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Displaying items by tag: January 2012
Thursday, 08 March 2012 14:24

Review: Lucky Penny

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.


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Monday, 13 February 2012 13:55

Review: The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae

EARLfrontcoversmaller“The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae” by Stephanie Laurens (historical, Avon, January 2012, $7.99, 496pp)




Series: The Cynster Sisters’ Trilogy & 18th Cynster book

  1. “Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue” – Heather Cynster & Viscount Breckenridge
  2. In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster” – Eliza Cynster & Jeremy Carling
  3. “The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae” – Angelica Cynster & the Earl of Glencrae


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Thursday, 02 February 2012 20:50

Review: How to Dance With a Duke

howtodancewithaduke-200x330“How to Dance With a Duke” by Manda Collins (historical, St. Martins, January 2012, $7.99, 352pp)


Series: The Ugly Ducklings, book 1


Miss Cecily Hurston has a big problem. Her father, Viscount Hurston, is in trouble. He is very sick, but is also the subject of some cruel rumors that suggest he may have killed his assistant, Will Dalton. Cecily wants to continue her father’s work with Egyptian antiquities to prove that Hurston had no hand in any scandalous behavior. However, no one is willing to help – especially not Will’s brother Lucas, Duke of Winterson.


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Monday, 30 January 2012 21:18

Review: The Male Stripper & The Stranger

E_TheMaleStripper_250"The Male Stripper (Red Hot Fantasies)" (erotica, self-published/Edge of Ecstasy, December 2011, $0.99, 42pp) and "The Stranger (Red Hot Fantasies)" (erotica, self-published/Edge of Ecstasy, January 2012, $0.99, 30pp) by Opal Carew

Opal Carew has a new erotica series featuring several women friends who each fulfill their deepest fantasies. Each woman's fantasy is detailed in a very brief story. I would consider these stories to be erotica rather than erotic romance as there is little-to-no character development and no happy ending (well, I guess that depends on your definition of a happy ending).

The first story is "The Male Stripper" and has Becca's fantasy of getting down and dirty with a gorgeous and hot male stripper that she hired for a friend's bachelorette party. But she gets a little bit more than she bargained for when Cal the stripper returns to her house later that evening with his friend Don in tow. Not only do they fulfill Becca's fantasy, but also Don's – which involves a female client getting frisky during an audition. A night of sexy dancing and erotic pleasure ensues with the three.


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Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:30

Review: Doubled

doubled_msr“Doubled” by Charlotte Stein (erotic, m/f/m, Ellora’s Cave, January 2012, $6.50, 222kb): What do you get when two hot twins want their female friend to prove that she can tell them apart? If you throw in a blindfold, you get “Doubled,” Charlotte Stein’s latest erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave. This one is intensely erotic, right from the moment the blindfold comes out and never lets up. While the conflicts seemed a bit immature (possibly due to the fact the characters are still in college), the sex is anything but.


One night while Bobbi is hanging out with the twins, Sebastian and Tobias, she gets caught up in a challenge to prove how good she is at telling them apart. When they can’t fool her, the two men bring out a blindfold to take the game to a new level. Bobbi can’t quite tell the difference from their kisses and touches. Sebastian and Tobias take the opportunity to show her how much they want her. While Bobbi has been harboring romantic feelings for her best friends, she has been hesitant to act on them because she could never choose between the two. Of course, they aren’t asking her to choose; they want to share her.


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Saturday, 21 January 2012 19:12

Review: Darker After Midnight

darkeraftermidnight150px“Darker After Midnight” by Lara Adrian (paranormal, Delacorte, January 2012, $24.00, 384pp)




Series: Midnight Breeds. “Darker After Midnight” is the tenth book in the series.


An ARC of Lara Adrian’s “Darker After Midnight” arrived on my doorstop in mid-October, I think. I do clearly remember opening the package and getting terribly excited. After all, Adrian had ended “Deeper than Midnight” with a wicked cliffhanger. Chase Sterling, hero of “Darker After Midnight,” and a vampire, walked out into the sunlight to surrender himself to the very human police in order to help deflect attention from his Breed brothers. Because Chase’s fate hung in the balance, “Darker After Midnight” called to me. What was Adrian’s greater plan for the Breed? How would everything play out? I had to know. And just so you know, Adrian surprised me mightily with Chase’s story.


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Sunday, 15 January 2012 17:36

Review: Last Spy Standing

lg-last_spy_standing“Last Spy Standing” by Dana Marton (romantic suspense, Harlequin Intrigue, January 2012, $5.25, 224pp): Dana Marton sends her hero and heroine into the wilds of South America in her latest romantic suspense, “Last Spy Standing.” Mitch Mendoza, a soldier who is part of an elite and secret military team, is sent to retrieve the son of a U.S. politician who is being held hostage by a drug lord. Retrieving the young man is easy, until Megan Cassidy unexpectedly makes an appearance and disrupts Mitch’s carefully planned rescue attempt. Nothing goes right, especially when an attraction flares between Mitch and Megan, adding a gripping romance to an action-packed adventure.


After Mitch rescues his mark, he gets fooled by Megan Cassidy, a CIA operative with her own agenda. She is undercover in the drug lord’s organization and believes that returning the hostage will give her added credibility. Megan’s has a very personal stake in her undercover mission, and she won’t let Mitch get in her way.


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Thursday, 12 January 2012 19:22

Review: Touch Me

Touch-Me2“Touch Me” by Callie Croix (erotic, Carina, January 2012, $2.99, 22,000 words): What happens when two people who have a powerful attraction between them end up staying in close quarters? What if they both are looking for a little kinky play? These are the questions that Callie Croix takes on in her latest erotic romance “Touch Me.” The result is a very sexy friends-to-lovers story with a slight BDSM theme that will keep readers panting for more.


Army Captain Alex Montoya is on leave after having been injured. He returns home to recuperate, but his best friend’s sister, Tianna McIntyre, has infiltrated his space. Tianna has been staying at Alex’s house since her divorce from her verbally abusive ex-husband. Neither can put a lid on their growing feeling, leading to a passionate evening.


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Tuesday, 10 January 2012 14:33

Review: Take Me at the Ballgame

TakeMeattheBallgame“Take Me at the Ballgame” by Cassandra Carr (contemporary, Ellora’s Cave, January 2012, $1.99, quickie): When Ellora’s Cave announced a new line of erotic novels for men, I was curious. What would the difference be? The only hint that I found was in the submission guidelines at Ellora’s Cave:

Stories written specifically for our male readers.

We are now accepting submissions (see submission instructions in the Author Information brochure).

~ 7,000 to 30,000 words

~ May contain relationships, but should focus more on the sex than the romance; Romantica is fine, Exotika is also encouraged

~ Realistic wording and dialogue for male characters (not the language women WISH men spoke); this extends to the male narrative

~ Written from male POV preferred

~ Should be aimed at male sexual fantasies (what men think of when they get off)
~ More of what men want or need from women: sex, love, acceptance, admiration, dirty talk; less of what they don't need (judgment, drama, expectation of anticipating woman's needs)


* Examples include, but are in no way limited to:

- Women taking the initiative during sex

- Female pursuit of the man

- Voyeurism of female/female sex (as well as F/M/F and F/F/M themes)

- Risky sexual situations or locations; a sense of the forbidden (e.g. the boss's mistress, the maid, the college professor, sex in public, etc.)


(from: http://www.jasminejade.com/t-writerscircle.aspx)

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Thursday, 05 January 2012 19:11

Review: Locked and Loaded

LockedAndLoaded“Locked and Loaded” by Alexis Grant (romantic suspense, St. Martins, January 2012, $7.99, 288pp)


Series: Men of Delta Force

  • Sizzle and Burn” – Mia & Ryan
  • “Locked and Loaded” – Sage & Anthony


I read Alexis Grant’s first romantic suspense novel when it came out in June of 2011, mostly because it had culturally diverse lead characters. I enjoyed elements of “Sizzle and Burn,” especially the eco-terrorism angle, but had some issues with the book overall. I was intrigued by the blurb in the back of the book for “Locked and Loaded” – a story about a female DEA agent undercover as a drug lord’s mistress and the Delta Force soldier who captures her heart. Thus, when a copy of this one arrived in the mail earlier this week, I couldn’t resist a read.


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