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Wednesday, 14 March 2012 19:21

Review: Still Hot for You

Written by Jennifer Porter

stillhotforyou3“Still Hot for You” by Diane Escalera (contemporary, Lyrical Press, March 2012, $3.99, 23,000 words)


Want to get your man talking? Give him booty!

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And Shay LaCosta is pretty desperate. She's wrecked her blissful marriage of five years by demanding she and her husband Dylan have a baby. What the hell was she thinking? She knows she was wrong and she's ready to set things right, if only Dylan will let her. Bet he can't shun her Booty Camp offer: delicious, white-hot sex in exchange for what's going on inside his brain.


Dylan may be macho and stubborn, but he really does miss his wife. A little of Shay's pushing gets him past their estrangement and into her web of seduction. She seems to have an erotic week mapped out to perfection, and who is he to complain? Their marriage is meant to be, so they'll fight with each other, and they'll fight for each other.


Tuesday, 13 March 2012 19:04

Review: Taking a Shot

Written by Jennifer Porter

Taking_Shot“Taking a Shot” by Jaci Burton (erotic, Berkley, March 2012, $15.00, 336pp)




Series: Play by Play

  1. “The Perfect Play” – Mick & Tara
  2. “Changing the Game” – Gavin & Liz
  3. “Taking a Shot” – Jenna & Ty
  4. “Playing to Win” – Cole & Savannah (to be released September 2012)


Monday, 12 March 2012 18:10

Review: Forbidden Fantasies

Written by Jennifer Porter

forbidden-fantasies-198x300“Forbidden Fantasies” by Jodie Griffin (erotic, Carina, March 2012, $3.99, 27,000 words)


After fifteen years of marriage, Jessica Meyers’s sex life is, well, a little predictable. Her handsome husband turns her on, but missionary style once or twice a week? It just can’t compare to the hot new world she discovers in the pages of erotic romances. Her fantasies fuel the fire of her desire, adding a new spark to her and Alex’s lovemaking. But Jess is afraid to tell her husband what she really wants in bed–and her secrets start coming between them.


State trooper Alex Meyers is a master at uncovering the truth–except when it comes to his sweet, shy wife. She’s clearly keeping something from him. An affair? She wants out? When he finally confronts Jess, he’s shocked to learn she wants to turn her forbidden fantasies into nightly realities. But when he takes her to a unique B and B–Bondage and Breakfast–catering to couples and multiples, Alex is about to find out just how far he’ll go.


Friday, 09 March 2012 18:38

Review: The Bro-Magnet

Written by Jennifer Porter

bromag1“The Bro-Magnet” by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (contemporary, TKA Distribution, December 2011, $4.99, 757kb): This is one of those books that generated a great deal of buzz online – much of it positive. I admit I was intrigued. After all, this story is told entirely from the male perspective. It sounded different, and I love to check out books that are different. They might not always works so well, but they are often entertaining. And boy, this book is entertaining. It is funny, charming and odd, and it has much to say about the differences between men and women.


Johnny Smith is a guy that men love and that women don’t. He loves sports, is a fan of old cars, often makes stupid decisions, is a house painter and has never had a serious relationship with a woman. Now in his thirties, he has been a best man countless times as his male friends keep finding love, but is still alone. Johnny wants nothing more than to find someone to love, despite the fact that he believes it is unlikely that he will. After all, ever since he killed his mother (according to his aunt) shortly after his birth, women have had very little use for him.


Thursday, 08 March 2012 14:24

Review: Lucky Penny

Written by Trina Chase

Lucky_Penny“Lucky Penny” by Catherine Anderson (historical, Signet, January 2012, $7.99, 432pp): “Lucky Penny” is another Coulter family historical novel by Catherine Anderson. This book shows exactly how far a woman will go for her child. Brianna and David, the two main characters, are brought together by a fictitious story that Brianna tells to protect her daughter. Over time, she finds out how hard it is to keep the truth hidden.


In 1891, there were very few jobs available for a young mother. Brianna found one taking care of a widow’s son. When this man made advances, she kindly informed him that she was married. A bit later, he wants Brianna to write her husband and ask him to come get her and their child. He is about to remarry and has no use for Brianna’s services anymore. With her back against the wall, Brianna starts sending letters to David Paxton; a man she doesn’t think exists. For six years, Brianna and her daughter, Daphne, continue writing letters to the fictitious David. Over time, Daphne takes the story to heart and wishes that her papa would come to their rescue.


Sunday, 04 March 2012 18:25

Review: Immersed in Pleasure

Written by Jennifer Porter

Immeresed_-_Small“Immersed in Pleasure” by Tiffany Reisz (erotic, Harlequin, March 2012, $2.99, 213kb): I read lots of erotic romance, and frankly, it isn’t often that I’m surprised by them. But a virgin, mermaid heroine? That certainly isn’t the norm. And, in her latest Harlequin Spice Brief “Immersed in Pleasure,” author Tiffany Reisz creates a watery world where these virgin mermaids tantalize and seduce.


Beneath an exclusive club resides a hidden world where a powerful businessman reigns over an underground fantasy world where women work as mermaids. The women are treated like queens. In return, they must remain virgins, have scales tattooed on their legs, swim in a large pool and flirt with the patrons. When they choose to lose their virginity, they lose their mermaid status.


hitwoman“Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman” by JB Lynn (contemporary, Avon Impulse, February 2012, $7.99, 400pp)




For those who might be looking for some levity to balance out the craziness of life, “Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman” by JB Lynn might be just the thing. Think Stephanie Plum (from Janet Evanovich’s Plum series), Charley Davidson (from Darynda Jones’ books) and Mrs. Smith (character played by Angelina Jolie in the movie, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”) rolled up into the hilarious Maggie Lee who will have readers wondering if their friends might be moonlighting as bumbling hitmen and hitwomen. Be prepared to laugh, to shake your head in amazement and to root for this killer in training.


Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:49

Review: The Husband Hunt

Written by Jennifer Porter

husbandhunt_150“The Husband Hunt” by Lynsay Sands (historical, Avon, March 2012, $7.99, 384pp)



  1. “The Countess” – Christiana & Richard
  2. “The Heiress” – Suzette & Daniel
  3. “The Husband Hunt” – Lisa & Robert


Hmm. I’m having a difficult time trying to process by thoughts on Lynsay Sands’ “The Husband Hunt.” It is the final book in a trilogy about the three Madison sisters. Christiana found her true love in “The Countess” and Suzette in “The Heiress” – two books that actually take place at the same time. I love both of these books. They were extremely funny and sweet. I was so anxious for the third book, especially since Lisa has been pining for Robert since the start of the series. While parts of the story surpassed my expectations, others made me want to yell loudly (and throw things).


Wednesday, 29 February 2012 19:30

Review: Fever

Written by Jennifer Porter

Fever.w.quotes“Fever” by Joan Swan (romantic suspense w/paranormal elements, Kensington, February 2012, $14.00, 352pp)




Series: Phoenix Rising

  1. “Fever” – Dr. Alyssa Foster & Teague Creek
  2. “Blaze” – Luke Ransom & Keira O’Shay (out in later 2012)


Monday, 27 February 2012 15:15

Review: A Rogue by Any Other Name

Written by Jennifer Porter

RogueByAnyOtherName1“A Rogue by Any Other Name” by Sarah MacLean (historical, Avon, March 2012, $7.99, 400pp)



There are books I like, books I love, books I hate, books I enjoy, books that move me, etc. Then, there are those books with which I connect on such an intense level that they are destined to hold positions of honor on my exalted shelf of romance-novel favorites. I can’t even pretend that Sarah MacLean’s “A Rogue by Any Other Name” isn’t already firmly ensconced on that shelf. From the moment that Bourne, its hero, appeared (on page 1, I believe), I was captivated. I know that I mentioned on Twitter the first time I read this book that Bourne had conquered my heart and that he was vying for the title of favorite hero with Han Solo (from “Star Wars”), Devil Cynster (from Stephanie Laurens’ “Devil’s Bride”) and James Mallory (from Johanna Lindsey’s “Gentle Rogue”).


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