Thursday, December 31, 2009

In the Bare by Lacey Thorn

In the Bare by Lacey Thorn (Bare Love series book 6)

ISBN: 9781419924613

Publisher:  Ellora's Cave

Reluctantly, Charlie Tate heads out to a cabin in the woods offered to him by close friend and fellow detective Gil Daniels for a few days of enforced leave. Some beers, a hot shower and a sexual fantasy featuring his dream girl, Detective Miranda Duncan. It could only be better if she were with him.

Determined to seduce Charlie, Miranda follows him to the secluded cabin. When he answers the door in nothing but a towel, the gloves come off—along with said towel! Before the weekend is over, she will love every inch of Charlie and convince him they belong together. Little does she know, he has the same plan.

Let the seduction begin…

Review --
In the Bare is a quickie addition to the Bare Love series.  Quickie being the operative word, too quick.  Lacey Thorn does know how to write some hot sex and In the Bare does have hot sex.  The small glimpse of back story for Charlie has intrigued me though.  And I missed our treat of seeing the ever present Daniels family.  But all in all, In the Bare is wonderful and left me wanting the next Bare Love.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Elven Magic by Desiree Holt, Regina Carlysle, Cindy Spencer Pape

Elven Magic by Desiree Holt, Regina Carlysle, Cindy Spencer Pape (Mistletoe Magic series book 4)

ISBN: 9781419919008

Publisher:  Ellora's Cave

When three of Santa’s elves were ordered to provide happily ever afters for the Woodward sisters, they promised themselves a celebration if they were successful. Sharing a motel room during their assignment created a whole new level of sexual awareness among them, where boundaries were breaking down mentally day by day. With arousal at its peak after they all succeed, they decide to indulge in a sexual game of Truth or Dare, which will give a whole new slant to their friendship and allow them to explore their darkest fantasies—maybe even love.

Whispers of Magic by Cindy Spencer Pape

Whispers of Magic by Cindy Spencer Pape (Mistletoe Magic series book 3)

ISBN: 9781419918957

Publisher:  Ellora's Cave

Hoping to get back in Santa’s good graces, Sparkle the elf takes on a difficult assignment—arrange a merry Christmas for photojournalist Jenna Woodward. Jenna has just lost her parents, her job, and her cheating “fiancé”.

Rancher Mitch Sterling doesn’t want his face on a book, but he does want Jenna back in his life. He offers a deal—he’ll sign off, if she agrees to be at his mercy for one day. Jenna left him once because she was afraid of his Dominant lifestyle. Now, with help from a magical snowstorm, Mitch has twenty-four hours of tempestuous passion to convince her that she’ll love being his sub.

Touch of Magic by Desiree Holt

Touch of Magic by Desiree Holt (Mistletoe Magic series book 2)

ISBN: 9781419918902

Publisher:  Ellora's Cave

Maddie Woodward is in a pickle. The last person she expects to see when she returns to the family ranch for one last Christmas is her former lover, Zach Brennan. He’s hotter as he ever was, all male and determined to get her naked. She’s just as determined to show him she’s over him—until she ends up in his bed, enjoying the wildest sex of her life. A night of uncontrolled, erotic sex shows her that Zach is far from out of her life. Now if she can just get him to help her convince her sisters not to sell the ranch…

Monday, December 28, 2009

Breath of Magic by Regina Carlysle

Breath of Magic by Regina Carlysle (Mistletoe Magic series book 1)

ISBN: 9781419918872

Publisher:  Ellora's Cave

Powerhouse attorney Liza Woodward knows a little something about losing control and it’s been her life’s mission never to do it again, especially when it comes to small-town lawyer Tyler Blackwell.

Ty takes one look at the woman he’s always loved and knows it’s way past time he seduced away the control she wears like a suit of armor. It will take a steady hand, a bit of dominance, and a little breath of magic from a Christmas Elf to win this sassy Texas woman.

My Review --

Breath of Magic is the beginning in the Mistletoe Magic series, a series about the 3 Woodward sisters.  Regina Carlysle delves in to the story of Liza Woodward, a high-powered Dallas attorney returning home for Christmas and the sale of her family's ranch after the death of her parents.  Handling her parent's estate is her ex-boyfriend Tyler Blackwell, small-town attorney, a man she hasn't seen since she ran out on him 10 years before.  When an abrupt snowstorm hits town, courtesy of three conniving elves, Liza and Ty are trapped together to rediscover their passion and come to terms with their relationship.  This appealing tale brings about the irresistible charm of the Christmas season.  I was so entranced I ran out to buy the rest of the series. 

Excerpt --

Liza’s muscles tensed in anticipation and she prayed with everything in her that he couldn’t know what looking at him did to her. This was a mistake on so many levels. But God! She’d never been able to resist Ty Blackwell. He was bronze and dark and so ripped with muscle, he made her mouth water. Hastily she flicked her tongue across her lower lip as she took in the mounds of his sculpted chest. It was lightly smattered with dark, crisp hair that flared across his pecs then thinned to arrow down, bisecting his torso to disappear into the waistband of worn denim. His profession hadn’t softened him a bit. Lean yet muscular he was a man who looked as spectacular in jeans as he did in a suit. When he smiled, a deep and sexy dimple popped out near the corner of his scrumptious lips. He wasn’t smiling now. His face was hard with passion, a tiny muscle jumped in his jaw as if he were holding himself back with every ounce of control he possessed.

Oh, she knew all about control. It was the very thing that had deserted her from the moment she looked into those drenched chocolate-colored eyes of his.

Yep. She was a goner.

Ty held her gaze as he unsnapped and unzipped his jeans. She’d almost forgotten that country lawyers tended toward the ultra casual when not in court but that suited her just fine. Lordy, he looked good in worn denim. Without moving his eyes from hers, he reached into his back pocket and pulled out a condom. One side of his mouth lifted in a naughty half-smile as he tossed it casually to the desktop where it landed near her hip.

“I was ready for you, Liza Lou.”

“Bet you think I’m easy.”

“There’s nothing easy about you, darlin’,” he said as he pushed the jeans and his pristine white briefs together past his hips.

“Ah, man.” Liza practically moaned the words as she got an eyeful of his cock, rising high and hard from the nest of black hair at his groin. Ty was a real-life, honest to God refresher course in male beauty. Was he bigger than she remembered? Oh yeah. Maybe he was. His erection was thick and ripe with color, distended veins coursing the length of him as if pointing straight to the heavy, broad plum-shaped head. Liza’s mouth went dry as she recalled the wonderful masculine taste of him.

She wanted to reach out for it. She wanted to stroke him and take him in her mouth but he didn’t give her a chance. With a low sound, Ty leaned over and took the front of her thong between his teeth and slowly, tantalizingly pulled it from her body. Finally, he took the garment in his hand and rubbed the drenched cloth against his chest.

Liza gasped. She’d never known a naughtier man.

“Don’t look scandalized, Counselor,” he drawled slowly. “I love the way you smell when you’re hot. I want your scent all over me.”

“You’re bad.” She whispered the words wanting to be shocked but instead her body pulsed in a wild, untamed rhythm. “I should go.”

Ty shook his head. “Uh-uh. You want bad so much you can taste it and I’m gonna give it to you.”

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Last Call Europe: Chocolate Shock by Selena Illyria

Last Call Europe: Chocolate Shock by Selena Illyria

ISBN: 978-1-60521-297-5

Publisher:  Changeling Press

All romanced out, Love Fairy Alastrina is tired of putting together happy couples. All she wants is a little bit of "me time" to forget her job for one night. She strides into Last Call: London looking for some action.

Chocolate Shock: Heat packed sexin' -- no baggage required or desired.

Rebellious leopard shifter Garrison Fredricks may be the answer to all her needs. Some sexy talk and a bit of action is just what the love fairy ordered. Only problem is he has a teensy-weensy little secret that may piss her off. And a Love Fairy pissed off is not a good thing.

My Review --
Last Call Europe: Chocolate Shock is loaded with super hot sexin', a gorgeous shifter and a love fairy.  Trina is at the end of her rope.  All she needs is a little recuperation time so she heads to Last Call bar to blow off some steam.  Once there she orders a Chocolate Shock and what she gets is Garrison, one sexy leopard shifter.  Man, oh man, from this point on, you're in for a sizzlin' good romp filled with mind-blowing sex.  Selena Illyria packs a lot of punch in this short story and you won't be disappointed with the results. 

Excerpt --
Garrison's beer arrived. He took a pull from it and slouched in his seat, still bored, still restless. The door opened and out of habit he glanced toward the entrance, only to have his breath catch in his throat. His heart skipped a beat and then sped up. Warmth flowed over him as his body tightened. His cock hardened and pressed against his jeans.

"Oh, fuck me," he groaned, as he watched the woman in the tightest jeans he had ever seen stroll into the bar and wind her way gracefully through the crowd. She had a corset that showcased her high breasts and a small waist. Her ass made him want to bite his bottom lip to hold back the moan threatening to escape.

She was a tiny thing with riotous dark brown curls streaked with pink. When she turned around, he saw her face. Her features were delicate with a small pert nose. Her lips were full and tempting, slicked with shimmering pale pink gloss.

Blow job lips, he thought, and he wanted those lips on him, covering his body in sweet love bites before she sucked him off 'til he shot his load down her throat. His cock jumped as the fire burning within him became an inferno lapping at his veins.

His leopard scratched at the flesh bars of its prison, wanting to go up to the woman it desired and mark her with its scent. She made things worse by turning back toward the bar, giving him another glimpse of her perfectly rounded ass. The corset left a wide strip of skin exposed above the waistband. Her perfect mocha skin was adorned with a colorful tattoo done in glittering pink ink. He had to strain his eyes to make out the glyphs and symbols on her lower back.

"Lean over some more, love. Give daddy a good look at what it says," he urged softly. As if she heard him, she stuck her ass out further and he sucked in a breath as his pulse pounded in his ears and need roared through him. He had to shake his head to clear the lust wrapping around his mind like a gossamer web.

He squinted to see better and read the tattoo.

"Fairy Alastrina, daughter of Elan, servant of Labhaoise." He stroked his chin, his fingers slightly burned from the abrasion of his stubble. Half of his brain saw opportunity to bring a genuine Fairy to Eros, and the other half wanted to fuck the living daylights out of her.

"Alastrina." He tested her name on his tongue. The sound of his voice came out husky with the edge of a purr. An image rose of him pounding into her pussy as she cried out in ecstasy before he came himself, spurting his seed deep inside of her as he called out her name, and he swore. Their sweat-slicked bodies moved and ground against one another as they started yet another round.

"Fuck, fuck, fuck," he chanted. This was not what he needed. Tomorrow he would be going to see Eros. A meeting with him was draining. The love god liked to pick and poke at Garrison's mental shields. It was a game of chicken because Garrison would be doing the same. Five hundred years of servitude to Eros had taught him all of the god's weaknesses but no way to exploit them, although Eros knew all of Garrison's weaknesses and abused them every opportunity he got.

One of his weaknesses was standing a few feet away. This night was either gonna be hell or heaven. He wouldn't put it past Eros to send him a sexy little gift in the form of this Fairy. Whether it was a trap or not, he was going to fall into bed with her. The question was how. There were others who had noticed her arrival. One of the bolder admirers strode up to her. Before he could even open his mouth he was shot down and sent on his way, a deep red flush of embarrassment on his cheeks for his trouble.

"Mmmm, sassy, I like that." Garrison sat back and watched as, one by one, men and even a few women went up to curry her favor. After the fourth person was sent away he couldn't help but wonder why they all wanted a piece of her. She was gorgeous but there had to be something else. He decided to test a theory.

With great concentration he dropped his mental shields a sliver and tasted her power. It was like the sweetest, thickest honey. There was a hint of spice, an indefinable quality that made its potency richer, more seductive to the palate. Power rolled off of her in waves.

Understanding dawned on him all at once; she was a Love Fairy. Legend had it that to be touched or even come in contact with one could bring you good luck in the love department. They weren't hitting on her. They were asking for her services. He felt bad for them but most of all he felt sad for her. Must be tough never being off the clock to some people. Then again, he could understand how she felt. He was at Eros' call night and day. Didn't matter where he was, who he was with or what he was doing, if Eros summoned him Garrison had to go.

As he studied the woman, his desire burned through him. Instead of doing his usual saunter up and try his luck routine, he decided to wait and see what developed. If he played his cards right, there would be no need for him to do anything.

Naughty or Nice by Missy Lyons

Naughty or Nice by Missy Lyons

Publisher:  Whispers Publishing

Naughty girl that she is, Jenna couldn't resist spicing up her Christmas by seducing Santa. She sat on his lap and pretended to be nice, when all she wanted to do was be wildly wicked. She didn't think it would be more than one night of mindless pleasure, but can Santa show her the love she has been missing?

Scott got a little more than he bargained for when he played the mall Santa. Now he is making his list and checking it twice, because he knows who has been naughty or nice, and he has special plans to give one especially naughty girl a lot more than a lump of coal in her stocking this Christmas.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Secret Santa by Jenna Byrnes

Secret Santa by Jenna Byrnes

ISBN# 978-1-906811-38-9

Publisher:  Total E-Bound

Julia Brown isn't looking forward to Christmas. The clandestine relationship she's been involved in for two years has come to a screeching halt. She's faced with the prospect of a lonely holiday, and the worry that she doesn't have enough money for her son's gifts.

Victor Morgan, a partner in the law firm Julia works for, is the last complication she needs in her life. He's arrogant, presumptuous, and the most gorgeous man she's ever seen. When he comes to her aid she's surprised, and even more stunned to discover how susceptible she is to his charm.

Struggling to get in the Christmas spirit, Julia is cheered by a secret Santa in her office, and a series of events that show her what the season is truly all about.

Christmas Hookup by Lex Valentine

Christmas Hookup by Lex Valentine

Publisher:  Pink Petal Books

 A hot cowboy, a class reunion on Christmas Eve, a stumble in the parking lot… Elle literally falls into Riley’s hands in the country club parking lot. Sparks ignite and lead to a very hot hookup with a twist at the end! If you love hot erotica, but still want that Gift of the Magi warm fuzzy feeling, this book is for you!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Secret Santa 4 U by Paisley Scott

Secret Santa 4 U by Paisley Scott

Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press

Christmas was always the loneliest holiday for Sophie Mulligan. But at least this year, her sex life was fabulous! Too bad it was only online. Then, on Christmas Eve, a sudden snowstorm sends her Secret Santa to her doorstep and Sophie finds herself on his naughty list.

Sex Holiday by Natalie Acres

Sex Holiday by Natalie Acres (Cowboy Sex series book 4)

Publisher:  Siren

Patience is running. She’s running from her past, running from her future and running circles around the here and now. Patience needs a replacement for lost love, but she’s not in the mood to shop for more heartache and troubles. With a gentle push from her best friends, she heads south to spend some time in the sand and meets up with two handsome cowboys.

From the moment first introductions are made, Patience knows there’s something special about the McCoy brothers. Soon, she realizes why she’s been running. She was headed in the right direction all along.

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Christmas Kiss by Lora Leigh

A Christmas Kiss by Lora Leigh (from the anthology Hot For the Holidays)(Breeds series book 20)

ISBN: 0515147001

Publisher: Berkley Jove

Something passionate. Something mysterious. Something sexy.

And something totally inviting.

It's the perfect gift for the holidays.

Four bestselling authors invite readers to spend the night with these never-before-published novellas spiced with sexy romance and paranormal passion. So come in out of the cold and experience the thrill of a soul-stirring new tale of the Breeds from Lora Leigh, a return to the beguiling world of the Mageverse from Angela Knight, and two more mesmerizing and unexpected stories of sensual surprises and seasonal spirits from Anya Bast and Allyson James.

Includes A Christmas Kiss by Lora Leigh


Unedited excerpt

There was something about a winter snow fall that Jessica Raines had always loved. A sense of warmth, despite the cold. A sense of wonder, a remnant of her childhood that she had never lost.

Now, as she moved through the soft heavy winter white that fell around her, she had never felt less a child. At twenty-four, she felt old, worn and tired.

Christmas was coming. Lights were strung around the wolf breed compound of Haven and windows were lit up with the festive colors of the seasons as lavishly decorated trees twinkled merrily into the winter night.

Christmas was coming and Jessica had never felt less festive.
The snow was beautiful though. She had missed it last year during her imprisonment in the underground cells that the Wolf Breeds had kept her confined to. Because she had been a traitor. No matter how reluctantly, still, she had betrayed the very people she had believed so deeply in. Even as she had done it, helpless against the compulsions rising inside her, Jessica had raged, fought, screamed silently. But still, she had hidden information, relayed defense maneuvers and revealed the residences of the wolf breed alpha and his mate, as well as their second in command to her father.

The pure blood society he had worked with had nearly killed them. If she hadn’t found the strength to pull two of the mates from their homes before the attack, then they would have been killed.

She pushed her fingers through her hair, tugging at the tender roots as she fought to make sense of the betrayal her father had dealt her. He had been sending her to certain death. He had to have known it. The drug he had slipped into her food and drinks when she visited, the orders he had given her, he had known beyond a shadow of a doubt that she would be caught, and that she would die. And still, he had done it.

She couldn’t even ask him why he had done it. He was dead now. The society he had been a part of was disbanded. Advert, the small town outside the breed compound was under wolf breed control, but still, Jessica suffered.

She had lost everything because of his hatred for a species of humanity that hadn’t asked to be created. One that was determined to survive now that it lived. He had sacrificed his daughter, and then his own life, for nothing.

She lifted her face to the falling snow and imagined the dampness on her face was the moisture of the melting ice. It wasn’t. It was tears and she knew it. Her father wasn’t the only one that had lost in his bid to destroy the breeds, Jessica had lost as well, much more than anyone could imagine.

Pausing, she leaned against the large trunk of a towering oak and gazed up at the close canopy of thick, dark clouds. The snow was flying thicker, harder. It had a heavy, ominous feel to it suddenly, as though nature were moving in to exact vengeance for crimes untold.

Or perhaps against her.

Grimacing at the flight of fancy she shook her head before moving quickly to turn back to the cabin she had left. That sudden movement was followed by a loud retort and a chunk of bark striking her in the face.

There was that second of disbelief. That pause as knowledge filtered through her system that someone was shooting at her, before Jessica jumped behind the tree, heart racing, fear pounding through her system.

Someone had just fired on her.

She was in the middle of the forest, no coat, no weapon, no guards. She was undefended in a place where she shouldn’t have needed defending.
Now what?

She stared around the bleak winter landscape, fighting to catch her breath through the pounding of her heart as she tried to think quickly. Logically.

She couldn’t see anyone, couldn’t sense anyone. Right now she would give her eye teeth for those nifty super senses the breeds possessed. Advanced hearing, seeing and senses of smell would come in handy right now.

She couldn’t stand here much longer, she told herself. She was going to have to move soon or the shooter could work his way around until he had a line of sight on her that she couldn’t escape.

There was only one course of action. She gripped the rough trunk of the tree hard before throwing herself past it and racing for the large rocks and boulders a short distance away.

Shots fired behind her. Clumps of dirt thre up, striking against her as she ran. Throwing herself the rest of the distance she slid into the snug embrace of the boulders, flinching on a hard shudder as another bullet exploded against the side of a huge rock.

“Cowards,” she bit out furiously, pushing herself as close against the rock as she could rock. “Bastards.”

Surely to God one of the breeds would have heard the gunshots by now. Haven, the wolf breed compound was patrolled by one of the best breed security forces in the world. So where were they now? Maybe it hadn’t really been such a good idea to slip away from her bodyguard.

On hands and knees she crawled through the mess of boulders lying around like a child’s toys tossed haphazardly in place.

The sharp retort sounded again, this time sending chips of stone flying over her head as she wedged herself between upright columns and fought to make herself as small as possible.

She was dead. The breeds should have just killed her a year ago when they were debating the action, because she was definitely going to die now.

Where the hell were the breed patrols? Or was that who was shooting at her?

Fear rushed through her system in a surge of adrenaline as the next shot sent a bullet tearing into the stone above her head. They were getting closer. She wasn’t going to survive. She would die here, in the cold and the snow, and it would probably take a while a find her. Evidently no one was too concerned with her now that she had been released, though she was confined to Haven. It was probably a breed trying to kill her.

“Jess.” A hand clamped over her mouth as she pushed herself past the boulders and strong hands jerked her behind the rocks as another shot struck beside her shoulder.

Heated, hard and male, the large body she was suddenly cushioned against was a welcome relief, a place of security as she recognized the voice at her ear.

Hawke Esteban.

Bengal's Heart by Lora Leigh

Bengal's Heart by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 19)

ISBN: 0425229025

Publisher:  Berkley

Reporter Cassa Hawkins has always supported Breed rights, believing they should be allowed to live free of fear and prejudice among the humans. A reasonable woman couldn’t think otherwise, especially in the presence of Cabal St. Lawrence, a spectacularly muscled specimen of the Bengal breed. The epitome of the male animal, his sensuous growl can fire up Cassa’s vulnerable body faster than a flame. Yet neither can ignore the nightmare unfolding around them…

The Breeds have been incriminated in a series of violent murder, and accused of hiding a vicious serial killer. It’s left to Cassa and Cabal to discover the truth. But as hunter becomes prey, are trust and passion enough to keep them alive through the night?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Coyote's Mate by Lora Leigh

Coyote's Mate by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 18)

ISBN: 0425226336

Publisher:  Berkley

For six years Anya Korbin worked with Del-Rey Delgato—the genetically altered rebel known as the Coyote Ghost—to free a group of coyote women kept in her father’s lab. As Anya matured into a woman, she and Del-Rey grew close…but then he broke his promise and killed her father. Now she must deal with her animalistic desire for the one who betrayed her.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Heat by Lora Leigh

Christmas Heat by Lora Leigh (from the anthology The Magical Christmas Cat)(Breeds series book 17)

ISBN: 0425223558

Publisher:  Berkley

Berkley Anthology with Nalini Singh, Linda Winstead Jones, Erin McCarthy and Lora Leigh. Featuring Christmas Heat, Noble Chavin (Jaguar Breed) and Haley McQuire

** Unedited excerpt of Christmas Heat by Lora Leigh **

The report came across the radios within seconds of the blast. Noble was just come off twenty-four hour duty and heading to the barracks when it crackled across the comm. links.

“All available enforcers, be aware. Explosion at the Buffalo Gap library. One dead, one injured. Officers enroute. Sheriff Taggart requesting enforcer backup.”

He didn’t wait for the order. He heard the names called to backup, the enforcers being pulled in to head to Buffalo Gap, and he didn’t care if his name was on there or not.

“Comm one, this is Chavin,” he reported to the advisor. “I’m heading from Sanctuary enroute now.” He jumped on his motorcycle, revved the motor and shot of the driveway next to the barracks. “Advise Alphas one through four, we have a compromise.”

“Enforcer Chavin, order received and being forwarded. You’ll be met by enforcers Warrant, Savant, and Crayven. Be advised, Director Wyatt will be inroute.”

Sanctuary’s heavy metal gates swung open as he approached, the headlights of his motorcycle piercing the darkness and highlighting the faces of the protestors were more often than not present.
He shot through the opening, hit the gas and tore through the press of bodies that threatened to surge against him.

“Heli-jet is being prepped and enroute,” the advisor reported.

“Any report of the casuality?” he yelled into the link.

“No report as of yet,” he was informed.

He hit the accelerator, felt the power surge beneath him and with the thumb of his other hand hit the integrated traction control and advanced speed protocols before he pushed the specially designed all terrain cycle to its limits.

Thankfully the curvy mountain road was more or less free of traffic. The cycles warning system warned him of traffic in advance and allowed him to streak around it safely.

As he sped to the town, all he could see were wary gray eyes and a pale, worried face the night she had overhead the plans Brackenmore and Engalls had discussed with the breed attempting to sell them information. All he felt was the echo of the knowledge that there was the chance that someone would find out what she had overheard.

He powered down as he hit the city limits, though he still pushed the cycle faster than the posted speed limits allowed for.

Haley, with her bright red hair, her soft scent of desire and his own knowledge that he should have never left her protection to any other breed. Something had warned him, some strange foreboding had told him that her life would be in more danger than one silent bodyguard could defend her against.

Damn Jonas, Noble had warned him they couldn’t keep her safe like this. She needed to be sequestered, at the very least pulled into Sanctuary until the hearing next month against Brackenmore and Engalls.

The bastards. The drug they had created to attempt to control breeds had resulted in two deaths in the past few weeks, and they had nearly lost Dr. Morrey as well.

And now, they could have lost Haley.

He couldn’t imagine a world without Haley in it. He refused to imagine such a thing. It was impossible, it couldn’t happen.

He hadn’t touched her yet. He hadn’t kissed her yet. He hadn’t yet figured out why she drew him as no other woman ever had, though in the past week, he had begun to suspect exactly why.

He hadn’t yet had a chance to decide if he could risk taking her, making her his, or if he should force himself to leave the situation as it stood.

The hunger eating at him was still controllable. The need driving him could still be buried in another woman. The heated lust could still be pumped from his body and though satiation was never complete, it was satisfying.

He was still his own man.

For the moment.

Once he knew Haley was safe, once he made her life his primary objective, he would no longer be able to claim that singular independence. And he knew it.

He raced into town, slowing the cycle and easing it around traffic, bent over the padded chest rest and gearing down as he glimpsed the flames that licked outside the library.

And he felt the roar that discharged from his chest at the sight of the twisted, ruined, blazing hulk of Haley’s truck. A roar of blood lust and animalistic rage. Someone was going to pay. Dear God, if she was in that truck, if she was gone forever, then blood would spill.

Mercury's War by Lora Leigh

Mercury's War by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 16)

ISBN: 042522418X

Publisher:  Berkley

Someone has been slipping the Sanctuary’s secure information to a pharmaceutical company. Now it’s up to Ria Rodriguez to pose as a clerk and uncover the leak. Yet she has no idea of the danger she’s about to encounter—or the passion she’s about to ignite in one of the greatest Breeds ever created.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Jaguar's Kiss by Lora Leigh

A Jaguar's Kiss by Lora Leigh (from the Shifter anthology)(Breeds series book 15)

ISBN: 0425220354

Publisher:  Berkley
Jaguar breed Saban Broussard has a job to do. His assignment? To protect the first teacher chosen to teach breed children. And protecting Natalie Ricci is exactly what he’ll do. With just one kiss and his touch, the mating phenomena begins that will tie her to him forever. Unless her ex-husband manages to get them both killed.

Dawn's Awakening by Lora Leigh

Dawn's Awakening by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 14)

ISBN: 0425219755

Publisher:  Berkley

The runt of the lab she was created in, Dawn Daniels endured years of torture by her pride brother and the council soldiers. Finally freed from her torment, she’s now a Breed Enforcer, in control of her own life. Until she’s assigned to protect the one man destined to be her mate—and realizes it’s far too easy to lose total control…One of the Breed’s most important supporters, Seth Lawrence has spent years trying to forget Dawn, knowing that her lost innocence has made it impossible for her to get close to anyone. But suddenly neither of them can find the strength to fight the overwhelming passion between them. At least until the most brutal tormenter from Dawn’s past reappears—and threatens to destroy their newfound love, along with their lives…

My Comments --

I absolutely loved this book!  It's a very emotional journey for Dawn!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

In A Wolf's Embrace by Lora Leigh

In A Wolf's Embrace by Lora Leigh (from the Beyond the Dark anthology)(Breeds series book 13)

ISBN: 0425218767

Publisher:  Berkley

Matthias Slaughter and Grace Anderson were meant to mate. To love. Until Grace catches Matthias in the act of assassinating a suspected council scientist. She knew he was dangerous, knew he wasn’t the sort of man she should love. She expected him to kill her as well. She didn’t expect the man he revealed himself to be, or the love she can no longer deny. But there are other forces determined to take Grace from Matthias. Forces that just might succeed in destroying what is left of the man within him.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Aiden's Charity by Lora Leigh

Aiden's Charity by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 12)

ISBN: 1419954466

Publisher:  Ellora's Cave

The forces of survival and destruction swirl in the darkest corners of men’s minds. The nature of the beast cannot be harnessed, and survival is the purest of all instincts. Survival of the species itself goes soul deep.

But can the human heart accept and adapt as easily? Can Charity bestow the love and the acceptance that has always been a part of her, to the man whose very survival depended on the hardening of his heart, of his soul? And can Aiden maintain that cruelty now, in the face of the sacrifices she made? Only time and nature can tell…

Friday, November 20, 2009

Jacob's Faith by Lora Leigh

Jacob's Faith by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 11)

ISBN: 1843607484

Publisher:  Ellora's Cave

They are a new breed, a new race. Engineered rather than born, trained rather than raised, and their unique genetics have created more than one surprise…

Jacob left Faith six years before, unaware that the mark he left on her also left her in an agony of sexual heat that never dimmed. Now Jacob and Faith are together again, but surprises lurk around every corner and dangers as dark and deadly as their very creation surround them in more ways than one.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

All Jacked Up by Lorelei James

All Jacked Up by Lorelei James (Rough Riders series book 8)

ISBN: 978-1-60504-684-6

Publisher:  Samhain

Pulling off the ultimate con... if they can keep from pulling off their clothes.

Keely McKay knows Jack—and Jack Donohue is a certified pain in her Wranglers. The lone girl in the prolific McKay family, Keely needs another man giving her orders like she needs a hole in her boot. What she does need is a restoration specialist so she can open her physical therapy clinic—and prove she’s left her wild-child days behind. That means dealing with buttoned-down, uptight Jack.

Jack is this close to securing a career make-or-break project, until he learns his lack of marital status puts him out of contention. When the notoriously hot-tempered and hot-bodied Keely begs him for help, he proposes a crazy idea. He’ll oversee her project—if she acts the part of his loving fiancée.

Their sizzling lust makes it all too easy to go from butting heads to knocking boots—but outside the bedroom they’re as mismatched as ever. The McKays remind Jack of the humble upbringing he left behind, and cowgirl Keely feels she doesn’t measure up to Jack’s big-city lifestyle.

When the dust settles, Jack and Keely must face the fact they’re not fooling anyone but themselves—or they’ll risk losing the real deal.

Warning: this book contains one hot-blooded cowgirl and one cool-headed businessman in a stripped-down, revved-up game of sexual truth or dare.

My Review --

All Jacked Up is the eighth book in the Rough Rider series by Lorelei James.  And I have to say, I think it's the best by far.  Keely McKay, the original wild child of the McKay family, is out to shed those wild child ways.  Enter businessman Jack Donahue, her brother's best friend and her nemesis for years.  With something to gain from both their perspectives, they strike a bargain and enter into a fake engagement.  They just didn't realize what it would cost them in the long run.   Lorelei does an outstanding job of turning two people who hate each other into two people who love each other.  Thank you Lorelei for giving us Keely and Jack and their wonderful story; one of the best books I've read in 2009.

Special Guest Author Blake Deveraux

Today's special guest is m/m author Blake Deveraux, who's new book Dangerous Liaisons releases today.

Welcome Blake and thank so very much for agreeing to the interview.

Thank you for the opportunity. To my friends, of course I’m just Blake, but for the benefit of the fortunate few that have avoided my company... The formal introduction is Blake Deveraux. I write books, primarily in the m/m erotic romance genre.

Can you tell us the journey from concept of your Men of Danger series to getting published?

Well, as badly as I hate to admit it, it was kind of a bet. I was waiting for a flight; I was reading a friend of mine’s book over her shoulder. I laughed out loud at what I thought was the laughable storyline in the book. I commented that I could write a more interesting storyline than that insipid drivel. She said, I know you can, but you won’t. So.... my best friend as a child made the comment once, “Don’t dare Blake if you don’t want it done.” And so, Dangerous Obsessions was born. Of course when I began writing the book, it was a journey of self discovery and occasionally tears.

Which author(s) inspire you and why?

Well, I’ve always been intrigued by Edgar Allen Poe for one. His ability to bring raw emotion to the page in a very simple way is truly legend. Of course being certifiably insane probably didn’t hurt…. (Did I hear someone call my name?). Margaret Mitchell, because of her ability to transport you to another place and time, and so accurately describe the scene that you can smell the lilacs. Finally I adore Carol Lynne, a contemporary m/m erotic novelist. She has done a lot to dispel the myth that gay men are necessarily self involved, simplistic creatures with nothing but abs and asses. Ok, well… like abs and ass are very nice, but there’s a lot more to life, at least that’s what I’m told ***winking***.

Do you have a favorite book and if so, what was your favorite scene?

Gone with the Wind. Hand’s down. Of course I kind of think Scarlett O’Hara is a gay man, Margaret just didn’t think it’d sell. For one, I think that obsession with the one man on EARTH that she COULDN’T have…. It’s SO very gay… I’m not sure why but guys tend to want the one person on earth that wouldn’t pee on them if they were on fire… (or is that just me LOL)? Anyhow, I love the scene where she’s out on the farm and she picks up a turnip, “As God as my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.” That’s a woman with a mission. I’ve been hungry. It’s not fun. Don’t intend to find myself there again if I can help it.

What book/s are you reading right now?

I’m reading a wonderful book by Faith Bicknell Brown “Conspiracy of Angels.” I can hear the gasps now… I honestly rarely read books from my genre, for one, lack of time, and two, I don’t like to compare my writing to others since, honestly I’d probably quit writing. Self esteem isn’t necessarily high on my list of attributes.

If you could choose one author to co-write a book with, who would it be?

Hmmm. Edgar Allen Poe… Wait, he’s dead. Probably Carol Lynne, since as I’ve said, I think she’s an amazing author.

Did you have any research done for the erotic part in your novels?

(****Blake looks around the room innocently****) Oh, you were asking me? I’m as innocent as a school girl… oops I’ve heard they aren’t too innocent either. All joking aside, I did ask some friends for advice on the whole S&M / BDSM aspect of the original novel Dangerous Obsessions, since for me that was a little outside my personal line of experience, but wanted to be as authentic as possible. Honestly my personal experiences with that sort of thing weren’t positive, so I didn’t want to be unfair basically.

What do you think makes a good erotic romance story?

A good book in general rises and falls with good character development. If you aren’t engaged with the characters, you won’t enjoy the story.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

Writers are an odd bunch. What works for one person would drive another insane. I own a restaurant, so time is a precious commodity. My work day usually consists of about 12 to 14 hours. So, most of my writing is done in my head. My characters are always chatting, moving about, and yeah, having sex in my head. SO, I’m sure while I’m dealing with Susie Q. Public she’d be shocked to know there were guys humping like madmen in my head. Finally when I shower, get comfy and sit down at 1 or 2am, I’ll write until I get what is in my head down. I guess it’s one time when having ADD is a good thing… ****Ohhh, shiny object….*** did you say something?

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That in an odd way, my characters have a mind of their own. They don’t always want to do what I direct them to do. Sometimes I have a clear plan, and they simply dig in their heels, and refuse to have sex or even talk, until I fix what the perceived slight is. Ohhh, I just heard my psychology professor discussing schizophrenia, Wait a second, hearing voices, that’s a sign… Maybe we should move on …

How do you satisfy your muse when things get rough during writing a book?

Honestly, I write exactly as it is in my head. Of course that makes for MARATHON editing sessions, but frankly, once my characters have cooperated and the storyline is done in my head, it’s a matter of getting it down for the world to read. So really for me, most of the writing process is done before the first word is typed. Having said that, if I’m stressed, I don’t write, period. For me it’s a dangerous thing to do so. If I write while feeling depressed or stressed, I find myself wanting to delete massive sections of the book so , at my editor’s request, I avoid that… LOL…

How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?

First and foremost, I am a southern gentleman. I think that is fairly evident in my writing. For me, formality is important, manners are important, and tradition is important. I’ve made it a part of my writing that even though a lot of people, including gay people don’t necessarily advocate gay marriage, I do. I feel like it’s an important part of being happy. Being committed to another person, and to God. That’d probably be the other thing, is that I’m a very spiritual guy. I have encountered many folks who thing that perhaps my stance on homosexuality and my Christianity should be at odds with each other. I don’t, obviously. Without getting on a soapbox, much of what people presume is the “anti-gay” scriptures are simply ignorance of both the text and the spirit in which it was given. I’ll get off my soap box now, LOL… I do think that my strong spiritual beliefs influence my writing since there is an underlying optimism, even when there seems to be no rational reasoning behind it. That’s kind of what I feel is the basis of our personal relationship with God, the ability to have faith, especially when things seem at their darkest.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Uhhhmmmm… that’s a loaded question. Well I’ll be good. I enjoy working on my house. I have a 100 year old Victorian that’s perpetually in need of help. In addition, I enjoy the piano, and I sing locally.

Before we say goodbye, could you tell us about your upcoming release and maybe give us an excerpt.

My new book is the follow up book to Dangerous Obsessions. It is called “Dangerous Liaisons” I’m very excited about the release. For one it has my FAVORITE eye candy on the cover, Julian Fantechi. Honestly he is on the cover because he is my character “Daniel” He exemplifies the intensity, beauty and mysterious testosterone driven lusty… (oooh, is it getting hot in here?) What was I talking about?... oh yeah Daniel. I truly didn’t know Julian when I wrote the book, but he is the embodiment of the character. Now for a little teaser!

Dangerous Liaisons

Blurb --

Why would a happy couple risk everything when they have just begun to find happiness?

Daniel Deveraux and Brandon Matthews have just bought a new home. They have spent months working on their relationship. Things are finally going their way.

After loosing a close friend, Brandon befriends a handsome young mover, Charles. Daniel and Brandon take the handsome man into their home to help protect him from his abusive father.

Charles, confused about his life and his sexuality finds himself wildly attracted to the two men. Unwilling to risk his friendship with Brandon, instead he finds himself in an endless cycle of failed relationships.

Will Daniel and Brandon allow the handsome man that has already found his way into their hearts, into their bed?

Excerpt --

Daniel watched Brandon head toward the door, smiling as he prepared to leave. Brandon quickly ran back upstairs, kissing Daniel. "Sorry, baby, I about forgot, Love you. See ya later okay?"

"Of course. I have to have lunch with mom today. She's flying in. Would you like to meet her later?"
"Are you sure you want her to meet me?" Brandon frowned.

"Baby, I'm proud of you, of the man you are. You are amazing, why wouldn't I want her to meet you?" Daniel smiled, patting Brandon on the ass.

"Well that, for starters." Brandon nodded at his friendly gesture. "She's not exactly wild about you living with a man."

"She's just old. She's just set in her ways, but she loves me and I know she'll love you. We've talked about you many times. You've talked with her several times on the phone. I think it's time you two meet. It has been nearly two years, Brandon." Daniel smiled.

"I've got to go." Brandon kissed him again. He left in a flourish.

Daniel watched Brandon and Charles climb into the new black S.U.V. Daniel was relieved that they'd decided to make the threesome experience a pleasant memory, one not to be repeated. Charles was far too sweet a guy to be hurt by what Daniel knew could be a disastrous situation. He deserved more. They all did.

Walking toward the kitchen, Daniel picked up the ringing phone. "Yes mother,"

A fragile sounding, yet forceful voice with a deep Southern drawl replied, "That's some way to answer the phone!"

"I have caller ID. I'll be at the airport when your plane lands." Daniel snapped, playfully.

"I'm in a limo, on my way there now."

"How the hell?" Daniel shouted.

"Language, young man!" His mother said crossly.

"You weren't supposed to land for an hour."

"Brandon arranged for a cute little plane to pick me up early. I felt like a queen. There was a limo waiting at my house and one at the airport at the runway. That was way too much. I had no idea there would be a limo when he told me to expect to get picked up."

Daniel stood dumbfounded, slack jawed. "Brandon did all that?"

"He seems like a sweet boy, Daniel. You could do worse for a friend. I'm so glad you two are rooming together."

"Mother, you know Brandon is more than my friend." Daniel said impatiently.

"Don't be fresh. I'll be there in a few minutes. Don't keep an old woman waiting, young man."

Daniel heard a curt click as she ended the abbreviated call. She always knew how to get around him. It infuriated him at times, the way she seemed to be able to avoid the obvious.
He'd made no secret of his feelings for Brandon, but since his father's death earlier that year, he'd been more active in discussing his relationship with his mother. His father loved him, he knew, but he also knew that his father refused to accept his homosexuality as a fact. His mother had accepted him. However, she’d never truly acknowledged the reality of the situation, that he'd never have the "American dream" she'd hoped for him; the wife, the kids and two point three kids.

He sighed as he sipped his morning coffee. He heard the large stretch limo pull up into the drive. He walked to the door, looking himself over, he realized, he probably should have dressed more appropriately. His jeans and polo shirt seemed a little casual for the occasion.

His mother exemplified style and grace, a true Southern belle. She still believed in dressing for dinner. She believed that there was nothing more obscene than rudeness. She also believed that men should be men, and women should be women. Daniel knew his lifestyle was a direct affront to his mother's traditional Southern upbringing. The only saving grace, perhaps, he knew his mother loved him. There was never a doubt about that.

Chloe Deveraux, stepped regally out of the limousine, her aged hand held by the tall, muscular, driver that looked as if he were a cross between a romance novel super hero and a Dallas Cowboy's linebacker. Brandon had gone out of his way to make this an enjoyable trip for his mother. Daniel smiled.

"Thank you, Brent." The attractive older woman smiled at the handsome driver.

"Thank you, Mrs. Deveraux. I've enjoyed the conversation."

"That's Ms. Deveraux and I’ve enjoyed the view."

"Mother!" Daniel gaped, shocked at his mother's forwardness.
"What? He knows he's a slice of heaven. I'm just letting him know I'm old, but I’m not dead yet."

The handsome driver's face reddened at the comment. He silently stood waiting for further instructions, as Daniel helped his mother out of the car.

"Come in, Mother." Daniel said, placing a twenty dollar bill in the driver’s palm.

"Thank you, again." Chloe smiled as Daniel closed the door behind her. "MMMmmmm."

"Mother, really is that necessary?" Daniel smiled painfully.

"Actually, yes, it is. Your father has been gone for some time, and at my age, it’s nice to enjoy at least looking."

"Touché" Daniel smiled.

The pair walked together, the older woman, clad in an obscenely overdone fur coat, her long manicured nails wrapped around Daniel's substantial arm. He looked down at her hand and noticed amongst the many rings; one ring was specifically absent, her diamond wedding band. A magnificent piece of jewelry, Daniel didn’t remember having seen her without it. It had been past down in her family for years. Daniel thought out loud, "I really miss dad."

"I do, too." His mother patted his arm as she sat down at the kitchen table.

Daniel walked to the counter, and poured himself another cup of coffee. "Care for some?"

"No, but thank you."

Dangerous Liaisons is available beginning today at Red Rose Publishing.  Purchase here.

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Thanks for being here today Blake.  Dangerous Liaisons is gonna be an awesome read.  It's predecessor sure was.  Also, Blake is giving a copy of both Dangerous Liaisons and Dangerous Obsessions to two lucky readers if they email him at with WHY they need free books :).  Also, don't forget to leave a comment here to let me know how much you enjoyed Blake's appearance.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Arm Candy by Carol Lynne

Arm Candy by Carol Lynne (Cattle Valley series book 14)

ISBN #978-1-907280-15-3

Publisher:  Total E-Bound

Asa Montgomery is a hard man to figure out. He's got millions of dollars in the bank, a host of men vying for his bed and he's still miserable.

When a tragedy leaves him broken and battered, Asa quickly finds out who his real friends are. Left alone with only his household staff to nurse him back to health, Asa realizes he wants more than just a pretty man to adorn his bedroom.

Mario Benta was fooled by a rich man in the past. They may say you're the only one for them, but what they really mean is, you're the only one until something younger and sexier comes along.

Despite Mario's growing attraction to Asa, he'll be damned if he'll allow himself to be another man's arm candy.

When Asa sets out to change Mario's mind, he'll discover it takes more than money to gain the heart of the ex-Army Ranger.

My Review --
Another great addition to the Cattle Valley series.  It's so nice to visit with old friends along with reading the love story of Mario and Asa.  It was shocking to learn of Mario's upbringing with his gold-digger mother.  Thankfully Asa was able to break through Mario's defenses and Mario was there to help Asa recover to his fullest.  Look forward to the next installment.  I know it's going to be outstanding.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wolf's Hope by Lora Leigh

Wolf's Hope by Lora Leigh (from the Primal Heat anthology)(Breed series book 10)

ISBN: 1-84360-323-3

Publisher:  Ellora's Cave

Hope believed Wolfe was dead, but he was only waiting for the right time to claim her. The scientist who created him, Hope’s mother, has forced his hand. She wants her creation back, and she wants any children he may breed on her daughter.

He is a man whose DNA was altered, infused with the genetic code of the wolf. His unique genetic makeup has created a male unlike any other and will make itself known in the most surprising ways. Now Hope must convince her mate she hasn’t betrayed him, and they must defeat the plans of a scientist gone mad.

Tanner's Scheme by Lora Leigh

Tanner's Scheme by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 9)

ISBN: 0425216616

Publisher:  Berkley

A sexy paranormal series set in a world where genetically altered Breeds and the humans who created them sometimes come together in the fiercest of passions.After the Feline Breeds’ main base is attacked, Tanner desires revenge. So he kidnaps Scheme Tallant-the daughter of a one-time high-ranking member of the Genetics Council. But when Tanner discovers that Scheme herself is a target of her father’s ruthless mission, his vengeance takes a back seat to saving the life of the woman he hopes to claim as his mate.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sex Camp by Natalie Acres

Sex Camp by Natalie Acres (Cowboy Sex series book 3)

Publisher:  Siren

Trixie Cartwell likes to turn a few heads. She's out of control and her family knows it. When Kane Cartwell decides he's had enough, he sends his daughter to summer camp to work off her excess energy for a few months. What he doesn't bargain for are several cowboys ready to occupy her every waking hour while she's away.

Camp counselors and die-hard cowboys, Mitch, Brock, and Rory have several ways to keep the young Miss Cartwell extremely busy in a rustic summer camp. And they aren't the only ones with wild and wicked ideas.

When Trixie returns home, her fathers are less than thrilled about her decision to take on a few cowboys for a lifetime. That is until Rory, Brock, and Mitch prove themselves worthy of Trixie Cartwell's love by protecting her from a threatening man from her mother's past.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Harmony's Way by Lora Leigh

Harmony's Way by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 8)

ISBN: 0425213056

Publisher:  Berkley
Sink your fangs into Lora Leigh’s series about genetically-altered humans with feline DNA. When the Breeds desire the passions of the flesh, they can’t help but get frisky…

Harmony Lancaster is of the Lion breed, created to be a huntress with a thirst to kill. But the way she seeks justice outside of the law makes her a liability to her own kind. Yet she also possesses information that they need on the existence of the First Leo - who holds the precious secrets of desire.

To save her life, Harmony is paired with Sheriff Lance Jacobs, who tries to tame the killer within her, while protecting the gentle woman he longs to possess. But a dangerous cult leader, bent on destroying the Breeds, could change the way Lance looks at Harmony forever…

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

All Jacked Up by Lorelei James - Book Trailer

I made a book trailer for my good friend Lorelei James and her new book, All Jacked Up.  AJU releases November 3 at Samhain Publishing.

Let me know what you think.  It was my first experience doing this type of thing.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Brier's Bargain by Carol Lynne

Brier's Bargain by Carol Lynne (Bodyguard's In Love series book 1)

ISBN# 978-1-907280-28-3

Publisher:  Total E-Bound

Love is always special, but when you're a thirty-six year old man experiencing it for the first time, it's everything.

After spending his entire life in a hospital, Brier Blackstone is finally free to become the person he's always wanted to be. With the men of Three Partners Protection Agency as role models, how can he go wrong? And falling in love with bodyguard Jackson Benoit, is a dream come true, but the dream becomes a nightmare when Jackie is gravely injured in the line of duty. Feeling helpless, Brier makes a promise to God in exchange for his lover's life. One he intends to keep no matter what.

Jackie Benoit cherishes the love he's found with Brier. When his new lover insists on testifying against a violent man from his past in order to fulfill a promise, Jackie has no choice but try to stop him. If that doesn't work, Jackie will protect Brier with everything at his disposal.

My Thoughts --
What a special story to begin the Bodyguard's In Love series.  Brier is a sweet man who's overcome multiple obstacles in his lifetime and Jackie is the perfect man for him.  Carol Lynne found a way to delve in to Brier's emotions and I cried with him.  Needless to say I loved this story. 

Megan's Mark by Lora Leigh

Megan's Mark by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 7)

ISBN: 0425209644

Publisher:  Berkley

Cursed with the extraordinary power to feel other peoples’ emotions, Megan Fields has tucked herself away in a remote corner of New Mexico, working as a small-town sheriff’s deputy. She finds solace in the silence and heat of the desert. But when Breeds begin dying on her watch, Megan realizes that the secrets from her past can’t stay buried forever. Someone is out for blood - her blood.An arrogant Feline Breed, Braden Arness broods with feral intensity. His mission to solve the mysterious murders brings him to Megan, a woman who accosts his senses like no other. Only with him can she let down her guard - and surrender to the insatiable hunger that wracks her body. But as they team up to hunt the elusive killers, Braden and Megan find themselves becoming the prey…

QUESTION:  Did anyone else find this book hard to get through?  Seems like it took me forever to finish.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Breed Next Door by Lora Leigh

The Breed Next Door by Lora Leigh (part of the Hot Spell anthology) (Breed series book 6)

ISBN: 0425212882

Publisher:  Berkley

Lyra’s neighbor can’t be for real. A man that stares at home baked bread like he’s never tasted it. Who chops his lawn up with the powerful weed eater and lawn mower he has. A man that makes her hormones stand up and scream every time she sees him. He cut down her rosebush, and he’s breaking through her reserve to invade her dreams at night. But Tarek Jordan is much more than he seems. A Breed Enforcer with a plan. First, find the Council Trainer he’s tracked to Fayetteville, Arkansas, and second, claim the woman he knows belongs to him alone. Until the danger that shadows his life begins to shadow hers as well, and then Tarek knows, he can’t wait to claim the woman his heart and soul burns for. His next door neighbor will have to accept him as he is, and now on his terms, rather than hers.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Soul Deep by Lora Leigh

Soul Deep by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 5)

ISBN: 9781419900792

Publisher:  Ellora's Cave

Mother Nature has a way of making the most unlikely couples 'fit'. And what could be more unlikely than a sassy, independent President's daughter who doesn't know when to keep her mouth shut and a loner Coyote Breed with a hunger for a cute rosebud mouth that he's determined to still.

The vote for Breed Law is coming down the pike. Kiowa's job is to watch Amanda, the President's daughter—look, but not touch. Just make sure the Goof Troop, the Secret Service detail assigned to protect her, do their job until the law is passed.

But when they don't and the bad guys move in to take her out, Kiowa reluctantly slips in to the rescue, snatching her away to safety. But she isn't going to come easy and it takes more than smooth talking to make her see his point of view.

For a man who's had nothing, Amanda Marion is food for the hunger that has tortured him, the reality to every dream Kiowa never dared believe in. What he feels for her is more than heat, more than love. She breathes life into his hardened heart, melting the icy chill that has protected him all his life, and touches a part of him that he thought had died—his soul. And now he'll kill anyone who tries to take her away from him.

But the one person he can't fight is Amanda, and when she wants to leave…

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Kiss of Heat by Lora Leigh

Kiss of Heat by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 4)

ISBN: 9781419903694

Publisher:  Ellora's Cave

They've waited a decade to come together. Long years filled with unbearable pain, and soul-wrenching torment that have changed them both. Left wounds that have laid their souls bare. Wounds that stand one chance of healing — if only they could stop fighting each other long enough for the truth to work its healing balm.

Kane, a relentless warrior, lost more than his heart to Sherra in a night of mating passion that marked them both for life. But news of her death ripped his soul apart. For years he has fought to avenge the death of the woman he loved more than his own life, by revealing the deceit and cruelty of the Council that created the Breeds.

But Sherra didn't die. In a cruel and evil twist she was convinced by her sadistic handlers that the man she had given her body, heart and soul to had betrayed not only her, but the child she carried — and lost.

Amid the rapidly escalating violence against the Feline Breeds, Kane and Sherra learn that there's more to mating than just the "heat", just as there's more to love than just the sex…

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Elizabeth's Wolf by Lora Leigh

Elizabeth's Wolf by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 3)

ISBN: 9781843608073

Publisher:  Ellora's Cave

She brought him back from death and made him live again.

Dash thought himself alone, a soldier, a fighting machine and no more.

Elizabeth made him realize he was a man.

Danger surrounds the woman his soul marked as his mate, death and blood and a treachery that goes beyond even his worst nightmares. But he will protect her and what she claims as her own. He was created to kill, trained to do it efficiently, and only a man bound to her, heart and soul, will have the strength to save Elizabeth and her prized possession.

He was a lone wolf. A man alone. No pack, no family, no one to call his own until one single, innocent letter awoke Elizabeth's wolf.

My Favorite Quote:  "Knot me, baby!"

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Man Within by Lora Leigh

The Man Within by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 2)

ISBN: 1-84360-688-7

Publisher:  Ellora's Cave

He had protected her as a child, filled all her teenaged fantasies and stole her womanly heart, only to break it.

Now, fifteen months later, the news has released. The man she loves is one of the genetically altered Feline Breeds who have shocked the world with their presence. He’s also her mate. The mark on her neck attests to that. The fire that rages in her heart and in her body further proves it. But he hadn’t wanted her then; does he really want her now?

Deceit and treachery, born in the past, now haunt the present as Taber and Roni fight to make sense of a sudden bonding. The mating of heart, body and soul as the man and the beast within merge; both battling the forces raging against the union and dominance over the woman he claimed.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh

Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh (Breeds series book 1)

ISBN: 1-84360-418-3

Publisher:  Ellora's Cave

Callan Lyons is a genetic experiment. One of six fighting for freedom and the survival of their Pride. Merinus Tyler is the reporter who will tempt him, draw him, until the fury of the “mating frenzy” locks them into a battle of sexual heat there is no escape from.

Deception, blood, and the evil Genetics Council are hot on their trail. Callan will use his strength to try and save them both…and do all in his power to keep his woman in the process.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Second Chances by Denise Belinda McDonald

Second Chances by Denise Belinda McDonald (The Paintbrush series book 1)

ISBN: 978-1-60504-359-3

Publisher:  Samhain
Be careful what you ask for. It might come with spurs—and baggage.

After catching her boyfriend with his pants around his knees while a walking, talking cliché takes “dictation”, Suzanne Walters quits her job, quits her man, quits Texas and moves to Wyoming to find the woman she used to be. Unfortunately, her first five minutes in Paintbrush finds her facing down the town bully in the local diner—and running smack into the one thing she’s not looking for: a wet dream in cowboy boots, Jacob Bowman.

Jacob excels at two things—flying under the radar, and saving his pennies in hopes of running his own ranch someday. He can’t stop thinking about the fantasy in tight Wranglers who nearly mowed him down exiting the diner. The curvy, vivacious spitfire makes his mouth go dry. She’s got her eye on him, as well, but her determination to prove her independence is just as strong as the sexual pull between them.

Life’s knocks have given them both strong hearts, and even stronger wills. As danger looms, that stubborn pride could cost their one chance to discover if there’s something more between them than great sex.

Will they swallow their pride, or will they lose it all?

Warning: Cowboys and horses and bullies OH MY! Sweet, sweet loving and a little rowdy behavior.