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Jennifer’s Weekly Reads: February 6 – 12, 2012

Written by Jennifer Porter
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“Karma” by Carly Phillips (review copy)
This is the first book that I have read by Carly Phillips, but it won’t be the last. I actually started reading this after the Patriots loss in the Superbowl because I needed something to cheer me up. I choose this one because Phillips is a fellow Patriots’ fan. A full review to come closer to this one’s May 1, 2012 release date.

 

RNNREad2-3“Irresistible: Erotic Romance for Couples” anthology edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (book)
This anthology contains a great collection of erotic stories featuring couples rediscovering their relationships through passionate fantasies – in all sorts of varied situations. I thought of all of the stories excellent, but particularly enjoyed Kate Pearce’s military-themed contribution titled “Warrior,” Karenna Colcroft’s “Out of Control” in which the dominant Reyn pushes Alia to accept her masturbatory urges,  and Justine Elyot’s D/s’ story “The Netherlands.” Oh, and I read without my husband – so I guess this isn’t just for couples (I find this subtitle strange).

 

 

RNNREad2-3“Intimate Exposure” by Portia Da Costa (ebook, review copy, NetGalley)
See Review

 

“Off Limits” by Emma Jay (ebook)
In this book, little Paige is all grown up and determined to seduce her brother's best friend Zach. Of course, Paige's brother knows all about Zach's wild sexual escapades and doesn't want Zach anywhere near his sister. Paige, however, will not be denied. I love stories with brother's best friend as hero. This short story definitely fit the bill.

 

RNNREad2-3“Oracle’s Moon” by Thea Harrison (review copy)
A full review to come closer to the March 6th release date. But can I just say that I adore this book’s hero, Khalil. He is a very unique character. And, for fans of all that is steamy in romance, Djinn sex is not to be missed.

 

“The Savage Heart” by Diana Palmer (ebook, borrowed)
This is a book I have read many times before. I borrowed this from the library in order to test out the Kindle lending features in Overdrive. I love Diana Palmer, and this story of a young girl raised among the Sioux and the Sioux man she loves always makes my heart happy.

 

“Shane’s Last Stand” by Suzanne Brockmann (ebook)
Because this is a prequel of sorts (details Shane’s last official military mission) to Brockmann’s upcoming “Born to Darkness” (which I have an ARC of), I wanted to read this short story first. I was quite caught up in this story in which Shane realizes that his superiors are using him and his team to further their efforts to erase evidence of wrongdoing. Shane goes against them and saves a woman who was meant to die. This story made me much more excited about reading Brockmann’s new, paranormal series.

 

“Bound by Love” by Loribelle Hunt (ebook)
This is a decent story of Nikki and Mack. Mack is a dominant who has been after Nikki for quite some time. However, Nikki isn’t interested in Mack’s lifestyle. When Nikki has to go to a sex club to find one of her soldiers, Mack finally convinces her to give him a chance. The chemistry between the two is incendiary.

 

“Rules of Engagement” by Ann Bruce (ebook)
I read this book after some discussion of it on Twitter, mostly around the fact that the hero hits the heroine – and then the two have sex. I couldn’t resist reading this, especially because it was free on Amazon. And my first reaction? He really does hit her - as a way to calm her down. It isn’t easy to get around this part of the story. I did like the interactions between the hero and the heroine (outside of the hitting thing), but then there was a suspense plot which seemed out of place.

 

“Shaken and Stirred” by Sable Jordan (ebook)
I believe this was another free Amazon book that I saw a link to on Twitter. It features spy-type heroine who is caught by the possible bad guy during a mission – and is given a spanking.  But, the possible bad buy might not really be a bad guy – and the heroine’s boss might have his own agenda. I was into this story, but must say that I would prefer a clearer definition of good guys and bad guys and would prefer the ending be les abrupt. This is part of a series, and the story is not complete.

 

“Lust in the Library” by Amelia Frayer (ebook, review copy, edelweiss)
Review to come

 

“Floor Time” by Liz Crowe (ebook)
This is my first Liz Crowe book. I enjoyed the tale of two real estate agents in Ann Arbor, MI indulging in an extremely passionate affair. At times, Jack’s hot and cold attitude swings got irritating. However, overall, the story appealed. Sara brings out all of Jack’s hidden desires to dominate, and he has a very difficult time dealing with his sexual desires. This is an engaging read, with very strong sex scenes. I will be reading more from this author.

 

RNNREad2-3“In Too Deep” by Portia Da Costa (ebook)
In conversations about Portia Da Costa’s stories on Twitter, Charlotte Stein recommended this book as one of her favorites. I couldn’t resist buying it, and I loved it. Gwendolynne is a librarian who is distracted by a celebrity academic and researcher working at her library. She is further distracted by an erotic letter from a mysterious admirer named Nemesis. Believing that Nemesis and the researcher are the same man, she begins a sexy game with the researcher. Of course, this is all part of the researcher’s plan to get Gwendolynne where he wants her. This is a seriously sexy and romantic story – with some emotional angst as well. I love the hero of this one, so much.

 

“Hidden Fire” by Jess Dee (ebook)
In this story, Jenna loves Gareth and Gareth loves Jenna. However, they are together because of a pact that Jenna and her twin brother once made – no dating each other’s friends (there is a reason). But Jenna’s brother breaks the pact by declaring his love for Jenna’s best friend. This leaves Jenna free to go to Gareth. However, she learns that he slept with her best friend and runs away - again. Eventually, Jenna’s best friend and brother kidnap Jenna and Gareth in order to force them to talk. I found the conflict in this story a bit unbelievable, but I did like both Jenna and Gareth – and the chair sex is very steamy.

 

“Melody in Lingerie” by Imogen Linn (ebook)
This story is 8000 words and is more erotica than erotic romance. In it a shy, young woman meets an older man while trying on lingerie. The man talks her into helping him buy lingerie for his wife (who may or may not be real). Things heat up when she agrees to try the lingerie on for the mysterious man. The man is a dominant who bends her to his will – all in the dressing room of the lingerie store. I thought this a well done story, but think that some of its content could offend (the man is either married or a liar, there is a significant age difference, he may or may  not have many submissives at his service, etc).

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