dinner and "dessert", his whole world is turned upside down. Although he was partner in a construction company, he'd been recruited, while in college, by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to infiltrate a family of arms dealers. He'd thought the case had fallen apart and was over but when he arrived home he found his partner Amy Jennings and his handler from DHS waiting for him. The case was back on and they needed to go back undercover. He had no choice but to comply or put Jessie and the rest of his friends in jeopardy if the arms dealers found out who he really was. So Slade goes to Jessie and lies to her about why he no longer wants to be with her; he tells her she is too young for him.
Five years later, Slade is back; the case is finally over with the arrest of the arms dealers and death of his partner Amy (whom he had to marry as part of the case). Jessie hasn't moved on; she lives in his apartment, owns his RV, wears his clothes. But when she sees him, she's still so hurt, she can't give him another chance to break her heart all over again or could she? And Slade has never stopped thinking of Jessie; she was the reason he made through those long five years. He has to find a way to overcome the obstacles and win Jessie's heart all over again.
Loving Lies is a wonderful book that had me laughing at the supporting character Jazz, crying over the heartbreak between Jessie and Slade. I was aggravated with the fact that Slade should have told Jessie as soon as he was back exactly what went down during the time he left and returned instead of waiting for the right time. I do hope Lora Leigh continues the Men of Summer series; I'm highly anticipating Jazz's story.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Forbidden Pleasure by Lora Leigh (Bound Hearts book 8)
Publisher: St. Martins
John "Mac" McCoy resigned from his membership with The Club and his job as an FBI agent after he married Keiley Harden. They moved away from Washington DC to his farm in North Carolina to start fresh. Mac knew Keiley would never be able to give into to the dark desires of sharing her with another man. After three years away, Mac's fantasies and Keiley's curiosities of his former passions begin to haunt him. He invites his former partner and best friend, Jethro Riggs for a visit, with the hopes of showing Keiley what kind of pleasures she's missing out on with loving two men. In the meantime, a past FBI case comes back to haunt Mac when a stalker invades his home and begins to play games with Keiley. Can he and Jethro find out who the stalker is and protect Keiley before it's too late?
Forbidden Pleasure was a hot and mysterious read. It kept me guessing as to who the stalker was. The Bound Hearts series keeps getting better and better. Lora Leigh never disappoints the reader.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Rough, Raw and Ready by Lorelei James (Rough Riders series book 5)
A few years back, Edgard Mancuso went back to his home in Brazil, leaving the love of his life and his rodeo partner, Trevor. At a bad point in his life, he comes back to the states in search of Trevor to see if there's anything left to salvage in their relationship. Trevor Glanzer has since married happily and is content with his wife of a year, Chassie West Glanzer. He couldn't believe Edgard just showed up out of the blue and he'd never told Chassie about his relationship with Edgard in the first place. Chassie invites Edgard to stay a while not knowing her life was about to change.
Edgard helps Chassie out around the ranch and they become friends while Trevor broods about Edgard and what to do. There's still a huge attraction but he doesn't want to lose his wife, whom he loves with every bit of his heart, over Edgard. Chassie ends up spying on Trevor and Edgard in a heated moment and discovers what Trevor has been hiding from her. Feeling betrayed and shocked, she decides she must leave to sort out her emotions and turns to her family who are also friends with Trevor and Edgard. Once she learns of their earlier connection, she returns home to see if her marriage is worth saving and how Edgard factors in on the future.
Let me tell you, I have read each one of the Rough Rider books. Before this one, Long Hard Ride was my favorite and that was where Trevor and Edgard's story began. Now after having read RR&R, it has become my favorite. I laughed, I cried. I felt so bad for Chassie finding out about Edgard and Trevor's relationship the way she did. Edgard was so sweet to Chassie and you could feel his love deepen for her as well shine ever brighter for Trevor. And the glimpse at what Trevor grew up with and how he became the man is was enlightening to say the least. And catching with old friends, Channing and Colby, Kade and the rest of the McKays was like a wonderful homecoming. I so look forward to another installment of the Rough Riders series and what Lorelei James has in store for us with the next story
Monday, November 3, 2008
Embraced by Lora Leigh (Bound Hearts book 6)
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Marey Clayton has fantasized but denied her feelings for Sax Brogan for over three years, ever since her divorce. Just when she decides it's time to reach out to Sax, her ex-husband Vince attacks her. Now she's afraid for Sax and what Vince could do to him.
Sax wants Marey, plain and simple. He's waited for what seems like forever and he'll do whatever, he has to, to have her. But now she needs protection from Vince before he kills her. Will Sax be able to convince Marey to embrace her life and his love?
Shameless by Lora Leigh (Bound Hearts book 7)
Shameless by Lora Leigh (Bound Hearts book 7)
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Ian Sinclair, owner of The Club, is being tempted by the innocent daughter of his best friend. He knows he must keep his distance from her when she visits but he is drawn to her and her hijinx to get his attention.
Courtney Mattlaw has known her destiny since she was rescued, as a small child, by Ian. He's her destiny. She now has to break through his defenses and force him to admit she is the one whom he could love and trust with his heart. When the barriers are finally tramped down, their hunger and lust for each other is shameless.
Bound Hearts books 6 and 7 are fabulous. Marey and Sax are perfect together. She has a difficult time admitting to her feelings and he's so sexy. Courtney is a spitfire and Ian has to keep up with her which is quite a chore. But he does it so well.